STEVE LEVINE

Postal Stationery
and Stamps

UX1 Postal Card

Steve Levine
P.O. Box 951
Linden Hill Station

Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718-939-5788

 email:steve@stevelevinestamps.com

 FEBRUARY, 2020

HOW TO PLACE AN ORDER:
1.  DINOSAUR STYLE  If ordering Dinosaur Style (thru the mail), you can print out this sheet, then circle the price of what you want and mail it in with your payment (a check or money order).  This is NOT recommended; website orders are placed immediately, while mail orders can take several days to arrive and sellouts do occur. 
2.  ONLINE  This page contains a link to a page on my website, stevelevinestamps-plus.com.  That page contains brief descriptions of these items, and is connected to my SHOPPING CART which can accept online payments by PAY PAL or CREDIT CARD (VISA, MASTER CARD. or AMERICAN EXPRESS).
3.  PHONE IF your order is relatively simple or if you have a few questions, you can phone me at 718-939-5788.  For me, "business hours" are flexible.  I'm usually in, and if I'm not, you get the answering machine.  Leave your Phone#; I'll get back to you.  I NO LONGER ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS OVER THE PHONE, but I can set up a special "lot" for you on my website and you can enter your CC Information on my shopping cart.


TERMS OF PURCHASE:  Items from this list may be combined with items from my other lists for a MINIMUM ORDER of $15.  ALL ORDERS will be shipped via Insured or Registered mail, for your protection.  Please add $2 for postage and insurance to all orders.  Smaller orders will carry private insurance and will have NO USPS markings.    There's no "handling" fee; just actual postage expenses.  This is for U.S. orders only.  Overseas shipments, please e-mail me in advance for shipping information.
     New York State Residents, please add the appropriate Sales Tax.


       
SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED ON ALL ORDERS

Dear Friends & Collectors,

     Another year, another round of postal rate changes.

     I accessed what little remains of my old pricelists, to see just how badly the USPS has been ripping us over the past 50 years.  And here's what I found:

     In 1976, I charged 50c for postage/insurance for all U.S. orders under $50.  Over $50, I shipped free.  I think my heart skipped a beat (and I don't mean in a good way...) when I read that I charged $1 for Regsitered Mail on all worldwide orders....under $50.  Over $50, I shipped free.  Today, U.S. Registry is $13.20 (more for shipments over $100); worldwide Registry is $16.00.  This is criminal!
     In 1992 I charged $1.50 for postage/insurance for orders under $30.  Larger orders were shipped free in the U.S., as well as Canada and Mexico.
     In 2003 I charged $2.00 for all U.S. orders, with worldwide orders paying the exact shipping cost.
     Today I'm still charging $2.00 for all U.S. orders, but worldwide shipping has gone thru the roof, including Canada and Mexico...some parts of which are actually closer to where I live than distant parts of the U.S..

     The shipping situation isn't quite what I'd call a "hospital-type emergency", but it's certainly worse than a bad case of gas.  It's going to take more than popping a few TUMS...

     I just hooked up with a "shipping system" which will save me SOME money on the shipping AND insurance, so my shipping rates will hold where they are for the time being.  AND my MINIMUM ORDER will remain at $15, too.

     OK...Rant Over.  Time to move on to other matters. 

   Here's the schedule for the near future.

     1.  After this mailing, an Ebay Auction.
  This will be the biggest one I've ever done, and may even extend to several.  In addition to the usual run of Illustrated & NON-Illustrated advertising, Postal History, UPSS-Numbered Envelopes, Used Envelopes, Postal Card Die Varieties and a pile of EFOs.... I also have the mother lode of UNUSED Postal Buddy cards, courtesy of Darrell Yeisley, a dealer who lived in Fawn Grove PA, passed away several years ago, and had a fondness for the Postal Buddies.  Fawn Grove is located at the southeast part of Pennsylvania, and Darrell made many trips into the heartland of the "Postal Buddy Empire".
     2.  This month, I've done a completely new listing of UPSS-numbered envelopes...more about that below.  I currently have enough UPSS envelopes to keep me busy for a long time.  I've been very lucky the past few months..except for the part where I can't walk 6 feet in this office without bumping into a carton of something.
     3.  Then, probably a new UPSS section for Air Letter Sheets....but that may have to wait awhile.
     4.  There's no shortage of Worldwide Stamps and Cinderella items to be listed.
     5.  The adding of new Envelopes to my inventory is followed by the adding of new Cut Squares and Full Corners, as surely as night follows day.  This, too, will come to pass.
     It's going to be a busy year.  And now, let's get down to business.

 BUT FIRST, A USEFUL TIP... When I began dealing in stampsPentel Stick Eraser, WAY back in 1971, I had no need of an eraser.  The only dealers who needed erasers were First Day Cover dealers, trying to remove the pencilled addresses from older FDCs.  For the most part, they did a terrible job...  mostly because the erasers were made of a rubbery substance which was much too hard, and removed paper, along with the writing.
     When I began specializing in U.S. Postal Stationery, I was shocked to see how many envelopes had extensive writing on them.... mostly on the back, and occasionally, on the front.  There were Thorp Numbers, Bartels Numbers, and later, UPSS numbers.  And occasionally, the name of the owner, date of purchase, Dealer/Auction House from whom the envelope was purchased, and the purchase price.
     The "better" old-timers used paper bands, but for the most part, collectors just wrote on their envelopes.  It was clear to me that I needed to find a good eraser.
     After much expreimenting, I settled on the Pink Pearl stick eraser.  It came in a paper roll, which you peeled back by pulling on a string.  It was good and convenient to use, though if you were just a bit too aggressive in the rubbing, it would kill your envelope.
     I don't know when, but the Pink Pearl bounced around a bit, ownership-wise, and in the process, the "stick" was replaced by a hand-held, small "chunk" eraser.
     SO...it was time to go looking again, and I found the above-pictured PENTEL eraser. It's BETTER than the Pearl.  It's softer, doesnt kill the paper, and comes in a stick.  You can find these in many stores and online.  Give it a try; it's under $2, and I recommend it highly.
     IF, after giving it a try, you find that yours is better, then please, tell me about it.  I always want to "improve my situation", and I'll be glad to take a look at what you're using.

     ...and now, let's get down to business.
      
THE POSTAL BUDDY IS BACK
     Thanks to some luck, I had a good stock of Postal Buddy Cards for many years.  But eventually, the goodies ran out and more recently, an empty space on the shelf was screaming at me to find some new inventory.  Well, it took awhile, but it finally happened.
     I got lucky again.  I now have all 6 cards in stock, plus I have receipts from some Postal Buddy machines at various locations for the better cards.  AND, I have the mother lode of UNUSED Postal Buddies.
     The basic mint varieties are now up on my website; the unused ones will have to wait awhile.  Sorting them out will take awhile, as the Postal Buddy universe turned out to be a lot larger than I thought it was.  There are cards for Change of Address, Meeting Notice, Thank You, and more... and each of these categories has more than one design! 
                                                        (CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THESE LISTING ON MY WEBSITE.)


KNOCKING ONE OFF THE BUCKET LIST!
  I have a Philatelic Bucket List.  These are things I would like to find before I quit, or die.
     I'd like buy some Columbian envelopes (U348-51) and find a Superb, NH block of 4 of the $5 Columbian inside one of them.  I'm not holding my breath here.
     I'd like to buy a junk lot of used Postal Cards and find a card from Babe Ruth to Ty Cobb.  "In Florida for the winter,  Weather is fine.  Glad you're not here, you @#$%^%^&*(."  Not holding my breath on this one, either.
     Getting realistic:  I'd like to find some UX65s on NON-FLUORESCENT paper.  Allegedly, they exist.  I've never seen one in the 40 years I've specialized in U.S. Postal Stationery.
     I'd like to find a UXC9a, Type 2, with the Eagle having a notch in its beak.  Again, never saw one in 40 years.  I don't believe it's a die variety.  Why would anyone put a notch in the beak.  What is it supposed to represent?  Personally, I think it's an oil bubble, like those which are common on UX44s.
     And then, there's the "Surcharge 12a" which we find -- or don't find, as the case has been for the past 40 years -- on U545.  Never saw one...until now.  The image in the 2011 UPSS Envelope catalog is wrong.  You have to go back to the 2004 Catalog to get the right image...or just check out my scan, above.  The right upright of "U" is definitely shorter.  There's a line missing from the top of the Eagle's head which separates it from the hatching lines in the numeral "1".  The tops of the C and E in "CENT" may or may not be broken.  The right upright of the "N" in CENT has a small break.
     What I have is   Sc.# U545     UPSS# 3507a     Sz. 23     Knife 116     Wmk. 47
      PRICE FOR THIS ENVELOPE IS $4.00 (CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THIS LISTING ON MY WEBSITE...plus a few more below.)

UPGRADE - FRENCH SOUTHERN & ANTRARTIC TERRITORIES
     There's been a significant upgrade to my stock of the French Southern & Antarctic Teritories.  Many new sets & singles have been added.  All f-vf or better, Never Hinged.
 
(CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THESE LISTINGS ON MY WEBSITE.)





 SOME NEW UPSS LISTINGS  There's no shortage of envelopes sitting around here, waiting to be sorted & listed.  Only time is short.  But for now, here's a group of some of the better/more difficult ones.

        Scott #
   UPSS #   Size   Knife   Wmk.   Price
         U495b     3134     23     106X    24    16.00
         U434      3359     10      57     45    80.00
         U538      3423     13      78     46   140.00
         U538b     3429     10      57w    43    20.00
         U540c     3469     10      57w    46     6.00
         U545      3507a    23     116     47     4.00
         U582      3596     12      69     48A   10.00
         U619      3741     23     115     50    32.00
         UC1       AM3      13      78     28     4.00
         UC7       AM12     13      78     28    24.00
         UC8c      AM41     10      57     30A   28.00    
         UC8c      AM44     13      78X    29    14.50
         UC43      AM103    12      68     48A    3.20
                                 (CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THESE LISTINGS ON MY WEBSITE)


19TH CENTURY ENVELOPES BY UPSS#  I saved the best for last.  This is the first wave of my updated listings.  Around 250 enveopes, all 19th Century, all small size, nothing spectacular, but lots of album fillers.  When ordering, please check my descriptions carefully; these envelopes are all clean, but some of them have Return Addresses (Corner Cards), and this is so noted.

(CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THESE LISTINGS ON MY WEBSITE)


     It won't be dull over the next few months, I promise.

               Best Regards,

                         

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Dinosaur on the NetSteve Levine
P.O. Box 951
Linden Hill Station
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718-939-5788
email:steve@stevelevinestamps.com
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