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

UNITED STATES
MINT FACE, UNUSED & USED
POSTAL CARDS

     PRICELIST & ORDER BLANK  THIS LIST is both a pricelist of my stock and an order blank.  Scott #’s are taken from the most recent Scott U.S. Specialized Catalog.  UPSS Numbers (when used) are taken from the 2010 UPSS Postal Card Catalog.  Where necessary, I invent my own numbers.

HOW TO 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.  PLEASE circle with a fine colored marker; any color will do.
2.  ONLINE  Sorry, this is not a full-function interactive website with a shopping cart and card processing ability.  It's Dinosaur-style; it only has listings.  Still, we can improvise!
    
You can send me an e-mail and type out what you want and the price.
     OR, you can cut & paste the item with its description and price.
IF the item exists in several conditions or forms (such as f-vf or vf for stamps, or as Cut Squares or Full Corners) please indicate which you want.
     OR you can cut & paste large portions of the list and
HIGHLIGHT whatever you want.  Green (the 00-80-00 shade for the techs out there) works well, as does Red (the FF-00-00 shade).
     I accept VISA, Master Card, and American Express.  I also accept PAY PAL,
at my e-mail address of "slwarking@erols.com".
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 #; I'll get back to you.
     SELLOUTS AND REFUNDS  This list is backed by a pretty hefty inventory, and most of the items on it are well-stocked.  However, a few difficult items are "1-of-a-kind", AND I have over 5,000 items of Postal Stationery in stock.  Keeping my lists current is a chore-and-a-half; occasionally I won't remove a sold out item quickly enough.  It doesn't happen often, but it will happen, and I apologize in advance for the inconvenience.


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.  VISA, Master Card and American Express are accepted: please include all information which appears in raised print,
PLUS the 3 digit security code which appears on the back.  PayPal accepted.

                 
SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED ON ALL ORDERS

     UNUSED & USED POSTAL CARD INFORMATION:  AT the end of this list is some information about Mint Face, Unused, and Used Postal Cards which you'll find useful.  I have a few words to say on the subjects of advertising, why it's impossible to find recent cards in used or unused condition, and that most important matter, the overall quality of what I sell.  CLICK HERE

HOW TO USE THIS LIST:

   
DEFINITIONS:  Postal Cards have been used for both personal correspondence and for business purposes.  it's the latter that makes cards interesting.  Having a card in your collection with advertising from the Rat Biscuit Company or from the Committee to re-elect President Roosevelt (Teddy!) puts some sizzle in your collection.  Cards are offered in the following conditions:
    
MINT - This is the way cards come from the Post Office, fresh & clean.  If that's what you want, then you should be looking at my
MINT POSTAL CARDS list.
    
UNUSED - A message, advertisement, or address has been printed (sometimes rubber-stamped) on either the front, the back, or BOTH sides of the Postal Card.
    
MINT FACE - If the message is printed on the BACK ONLY and the front of the card is clean, then it's called "UNUSED, MINT FACE" or just "MINT FACE" for short.  Sometimes it's referred to as "CLEAN FACE".  This is a premium condition; this type of card usually appeals to collectors who want the MINT look...without the MINT pricetag.  MINT FACE cards usually (with some exceptions) sell for about 40% of the price of MINT.
    
USED - Postally used.  May or may not have printing; used is used, whether printed or not.  Definitely WILL have a cancel...hand, machine, killer, pen, whatever was in use at the time.  Precancelled cards will also have a cancel.

      SCOTT vs UPSS:  Serious collectors are likely to use either the Scott Specialized Catalog of United States Stamps & Covers or the United States Postal Card Catalog, published by the United Postal Stationery Society.  Some collectors use both.  There are 2 matters of importance:
    
1.  PRICE - Scott is published yearly, UPSS is published once every 5 years.  The information in the UPSS Catalog is advanced far beyond Scott, but the prices sometimes fall behind the market.  Scott is often a better guide.
    
2.  TERMINOLOGY - Cards in P.O. fresh condition; Scott calls them "unused" because they have NO GUM.  UPSS calls them MINT.  Cards with printing: Scott calls them "preprinted".  UPSS calls them UNUSED.  I use the UPSS terms.


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         COMMEMORATIVE AND DEFINITIVE ISSUES       

    Scott   UPSS            Description                  Mint  Unused  Used
     #      #                                           Face              
   
UX1    S1    1c Liberty Head, Large Watermark.....   ----   ----  22.50
    UX3    S2    1c Liberty Head, Small Watermark.....   ----   ----   2.25
    UX3    S2c   1c Same, Inverted Watermark..........   ----   ----   9.00
    UX5    S4    1c Liberty, "Write The Address"......   ----   ----    .45
    UX7    S6    1c Liberty, "Nothing but the Address"   ----   ----    .40
    UX8    S7    1c Thomas Jefferson, Brown on Buff...   ----   7.50   1.15
    UX9    S8    1c Jefferson, Black on Buff..........   ----   1.60    .50
    UX9a   S8b   1c Jefferson, Black on Dark Buff.....   ----   ----   5.00
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    UX10   S10T1 1c Grant, Large Card, Type 1.........   ----   ----   1.85
    UX10   S10T2 1c Grant, Large Card, Type 2.........   ----   ----   ----
    =======================================================================
    UX11   S12   1c Grant, Small Card, Blue on White..   ----   ----   2.85
    UX12   S14   1c Jefferson, Black on Buff, Flat Pr.   ----   2.10    .65
    UX12   S15   1c Jefferson, Black on Buff, Rotary Pr  ----   ----   1.50
    UX14   S17   1c Jefferson, Black on Buff..........   ----   2.50    .45
    UX15   S19   1c John Adams, Black on Buff.........   ----   ----   ----
    UX18   S22   1c William McKinley, Side View.......   ----   1.60    .35
    UX19   S24   1c William McKinley, Square Design...   ----   ----    .50
    UX20   S26   1c McKinley, Writing Space on Front..   ----   ----   4.25
    UX21   S28   1c McKinley, Blue, w. Background Lines  ----  18.00  13.00
    UX22   S30   1c McKinley, Blue, No Background Lines  ----   1.65    .35
    UX24   S33   1c McKinley, Red, No Background Lines   ----   1.15    .35
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    UX27   S37e  1c Thomas Jefferson, Green on Buff...   ----    .25    .25
    UX27   S37eC 1c Thomas Jefferson, Green on Canary.   ----    ---    .30
    UX27a  S37a or aa 1c Jefferson, on "Cream" paper..   ----   1.25    .65
    UX27   S37b  1c Jefferson, Potter Rotary Press....   ----  15.00   9.00
    UX27   S37c  1c Jefferson, Flat Bed Electro Press.   ---- 100.00   ----
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    UX28   S40   1c Abraham Lincoln, Green on Various.   ----    .30    .30
    =======================================================================
    UX29   S41   2c Jefferson, Die 1, Carmine on Buff.   ----   ----   2.00
    UX29   S41T  2c Jefferson, Small "THI" Variety....  26.50   ----   3.00
    UX29   S41P  2c Jefferson, Dash in "P" of POSTAL..  25.00   ----   ----
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    UX30   S42   2c Jefferson, Die 2, carmine on buff.   ----   4.25   1.60
    ===========-===========================================================
    UX33   S45   1c on 2c (UX30) Jefferson, Die 2.....   ----   ----   ----
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    UX35   S47   1c on 2c (UX30), Press-Printed.......                    
           S47-1   Washington Ovpt....................   ----   ----  37.50
    =======================================================================
    UX38   S54a  2c Franklin, Type 1 - Electrotype....   ----   ----    .30
    UX38   S54b  2c Franklin, Type 2 - Steel Plate....   ----    .25    .25
    ======================================================================
    UX39   S56-1 2c on 1c (UX27), Normal Surcharge....   ----    .25    .35
    UX39a  S56-3 Same, Surcharge Reading down at Right   ----   ----  10.00
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    UX40a  S58-2 2c on 1c (UX28), Sch. Vert. at Left..   ----   ----   ----
    UX41   S57   2c on 1c (UX27), Press-Printed.......   ----   ----   2.00
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    UX42   S59bN-H2 Offset Sch, Notch in "D", Head 2..   ----   ----   ----
    UX42   S59bN-H3 Offset Sch, Notch in "D", Head 3..   ----   ----   3.00
    UX42   S59bNH-H2 Offset Sch, Notch&Hole in "D", H2   ----   ----   3.00
    UX42   S59bNH-H3 Offset Sch., Notch&Hole in "D", H3  ----   ----   3.00
    ======================================================================
    UX44   S61   2c FIPEX Exhibition..................   ----   ----   1.00
    UX46   S63 - T1 3c Liberty, Type 1 - Electrotype..   ----    .35    .75
    UX46   S63 - T2 3c Liberty, Type 2 - Steel Plate..   ----    .25    .25
    UX46d  S65   3c Statue of Liberty, Precancelled...   ----   ----   ----
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    UX48   S66A-T1 4c Lincoln, Type 1 - Electrotype...   ----   ----    .30
    UX48   S66A-T2 4c Lincoln, Type 2 - Steel Plate...    .25    .25    .25
    UX48   S66B 4c Lincoln, Fluorescent paper.........   ----   ----    .75
    UX48a  S66c 4c Abraham Lincoln, "Tagged" Ink......   ----   ----    .25
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    UX50   S68   4c Customs Service...................   ----   ----   1.00
    UX51   S69   4c Social Security...................   ----   ----   1.00
    UX52   S70   4c Coast Guard.......................   ----   ----   1.00
    UX53   S71   4c Census Bureau.....................   ----   ----   1.00
    UX55   S73   5c Abraham Lincoln...................    .25   ----    .60
    UX56   S75   5c Women Marines.....................   ----   ----   1.00
    UX57   S76   5c Weather Services..................   ----   ----   1.00
    UX58   S77   6c Paul Revere…......................    .25   ----   1.00
    UX59   S78  10c Map of U.S.A......................   1.80   ----   ----
    UX60   S79   6c America's Hospitals...............   ----   ----   1.00
    UX61   S80-1 6c Tourism - U.S.F. Constellation....   ----   ----  10.00
    UX62   S80-2 6c Tourism - Monument Valley.........   ----   ----  10.00
    UX63   S80-3 6c Tourism - Gloucester, Mass........   ----   ----  10.00
           UX61-63 are correctly cancelled, but have no addresses.       
    UX64   S81   6c John Hanson.......................    .25   ----   1.00
    UX65   S82   6c Old-Style Liberty Head Postal Card   ----   ----   1.00
    UX66   S83   8c Samuel Adams......................   ----   ----   1.00
    UX68   S85   7c Charles Thomson...................    .25   ----   ----
    UX69   S86   9c John Witherspoon..................   ----   ----   1.00
    UX70   S87   9c Caesar Rodney.....................   ----   ----   1.00
    UX71   S88   9c Galveston Courthouse..............   ----    .25   ----
    UX75   S92  10c John Hancock......................   ----   ----   1.00
    UX78   S95  10c George Rogers Clark...............   ----   ----   1.50
    UX79   S98  10c Casimir Pulaski...................   ----   ----   1.50
    UX88   S105 (12c) Eagle, Precancelled.............   ----   ----    .75
    UX93   S110 13c Robert Morris.....................   ----   ----    .60
    UX95   S112 13c LaSalle Claims Louisiana..........   ----   ----   1.00
    UX97   S114 13c Old St. Louis Post Office.........   ----   ----   1.00
    UX100  S117 13c Olympics - Yachting...............   ----   ----   1.25
    UX102  S119 13c Olympics - Runner & Torch.........   ----   ----   1.25
    UX105  S122 (14c) Charles Carroll.................   ----   ----    .75
    UX106  S124 14c Charles Carroll...................   ----   ----    .65
    UX108  S125 14c George Wythe......................    .25   ----    .75
    UX110  S127 14c Stamp Collecting..................   ----   ----   1.25
    UX116  S133 14c Constitutional Convention.........   ----   ----   1.00
    UX117  S134 14c Stars and Stripes.................   ----   ----    .75
    UX120  S137a 15c Bison - Fluorescent Paper........   ----   ----    .60
    UX120  S137b 15c Bison - Dull paper...............   ----   ----   1.25
    UX126  S143 15c The Federalist Papers.............   ----   ----   1.25
    UX127  S144 15c Sonoran Desert....................   ----   ----   1.25
    UX129  S146 15c Great Blue Heron, Marsh...........   ----   ----   1.25
    UX132  S149 15c America the Beautiful - Seashore..   ----   ----   1.25
    UX133  S150 15c America The Beautiful - Forest....   ----   ----   1.25
    UX153  S166 19c U.S.A. - Stylized Waving Flag.....   ----   ----    .75
    UX154  S167 19c Carnegie Hall Centennial..........   ----   ----   1.25
    UX156  S170 19c Ratification of the Bill of Rights   ----   ----   1.00
    UX159  S172 19c The Old Mill, Univ. of Vermont....   ----   ----   1.25
    UX161  S174 19c Cobb Hall, University of Chicago..   ----   ----   1.25
    UX165  S178 19c Ellis Island Immigration Museum...   ----   ----   1.25
    UX166  S179 19c Washington National Cathedral.....   ----   ----   1.25
    UX167  S180 19c Wren Building, William & Mary Coll   ----   ----   1.25
    UX169  S182 19c Fort Recovery, Ohio...............   ----   ----   1.25
    UX170  S183 19c Playmakers Theater................   ----   ----   1.25
    UX172  S185 19c Beecher Hall, Illinois College....   ----   ----   1.25
    UX174  S187 19c Abraham Lincoln Home..............   ----   ----   1.25
    UX198  S212 20c America Series - Red Barn.........   ----   ----    .75
    UX199  S211 (20c) Old Glory.......................   ----   ----   3.00
    UX220  S233 20c American Clipper Ships............   ----   ----   1.00
    UX241  S254 20c Winter Scene......................   ----   ----    .75
    UX282  S295 20c Golden gate Bridge in Daylight....   ----   ----   1.25
    UX298  S311 20c Kerr Hall, Northwestern University   ----   ----   1.25
    UX305  S318 20c Mount Vernon......................   ----   ----   1.25

                          
AIRMAIL ISSUES                       

    UXC2  SA2   5c Eagle............................   ----   ----    .85

                     
MESSAGE-REPLY CARDS                   

    Scott UPSS            Description                   UNUSED UNUSED  USED
      #    #                                          UNFOLDED FOLDED     
    UY4m  M6   1c Sherman, Message Card Only.........    ----   3.75   ----
    UY4r  R6   1c Sheridan, Reply Card Only..........    ----   3.75   ----
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    UY5   MR8  1c Washington, Blue on Blue, attached.   50.00  37.50   ----
    UY5m  M8   1c George Washington, Message Card only   ----   ----   3.75
    UY5r  R8   1c Martha Washington, Reply Card only.    ----   9.00   ----
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    UY6   MR12 1c Washington, 2 Frame Lines, attached.  67.50  55.00  23.50
    UY6m  M12  1c George Washington, Message Card only   ----   ----   6.00
    UY6r  R12  1c Martha Washington, Reply Card only..   ----   ----   6.00
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    UY7   MR14S1 1c+1c Washington, Green, Sep. 1, att.  10.00   ----   2.00
    UY7m  M14S1 1c George W., Sep. 1, message only....   ----   ----    .50
                               Pre-1925 date on used copies is an absolute guarantee that it's Separation 1.
    UY7a3m M14 Sep 3 1c, Message only, Roulette 13˝...   ----   2.00   ----
    UY7a4 MR14 Sep 4 1c Washington, Green Sep. 4, att.    .75    .60    .50
    UY7a4m M14 Sep 4 1c, Message Card only............   ----    .25    .25
    UY7a4r R14 Sep 4 1c, Reply Card only..............   ----    .25   ----
    UY7a4C MR14 Sep 4 1c Wash, Sep. 4, Canary, att....   1.20   1.00   ----
    UY7a4mC M14 Sep 4 1c Canary, Message Card only....   ----    .40   ----
    UY7a4rC R14 Sep 4 1c Canary, Reply Card only......   ----    .40   ----
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    UY13-T1 MR22-T1 2c Washington, Red attached, Type 1   .80    .70   ----
    UY13-T1m M22-T1 2c Washington, T1 Message Card only  ----    .30   ----
    UY13-T1r R22-T1 2c Washington, T1 Reply Card only.   ----    .30   ----
    UY13-T2 MR22-T2 2c Washington, Red attached, Type 2   .75    .60   2.00
    UY13-T2m M22-T2 2c Washington, T2 Message Card only  ----    .25   ----
    UY13-T2r R22-T2 2c Washington, T2 Reply Card only.   ----    .25   ----
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    UY14a MR23-2  2c on 1c Washington, Sch Left, Vert.   8.50   ----   ----
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    UY15  MR25 2c on 1c Washington, Press-Printed, att   ----   ----   ----
    UY15m M25  2c/1c George Wash., Message Card only..   ----   ----  10.00
    UY15r R25 2c on 1c Martha Wash., Reply Card only..   ----   8.50   ----
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    UY17  MR27-T1 3c Statue of Liberty, Type 1, att...    .90    .75   ----

        END OF UNUSED  & USED POSTAL CARD LIST

 

        RETURN TO HOME PAGE                   LAST UPDATED: June 15, 2013

 


 

MINT FACE, UNUSED & USED CARD INFORMATION

 

     The "Penny Postal Card", introduced in 1873, changed the way Americans -- both businesses and just plain folks -- communicated with each other.  Before 1873, people wrote letters and businesses would send customers -- or prospective customers -- "enclosures" (invoices, statements, advertising) inside envelopes.

 

     First Class postage was 2c per HALF ounce.  Expensive...but reasonable, if you had a lot to say.  However, if you just wanted to send a quick message, it was overkill.  With a 1c Postal Card you could send a short message to anyone...at half the price.  Keep in mind, the telephone was still a few years in the future...and when it did arrive, long distance rates weren't cheap.  The Postal Card rapidly became popular for both "regular people" and businesses.

 

     At first, the emphasis was on personal correspondence.  The first 2 cards -- UX1 and UX3 -- were issued to the public as single cards only.  Business use of these first 2 cards wasn't widespread.  Quickly, businesses recognized the potential here, and asked the P.O.D. to issue UNCUT sheets (usually 40 cards or so) for printing ads.  The age of Postal Card advertising had begun.

 

     Many businesses used Postal Cards to carry on their daily trade with established customers.  Invoices, statements of account, "payment overdue" prods and notices of new product available were mailed regularly.  Legal notices were mailed by businesses and governments.  Meeting notices were mailed by organizations.

 

     Businesses also used Postal Card mailings to develop new clients, as well as prod the older ones to spend more.  In a certain sense, many of these cards were the equivalent of Internet SPAM.  For $100 (plus labor, which was cheap in those days!), a business could send a mailing to 10,000 customers...or prospects.  This was very cost effective.

 

     Another use was soon found for cards; business reply mail.  A "letter" was mailed to a customer, which contained a Postal Card with the printed address of the Company.  This courtesy generated a lot of business...so much so that in 1892 the P.O.D. began issuing "Message-Reply" double cards.  It worked pretty well for people, too....

 

     Except for a brief emergency increase during World War 1, the "Postcard Rate" remained 1c until 1952.  This was the Golden Age of the Postal Card.  And frankly, it was equally as good for its cousin, the Picture Post Card. 

 

     By the 1960s, inflation had forced both the "letter rate" and "card rate" higher to the extent that Postal Cards lost their huge cost advantage over regular first class mail.    In 1873, 1c vs. 2c was a big advantage; by 1973 6c vs. 8c was negligible; for the extra 2c it paid to use a letter and stuff it full of circulars, coupons, whatever...The "Golden Age" had come to an end for advertising.  Printed cards after the 1960s are difficult to find.

 

     But there was worse to come for the use of Postal Cards in general.  Long distance telephone rates would decrease, and the use of Postal Cards for personal correspondence would mirror that decrease...PLUS, the rise of the INTERNET and the use of E-MAIL in the 1990s pretty much murdered the Postal Card.

 

     I say this seriously; it is easier for me, as a dealer, to find a used UX3...MUCH easier...than it is to find a UX300.  You will probably note that the prices I charge for modern USED material -- when I actually have it in stock -- are well in excess of "catalog" prices.  Now you know why.  With rare exceptions -- usually stamp dealers -- people are just not mailing postal Cards.  The USPS produces them for collectors, and finding them in USED condition is difficult.

 

     POSTAL CARD QUALITY: THE BUCK STOPS HERE  First, you should read my remarks about quality as it relates to MINT POSTAL CARDS.  Then, I need to tell you about 2 other things.

 

     Printed cards are often just a slight notch below mint cards in overall quality.  The P.O.D. sold uncut sheets to businesses, which had them printed and cut.  That which gets run through a printing press sometimes doesn't come out as nice as it goes in.  If the card is printed on both sides, that goes double.  Commercial cutting may -- or may not -- be up to government standards.  There is much more HANDLING, producing creases.  The printing isn't always sharp and perfect.  The cards are then boxed & delivered.  More handling.

 

     By the way, not all "unused" or "mint face" cards are PRINTED.  Some are RUBBER STAMPED.

 

     There are 2 types of USED cards.  There are "civilian used" cards (mint cards, used for correspondence) and "business used" cards (printed cards, used for business purposes).  BOTH of these types must endure the rigors of the U.S. mails, but the business cards may suffer just slightly more, as a result of pre-mailing handling.

 

     AS ALWAYS, the buck stops here.  You should expect clean material, but an occasional (minor) crease, bend, damaged corner, smudge, dirt...and sometimes, a just plain lousy, over-inked postmark should be expected.  Anything worse is JUNK, and I will weed it out.

 


           Steve Levine                                           Phone:  718-939-5788
                P.O. Box 951                                      e-mail: steve@stevelevinestamps.com
           Linden Hill Station                               
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