ENVELOPES BY UPSS#
PART 8: AIRMAIL ISSUES
PRICELIST & ORDER BLANK THIS LIST is both a pricelist of my stock and an order blank. Scott #ís are taken from the most recent Scott U.S. Specialized Catalog. UPSS Numbers (when used) are taken from the most recent UPSS 19th & 20th Century Envelope Catalogs. 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 "email@example.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.
OF PURCHASE: Items from this list
may be combined with items from my other lists for a
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
INFORMATION ABOUT ENVELOPES BY UPSS#: AT the end of this list is some information about Specialized Envelopes by UPSS# which you'll find useful. I have a few words to say on the subjects of SPECIALIZED ENVELOPE collecting, and that most important matter, the overall quality of what I sell. CLICK HERE
HOW TO USE THIS LIST:
This list is a SPECIALIZED ENVELOPE list, intended for the advanced collector. It's LONG on numbers, SHORT on descriptions. BEGINNERS and INTERMEDIATE collectors will be more comfortable using my EARLY ENVELOPES and MODERN ENVELOPES list which provide better descriptions of the items.
There are 8 columns in this list...as follows:
1. SCOTT # refers to the number in the Scott Specialized Catalog of United
States Stamps & Covers. Where necessary, I improvise a bit.
2. UPSS # refers to the number in the Catalog(s) of the 19th/20th Century Stamped Envelopes and Wrappers of the United States published by the United Postal Stationery Society.
3. RA If "RA" appears in the 3rd column, then the envelope has a RETURN ADDRESS, or what the old timers used to call a "Corner Card".
4. UPSS SZ is the UPSS Size of the envelope. These sizes are listed below.
5. WIND ? If W appears in the 5th column, then this is a WINDOW ENVELOPE.
6. KN This is the UPSS "Knife". It refers to the way the envelopes are die-cut before the flaps are folded and gummed.
7. WMK This is the Watermark on the envelope.
8. PRICE There are 2 kinds of envelopes. COMMON VARIETIES, where the price is based on Scott, and PREMIUM VARIETIES, where the price is based on the UPSS Catalog. Scott Catalogs are issued yearly and are usually on the mark with pricing. UPSS Catalogs are fairly accurate WHEN ISSUED; the 19th Century was last issued in 2012 and the 20th century was last issued in 2011. In a few years, they're behind the curve, especially on the early material. BOTH catalogs are necessary to understand the price structure.
A GUIDE TO ENVELOPE SIZES: Created for a variety of reasons, Early envelopes exist in a wide range of sizes. Here they are:
UPSS SIZE 1: 118 x 65 mm
UPSS SIZE 10: 160 x 89 mm
UPSS SIZE 19: 191 x 99 mm
UPSS SIZE 2: 120 x 73 mm UPSS SIZE 11: 160 x 95 mm UPSS SIZE 20: 219 x 92 mm
UPSS SIZE 3: 134 x 73 mm UPSS SIZE 12: 165 x 92 mm UPSS SIZE 21: 225 x 98 mm
UPSS SIZE 4: 130 x 80 mm UPSS SIZE 13: 171 x 94 mm UPSS SIZE 22: 241 X 100 mm
UPSS SIZE 5: 137 x 77 mm UPSS SIZE 14: 119 x 92 mm UPSS SIZE 23: 241 x 105 mm
UPSS SIZE 6: 140 x 78 mm UPSS SIZE 15: 130 x 105 mm UPSS SIZE 24: 249 x 104 mm
UPSS SIZE 7: 139 x 82 mm UPSS SIZE 16: 134 x 108 mm UPSS SIZE 25: 258 x 111 mm
UPSS SIZE 8: 149 x 85 mm UPSS SIZE 17: 140 x 108 mm UPSS SIZE 26: 271 x 118 mm
UPSS SIZE 9: 149 x 92 mm UPSS SIZE 18: 143 x 111 mm
Recently, some new
sizes have been used:
UPSS SIZE 22A: 190 x 127 mm Used on Scott #U613.
UPSS SIZE 18A: 201 x 91 mm Used on Official envelopes which were used for mailing Savings Bonds.
UPSS SIZE 22B: 226 x 112 mm Used on Official envelopes which were
use for mailing Passports.
ALL ENVELOPES ARE MINT, WITH NO PRINTING, UNLESS YOU SEE "RA" IN FRONT OF THE PRICE.
just in the beginning stages of transferring my "SPECIALIZED ENVELOPES BY UPSS
#" listings from this website to my other website,
SteveLevineStamps-PLUS.com. This list (#6) has already been
This will not be an easy job, as my UPSS listings include over 2500 items... and I suspect it will take quite awhile. Please be patient with me...
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SPECIALIZED ENVELOPE INFORMATION
BEFORE I say a few words about Specialized Envelopes, I'd like you to read the information sections in my EARLY ENVELOPES and MODERN ENVELOPES lists. These sections should give you a general background, especially in terms of the quality to expect.
There are only 2 minor differences between Specialized (UPSS#) Envelope collecting and General Envelope collecting:
1. There tends to
be more "information" penciled on the back of specialized envelopes. NOT
ALL, of course, but many Envelope varieties have various notations including
Scott#, UPSS#, Size, Knife, Watermark, and on occasion, the dealer from whom the
envelope was purchased...even the price paid.
If the collector was a "name" collector, there might be a small rubber stamp with some sort of message "From the Collection of .........." For many issues, such markings not only don't hurt the value of the envelope, they actually enhance it. In the case of some items which may be difficult to identify, a good "provenance" (history of previous ownership) is a Godsend. Frankly, many of the early collectors were as knowledgeable -- if not more so -- than the dealers who hand out the "certificates" today. Their I.D. on an envelope is practically a guarantee.
The hobby of Envelope Collecting has gone through several "time periods"; each of these time periods was dominated by a dealer or group. Each of these groups issued their own Envelope catalog. There was the time of Bartels, the time of Thorp, and the time of the UPSS. Some envelopes which have changed hands across several of these eras have had their "information" updated. The backs of these envelopes tell an interesting story, albeit one which has used up a lot of pencil lead.
2. Many envelopes exist ONLY with Return Addresses. If you're a General Envelope collector, you can ignore these if RAs annoy you. If you're a Specialized Envelope collector, they're a little harder to ignore.
What I'm saying here: The Specialized collecting of Envelopes is a serious study. It isn't a beauty contest. If you're an advanced collector, you already know this...
There's also one MAJOR difference; the universe in which we work (or play, if you prefer) is a lot larger. Even though there are "only" a shade over 800 BASIC Scott #s (Regular Envelopes, Airmails, Officials), when you consider the different sizes, knives and watermarks, the universe expands to...well, you know, I never figured it out, but I'd guess it's well over 25,000 envelopes. Think of it as 50 boxes of 500...or, in sleeves/glassine envelopes, 100 boxes of 250 (takes up TWICE as much room if the envelopes are sleeved/in glassines)! OR, think of it as 250 FDC-type albums of 100. Any way you think about it, your collection will require a lot of space and time.
IF you're up to the challenge, I can help you a bit; I think I have a pretty fair slice of the pie, though of course, it's only just a slice. Envelope scarcity is often unrelated to price; it's often a question of being lucky enough to find the inventory. It's usually a random event. I'm out there...I'm looking...on occasion, I find and offer it to you.
ENVELOPE QUALITY: THE BUCK STOPS HERE I'm just repeating here some of the comments which appear on my EARLY ENVELOPES LIST. You should expect top quality while recognizing that Envelopes are not "stamps". Envelopes are a commercial product, and have only recently been printed with the needs of collectors in mind. I buy carefully and weed out any obvious problems I see. Thankfully, envelopes are spared the trauma of being packed & shrink-wrapped like some Postal Cards. Still, they are cut, folded, and boxed mechanically, which can create "defects of manufacture". As always, I try my best to weed these out.
There's one problem with envelopes which you don't find with Postal Cards or Cut Squares, and there's nothing I can do about it: GUM BLEED. Envelopes are gummed at the seams, AND Window Envelopes are also gummed where the glassine or plastic meets the paper. IN TIME, the gum will discolor the paper...usually just a trifle, and not on every envelope. This is usually not a problem; I just want to make you aware that every now and then you'll see an envelope which will be 90% up to snuff, not 100%. I'm sorry; I didn't manufacture the envelopes. If I did, I would have used a better gum....
While MANY of the EARLY Envelopes I sell will look as if they came out of the Post Office yesterday -- clean, fresh, and with sharp strong corners -- SOME of them will show some signs of age and storage, as well as characteristics of the era in which they were collected. Like Postal Cards, Envelopes were sometimes I.D.'d....LIGHTLY, in pencil, on the back. Such I.D. marks include envelope size, watermark, and a catalog number...sometimes the old, THORP Catalog, or the newer, UPSS Catalog. Anything beyond that, I weed out.
SPECIALIZED INFORMATION I'm going to be brief. If you're using this list, then you already know everything you need to know...and if you don't, then I can't possibly tell you. I defer to the experts. You need to own 2 books; they are the UPSS 19th and UPSS 20th Century Envelope Catalogs. They each contain a wealth of information ...
...and of course, if you have a question, please feel free to e-mail or just pick up the phone & give me a call. I'm always here to help.
Steve Levine Phone: 718-939-5788