Post by meowthekitty on Jun 17, 2020 0:50:05 GMT -5
Meow just got this in paw today. Meow is not sure if it is a UY9 or a UY10. It is nice and dark, but the font is not of the pointed type of the one. It does have a little stain in the corners, but otherwise a very nice item for this Cat's collection. Anyone else here have a reply card collection? Reply cards are Meow's favorite type of Postal Stationery. Meow welcomes any comments on this items.
Post by meowthekitty on Jun 17, 2020 2:31:45 GMT -5
Yea, Meow noticed that too. It is a very nice example a UY9 at least. If fact, the surcharge is one the clearest darkest one Meow ever had. Its going to be in the top tier binder. Another little treasure for the Cat Hoard.
Here is what the surcharge on the UY10 looks like. See the very sharp and uniform number/letters? There is only one type for the press printed. Note the long sharp serif at the top of the one. I don't know if the break at the top of the 1 appears on all the press printed surcharges. You will need to consult the UPSS catalog.
For the cancelling machine surcharges on UY9, there are 15 types.
Post by meowthekitty on Jun 17, 2020 21:48:02 GMT -5
Oh thats what it supposed to look like. Meow can see how sharp the printing is. Meow was under the impression that the darkness of the surcharge was the important thing. Like how the light green and dark green surcharges are quite easily distinguished in the green Jefferson postcard and reply cards. Thanks again for your wisdom.
Your collection is definitely advanced. You're getting to the point where there will only be a handful of low/medium premiums left, and the rest are all big-ticket items. You can either fork out the bucks for the big-ticket items, or milk some more enjoyment out of the low/medium premium items.
You are already pushing the limits of what I know (and keep in mind, I no longer collect postal stationery). US Scott Specialized will soon no longer be sufficient for you. It sounds like you don't have the UPSS publications (or not many). If I may suggest joining UPSS, interacting with their membership, and investing in some of those publications/catalogs. Then you will be able to work on things such as the numerous machine cancel types, be more clear on cardstock color/types... and most importantly, will be better prepared when you do make the final move to acquire the big-ticket items. It is unwise to completely depend on a certificate when purchasing big-ticket items -- better to be well-prepared, and let the certificate provide additional confidence to your preparation. JMHO
Post by meowthekitty on Jun 18, 2020 2:21:20 GMT -5
Well, Meow does have a 1985 copy of the UPSS postcard book. Meow finds that it is not very intuitive (H&G books are even worse) and difficult to learn from. Meow feels they are like technical manuals for car dealership mechanics when one is not even a mechanic. Helpful if you already know whats going on, but beginners will be lost.
Meow has a much better understanding of the hobby compared to a year ago. But there needs to be books that can traverse gap between newbie and pro.
Agreed. A lot of the specialized books assume you already know the lingo/terms/methods. It gets to be problem if you aren't familiar with the wording. I had a post in another thread, where I pointed out that "surcharge" in philately doesn't mean the same thing as "surcharge" in every day life and in almost every other field!
One of the things that had me scratching my head many years ago, is that philatelist define horizontal/vertical laid paper opposite from paper producers (because they aren't talking about the same thing!!!).
H&G and the UPSS catalogs are on my list of resources to get. Of course, the list is pretty long. Which explains why I still haven't gotten them yet! But now that stuff is getting digitized, I'm a little bit more willing to acquire things. The printed stuff was just taking up way too much space that could be used for stamps. And my deteriorating eyesight makes reading printed books cumbersome. Being able to quickly enlarge on monitor makes life a lot easier!
H&G and the UPSS catalogs are on my list of resources to get.
I saw a 1990 edition of the UPSS catalog on eBay last night for $8.50 shipped and couldn’t pass it up. I may try to get a newer edition sometime in the future but, as this one covers the vast majority of the years that I’m interested in, I will probably just stick with it.
“The President of today is just the postage stamp of tomorrow.” ~ Gracie Allen
I collect US, Canal Zone, Hawaii, Canada & Provinces, Rhodesia, British Virgin islands, British Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, Great Britain, Iceland, Third Reich Germany, Scott International Part 1 and whatever catches my eye.
Post by meowthekitty on Jul 11, 2020 5:37:25 GMT -5
Ok, so..... Meow has a 1985 copy of the upss postcard book. Meow thought this Cat could figure out and catalog the variations of the UX33s Meow has in the Cat Hoard. Meow was wrong it was just too hard to figure out. A digital caliper in paw; Meow scrutinized an item studied it for an hour attempting to catalog its origin with no results. So Meow has given up on that for now.
Post by meowthekitty on Jul 11, 2020 5:41:03 GMT -5
Meow was also working on random stationery in the Cat Hoard. There are still some variations that Meow just cannot figure out. Anyone have an opinion on what they are? Meow would like to label them and put them in the appropriate binder.
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