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FDC's For Major League Baseball All-Star Stamps

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Posted 06/05/2012   08:39 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add wt1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Although there has been a separate thread going on about the MLB All-Star Press Sheets, has anyone considered the complication this series of stamps is making as it relates to First Day Cover collecting?

There is the traditional FDOI machine cancel, the B&W pictorial cancel and the color pictorial cancel available for each of the stamps in the block of 4 on July 20, 2012 in Cooperstown, NY. That's 12 different first day covers.

Then, there is the same combination of cancels for the individual stamps, except that the FDOI will be July 21, 2012 in each of the cities where the ballplayers gained fame. That's another 12 different first day covers.

That's at least 24 different first day covers for this stamp series alone.

In that there is "supposed to be" no discernable difference between the stamps from the block of 4 versus the stamps from the individual player panes, it seems the only way one can designate stamps from one sheet versus the other is based on the date of the cancellation.

Of course, with collectors being able to self-service their covers up to 60 days after the date of issue, there will always be those who will send in for the FDOI cancels on the wrong stamp on the wrong date and if there is no discernable difference in the stamps, they will certainly receive the desired cancellation(s).

Then there is the issue of those who may purchase uncut press sheets and potentially cut them up to create any combination of stamps that may be sent in for FDOI cancels at any of the locations and/or dates.

It seems that first day cover collecting for this issue will have a seemingly limitless potential for all sorts of combinations of stamps and cancellations that will make this issue one of the most (if not the most) complex issue for first day cover collecting in recent memory.

...and that doesn't even begin to address all of the various cachetmakers artwork on the covers for each of these issues!
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Posted 06/05/2012   09:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add clintd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is a good example of why I gave up collecting FDC's a long time ago.

If a FDC is not cancelled on the first day of issue how can it be a "First Day Cover"?
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