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Posted 09/26/2014   8:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add wt1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
It seems as though this thread should be posted in the "Back of the Book" section since it relates to stamped envelopes.

Fortunately, I do not collect stamped envelopes as stringently as I do stamps, so I can pass up buying the envelopes in the way the USPS is marketing them: Three different packets of 10 self adhesive #10 envelopes (with seals) for $9.95 per packet -- or about $1 per envelope -- it seems like an expensive way to mail a holiday letter.

http://linns.com/news/postal-news/8...e-sets-of-10
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Posted 09/27/2014   1:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jobi01 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, postal stationery selling above face has been the bane of both collectors and dealers for several years. After some time passes much of the material shows up in face value lots or starts at face value in on line auctions.
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Posted 09/27/2014   4:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add acanalizo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sure wish I knew where I could purchase USPS modern stamped envelopes (since 1970) at face value. I have always had to pay many times over face value for everyone of the modern stamped envelopes in my collection except those I purchase directly from USPS. In fact, stamped envelopes generally outpace stamps in cost to collector by far when buying from a dealer. The biggest problem is finding the varieties needed. I personally think the postal stationery issued after 2006 will become very hard to find in the future- it cost too much to have a large inventory of all the UPSS numbered varieties of each envelope. More than 50 varieties of Liberty Bell stamped envelopes alone.
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Posted 09/28/2014   10:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jobi01 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Albert,

Bulk, face value lots is the only way I know about to obtain postal stationery at less than the USPS selling price. But, then you have to take the wheat with the chaff and end up with a lot of duplicates. Very time consuming to sort and identify the material. Face value lots have been selling for better than face for several months now on eBay.
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Posted 09/28/2014   5:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add acanalizo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
According to Michael Baadke at Linns News, USPS will issue 3 different packs of 10 envelopes & seals, one pack has two different Snowflake imprinted stamp designs, a second pack has two different Winter Fun imprinted stamp designs, third pack using a single poinsettia stamp design. Envelopes will be issued October 1st. No price nor item # yet but in past it has been around $9.95 for each pack of 10 & seals. I would be surprised if any other varieties will be found for these issues due to design & use of envelopes but you never know.

It is all but impossible to collect stamped envelopes without the help Linn's and the United States Postal Society (UPSS) publications, bimonthly journal, etc. and it's members helping. Thank you to all who help the specialty!
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Edited by acanalizo - 09/29/2014 01:12 am
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Posted 09/28/2014   6:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
According to the Linn's article the price is indeed $9.95 for each pack of 10 (with seals).

The USPS order numbers for these sets are 688634 for the Poinsettia pack; 789834 for the Snowflakes pack; and 689834 for the Winter Fun pack.
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Posted 09/28/2014   7:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add acanalizo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow! Did not realize we have to purchase 3 different package sets! Thought all would be in one pack -

Thank you wt1 for link with Linns News
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Edited by acanalizo - 09/29/2014 01:13 am
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Posted 10/02/2014   2:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
For anyone keeping track of such details, the Holiday Stamped Envelopes are being issued in quantities of only 330,000 (total for Poinsettia design) and 165,000 for each of the Snowflakes and Winter Fun designs.

That's a relatively small number, but I suppose it is a test-market of whether or not such items will be successful or not on the retail level.

http://about.usps.com/postal-bullet...info_006.htm
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Posted 10/03/2014   4:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The UPSS to the rescue !!

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The United States Postal Service has recently announced a new set of 5 postal stationery envelopes depicting various holiday designs and scenes. These envelopes are available in 3 different "mixed" packs of 10 through the "Stamp Fulfillment Center" in Kansas City. The envelopes are packaged as follows:

2 different "Snowflake" designs in a pack of 10

2 different "Winter Fun" envelopes in a pack of 10

1 "Poinsettia" envelope in a pack of 10

For each collector to obtain all 5 envelopes would cost approximately $30 plus domestic S/H. However, the United Postal Stationery Society will purchase packages and split them into individual sets of these 5 new and different envelopes for $7.50 per set, which includes free S/H to domestic (USA) addresses. We understand they will be available for only a short limited time, and if we waited for the next edition of "Postal Stationery" for this offer, it would be too late. So we are sending emails to all members for whom we have addresses.

If interested contact upssputs@aol.com and indicate how many sets you would like. Payment details can be arranged later. We plan to order the sets shortly, so do not delay if interested.

Note that delivery may take up to 3 weeks.

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If I were not already a member, this counter-revolutionary act would have been reason enough to join.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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Posted 10/04/2014   02:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add acanalizo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wish I would have known this a couple days earlier, I just ordered a set of each and planned on trying to get rid of extras at our stamp club. The UPSS offer is sure a lot easier, too bad they are not on the USPS advisory board but I guess they make too much sense to be invited. Great work UPSS! You truly help postal stationery collectors.
Thank you.
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Edited by acanalizo - 10/04/2014 06:49 am
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Posted 10/10/2014   2:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Holiday Stamped Envelopes are now posted on the USPS Store's website for purchase. For those who may not be interested in paying such a premium for stamped envelopes, you can always opt for the first day covers, which offer all five varieties of the Holiday Stamped Envelopes with FDOI cancel for $3.70:

https://store.usps.com/store/browse...p-collectors
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Posted 10/10/2014   4:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add acanalizo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Wonder why the 5 Winter Stamped Envelopes are not available with FDC Digital Color Postmarks- looks like only plain FDC postmark available?
Wonder if seal will be affixed to back?
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Edited by acanalizo - 10/10/2014 4:20 pm
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Posted 10/10/2014   4:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PoStat4evR to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I thought the UPSS offer was a members only thing?
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Edited by PoStat4evR - 10/10/2014 4:52 pm
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Posted 10/10/2014   8:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add acanalizo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The UPSS does have membership and along with that there are certain other benefits from being a member, i.e. journals, discounts, etc., however it provides education to the postal stationery collecting world at large via hard copy and electronic publications and has developed (it's a fluid, evolving,living thing)a uniform number system of identifying all the varieties on each postal stationery issued so we can speak a common language. I would assume they are offering the pkg of winter stamped envelopes service as a public service and a way of introducing themselves to collectors of postal stationery.
http://www.upss.org/code/about.php
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Edited by acanalizo - 10/11/2014 04:01 am
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Posted 10/11/2014   4:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add acanalizo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There appears to be no way to get a digital color FDC postmark on the stamped Winter envelopes
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Edited by acanalizo - 10/11/2014 5:47 pm
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Posted 10/11/2014   6:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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There appears to be no way to get a digital color FDC postmark on the stamped Winter envelopes


Surely that means that they will soon appear on eBait as 'rare' and 'one-of-a-kind'?
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