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Posted 10/13/2014   10:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add acanalizo to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I do not understand the USPS logic of design formats of the Distinguished American Series beginning in year 2000 with Scott 3420 thru the latest 2014 Chief Anderson issues. The first 8 stamps- Yr 2000 10˘. General Joseph W. Stilwell, 33˘ Senator Claude Pepper; Yr 2001 76˘ Senator Hattie W. Caraway; Yr 2002 83c Author Edna Ferber; Yr 2004 Athlete Wilma Rudolph; Yr 2006. Medical Scientist Jonas Salk & Virologist Albert Sabin; Yr 2007 Senator Margaret Chase Smith & 75˘. Author Harriet Beecher Stowe stamps use black ink with name in red on side. Then, for some reason, the next 3 stamps starting in 2008 USPS switched to color tone stamp Yr 2008 59˘ Author James A. Michener & 76˘. Physician Edward Trudeau; Yr 2009 78˘ Philanthropist Mary Lasker; then starting in 2011 the USPS again switch the basic design to a full color design in the next 3 stamps. Yr 2011 84c Oveta Culp Hobby; Yr 2012 Forever Actor José Ferrer and Yr 70-cent, First-Class Mail, two-ounce rate stamp, Aviator C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson. When view together as a series, it just throws everything off. The first 8 were somewhat nice –sort of look like engraved stamps, then downhill in my thoughts.




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Posted 10/13/2014   11:07 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cephus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There's a reason I gave up on U.S. stamps after 1993. This is largely why. They just get uglier and uglier.
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Posted 10/13/2014   10:13 pm  Show Profile Check eyeonwall's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add eyeonwall to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The last 3 really don't belong in the series. Just because USPS calls them part of the series, doesn't mean we have to follow like sheep.
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Posted 10/14/2014   10:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kirks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
acanalizo. I agree -- I like the earlier issues in the series. They remind me of engraved stamps.

I remember buying a Pane of 20 of the Michener stamps. They were not too much of a departure from the earlier issues -- a bit more color was appropriate for his shirt (based on the book Hawaii). But after looking at them for a few days, I used them as postage rather than keeping them.

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Posted 10/14/2014   10:47 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Trainwreck to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Just because USPS calls them part of the series, doesn't mean we have to follow like sheep.


Exactly! We, the collectors, define this hobby.

I consider the new Distinguished Americans a separate series. They go on a separate page.

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Posted 10/14/2014   11:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add acanalizo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
After considering we has been said, I will mount these on three different pages because the 3 designs are so different they ruin the aesthetics of the series as well as display page. Maybe label pages Distinguished Americans Series 1 2000-07, Series 2 2008-09, Series 3 2011-Present.
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Posted 01/14/2018   4:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Gierhead to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Question on Scott #3431 Hattie Caraway. I'm getting caught up on putting relatively new stamps away in my album.The Liberty Stamp Album page shows two Hattie Caraway spots. One for die cut 11.5 x 11 and another for die cut 11 x 11.75. I cannot find information on another Scott number. Is there truly two versions? Thanks. Dale
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Posted 01/14/2018   4:48 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You can use the free US Stamp Finder on Stamp Smarter http://www.stampsmarter.com/
Go to bottom of any page and click on 'Pop-Up Stamp Finder', naviagte to the regualr issues, click on 'Search By Description', then type in 'Caraway' and it will return the numbers you are looking for (use 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to see all Scott Numbers.
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Posted 01/14/2018   5:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Gierhead to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks. Never heard of that site.
Yes...there are two as I found out. 3431 and 3432. Not sure why. ??
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Posted 01/14/2018   5:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add JLLebbert to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The two Caraway stamps have different perforations. 3431 is perf 11 while 3432 is perf 11.5x11.
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Posted 01/14/2018   5:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jarnick to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I would not consider the last three stamps as part of the Distinguished American Series and would set-up the album page accordingly. The USPS may consider them part of the series, Scott may consider them part of the series, but I, as czar of my collection do not.
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Posted 01/15/2018   12:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sleepy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Scott National has this series appearing at different places, separated by year of issue, the segments differing in design.
Ive put the entire series all together, separating the last three.
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Posted 01/15/2018   5:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It is definitely not a consistent series in design.
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