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US Zip Block, Mail Early Blocks And Copyright Blocks

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Posted 10/16/2015   3:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add msfong to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Do we know if people are still collecting zip blocks, mail early blocks and copyright blocks these days?
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Posted 10/16/2015   4:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, I'm not, though if I were trying to collect all the various manifestations of a particular stamp, I might just for that stamp. I collect topically, and I try to have at least one plate block for each stamp I collect. I've never tried to collect all plate block numbers, or the zip and other blocks for a particular issue. I also try to collect FDC's with plate blocks for each stamp I collect, and in one or two instances have settled for a zip block, I think.

So systematically, no, but occasionally, yes.
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Posted 10/16/2015   6:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mike33 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't collect them but I ended up with a pretty large amount in a collection I bought a couple years ago. I should try to trade them one of these days for something I do collect
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Posted 10/16/2015   6:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cjpalermo1964 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My impression is they are not valued highly and therefore probably not in great demand so not widely collected. The New York auction houses and other larger auction houses tend to list and sell them as bulk lots or accumulations, when they offer them at all. I doubt that any of them command any value premium over N x catalog value of a single, where N is the number of stamps in the block.
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Posted 10/17/2015   02:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add centerstage98 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I like ZIP blocks ... and I usually hold onto them. Have considered giving a collection a go.
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Posted 10/17/2015   09:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add MarginBlocks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have collected all of the margin inscription blocks issued since 1964. When the copyright blocks were unceremoniously removed from the Scott Specialized Catalogue after the 1995 edition, it has been my goal for 20 years to maintain a complete database of every inscription imprinted on the selvage, and now, the reverse liner of every US stamp.

Since the first ZIP inscription block was issued in 1964, there are nearly 5000 different blocks to collect and have a complete collection of ZIP Code, Mail Early, copyright, math, biographical, marketing, Olympic, etc., etc.

The database I maintain to track every issue and variety is 314 pages landscaped pages long. Since I have a nearly complete collection of these inscriptions, almost all of the data researched is from the stamps themselves. Hopefully, one of these days the data can be published or placed online. It has been a work in progress for many years.
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Posted 10/18/2015   07:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Marginblocks,

What more would need to be done, in your opinion, to make the database "publishable?" I should think, at the very least, that the APRL would appreciate a copy, and even that one of the US philatelic organizations might consider publishing it. Is it printable in PDF format? That should make publication, at least in digital format, easy.

Sounds like an impressive effort. But to clarify, when you say "reverse liner," I take that to exclude descriptive text sometimes printed on the back of individual stamps. Again, that's just to clarify, since it is still an impressive effort either way.

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Posted 10/18/2015   07:45 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
MarginBlocks,
I would be willing to help with getting the database published online if desired. I would publish this in a SQL format which would enable the database to be searched and filtered by users. Additionally we can add the capability for users to download their own copies of the database to their local computers. This can be done in conjunction with the existing Plate Block Tool that is online http://www.stampsmarter.com/pnt_landing.htmlor as a separate effort. Let me know if you would like to move forward with this...
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Posted 10/18/2015   8:59 pm  Show Profile Check eyeonwall's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add eyeonwall to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
ms - there are a few ho still collect them, but not many
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Posted 10/20/2015   6:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add MarginBlocks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have been working on my database for 20 years and it is still not entirely complete. It's original creation was a WordPerfect 5.0 listing with an alternative numbering system to the Scott Catalogue. Later versions were converted from Corel QuattroPro 8 to Microsoft Excel.

Just a week or two ago, I found out, on this fine Board, in fact, that there is a variety of Scott 1289b, and it was entered onto my spreadsheet. I try to account for every variation in the inscriptions and catalog them in the database.

Once you get to the era of multiple inscriptions and later, the small panes of 20, the descriptions become unwieldy. I am always looking for ways to standardize the database, make it easier to read, follow and develop a collection. Placing the document into a .pdf format should not be a problem.
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Posted 08/01/2018   11:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add JRS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Is there any formal or informal group, association or clubs available for zip/mail early block collector to communicate thru?
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Posted 08/02/2018   10:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stampman2002 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, I collect them.....

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Posted 08/07/2018   11:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add JRS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Collecting all four positions of comms,reg and air ? Are you working with group who collect zip by trading or purchasing? Data source using to id zips. What about MEs.
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Posted 08/07/2018   11:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add JRS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
MarginBlocks are you out there ? Would you be willing to share your data base for Zip and ME? Sounds like you have alot to share info wise on marginal inscriptions. It would be great to tap your knowledge.I've just about completed all ME positions and working on precans for MEs.
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Posted 08/07/2018   11:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add JRS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Anyone out their a past member of the old/defunct Zippy Collector Club Intl.(ZCCI)?
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Posted 08/21/2018   5:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add MarginBlocks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have been on vacation for a couple of weeks and read your post this afternoon. I can extract the data on ZIP (1964-1993) and Mail Early blocks (1968-1978) that are as complete as possible. The database of all marginal inscription blocks is 364 pages long and I have been working on it intermittently since 1995.
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