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Question About Cover Value Overrun Countries Censor Plus Oc-12 And Oc-15

 
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Posted 08/23/2021   11:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add hac5x3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Just wondering if anyone could give me their best guess on the scarcity and value of this cover. Thanks.

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Posted 08/23/2021   11:39 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
To what country was it attempted to be sent?
Is the enclosure still there?
"Return to sender" - is there a return address on the back side?
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Posted 08/23/2021   11:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hac5x3 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No back stamp. The form shown is enclosed with the matching censor number (tape and form numbers match) and it was actually sent to France. Thanks.
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Posted 08/23/2021   11:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hac5x3 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Backside has a printed sticker return address on the flap.
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Posted 08/23/2021   12:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Looking at eBay sold listings for this cachet cancelled as an FDC, the value would be about $5. The censor tape and the fact that it went through the mail would add to its value to a specialist, but I would think not more than 2-3X the basic FDC value.

John might know something about the nature of the markings and insert that would make it more valuable.
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Posted 08/23/2021   12:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Evaluating postal history is an art and not a science. I agree with the direction that blcjr takes. This is a philatelic item turned into postal history by its journey. (BTW, it never left the U.S.) Many FDC collectors would want the cachet without all the censor/return "clutter". Many postal history collectors would want the censor/return aspects on a non-philatelic cover. Supply of this cachet used in this manner is no doubt very small. I would sense that demand is very modest also, being within a very small specialty niche. With both the small supply and demand for any specialty item, it is hard to pinpoint a monetary value short of putting it up for sale, but the 2x-3x estimate sounds reasonable as an upper limit.
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Posted 08/23/2021   2:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Example of usage of a similar one for Luxemborg by a "specialist" can be found in the following:

https://sescal.org/wp-content/uploa...f-US-FDC.pdf

John's comment about FDC collectors generally preferring unaddressed and unmarked covers is generally correct. In my case, however, I find WW II patriotic covers that are addressed far more interesting. They played a huge role in my exhibit of the WW II patriotic covers of Victory, VT., and the unaddressed covers favored by most philatelic collectors were humdrum in comparison.

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Edited by blcjr - 08/23/2021 2:26 pm
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Posted 08/23/2021   2:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hac5x3 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks. Appreciate the responses.
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Posted 08/23/2021   9:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Those censor labels and enclosures are collected, and some are quite scarce. I know that there is a listing of them someplace, but I do not know the name of the book that has them.
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