Stamp Collection
larsdog

 
Beyond Back of Book

It may seem strange, but the purpose of this section is to show you what isn’t included in this stamp collection! If you are looking for the most common BOB items (Parcel Post, Postage Due, etc.), they are in the Back of Book section (where they belong). This section is a treatise of the types of stamps that are NOT considered part of this collection.

I try to provide an illustrative example of each category. In at least one case (Postal Notes), the entire series is presented, but that’s just because I got a good deal on the whole set. There are MANY obscure categories, some not even listed in the Scott catalog, that could be included here.

It bears repeating: This is a collection of Postage Stamps of the United States. There are 8 categories of items that are excluded:

  1. It’s not a Stamp
    1. Postal Stationery
      1. Post Cards
      2. Envelopes
      3. Cut squares
      4. Wrappers
      5. Reply Cards
    2. Meters
    3. PVIs
    4. Permits
    5. Business Reply Mail
    6. Official Free Frank
    7. Military Free Frank
    8. V-Mail
    9. International Reply Coupon
    10. Booklet Covers
    11. Slogan Stamps
    12. Coil Leader Strip
    13. Backing Paper
    14. Selvage

  2. It’s not the United States
    1. Confederate States of America
    2. U. S. Occupation
      1. Canal Zone
      2. Cuba
      3. Office in China
      4. Danish West Indies
      5. Guam
      6. Philippines
      7. Puerto Rico
      8. Hawaii (prior to statehood)
      9. Marshall Islands
      10. Micronesia
      11. Palau
      12. Ryukyu Islands
    3. Allied Military Government
    4. United Nations
    5. Independent Postal System of America
    6. Joint Issues (the foreign version)

  3. It’s not Postage
    1. Stamps converted to currency (Civil War Era)
      1. Encased Postage
      2. Postage Currency
    2. Sanitary Fair (Civil War)
    3. War Savings (WWI and WWII)
    4. Postal Savings Stamps (for Postal Savings Accounts)
    5. Savings Stamps (for U.S. Savings Bonds)
    6. Official Seals
    7. Postal Notes (used for money orders)
    8. Test Stamps
    9. Revenue Stamped Paper
    10. Revenue Stamps
    11. Private Die Proprietary
    12. Other Fees
    13. State and Local Revenues
    14. Other Stamps (Telegraph, etc.)
    15. Modern Local Posts
    16. Cinderellas (e.g. Christmas Seals)
    17. Labels

  4. Covers
    1. Stampless covers
    2. Postal History
      1. Obsolete Postmarks
      2. Mobile Post Office Cancellations (RPO, HPO, etc.)
      3. Paquebot
      4. Unique Transportation methods (Zeppelin, catapult, rocket, etc.)
      5. U.S. Military (APO, FPO, etc.)
      6. Crash Covers
      7. Rate Change
      8. North-South Transfers
    3. Commemorative Covers
      1. First trip (e.g. First Flight)
      2. First Day Covers
      3. Special Events
        1. Expositions
        2. Inaugurations
        3. Naval Covers
        4. Holiday Covers
        5. Other
    4. Patriotic Covers
    5. Advertising Covers
    6. Advertising Collars
    7. Corner Cards
    8. Cameos
    9. Ladies' Envelopes
    10. Turned Covers
    11. Adversity Covers
    12. Mourning Covers
    13. Cover Art
    14. Auxillary Markings (RTS, NIXIE, etc.)
    15. Illegal Usage
    16. Damaged Covers

  5. Ancillary
    1. Early Plate Varieties
    2. Grills
    3. Color Variations
    4. Watermarks
    5. Perforations
    6. Paste-up pair
    7. Perforation hole size
    8. Private Perforations
    9. Tagging
    10. Gum Varieties
    11. Luminescent Ink
    12. Cancellations
    13. Precancels
    14. Perfins
    15. Bisects
    16. Tags
    17. PNC Coils
    18. Plate Blocks
    19. Booklet Pane Varieties
    20. Remarque
    21. Maximum Cards
    22. Souvenir Cards
    23. Souvenit Pages
    24. Commemorative Panels

  6. Errors, Freaks, and Oddities
    1. Selvage Errors
    2. Inverts
    3. Plate Flaws
    4. Color Missing
    5. Color Shifts
    6. Tagging Omitted
    7. Ink Errors
    8. Double Transfer
    9. Double Impression
    10. Ghosting
    11. Offset image
    12. Perforation Errors
    13. Die Cutting Errors
    14. Paper Folds
    15. Multiple Errors

  7. Fakes, Forgeries, and Facsimiles
    1. Trimmed Perforations
    2. Fake Overprints
    3. Fake paste-up pair
    4. Altered Facsimiles
    5. Fake Perforations Added
    6. Altered Proofs
    7. Forgeries
    8. Reproductions
    9. Facsimiles
    10. Specimens
    11. Proofs
    12. Essays

  8. Computer Vended Postage
    1. Vending Machine Postage Stamps
    2. Vending Machine Postal Cards
    3. Personalized Postage
    4. Personal Computer Postage

As a stamp collector, it was easy to limit my collection to just the United States, but there are many temptations to collect U.S. postage that isn’t a stamp and U.S. stamps that aren’t postage. Primarily we’re talking about Postal Stationary and Revenue Stamps, but there are dozens of other niches that often find their way into the BOB part of a collection.

I hope you enjoy the hodge-podge on the following pages. To me it is a collage of near cousins to the stamps I have painstakingly collected over the years. Although they don't exactly fit in with my collecting preferences, they are definitely worth a mention and a few illustrative examples. There are literally dozens of specialty areas shown, and I am deeply indebted to those specialists on whose broad shoulders I humbly stand to offer these meager scraps.

Missing items

Although I do not consider ANY of these stamps to be necessary to the completion of my primary collection, I would like to obtain the following:

  • Confederate States of America
    • CSA 9 and 10
    • wallpaper adversity cover
    • North-South transfers through Kentucky (both ways)
  • Official seals
    • OXA* dead letter office seal - forwarded mail (any)
    • OXB* dead letter office seal - returned mail (any)
  • Revenue stamps
    • RJM* - marihuana (any)
  • Other fees
    • RVC* - camp stamp (any)
    • RVT* - trailer permit (any)
  • Tags
    • "Live plant" tag
    • cotton bale tag
    • M-bag tag

Pages

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PART 1: It's Not a Stamp

Postal Stationery, Meters, PVIs, Permits, Business Reply Mail, Official Free Frank, Military Free Frank, V-Mail, International Reply Coupon, Booklet Covers, Slogan Stamps, Coil Leader Strip, Backing Paper, and Selvage
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PART 2: It's Not the United States

Confederate States of America, Canal Zone, Cuba, Office in China, Danish West Indies, Guam, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Ryukyu Islands, Allied Military Government, United Nations, Independent Postal System of America, Joint Issues
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COLLECTION

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PART 3: It's Not Postage

Encased Postage Stamps, Postage Currency, Sanitary Fair, War Savings, Postal Savings, Savings Stamps, Official Seals, Postal Notes, Test Stamps, Revenue Stamped Paper, Revenue Stamps, Private Die Proprietary, Other Fees, State and Local Revenues, Other Stamps and Seals (e.g. Telegraph stamps), Modern Local Posts, Cinderellas, Labels
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PART 4: Covers

Stampless Covers, Postal History, Commemorative Covers, Patriotic Covers, Advertising Covers, Cameos, Ladies' Envelopes, Turned Covers, Adversity Covers, Mourning Couvers, Cover Art, Auxillary Markings, Illegal Usage, Damaged Covers
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FUTURE

HOME

NORTH-SOUTH

TRANSFERS

FUTURE

HOME

NORTH-SOUTH

TRANSFERS

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FUTURE

HOME

ADVERSITY

COVER

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PART 5: Ancillary

Early Plate Varieties, Grills, Color Variations, Watermarks, Perforations, Private Perforations, Tagging, Gum Varieties, Luminescent Ink, Cancellations, Precancels, Perfins, Bisects, Tags, PNC coils, Plate Blocks, Booklet Pane varieties, Remarque, Maximum Cards, Souvenir Cards, Souvenir Pages, Commemorative Panels
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PART 6: Errors, Freaks, and Oddities

Invert, Plate flaw, Omitted tagging, Color missing, Printing smear, Dry plate, Color shift, Misperf, Gutter snipe, Missing perf, Pre-print paper fold, crazy perf, and Multiple errors.
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PART 7: Fakes, Forgeries, Facsimilies, and Counterfeits

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PART 8: Personalized Postage and Personal Computer Postage

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PART 9: Personal Items is not available online.