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philatelia
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22 Jan 2016
04:02:57pm
WOW - the imperf press sheet for the upcoming botanical issue is sold out already! I wonder if a few dealers have bought mega quantities. Sure wish the USPS would save a few sheets for us collectors. I had planned to order one sheet to use on my philatelic mail. Now I know better - next time I'll pre-order these popular se-tenant issues a month in advance!

Do you think the USPS should change their policies and limit sales to dealers?
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22 Jan 2016
04:32:51pm
re: New USA issue SOLD OUT before the issue date???

Mystic is a large purchaser of these items.

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22 Jan 2016
10:10:10pm
re: New USA issue SOLD OUT before the issue date???

if collectors can't get them, they'll abandon them.... it's what I'm doing

i still value them on cover, but I never want to chase current stuff

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23 Jan 2016
01:00:15am
re: New USA issue SOLD OUT before the issue date???

It appears that the Richard Allen imperf issue is sold out also. And it was on the website for only a day or two if that. I usually check ever couple of days to see what shows up. I never saw the listing. The express sheet is gone also. And those cost many many $$s. May have to give up collecting the imperfs.

Tad

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musicman
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23 Jan 2016
09:14:26am
re: New USA issue SOLD OUT before the issue date???

I echo David's response.....


....I don't actively pursue them, but will keep them when I run across them.










Randy

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Tom in Exton, PA
23 Jan 2016
09:49:51am

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re: New USA issue SOLD OUT before the issue date???

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"i still value them on cover, but I never want to chase current stuff"



Never chase instant collectibles. Reminds me of Beanie Babies...

USPS may think they are creating excitement but I think it will do the hobby harm as collectors cannot complete recent year sets.

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23 Jan 2016
09:58:49am
re: New USA issue SOLD OUT before the issue date???

It appears that in some cases the USPS effectively acts as a contract product developer and printer for Mystic. The resulting product is hard to differentiate from the wallpaper sold by the sand dune states. These issues serve little purpose other than to support volume marketers of "collectibles" such as Mystic. It would be interesting to know how similar US issues from five to ten years ago are faring on the secondary market. If they are selling for less than Mystics original retail, then promoting these as collectible is a bit cynical. Donald Sundman has done a lot for the hobby, APS and the National Postal Museum but I find it objectionable if the USPS continues to produce issues that mainly serve to deepen his pockets or with the knowledge that the issues will sell main,y because he is in the market.

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23 Jan 2016
09:32:45pm
re: New USA issue SOLD OUT before the issue date???

One thing to watch out for is that Mystic sells the imperfs of single stamps as singles. Scott requires pairs. The reason is because it is easy to cut the perfs off of a regular stamp to fraudulently create an imperf version.

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31 Jan 2016
08:38:14am
re: New USA issue SOLD OUT before the issue date???

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"Mystic is a large purchaser of these items"


See, Theresa, they will be available to collectors -- at greatly inflated retail prices.
Do you know, Michael, if they are able to cut a below-face-value deal with the USPS?
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DavidG
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31 Jan 2016
10:11:33am
re: New USA issue SOLD OUT before the issue date???

I collect used USA and a few folks I trade with, including a few on S-O-R have used imperfs (including those with marginal markings, that I love!) on letters to me.

Such a shame that Mystic is buying them all up, eh?

David

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petert4522
03 Feb 2016
09:56:20pm
re: New USA issue SOLD OUT before the issue date???

I thought this whole thing was crazy until I was at the Atlanta show this past weekend. I was there manning a booth, so I came in very early Friday morning. My booth was right across from the Postal Service where before the show opened at 10AM a stamp dealer bought one of those sold out (!) press sheets. The USPS had four of these! Someone else purchased the other three, also before 10AM. The First Day ceremony was at 11AM. I was right there to see the whole thing.
So why is the sheet reportedly sold out? Personally I do not care for this stuff, but I can see where this type of doing business leaves a bad taste in collectors mouths!

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