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earwaves
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10 Mar 2018
10:25:52pm
Does anyone know why the UN #29 inscription block is rare enough to kick its Scott value to $55? I inherited an album which contains every issue from #1 to #58, 1951 through 1957, EXCEPT that 3-cent block. Was there a recall or something?

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fredcdobbs
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11 Mar 2018
10:39:23am
re: United Nations #29

Great question.

I have no idea what makes #29 a premium issue,Terins 1968 UN specialized catalog lists the inscription block at $43.75 a pricey figure for the time. It appears that many of the early UN issues that had printing runs of a million are given a premium, but not as much as #29.

The Terins catalog did not start listing printing runs until the 1952 issue of #12, which was 6 million with 1,274,670 sold. #29 had 1 million printed and all were sold out October 11 1956 after about 22 months on sale. There are many issues between #27 and #48 with printing runs of "only" 1 million so why is #29 so special ?

Terins info shows that all issues from #27-#48 were sold out, after that printing went into the multi millions and sales were about 50% until about the early 1960's and sales percentages went back up. Interesting that issues #1-#11 have last day of sale dates of 10 plus years listed in the catalog.




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11 Mar 2018
12:53:54pm
re: United Nations #29

When I looked at recent 'sold' eBay listing I found them much cheaper and readily available. There was one sold listing for the pair of inscription blocks for $6.00 (US).
Don

https://www.ebay.com/itm/United-Nations-29-30-1954-Human-Rights-imprint-blocks-of-4-NH-/232641075561?hash=item362a7d1969

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John Macco
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11 Mar 2018
01:05:15pm
re: United Nations #29

The story I read somewhere was somebody did a christmas card mailing (how many I do not know) and used a fair amount of the 3 cent stamp. That is why the remaining stamps have a premium value.

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earwaves
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13 Mar 2018
03:17:55pm
re: United Nations #29

Thank you, John, 51 and Fred. John's recollection of a mass Christmas mailing story sounds logical. It was, after all, released on December 10. That $6 eBay sale must have been a lucky grab. Cheapest this week is $12 for one block. I'll set an alert for that issue. "No item found" at the APS store.

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51Studebaker
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13 Mar 2018
04:33:34pm
re: United Nations #29

earwaves,
No doubt the 3C appears less frequently than the 8C. And the story that John mention sounds familiar to me but I do not recall where I saw/heard it.

That said and with 1 million issued, it would have to be one heck of an incredible Christmas list to impact the total population! A Christmas list north of 25,000 perhaps!?!
Don

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earwaves
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17 Mar 2018
10:08:55pm
re: United Nations #29

Maybe a big non-profit organization liked them. First Class Mail was 3 cents in 1954, but they'd have had to have been mailed from a UN postal drop. I've never been to New York and am not familiar with the building.

Wait, though... it's the block of four that's hard to find, not the single. What would have been mailed for 12 cents?

I should write to the United Nations Postal Administration. They might have a history section.

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earwaves
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23 Apr 2018
10:18:45pm
re: United Nations #29

My uncle, an avid UN collector, believes that UN staff and diplomats got ahold of that particular Human Rights issue and bought many of the million up, having had "first dibs."

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