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United States/Covers & Postmarks : U.S. Postal Card UXC16a.?

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earwaves
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05 May 2019
10:57:18pm
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Scott UXC16 is a 21-cent postal card with an antique Gabriel weather vane. My unused one is worth 85 cents, at least according to my ancient 2011 Specialized catalog. I just got a first day cover, listed at $1.00. But underneath those is UXC16a., called "Blue and Red Omitted," at a magnificent $7,500, italicized. Neither of mine seems missing color in the illustrated corner, so I must sadly assume the Scott means that the alternating blue and red border stripes would be missing.

I have two questions:

1. Why doesn't Scott's clarify errors better? It would only have taken one or two words next to the "a." designation.

2. What does the fat angel vane have to do with the card's first day of issue at Kitty Hawk on the 72nd anniversary -- not the 75th -- of the Wright Brothers' famous flight? Just because the angel has little, unaerodynamic wings?

Zheesh.


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ikeyPikey
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05 May 2019
11:23:56pm
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I tried looking for an FDoI announcement in Linn's, or the FDoI program, and came up short ...

... maybe someone else will have better luck.

(These often explain the background to the design.)

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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06 May 2019
02:16:28am
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UXC16a is a striking error and commands some big prices at auction (like north of $12k); only three are known. Matthew Bennett sale #231.
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earwaves
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07 May 2019
04:59:26pm
re: U.S. Postal Card UXC16a.?

Thanks, Studie.

I think I like the error one better!

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earwaves
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10 May 2019
09:29:40pm
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Three known? That's 97% rarer than C3a! I guess fat angel weathervanes don't have the appeal of upside-down airplanes.

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