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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : What is the difference between a first day cover and a maximum card?

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LiberianTriangle
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30 Mar 2012
09:15:19pm
I have to admit, I'm not sure what the difference is between a first day cover and a maximum card, since the few maximum cards I've seen have cancellation marks that are the same as first day covers... HELP!
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30 Mar 2012
09:34:01pm
re: What is the difference between a first day cover and a maximum card?

The definition of a Maximum Card, as given by Linn's Philatelic Dictionary is:

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"A picture postcard, a cancel, and a stamp presenting maximum concordance. The stamp is usually affixed to the picture side of the card and is tied by the cancel. Collectors of maximum cards seek to find or create cards with stamp, cancel and picture in maximum agreement, or concordance. The statutes of the International Federation of Philately (FIP) give specific explanatory notes for the postage stamp, the picture postcard, the cancel, concordance of subject, concordance of place and concordance of time. (See Exhibiting chapter.)"



At it's strictest, "concordance" of the cancel is interpreted as a First Day Cancel, and in fact the FIP may define it that way, however, in my experience, collectors are quite willing to forgo that requirement if the card is unusual enough. I have sold many early Maximum cards, to spirited bidding from Maximum Card collectors, that did not have First Day cancellations.

Basically, the stamp must be on the face of the card, and the theme, of the card must match (be in concordance with) the stamp. This does not mean that the pictures must be identical:

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(sold to very spirited bidding!)

As far as modern Maximum Cards are concerned, they are almost always philatelic constructions by the appropriate philatelic agency (although Fleetwood did a bunch for US issues) and invariably carry First Day cancels -- so they are in effect, also First Day covers -- but of course FDCs aren't Maxi Cards.

You will find a couple thousand Maximum Cards listed on BuckaCover.

Roy

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30 Mar 2012
09:43:12pm
re: What is the difference between a first day cover and a maximum card?

Thanks, that makes it a bit clearer!

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