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Stampme
11 Nov 2013
03:12:49pm
I imagine they are hard to find because I would categorize most of them as vanity printings intended as souvenirs for relatives who would likely keep them for the sentimental value, particularly if relatives or some other meaningful family image are printed upon them.

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Stampme
17 Nov 2013
10:17:14pm
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Does anyone on here collect customized postage stamps on cover? I actually created a few a while back when I released a compact disc of blues rock. Right now I have no idea where they are otherwise I'd show them. I had the front cover of the album used. I mailed a few and kept some mint ones.

Now, I'm thinking about collecting such stamps on cover. I'm probably nuts but I suppose I've known that for quite some time although I have in the past claimed to be the sanest crazy person various people who have crossed my path would know. I digress.

Are there any websites devoted to collecting these types of stamps on cover?

Thanks,
Bruce

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Suzanne
17 Nov 2013
11:11:37pm
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I don't have any on cover, but I would certainly keep them if I did. I do have a few that I found in a box of US stamps on paper that I bought a few months ago. I had a few from about a year ago as well, so I decided that I like them and I am going to start collecting.

I also bought two just a couple of weeks ago at a local stamp show. The dealer didn't think anyone would be at all interested in them, so he just put them in a stock book with a bunch of 10 cent topicals. So for 20 cents, I added to my collection.

So maybe keep an open mind about collecting them either on or off the cover. Either way, yes, collect them I say, and maybe do a google search to see if there are any others out there who are also asking, "Should I collect them on cover or not?".

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18 Nov 2013
05:27:35am
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i accumulate them with the idea that at some point some one will want them enough to trade me something really attractive for them; for the same reason, i save APC meters, which are still pretty rare.

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Sally
18 Nov 2013
07:47:02am
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I save them as well. I do have 3 or 4 on cover but those are hard to find - mine were actually mailed to me (one by a member of our stamp club). It is interesing to see what "average citizens" choose to put on their stamps.

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Suzanne
21 Dec 2013
12:33:49am
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Just got a new one today. My first one still on the cover. Not taking it off either.

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21 Dec 2013
06:14:25am
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Suzanne, yours is interesting too for having gone through the automated machinery (note the bar coding on the bottom) but not being stopped even though it underpays the rate to Canada by 64c.

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Suzanne
21 Dec 2013
09:48:50pm
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Wow! I never even noticed that. Thanks for mentioning it.

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ScottKH
04 Jan 2014
12:30:10pm
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Does anyone trade Zazzle or Stamps.com covers?
I print my own cachets and submit for pictorial cancellations with an appropriate custom postage stamp.
Occasionally I make doubles for exchange and would like to swap for someone else's covers.

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03 Feb 2014
12:57:10am
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Suzanne
03 Feb 2014
02:18:21am
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They are fantastic covers.

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05 Nov 2016
02:39:06pm
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Hey Suzanne..
Sending this one to ya.

-Ernie

"You are so loved." with stars..

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05 Nov 2016
05:59:46pm
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What is this? An online Valentine message service?

You're not supposed to put your name on it Ernie!

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05 Nov 2016
06:14:27pm
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Haha. You know Clive, that thought had crossed my mind. I'm really not hittin' on Suzanne, she's collecting zazzles. Please don't tell my wife! Silly

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Suzanne
05 Nov 2016
09:46:08pm
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Hi Ernie, just saw this. Thank you. It's lovely. Don't worry, I will keep our secret. hehehe.

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Tom in Exton, PA
06 Nov 2016
09:01:10am
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Ah, stamp history in the making. I think these will be collectible in the future, especially used on cover. I save every one I find.

Why? Because collectors are largely ignoring them today. So few will be saved.

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06 Nov 2016
09:12:25am
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I just think they're neat because they're valid us perfed postage stamp and they're one of the few modern items with a production run not in the hundreds of millions if not billions. I don't know the official definitions but it seems like someone could make the argument that they're more of a postage label than a postage stamp.

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DavidG
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06 Nov 2016
10:41:28am
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Most collectors I trade with don't want the Canadian nor American personalised stamps. I send them to Phil Bruno... he's a lovely collection of them!

David G.
Ottawa, Canada

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06 Nov 2016
11:38:49am
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Thanks David, hey Phil...maybe you can scan your collection of zazzles..would love to see it.

Ernie

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06 Nov 2016
09:31:33pm
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I also have no interest in personalized postage except the covers I personally receive. Often the topic of the personalized postage is something meaningful to the sender, and since I personally know the sender, it makes a connection. I only have 3 or 4, and I doubt any are worth a dime, but they all have a sentimental meaning to me.

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06 Nov 2016
11:18:03pm

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i can show a few...i always thought they were personalized...i was not familiar with the term zazzle..now which album are they in ? Angry

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06 Nov 2016
11:25:45pm

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07 Nov 2016
06:21:11am
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Too cute!

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03 Dec 2016
04:11:42pm
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Bought a mini sheet of these today. Wanted to support Bob' club, the Central Florida Stamp Club. Very nice people. Good to see Polyrapid also.

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09 Feb 2019
08:17:34pm
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Now, after 3 years, how do you all feel about the personalized stamps, in general, and the Zazzle ones, in particular?

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09 Feb 2019
09:10:45pm

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Personally, I think they are great!


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10 Feb 2019
07:53:15pm
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Now that Zazzle "customized postage" has been again stopped by the lawyers of USPS, how do you feel about the sudden rarity of them, with many having had by now a print run of only 20 stamps in the world?

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10 Feb 2019
08:59:20pm
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https://www.minted.com/ continues to offer thousands of designs; surely, many of them will be infrequently ordered and, therefor, be 'rare'.

Given the widespread use of the word 'philatelic' as an insult - as in 'yes, that cover is different, but it is philatelic' - wherein 'philatelic' becomes a synonym for 'contrivance' & 'trickery' - why do we think that Tomorrow's Collectors will care about custom postage?

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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10 Feb 2019
09:37:27pm

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How do I "feel" about it....

such a strange question, actually.

I "feel" like I enjoy collecting them for the novelty they are.


Rarity?

Some may be.


Valuable?

Only time will tell.



If you like them - collect them!

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pigdoc
11 Feb 2019
10:02:29am
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APOcovers, I really like your creations, echoing the cachet theme in the stamp design.

I regretted not creating something for the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing 747 (2 days ago), if not to collect, then to send to friends/relatives, or both! What stopped me is the chore of seeking out, and obtaining 'just' the right stamp.

I missed a similar opportunity for the first flight of the restored 1918 Thomas-Morse Scout, last fall. I had the perfect postcard, and I was stymied by choosing stamp. But, as it turns out, I did not make the trip up to Ithaca, NY for the event anyway...combination of logistics/weather concerns.

I had not thought of creating my own stamps!

Thanks,
-Paul

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Tom in Exton, PA
11 Feb 2019
04:01:51pm
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I don't go out of my way to find them, if one comes on my mail I save them on cover since they are modern day postal history. I've told my immediate family to keep an eye out for odd things like this in their mail too.

My older daughter has one on a wedding invitation she received but she won't give it to me!

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