COVID Card #77

July 21, 2020 | 0 comments

In 1975, Christmas stamp production just could not wait for the Postal Rate Commission to approve a 3 cent rate increase. As a result, for the first time ever, the USPS produced non-denominated stamps. The value of the stamps would be 10 cents or 13 cents depending on when used and what the commission decided. They were sold for 10 cents each.

As you may know by now, my dad was a letter carrier. He was also a stamp collector. From the 1970s (or earlier) through early 1990s, he bought 3 sheets (plate blocks, actually — I’ll address those another day) of every stamp that was released (give or take a couple): one for him, one for me, and one for my brother. When my dad died in 2007, I received my set, as well as, a lot of extra stamps. As luck would have it, I have several plate blocks and a few 4-stamp pages of this very stamp.

1975 Non-denominated Christmas stamp

Cards 1-100

To learn more about any of the first 100 cards, select a number from the list below.


The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.

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