COVID Card #95

August 8, 2020 | 0 comments

In 1962, Postmaster General J. Edward Day proclaimed, “We are not in the stamp lottery business.” This was in response to learning that some Dag Hammarskjold stamps had an invert (printed upside down) color. Day ordered 40 million more of the errors printed to avoid introducing another rare stamp to the world.

Today, stamps are roll-fed into printers, rather than sheet fed. So, inverts no longer occur. However, in 1994, when the USPS released the Legends of West stamps, 183 sheets made it into circulation before someone realized that Ben Pickett’s image was on a stamp meant for his brother, Bill Pickett. The postmaster general ordered another 150,000 sheets of the stamps to avoid adding another stamp to the “rare and valuable” hunt.

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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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