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1915   Postaco Stamps


Year(s) Published: 1915
Hobby Designation:   --
Set Name: Postaco Stamps
Card Size (inches): 1-3/4 x 2-1/8
Number of Cards in Set: 36
Est. Value (common; VG): $50

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Set Summary
  • Cards carry "Postaco" copyright, details currently unknown
  • B&W player image with player name & team near bottom
  • Red or yellow background inside thick black frame

  • This set was copyrighted by "Postaco," the identity of which is currently unknown among collectors. The stamps were produced in three sheets of twelve stamps each and include ........... The set is unnumbered, blank-backed, and not listed in the American Card Catalog.

    Surrounding a black and white player image on each stamp is a black frame inside a white border. The player's name, key baseball function, and team are printed below the his portrait. A copyright sign is located within the black frame in the lower left corner, and the word "Postaco" in the lower right.

    Of the three sheets used to produce the full Postaco set, a red background was used on two of the sheets and a yellow background for stamps on the remaining sheet. As a result, stamps are only found in one color (either red or yellow) for each player, but not both.

    Needs Research:
    1) Try to find info on "Postaco" (who they were, why distributed, where located, etc.)
    2) Need to determine rationale for order listed in checklist and gallery (i.e., one group arranged alphabetically OR groups of "red" background and "yellow" background arranged alphabetically -- the approach taken by 2002 Krause).
    3) Old Judge reference below suggests that yellow background was produced in 1914; red in 1915.

    1) Lew Lipset, The Old Judge Newsletter, Issue #29 (February 1990), p. 6

    See also:
    1) Network 54 thread (December 21, 2004)

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