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Posted 12/04/2016   11:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A maximum card of the 60 pf. value of the Berlin "buildings" series. I have collected these stamps for many years. This one is a real, glossy photograph.




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Posted 12/04/2016   10:07 pm  Show Profile Check DC3's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add DC3 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you, Bas! It may still be still on sale on Delcampe or eBay.
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Posted 12/09/2016   06:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Johan Buvelot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A nice one from Freiburg Baden. Germany 1948.





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Posted 01/02/2017   02:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DrewM to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"Why would anyone stick a stamp over the main feature when there is a better space available. Here the stamp is stuck over the cable car image when there is plenty of clear space to the right."

I believe that location was chosen so the postmark would fall on a white space rather than being obscured elsewhere. Not ideal, but the result is a readable clear postmark and not a bad looking card.
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Posted 01/02/2017   02:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DrewM to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful cards. I imagine the appeal of maximum cards was their difficulty and complexity. Ideally, you'd visit the scene of the stamp and buy an appropriate post card, then apply the stamp and get it postmarked. Time consuming unless you have someone do it for you, and many governments will sell you maximum cards they've prepared for you.

So, they're much less common than the stamps themselves. Plus they add an additional artistic element with the picture on the card. And you know that the stamp honoring that subject actually was "there" at some point -- which you don't know for most stamps. In fact, many countries' stamps have been printed in other countries and sold to collectors without ever even being sold in the home country. It would be hard to do that with stamps used for maximum cards which, presumably, have to be used in the country.

The rules of maximaphilately (spelling?) seem perfectly reasonable, but bending those rules doesn't bother me much. I think you just don't want the post card to look like it was produced for use as a maximum card. So it shouldn't look identical to the stamp. Much better to have to find a card that sort of matches. Placing the stamp on the card is easy to do. Then you find a post office. Takes time, doesn't it?

Even harder than a first day cover where you can use a blank envelope and put it in the mail slot for a postmark. I suppose you could purchase appropriate post cards ahead of time and mail them to the proper post office to be cancelled. I wonder if they would let them go through the mails, though, as many countries have rules about stamps only being put on the message side? So maybe you can't mail them but only get them postmarked and handed back to you?

I wonder if there are dealers who still produce maximum cards like these? I'd think it would be so time-consuming, no one would want to do it for long. Of course, this makes the cards even more desirable, doesn't it?
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DrewM, Greetings:

I prefer potentially serendipitous maxi-cards, eg, when the card was being sent person-to-person with a message, and the card subject & stamp subject & postmark intersect.

When someone buys a postcard of some tourist spot and posts it nearby, you've already got two-out-of-three.


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... And you know that the stamp honoring that subject actually was "there" at some point ...


All USPS FDCs are now serviced in Kansas City.

Without independent information, there is no reason to think that any of today's post-issued maxi-cards have been anywhere but a print shop.


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... I wonder if there are dealers who still produce maximum cards like these? ...


There are collectors doing their own.

Perhaps, as with FDCs, there are a few artists & small-scale dealers doing something unique on a subscription basis.

But the same tastes & motivations that have led the MNHOG fashion to dominate the market for individual stamps - and that have led the pristine-unaddressed-cacheted fashion to dominate the market for FDCs - would presumably have led the govt-issued 'mint' never-seen-the-mails maxi-cards to dominate that market, too.

The new enthusiasm for artisanal (which I prefer to pronounce 'artist anal') products - I recently tried an artist anal ketchup, and flew back to Heinz - will have a tough time clawing a foothold in maxi-cards, in part because the market is so small to begin with.

Make your own!

Perhaps the way forward is for stamp clubs that are already organizing event covers as a fundraiser to also try a maxi-card, and see who bites.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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DrewM, the whole idea of the maximumcard is to show the subject on the stamp and the picture on the card together including the relevant postmark. It is also important to the collector of these that the stamps' image and that of the card are the same, as close as possible.

Peter
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