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by Lloyd A. de Vries

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    Started in 1983 with the Metropolitan Opera issue, Dragon Cards are produced for occasional U.S. issues, particularly those dealing with music. Most are cards; the majority measure 5- by 7-inches. All are produced in limited quantities. We often make combinations (FDCs with related stamps).

    Every issue still available (and many that are not) is listed somewhere on this site; This is the most-complete listing of what's available. We no longer publish a printed pricelist on a regular basis. (But we'll put together a custom list for those not on the Internet, so please tell your friends.)

    Milestone Reached: The Ralph Ellison Literary Arts Dragon Card is Dgn 500! Now, that number is somewhat arbitrary. My numbering practices change from time to time. For example, there are five similar but different Hattie McDaniel designs, but all are Dgn 225 with a suffix letter. On the other hand, there are two varieties for this year's Shirley Chisholm stamp, with identical designs but different tinting, and each got a separate number. Still, it means there have been about 500 different Dragon Cards in 30 years.

    Likely 2014 issues: Of the issues we know so far (and you can find details on The Virtual Stamp Club website), The "Fort McHenry/SSB" War of 1812 stamp, and others that may not yet have been announced). Also, Israel's "Fiddler on the Roof" stamps, designed by Topol (September).

    Our shipping rates went up
    with the U.S. postal rate hike of January 26th: they were no longer covering even postage. Within the U.S. it is a flat rate of $1.40, no matter how much you order; $2.75 to Canada; $3.75 to Mexico; and $4.25 to other countries. (Not all the pages have been updated properly. If you are overcharged for P&H by PayPal, we will promptly refund the difference.)

    We're told the shopping cart system doesn't work on some of the older pages. If you get an error message (a surefire sign the system isn't working!) just e-mail me and I'll send you an invoice for the desired items.

    The Dragon Card for the Apples stamp, Dgn 453, took second place in the 2013 AFDCS Cachetmakers Contest for Printed Art/Two Colors or More. Last year, a War of 1812 Dragon Card designed by Chris Calle (Dgn 447) won the same award, and three years ago, Dragon Card for the King & Queen of Hearts Love stamp, Dgn 332, was the winner in the same category.

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    Join the American First Day Cover Society using "Dragon Cards" as your proposer, and
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    The State of New Jersey has "requested" that we collect 7% sales tax from NJ residents. Sorry, it's not my idea of a good time, either.

    Subscribe! We can customize your subscription for upcoming issues in countless ways  every commemorative, every combo, everything we produce, every left-handed hermaphrodite, you name it. What's in it for you? You're guaranteed we won't sell out of an item before you get it, because we'll have put it aside for you before it goes on sale. And sometimes we make special versions of Dragon Cards that are offered first and sometimes only to subscribers. If your shipping address is in the U.S., there won't be a charge for P&H, either. And sometimes there are discounts, too.

    GoDaddy $3.99 Domain NamesWe are selling out of many items; please check first via e-mail so we can confirm and put aside the items you want. We try to keep this site as up-to-date as we can.

    Let PayPal work for you even if you don't want to use PayPal: As you see something you want to order, add it to your shopping cart. When you're done, the PayPal shopping cart (a pop-up window) will display the list of all your items. Copy it down (or hit "print" on your browser), then "delete" all the items in your PayPal shopping cart, and order by another method. (Don't tell 'em I suggested this )

    Clearance!Check out the Clearance page, with 79 issues priced at 4 for $3, 6 for $7.50 and 20 for $20. You can buy all different or quantities of the same issue. Get a head start on your Dragon Cards collection.

    Now It Can Be Told: ("Why" is another matter.) Updated June 2012. Some behind-the-scenes stories about Dragon Cards you might not have known (and might not want to know, but it's my Web site, and you're free to skip this page). This edition shows designs that weren't used.

    Dragon Cards are also offered on eBay and Delcampe, but the best prices are here on this site. The seller name on eBay and Delcampe is "LloydStamps."

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    Member The Virtual Stamp Club (founder and president), American Philatelic Society, American First Day Cover Society (president), AFDCS' Claude C. Ries and Robert C. Graebner Chapters, American Topical Association, Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections, National Stamp Dealers Association (board), Cachet Makers Association, Maximum Card Study Unit, U.S. Stamp Society, Writers Unit #30 (vice president), and American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. Click on the APS or AFDCS logos for online membership applications for those two organizations.