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by Lloyd A. de Vries

1998 Issues
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  • The Celebrate the Century sets for the 1900s and 1910s, 1920s and 1930s were issued during 1998. Each set has its own page on this website, which you can reach by clicking on the decades listed here. The subjects include Teddy Bears, Crayola Crayons, Immigration, World Series, George Washington Carver, World War I, Scouting, Theodore Roosevelt (with the Remember the Maine stamp, and Jim Thorpe (1900s/1910s); Babe Ruth, Electric Trains, Jazz (Bix Beiderbecke), and Radio (1920s); and Empire State Building, Streamlined Design and Monopoly (1930s).

    Year Of The Tiger

    Dgn 56
    Dgn 56

    Dgn 56a
    Dgn 56a

    Dgn 56b
    Dgn 56b


    Dgn 56: Sc. 3179 Year of the Tiger black-on-mottled tan 5"x7" Dragon Card, drawing of a tiger at rest, with text explaining the significance of the Year of the Tiger. larger illustration (new window)...$2.50

    Sold out!
    Dgn 56a: Sc. 3179 Year of the Tiger black-on-mottled tan 5"x7" Dragon Card, drawing of a tiger at rest, text explaining the significance of the Year of the Tiger, first day circular date stamp cancel; with Canadian Year of the Tiger stamp and its first day cancel larger illustration (new window)...$5.00

    Sold out!
    Dgn 56b: Sc. 3179 Year of the Tiger As above, but with pair of Australian Year of the Tiger stamps and cancel; 15 produced larger illustration...

    Visit the Lunar New Year page.



    Tweety & Sylvester

    Dgn 65
    Dgn 65

    Dgn 65p
    Dgn 65i & 65p

    Dgn 65hc
    Dgn 65hc


    Dgn 65: Sc. 3204 Tweety & Sylvester 5"x7" black on "canary yellow" card, official illustration, with original caption. (Warner Bros. didn't like the caption, didn't like the way I placed the characters, and canceled my license to produce further Looney Tunes FDCs.) First Day of Issue hand cancel larger illustration...$3.00

    Sold out!
    Dgn 65p: Sc. 3204 Tweety & Sylvester Same design, also yellow, but 5"x8" with the entire "collectible card" perforated pane affixed. Only 6 produced. larger illustration...$5.00

    Dgn 65i: Sc. 3204 Tweety & Sylvester Same design, also yellow, but 5"x8" with the entire imperforate "collectible card" pane affixed. Only 7 produced. (It was much easier to service the imperforate panes than the perforate ones.) larger illustration...$7.50

    Sold out!
    Dgn 65hc: Sc. 3204 Tweety & Sylvester Printed on white cardstock, hand-colored with colored pencils. larger illustration...$7.50

    Sold out!
    Dgn 65hc+: Sc. 3204 Tweety & Sylvester Hand-colored, 5"x8" white cardstock. Only 3 produced.


    20 Pheasant

    Dgn 70
    Dgn 70

    Dgn 70a
    Dgn 70a

    Dgn 70b
    Dgn 70b, 70c, 70p


    Dgn 70: Sc. 3050/3055 Ring-Necked Pheasant Maroon-on-white 5"x7" card, text plus illustration of pheasant in flight, both coil and booklet singles, Americover '98 show hand cancel (that's where the stamp was issued), only 10 produced larger illustration...$3.00

    Dgn 70p: Sc. 3050 Ring-Necked Pheasant Plate number coil single, with the Americover '98 show cancel larger illustration...$3.00

    Dgn 70a: Sc. 3050/3055 Ring-Necked Pheasant One of each variety, with small circular date stamp larger illustration...$3.00

    Dgn 70b: Sc. 3055 Ring-Necked Pheasant Just a booklet single, with the Americover '98 show cancel larger illustration...$2.50

    Dgn 70c: Sc. 3050 Ring-Necked Pheasant Just a coil single, with the Americover '98 show cancel larger illustration...$2.50


    Ballet and Gershwin Centennial

    Dgn 74
    Dgn 74

    Dgn 74a
    Dgn 74a

    Dgn 74b
    Dgn 74b

    Dgn 75
    Dgn 75


    Dgn 74: Sc. 3237 Ballet Black on pink 5"x7" card, horizontal, male and female dancers flank center of card, stamp and cancel larger illustration...$2.50

    Dgn 74a: Sc. 3237 Ballet As above, but with Sc. 1749 Ballet from American Dance set larger illustration...$3.00

    Dgn 74b: Sc. 3237 Ballet As above, but with untied Sc. 1845 Stravinsky (cancel wasn't wide enough) larger illustration...$2.50

    Dgn 75: Gershwin Centennial Not a first day but the first (and so far only) event Dragon Card: Black on green 5"x7" card reproducing photo of him composing at the piano, two vertical pairs of Sc. 1484, the 1973 Gershwin stamp, red registry hand cancel in Brooklyn on 9/26/98, the centennial of his birth larger illustration...$5.00