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  • 2021 Issues
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    2021 Inauguration (page 1)
    August Wilson (page 1)
    Year of the Ox (page 2)
    Chien-Shiung Wu (page 3)
    Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly (page 3)
    Star Wars Droids (page 4)
    Discovery of Insulin (Canada) (this page)
    Espresso Drinks (this page)
    Yogi Berra (this page)
    Amtrak 50th Anniversary (event) (this page)
    USPS 50th Anniversary (event) (this page)
    John Glenn Centennial (event) (this page)


    Discovery of Insulin (Canada)

    Dgn 746

    Dgn 746: Sc. 3287 Discovery of Insulin — 5”x7” Dragon Card depicting syringe and vial, with a laboratory background. Inset photo shows insulin pioneers Charles Best and Frederick Banting. First day postmark. — larger illustration (new window)...$4.00

    Espresso Drinks

    Dgn 751

    Dgn 751: Sc. TBA Espresso Drinks (mug) — 5”x7” Dragon Card showing my favorite coffee mug, with a hangdog dragon asking for “More Coffee.” Digital Color Postmark ties four separated stamps. — larger illustration (new window)...$6.00

    Dgn 752

    Dgn 752: Sc. TBA Espresso Drinks (flag) — 5”x7” Dragon Card reproducing artwork of a US flag painted on a rough wooden table, with a coffee cup and saucer in the middle. Digital Color Postmark ties four separated stamps. — larger illustration (new window)...$6.00

    Yogi Berra

    Dgn 753

    Dgn 753: Sc. TBA Yogi Berra — 5”x7” Dragon Card showing Yankee Stadium’s outside signboards marking the death of Berra, with inset photos of him batting and catching. Digital Color Postmark. — larger illustration (new window)...$4.00

    Dgn 753a

    Dgn 753a: Sc. TBA Yogi Berra — 5”x7” Dragon Card showing Yankee Stadium’s outside signboards marking the death of Berra, with inset photos of him batting and catching. B&W pictorial postmark. — larger illustration (new window)...$3.00

    Dgn 754

    Dgn 754: Sc. TBA Yogi Berra — 5”x7” Dragon Card showing photograph of Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers stealing home in Game 1 of the 1955 World Series, with Berra applying the tag. But was it in time? Berra claimed to end of his life that Robinson was out, but the umpire saw it differently. B&W pictorial postmark ties the Berra and Robinson (Sc. 2016) stamps. — larger illustration (new window)...$4.00

    Two more Yogi Berra varieties are planned.

    Amtrak's 50th Anniversary (event)

    Dgn 756

    Dgn 756: Sc. N/A Amtrak 50th — 5”x7” Dragon Card showing a 1970 photo of an Amtrak train using cars from different former railroads, and a 2021 photo of a still-in-development Acela train. Amtrak, a quasi-public corporation, took over most intercity rail passenger service in 1971. A July 1, 2021, Washington DC round postmark ties the Transcontinental Railroad Golden Spike stamp (Sc. 5379) . — larger illustration (new window)...$5.00

    U.S. Postal Service's 50th Anniversary (event)

    Dgn 757

    Dgn 757: Sc. N/A USPS 50th — 5”x7” Dragon Card showing the pre-1971 logo of the Post Office Department and the 1971 logo of the USPS, against a backdrop of antique post office boxes and modern computerized sorting equipment. The U.S. Postal Service took over U.S. mail service on July 1, 1971. A July 1, 2021, Washington DC round postmark ties Sc. 1396 USPS, which announced the new agency, and a flag stamp . — larger illustration (new window)...$5.00

    John Glenn Centennial (event)

    Dgn 758

    Dgn 758: Sc. N/A John Glenn — 5”x7” Dragon Card showing a official photos of John Glenn as a U.S. Senator and a Project Mercury astronaut. The background is a photo he took from orbit during his historic 1962 flight. Two round July 18, 2021, Cambridge OH postmarks (the centennial and place of his birth) tie stamps representing his life: Senate (Sc. 2413), Project Mercury (1193, issued the day Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth) and Return to Space (3191h), from the Celebrate the Century 1990s sheet. In 1998, at age 77, he became the oldest person to fly into space up to that point, as part of a shuttle crew. As a Marine fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War, he was decorated numerous times . — larger illustration (new window)...$6.00


    Earlier 2021 Issues