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In the last few years on the board have never seen 1 post about first day covers. Yet they are all over eBay and card shows. Who collects these? I assume they
Are of low value. Is there anything remotely valuable or rare?
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My father was an avid FDOI and event cover collector back in the day and TCMA even produced some. We've got thousands in our collection.

Also, I have a side business selling modern ones through eBay. So, collectors are out there, just not like there once was.




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Here's one.
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An odd hybrid between stamp collecting and sports collecting.


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My father was an avid FDOI and event cover collector back in the day and TCMA even produced some. We've got thousands in our collection.

Also, I have a side business selling modern ones through eBay. So, collectors are out there, just not like there once was.




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An odd hybrid between stamp collecting and sports collecting.

Remember, in the 80's there were also several baseball/sports related stamps issued. So, it made sense for sports collectors to go after FDOI's of those. Pair that with the fact that the hobby was booming and there you go.

Off the top of my head:

Babe Ruth
Roberto Clemente
Jackie Robinson
Jim Thorpe
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I collected them them as a kid in the early 70s. Was kind of fun. I'd mail a SASE to some post office in the middle of nowhere and get one stamped and returned. If I was particularly excited about an issue I'd go to a stamp shop in Roosevelt Field and get a special preprinted envelope celebration the FDC. Was a cool little hobby as a kid. People were very into it and had large collections in books.

From a strictly investment perspective, FDC were a bust. Put them on the same list as Hummels, Yadro, Norman Rockwell plates, and Thomas Kincaid paintings.

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I have have quite of few of the 1939 FDC with the actual photography in them with Ruth, Cobb, Wagner, etc. They go with some of the 1939 HOF postcards I was collecting too at a time. Fairly inexpensive but pretty cool items.
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I have a few, some I got as a kid by mailing away for them.

There's a lot of ones now where the cachet (The art on usually the left side for those who don't collect stamps) is added on to an old cover much later. Some are pretty cool, some less cool. I'm not really into the added on ones, but most first day covers have become really cheap. A dealer at a show I go to had several thousand of them picture like 10 monster boxes- 5 for a dollar- It was almost the end of the show and he said I could have all of them for $300. Glad I didn't buy them.

I like the sports related ones, and the event covers that have been done for world series and other sporting events. Most of those are a bit better.

A couple years ago I picked up some signed ones from a collection a dealer had bought from a Padres executive. All star game cancels, and some with nice signatures. Some were on odd things like the ticket envelope from the box office and an all star breakfast brunch menu card. Not all signed, but still really interesting.
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