What is a First Day Cover? Are There African American First Day Covers

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A first day cover (FDC) is a postage stamp on a cover, postal card or stamped envelope franked on the first day the issue is authorized for use within the country or territory of the stamp-issuing authority1. It is a specially designed envelope bearing newly issued postage stamps which were postmarked on the first day that those stamps were placed on sale by the Post Office2. The postmark and date on the envelope indicate that it is a first-day cover.

There many African American Stamps that were featured on a First Day Cover. There may be the same stamp but the cachet or illustration on the left of the stamp is varied. Of course if an artist has hand drawn the illustration it will increase the value of the stamp.

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