Breast Cancer Research First Day Cover Collection
For those of you unfamiliar with First Day Covers, they are like little birth certificates for stamps. The special FDC cancel is only available for 30 days…
Doris Gold Cachet
This is a stunning Doris Gold one-of-a-kind hand-painted cover. I know, because she did it specifically for me. This cover has been spotlighted in several philatelic publications. Of all the covers in my collection, it has to be my favorite. The cachet depicts Therese Lasser, the founder of the ACS Reach To Recovery program, which provides support and services to women getting breast cancer surgery. Unfortunately, Doris passed away on April 25, 2022. Her legacy will live on without her.
Ms. Samm Cachets
Here are 3 interesting Ms Samm Cachets created by Marian Samuels from West Lafayette IN. They are hand painted by her. The first is number 1 of 3, the other two are numbered 1 of 1. I've been told that Marian is an 80 year old African-American woman and a retired fashion designer. Her covers are a little more primitively done than most cachets I've seen, however I still like her unique style. Marian created these hand-painted add-on first day covers to help her raise money for a trip to Africa.
Cindi Turner Cachets
These two beautiful covers have add-on cachets created for me by Cindi Turner. Cindi used to work with me at the American Cancer Society office. I discovered, quite by accident, that she was a talented artist and asked her to use her imagination to create a couple of add-on cachets for me.
USPS Commemorative Stamp Club Album Page
Here we have an album page issued by the USPS for its Commemorative Stamp Club. To acquire these album pages you must be a member of the Stamp Club. The page includes one mint copy of the stamp in a protective mount.
USPS Souvenir Page
This item is called a Souvenir Page and was issued by the USPS. The first official souvenir page was released in 1970. Many people collect them. The page includes a single copy of the stamp with the official first day of issue cancellation applied.
USPS Commemorative Panel
This is a Commemorative Panel released by the USPS for the Breast Cancer Research Semipostal stamp. The first Commemorative Panel was issued by the USPS in 1972. Many people subscribe to these beautiful panels. This one includes a mint block of four stamps in a protective mount.
First Day Ceremony Program
This is an actual Ceremony Program given out to attendees at the first day ceremony held in Washington DC on July 29, 1998. It includes a copy of the stamp with the official first day cancellation. These can be quite scarce due to their low distribution, however, many people collect only ceremony programs. The program includes an agenda of the ceremony and a list of the speakers and honored guests in attendance. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Dianne Feinstein were among those who attended.
Going Postal Cachets
These five unusual Going Postal add-on cachets were created by Rich Williams from Shalimar FL. I actually have two others that I don't believe are appropriate to include here. As you can see, Going Postal cachets are known for their irreverent humor and questionable taste. Rich's humor is not for everyone. The two middle cachets are obviously for adults only. I have blacked out the most explicit parts of them, but the originals were uncensored.
This nice TZUZI Cachet was created by Susan Hartman from Kalispell MT. Although the cover is unnumbered, Susan told me that she had only created one of them. The cachet's image is taken from the Breast Cancer Awareness stamp issued by the USPS on June 15, 1996. Susan used software to add some special effects to the original image before printing the cachet. The original stamp was designed by Tom Mann from Warrenton VA.
Eric Hummel Cachet
This is an outstanding cover created by Eric Hummel from Portland OR and is number 3 of 20. The cachet was created from scans of turn of the century artwork. The four similar images across the bottom are from Alphonse Mucha's "The Seasons." The image on the left side is from Manuel Orazi's "Loie Fuller." I hope the detail of these pictures comes across in the scan. It truly is a beautiful cover.
This beautiful DMZ Cachet was created by David Zigon from Harleysville PA and is number 2 of 5. I won it at the American First Day Cover Society's fundraising auction during Americover 99. The cachet features the fascinating image of a woman surrounded by DNA strands and test tubes. David told me that he used a color laser printer to create the cachet.
Kevin Colton Cachet
This beautiful cover was created by Kevin Colton from Seneca Falls NY and is number 5 of 12. Along with the wonderful main illustration, it also includes the logo for the American Cancer Society's fundraising event Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. I want to thank Kevin for giving me this cover to add to my collection.
This is a nice RFD Cachet created by Donald Morris from Beltsville MD. It is unnumbered, but Don told me he usually only makes around 30 of his cachets. It features an enlarged reproduction of the stamp with some appropriate text.