SA 4 – Salvation Army FDCs United States 1965

SA 4 – Handpainted Ben Kraft

Salvation Army world centennial
Issued 02.07.1965
Postmark: New York (PM1)
Cachet: Ben Kraft handpainted cachet – Eagle
Text: 100th anniversary
Stamp: Single Stanley Gibbons 1249
Size: 165 x 93 mm
Remark: Unlisted in the SA FDC catalogue, and likely very rare.

General info about add-ons: Uncacheted First Day Covers that have an added cachet is usually called an “add-on” cachet.  These are done after the stamp has been issued – usually several years later.  This cachet can be either hand painted – hand colored, computer generated,  rubber stamp ink, sticker added or even printed on a press.  However created, the cachet “enhances” the cover and usually makes it quite attractive.  These add on cachets are usually done in small quantities and thus are really quite scarce!  The value of an add on cachet FDC is simply determined by the market place – what one will buy.  Many artists are now painting cachets on older issues and have quite a following.  Auction prices can be quite high! (Source: US FDC seller dwa7)