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  • 2016 Issues
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    Botanical Art (page 1)
    U.S. Flag (page 1)
    Year of the Monkey (page 2)
    No. 2 Construction Battalion (Canada) (page 1)
    Richard Allen (page 1)
    Moon Global (page 1)
    Sarah Vaughan (this page)
    Shirley Temple (this page)
    Star Trek (this page)
    National Park Service Centennial (page 4)
    Dinos of Canada (page 5)
    Soda Fountain Favorites (page 5)
    Pickup Trucks (page 5)
    Pets (page 5)
    Patriotic Spiral (page 5)
    Haunted Canada 3 (page 6)
    Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly (page 6)
    Jack O'Lanterns (page 6)
    Diwali (page 6)
    Hanukkah (page 6)
    Wonder Woman (page 6)


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    Sarah Vaughan

    Dgn 579

    Dgn 579: Sc. 5059 Sarah Vaughan — 5”x7” Dragon Card reproducing art of the singer seated. Digital Color Postmark — larger illustration (new window)...$3.50

    Dgn 580

    Dgn 580: Sc. 5059 Sarah Vaughan — 5”x7” Dragon Card featuring a photo of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald singing together. The new stamp and Fitzgerald (Sc. 4120) are tied by the Digital Color Postmark — larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 580a

    Dgn 580a: Sc. 5059 Sarah Vaughan — 5”x7” Dragon Card featuring photo of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald singing together. Only the Vaughan stamp is affixed, tied by the Digital Color Postmark — larger illustration (new window).
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    Shirley Temple

    Dgn 581

    Dgn 581: Sc. 5060 Shirley Temple — 5”x7” Dragon Card featuring a still from “Stand Up And Cheer” (1934), her breakout movie. Digital Color Postmark — larger illustration (new window)...$3.50

    Dgn 581a

    Dgn 581a: Sc. 5060 Shirley Temple — 5”x7” Dragon Card featuring a still from “Stand Up And Cheer” (1934), her breakout movie. Black & white pictorial first-day postmark — larger illustration (new window)...$2.50

    Dgn 582

    Dgn 582: Sc. 5060 Shirley Temple — 5”x7” Dragon Card featuring a title or lobby card for “Fort Apache” (1948) showing Temple, John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Victor McLaglen. The Temple, Wayne, Fonda and director John Ford stamps are tied by the B&W pictorial first-day cancel — larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 582a

    Dgn 582a: Sc. 5060 Shirley Temple — 5”x7” Dragon Card featuring a title or lobby card for "Fort Apache" (1948) showing Temple, John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Victor McLaglen. Only the Shirley Temple stamp is affixed, tied by the B&W pictorial. — larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 583

    Dgn 583: Sc. 5060 Shirley Temple — 5”x7” Dragon Card featuring a scene with Cary Grant from “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer” (1947). The Temple and Grant stamps are tied by the pictorial first-day cancel — larger illustration (new window)...$3.50

    Dgn 584

    Dgn 584: Sc. 5060 Shirley Temple — 5”x7” Dragon Card featuring a scene with Gary Cooper from “Now And Forever” (1934). The Temple and Cooper stamps are tied by the pictorial first day postmark — larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 584a

    Dgn 584a: Sc. 5060 Shirley Temple — 5”x7” Dragon Card featuring a scene with Gary Cooper from “Now And Forever” (1934). Only the new Temple stamp is affixed and tied by the pictorial first-day postmark — larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 585

    Dgn 585: Sc. 5060 Shirley Temple — 5”x7” Dragon Card featuring a scene with Ronald Reagan from “That Hagen Girl” (1947). The Temple and the 2005 Reagan (Sc. 3897) stamps are tied by the pictorial first-day postmark — larger illustration (new window)...$4.00

    Star Trek

    Dgn 586

    Dgn 586: Sc. 2911-12 Star Trek — 5½”x8½” Dragon Card showing art of the original USS Enterprise. Each of the 7 Canadian stamps is tied by its specific first-day postmark — larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 595

    Dgn 595: Sc. 2911-12/5132-5 Star Trek — 8½”x11” Dragon Card showing art of the original USS Enterprise. The 5 Canadian stamps showing characters from the original series are each tied by their individual hand cancels from May 2016. The 4 U.S. stamps are tied by the U.S. B&W pictorial hand cancel. Only 17 were produced — larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 596

    Dgn 596: Sc. 5132-5 Star Trek — 5”x7” Dragon Card showing art of the original USS Enterprise. The four stamps are tied by the Digital Color Postmark — larger illustration (new window)...$6.00

    Dgn 596a

    Dgn 596a: Sc. 5132-5 Star Trek — 5”x7” Dragon Card showing art of the original USS Enterprise. The four stamps are tied by the B&W pictorial first-day postmark — larger illustration (new window)...$5.00

    Dgn 596b

    Dgn 596b: Sc. 5132-5 Star Trek — 5”x7” Dragon Card showing art of the original USS Enterprise. The four stamps are tied by the B&W “Mission New York” event pictorial (also the first-day date) — larger illustration (new window)...$6.00

    Dgn 597

    Dgn 597: Sc. 5132-5 Star Trek — 5”x7” black-on-fluorescent green Dragon Card showing the USS Enterprise. Originally printed for the 1999 Celebrate the Century Star Trek stamp. All four stamps are tied by the 2016 B&W hand cancel — larger illustration (new window)...$4.00

    What a difference 17 years has made in low-cost printing techniques! Actually, the first full-color Dragon Cards were produced the following year, in 2000 (Dgn 97 Kids Sports). However, in 1999, we were still using one-color printing. Ink colors other than black were an extra $15 to $25. Using two ink colors cost twice as much as one. One way to add color to a Dragon Card without incurring additional expense was to use a cardstock color other than white. For the Celebrate the Century 1960s stamps (Star Trek, Martin Luther King, The Beatles, Moon Landing and Roger Maris' 61 home runs), I chose "psychedelic" colors.

    Another change the new color printing techniques made was in minimum quantities: Before, at least 50 of a design had to be printed. I only wanted to service 25 of each of the CTC issues, so the additional cards were "put aside." Now, as few as one or two Dragon Cards can be printed for the basic price!

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