Collector eyes scarce, unannounced post office collectible

Thanks to an eagle-eyed collector on Canada’s east coast, CSN has learned about a previously unannounced issue of a scarce collectible handed out in limited numbers to customers at post offices last fall.

In conjunction with its 2022 semi-postal issue, Canada Post produced a limited run of worldwide postage-paid postcards featuring birdhouses, complementing the design on the stamp, booklet cover and official first-day cover. With a limit of 10 postcards per post office, the cards were handed out by postal staff to customers who made a charitable donation to the Canada Post Community Foundation on Oct. 12.

“Because you made a $1 donation at the time of purchase of the latest Community Foundation charity booklet, you were entitled to be given one,” collector Michael Ratushny, of Sydney, N.S., told CSN this winter. “Several offices I visited still have them as they did not pass them out, forgot about them or did not inform other counter salespersons about them, so some are still available.”

The front of the card features an artful, colourful design echoing last year’s semi-postal stamp while the back includes a pre-paid indicia depicting the stamp’s design.

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