National Geographic : 1978 Dec
printing of a new stamp, the First Editions are issued for one day only, and are certified by the U.S . Postal Service with the official First Day of Issue postmark. Fleetwood: a fifty-year tradition For almost fifty years, Fleetwood has provided serious collectors with the finest First Editions offered anywhere. Excellence has always been the one standard for every issue offered to Fleetwood collectors. Now, in anticipation of Fleetwood's fiftieth anniver sary, comes this announcement of The Proofcard Society of the United States. Although Fleetwood has issued limited numbers of some Proofcards to the public for some time, this is the very first time that collectors will be given the opportunity to acquire all United States commemorative Proofcards on a regular basis. By acting promptly, you can begin collecting these limited editions as a Charter Member of The ProofcardSociety of the United States. Proofcards: the superb Proof Editions Often called the ultimate philatelic issue, the Fleetwood Proofcard is a distinctive commemorative At no additional cost, collectors will receive a handsome gold stamped Album. Authoritative historical information will accompany each issue. that brings together a superb proof edition cachet with a historic new United States stamp and a coveted First Day of Issue postmark. The result is a splendid tribute to the American heritage. A truly magnificent issue with an elegantly embossed surface and, as a distinctive certification of individual perfection, the Fleetwood proofmark in pure 24-karat gold. in addition, each Proofcard bears an original work of art complementing the theme of the stamp and created exclusively for Fleetwood by a leading American artist. Thus, not only do members collect First Editions of America's stamps, but they also build a beautiful collection of First Edition works of art by some of the most sought after artists of today. Charter Membership gives special benefits As a Charter Member of The ProofcardSociety of the United States, you will receive the Proofcard of every United States commemorative stamp on a guaranteed basis. This benefit is particularly important, because due to the time it takes to individually emboss the Proofcards and hallmark them in 24-karat gold, they must be issued in limited quantities. For this reason, membership in the Society will be limited, and many Proofcards will be made available only to Society members. Thus, in many cases, the only way collectors will be able to obtain Proofcards in future years will be from a member. Another important benefit of Charter Membership is *1978 Fleetwood the opportunity to acquire earlier Proofcards, many of which were never before offered to collectors. Significantly, many of these were issued in editions of only 500 to 1,000. Moreover, Charter Members will be entitled to acquire them at 20% less than the prices at which they will be offered to other collectors. No advance payment required To become a Charter Member of The Proofcard Society of the United States, you need send no money now. You will be billed just $2.75 per Proofcard at the time shipment is made. Or, ifyou wish, you may arrange to have each shipment automatically billed to a credit card account. Of course, if you are not completely satisfied with any shipment, you may return it within ten days for a full refund or credit. Remember, Proofcards are available only from Fleetwood, and are not offered even by the finest dealers. In fact, no comparableedition is availableanywhere, at any price. But membership is limited. You are one of the very first collectors to be invited to join, and your membership will begin with the first issue of 1979. But other collectors may be offered Charter Membership at selected times between now and the end of 1979, Fleetwood's fiftieth anniversary year. To become a Charter Member, and begin a truly exclusive heirloom collection to be treasured for years to come, mail the attached Application to Fleetwood, One Unicover Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008. r~~---------------------------------- CHARTER MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Fleetwood One Unicover Center Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008 Please accept my application for membership in The Proofcard Society of the United States. As a member, I will receive a Proofcard of every United States commemorative stamp beginning with the first issue of 1979. I understand that stamps are issued irregularly, as announced by the United States Postal Service, and that Proofcards will be shipped to me under separate protective cover about six weeks after the issue date. An Album will be included at no additional cost, and pages will be sent to me with each shipment of Proofcards. I need send no money now. I will be billed just $2.75 per Proofcard, shipping and handling included, as shipment is made. If not completely satisfied with any shipment I may return it within ten days for a full credit or refund. An option to charge all shipments to your Master Charge, Visa/BankAmericard, orAmericanExpress account will be made available when you are invoiced for the first shipment. Signature Mr. Mrs. Miss Address - All orders subject to acceptance by Fleetwood. PLEASEPRINTCLEARLY City State Zip First Shipments to Charter Members will be made in late February, 1979. Fleetwood, established 1929, is recognized as America's foremost creator of philatelic commemoratives. It is a division of Unicover Corporation, not affiliated with any governmental agency.