Ex-Karrer Collection of Canal Zone C33 First Day Covers at Ebay

(Published: May, 2019, Volume 19, Number 2, Issue #49) (Table Of Contents)
(Author: Larry Fillion / Brad Wilde)

Below is an image of the malaria items from the Karrer items (through eBay member silversands). Of the 32 items, 29 of them sold. Some went cheap and some went for a lot of money. The ones which went for a lot of money of course are the hand-drawn FDCs including Maul and A O King (which I had never heard of before this sale). I believe that some of the bidders were not Anti-Malaria collectors but Canal Zone FDC collectors. I bid on and won many of the FDCs (some cheap and some not so cheap) and the newly purchased FDCs will complete my four frame exhibit "Canal Zone's 1962 Anti-Malaria airmail stamp and its First Day Covers" which will be shown for the for the first time later in 2019.

Robert J. Karrer is a noted philatelist who assembled gold medal collections pertaining to Charleston, South Carolina, and the Canal Zone. He is also an avid postcard collector. For nearly 30 years he was the editor of the Isthmian Collectors Club Journal and wrote 100s of articles pertaining to Panama and the Canal Zone. He also wrote numerous articles for the Canal Zone Study Group and was the co-author of Panama Patchwork Revisited which is an in depth review of the postcards prepared by the I. L. Maduro firm in Panama (on line at the Canal Zone Study Group's website on the Canal Zone Study Group Online Documents page.

Brad Wilde is a collector of the philatelic history of Panama (1881 -1953), the Canal Zone (airmail usages), and SCADTA (usages to, through, and from the Isthmus of Panama). He also owns approximately 12,000 postcards pertaining to the Isthmus of Panama. He was raised in the former Canal Zone and recently retired after serving his country as a diplomat with posting in the Far East, the Americas, and Europe. He is the co-author of Canal Zone Airmail Rates published by the Canal Zone Study Group and Panama Patchwork Revisited. He is finishing a catalogue of all of the first day cover cachets of the Canal Zone begun by Roger Wentworth & Robert J. Karrer. He is currently the editor of Copaphil's journal Copacarta and will become the editor of the Canal Zone Study Group's journal Canal Zone Philatelist. He can be reached at bgwndal@gmail.com.

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