The Classic Cancel

"running man"

Quality 19th Century U.S. Stamps, Cancels and Postal History


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1847 Issues

1851-57 Issues, Stamps

1851-57 Issues, Covers

1861-67 Issues, Stamps

1861-67 Issues, Covers

Blackjack 1861-67 Covers

1869 Issues, Stamps

1869 Issues, Covers

Banknote Stamps

Banknote Covers

NYFM Cancellations

Destination Covers

Advertising Covers

Department Officials, Penalty Mail

Postage Dues, Dead Letter Office

U. S. Possessions

Machine Postmarks


Postal Cards

Railroad, R.P.O., Related

Civil War / Confederate States

Auxiliary Postal Markings

Stampless Covers

Other Items

Articles and Analysis



Updates and Announcements

The Roger Curran Collection


I am pleased and honored to offer a selection of stamps and covers from the collection of Roger Curran, the long time past President of the U.S. Cancellation Club and editor of the club's NEWS publication.  Roger is highly regarded in the area of cancellation collecting, possessing a great depth of knowledge and having a keen eye for killers and covers beyond the ordinary.  Please click the link below to view the items. You are sure to find something of interest.

View the Offering (New Items and Discounts Posted 7/31/22.)

8/20/22:  New items have been added to: 1851-57 Issues, Covers; 1861-67 Issues, Stamps; 1869 Issues, Covers; Postage Dues, Dead Letter Office (a new Page 2); U. S. Possessions; Railroad, R.P.O., Related; and Civil War / Confederate States.  New discounts available.  See New Items page for more details.

8/5/22:  New items have been added to: 1861-67 Issues, Covers (a new Page 3, New York City covers from the Erivan Haub collection); and Advertising Covers.

7/27/22:  New items have been added to: 1851-57 Issues, Covers; 1861-67 Issues, Covers; Destination Covers; Civil War / Confederate States; Stampless; and Postal Cards.

Welcome to The Classic Cancel!

I hope that you enjoy your visit.  Please browse my selection of quality 19th century used United States stamps and postal history.  My emphasis is on cancellations and covers with strong visual impact.  It is this element of our hobby that I believe draws many of us to it.  My stock is organized by stamp issue and generally grouped by stamps and covers.  Items will be displayed as thumbnails.  Click a thumbnail to view an enlarged image.  (Press your Back button to return to the original page.)

The items that you will find on this site are not my entire stock.  I sell most of my merchandise through direct and regular email offerings to customers.  If you like what you find here, I encourage you to contact me with email address and collecting interests so that I may add you to my mailing list.  You will then have the earliest opportunity to acquire the best items.

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Direct access to any individual page within a category is available through the New Items page, where you can easily locate recently updated pages.  Additionally, you may perform word searches against the content of The Classic Cancel.  Just click Site Search [currently disabled] to link to the search page.

All items are priced net (see Terms of Sale regarding postage, handling and insurance) and are offered subject to prior sale.  Items will be sold in the order that customer email requests are received.  Items no longer available will be labeled SOLD

To order from the site, send an email to  Please indicate in your message the item numbers of the stamps and covers that you wish to order.  I will contact you regarding availability, payment and shipping.  Feel free to ask me any questions about items or to provide comments regarding the site.  I strive for accurate and complete descriptions and welcome your input.  My entire stock is not displayed on these pages, so inquiries are encouraged.  I also maintain records of customer interests to better serve your collecting needs.

I will be continually updating this site as New Items arrive.  So, check back frequently.  Something of interest is sure to show up!

Have a look around, stay a while and enjoy.

John Valenti

P.O. Box 5041

Skokie, IL 60076-5041

Cell Phone: (847) 224-2401

Member:  American Philatelic Society (122441), U.S. Philatelic Classics Society (RA2572), U.S. Cancellation Club, Collectors Club of Chicago

  APS Dealer Member