What is the value of a first day cover envelope only, with no stamps?


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First day cover envelopes without stamps are virtually worthless as of 2014. The value of a first day cover derives from the value of the stamp and the cachet. Other factors that affect a first cover envelope's value are its overall appearance and the quality of the postmark.

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As of 2014, even first day covers with stamps are considered worthless if they don't have cachets. A first day cover is an envelope or card bearing a stamp that was cancelled on the day the stamp was initially placed on sale. The cachet is an informative illustration about the stamp that usually appears on the left side of the envelope.

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