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Last Update: April 1, 2017

"Presenting - En primeur" postal cards were introduced by Canada Post in 1991. The were used to inform collectors of new philatelic products and contained very basic information about the up-coming items, along with illustrations. They were discontinued after only three years of service and have become desirable collectibles, being official Canada Post postal cards, some with pre-paid icons. The cards can be broken down into four distribution types:

  • Type 1: Cards have a postage paid indicia on the reverse and were mailed to regular customers on the National Philatelic Centre mailing list. They were addressed using two methods; first with an adhesive label used up until mid-1992, followed by ink sprayed directly onto the card, which was used until they were discontinued in late 1993. Mint examples were distributed to post offices and postal boutiques, and on some occasions they were mailed under separate cover to collectors from the National Philatelic Centre.

  • Type 2: These mint cards were distributed to post offices and postal boutiques, but unlike type 2, they do not have any postage paid indicia or address label guide marks. Some were mailed under separate cover to collectors from the National Philatelic Centre.

  • Type 3: Cards similar to type 1, but were distributed to members of the junior Stamp Travellers' club. The cards bear the Club logo on the front rather than the Canada Post logo found on the others, and have a different number code. These cards are the scarcest, and most are only known in used (addressed) condition.

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All types of cards have a boxed number code on the lower right corner of the front, and it is defined by the type of product the card depicted. The first two digits indicated the year of issue, followed by a letter (or letters) indicating the type of product, and lastly, a number indicating the number of issues of that particular product. The following letters codes were used:

  1. AS = Annual souvenir collection
  2. D   = Definitive stamps
  3. DP = Definitive stamps without Postage Paid Indicia
  4. C   = Commemorative stamps
  5. CP = Commemorative stamps without Postage Paid Indicia
  6. ST = Stamp Travellers' Club (definitives and commemoratives)

Example: 93D04 indicates 93 for the year 1993, D for a definitive issue, and 04 for the fourth definitive card of that particular year.

The tables below are in the following categories:

1) Definitives
2) Commemoratives
3) Annual Souvenir Collections
4) Stamp Travellers' Club (definitives and commemoratives)

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1) Definitive Cards

With Paid
Indicia
(Type 1)
Without
Indicia
(Type 2)
Corner Card
(Reverse)
Address
(Used Cards)
Number Issue Mint Used Mint
1991
91D01 40c Flags & Queen     Mail/Poste (1) N/A
91D02 46,63,80c Mammals     Mail/Poste (1) N/A
91D03 39c vending booklet     Mail/Poste (1) N/A
91D04 Misc. counter booklets     Mail/Poste (1) N/A
1992
92D01 42c Flags & Queen   Mail/Poste, Canada 92 logo (2) N/A
92D02 48,65,84 Fruits   Mail/Poste, Canada 92 logo (2) N/A
92D03 Misc. counter booklets   Mail/Poste, Canada 92 logo (2) (4) N/A
92D04 Stamped stationary   Mail/Poste, Canada 92 logo (2) N/A
92D05 42c Stamp pack of 50   Mail/Poste, Canada 92 logo (2) N/A
92D06 42c Quickstick Mail/Poste, Canada 92 logo Label
92D07 Berries Definitives   Mail/Poste, Discover Canada (3) Label
1993
93D01 43c Flags & Queen   Blank N/A
93DP01 43c Flags & Queen     Blank N/A
93D02 49,67,86c Fruits   Blank N/A
93DP02 49,67,86c Fruits     Blank N/A
93D03 Stamped stationary     Stamp Pack ad on reverse N/A
93DP03 Stamped stationary     Stamp Pack ad on reverse (3) N/A
93D04 Stamped stationary     Mail/Poste, "Stationary´┐Ż" Ink Jet
93DP04 Stamped stationary     Mail/Poste, "Stationary´┐Ż" N/A
Notes:
  1. 91D01 to 91D04 were mailed to collectors under separate cover.
  2. 92D01 to 92D05 were mailed in a Christmas card to all customers on the Philatelic Centre mailing list.
  3. Mint cards of 92D07 exist with the lower right label guide missing, while all the used cards seem to have it.
  4. On 93D03 and 93DP03 the coloured advertisement covers the complete card.
     

2) Commemorative Cards

With Paid
Indicia
(Type 1)
Without Indicia
(Type 2)
Corner Card
(Reverse)
Address
(Used Cards)
Number Issue Mint Used Mint
1991
91C01 40c Canadian Doctors   Mail/Poste label
91C02 Prehistoric Life II   Mail/Poste label
91C03 Not used          
91C04 Masterpieces of Art Mail/Poste (1) (2) label
91C05 Public Gardens   Mail/Poste, Environment Week label
91C06 Canada Day Mail/Poste label
91C07 Small Craft Mail/Poste label
91C08 Rivers I Mail/Poste, Canada 92 (5) label
91C09 Ukrainians Mail/Poste, Canada 92 (5) label
91C10 Dangerous Occupations Mail/Poste, Canada 92 label
91C11 Folktales   Mail/Poste, Canada 92 label
91C12 Queen's University Mail/Poste, Queen's logo label
91C13 Basketball   Mail/Poste, TSN/RDS logo label
91C14 Christmas Mail/Poste, Canada 92 label
91C15 World War II. 1941 Mail/Poste, Canada 92 label
91C16 Folktales, special FDC   Mail/Poste, Stamp Month logo label
1992
92C01 Winter Olympics Mail/Poste , Kraft sponsor logo label
92C02 Canada 92 Mail/Poste, Canada 92 logo label
92C03 Rivers II Mail/Poste, Discover Stamps label
92C04 Alaska Highway Mail/Poste, Discover Stamps label
92C05 Summer Olympics Mail/Poste, Kraft sponsor logo label
92C06 Masterpieces of Art Mail/Poste, Discover Stamps (3) label
92C07 Canada Day Mail/Poste, Celebrate Canada Day (3) label
92C08 Legendary Heroes   Mail/Poste, Laura Secord sponsor (4) ink jet
92CP08 Legendary Heroes     Mail/Poste, Laura Secord sponsor  
92C09 Canadian Minerals   Mail/Poste, MAC sponsor logo ink jet
92CP09 Canadian Minerals     Mail/Poste, MAC sponsor logo  
92C10 Canada in Space   Mail/Poste, Stamp Month logo (6) ink jet
92CP10 Canada in Space     Mail/Poste, Stamp Month logo  
92C11 NHL 75th Anniversary   Mail/Poste, Stamp Month logo ink jet
92CP11 NHL 75th Anniversary     Mail/Poste, Stamp Month logo  
92C12 Order of Canada   Mail/Poste, Stamp Month logo ink jet
92CP12 Order of Canada     Mail/Poste, Stamp Month logo (7)  
92C13 World War II, 1942   Mail/Poste, WWII Souvenir Edition ink jet
92CP13 World War II, 1942     Mail/Poste, WWII Souvenir Edition (7)  
92C14 Christmas   Mail/Poste, 1992 Collection ink jet
92CP14 Christmas     Mail/Poste, 1992 Collection (7)  
1993
93C01 Canadian Women   Mail/Poste, Commemorative... ink jet
93C02 Stanley Cup   Mail/Poste, Stanley Cup 100 Years ink jet
93C03 Textiles   Mail/Poste, Commemorative... ink jet
93C04 Masterpieces of Art   Mail/Poste, Commemorative... ink jet
93C05 Historic Hotels   Mail/Poste, Canadian Pacific ink jet
93C06 Canada Day   Mail/Poste, FDC cachet ink jet
93C07 Toronto   Mail/Poste, Commemorative... ink jet
93C08 Rivers III   Mail/Poste, Commemorative... ink jet
93C09 Historic Vehicles   Mail/Poste, FDC cachet ink jet
93C10 Folklore   Mail/Poste, Folklore cachet ink jet
93C11 Prehistoric Life   Mail/Poste, Stamp Month logo ink jet
93C12 Christmas   Mail/Poste, Christmas souvenir... ink jet
93C13 World War II, 1943   Mail/Poste, WWII souvenir edition ink jet
Notes:
  1. 91C04 is known with the description side inverted, with the top at the left side, in addition to the normal right side. It is not known which is the most common type.
  2. 91C04 is also known with the black colour on the stamp side printed double.
  3. Mint cards of 92C06 and 92C07 exist with the lower right label guide missing, while the all used cards seem to have it.
  4. 92C08 was the first commemorative card to use ink spray for the address.
  5. Mint copies without indicia of 91C08 and 09 do not have the "Canada 92 " logo.
  6. 92C10 was the first commemorative card to be produced without the address label guides.
  7. The "P" added to 92CP12, 13 and 14 was to indicate they were distributed through postal outlets. They do not have the Postage Paid indicia. This numbering system seems to have been quickly abandoned.

3) Souvenir Collection Cards

With Paid
Indicia
(Type 1)
Without Indicia
(Type 2)
Corner Card
(Reverse)
Address
(Used Cards)
Number Issue Mint Used Mint
1991
91AS03 Souvenir Collection   Mail/Poste, "Stamps & Stories" label
1992
92AS09 Souvenir Collection   Mail/Poste, "The Stamp and Story..." ink jet
92AS10 Souvenir Collection     Mail/Poste, "The Stamp and Story..." (1)  
Notes:
  1. Number 92AS10 is probably a printers error, and should have been numbered with a P, as 92ASP10. It only exists unused.
 

4) Stamp Travellers' Club
Cards
(Type 3)

With Paid
Indicia
Without Indicia Corner Card
(Reverse)
Address (Used Cards)
Number Issue Mint Used Mint
1991
91ST05 40c Canadian Doctors     Mail/Poste label
91ST06 Prehistoric Life II     Mail/Poste label
91ST07 Masterpieces of Art     Mail/Poste label
91ST08 Public Gardens     Mail/Poste, Environment Week label
91ST09 Canada Day     Mail/Poste label
91ST10 Not used          
91ST11 Not used          
91ST12 Small craft     Mail/Poste label
91ST13 Rivers I     Mail/Poste, Canada 92 label
91ST14 Ukrainians     Mail/Poste, Canada 92 label
91ST15 Dangerous Occupations     Mail/Poste, Canada 92 label
91ST16 Folktales     Mail/Poste, Canada 92 label
91ST17 Queen's University     Mail/Poste, Queen's logo label
91ST18 Basketball     Mail/Poste, TSN/RDS logo label
91ST19 Christmas     Mail/Poste, Canada 92 label
91ST20 World War II. 1941     Mail/Poste, Canada 92 label
91ST21 Not used          
91ST22 Souvenir Collection     Stories & Stamps label
1992
92ST01 42c Flags & Queen     Mail/Poste, Canada 92  
92ST02 48,65,84 Fruits     Mail/Poste, Canada 92  
92ST03 42c Quickstick     Mail/Poste, Canada 92 label
92ST04 Winter Olympics     Mail/Poste , Kraft sponsor label
92ST05 Canada 92     Mail/Poste, Canada 92 logo label
92ST06 Rivers II   Mail/Poste, Discover Stamps... label
92ST07 Alaska Highway   Mail/Poste, Discover Stamps... label
92ST05 (2) Summer Olympics   Mail/Poste, Kraft sponsor label
92ST09 Masterpieces of Art     Mail/Poste, Discover Stamps... label
92ST10 Canada Day   Mail/Poste, Celebrate Canada label
92ST11 Berries definitives     Mail/Poste, Discover Stamps label
92ST12 Legendary Heroes   Mail/Poste, Laura Secord ink jet
92ST13 Canadian Minerals     Mail/Poste, MAC sponsor ink jet
92ST14 Canada in Space     Mail/Poste, Stamp Month ink jet
92ST15 NHL 75th Anniversary     Mail/Poste, Stamp Month ink jet
92ST16 Order of Canada     Mail/Poste, Stamp Month ink jet
92ST17 World War II, 1942     Mail/Poste, WWII Souvenir... ink jet
92ST18 Christmas     Mail/Poste, 1992 Souvenir... ink jet
1993
93ST01 43c Flags & Queen     Blank  
93ST02 49,67,86c Fruits     Blank  
93ST03 Canadian Women     Mail/Poste, Commemorative... ink jet
93ST04 Stanley Cup     Mail/Poste, Stanley Cup ink jet
93ST05 Textiles     Mail/Poste, Commemorative... ink jet
93ST06 Masterpieces of Art     Mail/Poste, Commemorative... ink jet
93ST07 Historic Hotels     Mail/Poste, Canadian Pacific ink jet
93ST08 Canada Day     Mail/Poste, FDC cachet ink jet
93ST09 Toronto     Mail/Poste, Commemorative... ink jet
93ST10 Rivers III     Mail/Poste, Commemorative... ink jet
93ST11 Historic Vehicles     Mail/Poste, FDC cachet ink jet
93ST12 Folklore     Mail/Poste, Folklore cachet ink jet
93ST13 Prehistoric Life     Mail/Poste, Stamp Month logo ink jet
93ST14 Christmas     Mail/Poste, Christmas souvenir... ink jet
93ST15 World War II, 1943     Mail/Poste, WWII souvenir edition ink jet
Notes:
  1. Stamp Travellers' Club cards 91ST01 to 04 were not been issued.
  2. Number 92ST05 was used for both the Canada 92 card and the Summer Olympics card, probably an error by the printer. The correct number for the Summer Olympics card should have been 92ST08.

Squares coloured in grey are unlikely to exist. Check marks ( ) in black are of those in my collection, while those with dots ( ) in magenta have been provided by other collectors, namely André Bisaillon and David G. Jones.


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