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Iditarod Cachets
The following is a listing and approximate values of all
the Iditarod Trail Mail to date. Mail over the trail starts with it's first
year in 1974 and continues yet today.



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1974 Cachet
52,880 known to go over the trail by dog team and over 12,000 of those destroyed by the USPS. 1,200 cachets carried by each musher from Anchorage to Nome; a 12# package. Cachet design by famed Fur Rondy Artist Bill Devine also creator of the Iditarod "I". This cachet carries Iditarod "I" cancel on 10 cent US Dual Flag Stamp and is back stamped on date of finish. Many signed by musher/s after the finish in Nome, 1st place packet sold out and others used for first place musher to sign as well. Other than back date, there is no real way which ones were carried by whom. All cachets are back stamped in Nome with the musher finish date, only one postage cancelation on front of cachet. This project intended to raise funds for the Iditarod was accomplished mostly through U.S. Postal personnel and some Iditarod volunteers. This proved to be such a burden for the "volunteer" poor ITC that it like many things in Iditarod history was scapped before it's worth could be proven.
No.1st sale available.

Valued: EF $250.00
Perfect condition $300.00

 

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1975 Cachet
2,050 Over the trail, 50/musher. Artist Linnea Burmeister of Nome. The 1st two cancelled stamps on front of cachet, beginning of race and finish. A mix of available stamps, 33 different 10 centers used on each musher
's set of cachets. All cachets serially numbered;first set of numbers - Musher's number of start and second numbers, 1- 50, identity of cachet in packet. Still some postmarked with non-zip coded cancellers. All cachets from this point forwarded carry "Nome Kennel Club - 1907" as NKC is sponsor of the cachet
No. 1st sale available.
Valued: EF - $200.00 
Perferct condition: $250.00

 

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1976 Cachet
2,350 Over the trail, 50/musher. Artist Linnea Burmeister of Nome. Serially numbered; State Flag Stamps (13 cent) used in order of joining USA, or # 2 cachet Pennsylvania, 49 Alaska and 50 Hawaii, etc. Second stamp was the spirit of '76 stamps for the Nome cancellation. Cachet bears BiCentennial logo.

No 1st sale available

 Valued: EF - $200.00

Perfect condition - $250.00

1977 Cachet
2,450 Over the trail, 50/musher, Artist Jon VanZyle of Eagle River. Last serially numbered cachets. Again a mix of stamps are used to carry cancellations, along with the 1976 13 cent summer Olympic stamps for Nome cancelation. Mushers name stamped on the back of the cachets.
No 1st sale available

Valued: EF $225.00

Perfect condition - $275.00

 


1978 Cachet
975 Over the trail, 25/musher. Artist Bill Devine of Anchorage. Cachet honoring Leonhard Seppala. Stamps; Capt. James Cook Hawaii and Alaska. Musher's name imprinted on front of cachet. Least number of cachets ever to go over the trail.

No 1st sale available.


EF Valued: $600.00
Perfect condition:
$750.00


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1979 Cachet
1,375 Over the trail, 25/musher. Artist Jon VanZyle of Eagle River. 15 cent stamps; Photography & Wildlife conservation. Mushers name imprinted on front.

No 1st sale available

Valued:
$300
.00

Perfect condition:
$400.00



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1980 Cachet
1,500 Over the trail, 25/musher.Artist Tamara Burgh of Nome. Stamps; Will Rogers and USA Winter Olympics. Honoring William Shannon and Serum Run. Mushers's name imprinted on front. Most cancelled with Zip Codeless Hand cancels.

No 1st sale available

Valued:
EF $300.00
Perfect condition:
$400.00


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1981 Cachet
1,620 Over the trail, 30/musher. Artist Jon VanZyle of Eagle River. Stamps; two "Letters Shape Opinions". Zip Coded Cancels. The beginning of Mushers personally signing their caches.

No 1st sale available

Valued:
EF $200.00
Perfect condition:
$250.00



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1982 Cachet
1,620 Over the Trail, 30/musher. Artist Martha Fsichbach of Nome. 20 cent stamps. George Washington and LOVE. Musher signature. No NKC - 1907 in artist design.



No 1st sale available
Valued: EF $150.00
Perfect condition:
$200.00





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1983 Cachet
2,040 Over the Trail, 30/musher. Artist Diane Widom of Nome. 20 cent stamps; Science and industry and the US Flag. Trail Map Design. Beginning of identifying Iditarod by it's consecutive running Number - #11 Musher signed.


No 1st sale available
Valued:
EF $95.00

Perfect condition:
$110.00





 

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1984 Cachet
2,345 Over the Trail, 35/musher. Artist Ruth Rockwell of Nome. Stamps; Honoring Alaska's 25th Anniversary. Stamps; Winter Olympics and Alaska Statehood. Musher signed. Iditarod #12


No 1st sale available
Valued:
EF $90.00


Perfect condition:
$100.00


  




 

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1985 Iditarod Cachet
2,135 Over the Trail, 35/musher. Artist Sue Firmin. 22 cent stamp. Performing Arts and 20 cent Alaska Statehood and 2 cent Igor Stravinsky. Iditarod 13. Iditarod "
I" Hand Cancel still used in Anchorage and Kim Hunter designed the Gold Rush City hand cancel used in Nome. Musher signed. Iditarod.

No 1st sale available
Valued:
EF $88.00


Perfect condition: $100.00


 



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1986 Cachet
2,555 Over the Trail, 35/musher. Artist Roy Brown of Nome. Stamps; Puppy LOVE and Arkansas Statehood. 14th Iditarod. Musher signed.

No 1st sale available
Valued: EF $75.00


Perfect condition: $90.00



1987 Cachet
2,432 Over the Trail, 38/musher. Artist Greg Bill of Wasilla. Stamps;17 cent Dog Sled 1920's and 5 cent Motorcycle 1913 and 22 cent Arctic Explorers. Iditarod 15. Musher signed.
 

No 1st sale available
Valued: EF $75.00

Perfect condition: $90.00





1988 Cachet
2,44 Over the Trail, 47/musher. Artist Peggy Fagerstorm of Nome. Stamps; Birds and Winter Olympics. Iditarod 16. Musher signed.

No 1st sale available
Valued: EF $70.00

Perfect condition: $85.00




1989 Cachet
2,700 Over the Trail, 54/musher. Artist Charles Gause of Anchorage. Iditarod XVII, honoring "TOGO" 25 cent stamps. Antarctic Explores and Merry-Go-Round Animals. Musher signed.

No 1st sale available
Valued: EF $65.00

Perfect condition:
$80.00


 




1990 Cachet
3,456 Over the Trail, 45/musher. Artist Theresa Daily of Chugiak, Alaska. Iditarod Eighteen. Stamps; Universal Postal Congress - Mail Transportation. Musher signed.


No 1st sale available
Valued:
EF $60.00


Perfect condition:
$75.00

  




1991 Cachet
3,456 Over the Trail, 48/musher. Artist Urtha S. Lenharr of Kotzebue. Iditarod 19. Stamps; 25 cent Indian Headdress & 3 cent make-up and the "F" Tulip. Reduced size Gold Rush City hand canceler for easier use in Nome cancelling. Musher signed.
  

No 1st sale available
Valued: EF $55.00

Perfect condition: $70.00

 



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1992 Cachet
3,800 Over the Trail, 50/musher. Artist Anita Decreeft of Homer. 20 years of long distance mushing history. Iditarod XX. Mushers name imprinted on cachet. 29 cent stamps; World Columbian Expo and Winter Olympics.


No 1st sale available
Valued: EF $50.00

Perfect condition: $70.00

    




1993 Cachet
2.967 Over the Trail, 43/musher. Artist William D. "Bill" Droke of Nome. Iditarod XXI. Honoring the 20th Anniversary of mail over the trail. Cachet accompanied with certificate of carriage;witnessing signatures: Mayor of Nome, official Trail Mail Chairman, a Nome resident and signature of the musher carrying the mails (cachet). This is the last cachet to bear 2 stamps and 2 cancellations. Stamps; Alaska Highway and Oregon Trail.

No 1st sale available

Valued: EF $50.00

Perfect condition:
$65.00


    





1994 Cachet
4,200 Over the Trail, 60/musher. Artist Heidi C. Hanson of Nome, Alaska. Honoring the Iditarod volunteers. The first time only one U.S. Stamp is used on the cachet, only requiring the cancellation in Nome. Cachet is preprinted with date and time of the Iditarod start in Anchorage. Stamp; Alaska Highway. Musher signed.
 
No 1st sale available
Valued: EF $40.00

Perfect condition:
$65.00


    



 
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1995 Cachet
4,060 Over the trail, 70/musher. Artist Chris Rowe of Nome. Iditarod XXIII. Stamps; Legends of the west plus 3-cent make-up stamp.

No 1st sale available
Musher signed Valued:
EF - $40.00


Perfect Condition: $60.00


    





 
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1996 Cachet

2,700 over the trail, 45/musher. Artist Lee Tenhoff of Nome.Iditarod XXIV. Stamps a variety of 8 cent blocks and others used. Musher signed.
 
No 1st sale available
Valued:
EF : $40.00


Perfect condition: $55.00

   
 
1997 Cachet
2,385 Over the trail, 45/musher. Artist /Designer Leo B. Rasmussen of Nome , final layout by Deanna Butcher & Sharon Lidtz of Color Art Printing, Anchorage Alaska. Silver AnniversaryCachet honoring the flags of all U.S. States and Nations of participation and official completion of the Iditarod. New cancellation used in Nome, Foot stamping Sled break into snow created by Leo B. Rasmussen and W.D. Bill Droke. Stamps: Legends of the West plus 3- cent Paul Dudley White MD. Musher signed.


No 1st sale available
Valued:EF $40.00

Perfect condition: $55.00

   
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1998 Cachet
2,560 Over the trail, 40/Musher. Official artisit of the Iditarod, Jon Van ZyleIditarod XXVI.

No 1st sale available
Valued: EF $35.00

Perfect condition: $50.00

   
 
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1999 Cachet
2,195 Over the trail, 35/Musher. Official artist Bill Devine. Iditarod XXVII

No 1st sale available
Valued:EF $35.00

Perfect condition: $50.00

    
 
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2000 Cachet
2,400 Over the trail 30/Musher Official artist Linea Baker. Iditarod XXVIII

No 1st sale available
Valued:EF $35.00

Perfect condition: $50.00

   
 
2001 Cachet
2,070 Over the trail. 30/Musher Official artist Richard Benneville, Iditarod XXIX.

No 1st sale available
Valued:EF $35.00

Perfect condition: $50.00

    
 
2002 Cachet


No 1st sale available
Valued:EF $30.00
Perfect condition: $45.00



    
 
2003 Cachet


No 1st sale available
Valued:EF $30.00


Perfect condition: $45.00

    
 
PHOTO SOON
2004 Cachet


No 1st sale available
Valued:EF $30.00

Perfect condition: $40.00


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2005 Cachet


No 1st sale available
Valued:EF $25.00

Perfect condition: $35.00

 
 
PHOTO SOON
2006 Cachet

No 1st sale available


Valued: EF $25.00

Perfect condition: $30.00


   
 
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2007 Cachet
No 1st sale available
Valued: EF $20.00

Perfect Condition: $25.00

 
PHOTO SOON
2008 Cachet
(NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL MARCH 2008)

No 1st sale available
valued: EF $20.00


Perfect Condition: $25.00
 
 
 









CACHETS

All trail mail (cachets) can vary in value depending on who carried the mail, especailly for the 1st thru 5th placings. Little known facts; some mushers bought their entire packet of mail. Some companies bought their entire mushers packets. Many cachets were used in a manner that destroyed them or were placed in direct sunlight where the inks were completely reduced or bleached. It is estimated that there is less than 190 collectible 1978 cachets of which the Nome Kennel club has 95 '78's in complete sets of cachets. These complete sets are for sale thru Iditarod Trail Mail
PO Box 2 Nome, Alaska 99762-0002








     
 



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