The Stamp & Cover Repository & Analysis Program
The Stamp & Cover Repository & Analysis Program (SCRAP) was a unique USPCS effort for decades to get philatelic fakes, frauds, and forgeries off the market while retaining them for study and reference. The SCRAP Reference Collection consists of over 1,000 stamps, covers, and documents that have been donated over the years by Society members and non-members alike. Stamp and cover collectors no longer have to worry about these bogus philatelic items finding their way into unsuspecting collector holdings.
In 2016, the USPCS donated the SCRAP Reference Collection in its entirety to the Philatelic Foundation for their study and reference. The USPCS did reserve the right however to make future use of the SCRAP Reference Collection in print, Internet, oral presentation or other forms of written, electronic or oral communications. Please contact the PF for more details.
For a primer on SCRAP, who John A. Fox was, the types of marking devices and fake covers he created, please read the following articles by Varro Tyler and Michael Laurence that appeared in Chronicle 218 (May 2008, Vol. 60, No. 2, pp. 147-163).
SCRAP Published Monographs – The SCRAP published monographs give the researcher a more in-depth look at why an item(s) has been deemed a philatelic fake, fraud, or forgery by the Analysts and Reviewers. Each Chronicle-published monograph gives a full description with digital image(s), the apparent use, the analysis, and conclusion(s) drawn.
SCRAP Cover Collection – made up of approximately 412 covers mainly from the United States or the Confederate States.
John Fox Fake Covers Sub-Collection – consisting of 273 fake covers believed to be the work of the well-known U.S. and CSA postal history faker and former New York philatelic dealer, the late John A. Fox.
SCRAP Stamp Collection – made up of approximately 359 stamps mainly from the United States or related areas.
SCRAP Document Collection – made up of one whiskey receipt signed by William H. Harrison and four revenue entry documents, each franked with a USIR revenue stamp.
NOTE: SCRAP Control Numbers are listed in the various available inventory listings or in the hyperlinks found in the SCRAP Reference Collection section above.