Cachetmakers Contest

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2016’s top cachet by Chris Calle

In the American First Day Cover Society's annual cachetmakers contest, the best FDC designs from the previous year are chosen in 18 categories.

The contest to select the best cachets for each year begins in January of the following year; the deadline for entries is usually April 15. Those entering covers must be members of the AFDCS. (Youth cachetmakers need only be related to an AFDCS member.)

The entry fee for adults is $5 if the cover is donated to the Society, or $10 if the cachetmaker wants the FDC returned.

A cachet is the artwork on a first day cover envelope that complements the new stamp. These designs can be as simple as a few words of text or as complicated as an oil painting or mosaic. Typically, the media used in the entries to an AFDCS cachetmakers contest range from colored pencils and markers to acrylic paints, woodblock prints and movable parts.

The categories include hand-painted with no mass production of any kind; hand-colored; computer-produced; one-color; event (not first-day) covers; Rookie of the Year and two age groups for young cachetmakers. There is also the top award, which cites what the three judges feel is the best cachet submitted in the entire contest, regardless of the media used.

Winning cachets from past years can be viewed by clicking navigation buttons to the left.

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