Maxicards chat

Unfortunately, maxi cards are no longer issued in the Netherlands (only on a very small scale by some hobbyists) and there are no more post offices either (only service points in other shops) which makes it impossible to get a cancellation as well.

My Dutch sent maxi cards are all from the ‘80s like this one:

I’ve also sent several from other countries like these:


August maxicards, Fuggerei Augsburg

and historic tractors, Porsche Diesel Master

I found the tractor card by coincident and it fits so surprisingly well to the stamp!


On August 24, new stamps “Heroes of our Time” on the medical topic were released in Russia.


I’m loving seeing all the beautiful maxicards here! This is one I sent out today.


I thought MAXI card was any postcard that’s larger than the standard 4x6 postcard… do they have to have stamps on them? Oh, I feel so silly :woman_facepalming:t2:

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@niki5 don’t feel silly, we’ve all been there! Probably only philatelists know about this before starting Postcrossing.

This is a list of all these miracle words I didn’t know a year ago!

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New MC from Czech Republic


I would also a maxi card send only in envelope if the recipient requests it.

I received more than 100 of them so far and sent along also about 100. Neither I received one without the stamp nor any of the recipient told me about a lost stamp or an additional postmark.
Scars and any other “wounds” are normal and belong to traveling postcards.

I am way more dissappointed about a card sent in envelope (except: filigree handmade cards) than about a card with scars etc. And I know I’m not the only one.

Edit: I’m not sure if it’s true but I was told that sorting machines are able to “recognize” such special cards. It makes sense as I think there would be way more rumour about additional postmarks or lost / destroyed stamps.


Recently I received a nice card, with two enlarged Danish stamps of a composer and a choreographer. Also the two issued stamps were places and canceled. So a maximum card.

I knew nothing about either of them. Jacob Gade turned out to be a violinist and a composer. His most famous composition Jealousy is a Tango that I recognized from when I danced the Tango myself. And I thought that was an Argentinian; turns out to be a Dane! Video

A. Bournonville appears to have died in the year Jacob Gade was born. Hence, this issue in 1979. Canceled on May 22, 1981 on the occasion of the International Stamp Exhibition in Vienna, WIPA 1981.

And all shipped from Lithuania in 2021!



Today, I have received this amazing maxicard. I am so happy. I love sealife and it is a very nice illustration.


I’ve swapped some Maxicards but not received yet.

I don’t create Maxicards myself for it’s difficult for me to have the special cancellation marks, but when I make handmade cards, I usually attach a related used stamp on the front side.

I send them as handmade cards, but I think when recipients receive them, they will be happy to find out it’s an unofficial Maxicard(without the special cancellation marks) as well.


New maxicards from Ukraine.


A little off topic, but

HEIDI!!! I love her! That particular cartoon! I had no idea there’s a maxi card of hers!


I was just going to ask the Dutchies here about that, as I couldn’t find any. That’s a real shame :frowning:

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When we send out maxicards, does the value of stamp affixed on the front also constitute towards the postage?
For example, in India it costs ₹12 to send postcards internationally. If the maxicard has ₹5 stamp already affixed, how much more postage should I affix? ₹7 or ₹12.
I’m asking this because as I understand the stamp on the front is already cancelled and we can’t used cancelled stamp for postage.

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It depens on your postal service. In Germany, it’s just decoration and doesn’t count towards the postage. But I know there are countries where it works differently. Maybe you should ask your country’s postal service. Or maybe someone from India knows.


It depends on your country’s postal rules! Over in Singapore, the stamp is considered cancelled. Sometimes we cover the cancelled stamp (the one with the special postmark/date-stamp) because we do not want the postal officers to double-cancel the stamps.

As such, over in Singapore, if you are not sending out the postcard on the day you cancelled the stamp, you have to add 70 cents to the back of the postcard, despite the cancelled stamp in front. The postage to send a postcard to the world in Singapore is 70 cents.


I started postcrossing in August this year and have learnt many new things about postcards. One of them is the pictorial postmarks. The USPS offers special postmarks every month and there are also first-day-of-issue postmarks available.

At the same time I learnt about maxicards and this postmarks, it came to my mind immediately that may be I could make some non-official maxicards myself since they don’t issue official ones here in the US.

My plan: (1) Customize some postcards which have the same theme with stamps. (2) Apply a matte finish to the picture side to make postmarks print better. (3) Stick the stamp. (4) Prepare an small envelope for returning of these postcards. (5) Write a letter requiring for the postmarks and send them in an large envelope.

After over one month of waiting, the result turns out to be great! Here are some of my “maxicards”:

I also sent some cards with the Sun Science and Otters in Snow stamps but I haven’t received them yet. Maybe I would update those later in this topic after receiving them :slight_smile:


Nice work, Tom!

I’ve been doing that too - click here to see some of the results:

I also did some of the Raven series but have traded all my extras away so they are not in the Flickr album.

There are a few others doing something similar - another American, a guy in Canada, a woman in Germany - and perhaps they will identify themselves further in this thread.

Keep up the creativity!


great cards, do you like a swap?

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