Arizona postal history can be explored in these works:
The Arizona Territorial Postmark Catalogue, Eighth Editions edited by J.L. Meyer. A Ninth edition is expected soon.
A Checklist of Arizona Post Office 1856-1988 by Richard W. Helbock
Arizona Statehood Postmark Catalog by Robert B. Bechtel
Arizona Post Offices by Alan H. Patera and John S. Gallagher
You can access my online guide of Arizona Post Offices here.
Arizona has a very accessible territorial period, so for many years, Arizona territorial covers were in demand. The good demand, coupled with real scarcity of much of the material, led to high prices. Unfortunately, within a period of a few short years, all but one of the serious collectors died. There were not replaced. No other state has seen demand fall further. For a short period, there was some interest in the statehood period, but this too has lessened. There are many examples of covers which readily sold for $150.00 15 years ago, going begging for $5.00.
Among the 50 states, the District of Columbia,
R.P.O.'s and Streetcars, Arizona rates as the 27th state
in terms of percentage of covers sold at 53.60%. It
ranks 8th in terms of the value of covers sold as
percentage of all town cancels sold at 2.67%. The
overall rank is 10th. This is a ten year running
average. The most recent trends are decreasing sharply.
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