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Most US West issues are sealed in cellophane which affects the quality of the scanned images

Standard Reverse images will be grouped
Special reverse images will be shown with the card

(*) Indicates notes at bottom of page

 

US West Field Test Cards
 

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Field Manager Maintenance Card A
Stored Memory, Chip
Denom: unk; Mintage: 1
Iss: 1992, Exp: none
MCC# USW 1T

Field Manager Maintenance Card B
Stored Memory, Chip
Denom: unk; Mintage: 1
Iss: 1992, Exp: none
MCC# USW 2T

Laboratory Maintenance Card
Stored Memory, Chip
Denom: unk; Mintage: 1
Iss: 1992, Exp: none
MCC# USW 3T

 

IMAGE WANTED

 

IMAGE WANTED

 

IMAGE WANTED

Orga Siemens Chip Card
Stored Memory, Chip
Denom: $1.50; Mintage: 200
Iss: 1992, Exp: none
MCC# USW 4T

TelMex Mayan P Trial Card
Stored Memory, Chip
Denom: $15.25 (300 u); Mintage: 50-100
Iss: Dec 1992, Exp: none
MCC# USW 5T

TelMex White Trial Card
Stored Memory, Chip
Denom: $15.25 (300 u); Mintage:25-50
Iss: Feb 1993, Exp: none
MCC# USW 6T

 

Schlumberger Laboratory Test Series
IMAGE WANTED

corner (enlarged)
corner (enlarged)

$1 Schlumberger Lab Test Card
Stored Memory, Chip
Denom: $1 (20 units); Mintage: 3
Iss: Mar 1993, Exp: none
MCC# USW 7T

$3 Schlumberger Lab Test Card
Stored Memory, Chip
Denom: $3 (60 units); Mintage: 3
Iss: Mar 1993, Exp: none
KARS# 4637, MCC# USW 8T

$5.25 Schlumberger Lab Test Card
Stored Memory, Chip
Denom: $5.25 (105 units); Mintage: 3
Iss: Mar 1993, Exp: none
KARS# 4638, MCC# USW 9T

corner (enlarged)
corner (enlarged)

$11 Schlumberger Lab Test Card
Stored Memory, Chip
Denom: $11 (220 units); Mintage: 3
Iss: Mar 1993, Exp: none
KARS# 4639, MCC# USW 10T

$22 Schlumberger Lab Test Card (*1)
Stored Memory, Chip
Denom: $22 (440 units); Mintage: 1
Iss: Mar 1993, Exp: none
KARS# 4640, MCC# USW 11T

Schlumberger Lab Test Series

Common Reverse

 

Nothwest Legacy Series
Northwest Lagacy Series
(*2)

First regular US West issue
(Mintage: 10,000 Sets)

 

NW Legacy Beaded Headband
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Mar 94; Exp. none
KARS# 1056(s), MCC# USW 15

NW Legacy Baskets
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $3, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Mar 94; Exp. none
KARS# 1056(s), MCC# USW 16

NW Legacy Mortar & Pestle
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5.25, Mintage 30,000
Iss:Mar 94; Exp. none
KARS# 1056(s), MCC# USW 17

NW Legacy Bags
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $11, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Mar 1994; Exp. none
KARS# 1056(s), MCC# USW 18

NW Legacy Chief's Headdress
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $22, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Mar 94; Exp. none
KARS# 1056(s), MCC# USW 19

Northwest Lagacy Series
2nd Edition

(Mintage: 10,000 Sets)

NW Legacy 2nd Edition Necklaces
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $3, Mintage 20,000
Iss: Dec 94; Exp. none
KARS# 1340(s), MCC# USW 20

NW Legacy 2nd Edition Hand Drums
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5.25, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Dec 94; Exp. none
KARS# 1340(s), MCC# USW 21

NW Legacy 2nd Edition Wood Bowl
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5.25, Mintage 20,000
Iss: Dec 94; Exp. none
KARS# 1340(s), MCC# USW 22

NW Legacy 2nd Edition Cornhusk Bags
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $11, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Dec 94; Exp. none
KARS# 1340(s), MCC# USW 23

NW Legacy 2nd Edition War Clubs
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $22, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Dec 94; Exp. none
KARS# 1340(s), MCC# USW 24

 

City Folder Issues
Seatle Skyline Puzzle Series
Denom: $35
Mintage: 15,000 Sets
KARS# 1730 (s)

see Folder

Seattle Skyline #1
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Aug 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3217, MCC# USW 26

Seattle Skyline #2
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Aug 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3340, MCC# USW 27

Seattle Skyline #3
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $20, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Aug 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3341, MCC# USW 28

Seattle Landmark Series
Denom: $35
Mintage: 10,000 Sets
KARS# 1731 (s)

see Folder

Seattle Public Market
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Aug 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3218, MCC# USW 29

Seattle Ferry
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Aug 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3432, MCC# USW 30

Seattle Hammering Man
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $20, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Aug 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3433, MCC# USW 31

Action Adventure Series
Denom: $35
Mintage: 15,000 Sets
KARS# 1732 (s)

see Folder

Hang Glider
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Aug 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3219, MCC# USW 32

Mountaineer (Ice Climber)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Aug 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3338, MCC# USW 33

Skiers
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $20, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Aug 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3339, MCC# USW 34

Denver Skyline Puzzle Series
Denom: $35
Mintage: 15,000 Sets
KARS# 1913 (s)

see Folder

Denver Skyline #1
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Sep 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3221, MCC# USW 37

Denver Skyline #2
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Sep 95; Exp. none
KARS# 1913(s), MCC# USW 38

Denver Skyline #3
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $20, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Sep 95; Exp. none
KARS# 1913(s), MCC# USW 39

Colorado Lifestyles Series
Denom: $35
Mintage: 10,000 Sets
KARS# 1914 (s)

see Folder

Dinosaur Park
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Sep 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3222, MCC# USW 40

Butte Trail
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Sep 95; Exp. none
KARS# 1914(s), MCC# USW 41

Western Family
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $20, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Sep 95; Exp. none
KARS# 1914(s), MCC# USW 42

Portland Skyline Puzzle Series
Denom: $35
Mintage: 15,000 Sets
KARS# 1912 (s)

see Folder

Portland Skyline #1
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Oct 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3220, MCC# USW 43

Portland Skyline #2
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Oct 95; Exp. none
KARS# 1912(s), MCC# USW 44

Portland Skyline #3
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $20, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Oct 95; Exp. none
KARS# 1912(s), MCC# USW 45

Phoenix Skyline Puzzle Series
(*2,*3)
Denom: $35
Mintage: 15,000 Sets
KARS# 3167 (s)

see Folder

Phoenix Skyline #1
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Nov 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3026, MCC# USW 46

Phoenix Skyline #2
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Nov 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3167(s), MCC# USW 47

Phoenix Skyline #3
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $20, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Nov 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3167(s), MCC# USW 48

Arizona Views Series
(*2,*3)
Denom: $35
Mintage: 10,000 Sets
KARS# 3168 (s)

see Folder

Tuscon Desert
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Nov 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3027, MCC# USW 49

Oak Creek Canyon
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Nov 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3168(s), MCC# USW 50

Monument Valley
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $20, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Nov 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3168(s), MCC# USW 51

Minneapolis Skyline Puzzle Series
(*2)
Denom: $35
Mintage: 15,000 Sets
KARS# 1960 (s)

see Folder

Minneapolis Skyline #1
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Dec 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3028, MCC# USW 52

Minneapolis Skyline #2
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Dec 95; Exp. none
KARS# 1960(s), MCC# USW 53

Minneapolis Skyline #3
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $20, Mintage 15,000
Iss: Dec 95; Exp. none
KARS# 1960(s), MCC# USW 54

Minneapolis Landmarks Series
(*2,*3)
Denom: $35
Mintage: 10,000 Sets
KARS# 1961 (s)

see Folder

Landscape Arboretum
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Dec 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3029, MCC# USW 56

Spoon Bridge/Walker Art Center
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10 , Mintage 10,000
Iss: Dec 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3434, MCC# USW 57

Lake Harriet Bandshell
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $20 , Mintage 10,000
Iss: Dec 95; Exp. none
KARS# 3435, MCC# USW 58

 

Public, Private, Complimentary Issues

1995

Coin Complimentary Card
common obverse

Denom $1, Mintage 100,000 tot
1st Run = Domestic calls only
2nd Run = Dom & Int'l calls

Coin 1st Run Reverse
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 50,000
Iss: Aug 95; Exp. none
KARS# 1729, MCC# USW 14

Coin 2nd Run Reverse
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 50,000
Iss: 1995; Exp. none
KARS# 3363, MCC# none

Mountain Hiker Complimentary
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Jul 95; Exp. none
KARS# 1341, MCC# USW 25

CardEx 95 (Maastrich)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 1,000
Iss: Sep 95; Exp. none

KARS# 1693, MCC# USW 36

CardEx 95

Reverse


Seattle Space Needle
see Folder Front, Inside
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10 , Mintage 10,000
Iss: Aug 95; Exp. none
KARS# 1733, MCC# USW 35

St. Paul Winter Carnival (*4)
see XMAS card,w/phonecard
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10 , Mintage 10,000
Iss: Dec 95; Exp. none
KARS# 1962, MCC# USW 55

1996

SuperBowl XXX
see Folder
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 25,000
Iss: Jan 96; Exp. none
KARS# 2158, MCC# USW 59

TeleCard World '96 Atlanta
Stored Memory - Chip card
first USW with MOSIAC Chip
Denom $20, Mintage 2,000
Iss: Apr 96; Exp. none
KARS# 2351, MCC# USW 60

CardTech/SecurTech 1996
Stored Memory - Chip card
2nd USW with MOSIAC Chip
Denom $1, Mintage 2,000
Iss: May 96; Exp. none
KARS# 2416, MCC# USW 61

MOSAIC Reverse

(similar for both cards)


Minnesota State Fair (1996)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 2,000
Iss: Aug 96; Exp. none

KARS# 3127, MCC# USW 62

Hispanic (Connections) Card(*5)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 1,250
Iss: Sep 96; Exp. none

KARS# 3172, MCC# USW 63/64

1996 Holiday Telecard
see Folder Front, Folder Inside
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 5,000
Iss: Oct 96; Exp. none
KARS# 2911, MCC# USW 65

Global Chipcard Alliance #1
Stored Memory - Chip card
set below, see Folder, Reverse
Denom $5, Mintage 8,000
Iss: Oct 96; Exp. none
KARS# 3169(s), MCC# USW 66

1997 (*6)

Telecard Times 3rd Anniversary
Blue Card (of two card set)
(*7)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 5,125
Iss: Jan 97; Exp. Dec 31 98
KARS# 3224, MCC# USW Pr1a

Telecard Times 3rd Anniversary
Red Card (of two card set)
(*7)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 5,125
Iss: Jan 97; Exp. Dec 31 98
KARS# 3225, MCC# USW Pr1b

Cupid on Valentine's Day
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 2,500
Iss: Feb 97; Exp. none

KARS# 3171, MCC# USW 67

Seattle Reign
see Folder
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 3,500
Iss: Feb 97; Exp. Dec 31 98
KARS# 3215, MCC# USW S68

Global Telecard Company (*8)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 147
Iss: Feb 97; Exp. none
KARS# 3235, MCC# USW Pr2

Global Telecard Company

Reverse

see Folder

Global Telecard Company, Holed
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 863
Iss: Feb 97; Exp. none
KARS# 4663, MCC# none

Global Telecard Company, Holed

Reverse

Colorado Rockies Complimentary
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 22,000
Iss: Apr 97; Exp. Dec 31 98
KARS# 3330, MCC# S69

Colorado Rockies $5
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 5,000
Iss: Apr 97; Exp. Dec 31 98
KARS# 3332, MCC# S70

Colorado Rockies $10
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10, Mintage 2,500
Iss: Apr 97; Exp. Dec 31 98
KARS# 3333, MCC# S71

Inmate Services
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 2,500
Iss: Jun 97; Exp. Dec 31 98
KARS# 3353, MCC# USW 72

Interact
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 3,500
Iss: Jun 97; Exp. Dec 31 98

KARS# 3364, MCC# USW 73

Portland Rose Festival
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 2,000
Iss: Jun 97; Exp. Dec 31 98

KARS# 4636, MCC# USW 74

G-8 Economic Summit (*9)
see companion USA Card, below
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 1,250
Iss: Jun 97; Exp. Dec 31 98
KARS# 3354, MCC# USW 75

Independence Day 1997
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: Jun 97; Exp. Jul 99

KARS# 3365, MCC# USW 76

SEAFAIR Air Show Compl.
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Aug 97; Exp. Aug 99
KARS# 3387, MCC# USW 77

SEAFAIR Air Show $5
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 2,000
Iss: Aug 97; Exp. Aug 99
KARS# 3388, MCC# USW 78

Millennium Phone $1 (*10)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 50,000
Iss: Aug 97; Exp. Dec 31 99
KARS# 3390, MCC# USW 79

Millennium Phone $5
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 25,000
Iss: 1997; Exp. Jan 01
KARS# 3904, MCC# USW 80

Minnesota State Fair, 1997 (*11)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 3,000
Iss: Aug 97; Exp. Sep 99
KARS# 3449

Ground Hog Day 1997.
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 3,000
Iss: 1997; Exp. Feb 00
KARS# 3465

Halloween 1997.
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 3,000
Iss: 1997; Exp. Oct 99
KARS# 3464

Thanksgiving 1997.
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. Nov 99
KARS# 3389

GCA 97 Annual Mtg USW Card
(6 card puzzle set below)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 6,000
Iss: Oct 97; Exp. none
KARS# 3856(s)

Connected Schools Compl.
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 4,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. Jan 00

KARS# 3645

Connected Schools $5
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 10,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. Jun 00

KARS# 3646

Connected Schools $10
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10, Mintage 20,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. Dec 00

KARS# 3855

Life's Better Here Set

(*12)

US West - Life's Better Here
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $15, Mintage1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

Arizona
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

Colorado
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

Idaho
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

Iowa
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

Minnesota
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

Montana
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

Nebraska
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

New Mexico
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

North Dakota
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

Oregon
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

South Dakota
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

Utah
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

Washington
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

Wyoming
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 1,500
Iss: 1997; Exp. none
KARS# 3512(s)

Changing The Shape Of Money 5 State Set

(*13)

Arizona
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 5,000
Iss: 1997; Exp. Dec 00
KARS# 3513

Colorado
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 5,000
Iss: 1997; Exp. Dec 00
KARS# 3514

Minnesota
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 5,000
Iss: 1997; Exp. Dec 00
KARS# 3515

Oregon
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 5,000
Iss: 1997; Exp. Dec 00
KARS# 3516

Washington
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 5,000
Iss: 1997; Exp. Dec 00
KARS# 3517

CardEx 97 Commemorative (*14)
set below, see Folder, Inside
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 1,250
Iss: Oct 97; Exp. Oct 00
KARS# 3493

Season's Greetings 1997
joint issue by USW, G&D, SCS
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 1,000
Iss: Dec 97; Exp. none
KARS# 3857

Season's Greetings 1997

Reverse


Happy Holidays 1997
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 3,000
Iss: Dec 97; Exp. Jan 00

KARS# 3511

1998

Phoenix Open 1998 (*15)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 3,500
Iss: Jan 98; Exp. Jan 00

KARS# 3903

Millennium Phone $10
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $10, Mintage 25,000
Iss: 1998; Exp. Jan 01

KARS# 4109, MCC# USW 81

Diamond Backs Inaugural Season
see Folder Front, Inside
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 11,000
Iss: Mar 98; Exp. May 00
KARS# 4008

Interoperability USW Card (*16)
see associated GTE cards below
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 2,500
Iss: Apr 98; Exp. none
KARS# 3960

Mother's Day 1998
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 5,000
Iss: May 98; Exp. May 01
KARS# 4009

Father's Day 1998
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 5,000
Iss: May 98; Exp. May 01
KARS# 4010

Circle K Card
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $7, Mintage unk
Iss: May 98; Exp. Jul 00
KARS# 4089

Scottsdale Fashion Square
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 6,500
Iss: Jul 98; Exp. Sep 00
KARS# 4108

GCA 98 Annual Mtg USW Card
(10 card puzzle set below)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $3, Mintage 5,500
Iss: Oct 98; Exp. none
KARS# 4286(s)

Human Resources $1
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 5,100
Iss: Dec 98; Exp. Jan 01

KARS# 4291

Human Resources $2
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 5,100
Iss: Dec 98; Exp. Jan 01

KARS# 4292

Season's Greetings 1998
see Folder Front, Folder Inside
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 5,000
Iss: Dec 98; Exp. Dec 01
KARS# 4188

1999

Millennium Phone $1 Reprint
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 25,000
Iss: 1999; Exp. Jan 01
KARS# 4311

Millennium Phone $5 Reprint (*17)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $5, Mintage 25,000
Iss: 1999; Exp. Jan 01
KARS# 4312

$5 Millennium Phone Reprint

Reverse Code Inset

$5 Millennium Phone (1997)

Reverse Code Inset

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 1999 Card
see Folder Front, Folder Inside
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 10,000
Iss: Jan 99; Exp. Jan 01
KARS# 4230

Diamond Backs '99 Compl Card
see Folder Front, Folder Inside
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 11,000
Iss: Mar 99; Exp. Apr 01
KARS# 4353

CardTech/SecurTech '99 Card 1
see Folder Front, Folder Inside
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 2,000
Iss: May 99; Exp. May 31 01
KARS# 4354 (s)

CardTech/SecurTech '99 Card 2
see set, below
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 2,000
Iss: May 99; Exp. May 31 01
KARS# 4354 (s)

ORGA Art Competition #5 Card
see Set, Folder, and info below
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $3, Mintage 2,000
Iss: 1999; Exp. Jan 01
KARS# 4358 (s)

 

Standard Reverse Images

The Reverse of each USW card has information about the card, a classification and dialing instructions. The Legacy Series 1&2 are vertical cards. After the Legacy Series, the Standard Reverse is horizontal. Issues co-sponsored with other companies or organizations have special reverse designs (which do not necessarily fit these rules) and are shown with the card. The following images are representative examples of USW standard reverses.

Information includes a description of the obverse image, usually located beneath the dialing instructions, but may vary (e.g., Global Telecard Company, image shown above). The cards usually indicate where they were produced (Germany, France and Canada), but some do not. The date of production or date of issue (may not be the same as the date of release), quantity produced and expiration date (starting in 1997) are printed. Notable exceptions are the Coins Complimentary 1st & 2nd Runs (C), CardEx 95 (C) and the Circle K (P) Cards which do not indicate quantity made. Note, all USW cards prior to 1997 and many after 1997 do not have an expiration date and, therefore, do not expire (theoretically).

The Classification, lower left corner, is (1) a number for regular issues. USW also indicates how many cards are in the series. The example below is from the Legacy #2 Set: USW Series 2, Card 1 of 5. (2) "C" indicates a Complimentary card, always $1. (3) "S" indicates a Special issue, denominations vary. (4) "P" indicates a Private issue. Note, many cards (in all classifications) are individually numbered.

The first cards were for Local and US Long Distance calls only. As new services became available and new customers were targeted, the Standard Reverse changed, adding International andSpanish dialing instructions.

Legacy 1 & 2 Series Reverse
Standard Horizontal Reverse

Made in Canada. Expiration Date included. Individually Numbered.

Made in Germany.

Made in Canada (Right Side). No Bar Code.

Made in France.

Unknown production location (see stamped version, to right).

Made in France stamped on cellophane, card just like Unknown (to left).

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Issue Classifications: Legacy (# in series), Regular, Regular (# in series)

Issue Classifications: "C", "S", "P"

International Dialing Instructions Added.

Spanish Dialing Instructions Added.

 

Sample Cards Issued

US West began issuing Sample Cards in 1997. There are five types (listed below): (1) VOID punched through the card, (2) SAMPLE printed, (3) Sample Card printed, (4) TEST CARD printed and (5) both Sample Card printed and VOID punched out through the card. Although Sample cards were supposed to be produced for each issue, there are some notable exceptions - Valentine Day, Global Telecard Company and the Millennium Phone $10 card. Note, there were no Sample Cards produced for issues co-produced with other companies (Season's Greetings 1997 with G&D, GCA sets, CTST 1999 Chicago with G&D and ORGA Art Competition with Deutsch Telecom).

TYPE 1
TYPE 2
TYPE 3
TYPE 4

Telecard Times Blue
Telecard Times Red

Independence Day
Thanksgiving

Millennium Phone $5
Millennium Phone $1 Reprint

Halloween
Ground Hog Day

Seattle Reign (3215)
Colorado Rockies $1

Inmate Services
Denver Summit of the Eight

Millennium Phone $5 Reprint
Connected Schools $1

Colorado Rockies $5

Portland Rose Festival

Connected Schools $5

TYPE 5

Colorado Rockies $10


 

Interact
SEAFAIR Blue Angels $1
SEAFAIR Blue Angels $5
Millennium Phone $1
Minnesota State Fair 1997


Connected Schools $10
CardEx 97 Commemorative
Happy Holidays 1997
Life's Better Here 15 card Set
Changing the Shape of Money set
Phoenix Open 1998
Interoperability
Diamond Backs Inaugural Season

Mother's Day
Father's Day
Circle K Card

"Sample Card" printed
and
"VOID" punched through

Scottsdale Fashion Square
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 1999
Human Resources $1
Human Resources $2

Season's Greetings 1998
Diamond Backs '99 Complimentary

 

Remote Calling Card Issues (Samples available only)
(*18)

40 Minute Inaugural Remote Card (Sample)
(USW distribs for Innovative Telecom Corp)
Remote Memory - (n/a)
Denom 40 min, Mintage unk
Iss: 1998; Exp. 6 months or Dec 31 1999
KARS# 4090, MCC# none

80 Minute Inaugural Remote Card (Sample)
(USW distribs for Innovative Telecom Corp)
Remote Memory - (n/a)
Denom 80 min, Mintage unk
Iss: 1998; Exp. 6 months or Dec 31 1999
KARS# 4091, MCC# none

Inaugural Remote Card (Sample)

Common Reverse


 

Co-Issues and Associated Issues

Joint Global Card Series 1 (Puzzle Set)
Global Chipcard Alliance's first set, jointly issued by: US West, GTE,
Bell Canada, ptt telecom (Netherlands)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom: multiple, Mintage 8,000
Iss: Oct 96; Exp. none
KARS# 3169 (USW), 3170 (GTE), 2805 (BellCan), MCC# USW 66

Joint Global Card Series 1 (Puzzle Set)

Reverse

 

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1997 Annual Global Chipcard Alliance Meeting Puzzle Set (Front and Reverse puzzles shown)
joint issue by: US West, GTE, Bell Canada, ptt telecom (Netherlands), Tel Malaysia, Deutsch Telecom
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom: multiple, Mintage 6,000
Iss: Oct 97; Exp. none
KARS# 3856

1998 Annual Global Chipcard Alliance Meeting Puzzle Set (set too large to scan, all ten cards shown, with common reverse)
joint issue by: US West, GTE, Bell Can, kpn (Netherlands), Tel. Malaysia, Deutsch Telecom, British Tel., SPT Telecom, Telstra, Tel. Eireann
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom: multiple, Mintage 5,500
Iss: Oct 98; Exp. none
KARS# 4286

USA Cards Denver Summit Of The Eight (*9)
Remote Memory - scratch off PIN
Denom: $5 (10 units), Mintage 1,000
Iss: Jun97; Exp. none
KARS# 3361

USA Cards Denver Summit Of The Eight

Reverse

KARS Unlimited CardEx 97 Commemorative Set (*14)
(2 Card Puzzle Set & Composite Card)e
Stored Memory - Chip & Remote Memory - scratch off PIN
Denom: C$1 + 20u + $1; Mintage: 1,000 Sets
Iss: Oct 24 1997; Exp: various
KARS# 3496 --- see Folder Front, Folder Inside, Folder Back

Salute To Belgium/CardEx 97 (*14)
(companion card to the CardEx 97 Commemorative Set)
Remote Memory - scratch off PIN
Denom: 20u; Mintage: 1,000
Iss: Oct 24 1997; Exp: Dec 31 1998
KARS# 3492

USW Millennium Phone
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 50,000
Iss: Aug 97; Exp. Dec 31 99
KARS# 3390, MCC# USW 79

USW Interoperability Card (*16)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 2,500
Iss: Apr 98; Exp. none
KARS# 3960

GTE Interoperability Card (*16)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 2,500
Iss: Apr 98; Exp. none
KARS# 4295

GTE Millennium Phone
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $1, Mintage 55,000
Iss: Apr 98; Exp. none
KARS# 4283

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CardTech/SecurTech 1999 Chicago Skyline Puzzle Set
Produced by USW and G&D for CTST 1999 (May 10-14, 1999)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom 2 x $1, Mintage 2,000 sets
Iss: May 99; Exp. May 31 01
KARS# 4354 (s)

CardTech/SecurTech 1999 Chicago Skyline Puzzle Set

Reverses


see Folder Front, Folder Inside

ORGA Art Competition #5 Set
US West Card

Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom $3, Mintage 2,000
Iss: 1999; Exp. Jan 01
KARS# 4358(s)

US West Card

Reverse

see Folder
see Folder Inside (autographed)

ORGA Art Competition #5 Set
Deutsch Telecom Card
(*19)
Stored Memory - Chip card
Denom 6 DM, Mintage 2,000
Iss: Mar 99; Exp. Mar 02
KARS# 4358(s)

Deutsch Telecom Card

Reverse

 

Notes

(*1)

Although a unit value is not printed on this card (as on the others) a card reader indicates the appropriate value. Also note, the photos in MCC all show F1024 with written values instead of printed values. I cannot explain the discepancy.

(*2)

MCC indicates Proof cards exist. I am uncertain whether all Proof cards are holed or not.

(*3)

MCC indicates some cards exist with incorrect reverses printed.

(*4)

Christmas cards were sent to VIPs with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Winter Carnival phonecard.

(*5)

MCC indicates two "versions" exist - one for the Show, another for Collectors. In fact, all the cards are identical. 1,000 cards were distributed at the Show and 250 cards were held back by US West for distribution to collectors ONLY through US West's authorized distributors (KARS Unlimited and USA Cards).

(*6)

1997 saw the introduction of Expiration dates on US West cards.

(*7)

As the first Private USW Issue released, the two card Telecard Times 3rd Anniversary Set was distributed with third anniversary issues of The Telecard Times (Greg Loibl, editor) magazines. 5,000 Red and 5,000 Blue cards were included in issues sealed in plastic wrapping. The extra cards (125 of each) were held back by USW for collectors

(*8)

1,010 cards initially were issued. However, 863 were returned because of flaws in the chip specifications (and became the 'holed' versions). Interestingly, this was supposed to be USW's first Private issue (release delayed due to the chip problem, so the Telecard Times issue was released first) and their policy was to produce 10 extra cards for internal purposes, hence the mintage of 1,010 cards. However, it became obvious that anyone holding all the cards produced could grossly inflate the cost to collectors seeking complete USW sets (does anyone remember the Husky Card from Telcom Alaska?). When the authorized distributors complained, policy immediately changed and USW produced significant numbers of cards in addition to all private orders (for collectors).

(*9)

From June 20-22, 1997, leaders from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom (the group of Seven Industrialized Nations) and this year's addition of Russia met in Denver, colorado (USA) to address some of the world's toughest problems. A complimentary USW card was produced, as a joint venture with USA Cards, to commemorate the meeting. A companion card, with a very similar obversae, was produced by USA Cards and simultaneously released with the US West issue.

(*10)

Here is where I disagree with MCC. The Millennium Pay Phone series of cards was in production approximately the same time the Catalog went to press, based on the best information available at the time. MCC lists the Millennium $1, $5, $10 & $20 cards as #79, #80, #81 & #82, all dated August, 1997. Plans at USW must have changed. Although the $1 Complimentary Card was produced in June, 1997 and released by USW in August, 1997, the $5 card was not produced until December, 1997. The $10 card was produced in 1998. I do not believe the $20 (MCC# 82) card was ever produced and base that on three reasons. (1) As an authorized distributor, receiving supplies of every card USW produced, KARS Unlimited was never offered nor received any $20 Millennium cards, (2) Millennium issues were released to KARS on dates scattered over months and (3) USW felt high denomination cards were difficult to sell. The last $20 issue was TeleCard World Atlanta, in April, 1996. Since that issue, the highest denomination released was $10, with the exception of one $15 card produced with the Life's Better Here Series - and was not sold seperatly. The $20 Millennium card will not be included as a USW issue.

(*11)

Cards produced after MCC was printed will only indicate a KARS#

(*12)

Life's Better Here is a 15 Card Promotional Set with a "Cover Card" (first USW $15 card) plus 14 cards with drawings to represent each of the states in the USW region. 1,500 sets were produced. 1,000 hard cover albums were produced (100 autographed by the artist) and the remaining 500 sets were sold as sealed cards without an album. USW made an exception for this set with no expiration date for the cards.

(*13)

Five cards were chosen from the Life's Better Here Series. The same drawings were used, but the cards were "reprinted" with the logo "Changing the Shape of Money"

(*14)

The CardEx 97 Commemorative Set was produced by KARS Unlimited and was a joint venture between.KARS Unlimited, US West, Bell Canada, Cable & Wireless, Inc. and Lucas Color Cards. It features a two card puzzle set (KARS Unlimited, time by Cable & Wireless, Inc. and Bell Canada) plus a composite card by USW. A companion card (Salute To Belgium) produced by KARS Unlimited with Cable & Wireless, Inc. was sold with the Set at CardEx 97 (Brussels, Belgium (October 24-26, 1997).

(*15)

USW introduces Spanish instructions

(*16)

The Interoperability Card was produced by US West and GTE, two of the founding members of the Global Chipcard Alliance (GCA). It commemorates the first interoperability agreement in North America and symbolizes the initial step of many which will eventually culminate in the implementation of the GCA vision: worldwide interoperabilty. Note: the Interoperability Card displays the Millennium Phone in the middle with insets of the USW Millennium Card (left) and GTE Millennium Card (right). The USW and GTE Interoperability Card versions only differ in one way. The USW version mentions USW then GTE - the GTE version mentions GTE then USW.

(*17)

The Millennium $5 Reprint Obverse is identical to the original release. They can only be distinguished by their reverses. The reverse of each card indicates a different date and series number. Insets were included to document the cards are, indeed, different issues.

(*18)

USW ceased operations so suddenly it was impossible for me to determine if the Remote Cards were ever released for public use.

(*19)

Deutsch Telecom card denominated as 6 DM or 3.07 Euro (E). It is also unusual for a German card to expire.

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