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I'm still going to try to contact the USPS, *just* in case they happen to have kept such records. A lot of trouble for what amounts to a relatively small difference in taxes (at 15% LTCG rates), but it really bugs me that I didn't keep the receipt! :-)

Is there any way to trace the transaction through some of your other records? For example, did you buy them using a credit card that you still have records for or using a check that you could find a copy of? I know, it's also a very long shot considering that it was 25 years ago. Just a thought...

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