US Stamps

08/31/2016

10 modern-era examples of when expertizing is not needed

By John M. Hotchner

After discussing 10 instances from the first hundred years of United States philately in which expertizing is not essential to a finding that the stamp in question is or is not a genuinely scarce item, John Hotchner presents 10 items from the past 70 years.

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US Stamps

08/31/2016

10 modern-era examples of when expertizing is not needed

After discussing 10 instances from the first hundred years of United States philately in which expertizing is not essential to a finding that the stamp in question is or is not a genuinely scarce item, John Hotchner presents 10 items from the past 70 years.

US Stamps

08/31/2016

Born Aug. 31: Ramon Magsaysay

On his birthday in 1957, less than six months after his death in a plane crash, Philippines President Ramon Magsaysay was honored on a United States stamp.

Postal Updates

08/30/2016

Detroit River still home to America’s only floating post office

The Westcott II, which has its own ZIP code, has been operating for almost 67 years. But the company that operates it goes back a little further.

US Stamps

08/30/2016

Sixth stamp in U.S. Butterfly series planned

The United States Postal Service will issue a nondenominated Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly stamp for nonmachineable first-class mail. No issue date has been announced.

US Stamps

08/30/2016

Born Aug. 30: Ted Williams

The last major league baseball player to hit over .400 in a full season, Ted Williams was a perennial All-Star and a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

World Stamps

08/29/2016

Hitting the road with new stamps of Ireland, Romania and Portugal

Four Irish stamps highlight some of the activities found along the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest defined coastal touring route in the world.

Postal Updates

08/29/2016

U.S. Postal Service funding children’s TV drama ‘The Inspectors’

Since 2014, the United States Postal Service has been funding The Inspectors, a children’s TV show based on actual cases handled by U.S. postal inspectors.

World Stamps

08/29/2016

New specialized catalog details obscure collecting area

During the past few years, a number of specialty catalogs have been published for some outside-the-norm collecting areas.

US Stamps

08/29/2016

Born Aug. 29: Ingrid Bergman

Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman starred in a series of important films, including Casablanca, Anastasia, and Notorious.

US Stamps

08/28/2016

Revisiting customs and delivery fees with new examples: Modern U.S. Mail

Examples of customs clearance and delivery fees and custom duties on parcel items after mid-1950 are very uncommon.

World Stamps

08/28/2016

Samoa’s 1921 Hut and Flag stamps offer perforation and paper varieties

Collecting the Hut and Flag stamps starts off being interesting and quite inexpensive, but complications arise the deeper you delve into them.

US Stamps

08/28/2016

‘The Million Dollar Duck’ documentary premieres Sept. 14 on Animal Planet

An award-winning documentary about the annual federal duck stamp art contest will be shown on the Animal Planet cable television network Sept. 14.

US Stamps

08/27/2016

Year date mistake on Henry James first-day cover available from USPS

Mistakes in the cancels of first-day covers are unusual but not unheard of, and a new one has surfaced on FDCs for the United States nondenominated (89¢) Henry James 3-ounce rate stamp issued July 31.

Auctions

08/27/2016

Classic U.S. stamps highlight Siegel’s upcoming sales of Alan and Inman collections

Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries of New York City has scheduled two consecutive sales of United States stamps in mid-September.