Auctions

04/28/2017

The trio of classic Queen Victoria covers headlining Cavendish’s London sale

Cavendish served up some marvelous Queen Victoria covers during its March auction in London, including one sent against the backdrop of the Crimean War.

US Stamps

04/28/2017

The controversy behind a 6¢ Eagle airmail variety

Is the ultramarine version of Scott C23, the 1938 6¢ Eagle airmail stamp real? The controversy centers on whether it is a differentiable color, or merely a shade of the normal dark blue.

World Stamps

04/28/2017

1845 Basel Dove stamp recognized for many philatelic firsts

Basel, Switzerland, issued its first postage stamp July 1, 1845. The stamp, featuring a dove, was Basel’s first and only stamp.

World Stamps

04/28/2017

Isle of Man’s hidden logo, plus U.S. stamps on U.N. mail: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, the May U.S. Stamp Notes cartoon caption contest has a nautical theme.

World Stamps

04/27/2017

Vols. 2A and 2B of 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue available

What’s new for the 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue? The recently published set of Vols. 2A and 2B offers almost 12,000 value changes and numerous editorial enhancements.

Auctions

04/27/2017

Gem U.S. 1852 combo cover sells for $455 in Auction Galleries Hamburg sale

Seeking out U.S. items overseas can be especially rewarding, because the competition tends to be less intense, and therefore the bidding is lower.

US Stamps

04/27/2017

USPS plans 2017 Total Solar Eclipse stamp with thermochromic ink

In advance of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a new forever stamp on June 20 printed with special thermochromic ink.

World Stamps

04/25/2017

ATA executive director Vera Felts named 2017 Distinguished Topical Philatelist

In other areas of the hobby, Felts founded a youth stamp club at the Science Center in Carbondale, Ill., in 1999. She has edited the newsletter of the Southern Illinois Stamp Club for the last 15 years, and cofounded the club’s Sirpex local show. A life member of the American Philatelic Society, she coordinated its newsletter exchange for eight years.

World Stamps

04/25/2017

Canadian celebrities to reveal stamps in new ‘Canada 150’ set

Ten new stamps from Canada Post will celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial by commemorating moments from the past 50 years of the country’s history.

Auctions

04/25/2017

Pan-American invert among eye-catching stamps in Harmer-Schau’s Pipex sale

The auction consists of 762 lots from 51 owners. A top item among the U.S. offerings is a sound unused example of the 1901 1¢ green and black Pan-American Fast Lake Navigation stamp with center inverted (Scott 294a).

World Stamps

04/24/2017

Belarus Marc Chagall souvenir sheet in demand

The mint Belarus Marc Chagall souvenir sheet (Scott 54) is valued at $40. Both values are italicized, which means the Scott editors do not have sufficient market data to establish firm retail values.

Auctions

04/24/2017

Treasures up for sale during six Robert Siegel auctions include Position 76 Jenny Invert

The other five sales in this series will offer the Deane R. Briggs collection of Florida in the Civil War, U.S. and Confederate States postal history, the Steven Walske collection of North American blockade run mail and French royal packet mail, U.S. stamps, and the Vaquero collection of U.S. essays and proofs.

World Stamps

04/23/2017

Isle of Man hides logo, other information in Freemasonry stamps

The Isle of Man Post Office has added a hidden logo to its set of six stamps celebrating 300 years of English Freemasonry’s first Grand Lodge.

Postal Updates

04/23/2017

USPS offers pictorial postmark commemorating U.S. entry into World War I

The artwork on the square or diamond-shape postmark shows a WWI-era biplane in flight with rocky peaks in the background. Three stars are featured in the upper point of the postmark.