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.

US Stamps

04/23/2017

Tell us what the submarine commander on this stamp might be thinking

Your challenge for the May cartoon caption contest. Put yourself at the periscope on the 29¢ Officer at Periscope stamp from the 1994 Road to Victory pane of 10 that was part of the World War II series.

World Stamps

04/22/2017

Rosenblum launches series to celebrate Britain’s Machin stamps’ 50th anniversary

The definitives, one of the longest-running series of regular stamp issues, feature British artist Arnold Machin’s sculpted portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

World Stamps

04/22/2017

Finlandia 2017 souvenir sheet celebrates philatelist jeweler Agathon Faberge

Collectors from more than 40 countries will participate in this exhibition, being held under Federation of European Philatelic Associations (FEPA) patronage and with International Federation of Philately (FIP) recognition.

World Stamps

04/22/2017

The United Nations World Heritage Sites booklet worth pursuing

Modern U.N. booklets all have the World Heritage Sites theme. They are beautiful, and the stamps inside can only be acquired by buying the booklets.

US Stamps

04/22/2017

Here’s all you need to know about second U.S. stamp for Henry David Thoreau

The nondenominated (49¢) Henry David Thoreau stamp will be welcomed with an 11 a.m. first-day ceremony at Walden Pond State Reservation Visitors Center, 915 Walden St., Concord, Mass.