October 03, 2015 05:40 AMPenrhyn Island stamps, upcoming U.S. stamps, Yankees meet the Netherlands: Week's Most Read
October 01, 2015 09:14 AMImperf stamps from press sheets listed in 2016 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog
October 02, 2015 03:03 PMCollector interest fueling volatility in values for wartime postal history
newsChina inverted surcharge sells for $149,500 in Cherrystone sale
October 04, 2015 05:50 AMCherrystone Auctions held a sale of United States, China and worldwide stamps and postal history Sept. 9-10 in New York. The sale was previewed in Linn’s issue of Sept. 7. Not surprisingly, the top realizations went to a pair of well-known rarities from China.
newsPenrhyn Island stamps, upcoming U.S. stamps, Yankees meet the Netherlands: Week's Most Read
October 03, 2015 05:40 AMAmong the hot topics in this week's stamp news are: New York City, baseball, an 1847 Basel Dove cover, the A Charlie Brown Christmas stamps, and the beautiful stamps of Penrhyn Island.
newsUK artist puts impressive Queen Elizabeth II stamp art on display
October 02, 2015 03:50 PMAnne-Marie Stijelja recently gained some notable recognition in the United Kingdom's art world. The Northhamptonshire Telegraph highlights a mosaic of Queen Elizabeth II that Stijelja created using used postage stamps. It was on display for just a few short days late last month.
newsCollector interest fueling volatility in values for wartime postal history
October 02, 2015 03:03 PMValues on scarce wartime postal history covers have grown increasingly volatile as collectors’ interest has intensified. This Oct. 29, 1941, airmail cover from New York City to the Dutch East Indies sold recently on the eBay Internet auction website for $1,225 after spirited bidding by 10 competitors.
newsImperf stamps from press sheets listed in 2016 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog
October 01, 2015 09:14 AMThe biggest editorial advance in the 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers is the addition of minor-number listings for imperforate stamps from uncut press sheets without die cuts.
insightsTip of the week: Canal Zone airmail Official stamps
October 03, 2015 09:54 PMIn 1941, the Canal Zone issued a set of seven airmail Official stamps (Scott CO1-CO7) by overprinting “Official” and “Panama Canal” in two lines on some of the 1931-1949 airmail set (Scott C7 and C9-C14). The lower “Panama Canal” overprint was 19 millimeters to 20mm long.
insightsInternational airmail covers recall the ‘Day of Infamy’
October 02, 2015 02:12 PMOn Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese forces bombed American military installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in a surprise attack that suddenly thrust the United States into World War II. Letters that were in transit across the Pacific Ocean are tangible mementos of that fateful event.
insightsRomania’s 1906 semipostals reflected queen’s interests
October 01, 2015 01:49 PMThe world’s first semipostal stamps, with a surcharge (beyond the cost of postage) that was designated for a charitable purpose, were issued in New South Wales and Victoria in 1897. Romania, however, was not too far behind, becoming the first European country to issue semipostals, in 1906.
insightsWhat to do when you receive a “no opinion” certificate
September 30, 2015 02:05 PMYou’ve sent in your latest find to be expertized, pretty sure that it is what you think it is. After the usual period of nail-biting while waiting for the certificate that will prove you right, the mail brings one that says, “No opinion.” Responses to this situation can range from puzzlement to anger, but after the disappointment, there is the question of what to do next.
October 02, 2015 11:01 PMThis month marks my fifth anniversary writing the monthly auction report for Linn’s Stamp News. That’s 60 columns, totaling more than 100,000 words (enough for a decent-sized novel), all about our favorite hobby. Read More ›
October 02, 2015 11:34 AMIn mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show. Read More ›
September 28, 2015 03:36 PMAfter the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, postal workers not only saved the mail, they saved the new post office building. Read More ›
September 27, 2015 02:58 PMWe stamp collectors are an observant bunch. After all, we spend a great deal of time closely scrutinizing small, colorful bits of paper. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke talks about a record fifth win for wildlife artist Joseph Hautman in the federal duck stamp art contest, and see the painting that will appear on next year’s federal duck stamp
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz questions Bolivia’s choice for the design of a 2013 stamp honoring the country’s efforts to protect its migrants in foreign lands.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses the discovery of the upright Jenny Invert pane received in an order from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Mo., and also reports on the Confederate Stamp Alliance.
Watch as Linn’s senior editor Denise McCarty discusses the situation with Canada’s recalled Hoodoo stamp, as well as stamps from the United States and other countries that also depict these rock formations.
Just as with postage stamps and despite a printer’s best intentions, mistakes on duckstamps do slip through the system and thankfully make it into the hands of collectors.
In June 2011, five years after the success of Cars, its sequel, Cars 2, arrived in theaters. Austria released a set of four folding booklets featuring Mater, Lightning McQueen, Finn McMissile, Holley Shiftwell and assorted other characters from Cars 2 in its fifth Pixar-related booklet.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds share ideas …,” and Linn’s is fortunate to have thoughtful leaders of the stamp hobby on its Editorial Advisory Board. Board members participated in a lively discussion of “The State of the Stamp Hobby” Aug. 21 at the American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Canada Post issued a new stamp Aug. 21 to replace the withdrawn $1.20 Dinosaur Provincial Park stamp that had an incorrectly identified image. The original stamp was issued July 3 in Canada Post’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites series and withdrawn shortly thereafter, along with other products with the design mistake.