Affordable inverted-center error profiled, new Elvis CD climbs the charts: Week's Most Read

September 03, 2015 03:50 PM

Also this week, the U.S. Postal Service issued a new variety of Spectrum Eagle coil stamps, Kelleher promoted an upcoming auction of Canal Zone rarities, and a retired judge donated 11,000 stamps to a Minnesota museum.


New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team honored with special stamps

September 03, 2015 04:10 PM

New Zealand's All Blacks, one of the more storied and recognizable rugby organizations in the world, is being honored with a one-of-a-kind stamp from New Zealand Post, one made with real fabric from the team's Adidas jerseys.


Canada’s King George V Medallions weathered the Depression

September 02, 2015 05:07 PM

Issued late in 1932, Canada’s George V Medallion definitives were used until mid-1935, a short span during the hardest years of the century for many Canadians.


USPS will honor jazz artist Sarah Vaughan with stamp in 2016

September 02, 2015 01:15 PM

"It has been 25 years since Sarah Vaughan died but her legacy continues to be honored not only with many posthumous recordings but now on a commemorative Forever stamp," Jazz Corner reports.


More than 9,900 value changes in 2016 Scott Vol. 6

September 02, 2015 11:39 AM

The more than 9,900 value changes in Vol. 6 of the 2016 edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue reflect the current market for countries of the world SAN (San Marino) through Z. Countries that received considerable attention from the Scott catalog editors this year include Singapore, Togo, Tristan da Cunha and Tunisia.


Neon Celebrate stamp coming Sept. 9

September 01, 2015 04:45 PM

The 2015 Neon Celebrate stamp can be distinguished from the original 2011 issue by the relocation of the "Forever" and "USA" inscriptions.


Elvis Presley, as advertised

September 01, 2015 03:45 PM

The United States Postal Service has launched a targeted campaign that places ads promoting the Elvis Presley stamps in cities important in the musician's life and career.


Possibility of renaming Confederate Stamp Alliance meets resistance

September 01, 2015 09:37 AM

A slate of four Confederate stamp collectors hopes to upset plans to rename the Confederate Stamp Alliance when the 78-year-old group holds its midyear meeting in Asheville, N.C., Oct. 9-10. The four are troubled by plans being considered by the CSA’s current officers to possibly rename the organization and make other changes that could including removing the Confederate battle flag from the group’s stationery.


How to provide some personal flair to your mail

August 31, 2015 03:35 PM

Perry Nelson and Molly Wigand, two authority figures in the world of greeting cards, were tapped by the United States Postal Service to teach visitors how to best sentimentilize their stamps and post cards.


A presidential candidate urges USPS to speed up mail delivery

August 31, 2015 02:45 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, issued a call Aug. 26 to Postmaster General Megan Brennan for the United States Postal Service to “offer more, not fewer, services.”


A survey of counterfeits, forgeries and other questionable stamps

September 03, 2015 04:30 PM

There were almost no early efforts to create postal forgeries, just attempts to clean and reuse stamps that were lightly canceled. The few attempts to fake U.S. stamps from scratch were either crudely made and easy to detect, or were made well and in such limited quantities that they are often worth close to what the genuine stamp is worth.


$500 U.S. 'Persian Rug' documentary eclipses $16,000 at Harmer-Schau APS Stampshow sale

September 03, 2015 02:23 PM

Among the highlights of the Harmer-Schau sale was a magnificent $500 U.S. second-issue documentary revenue stamp of 1871, Scott R133. The so-called “Persian Rugs” are among the most popular U.S. stamps, for their size and their breathtakingly detailed, engraved three-color appearance.


4¢ Washington bluish paper goes for $60,000 in Regency-Superior sale at APS Stampshow

September 03, 2015 02:22 PM

In the Regency-Superior sale at Stampshow, U.S. stamps provided most of the highlights. A 1909 4¢ Washington definitive on bluish paper (Scott 360) grabbed the top realization.


PRC 'entire nation is red' block sells for $445,000 at Interasia sale in Hong Kong

September 03, 2015 12:12 PM

Interasia in Hong Kong held an auction of China and Asian stamps and postal history on July 18-20. Modern rarities from the People’s Republic of China were well-represented in the Interasia July sale.


Victoria revenue stamps exceed expectations at David Feldman sale in Geneva

September 03, 2015 11:25 AM

In Geneva, the firm of David Feldman held its summer auction June 22-25. The big surprise was the result obtained for a series of 19th-century revenue stamps from the Australian state of Victoria.


The word 'almost' does not appear on expertizing certificates

September 03, 2015 09:31 AM

I often receive questions that go something like this, “There is a nice pair of stamps I have that is almost imperf and I think I should get it expertized as such.” Or sometimes the writer says that the stamp is missing almost all the black, or another color.


Expertizing certificates often reveal helpful findings related to a stamp's condition

September 03, 2015 09:27 AM

Expertizing certificates often tell you more than the primary fact you wanted to know: genuine or not genuine. They also note other findings related to the condition of the stamp — or whether aspects of a genuine stamp have been “improved.”


Withdrawn Guatemala airmail stamp is in demand

September 02, 2015 12:30 PM

On Dec. 6, 2001, Guatemala issued a 10-centavo airmail stamp commemorating the 1993 census. The controversial stamp was withdrawn from sale less than a week later, on Dec. 11.


The story of tiny Montserrat is an intriguing one

September 01, 2015 12:45 PM

The British colony of Montserrat in the Leeward Islands was never very prosperous, and an 1890 postal policy decreeing uniform stamp designs in the Leewards reduced the islands’ philatelic income. A 1903 set marked a return to distinctive stamp designs for the colony’s postal issues.


Express, Priority Mail stamps dress up coffee parcels

September 01, 2015 11:13 AM

It is always fun to receive feedback from Dollar-Sign Stamps readers, particularly when they share interesting items of postal history. A reader in Oregon used colorful assortments of Express Mail and Priority Mail stamps to mail parcels of coffee to a customer in Alaska. Here are a couple of real eye-catchers.