August 27, 2015 01:24 PMKelleher to auction Kuske collection of Canal Zone rarities Sept. 9
August 26, 2015 01:01 PMAPS general membership meeting introduces new staff, plans for future
August 26, 2015 04:45 PMSan Francisco calligrapher's self-addressed covers are something to see
newsKelleher to auction Kuske collection of Canal Zone rarities Sept. 9
August 27, 2015 01:24 PMAn impressive range of elusive errors and varieties from the Canal Zone, the onetime United States territory surrounding the Panama Canal, will be offered by the firm of Daniel F. Kelleher at its offices in Danbury, Conn. on Sept. 9. The stamps are from a specialized collection formed by Donald A. Kuske, a retired chemist who grew up in North Dakota.
newsSan Francisco calligrapher's self-addressed covers are something to see
August 26, 2015 04:45 PMFor the better part of four decades, once a month, San Francisco calligrapher Alan A. Blackman sent himself an elegantly put-together, self-adressed envelope. Now, about 200 of them are featured in an exhibit.
newsCheck out photos from the 2015 APS Stampshow in Grand Rapids
August 26, 2015 01:15 PM
newsAPS general membership meeting introduces new staff, plans for future
August 26, 2015 01:01 PMThree themes dominated discussions at the American Philatelic Society’s general membership meeting Aug. 22: construction that is underway to finish the American Philatelic Research Library at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pa.; efforts to stem membership losses and build the society’s member rolls; and plans to review the long-standing operating agreement between the APS and the APRL.
newsFillion wins youth champion of champions at Stampshow
August 26, 2015 12:00 AM
insightsPostal cards and postcards remailed as receipts make for good hunting
August 27, 2015 04:10 PMThe period from April 15, 1925, to July 1, 1928, is an interesting one for postal cards and postcards because the domestic rate for postal cards was 1¢ during this period, while the postcard rate was 2¢.
insightsGeorge Washington revenue with inverted center is affordable
August 26, 2015 02:16 PMIn the revenue category, there are a number of inverted-center error stamps among the second- and third-issue documentary stamps. The 1874 2¢ orange-and-black on green paper George Washington inverted-center error stamp (Scott R151a) is one of the most affordable.
insightsLightning McQueen, WALL-E, others shine on Disney-Pixar stamps
August 25, 2015 04:07 PMIn 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.
insightsUganda issued first stamps depicting Disney-Pixar characters
August 25, 2015 01:22 PMThe first Disney/Pixar stamps were issued by Uganda in 1997, consisting of one souvenir sheet of six stamps (Scott 1479a-f), two souvenir sheets of nine stamps each (1480a-i and 1481a-i), and a set of three souvenir sheets (1482-84), all showing scenes from Toy Story.
insightsScott Canada eCatalogue is good, but additions could make it great
August 22, 2015 10:00 AMIn August 2014, Scott unveiled its first “stamp eCatalogues,” an unwieldy term for an agile concept: to make available, accessible and affordable in digital form popular subsections of Scott’s massive annual six-volume print juggernaut.
August 27, 2015 12:29 PMEleanor 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. Read More ›
August 21, 2015 12:50 PMIn an unusual development for our hobby, the Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service is blogging about stamp collecting. Read More ›
August 19, 2015 10:01 AMFrom 1967 to 2006, Royal Mail (Great Britain’s post office) advertised all new issues with posters displayed in post offices. Most of these posters had pictures of the stamps along with basic information such as the date of issue, instructions for first-day covers, etc. Some were a little more elaborate. Read More ›
August 18, 2015 10:22 AMWill the United States Postal Service issue a Christmas stamp this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic television musical special A Charlie Brown Christmas? Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s associate editor Michael Baadke discusses happenings at the recent APS Stampshow from the show floor.
Watch as Linn's/Scott editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the early release of the new U.S. Elvis stamp, the possibility of a Peanuts stamp and Linn's at the upcoming APS Stampshow.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses highlights of Robert A. Siegel Auction Rarities Week sales in late June, and reports that the 49¢ price for a first-class United States stamp will remain in effect until April.
Watch as Linn’s senior editor Denise McCarty discusses the hiring of a new executive director of the American Philatelic Society, the new Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board and the upcoming APS Stampshow.
Sometimes colors can fade on stamps to the point that they look like color-omitted errors. An online auction of an apparent color-omitted error illustrates this important point. A buyer’s winning bid approached $100 for a faded stamp offered as a “color omitted error” on the online auction site eBay in September 2014. The so-called error is a mint single of the $5 stamp in the Americana series, issued in 1979 (Scott 1612).
Common stamps are called that because they are, well, common, except for when they’re not. A case in point is a group of definitive (regular-issue) stamps produced by Australia Post from 1959-62. The six Australia Native Animals stamps are a subset of a larger group of definitive stamps issued during the same time frame.
In the Editor’s Insights columns in the July 20 Linn’s Stamp News monthly and the Aug. 10 weekly Linn’s, I mentioned Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board without giving too much detail. Linn’s goal is to engage its audience both in print and online and to grow this audience. The role of the newly formed Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board is to assist us achieving these goals by keeping us focused on the needs of our audience and helping us adapt to today’s market.
At the biggest stamp show in the country this year, the United States Postal Service will issue new stamps celebrating what promises to be the biggest stamp show in the country next year. The two World Stamp Show-NY 2016 stamps will go on sale Aug. 20, the opening day of the American Philatelic Society’s annual Stampshow.