Sam Houston to offer Germany varieties Sept. 19

September 04, 2015 04:28 PM

Sam Houston Philatelics will offer stamps with scarce varieties from Germany and German colonies in its next public auction on Sept. 19. The sale is being held in conjunction with the Greater Houston Stamp Show, which takes place Sept. 18-20 at the Humble Civic Center in Humble, Texas. The sale also features United States material and the firm’s signature specialty, U.S. duck stamps.


Plans to debate future of Confederate Stamp Alliance halted

September 04, 2015 03:55 PM

After weeks of acrimonious debate, Richard F. Murphy, president of the Confederate Stamp Alliance, has called a halt to plans for debating the alliance’s future at its mid-year meeting Oct. 9-10. Saying the CSA had become racked by dissension and rumors, Murphy canceled a planned discussion of the 78-year-old group’s future at the Asheville, N.C., meeting.


Montana postal history in Holabird’s Americana auction

September 04, 2015 03:13 PM

The upcoming public auction by Holabird’s Western Americana Collections is filled with historical objects, including Montana postal history, Hawaii flight covers, express covers, postcards and much more. The first part of the auction is taking place in three sessions from Sept. 25-27. The auction will continue with three additional sessions Oct. 2-4.


U.S. Postal Service board of governors could shrink to one member by December

September 03, 2015 08:33 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the only 2016 presidential candidate to address postal issues in his campaign, has been acting without public attention on another important postal issue. The Vermont senator single handily has forced the United States Postal Service board of governors out of business, two individuals familiar with the issue have told Linn’s.


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.


American Topical Association has study units for more than 50 topics

September 04, 2015 02:18 PM

The American Topical Association, with almost 3,000 members worldwide, is the largest philatelic society devoted specifically to topical collecting. It provides many benefits to its members, including a checklist database with more than 400,000 stamps, and its journal Topical Time, published six times per year.


U.S. mail across the Atlantic by land-based aircraft: Part 2, 1942-46

September 04, 2015 01:00 PM

Ken Lawrence resumes his story about how the U.S. Army Air Transport Command and its contract carriers, mainly Pan American Airways, built the world’s longest and most important airmail route during World War II, employing land-based aircraft over routes that have seldom been fully understood and appreciated by airmail collectors.


Newest ATA unit devoted to 'Halloween Spooktacular Stamps and Stuff'

September 03, 2015 09:10 PM

The newest study unit of the ATA, the Halloween Spooktacular Stamps and Stuff Unit, formed just a few months ago, issuing the first issue of its quarterly newsletter, The Bubbling Cauldron, in June. The unit received its charter at the National Topical Stamp Show held July 31 through Aug. 2 in Portland, Ore.


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.”