Pluto stamp will soon fly by Pluto aboard NASA's New Horizons: Linn's Buzz

July 07, 2015 01:46 PM

A 1991 U.S. stamp featuring Pluto is headed to the dwarf planet on board NASA's New Horizons robotic probe, which will soon render the phrase featured on the stamp, "Pluto: Not Yet Explored," outdated,


Most countries see value changes in 2016 Scott Vol. 4

July 07, 2015 01:36 PM

Vol. 4 of the 2016 edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue contains almost 7,500 value changes. Almost all countries in this volume — Jamaica through Mozambique Company — show some value changes. Macao tops the leaderboard, with more than 1,800.


More than 12,000 value changes in 2016 Scott Vol. 3

July 07, 2015 11:47 AM

Almost 12,000 value changes are recorded in the 2016 Vol. 3 of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, which spans countries of the world G-I. We continue to see a general softening in the market for stamps from the 1960s through the 1980s.


USPS unable to show savings from stamps printed on unsoakable paper

July 07, 2015 09:56 AM

The United States Postal Service is unable to document cost savings from its decision to print postage stamps on paper that cannot be soaked off envelopes. That’s the conclusion of the agency’s response to a Freedom of Information Act request Linn’s filed with the agency May 11 at the suggestion of a former senior postal official.


Hoodoo Snafu: Canada to scrap and replace $1.20 Dinosaur Park in UNESCO Heritage Site issue

July 07, 2015 08:12 AM

In a July 3 story that broke the very day they were issued, one of five new stamps celebrating UNESCO World Heritage Sites was found to have the wrong image. Canada Post will answer critics by withdrawing and shredding the stamps, and issuing a new stamp with an accurate image.


Born July 7: Satchel Paige

July 07, 2015 03:30 AM

Satchel Paige, one of the most highly regarded pitchers in all of baseball, played the game professionally for four decades and was named to Baseball’s National Hall of Fame in 1971. He was honored on a 33¢ stamp in 2000.


CBS Sunday Morning looks back at first Elvis Presley stamp: Linn's Buzz

July 06, 2015 04:25 PM

Much of the talk in the stamp-collecting hobby last week surrounded the new Elvis Presley stamp due out in August.


Another appearance by ‘young Elvis’ on new forever stamp for Presley

July 06, 2015 02:40 PM

The new stamp honoring musician and entertainer Elvis Presley — known worldwide as the King of Rock 'n' Roll — will feature a photograph dating from 1954 or 1955, when Presley was 19 or 20 years old.


New Scott numbers for Special Olympics, Coastal Birds, more

July 06, 2015 11:37 AM

The Scott catalog editors assigned new Scott numbers to a handful of recently issued United States stamps, including the commemorative forever stamp for the Special Olympics World Games being held July 25 - Aug. 2 in Los Angeles.


Born July 6: Bill Haley

July 06, 2015 03:30 AM

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, Bill Haley was among the key music pioneers featured on stamps in the 1993 American Music series.


By Topic - July 2015

July 03, 2015 12:00 AM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the July 20 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.


Romania 1858 Coat of Arms cover top lot at Harmers sale

July 02, 2015 03:40 PM

Harmers International held a sale of worldwide stamps and postal history at the Collectors Club in New York on June 6, including a numerous array of philatelic forgeries. The sale was previewed on the front page of the June 8 Linn’s. The top lot was a cover from Romania franked with an 1858 54-parale stamp showing the classic bull’s head Coat of Arms design.


When should you pursue expertization of a stamp or cover?

July 02, 2015 01:32 PM

Several readers have asked: In what situation should a stamp or cover be expertized? I could write several long and wordy columns on this subject, but a more meaningful way to approach it may be to show some examples over the next several columns, and say a bit about why these items need to be expertized.


Austria produced the world’s first newspaper stamps

July 02, 2015 01:08 PM

The first newspaper in Austria was published in 1605, and for many years newspaper publishers paid postal fees, in cash, to mail copies of their publications. Writing in The Collectors Club Philatelist of January 1951, Edwin Mueller suggested that the first postage stamp of the Austrian monarchy, issued in 1850, prompted the idea of a similar adhesive stamp to prepay newspaper postal fees.


People’s Republic of China early issues remain strong

July 02, 2015 11:32 AM

he China market is definitely weaker than it has been in recent years. Many People’s Republic of China sets that used to sell for nearly 100 percent of Scott catalog value are now selling for around 50 percent of catalog value. A speculative bubble in the China stock market has been draining Chinese investors away from stamps. This stock market seems to have overcome some of the mistrust once held by many Chinese investors, and is drawing a lot of investor money away from stamps and coins.


Beware of faded colors on stamps described as color-omitted errors

July 02, 2015 10:32 AM

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).


‘The stamp of controversy’: the 1917 unwatermarked 30¢ orange Franklin stamp, perforated 10

July 01, 2015 02:53 PM

“This is the stamp of controversy. I believe in it. BKM,” wrote Benjamin K. Miller, who donated his magnificent collection of United States postage stamps to the New York Public Library in 1925 — the most complete U.S. stamp collection that anyone had assembled up to that time. At present the Miller collection is on long-term loan to the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., where visitors can inspect at close hand the rarities he collected. In the note attached to his album leaf, Miller was referring to a block of four 30¢ orange Benjamin Franklin stamps with gauge 10 perforations on unwatermarked paper mounted on that page.


A shoe-shopping expedition on postage stamps

July 01, 2015 12:26 AM

If you agree with the maxim “you can never have too many shoes,” you may want to start examining postage stamps for the variety of footwear found there. A good place to begin on a philatelic shoe-hunting expedition is Belgium’s 2008 commemorative honoring the National Footwear Museum (Scott 2337). The museum is located in Izegem, a former shoemaking center.


Nepal is in the headlines, and in our stamp albums

July 01, 2015 11:27 AM

On April 25 of this year, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in Southeast Asia experienced a devastating earthquake that took the lives of more than 8,000 people. An aftershock on May 12 led to further death and destruction. How many people who watched the news reports of these devastating events knew where Nepal is and what the country is like? Those of us who are worldwide stamp collectors have an advantage, because we have learned global geography from our stamps.


Jenny Invert Locket Copy sold to Virginia coin collector

June 30, 2015 10:59 AM

The famed Locket Copy of the Inverted Jenny, the United States 24¢ airmail stamp of 1918 with the biplane in the center printed upside down in error, was sold in New York on May 20 by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in association with Sotheby’s.