September 03, 2015 03:50 PMAffordable inverted-center error profiled, new Elvis CD climbs the charts: Week's Most Read
September 03, 2015 08:33 PMU.S. Postal Service board of governors could shrink to one member by December
September 03, 2015 12:12 AMPRC 'entire nation is red' block sells for $445,000 at Interasia sale in Hong Kong
newsSam Houston to offer Germany varieties Sept. 19
September 04, 2015 04:28 PMSam 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.
newsPlans to debate future of Confederate Stamp Alliance halted
September 04, 2015 03:55 PMAfter 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.
newsMontana postal history in Holabird’s Americana auction
September 04, 2015 03:13 PMThe 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.
newsU.S. Postal Service board of governors could shrink to one member by December
September 03, 2015 08:33 PMSen. 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.
newsAffordable inverted-center error profiled, new Elvis CD climbs the charts: Week's Most Read
September 03, 2015 03:50 PMAlso 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.
newsNew Zealand's All Blacks rugby team honored with special stamps
September 03, 2015 04:10 PMNew 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.
newsMore than 9,900 value changes in 2016 Scott Vol. 6
September 02, 2015 11:39 AMThe 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.
insightsAmerican Topical Association has study units for more than 50 topics
September 04, 2015 02:18 PMThe 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.
insightsU.S. mail across the Atlantic by land-based aircraft: Part 2, 1942-46
September 04, 2015 01:00 PMKen 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.
insightsNewest ATA unit devoted to 'Halloween Spooktacular Stamps and Stuff'
September 03, 2015 09:10 PMThe 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.
insightsA survey of counterfeits, forgeries and other questionable stamps
September 03, 2015 04:30 PMThere 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.
insights$500 U.S. 'Persian Rug' documentary eclipses $16,000 at Harmer-Schau APS Stampshow sale
September 03, 2015 02:23 PMAmong 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.
insightsPRC 'entire nation is red' block sells for $445,000 at Interasia sale in Hong Kong
September 03, 2015 12:12 PMInterasia 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.
insightsVictoria revenue stamps exceed expectations at David Feldman sale in Geneva
September 03, 2015 11:25 AMIn 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.
insightsThe word 'almost' does not appear on expertizing certificates
September 03, 2015 09:31 AMI 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.
insightsExpertizing certificates often reveal helpful findings related to a stamp's condition
September 03, 2015 09:27 AMExpertizing 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.”
September 03, 2015 10:25 AMThe unique block of six unissued 2-penny King Edward VIII stamps of Australia, whose fascinating origin and provenance were detailed in Linn’s issue dated Oct. 20, 2014, around the time of the block’s sale, has been broken up. The block had lain in the Vestey family’s possession ever since it was fresh off the presses in 1936, when the 1st Baron Vestey received it as a memento from an Australian politician. Read More ›
September 02, 2015 02:20 PMAs stamp collectors, we become the stewards of postage stamps and postal history. We passionately protect our stamps and covers. We recognize that these fragile objects are ours to cherish for a brief moment in time before we pass them along to the next generation. Read More ›
August 31, 2015 10:10 AMOn June 28, 1914, by assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip with the squeeze of a trigger sparked would become to be known as “The Great War” and “The War to End All Wars.” Read More ›
August 28, 2015 02:08 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 ›
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Marty Frankevicz discusses the controversy in Canada over increasing postage rates, the elimination of home mail delivery and the erecting of cluster boxes.
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.
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.