September 03, 2015 09:27 AMExpertizing certificates often reveal helpful findings related to a stamp's condition
September 03, 2015 11:25 AMVictoria revenue stamps exceed expectations at David Feldman sale in Geneva
September 02, 2015 01:15 PMUSPS will honor jazz artist Sarah Vaughan with stamp in 2016
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.
newsPossibility of renaming Confederate Stamp Alliance meets resistance
September 01, 2015 09:37 AMA 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.
newsA presidential candidate urges USPS to speed up mail delivery
August 31, 2015 02:45 PMSen. 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.”
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.”
insightsThe story of tiny Montserrat is an intriguing one
September 01, 2015 12:45 PMThe 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.
insightsExpress, Priority Mail stamps dress up coffee parcels
September 01, 2015 11:13 AMIt 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.
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.
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.
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.