United States — The 2014 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values the 1910 imperforate 1¢ green Benjamin Franklin stamp on paper with the “U S P S” watermark in a single line (Scott 383) at only $4.25 in mint never-hinged condition, $2 in unused hinged condition and $2.25 in used condition.
Wholesale demand for this stamp in all three conditions is greater than these Scott catalog values would suggest. I would buy this stamp in any of the three conditions at Scott catalog value or less anytime I saw it offered.
Because the stamps are imperforate, there is no reason to accept an example in less than a grade of very fine.
Centerline blocks (only one per full sheet of 400) and matched sets of arrow blocks (one set per full sheet of 400) command modest premiums above their values as singles and are well worth buying when you see them offered. For those wishing to specialize, there are dark green, yellowish green and bright green varieties all valued the same as the major-number listed green stamp.
A Linn’s editor found this week’s recommended stamps on the ZillionsOfStamps.com website at the following price ranges:
United States, 383 — $12, centerline block of four, unused hinged, very fine; $7.50, vertical pair, never hinged, extra fine; $7, horizontal pair, never hinged, very fine;
New Zealand, B3-B4 — $130 unused hinged, very fine.
Tip of the week
New Zealand — New Zealand is a popular collecting area with both single-country and British Commonwealth collectors. The market for New Zealand stamps is active both in the United States and throughout the world.
New Zealand has been a prolific issuer of semipostal stamps. One of the key sets to a New Zealand collection is the 1931 set of two Smiling Boy health semipostal stamps (Scott B3-4).
The 2014 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 values the stamps in unused hinged condition at $200 and in used condition at $165. I think that the stamps in used condition are the better buy and are well worth $150 in the grade of very fine. Examples bearing full, legible bull’s-eye cancels bring a premium.
A set in unused hinged condition usually sells for around $125, while mint never-hinged sets are worth $250 or more per set.
If you are buying unused stamps, make sure that the gum is not toned. — H.G.
August 01, 2015 07:37 PMIt didn’t take long for the doom-and-gloomers to weigh in with their prognostications following the July 24 announcement from the American Philatelic Society that it hired former political aide Scott English to be the next executive director of the nation’s largest stamp club. Read More ›
July 30, 2015 08:04 PMIn 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. Read More ›
July 30, 2015 09:01 AMAs in previous years, Rarities Week, the series of sales conducted June 22-26 by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries in New York, included several name sales as well as an assortment of notable items from around the world. The week kicked off with something of a do-over: a sizable assortment of better United States stamps and covers that had appeared in four previous sales, but whose winning bidder then failed to pay for them. Read More ›
July 23, 2015 04:35 PMThe Tieton, Wash., post office is a simple 1935 cement block building with a slat wood facade. Townsfolk in the agricultural community of 1,200 in central Washington believe the post office could become a landmark, if only the United States Postal Service would allow them to cover the front with a stamp-like mosaic. Read More ›
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz discusses the largest souvenir card produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The card is one of three issued to honor the centenary of San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke discusses Canada’s recently recalled $1.20 Dinosaur Provincial Park stamps featuring inaccurately described Hoodoo rock formations.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the discovery of another pane of the intentionally created upright variety of the $2 Jenny Invert stamp.
Chad Snee discusses the recent sale of the glass locket containing the famed 1918 Jenny Invert airmail error stamp.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.