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.
October 09, 2015 02:00 PMLinn’s managing editor Charles Snee reported the recovery of a block of three of the 1845 5¢ New York postmaster’s provisional stamp, once part of a block of 10 that was stolen from the Benjamin K. Miller collection in 1977. Read More ›
blogThis month marks my fifth anniversary writing the monthly auction report for Linn’s Stamp News. That’s 60 columns, totaling more than 100,000 words (enough for a decent-sized novel), all about our favorite hobby. Read More ›
blogWhen this cover was listed on eBay in mid-September, it didn't take long for some knowledgeable collectors to recognize this piece of postal history for the gem that it is: an early trans-oceanic survey cover for a Pacific route that included Midway Island, which would become famous as the location of a pivotal 1942 naval battle during World War II. Read More ›
blogIn mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses current events that relate to the stamp hobby, including the relocation of a stamp show in Sweden due to the Syrian refugee crises, and new stamps honoring Pope Francis and the British monarchy.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke talks about a record fifth win for wildlife artist Joseph Hautman in the federal duck stamp art contest, and see the painting that will appear on next year’s federal duck stamp
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz questions Bolivia’s choice for the design of a 2013 stamp honoring the country’s efforts to protect its migrants in foreign lands.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses the discovery of the upright Jenny Invert pane received in an order from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Mo., and also reports on the Confederate Stamp Alliance.
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.