United States — Beginning in 2002, the U.S. Postal Service issued 37¢ Flag stamps in a variety of formats produced by a number of different printers (Scott 3629F-3637).
The design by Terrence W. McCaffery features a close-up of the American flag rippling in the breeze.
As mint stamps, most are still minimally valued in the Scott catalog at roughly double face value. But one is a real winner.
The Ashton Potter-produced stamp with gauge 9½ vertical serpentine die cuts, “USA” microprinted in the top red stripe of the flag, and “2005” date at bottom left (Scott 3633B) is valued at $5.50 for a mint single in the 2014 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers. This is a remarkable increase in value of roughly 1,400 percent in just nine years.
I tipped this stamp in the Aug. 18, 2008, Stamp Market Tips column, and it is surprisingly hard to find.
Dealers are still looking to add it to their stocks, and collectors continue to seek it for their collections. If you can find it offered, it is a good buy at the full Scott catalog value, but you might have to look for a while to find it.
A Linn’s editor found this week’s recommended stamps on ZillionsOfStamps.com at the following prices:
United States, 3633B — $7 pair, mint never-hinged, very fine; $3.25-$3.50 single, mint never-hinged VF;
Libya, 1692 — not found.
Tip of the week
Libya — Libya is a predominantly Muslim country in North Africa on the Mediterranean Sea, west of Egypt; north of Sudan, Chad and Niger; and east of Algeria and Tunisia. The population is primarily Arab and Arab-Berber with Berber, Tuareg and Touboo minorities. The country has been in a state of flux since longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed in 2011 after a brutal 42-year reign. On Sept. 11, 2012, the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were murdered in a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Libya had a robust stamp-issuing policy under Gaddafi as many souvenir sheets, some with interesting topical subjects, were produced. On March 29, 2006, Libya issued a six-stamp souvenir sheet commemorating the total solar eclipse that occurred in Libya on that date (Scott 1692). The stamps in the souvenir sheet are loaded with popular topics, including the solar eclipse, camels and a cactus.
The 2015 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue values the souvenir sheet in mint never-hinged condition at $11 with the value in italics, indicating that pricing information is scanty. This souvenir sheet is not easy to find and is well worth the full Scott catalog value for collectors who are interested in one or more of the topics that it features. — H.G.
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 ›
July 23, 2015 03:11 PMThe American Philatelic Society will host the nation’s largest annual stamp exhibition Aug. 20-23. The show will take place at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, Mich. Read More ›
July 21, 2015 01:00 PMLinn’s Washington Correspondent Bill McAllister recently reported that the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service has taken the nation’s mail agency to task for intentionally creating 100 upright $2 Jenny Invert panes. Read More ›
July 19, 2015 07:23 PMHere in Sidney, Ohio, when the hot, sultry days of summer are upon us, the Scott catalog editors begin to feel the heat of deadlines for the two Scott specialized catalogs. 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.