China — On Oct. 10, 1945, China issued a six-stamp set (Scott 605-610) commemorating the anniversary of the Oct. 10, 1943, inauguration of Chiang Kai-shek as president. The design used for all six stamps features a portrait of Chiang in full military dress uniform alongside a Chinese Nationalist flag.
At the time the stamps were issued, China was still reeling from the effects of World War II, which began for China in 1937 and resulted in the deaths of an estimated 17 million to 22 million Chinese.
Additionally, the Chinese Nationalist government was still engaged in a civil war with the Chinese Communist Party that began in 1927. The Communists would win that war in 1950, with the Chinese Nationalists evacuating to the island of Taiwan, where they continue in power today as the Republic of China.
Collectors of China generally love flag stamps. This set also appeals to flags-on-stamps topical collectors.
The 2015 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue values the set in unused hinged condition at $11.95. I recently saw a mint never-hinged set sell in an online auction for more than $26, a sizeable premium over the Scott catalog value for a set in unused hinged condition.
I think this set is well worth buying in unused hinged condition at or near the Scott catalog value, and in mint never-hinged condition at around $25.
A Linn’s editor found this week’s recommended stamps on ZillionsOfStamps.com at the following prices: China, 605-610 — not found; United States, 635a — $10, plate number block of four, mint never-hinged, very fine.
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United States — In 1926, the U.S. Post Office Department began producing definitive stamps with the same designs as the 1922 issue, but perforated gauge 11 by 10½ (Scott 632-642). The earlier variety (Scott 551-573) was perforated gauge 11.
The color for the major-number-listed 3¢ Abraham Lincoln stamp from the 1926 issue (Scott 635) is given as violet. A bright violet shade variety is listed as Scott 635a. The 2014 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values the bright violet variety at 30¢ in mint never-hinged condition.
Because of Lincoln promotions in connection with his 200th birthday, there was a time a few years ago when you could get more than $1 each for this stamp in mint never-hinged condition in quantity. I believe both the violet and the bright violet stamps are undervalued and should catalog at least $1.50 in mint never-hinged condition.
Mint panes with the majority of stamps in the grade of very fine are especially desirable.
If you can find this stamp offered at or near Scott catalog value, it is worth buying in quantity, as I believe that values will rise in the future. — H.G.
blogEleanor 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 ›
August 19, 2015 01:58 PMIn an unusual development for our hobby, the Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service is blogging about stamp collecting. Read More ›
August 17, 2015 12:19 AMFrom 1967 to 2006, Royal Mail (Great Britain’s post office) advertised all new issues with posters displayed in post offices. Most of these posters had pictures of the stamps along with basic information such as the date of issue, instructions for first-day covers, etc. Some were a little more elaborate. Read More ›
August 14, 2015 09:46 AMWill the United States Postal Service issue a Christmas stamp this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic television musical special A Charlie Brown Christmas? Read More ›
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.
Watch as Linn’s senior editor Denise McCarty discusses the hiring of a new executive director of the American Philatelic Society, the new Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board and the upcoming APS Stampshow.
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.