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Selling your stamps? Consider all options

December 25, 2000 11:33 AM

Yes, sometimes you hear that a stamp collector scored a tidy profit when he sold his collection, but those stories are outnumbered by tales of stamp collectors who thought the sales of their collections would bring in much more money than they did.

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Here's what you can do to save the world

December 18, 2000 11:27 AM

By defining a collection in this way, the collector has fewer items that he needs to look for, and he can concentrate on finding items pertaining to the subject of his choice.

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'Tis the season to collect stamps and seals

December 11, 2000 11:20 AM

The U.S. Postal Service is marking the Christmas holiday in 2000 with the widespread use of a pictorial postmark that relates to the new Universal Pictures holiday film Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

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Buyer beware: the fake stamps are out there

December 04, 2000 11:10 AM

They are fakes and forgeries, counterfeits, altered stamps and covers. Some collectors call them album weeds.

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Britain's Machin definitive series has it all

November 27, 2000 11:00 AM

Many countries make their definitive stamps fairly plain and small, usually in an effort to save on production costs.

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U.S. definitives offer collecting challenges

November 20, 2000 10:47 AM

Commemorative stamps from the United States are often larger and more colorful than U.S. definitive stamps, but the real telling feature is that commemorative stamps are normally sent to press only once and remain on sale for a shorter time.

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Show your collecting pride with an exhibit

November 13, 2000 10:39 AM

Exhibiting a collection is the highest form of show-and-tell for someone who enjoys the stamp hobby. Developing an exhibit can help you become a more disciplined and informed collector.

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This is the place to start looking for stamps

November 06, 2000 10:28 AM

What's the one thing that every stamp collector wants?

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Airmail collecting can take you anywhere

October 30, 2000 10:17 AM

Eventually others saw the benefits of using airplanes to carry the mail, and it was only about a decade after the Wright brothers' experimental flights at Kitty Hawk, N.C., that airmail service became a reality.

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Small perforation varieties are worth notice

October 23, 2000 10:06 AM

One way to check for a perforation difference is to measure the distance between perforations on one stamp and compare it to the perforations on another.

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Save the whole sheet or collect the pieces

October 16, 2000 09:56 AM

Stamps today are almost always printed as large press sheets in continuous rolls, but most of the time no one sees them that way except for the stamp printer.

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Some countries let the stamp tell the story

October 09, 2000 09:43 AM

When the first postage stamps were issued in 1840, no rules had been established: Great Britain set a precedent when it decided to show its young Queen Victoria on the stamp now known as the Penny Black.

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Come to terms with the language of stamps

October 02, 2000 09:33 AM

In the pages of Linn's we try to explain important terms as they come up in news or feature stories, but it's not possible to explain every term because of the great amount of space that would require.

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There's no end to the varieties of booklets

September 25, 2000 09:11 AM

The booklet format, with small panes of stamps between thin cardboard covers, makes it convenient for postal customers to carry and store unused postage stamps. They remain clean and undamaged, even when carried in a pocket or purse.

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Back-of-the-book stamps have specific uses

September 18, 2000 09:03 AM

Most postage stamps are created for use as regular postage. The majority of regular postage stamps pay the most popular letter rates, while others may fulfill rates for postcards or other types of postage fees.

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Use your want list to find stamps you need

September 04, 2000 08:56 AM

There are thousands and thousands of different stamps out there, and remembering which ones you want to have to fill the empty spaces on your stamp album pages can be quite a task.

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These stamps are the legends of the hobby

September 04, 2000 08:47 AM

While some stamps are so common they seem to turn up in every collection and mixture, others are much harder to find.

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Societies help you learn about your hobby

August 28, 2000 08:39 AM

For example, there are topical stamp collectors, single-country collectors, postal history buffs, airmail collectors, meter stamp collectors, collectors of transit markings, revenue stamp collectors, souvenir card collectors, students of stamp design and collectors of precanceled stamps.

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Postal stationery: holograms, stamp imprints

August 21, 2000 08:23 AM

Stamped envelopes, postal cards and aerograms (or air letters) are collectively known as postal stationery.

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There's always something new in coil stamps

August 14, 2000 08:13 AM

In the United States nearly all coil stamps have straight edges at top and bottom and perforations or wavy-line die cuts on the left and right.

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Coil development led to collecting specialty

August 07, 2000 07:57 AM

Figure 1 shows four current United States issues in four different coil roll sizes, stacked one upon another in full rolls

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Defining definitives and commemoratives

July 31, 2000 11:47 AM

These stamps illustrate how the subjects and designs of definitive stamps can vary. The Lincoln stamp typifies the depiction of national leaders or other prominent individuals on definitive stamps.

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Denominations figure into postal history

July 24, 2000 11:42 AM

There is even available a 55¢ Ohio Class Submarine stamp, Scott 3375, that was issued March 27 as part of the U.S. Navy Submarines prestige booklet containing 10 stamps with five different designs and denominations.

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Get more involved with the stamp hobby

July 17, 2000 11:35 AM

You can start your stamp collection by going to the post office and buying the most interesting stamps you see. If you live in the United States, that might be an issue such as the new 33¢ Legends of Baseball stamps that were placed on sale July 6. Putting new issues like these in an album or stock book is the next step in building a collection.

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Check watermarks to identify valuable stamps

July 10, 2000 11:29 AM

The watermark found in postage stamp paper can make a big difference in the process of properly identifying a stamp. Some postage stamp varieties occur when identical stamp designs are printed on different kinds of stamp paper.

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Postage dues can take many different forms

July 03, 2000 11:20 AM

To begin this process, the shortpaid item is marked in some way to identify it as postage due. Often, postage due stamps are used for this purpose, applied directly on the item to show the amount due.

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Souvenir sheets come in all shapes and sizes

June 26, 2000 11:10 AM

The designs of most commemorative stamps are developed with this aim in mind. Even a definitive (regular-issue) stamp, which generally remains on sale for a longer period, may show a past or present political ruler or some other prominent figure. Souvenir sheets take this commemoration one step further, by announcing or promoting a present-day event.

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Innovations range from particular to offbeat

June 19, 2000 11:02 AM

Even so, stamps that are printed and sold today have a number of innovations that make them much different from the world's first postage stamps.

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Revenue stamps present a dazzling selection

June 12, 2000 10:54 AM

A printed label would be affixed to the reverse of the document to cover the attaching bit of metal and prevent any tampering with the secured revenue stamp. This second label is known as a cypher stamp, for it was imprinted with the Royal cypher of the reigning British monarch.

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Most postage stamps have security features

June 05, 2000 10:36 AM

The early revenue stamps and postage stamps of the United States shared many characteristics with United States currency, from their portraits of honored statesmen to the fine line engraving used to create intricately detailed designs.

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Even stamp collectors need the right tools

May 29, 2000 10:04 AM

By their nature, stamps are fragile items. Because damage can reduce a stamp's value and desirability, collectors are always concerned about keeping their stamps safe and free from harm. A number of different stamp collecting tools help collectors preserve their stamps and handle them with minimal risk.

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Is it time to start your next stamp collection?

May 22, 2000 09:55 AM

Have you ever completed a stamp collection? Most collectors haven't. There always seem to be stamps so rare that you can't afford them, or covers that you can't find anywhere, or just so many stamps to collect that it would take forever to fill the pages of your stamp album or albums.

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International Reply Coupons are collectible

May 15, 2000 09:49 AM

International Reply Coupons have two uses for collectors of stamps and postal history. They can be saved as interesting collectible items, and they can be useful when conducting mail correspondence or transactions with people in other countries.

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Stamp hobby abbreviations can be decoded

May 08, 2000 04:25 PM

The stamp hobby has a language all its own. Collectors and stamp dealers regularly discuss their interests using terms that are quite unfamiliar to noncollectors. That language becomes even harder to comprehend when the terminology is abbreviated in print.

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Like stamps? You'll love stamps-on-stamps

May 01, 2000 09:38 AM

If you purchase and save the pane of 15 Celebrate the Century stamps shown in this issue of Linn's, that's 15 first-class letters that the United States Postal Service doesn't have to deliver, even though it was paid in full for the service.

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Se-tenant stamps are different designs united

April 27, 2000 09:28 AM

Some collectors question whether self-adhesive stamps, such as the Sonoran Desert issue, are technically se-tenant.

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United Nations opens up a world of collecting

April 17, 2000 09:13 AM

The stamps of the United Nations often feature designs that promote the world causes of peace and justice, international cooperation, environmental and health issues, assistance for developing countries, and similar concerns.

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Some collecting terms are used frequently

April 10, 2000 09:06 AM

Some press sheets are much larger than the Celebrate the Century issue, with as many as 240 stamps. Years ago press sheets of 400 stamps were quite common. Each large sheet would be divided into four panes of 100 stamps.

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Postal authorities offer special mail services

April 03, 2000 08:58 AM

Early U.S. Express Mail covers (envelopes) bearing postage stamps are great collectibles, and the stamps on these envelopes shouldn't be soaked off. Any special delivery and most early Express Mail covers should be saved intact to show how the service was actually used. A soaked-off stamp usually provides far less interesting information.

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Many sources exist to determine stamp values

March 27, 2000 08:49 AM

How do you know what you should pay for that stamp? Are you paying too much? A story on page 1 of last week's Linn's Stamp News (March 20) described how the next edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue will show an increase in the minimum retail value for any listed postage stamp.

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Stamp hinges aren't prefect, but they do help

March 20, 2000 08:39 AM

Other collectors have simply used the gum on the stamp to stick the stamp to the page. That's not a good idea, either.

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Should you collect mint, used or covers

March 13, 2000 08:31 AM

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Let's play "Who Wants to Be Philatelist"

March 06, 2000 08:20 AM

Each night, 10 contestants vie for a chance in the hot seat, where program host Regis Philbin asks general knowledge questions of increasing difficulty. Each question has four possible answers, only one of which is correct.

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Handle and store your collection with care

February 28, 2000 05:13 PM

There are really two important reasons why collectors go to great lengths to keep their stamps and covers in the best condition possible.

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At the auction, you get to name your price

February 21, 2000 04:44 PM

Stamp auctions provide collectors (and dealers) with an opportunity to set their own prices when they purchase stamps or covers.

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Frequently asked questions and answers

February 14, 2000 04:39 PM

Where is this stamp from? When was it issued? How much is it worth? It doesn't take long for the collector to find references that help him answer such basic questions on his own.

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Stamps of Lundy pay for local post service

February 07, 2000 04:36 PM

Although most of us take daily postal service for granted, there are some areas of the world where this type of convenience does not exist.

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Variable-denomination stamps used worldwide

January 31, 2000 04:32 PM

Postal customers in the United States are accustomed to vending machines in post office lobbies that offer postage stamps in coils, booklets or small glassine packages.

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Sets and series are tailor-made for collecting

January 17, 2000 04:28 PM

Stamps issued in sets and in series appeal to many collectors for a variety of different reasons.

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Chances are you're already a philatelist

January 10, 2000 04:21 PM

Is there a big difference between a stamp collector and a philatelist?
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