December 06, 2016 05:00 PM

Award-winning airmail collection sold by Regency-Superior

The lots included a 1929 first-flight cover from Rivadavia to Bahia Blanca signed by the pilot (and later children’s book author) Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

US Stamps

December 06, 2016 04:30 PM

APS plans future shows, possible international in 2021

In its Dec. 6 meeting, the American Philatelic Society board chose sites for its 2019 winter show and the 2020 summer show.


December 06, 2016 02:00 PM

Vaccari sale features cover sent from San Marino to fledgling Kingdom of Italy

Bidding on the neat little cover began at €6,500 and ended at €16,000, or $17,000. Vaccari does not charge a buyer’s fee.


December 06, 2016 09:00 AM

Errors, freaks, and oddities highlight Regency-Superior Chicagopex sale

While some stamp errors can strike the uncommitted as picayune or downright ugly, there is no question that many are breathtaking and noteworthy.


December 05, 2016 05:00 PM

Handwritten letter from Fidel Castro: How much did Siegel sell it for?

The 1958 letter describes recent action and concludes with the words “¡buena suerte!” (good luck!) and his distinctive signature, “FideCastro”.


December 05, 2016 02:00 PM

Large Dragon stamp triples its estimate at Kelleher and Rogers sale

Also offered was a withdrawn set of 1953 People’s Republic of China stamps honoring the 35th anniversary of Russia’s October Revolution.


December 05, 2016 09:00 AM

What an ‘impossible to improve upon’ 1851 1¢ Franklin sold for at Bennett auction

It was awarded a grade of 100 jumbo by Professional Stamp Experts (PSE) in 2008, the only example to attain that top grade.


December 04, 2016 05:00 PM

Why a block of 2¢ Queen Victoria stamps topped $10K at Eastern sale

The imperforate block (Scott 77e) is believed to be the only one surviving with the plate imprint from the top of the sheet still attached.

World Stamps

December 04, 2016 09:00 AM

The stamp Denmark issued to mark 150 years without serfdom

The Danish postal administration had been soliciting new stamp designs through competitions throughout the 1930s, and announced a contest for the intended Abolition of Villenage issue in January 1938.


December 04, 2016 08:00 AM

The set of Bavarian mint sheets that brought $1.68 million at Gaertner sale

Many of the sheets in the set, which were described as “museum-quality,” were unique or one of just two surviving.


December 04, 2016 07:00 AM

Inverted Jenny tops Siegel sale of Irwin Weinberg collection

Though his days as caretaker of the 1¢ Magenta were behind him, Weinberg's inventory included many other rare and important stamps.

World Stamps

December 03, 2016 07:00 PM

The quads, crosses and costs of the first Austria and Lombardy-Venetia stamps

Sergio Sismondo concludes his series with the quads, crosses and costs of those first Austria and Lombardy-Venetia stamps.

World Stamps

December 03, 2016 05:00 PM

A set of classic stamps that will make you feel young again: Tip of the Week

Collecting classics has increased in popularity recently, as collectors have tried to recapture the joy of their youth.

US Stamps

December 03, 2016 02:00 PM

It’s time to cast your ballot in Linn’s U.S. stamp popularity poll

Linn’s 2016 U.S. stamp popularity poll is a fun way to express your opinion on the stamps issued by the United States Postal Service. Vote today!

World Stamps

December 03, 2016 09:00 AM

What France’s special Sinking Fund stamps raised money for

The heading “Sinking Fund Issues” appears in Scott’s France semipostal listings. These three words introduce 18 stamps with an unusual story.

US Stamps

December 03, 2016 08:00 AM

Linn’s 2016 U.S. stamp popularity poll opens

In 2016, the number of stamps issued by the USPS rose to 154, including 15 stamp varieties issued without die cuts.

US Stamps

December 03, 2016 08:00 AM

Online voting open for 2016 U.S. stamp popularity poll

In 2016, the United States Postal Service issued 154 varieties of stamps and postal stationery.

World Stamps

December 02, 2016 07:00 PM

Why was this 1970 cover from Rhodesia rejected?

Rhodesia’s postage was not recognized as internationally valid in the 1970s because of the government’s political maneuvering.

World Stamps

December 02, 2016 05:00 PM

The story of Switzerland’s World War I Peace commemoratives

The set seems well suited to this time of year when so many of us give thanks and pause to consider the value of human harmony and cooperation.

World Stamps

December 02, 2016 03:00 PM

Explore stamps from the world’s largest island: Stamp Collecting Basics

Getting to know something about almost every country that has ever existed is one of the benefits of collecting stamps from around the world.