June 20, 2017 09:00 AM

APS donates half a million stamps; Regency-Superior demise causes heartache

If cutting and pasting stamps to create collages exposes children to stamps and teaches them a profound history lesson, a few thousand stamps might be a small price to pay for introducing children to stamps.

June 14, 2017 05:00 PM

Jenny Invert last sold in 1974 reappears in upcoming Siegel auction series

The stamp is sound, with original gum that has been lightly hinged. It was purchased by the present owner in the Oct. 8, 1974, Siegel sale, and “kept out of light for the past 42 years.”

June 14, 2017 09:00 AM

Full range of international rarities and more at June 27-30 Feldman auctions

A four-day sale by the David Feldman auction firm in Onex, Switzerland (near Geneva), will present material from five international groupings.

June 13, 2017 09:00 AM

Mossgreen offers unissued Australian King Edward VIII stamp, one of six known

The auction also offers a used example of the well-known 1879 Western Australia 2d lilac Swan error of color (Scott 31a; described as mauve by Mossgreen and the Stanley Gibbons catalog).

June 06, 2017 09:00 AM

Vaccari sale results: trio of Italian States covers captures bidders’ attention

These three covers stood out for their frankings, postmarks, and postal historical significance before the unification of Italy in 1860.

June 05, 2017 02:00 PM

Two unissued German rarities headline Gaertner June 20-23 auctions

The pair of modern German rarities that are not supposed to exist feature the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow, and actress Audrey Hepburn.

June 04, 2017 09:00 AM

Oldest-known letter posted through the mails from Florida shines at Siegel sale

The letter traveled by ship via Philadelphia. A manuscript “Sh. 6” indicates that postage of 6 pence was collected — 2p for the ship passage and 4p for the overland trip to its destination in Norfolk

June 03, 2017 08:00 AM

Vintage 1939 Baseball Centennial die proof hits home run at May 12 Harmers auction

Among the notable philatelic forgeries in the sale, a cover bearing an 1847 5¢ Franklin (Scott 1), tied by fake “Steamer 5” cancels, sold for $318, while a cover with an 1847 10¢ Washington (2) and fake “Hunstville Ala.” and “10” in a circle of stars cancels brought $737.

June 02, 2017 07:00 PM

Early May Kelleher sale served up plethora of handsome United States stamps

Turning to the back of the book, the auction included a rare cut-square envelope stamp and an inverted-center revenue issue.

June 01, 2017 07:00 PM

‘Trifecta’ 1848 naval cover tops $19,000 in Rumsey sale

The cover itself, with its postal markings and notations, also serves as a first-hand record of the system that transported it: the rates, routes, and method of handling are all documented for us to study.

May 28, 2017 08:00 AM

Rare stamps, postal history headline June 13-14 Cherrystone auction

Four lots of Pan-American material will cross the Cherrystone auction block, including a bright, clean set of small die proofs from a Roosevelt album (Scott 294P2-299P2).

May 23, 2017 07:00 PM

British North America classics, postal history in June 17 Eastern Auctions sale

The public auction also features the Hugh Westgate collection of British Columbia, and specialized items of Canada’s 1897 Diamond Jubilee issue.

May 14, 2017 02:00 PM

H.R. Harmer to auction signed Farley gift sheets

Additional lots bring together groupings of imperforate commemorative singles, margin blocks and more, including material from the collections of Harold L. Ickes and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

May 12, 2017 09:44 AM

Regency-Superior closes its doors, market tips dominate: Week’s Most Read

Henry Gitner and Rick Miller shared plenty of tips for collectors this week. We also dive into the political past of Bolivia.

May 09, 2017 07:00 PM

Private courier post blocks in May 26-27 Kelleher and Rogers auction in Hong Kong

The upcoming sale from Kelleher and Rogers Fine Asian Auctions offers single stamps, sets, collections, and postal history from China, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries, including material from the Norman Jacobs collection of South East Asia.

May 05, 2017 07:00 PM

A storied philatelic era comes to an end: Regency-Superior closes its doors

“It is with great sadness that I must retire from this industry that has brought me such joy over the years,” Kols said.

May 02, 2017 02:00 PM

The subtle feature that drove Thuringia sheet past $22,000 at Schlegel auction

The imperforate souvenir sheet issued in 1946 shows Schiller, Goethe, Liszt, Wieland, and the German National Theater in Weimar.

May 02, 2017 08:00 AM

The rare 1923 Benjamin Franklin stamp headlining May 20-21 Rasdale auction

The rare 1¢ green Franklin stamp is postally used. The Rasdale auction also includes other U.S. and worldwide stamps, postal history, and collections.

May 01, 2017 09:00 AM

What attracted Stanley Gibbons bidders to this Malta John F. Kennedy stamp?

After Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, countries around the world paid homage to him with stamps in his memory. Some featured the same famous photograph of Kennedy looking upward, taken by Ted Spiegel, that was recently used by the U.S. Postal Service on a forever stamp marking the centennial of Kennedy’s birth (Scott 5175).

April 30, 2017 02:00 PM

North Borneo stamp issued under Japanese occupation tops $9,000 in Raritan sale

The stamp is a scarce survivor of Japan’s World War II occupation of the British colony of North Borneo, now part of Malaysia.