This month marks my fifth anniversary writing the monthly auction report for Linn’s Stamp News. That’s 60 columns, totaling more than 100,000 words (enough for a decent-sized novel), all about our favorite hobby.
Far from being a chore, the job has allowed me to immerse myself more deeply in our wonderful hobby, make connections all around the world, and learn more about stamps than I ever thought I could. I hope that in the process, I’ve managed to share some of those blessings with Linn’s readers, too.
I consider myself very lucky to have had this privilege, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank all the Linn’s editors, past and present, who have coached and assisted me along the way. They’ve helped make me a better writer and a better philatelist, and given you a far better read.
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Before we crack open the good champagne, I’d like to take this occasion to ask Linn’s readers a favor: please send your opinions and feedback.
As former New York mayor Ed Koch liked to ask, “How’m I doin’?” And what could I — and Linn’s — do better in the future regarding this column?
For example, should there be less coverage of mega-ticket items and more of interesting stamps and postal history under, say, $300? More coverage of smaller auction firms? Overseas auctions? Interviews? Historical data? Online video? An index?
Please address your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing a letter the old-fashioned way (with a stamp on it) to Auction Roundup, Linn’s Stamp News Editorial, Box 4129, Sidney, OH 45365.
If you prefer not to have your name and comments published in Linn’s, just include a note saying so.
I can’t promise to incorporate every idea, but I will try to take heed of the most significant or prevalent responses. Thank you — and I look forward to hearing from you.