Auctions

By Matthew Healey, New York Correspondent

Five years of Auction Roundup: What would you like to see covered?

October 02, 2015 10:51 PM

  • This example of the CIA invert is among a select group of invert errors highlighted in the October Auction Roundup. Matthew Healey is marking his fifth year as the author of this popular column in Linn's.

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 linnseditorial@linns.com, 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.