Postal Updates

By Joe O'Donnell

New U.S. stamps planned for new rates; USPS hit hard by delay of increase: Week's Most Read

May 22, 2015 08:54 AM

  • Some U.S. postage rates will change May 31. On June 1, a new nondenominated (22¢) stamp showing emperor penguins will be issued to fulfill the rate for an extra ounce of postage after the first ounce.

It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news.

Linn's Stamp News is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week, according to reader metrics. 

Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order:

5. Hall collection sale shows strength of U.S. stamp market: The sale featured mint and used U.S. classics, as well as blocks and larger multiples.

4. Author Flannery O'Connor on new stamp June 5: The nondenominated (93¢) 3-ounce rate stamp will be issued June 5 during the Napex stamp show in McLean, Va.

3. May 31 rates turn up in post offices on May 20: Postal customers who contacted Linn's reported that postal clerks were aware of the problem and were manually calculating fees to circumvent the inaccurate computations.

2. Rate increase delay hits USPS hard: "The Postal Service gave up about $100 million in the delay in postal rate increases due to filing errors," a Postal Regulatory Commission official states.

1. New U.S. stamps planned for new rates: The stamps are similar to the nondenominated forever stamps for first-class letter mail, in that they will fulfill their designated rates regardless of future rate changes.

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Editor's note: Metrics were measured between Friday, May 15, and 9:02 a.m. ET Friday, May 22.