Stamp Market Insights

Stamp Market Tips: Hunt for watermarked Franklin Hunt for watermarked Franklin
United States — The 2014 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values the 1910 imperforate 1¢ green Benjamin Franklin stamp on paper with the “U S P S” watermark in a single line (Scott 383) at only $4.25 (Read more...)

Linn’s U.S. Stamp Market Index — April 2014 Linn’s U.S. Stamp Market Index — April 2014
Prices for United States stamps in the grade of fine-very fine, the general grade used with this index, moved upward slightly with an increase in 20th-century stamps and a small increase in airmails. (Read more...)

Cover mailed from Mongolia auctioned by Zurich Asia Cover mailed from Mongolia with Russian stamps auctioned by Zurich Asia
Zurich Asia held an auction in Hong Kong March 15-16 featuring stamps and postal history of China, Hong Kong and other Asian countries. (Read more...)

Stamp Market Tips: People’s Republic of China China airmail set from 1957-58
People’s Republic of China — The People’s Republic of China hasn’t issued many airmail stamps: just one set of five (Scott C1-C5) on May 1, 1951, and another set of four (C6-C9) in 1957-58. (Read more...)

Cover with $5 Calvin Coolidge stamps sells for $1,051 Cover with seven $5 Calvin Coolidge stamps sells for $1,051
A registered cover franked with seven $5 Calvin Coolidge stamps and mailed in March 1950 from New York City to Denver, Colo., sold March 2 for just north of $1,000. (Read more...)

Stamp Dealer Vignettes: Expertizing process The process of expertizing should be uncomfortable
John Wayne is quoted as saying, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” I certainly don’t feel that I am in the category of the courageous, nor does stamp expertizing scare me to death. H (Read more...)

Second example of once-unique error found, to be auctioned Second example of once-unique error found, to be auctioned
A second example of a once-unique United States stamp error has come to light. (Read more...)

Schuyler Rumsey auction at Westpex stamp show Schuyler Rumsey auction at Westpex show includes Feldman inland waterways collection
Schuyler Rumsey will present a series of auctions April 24-27 at the annual Westpex stamp show. (Read more...)

Spink sale March 13 included British Guiana 4¢ magentas Spink sale March 13 included British Guiana 4¢ magentas, error pair
On March 12, Spink in London offered the Harry Birkhead collection of occupation and siege issues from the Second Anglo-Boer War. (Read more...)

Stamp Market Tips: U.S. Beer revenue stamps U.S. beer revenue stamps popular
United States — Evidently Benjamin Franklin did not actually say or write, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” although he did say something similar about wine. R (Read more...)

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