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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Baden Land-Post Porto-Marke covers in Gaertner’s February sale
A multipart sale by Christoph Gaertner near Stuttgart, Germany, Feb. 10-14, featured stamps and postal history from around the world.
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