insightsTip of the week: U.S. imperforate 1906 1¢ Benjamin Franklin centerline block
October 30, 2015 06:00 PMCenterline blocks of the 1906 1¢ Benjamin Franklin imperforate stamp (Scott 314) are in demand. The 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values the centerline block in unused hinged condition and in used condition at $130, and it is a good buy at that price.
newsNext Generation Delivery Vehicle proposed, Botanical Art stamps planned: Week's Most Read
October 30, 2015 09:30 AMIt’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. Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order.
insights$2 Waves of Color, $1 Patriotic Waves headline franking on media-mail parcel from Kentucky
October 28, 2015 10:00 PMA parcel from philatelic literature dealer Leonard Hartmann of Kentucky arrived in Linn’s offices earlier this year with a colorful four-stamp franking, including the $2 Waves of Color and $1 Patriotic Waves.
blogOf paper clips, stamps, and donation solicitations: another exercise in close observation
October 27, 2015 10:30 AMNot so long ago, I blogged about the heightened powers of observation common to stamp collectors. I want to hit that point home once again, this time using the two covers shown photographically cropped nearby.
blogScott United States Pocket Stamp Catalogue offers great convenience in a compact size
October 23, 2015 02:18 PMThe Scott catalog season draws to a close each year with Scott’s largest single-volume catalog, the Scott Classic Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940, and its smallest catalog, the Scott United States Pocket Stamp Catalogue.
newsPriority Mail prices to jump, A Charlie Brown Christmas press sheets sold out: Week's Most Read
October 23, 2015 06:37 AMIt’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. Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order.
insightsTwo stamps depicting service women based on images of living people
October 22, 2015 03:00 AMI have in the past spent a good deal of space in this column identifying living people shown on United States stamps. One of the enduring mysteries has been the identity of the models who were posed to come up with the design for the 3¢ Service Women stamp issued Sept. 11, 1952 (Scott 1013).
insightsCartoon contest features 1967 Accomplishments In Space stamp
October 21, 2015 07:45 PMPut yourself in the space suit, floating in space, and tell me what you think the astronaut might be saying or thinking about NASA, the space program, philately, the current presidential sweepstakes, or anything else that occurs to you.
insightsInterpreting geometric symbols on Dead Letter Office return covers
October 21, 2015 03:00 PMI collect Dead Letter Office return envelopes, and many of them have various geometric figures stamped on them: circles, squares, triangles and Stars of David. I am frequently asked what these figures symbolize, so that will be the subject of this column.
insightsKeep an eye out for solo uses of Liberty series 30¢ Lee to international destinations
October 21, 2015 07:00 AMRecent attempts to write the Confederacy out of American history have ironically backfired with collectors. There is a great deal of renewed interest in stamps and covers with topics relating to the Confederacy.
blogA Charlie Brown Christmas stamps delayed at two Rochester, N.Y., post offices
October 16, 2015 01:00 PMLinn’s recently received a complaint from reader Kelly Armstrong, who was upset because he was unable to buy the A Charlie Brown Christmas stamps on the first day of issue, Oct. 1. Linn’s saw this as an opportunity to reach out to the United States Postal Service and to help a fellow collector.
newsStolen stamps recovered, new Scott numbers assigned: Week's Most Read
October 16, 2015 08:30 AMIt’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. Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order.
newsImperf stamps from press sheets listed in 2016 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog
October 15, 2015 11:18 AMThe biggest editorial advance in the 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers is the addition of minor-number listings for imperforate stamps from uncut press sheets without die cuts.
newsAdditional APS candidate information for 2016-19 election in May
October 15, 2015 11:14 AMThe Oct. 5 Linn’s Stamp News reported details of seven announced candidates for offices of the American Philatelic Society, the nation’s largest club for stamp collectors. The organization holds elections every three years for its officers: president, three vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, and four directors at large.
insightsQuestions and answers about creating and collecting first-day covers
October 15, 2015 08:45 AMEvery so often, it is good to step back and review some basic elements of our philatelic specialty of first-day cover collecting. Longtime collectors might enjoy a review of certain topics, while newer collectors might appreciate some words of advice.
insightsA brief philatelic history of distinguished politician Adlai E. Stevenson
October 15, 2015 08:30 AMThe United States Post Office Department honored Adlai E. Stevenson II on a 5¢ stamp issued Oct. 23, 1965, shortly after he passed away suddenly on July 14, 1965, while serving as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
newsBlock of three 1845 New York postmaster’s provisional stamps from Miller collection recovered
October 15, 2015 07:45 AMA block of three of the 1845 5¢ New York postmaster’s provisional, once part of a larger block of 10 that was stolen from the famous Benjamin K. Miller collection in 1977, was recovered in late September.
insightsDouglas MacArthur, storied U.S. Army general and national icon
October 15, 2015 07:30 AMBeyond people in the sports and entertainment worlds, there are not many who become genuine legends in their own time, and it is interesting to find covers addressed to such a person. One man arguably in that category was Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964).
newsMore than 35,000 value changes made in 2016 Scott Classic Specialized catalog
October 15, 2015 12:15 AMThousands of value changes, hundreds of new listings, and myriad editorial improvements, including many hundreds of revised and expanded listings, can be found in the 2016 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940. The 2016 edition of the catalog, the 22nd edition, widely regarded as the best single-volume catalog for the classic-era stamps of the world, incorporates more than 15,850 value changes.
newsCollector interest fueling volatility in values for wartime postal history
October 15, 2015 12:00 AMValues on scarce wartime postal history covers have grown increasingly volatile as collectors’ interest has intensified. This Oct. 29, 1941, airmail cover from New York City to the Dutch East Indies sold recently on the eBay Internet auction website for $1,225 after spirited bidding by 10 competitors.
insightsMint plate blocks, mint panes of 2¢ Warren G. Harding elusive in marketplace
October 13, 2015 06:30 PMThe 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values the flat-plate printed 2¢ Warren G. Harding stamp perforated gauge 11 (Scott 610) at $1.10 in mint never-hinged condition. The stamp was printed in plates of 400 subjects, which were divided into four panes of 100 for distribution and sale.