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Priority Mail prices to jump, A Charlie Brown Christmas press sheets sold out: Week's Most Read

October 23, 2015 07:37 AM

  • The United States Postal Service announced Oct. 16 that it plans to boost prices for its Priority Mail services by 9.8 percent in mid-January 2016. The Postal Regulatory Commission must approve the proposed increases before they can take effect.

By Joe O'Donnell

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.

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

5. Douglas MacArthur, storied U.S. Army general and national icon: Beyond 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.

4. A Charlie Brown Christmas stamps delayed at two Rochester, N.Y., post officesLinn’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.

3. Dictators on stamps of the world: absolute power corrupts absolutely: The dictator ruled by decree, creating or abolishing laws by dictat — that is by signing an executive order without benefit of legislative support.

2. Press sheets for A Charlie Brown Christmas sold out: The Postal Service offered 500 press sheets with die cuts and 1,500 press sheets without die cuts when the stamps were issued Oct. 1. 

1. USPS Priority Mail prices to jump almost 10 percent in January 2016: A year after the United States Postal Service slashed parcel prices for big commercial shippers by as much as 58 percent, it is planning to boost its Priority Mail shipping prices by 9.8 percent.

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