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Getting an expertizing certificate: Why bother?

December 30, 2016 01:00 PM

Is it cost effective to get a certificate of genuineness when a stamp has a catalog value under $100 and the sale value might be half of that, or less?

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First U.S. stamp ceremonies of 2017 previewed, new Flag stamp announced: Week’s Most Read

December 30, 2016 06:31 AM

Readers enjoyed posts about postal history of the atomic bomb, and strange places the U.S. Christmas seal has been spotted.

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Revisiting the U.S. stamp subject list leaked three years ago

December 29, 2016 05:00 PM

The list leaked to the Washington Post in 2014 proved to be a fairly accurate look into the USPS’s crystal ball for future stamp programs.

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Used 30¢ Alexander Hamilton Official tough to find very fine

December 29, 2016 01:00 PM

Many saw postal duty, and it isn’t hard to find used examples. What is hard to find is a used example in the grade of very fine without flaws.

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U.S. stamps to honor Gateway Arch, de la Renta revealed

December 28, 2016 05:15 PM

New stamps honoring fashion designer Oscar de la Renta will be issued in 2017, as will stamps for the Gateway Arch, Liliuokalani Gardens and more.

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How inaugural covers have evolved through the years

December 27, 2016 07:00 PM

Politics aside, collecting inaugural covers can be fun. The items have changed quite a bit during the 20th and 21st centuries.

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What mummies and your stamp collection have in common

December 24, 2016 07:00 PM

It’s possible there are mummies lurking in your collection — or at least parts of them. Wayne Youngblood explains in his first Odd Lot column.

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Caption this stamp by telling us what the motorcycle messenger is saying

December 24, 2016 05:00 PM

How would you be feeling about the job at hand, the passing scene, or just riding a motorcycle for a living?

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The high-end stamps that feature a longtime U.S. general: Tip of the week

December 24, 2016 09:00 AM

Gen. Winfield Scott served 53 of his almost 80 years in the United States Army. He held the rank of general longer than any other person in U.S. history.

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Pair of earliest-known uses of Christmas seals discovered

December 23, 2016 07:00 PM

Since 1999, John Hotchner has provided an annual summary of earliest-known uses of U.S. Christmas seals issued from 1908 to 1935.

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Wayne Youngblood returns to Linn’s pages with story of mummies and U.S. stamps

December 23, 2016 01:00 PM

Youngblood is a lifelong stamp collector, member of the American Philatelic Society, and instructor for the APS Summer Seminar on Philately.

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The cost of collecting 2016 U.S. stamps, a disappointing holiday postmark: Week’s Most Read

December 23, 2016 06:29 AM

Also this week, readers enjoyed posts about 10 outstanding Canada stamps of the last 10 years, and John Glenn's stamp legacy.

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Council on Postal Collectors convenes first meeting

December 22, 2016 07:00 PM

As expected, this initial meeting, which lasted some 100 minutes, addressed familiar concerns for collectors and dealers.

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Seashells postcard-rate stamps slated for Jan. 28

December 22, 2016 05:40 PM

A new set of four Seashells stamps will be issued Jan. 28 in panes of 20 and coils of 100. The stamp illustrations were created by Sergio Baradat.

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Strange places the U.S. Christmas seal has been spotted

December 22, 2016 01:00 PM

One of the strangest in John Hotchner's experience recently came to him from Christmas seal specialist dealer Denny Peoples.

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Flag stamp to be issued Jan. 27 at Georgia show

December 21, 2016 02:20 PM

A new United States Flag definitive stamp will be issued during the opening day of the Southeastern Stamp Expo in suburban Atlanta.

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The visual appeal of the U.S. Exploring The Solar System souvenir stamp sheet

December 20, 2016 05:00 PM

The sheet was part of the Space Achievement and Exploration set, which features a number of firsts in U.S. stamp production.

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A Benjamin Franklin overprint you should be looking for

December 19, 2016 05:00 PM

It's not a particularly difficult stamp to find in grades of fine-very fine or lower. It can be hard to find in grades of very fine or better.

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What happens when U.S. postage is incorrectly used in Canada?

December 19, 2016 02:00 PM

U.S. citizens carry domestic postage across the border with them, then incorrectly use it on postcards they mail back to the U.S.

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Stamps valued in excess of $1 million stolen from Newport Harbor Stamp Co.

December 19, 2016 01:18 PM

Stamps valued at more than $1 million were stolen from Newport Harbor Stamp Co. owner Dave Cobb Dec. 10.

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The website that offers free downloads of album pages for United States stamps

December 19, 2016 09:00 AM

In addition to album pages, the site includes an extensive stamp gallery with pictures of most U.S. stamps from 1851 through 2008.

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Readers help explain the 1946 ‘Nude Eel’ stamp

December 18, 2016 07:00 PM

John Hotchner is no dummy, but he admits he missed the boat here. Linn’s readers were quick to respond to his request for help to decipher the card.

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The story behind a Christmas greeting card franked with a stamp look-alike

December 17, 2016 05:00 PM

Apparently some of these greeting cards were saved, because they can be seen in dealer stocks. Who sent them?

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Looking back at John Glenn’s U.S. stamp legacy

December 17, 2016 09:00 AM

The first American to orbit the Earth was also one of the few living Americans to see his accomplishments commemorated on a United States stamp.

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Why collecting U.S. stamps in 2016 has been significantly costlier than it was in 2015

December 16, 2016 07:00 PM

The cost to collect one each of all of the mint U.S. postage stamps and postal stationery items issued in 2016 was nearly double last year's cost.

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Love Skywriting forever stamp: When and where it will debut

December 16, 2016 05:00 PM

If the weather cooperates, the stamp's first-day ceremony will be followed by a skywriting demonstration “to replicate the stamp image.”

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Finding the earliest use of the ‘Please Mail Early for Christmas’ cancel

December 16, 2016 03:00 PM

If you folks can come up with an earlier date, let us know. It'll be featured in an upcoming Linn’s issue.

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Dorothy Height stamp to be issued Feb. 1

December 13, 2016 04:58 PM

Howard University will play host Feb. 1 to the first-day ceremony for the Dorothy Height commemorative forever stamp.

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Breaking down the Year of the Rooster stamp, 2017’s first U.S. issue

December 12, 2016 05:00 PM

The first United States stamp to be issued in 2017, appropriately enough, celebrates the new year.

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Enjoy the winning entries from our November cartoon caption contest

December 12, 2016 09:00 AM

Your task was to hold the shell up to your ear and describe what you heard from within. Read John Hotchner's favorites.

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Interesting uses of the very first U.S. Christmas stamp

December 11, 2016 05:00 PM

This first Christmas stamp was exceedingly popular, and the BEP ultimately produced almost 862 million of them.

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How will the new APS manual actually affect exhibitors?

December 11, 2016 09:00 AM

Exhibitors need to know what judges are looking for when evaluating their displays. Therefore, it pays for collectors to read through the new manual before revising current exhibits or planning new ones.

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A Christmas package label that raises a few questions

December 10, 2016 07:00 PM

One of the oddest Christmas products in John Hotchner's experience is this mysterious Christmas Mail Despatch Service label.

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The eye-catching pieces of U.S. postal stationery that command big prices: Tip of the Week

December 10, 2016 05:00 PM

Most modern postal stationery is collected as entires. However many older items are only readily available as cut squares.

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World Stamp Show and Inverted Jennies top Linn’s stamp stories for 2016

December 10, 2016 09:00 AM

The first half of the year 2016 was dominated first by preparation for World Stamp Show-NY 2016, and then by the actual event. The once-in-a-decade international stamp exhibition took place May 28-June 4 at the Javits Center in New York City.

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USPS corrects design miscues on 2017 Andrew Wyeth pane

December 09, 2016 07:00 PM

An earlier image of the pane showed one of Wyeth's paintings duplicated, and one omitted.

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U.S. Wonder Woman forever stamps among the dozens with new Scott numbers

December 09, 2016 02:40 PM

Having these numbers handy will allow you to easily locate these stamps in the catalogs and learn about their production and values.

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2016 U.S. stamp popularity poll opens, lame duck postal legislation not likely: Week’s Most Read

December 09, 2016 09:52 AM

Also this week, we learned what an "impossible to improve upon" classic U.S. stamp sold for at auction.

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How planning and preparation can improve your experience at first-day events

December 08, 2016 01:00 PM

For serious collectors, these public events can be a highlight of their hobby activities. Here's how to get ready for them.

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Two U.S. stamps in first week of 2017

December 08, 2016 08:40 AM

The U.S. Postal Service will continue its Lunar New Year Series with a new stamp on Jan. 5, 2017. A new Love stamp will be issued two days later.

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APS plans future shows, possible international in 2021

December 06, 2016 04:30 PM

In its Dec. 6 meeting, the American Philatelic Society board chose sites for its 2019 winter show and the 2020 summer show.

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It’s time to cast your ballot in Linn’s U.S. stamp popularity poll

December 03, 2016 02:00 PM

Linn’s 2016 U.S. stamp popularity poll is a fun way to express your opinion on the stamps issued by the United States Postal Service. Vote today!

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Linn’s 2016 U.S. stamp popularity poll opens

December 03, 2016 08:00 AM

In 2016, the number of stamps issued by the USPS rose to 154, including 15 stamp varieties issued without die cuts.

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Online voting open for 2016 U.S. stamp popularity poll

December 03, 2016 08:00 AM

In 2016, the United States Postal Service issued 154 varieties of stamps and postal stationery.

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The collectible newspaper stamps of Wells Fargo

December 02, 2016 01:00 PM

Many of the newspaper stamps are pricey, but some are quite affordable, especially in unused condition.

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One stunning stamp discovery made and 40 new 2017 U.S. issues announced: Week’s Most Read

December 02, 2016 09:30 AM

Also this week, we delved into why the latest FIP election is causing tension in top philatelic circles.

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Historic contents can lurk inside ordinary covers

December 01, 2016 07:00 PM

Many covers that appear ordinary on the outside contain enclosures that are significant to the overall value of the cover.

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Two varieties that have confused collectors for nearly 50 years

December 01, 2016 05:00 PM

Collectors often ask about these items and even submit them for expertizing, wondering or hoping that they might be rare errors.

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Council for Postal Collectors to be formed after recent summit meeting

November 29, 2016 09:00 AM

The new group of hobby leaders will consider a summary of points from the Summit on the Future of Philately and develop action plans.

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Getting into the Christmas spirit with new cartoon caption contest

November 26, 2016 07:00 PM

There's something weird about this 1988 U.S. Christmas stamp, which makes it an ideal candidate for the December cartoon caption contest.
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