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Choose your sport on new Have a Ball! round forever stamps to be issued at U.S. Open

May 22, 2017 09:00 AM

Mike Ryan designed the new stamps using illustrations by artist Daniel Nyari. USPS art director Greg Breeding also selected the typography for these stamps.

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As WWI anniversary nears, expect this 3¢ violet Victory and Flags of the Allies stamp to surge

May 20, 2017 08:00 AM

Now is a good time to look for a very fine or better example of the 3¢ violet Victory and Flags of the Allies stamp issued March 3, 1919.

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Covers from cherished philatelic friends stir warm, pleasant memories

May 19, 2017 07:00 PM

The covers Charles Snee cherishs the most are those received from his many philatelic colleagues and friends.

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Was humorist Will Rogers a member of Congress?

May 19, 2017 07:00 PM

It turns out that the cover that started me on this trail is not related to the well-known Will Rogers, father or son. It relates to Will Rogers, representative from Oklahoma from 1933 until 1942.

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The 1883 Garfield mourning cover representing the ‘perfect philatelic storm’

May 15, 2017 07:00 PM

This free franked cover by the widow of our 20th President, James A. Garfield, sheds light on all the interesting elements of mourning covers.

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Looking for a new challenge? Try collecting taxpaid revenue stamps

May 13, 2017 07:00 PM

You can often find them in cinderella stamp accumulations and lots for a dollar or less each. If you find them cheap, they are generally worth picking up. And you might get lucky.

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Colorful American Letter Mail reprints closely mimic the 1844 original

May 13, 2017 09:00 AM

John Hotchner has seen the colorful American Letter Mail Company labels picturing an eagle for years, and figured there must be a story behind them.

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Layout, not ‘distortion,’ likely cause of poor Classics Forever centering

May 12, 2017 01:00 PM

An observant Linn's reader discovered some subtle features that likely resulted in the poor centering of United States Classics Forever stamps.

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Robert Weisz, the original ‘Stamp King’ of Chicago, dead at 95

May 11, 2017 07:00 PM

After selling his store in 1990 (the business continues today, owned by Charles Berg), Mr. Weisz became a mail-order dealer and participated at stamp shows.

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SOLD: APRL’s recovered Jenny Invert

May 11, 2017 02:20 PM

The Position 76 stamp from the McCoy block, stolen from an exhibition in 1955 and recovered in 2016, sold May 11 in a Robert A. Siegel auction for $295,000.

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The challenges facing U.S. first-day cover collectors during 2017

May 10, 2017 07:00 PM

Here it is, five months into the year, and U.S. new-issue collectors (and that includes FDC collectors) still don’t know most of this year’s stamps.

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‘On a Postage Stamp’ category highlights ‘Jeopardy!’ episode

May 10, 2017 10:40 AM

The May 9 episode of the TV game show included five clues about recent U.S. postage stamps, and contestants correctly answered them all.

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Quad City club’s annual Stamp Out Cancer auction raises more than $9,200

May 09, 2017 09:00 AM

Worldwide material is offered on one side of the room, while U.S. items are auctioned on the other side. Some bidders sit in the middle so they can participate on both sides, often with great success.

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Here’s a hot tip: the 79¢ Scenic American Landscapes stamp featuring Zion National Park

May 06, 2017 07:00 PM

All of the stamps in the series were issued in panes of 20, and the full mint pane is the format preferred by many collectors.

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How the 1952 Commercial Railroading stamp annoyed a trucking company

May 06, 2017 08:00 AM

Atlantic Freight Lines Inc., a trucking firm in Uniontown, Pa., filed for an injunction to cancel the planned issuance of the Commercial Railroading stamp.

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Linn’s 2016 U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll results, scarce Islamic revolution cover echoes political changes: Week’s Most Read

May 05, 2017 09:30 AM

Also this week, we tip a revenue stamp featuring a mythical creature, and the U.S. Postal Service's first forever stamp marks a significant anniversary.

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The affordable ways to collect essays and trial color proofs

May 05, 2017 09:00 AM

Several readers asked for a sequel to my last column that would discuss affordable essays. The two other topics were Departmental proofs and an in-depth article on the various aspects of plate proofs. As a result, you have before you an introduction to collecting essays and trial color proofs on a budget.

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The ‘terrible nightmare’ behind the April cartoon caption contest winner

May 04, 2017 01:00 PM

The United States Supreme Court was much in the news during the presidential campaign of 2016, and President Donald Trump’s filling the vacancy following the death of Antonin Scalia just after his Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration kept the subject on the front pages.

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Keep an eye out for J.B. Rose black Centaur proprietary revenue stamp

May 02, 2017 07:00 PM

The charm of match and medicine collecting is the variety, whimsy, and appealingly idiosyncratic nature of the stamp designs and the products that they advertise.

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Collectors continue to favor line-engraved, soakable stamps

May 01, 2017 07:00 PM

The Classics Forever stamps feature redrawn designs of the black 1851 12¢ Washington (Scott design number A16), the blue 1851 1¢ blue Franklin (A5), the 1860 24¢ gray lilac or blackish violet Washington (A17), the 1860 90¢ blue Washington (A19), the 1866 15¢ black Lincoln (A33), and the 1861 1¢ blue Franklin (A24). The stamps were issued June 1, 2016.

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10¢ Red Pears among new U.S. stamps to receive Scott catalog numbers

May 01, 2017 01:45 PM

The latest crop of stamps to get new Scott numbers are the 10¢ Red Pears stamp, the 10 WPA (Works Progress Administration) Posters booklet stamps, and the Mississippi Statehood stamp.

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Here are the winners in Linn’s 2016 United States Stamp Popularity Poll

April 29, 2017 09:00 AM

You can’t beat the classics. The set of six stamps known as Classics Forever was selected by Linn’s readers as the overall best stamp issue of 2016.

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The controversy behind a 6¢ Eagle airmail variety

April 28, 2017 07:00 PM

Is the ultramarine version of Scott C23, the 1938 6¢ Eagle airmail stamp real? The controversy centers on whether it is a differentiable color, or merely a shade of the normal dark blue.

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USPS plans 2017 Total Solar Eclipse stamp with thermochromic ink

April 27, 2017 10:45 AM

In advance of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a new forever stamp on June 20 printed with special thermochromic ink.

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Tell us what the submarine commander on this stamp might be thinking

April 23, 2017 02:00 PM

Your challenge for the May cartoon caption contest. Put yourself at the periscope on the 29¢ Officer at Periscope stamp from the 1994 Road to Victory pane of 10 that was part of the World War II series.

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Here’s all you need to know about second U.S. stamp for Henry David Thoreau

April 22, 2017 07:00 AM

The nondenominated (49¢) Henry David Thoreau stamp will be welcomed with an 11 a.m. first-day ceremony at Walden Pond State Reservation Visitors Center, 915 Walden St., Concord, Mass.

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There was a time when U.S. stamps were valid on U.N. mail

April 21, 2017 03:00 PM

The United Nations Postal Administration issues its own stamps for use from the post office at U.N. headquarters in New York City, but there was a time when United States stamps were used on U.N. mail.

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2012 Four Flag coil stamps counterfeited, rare Jefferson stamp heads to auction: Week’s Most Read

April 21, 2017 09:00 AM

In other top stories, we learn it took quite some time for John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, to appear on a U.S. stamp, and a new Flag For All Seasons coil error was sold on eBay.

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Mailed envelopes illustrate two types of nonprofit discounted rates

April 20, 2017 05:00 PM

To qualify for these special discount rates, at least 200 identical pieces, or 20 pounds of identical pieces, must be in a special bulk/quantity-discount rate mailing.

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The fiery 1910 train crash behind a ‘Delayed in Wreck’ postal marking

April 19, 2017 07:00 PM

Unless there was major loss of human life, it’s frequently difficult to ferret out much information about an incident — and that’s if we’re lucky enough to have some sort of auxiliary marking connected with an event. Such is the case with the postcard illustrated nearby.

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There was once a time when postage played a big part in Hollywood

April 18, 2017 09:15 AM

The text on the back of this particular postcard reads in part: “Earl Carroll’s, the favorite gathering place of celebrities from stage and screen, is located in the heart of romantic Hollywood.

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New type of Flag For All Seasons coil error sold on eBay

April 17, 2017 01:00 PM

After more than a quarter of a century of normal production of so-called “sticks” of United States coil stamps, a new type of error recently surfaced.

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1934 3¢ Mother’s Day stamp played an important role in U.S. stamp history

April 17, 2017 08:00 AM

The BEP printed the stamps on two presses. More than 193 million stamps were printed on the Bureau’s rotary press, and more than 15 million stamps were printed on the flat-plate press.

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Four Flags coil stamps latest issue to be counterfeited; one bogus version more convincing than its competitor

April 14, 2017 07:30 PM

Of the two counterfeit versions of the Sennett-produced Four Flags coil stamps, one is a crude, easily spotted mimic of the genuine issue, while the other is a dead-on lookalike that would fool many collectors.

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New Wawrukiewicz book provides ‘insights’ into U.S. postal history

April 14, 2017 06:00 PM

Topics include (but are not limited to) held for postage mail (an illustration-rich subject), attempted use of invalid postage, U.S. domestic and international airmail forwarding, and use on international mail of the A- through G-rate definitive stamps.

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A long wait for a stamp for the first chief justice of the Supreme Court

April 14, 2017 01:00 PM

When was a John Jay stamp requested? The first instance I found was on a postcard sent May 27, 1935, by Rice’s Weekly Postal News ($1 for 52 issues!).

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APS dealer council members chosen

April 14, 2017 09:00 AM

The council members were selected by APS dealer members, who voted using ballots sent to them by the society.

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StampSmarter website offers a multitude of tools for collectors

April 11, 2017 03:38 PM

The tools on this site include a stamp identifier, eBay listings - both sold and available, a glossary with illustrations, and a vast library of stamps.

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Views of Our Planets issues were a quick sellout

April 11, 2017 03:00 PM

If you find the pane of 16 offered at slightly more than postal value, putting a few of them aside might be worthwhile.

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Fruit series grows with 3¢ Strawberries coil

April 11, 2017 02:30 PM

A 3¢ Strawberries coil stamp will join the Fruit definitive series, which began a little more than a year ago. The new stamp will be issued May 5.

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What to do when you can’t find a definitive stamp in the Scott U.S. Specialized catalog

April 10, 2017 07:00 PM

The same definitive designs are frequently used for several different formats, making it difficult for collectors to determine what stamp they have.

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The newest round global forever stamp features a succulent plant

April 10, 2017 09:00 AM

Popular succulents in U.S. households include the jade plant and the aloe. Most varieties of cacti are also considered succulents.

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Life and work of legendary FDC cachet artist the subject of new book

April 08, 2017 02:00 PM

First-day covers with hand-painted Dorothy Knapp cachets are the gold standard of FDC collecting. A new book details Knapp’s designs and the woman herself.

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‘Yuuuuge’ number of entries for Trump-related cartoon caption contest

April 08, 2017 08:00 AM

The cartoon caption contest featuring the 33¢ 200th Anniversary of the White House commemorative drew three times the usual number of entries.

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Checking out the other side: three artistic additions to 1¢ McKinley postal card

April 07, 2017 07:00 PM

We collectors are funny people, and the message side of a postal card might actually be the more interesting in some instances.

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‘Fargo’ goes philatelic to promote its new season

April 07, 2017 11:40 AM

Fans of the movie the show is spun-off from know that this is not the first time ‘Fargo’ has featured stamps prominently.

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The demand for modern United States commemorative stamps

April 06, 2017 07:00 PM

Many stamps issued since 2010 are proving to be elusive and in demand in the secondary market. Some issues are really hard to find.

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Two new U.S. stamps revealed, unassuming cover carries hidden treasure: Week’s Most Read

April 01, 2017 07:15 AM

Also this week, the USPS advocated to lift a 10-year cap on stamp price increases.

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Pre-expertizing? An idea whose time has not come

March 31, 2017 07:00 PM

Why aren't there individuals or services willing to render nonbinding opinions on items that might be good candidates for expertization?

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Quality 1919 surcharged Canal Zone sets are worth the hunt

March 31, 2017 09:00 AM

The most difficult part of a Canal Zone collection is the stamps of Panama overprinted for use in the Canal Zone.
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