U.S. Stamps and Postal History

Sea Surface Temperatures global forever stamp returns to sale Sea Surface Temperatures global forever stamp returns to sale
The United States nondenominated ($1.15) Sea Surface Temperatures global forever stamp (Scott 4893) has been returned to sale at Stamp Fulfillment Services after selling out in September. (Read more...)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps at Postal Museum Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps at Postal Museum
Scenes captured from the television production Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer debut Nov. 6 on four United States stamps to be issued in Washington, D.C. (Read more...)

Advertising covers question if your car is ready for winter U.S. Stamp Notes: Advertising covers question if your car is ready for winter
I wasn’t around in the early 1900s when companies used fancy advertising art on business envelopes to help sell their wares. It still happens today, but I don’t see it often. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Sacramento and the Pony Express stamp Sacramento sequestration of 1940 Pony Express stamps
Find a 1940 3¢ Pony Express commemorative stamp (Scott 894) used on a non-first-day cover from Sacramento, Calif., during the 1940s, and you likely have a rarity. (Read more...)

Dollar-Sign Stamps: $2 Circus souvenir sheet Buying a $2 Circus souvenir sheet can set you back $64.95
The United States Postal Service’s annual stamp yearbooks are a convenient, if somewhat pricey, means for obtaining most of the commemorative stamps issued in a given year. (Read more...)

USPS out of 2014 Poinsettia; retailers should have more USPS sold out of 2014 Poinsettia, but retailers should have more
The United States Postal Service has exhausted its supply of 2014-date Poinsettia stamps issued Aug. 21 in a convertible-booklet pane of 20. But collectors who haven’t added the new variety to their collection shouldn’t panic just yet. (Read more...)

Save Vanishing Species semipostal returned to sale Oct. 14 Save Vanishing Species semipostal returned to sale Oct. 14
The United States Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp (Scott B4) has returned to sale at post offices nationwide. (Read more...)

The value of observation in expertizing The value of observation in expertizing: Is it real or fake?
I am often asked if such-and-such an item should be submitted for expertizing. The default answer is “yes,” but there are three general exceptions. (Read more...)

Stamp show hosts new global forever stamp issue Oct. 23 Stamp show hosts new global forever stamp issue Oct. 23
The United States Postal Service will issue its fourth global forever stamp nationwide on Oct. 23 with a ceremony in New York City. (Read more...)

Winter Fun stamps at ASDA stamp show Oct. 23 Winter Fun stamps at ASDA stamp show Oct. 23
Four activities that make winter enjoyable are depicted on four United States stamps to be issued Oct. 23 in New York City. (Read more...)

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