insightsSet of four unissued Germany semipostal stamps realizes about $80,500 at Schlegel sale
October 31, 2015 06:47 AMSchlegel Auctions held a sale in Berlin on Oct. 5-6. The standout item was an unissued set of four Germany semipostal stamps from 2001 depicting ordinary citizens engaged in amateur athletic activities.
blogValues for stamps of Cuba rise significantly in 2016 Scott Classic Specialized catalog
October 30, 2015 11:02 AMValues for stamps of Cuba have undergone a thorough review in the 2016 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940, with many values increasing substantially. The catalog will be available in mid-November.
newsUK post offices prep for Star Wars stamp release
October 28, 2015 11:33 AMThe Trafalgar Square Post Office in London readies for the delivery of the highly sought after stamps. Stephen Abramsamadu, the office's branch manager, notes that this isn't your average stamp drop off. “The security officer arrived early this morning, came suited and booted with his helmet on, and said he had a very important package. I assumed the package was the stamps, and directed him to our secure location to deliver them.”
newsWorld Stamp Show-NY 2016 president Saadi holds town hall at ASDA show in New York City
October 28, 2015 11:51 AMWade Saadi, president of World Stamp Show-NY 2016, conducted a town hall meeting Oct. 23 at the American Stamp Dealers Association National Postage Stamp Show in New York City. World Stamp Show-NY 2016, the next decennial international show to be held in the United States, will open at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City in seven months, May 28-June 4, 2016.
newsBritish designer highlights the essence of Star Wars stamp production
October 26, 2015 11:22 AMMalcolm Tween, the head illustrator for the popular Star Wars stamp collection, takes viewers through his overall process and inspiration behind his designs. He cites the magnitude of the film's overall production design, as well as the centrality of its characters.
newsScandinavian Collectors Club to celebrate 80th anniversary at ASDA fall show in New York City
October 20, 2015 11:50 AMThis year's American Stamp Dealers Association Fall National Postage Stamp Show will carry a bit of extra weight when it opens its doors in New York City Oct. 23. The Scandinavian Collectors Club is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2015, and will mark the occasion with collectors and dealers alike at the show.
newsGreat Britain’s Royal Mail rolling out the red carpet for ‘Star Wars’ saga, upcoming film with 18 stamps
October 20, 2015 11:34 AMGreat Britain’s Royal Mail will issue 18 face-different stamps and several varieties Oct. 20 to commemorate Star Wars and the upcoming release of the new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The seventh film in the Star War series and the first in the third trilogy, The Force Awakens was filmed at Pinewood Studios in London and on location at the Forest of Dean in Gloucester.
newsWinter creatures, Wise Men star on Canada Christmas stamps
October 16, 2015 11:51 AMTwo trios — one ages-old from the New Testament, the other newcomers born in the fertile minds of a Montreal artist and design studio — make merry and memorable Canada Post’s 2015 Christmas stamps, to be released Nov. 2.
insightsTip of the week: 2000 Ethiopia Menelik's Bushbuck set of 23
October 15, 2015 11:06 AMOn June 19, 2000, Ethiopia issued a set of 23 Menelik’s Bushbuck definitive stamps (Scott 1548A-1555). The stamps were not well-advertised to dealers or collectors, and it was several years after they were issued before the entire set was accounted for by catalog editors.
insightsTip of the week: 1994 Ethiopia Simien Fox set of 20
October 15, 2015 11:05 AMIn 1994, Ethiopia was in a state of transition following the fall of the Marxist dictatorship that had gained power in the 1970s. On Oct. 18, 1994, a set of 20 Simien Fox stamps perforated gauge 14 (Scott 1393A-1393T) was issued.
insightsTip of the week: 1972 Guinea Richard M. Nixon and Mao Tse-tung airmail stamp
October 15, 2015 11:05 AMIn 1972, Guinea issued a set of two se-tenant blocks of four airmail stamps and a single 1,200-franc airmail stamp (Scott C116-117 and C118) on gold-color metallic foil commemorating President Richard M. Nixon’s trip to China.
insightsStamps issued in 1934 marked proclamation of the Syrian republic
October 15, 2015 11:00 AMOn Aug. 2, 1934, the Syrian government issued postage and airmail stamps commemorating the establishment of the republic. In this column, I will discuss the 19 stamps in the postage stamp set (Scott 232-250).
insightsRomania’s 1906 semipostals reflected queen’s interests
October 15, 2015 11:00 AMThe world’s first semipostal stamps, with a surcharge (beyond the cost of postage) that was designated for a charitable purpose, were issued in New South Wales and Victoria in 1897. Romania, however, was not too far behind, becoming the first European country to issue semipostals, in 1906.
newsPoland wins St. Gabriel award for best religious stamp issued in 2014
October 15, 2015 11:49 AMFor the third time in recent years, Poland has won the St. Gabriel award for the best religious stamp. The award went to a souvenir sheet issued by Poland April 2, 2014, to celebrate the canonization of Pope John Paul II (Scott 4114).
insights1933 Leningrad Philatelic Exhibition set is a good buy
October 15, 2015 10:39 AMThere is good demand for many Soviet issues of the 1930s and 1940s. Stamps in mint never-hinged condition are especially in demand. One set showing good demand is the 1933 Leningrad Philatelic Exhibition overprints (Scott 487-488).
insightsBNAPS study groups foster philatelic comradery, knowledge
October 15, 2015 10:38 AMIn the last dozen years, the British North America Philatelic Society has published 150 titles, most of them in color, almost all of them available to members at an appealing 40 percent discount. I know of no other philatelic society that comes close to that impressive achievement.
insightsKeep an eye out for 1929-30 first airmail set of India
October 15, 2015 12:00 AMA good set to look for is India’s first airmail set (Scott C1-6) issued in 1929-30. The stamp design features an inset portrait of King George V, while the vignette depicts a DeHavilland Hercules biplane flying the mail above a lake with mountains in the background.
insightsInternational airmail covers recall the ‘Day of Infamy’
October 15, 2015 12:00 AMOn Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese forces bombed American military installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in a surprise attack that suddenly thrust the United States into World War II. Letters that were in transit across the Pacific Ocean are tangible mementos of that fateful event.
insightsExamining and identifying stamps found in a large accumulation
October 15, 2015 12:00 AMI recently received three large boxes of stamps. These stamps had been donated to a local charity that didn’t quite know what to do with them and passed them on to me for review and eventual disposition to a suitable organization.
insightsDictators on stamps of the world: absolute power corrupts absolutely
October 15, 2015 12:00 AMDictator is defined as a ruler with total power over a country. We owe this term to the ancient Romans. In the Roman Republic (509-27 B.C.), a dictator was an extraordinary magistrate appointed by the senate in times of emergency.
insightsCanada’s early 19th-century Numeral cancels by the numbers
October 15, 2015 12:00 AMCollecting Canada columnist Fred Baumann traces the early history of cancellations on Canada stamps, from the simple target cancels to the more descriptive numeral cancels, some of which are quite scarce today.
insightsAnthony Trollope and the introduction of pillar boxes in Great Britain
October 15, 2015 12:00 AMPillar boxes — the red, cast-iron mail receptacles on the streets and roadways of the United Kingdom — are as iconic to England as Big Ben and red double-decker buses. Pillar boxes were introduced to the British Isles in 1852. Their inspiration came from Europe.
newsA scientific approach to the Queen Victoria £5 orange
October 07, 2015 11:22 AM"One of the most iconic of British stamps, the Queen Victoria £5 orange, formed the basis of the display and presentation by Dr John Horsey to The Royal Philatelic Society London on 1 October," reported the RPSL in a recent press release.
newsPenrhyn Island stamps, upcoming U.S. stamps, Yankees meet the Netherlands: Week's Most Read
October 03, 2015 11:48 AMAmong the hot topics in this week's stamp news are: New York City, baseball, an 1847 Basel Dove cover, the A Charlie Brown Christmas stamps, and the beautiful stamps of Penrhyn Island.
newsUK artist puts impressive Queen Elizabeth II stamp art on display
October 02, 2015 11:25 AMAnne-Marie Stijelja recently gained some notable recognition in the United Kingdom's art world. The Northhamptonshire Telegraph highlights a mosaic of Queen Elizabeth II that Stijelja created using used postage stamps. It was on display for just a few short days late last month.
blogLinn’s editor traveled to London in September to attend Autumn Stampex
October 02, 2015 11:01 AMIn mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show.