September 18, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Poland crowns a painting with a stamp

Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz recounts the remarkable history of a painting whose subject is widely considered a symbol of Poland itself.

September 11, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Where are the 2017 Legends of Hollywood, Music Icons stamps?

Thus far, the USPS has kept silent about new stamps for these two popular series. Linn’s associate editor Michael Baadke reviews this development.

September 01, 2017 08:30 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Is a U.S. 50¢ first-class stamp on the horizon?

Linn’s editorial director Donna Houseman also explores stamps honoring two remarkable women: Princess Diana and Mother Teresa.

August 28, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Putting thermochromic ink to the test

How resilient is the heat-sensitive ink on the United States Total Solar Eclipse stamp? To find out, Linn’s Stamp News conducted a four-week test. Linn’s managing editor Chad Snee discusses the results.

August 21, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Take a journey with travel poster stamps

Linn’s senior editor Denise McCarty takes a worldwide tour of modes of transportation via stamps depicting travel posters.

August 14, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Propaganda, stamps, and North Korea

North Korea and its recent anti-American stamps have created quite the stir in the media. Scott catalog new-issues editor Marty Frankevicz explores this phenomenon and offers some much-needed philatelic perspective.

August 07, 2017 08:05 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Report from APS Stampshow 2017 in Richmond, Va.

In this week’s brief, Linn’s associate editor Michael Baadke reports from the American Philatelic Society’s annual summer stamp show and convention in Richmond, Va.

July 31, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Mail transport history: it all began on foot

In this week’s brief, Scott catalog senior editor Tim Hodge highlights the movement of mail by foot, the most primitive means of transport. Stay tuned for Hodge’s future reports on the history of moving the mail.

July 24, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Sneak-peek: 2018 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog

Curious about what’s in store for the 2018 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers? Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee pulls the curtain back a wee bit to reveal some of the pleasant surprises that await within the pages of this much-anticipated volume to be published in October.

July 17, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | APS Stampshow to host debut of Protect Pollinators stamps

Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman reveals the grace and beauty of the pollinators depicted on five new United States stamps to be issued Aug. 3 at the American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Richmond, Va.

July 10, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Bicycles on stamps: a history full of spins

Scott catalog new-issues editor Marty Frankevicz takes us on a whirlwind tour of bicycles on stamps: from the draisine, forerunner to the modern bicycle, to the aerodynamic, ultrafast racing bikes in the Tour de France. He also talks about another bike tour — one that involves donuts.

July 03, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | $2 Jenny Invert update

With post office inventories of the $2 Jenny Invert stamp dwindling, Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke recaps the continuing history of the 2013 stamp and the rare upright variety intentionally created by the Postal Service.

June 29, 2017 09:51 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Wonder Woman

Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on upcoming United States stamps celebrating the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman's first appearance in a December 1941 comic book. The stamps will be issued Oct. 7 at New York Comic Con.

June 26, 2017 08:06 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Disney Villains to appear on U.S. stamps

The United States Postal Service revealed on June 21 that its next set of Disney stamps would feature 10 villains. The stamps are to be issued July 15. Linn’s senior editor Denise McCarty takes a look at the despicable Disney characters to be featured on these stamps and also discusses the history of Disney stamps.

June 19, 2017 08:30 AM

Monday Morning Brief | For sale: 160 years of philatelic tradition

On June 12, Stanley Gibbons, the British stamp dealer and auction house, announced the firm was open to receiving takeover bids from “any interest party.” Linn’s managing editor Chad Snee reviews this startling development, and reminds collectors about the Total Solar Eclipse stamp and its real astronomical counterpart occurring later this summer.

June 19, 2017 06:00 PM

Monday Morning Brief | For sale: 160 years of philatelic tradition

On June 12, Stanley Gibbons, the British stamp dealer and auction house, announced the firm was open to receiving takeover bids from “any interest party.” Linn’s managing editor Chad Snee reviews this startling development, and reminds collectors about the Total Solar Eclipse stamp and its real astronomical counterpart occurring later this summer.

June 12, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Assassinating ‘The Butcher of Prague’

On May 17, the Czech Republic issued a souvenir sheet commemorating the 75th anniversary of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. Scott catalog new-issues editor Marty Frankevicz recounts the clandestine plan, dubbed Operation Anthropoid, that eliminated what he calls “one of the nastiest Nazis to walk the face of the earth.”

June 05, 2017 09:15 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Missing in action: imperforate uncut press sheets

Imperforate uncut press sheets of a United States stamp were last made available in February 2016. Since then, explains Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee, the U.S. Postal Service has been less than forthcoming about the apparent demise of a product that sparked interest in the U.S. stamp program and captured collectors’ attention.

May 29, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | ‘Gentlemen, start your engines’

Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman takes a nostalgic look back at the Indianapolis 500, the spectacular race devoted fans call the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” and highlights recent stamps from the United States, Canada, and Monaco devoted to speedy cars and those who drive them.

May 22, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | India issued the world’s first round stamp in ...

Senior editor Denise McCarty provides an entertaining review of round stamps, from the first issued by India, to the upcoming USPS Have a Ball! stamps.

May 15, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Position 76 Jenny Invert sells for $295,000

Associate editor Michael Baadke recounts the 90-second flurry of bids during Siegel Auction Galleries’ May 11 sale of the Position 76 Jenny Invert.

May 08, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | A famous apparition celebrates its 100th anniversary

Scott catalog new-issues editor Marty Frankevicz traces the history of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to a trio of children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. This coming weekend, a century after Mary made her startling appearance, Pope Francis will canonize Francisco, who died in 1919, and Jacinta, who passed away the following year.

May 01, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | And the 2016 U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll winner is …

Which issue won as overall favorite in the 2016 U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll? Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee reveals the answer to this all-important question, and discusses other 2016 stamps Linn’s readers selected in different voting categories, such as best design and least necessary.

April 24, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | New Henry David Thoreau stamp

Donna Houseman discusses the second United States stamp honoring Henry David Thoreau. Featuring a portrait by artist Sam Weber, the new stamp will be issued May 23.

April 17, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Popular culture on U.S. stamps

Does every United States stamp show some element of American history? Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke examines how popular culture came to be a significant part of the U.S. stamp program.

April 10, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Equestrian events on stamps

Scott catalog new-issues editor Marty Frankevicz takes a look at stamps from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan that portray equestrian events in a national sports festival and the second World Nomad Games.

April 03, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Scott catalog Volume 1A and 1B

Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty reports on the just-released Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue Volume 1A and Volume 1B.

March 27, 2017 07:48 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Position 76 Jenny Invert stamp

Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee reports that Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries has been selected to sell the Position 76 1918 Jenny Invert stamp that was part of the McCoy block of four stolen in 1955.

March 20, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Diwali stamps and counterfeits

Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the United States Diwali stamp, counterfeits of that stamp, and an upcoming Canada-India joint issue celebrating the Hindu festival.

March 13, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Ameristamp Expo

Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on the recent Ameristamp Expo stamp show and exhibition in Reno, Nev., including news of the winner of the 2017 single-frame Champion of Champions award.

March 06, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | High-denomination stamps

Scott catalog new-issues editor Marty Frankevicz takes a look at the situations that add to the difficulty of finding used examples of recent high-denomination stamps.

February 27, 2017 08:10 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Rate-change covers

Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee relates his quest to obtain covers for the last day of the 47¢ rate, Jan. 21, and the first day of the 49¢ rate, Sunday, Jan. 22.

February 17, 2017 12:54 AM

Monday Morning Brief | WPA Posters stamps

Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on the 10 new WPA Posters forever stamps that will be issued March 7. The stamps show the designs of poster art created 80 years ago during the Great Depression.

February 13, 2017 08:11 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Counterfeit Love stamps

Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman reports on counterfeit panes of the 2015 United States Love stamps and the 2015 Rose and Heart stamps that are being sold on eBay.

February 06, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee

Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses the Postal Service’s Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee and the recent departure of Henry Louis Gates Jr. after 12 years on the panel, the maximum time allowed.

January 30, 2017 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | David Bowie

Scott catalog new-issues editor Marty Frankevicz reports on Great Britain’s stamps honoring rock star David Bowie. The stamps will be issued March 14.

January 23, 2017 08:10 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Uncut press sheet quantities

Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses how the quantities printed of recent uncut press sheets were revealed through a Freedom of Information Act request. The United States Postal Service provided the quantities for 2016 issues and two from 2017.

January 16, 2017 08:08 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Northern Cardinal stamped envelope

Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the unannounced United States Postal Service’s Northern Cardinal stamped envelope that has been purchased by collectors in post offices in Ohio and other locations.

January 09, 2017 08:30 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Inverted Jenny reappears

Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on the reappearance of a valuable Inverted Jenny airmail error stamp that has been tucked away for 99 years. The stamp will be auctioned Feb. 15 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago.

January 02, 2017 07:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Breakup of the Soviet Union anniversary

Scott catalog new-issues editor Marty Frankevicz discusses the 25th anniversary of the breakup of the Soviet Union, the formation of the Commonwealth of Independent States and related stamps.

December 23, 2016 10:11 AM

Monday Morning Brief | U.S. stamps in 2017

Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on the first two U.S. first-day ceremonies planned for 2017, and looks at the most recent stamp subjects revealed by the United States Postal Service.

December 19, 2016 08:12 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Cost to collect U.S. 2016 stamps

Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee tallies up the cost to collect all 154 different varieties of stamps and postal stationery items issued by the United States Postal Service during the past year.

December 12, 2016 07:33 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Stamps in a sardine can

Scott catalog new-issues editor Marty Frankevicz discusses the clever packaging for Portugal’s new set of six stamps honoring its fish-canning industry.

December 05, 2016 08:00 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Linn’s U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll

Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty announces the opening of the Linn’s 2016 U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll and invites collectors to participate by voting for the favorite and least-favorite stamps of the year.

November 28, 2016 08:02 AM

Monday Morning Brief | French stamps with prizes

Watch as Scott catalog new-issues editor Marty Frankevicz discusses France’s new Christmas stamps that include chances to win prizes ranging from earphones to a new car.

November 21, 2016 08:46 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Summit on the Future of Philately

Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee reports on the Summit on the Future of Philately that took place Oct. 28 in Bellefonte, Pa.

November 14, 2016 08:42 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Stamp error discovered

Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee reports on the recent discovery of an imperforate error of the Quilled Paper Heart forever stamp issued Jan. 12, 2016.

November 07, 2016 07:30 AM

Monday Morning Brief | American Philatelic Research Library

Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on the grand opening of the American Philatelic Research Library at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pa.

October 31, 2016 08:28 AM

Monday Morning Brief | Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers

Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and how her quest to find a stamp showing one of them ended when the Isle of Man issued its Christmas stamps on Oct. 20.

October 24, 2016 08:34 AM

Monday Morning Brief | United States Nativity stamp

Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses the Nativity stamp to be issued Nov. 3 by the United States Postal Service and also reports on Ireland’s dog license revenue stamps of the 19th and 20th centuries.