Linn's Stamp News

Jay Bigalke (

Jay Bigalke returned to Linn’s Stamp News as editor-in-chief in 2017, and brings a wealth of experience with him.

Bigalke started his philatelic journalism career at Linn’s, where as senior editor he covered U.S. stamp stories.

He left Linn’s in 2014 to become editor of the American Philatelist, the journal of the American Philatelic Society, and Philatelic Literature Review, the quarterly publication of the American Philatelic Research Library.

APS executive director Scott English said of Bigalke’s departure, “We are grateful to Jay’s leadership in transforming The American Philatelist, one of the most important resources for APS members. Though he will no longer be our editor, we look forward to working closely with him to make our partnership with Linn’s better than ever.”

Bigalke is a 2005 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied retail and journalism. He began collecting stamps in 1991, at the age of 9.

He credits his great-grandmother with sparking his interest in stamp collecting when she gave him postcards franked with U.S. 4¢ Abraham Lincoln stamps.

He grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and frequented the local post office and became friends with the postmaster.

Michael Baadke (

Michael Baadke is editor of Linn’s Stamp News. He began his journalism career in 1975 as a writer and staff editor for The Michigan Daily in Ann Arbor. He joined Linn’s Stamp News as a staff writer in February 1993 and was named senior editor in April 1996.

He was promoted to associate editor in 2015. He also authored the popular Linn’s Refresher Course column for more than five years, from 1995 to 2001.

Baadke became the editor of Scott Stamp Monthly in March 2001, and returned to the Linn’s staff in November 2007. His 392-page book, Linn’s Complete Stamp Collecting Basics, was published by Amos Hobby Publishing in 2004 and is now in its second printing. Baadke collects Denmark, Germany and the United States. He also maintains a topical collection of beer and brewing.

Denise McCarty (

Denise McCarty is a senior editor of Linn’s Stamp News. A graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a degree in journalism, McCarty has 33 years of editorial and writing experience with Linn's Stamp News. In addition to specializing in the reporting of worldwide new issues, McCarty oversees the page production of Linn’s Stamp News each week.

McCarty's collecting interests include the postal history of her hometown of Brookville, Ohio, and stamps related to her hobbies of nature photography, hiking and visiting national parks.

Scott Catalogues

Jay Bigalke (

Jay Bigalke is editor-in-chief of the Scott postage stamp catalogs and album line in addition to being editor-in-chief of Linn’s.

Donna Houseman (

Donna Houseman is editor-at-large of the Scott postage stamp catalogs, which include the 12-volume, worldwide Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers and the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940. She is the lead editor of the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940. Houseman has 45 years of professional editorial, reporting and writing experience in the stamp-hobby media.

She authored five best-selling Philatelic Gems books published by Linn’s, and edited and contributed to numerous other books, including the popular Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbook series. She developed and edited the Linn’s Handbook series.

She was editor of Scott Stamp Monthly from 2007 until she joined the Scott catalog team in 2010. She has been the lead editor of the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 since 2011.

She was instrumental in the development of and

In 2017, Houseman was inducted into the American Philatelic Society Writers Unit No. 30 Hall of Fame.

Houseman is a passionate collector of the stamps of Ireland, County Cork postal history and stampless covers, and Great Britain stamps used in Ireland.

She is married and enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, watching basketball and walking with her poodle.

Charles Snee (

Charles “Chad” Snee is editor of the Scott postage stamp catalogs. He leads the in-house efforts for the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers, which is edited by editor emeritus James E. Kloetzel.

Snee is an accomplished philatelist, with more than 19 years of professional editorial, reporting and writing experience in the stamp-hobby media. In 1999, he was hired as an associate editor for Linn’s Stamp News, where he worked for seven years, eventually rising to senior editor in 2003. Following a Navy Reserve deployment to Afghanistan, Snee joined the Scott editorial staff in 2007. In 2011, he became editor of the Scott catalogs. He enjoys collecting the stamps of Ireland and Scandinavia, as well as United States postal history.

Snee and his wife Lynne have been married for 26 years. They reside in Troy, Ohio, with their three daughters: Katelyn, Charlotte and Margaret.

Martin J. Frankevicz (

Martin J. Frankevicz is the new issues editor of the Scott Postage Stamp Catalogue. He started collecting stamps as a teenager, trying to fill his Scott Minuteman album up with cheap 3¢ commemoratives, and building up a small collection of plate blocks fresh from the local post offices. He freely admits he has not used them all up for postage. He began his career in 1981 as Scott’s album and supplement editor, when Scott was located in New York City. In 1985, he relocated to Sidney, Ohio, when Amos Press purchased Scott and became the valuing editor for the Scott catalog.

In 1999, he took on the challenge of listing the never-ending torrent of new stamps. More than 160,000 different philatelic items have passed across his desk during his tenure as new issues editor, which equates to more than 2,000 pages in the various catalogs. He has written the occasional article for Linn’s Stamp News and the Scott Stamp Monthly over the years, many of which humorously describe the historical, trivial, quirky and bizarre sides of philately often found in new issues.

Timothy Hodge (

As a senior editor, Tim Hodge assumes various roles and responsibilities, including assisting valuing analyst Steve Myers and helping to improve Scott catalog listings.

As a young collector, Hodge joined the American Philatelic Society’s Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship program in 2011 and graduated in 2012. The program is designed to connect young collectors with stamp hobby leaders in a mentor program.

Hodge began collecting stamps as a child and today collects United States Bank Note issues and German States stamps, and has numerous U.S. and worldwide collecting interests.

As an exhibitor, he has won three national gold awards, 11 vermeils in national competition, the Fran Jennings Memorial award for achievement in philately, the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors award of honor in 2012, the International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors award, and other national and international medals. He exhibited in the court of honor at the APS Stampshow in 2016.

Hodge is a member of the APS; the United States Philatelic Classics Society; the United States Stamp Society; the Institute for Analytical Philately; the Royal Philatelic Society, London; and numerous other stamp organizations.

Hodge has other interests outside the stamp hobby. He is a member of the Rockfish Valley (Va.) Foundation, where he served as chairman of the birding committee; a member of the Virginia Society of Ornithology; and a member of the National Audubon Society. He is a professional mixologist, ballroom dance instructor, and he and his wife Kate share a love for tea.

Contributing Editors/Correspondents

John Hotchner, a Linn's writer since 1977 and a contributing editor, is the author (since 1987) of the weekly U.S. Notes column. He collects the United States in depth and worldwide EFOs (errors, freaks and oddities), and exhibits stamp separation methods, U.S. auxiliary markings, the 1934 U.S. and Great Britain Christmas seals, and Hubba Hubba handstamps on Korean War military covers.

Hotchner is a national and international stamp show and philatelic literature judge, the founder or cofounder of six ongoing national stamp groups, and an expertiser for U.S. material. He was a 16-year member of the APS board of directors, including serving as the APS president from 1997-99.

He is immediate past president of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. He served as vice president of the AAPE from 2006 to 2009. He is a member of the National Postal Museum's Council of Philatelists and served on the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committtee from 1998 to 2010.

Hotchner retired from the U.S. Department of State in May 2008, and in 2011, he retired as a consultant to the interagency Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center.

The same aunt who interested Bill McAllister in journalism gave him his first stamp album, a Minkus beginner album in 1952. His interest then and now has remained U.S. stamps, especially first-day covers and programs. He began his pursuit of first-day programs after covering a first-day ceremony for the 1987 Girl Scout stamp in Washington. That ceremony prompted him to write a weekly stamp column that appeared in The Washington Post and other newspapers for 12 years. McAllister joined Linn's as its Washington correspondent in 1996 and has continued his interest in reporting how individual stamps are created and the intense lobbying for their approval. He also enjoys getting behind the scenes of the U.S. Postal Service, one of Washington's biggest federal agencies. To McAllister how the mail moves – or sometimes doesn't move – is almost as interesting as the stamps that the agency produces.

Matthew Healey, New York Correspondent.

Matthew started collecting stamps at the age of six, when he lived in Rome and would spend sunny Sunday mornings at the Porta Portese flea market, picking used Italian commemoratives out of the street vendors’ fat stockbooks for 5 or 10 lire apiece.

As a teenager in New York, he enjoyed accompanying his father, Barth, to the vast stamp shows at the New York Coliseum and Madison Square Garden.

As an adult, Matthew found that stamps inspired him to study graphic design, typography and printing, and triggered a lasting curiosity about history, geography, art and the parallel declines of colonial empires and monarchic facial hair.

He writes about the auction market for Linn's Stamp News and occasionally for The New York Times, mostly on stamp subjects, like his father before him. He is trying desperately to pass on his love of stamps to his three children, with limited success.