• us-1998-tropical-birds-stamp
    Dec 31, 1998, 21:35 PM

    1998 U.S. Stamp Program

    January?, Johns Hopkins. New printing of $1 definitive stamp, pane of 20, with bleach-white paper, lighter blue ink and low-gloss gum, BEP; USPS item No. 109040 (pane), 109030 (plate block of 10), 109020 (plate block of four), 109010 (single stamp); Linn's,Jan. 26, 1998, page 2; Feb. 9, page 1

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    Dec 31, 1998, 11:23 AM

    1998 U.N. Stamp Program

    The 1998 U.N. Stamp Program contains information about all of the U.N. products released during 1998, including those honoring rain forests and International Year of the Ocean.

  • canada-1998-maple-leaf-stamp
    Dec 31, 1998, 11:23 AM

    1998 Canada Stamp Program

    The 1999 Canada Stamp Program contains information about all of the Canadian Postal Service products released during 1999, including those honoring the Year of The Tiger and the revised-size Flag.

  • rc3_1228
    Dec 28, 1998, 11:53 AM

    U.S. plate blocks exist in numerous formats

    A pane, as you may already know, is a quantity of stamps trimmed from a full press sheet and later delivered to the post office.

  • Dec 21, 1998, 11:32 AM

    Yes, you too can be a specialist collector

    Several varieties of the H-rate Hat design were issued Nov. 9, including coil stamps and booklet stamps, and collectors are just starting to sort out the differences between them.

  • Dec 14, 1998, 11:19 AM

    Postage stamps designated for parcel delivery

    A 1914 5c parcel post stamp from Italy, Scott Q7, is shown at the bottom of Figure 1. Used copies of these and similar Italian stamps often consist of the right half only.

  • Dec 7, 1998, 11:07 AM

    Some terms are simple and some are not

    For someone just learning about the stamp hobby, though, even the explanations of those abbreviations can be a little puzzling. For example, it's fine to explain that LH stands for "lightly hinged," but what does "lightly hinged" mean?

  • Nov 30, 1998, 10:41 AM

    Special stamps to convey special messages

    Generally, definitive stamps are general-issue postage stamps produced in enormous quantities and returned to press again and again as additional stamps are needed.

  • Nov 23, 1998, 10:20 AM

    Definitive or commemorative? It's hard to tell

    For a number of years some stamp collectors have relied upon a rather unreliable rule of thumb for determining whether a stamp is a definitive or a commemorative issue.

  • rc3_1116_big
    Nov 16, 1998, 10:02 AM

    Don't ignore the stamps on postal stationery r

    Like most standard postage stamps, postal stationery items show a prepaid postage value, but the stamps are imprinted directly upon the envelope, card or sheet that is being mailed.

  • Nov 9, 1998, 09:40 AM

    Take a look at that cover before you cut it

    Later I would soak the stamps off in water and flatten them under a couple of books for my collection.

  • rc2_1102
    Nov 2, 1998, 12:52 PM

    Stamp separation appears in many forms

    The earliest postage stamps were issued imperforate, meaning there were no perforations or other means of separation provided on the sheet.

  • rc1_1026_big
    Oct 26, 1998, 11:45 AM

    Perforation varieties can make the difference

    It may be hard to believe, but even small differences in the type of perforations a stamp has can lead to big differences in catalog values. The reason usually boils down to scarcity.

  • rc3_1019
    Oct 19, 1998, 12:34 PM

    Stamp collectors suffer separation anxiety

    Because the edges of self-adhesive issues are precut in a shape resembling perforation teeth, they are rarely damaged in any way.

  • rc2_1005
    Oct 5, 1998, 12:03 PM

    How to identify a stamp by its watermark

    Even stamps that have identical designs may be different, however. In such cases, a distinguishing secondary characteristic must be used to tell the stamps apart. The difference between two otherwise identical stamps can sometimes be found in the watermark.

  • rc2_0928
    Sep 28, 1998, 11:49 AM

    October is National Stamp Collecting Month

    The Postal Service has continued to promote National Stamp Collecting Month, however, by issuing special pictorial stamps intended to stimulate public interest in the stamp hobby.

  • rc3_0921_big
    Sep 21, 1998, 11:33 AM

    What could be simpler than stamp collecting?

    The fact is that the stamp hobby offers so much variety and has so many different aspects that in a room filled with 50 collectors you are likely to find 50 different ways of collecting.

  • rc4_0914
    Sep 14, 1998, 11:27 AM

    Basic collecting tools provide protection

    Because stamps are so small and so thin, it is also possible to crease a stamp if you try to pick it up with your fingers. The best way to handle stamps without touching them is by using stamp tongs.

  • rc4_0907
    Sep 7, 1998, 11:09 AM

    Think twice before you remove that selvage

    Can margin paper affect the value of a postage stamp? The answer may surprise some collectors, but yes, the value of a stamp can change depending on whether or not margin paper is attached.

  • rc3_19980831_big
    Aug 31, 1998, 11:04 AM

    How do I learn about stamp collecting?

    Asking questions is another way to get the information you need to enjoy the world's greatest hobby.

  • rc4_0824
    Aug 24, 1998, 10:51 AM

    When a stamp is issued it's time to celebrate

    Other dignitaries may also attend, such as Congressmen, celebrities, and stamp artists or designers.

  • rc2_0817
    Aug 17, 1998, 10:32 AM

    Auctions offer many collector opportunities

    Stamps sold at auctions can vary in value from $5 or $10 to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • rc5_0810
    Aug 10, 1998, 10:15 AM

    Pick a country, any country

    As a collection grows and the album spaces fill, the collector may find that mixtures and approvals contain mostly duplicates of the stamps in his collection.

  • Aug 3, 1998, 10:08 AM

    Cover collecting is a part of postal history

    If the stamp were soaked free of the postcard to place it in an album, the historical aspect of its use would be lost.

  • Jul 28, 1998, 09:45 AM

    Cinderellas add more fun to your collection

    Because tight security is needed when working with genuine stamps, printers use test stamps to avoid security problems.

  • Jul 20, 1998, 09:12 AM

    It's not a stamp, but it looks like one

    Some of these items can be identified very quickly, while the collector has to do considerable digging to learn about others.

  • rc4_0713
    Jul 13, 1998, 12:46 PM

    New to the U.S., but more than a century old

    That may still change depending on an upcoming rate implementation decision from the Postal Service board of governors.

  • rc4_0706
    Jul 6, 1998, 11:57 AM

    Collectors watch out for plate number coils

    Even some U.S. stamp collectors are stumped when they encounter those unfamiliar initials in print.

  • Jun 29, 1998, 17:42 PM

    What are you looking at?

    That's a question stamp collectors hear pretty regularly. It's also a question that many collectors like to ask each other.

  • rc4_0622
    Jun 22, 1998, 17:38 PM

    Varieties are the spice of stamp collecting

    Almost everyone likes a little variety in life, and stamp collectors are no exception.

  • rc4_0615
    Jun 15, 1998, 17:33 PM

    U.S. Postal Service history has affected collectors

    Like most countries, the United States has a central postal authority that delivers mail and sells postage stamps.

  • rc3_0608_big
    Jun 8, 1998, 17:29 PM

    Answers to some frequently asked questions

    We always try to keep the communication lines open here at Linn's Stamp News, and as a result, we get a lot of questions about stamp collecting basics.

  • Jun 1, 1998, 17:24 PM

    Se-tenant stamps: different designs together

    For many years, whenever a sheet of stamps was printed, every stamp on the sheet would have the same design.

  • rc3_0525
    May 25, 1998, 17:19 PM

    Paying a machine to print postage stamps

    In the summer of 1989, the United States Postal Service unveiled a public-access computer system called Autopost that would allow customers to weigh mail, look up postage rates and print a postage stamp.

  • rc1_051898_big
    May 18, 1998, 17:15 PM

    Don't let these stamp terms confuse you

    Words can help explain what you don't understand, but words can also be the cause of your confusion.

  • May 11, 1998, 17:10 PM

    Postage stamps that are canceled-to-order

    When a stamp is used on a mailed item to pay for postage it usually receives a postmark to prevent anyone from using the stamp again.

  • rc2_0504
    May 4, 1998, 17:06 PM

    Souvenir sheets are a little hard to define

    When you think of a souvenir, you probably think of an item that reminds you of a place or event you visited.

  • Apr 27, 1998, 10:21 AM

    Post office visit yields more than just stamps

    Of course, collectors can buy stamps at the post office. The best way to do this is to visit a larger office with a philatelic window.

  • Apr 21, 1998, 10:09 AM

    Topical collection can unite interests

    Meter stamps are best saved intact on cover, rather than clipped off. The full cover often provides useful information about the history of the mailing or the meter stamp

  • Apr 13, 1998, 12:56 PM

    Going from a stamp to a stamp collection

    The postage stamp is the most familiar item used by any postal authority, but there are many other labels and forms that play important roles in mail handling.

  • rc3_0406
    Apr 6, 1998, 10:54 AM

    Official seals have a role in postal history

    The postage stamp is the most familiar item used by any postal authority, but there are many other labels and forms that play important roles in mail handling.

  • rc5_0309
    Mar 9, 1998, 11:08 AM

    What's the difference between a 'postcard' and a 'postal card'?

    The terms "postcard" and "postal card" are very similar, just as the two objects described by those two terms are very similar.

  • rc2_0302
    Mar 2, 1998, 12:28 PM

    Stamp subjects are approved by committee

    Mint postal cards are also saved by some collectors, just as mint postage stamps are saved by others.

  • rc4_0223
    Feb 22, 1998, 12:13 PM

    Different elements make up a single stamp

    The production of self-adhesive stamps has increased dramatically over the past few years, and this change has affected stamp perforations.

  • rc5_0216
    Feb 16, 1998, 11:57 AM

    The lessons learned from stamp collection

    Historical events also are featured on postage stamps, and through these miniature scenes we have more opportunities to learn about the world.

  • rc3_0209
    Feb 9, 1998, 11:50 AM

    Precanceled stamps offer collecting variety

    Precanceled postage stamps have existed for more than a century, and those who collect and study them know that the field provides remarkable variety.

  • rc3_0202
    Feb 2, 1998, 11:44 AM

    Starting out with hobby 'dos and don't's

    There are few hard and fast rules about collecting, but there are a number of "dos" and "don'ts" that will help you along as you learn about the hobby.

  • rc4_0126
    Jan 26, 1998, 11:36 AM

    Why does my stamp have a lot of holes in it?

    Most people know that perforations are the little holes that surround a postage stamp so that it can be easily separated from the other stamps around it.

  • rc5_0119
    Jan 19, 1998, 11:26 AM

    Specialization means studying your stamps

    Some of those exhibits contain a fortune in stamps, but it's possible for any collector to start his own specialized collection with stamps that are being issued right now.

  • rc3_0105_big
    Jan 5, 1998, 11:06 AM

    U.S. stamps should tell the nation's story

    If you think of the major events that have shaped this nation, most have been shown on U.S. commemorative stamps.