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August 23, 2017 11:30 AM

Looking to shake up your collection? Sanitary fair stamps will do just that

Linn’s stamp market tipsters think this stamp appeals both from its unusual purpose, a sailors’ fair, and its oval shape.

World Stamps

August 22, 2017 03:15 PM

Ten Great Britain stamps celebrate popular classic children’s toys

Great Britain’s Royal Mail celebrates classic toys from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century on 10 new stamps. The stamps were issued Aug. 22 in two strips of five.

World Stamps

August 20, 2017 09:00 AM

Four countries honor museums on new stamps

Recent stamps from Lebanon, the Netherlands, Finland, and Romania feature different types of museums.

World Stamps

August 19, 2017 05:00 PM

RPSL presents 2017 achievement medals

The Royal Philatelic Society London has presented its medals for 2017 to acknowledge notable achievements.

Postal Updates

August 19, 2017 10:00 AM

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services no longer accepting foreign credit card payments

Linn’s had asked what percentage of sales would the policy affect. The USPS said that information was “deemed proprietary” and would not be disclosed.

US Stamps

August 19, 2017 08:00 AM

African American history and culture honored on stamp picturing museum

The National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., gets its own stamp Sept. 24.

US Stamps

August 18, 2017 07:00 PM

Counterfeit 2017 U.S. Love Skywriting stamps surface on eBay

When it comes to counterfeit stamps, the United States Postal Service is not feeling the love.

US Stamps

August 18, 2017 03:00 PM

A dollar-sign reunion of sorts, poisonous mushrooms on stamps: Inside Linn’s

Highlights in the Sept. 4 issue include a recommendation to look for an undervalued U.S. savings stamp.

World Stamps

August 18, 2017 01:00 PM

Modest British Guiana stamps mimic designs of the pricey classics

The British Guiana 1856 1¢ Magenta is the world's most expensive stamp. Fortunately, there are many affordable stamps from this country to collect.

US Stamps

August 18, 2017 09:00 AM

Columbus’ ‘broken hat’ and coil stamps for Father Ted Hesburgh: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, the USPS heeded demands from collectors to lower its minimum order quantities for coil stamps.

World Stamps

August 17, 2017 07:00 PM

‘Philatelic Database’ offers online archives of articles and more about stamp collecting

The site is run by Richard Turton and William Cochrane, who exemplify how wide the world wide web really is.

Postal Updates

August 17, 2017 05:00 PM

Coast-to-coast eclipse postmarks include ‘landfall’ marking in Oregon

The total solar eclipse sweeping across the United States Aug. 21 is the theme for numerous pictorial cancels in this week’s listings.

World Stamps

August 17, 2017 01:00 PM

Popular 2½-penny Rarotongan Chief stamp offers substance and history at a fair price

British Empire stamps of the classic period are favorites with many collectors. They often feature finely engraved designs and intriguing subjects.

US Stamps

August 16, 2017 08:15 PM

Bigalke to return to Linn’s as new editor-in-chief

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

US Stamps

August 16, 2017 01:00 PM

Billboard mimics Energy Conservation stamp

The billboard was located by a roadside in Laurens, S.C., and credited to the Laurens Commission of Public Works.

Auctions

August 15, 2017 09:00 AM

Auction Galleries Hamburg Sept. 1-2 sale offers U.S. postal history rarity

The stamps affixed are the 24¢ red lilac George Washington, the 30¢ orange Benjamin Franklin, and the 90¢ blue Washington — the top three stamps from the 1861-62 National Bank Note Co. set.

Postal Updates

August 14, 2017 09:45 AM

Continuing decline in first-class mail volume highlights ‘strong headwinds’ facing USPS

Double-digit increases in package mail volume have continued, but the executives noted that it’s more costly to move than letter mail and doesn’t contribute as much to the Postal Service’s overall expenses as first-class and marketing mail.

World Stamps

August 14, 2017 09:00 AM

North Korean stamps honor recent missile tests

Previous stamps from North Korea have commemorated events that led up to the intercontinental ballistic missile launch, including the launch of the Kwangmyongsong 2 rocket in 2009.

World Stamps

August 13, 2017 07:00 PM

Calle pays tribute to father, Calle stamps at APS show

Chris Calle, who also is a stamp designer, worked with his father on the 1994 Moon Landing 25th anniversary stamps (United States Scott 2841-2842).

US Stamps

August 13, 2017 08:00 AM

Steve Zwillinger elected APRL board president

Zwillinger, who has served on both the APRL board and the American Philatelic Society board of directors, is filling the position vacated by Roger S. Brody, who stepped down as president following the completion of his term.