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BBC report says 'anyone can become a rare stamp aficionado': Morning Report

Mar 4, 2015, 4 AM

Linn's Stamp News gives you a quick look at what's going on in the world of stamp-collecting.

1. 'Anyone can become a rare stamp aficionado'

At least that's what a March 1 report from BBC Capital says. 

The piece written by Serena Renner opens by telling the story of a Rochdale, England, collector who made a routine purchase at a local post office of a pair of stamps that "celebrated the invention of the television and featured a silhouette of Queen Elizabeth II." On one of the stamps, Her Majesty's head was missing. That stamp error sold for £23,600 in 2014.

"Though numerous collectors have deep pockets and decades of knowledge, anyone can become a rare stamp aficionado," Renner writes. "And even if you aren't as lucky as the Rochdale collector, you can quickly become knowledgeable about a range of topics and geographic locations as you build a stamp collection. Knowing what and how to buy is key."

Read the full article here.

2. Maya Angelou design revealed

"The newly revealed stamp design features an oil-on-canvas portrait of Angelou painted in 2013 by Atlanta-based Romanian-born artist Ross Rossin."

3. So long, lick-and-stick

Michael Baadke mourns the end of an era in philately: "It's a day that many stamp collectors have dreaded."

4. Yesterday's most-read post

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5. Being social

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