USPS rescheduling stamp for African American museum

August 30, 2017 03:30 PM

The issue date for the U.S. forever stamp commemorating the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be rescheduled.


The expertizer’s mind-set: skepticism and review

August 30, 2017 09:00 AM

Most experts John Hotchner has talked with start from the position that an item that they have been asked to examine can be faked.


Readers share different viewpoints on U.S. Postal Service policy for coil stamps

August 29, 2017 08:00 AM

Commenting about the Fruit coil stamps, Beecher added in his letter that “we would all like to see a lower price point for these attractive stamps.”


Caption Contest: Beetle Bailey is happy about something on this 44¢ stamp, but what?

August 26, 2017 08:00 AM

The subject of September’s caption contest is a stamp featuring Beetle, who seems self-satisfied about having yanked Sarge’s chain one more time.


Total Solar Eclipse stamps: putting thermochromic ink to the test

August 25, 2017 07:00 PM

How resilient is the reactivity of the thermochromic ink on United States Total Solar Eclipse stamps? Linn’s managing editor Charles Snee investigates.


Pony express tried to ‘shave a day away,’ telegraph cancel mysteries: Inside Linn’s

August 25, 2017 03:00 PM

Sept. 11 issue highlights include Rick Miller’s exploration of Yugoslavia and Macedonia postal tax stamps memorializing the 1963 earthquake in Skopje.


2017 Love counterfeits appear, USPS nixes foreign credit payments: Week’s Most Read

August 25, 2017 09:00 AM

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


New book provides information on the TASCO Confederate facsimiles

August 24, 2017 01:00 PM

The information about the TASCO booklets has been dispersed and hard to find, but a recently published hardcover book provides detailed background on the TASCO Confederate stamps booklets and the Confederate facsimiles in them.


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

August 23, 2017 11:30 AM

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


African American history and culture honored on stamp picturing museum

August 19, 2017 08:00 AM

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


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

August 18, 2017 07:00 PM

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


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

August 18, 2017 03:00 PM

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


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

August 18, 2017 07:15 AM

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


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

August 16, 2017 08:15 PM

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


Billboard mimics Energy Conservation stamp

August 16, 2017 01:00 PM

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


Steve Zwillinger elected APRL board president

August 13, 2017 08:00 AM

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.


USPS heeds stamp collectors’ demands for smaller minimum quantities for coil stamps

August 12, 2017 07:00 PM

“Let’s hope the reduction in minimum quantities for purchasing coil stamps is not a test but is to be common practice for most coil stamps,” writes Linn’s editorial director Donna Houseman.


Father Ted Hesburgh stamp planned as pane of 20, coil of 50

August 11, 2017 07:00 PM

This will be the first commemorative coil stamp issued by the United States Postal Service since the 2008-12 series of 60 Flags of our Nation coil stamps.


Our readers have spoken, and the July cartoon caption contest winners are ...

August 11, 2017 08:00 AM

Some cartoon contestants brought the scene into the modern age with observations about Governor Chris Christie and his problems with Bridgegate in 2013.


The subtle 2¢ Landing of Columbus variety worth pursuing

August 09, 2017 09:00 PM

One of the more affordable varieties that is in more or less constant demand is the “Broken Hat” variety of the 2¢ Landing of Columbus stamp.


Post office letter illustrates Private Express Statutes in operation

August 09, 2017 05:00 PM

The letter shown deals with one of these statutes: the depositing of mailable matter “on which no postage is paid” in a mailbox “with intent to avoid payment of lawful postage thereon.”


Have a Ball! stamps receive Scott catalog numbers

August 07, 2017 06:00 PM

Having these numbers handy will allow you to easily locate these stamps in the catalogs and learn about their production and values.


APS general meeting at Stampshow sees 13 receive 50-year membership medals

August 05, 2017 01:45 PM

Scott English, executive director of the American Philatelic Society, updated members on the society’s progress and upcoming initiatives during the society’s annual general membership meeting at Stampshow 2017 in Richmond, Va.


Examining the imperforate 1908 4¢ Grant

August 05, 2017 09:00 AM

The Aug. 21 issue of Linn's features an important story on the 1908 imperforate 4¢ Grant stamps (Scott 314A).


Exotic propaganda for French colonies, an update on the U.S. graded stamp market, and adversity usages: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

August 04, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the Aug. 21 issue, Classic U.S. Postal History columnist Labron Harris discusses adversity covers.


The scarce imperforate 4¢ Ulysses S. Grant stamp of 1908

August 03, 2017 07:00 PM

Karl Koslowski’s fluke of fortune preserved the only unused examples of this legendary coil stamp with Schermack type III private perforations.


American Philatelic Society stamp identifier makes a collector’s life easier

August 03, 2017 03:00 PM

In 2005, the American Philatelic Society introduced a rapid means of identifying puzzling or problematic stamps that do not require expertizing. Called APS Quick I.D., it is now handling more than a thousand submissions a year.


English will continue as APS executive director

August 03, 2017 08:40 AM

American Philatelic Society executive director Scott English and the APS board of directors have agreed to extend English's contract for two years.


The Alfred E. Neuman stamp that doesn’t need to be expertized

August 02, 2017 07:00 PM

The market for the 1964 Alfred E. Neuman presidential campaign label is, shall we say, thin. But they're still fun to collect.
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