Pre-expertizing? An idea whose time has not come

March 31, 2017 07:00 PM

Why aren't there individuals or services willing to render nonbinding opinions on items that might be good candidates for expertization?


Quality 1919 surcharged Canal Zone sets are worth the hunt

March 31, 2017 09:00 AM

The most difficult part of a Canal Zone collection is the stamps of Panama overprinted for use in the Canal Zone.


Supplementary mail and its long history in New York

March 29, 2017 07:00 PM

In 1840, the United States and Great Britain entered into the United States’ first agreement to exchange mail under contracted treaty rates between the two countries.


The must-have new catalog for United States postal stationery collectors

March 28, 2017 09:00 AM

The fourth edition of the Catalog of the 20th and 21st Century Stamped Envelopes and Wrappers of the United States is a must have.


Delicioso, Thoreau ceremony details revealed

March 27, 2017 05:00 PM

Ceremony details for the Delicioso set of six and the single Henry David Thoreau commemorative stamp include events that are open to the public.


Born March 27: Sarah Vaughan

March 27, 2017 03:30 AM

Jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan was honored in 2016 on the seventh and most recent stamp in the United States Music Icons commemorative stamp series.


Tell us what the Supreme Court might be thinking about these days

March 26, 2017 02:00 PM

For the April cartoon caption contest, John Hotchner gives you a shot at donning the judge’s robes as a representative of the judicial branch.


Philippines stamps overprinted ‘Guam Guard Mail’ worth pursuing

March 25, 2017 07:00 PM

On April 8, 1930, the military governor of Guam initiated local mail delivery with stamps of the Philippines overprinted “Guam Guard Mail.”


When postage due stamps mean postage due hasn’t been collected

March 25, 2017 08:00 AM

Tony Wawrukiewicz is studying how United States postage due stamps have been used since they were introduced in 1879.


Did this ‘Bottle Mail’ cover have a close encounter with Hurricane Carol?

March 24, 2017 07:00 PM

The progression of events recorded on the “Bottle Mail” cover is not entirely clear, but the hurricane to which it refers was frighteningly real.


Sextet of stamps serves up ‘delicioso’ foods from Caribbean, south of the border

March 24, 2017 05:00 PM

The Delicioso set of six nondenominated (49¢) forever stamps shows illustrations depicting tamales, flan, sancoho, empanadas, chile relleno, and ceviche.


Two new U.S. stamps in the works

March 24, 2017 02:20 PM

The United States Postal Service will issue its new global forever stamp and a 3¢ Strawberries coil stamp during the opening days of two stamp shows.


More U.S. counterfeits surface, some peculiar ‘coin stamps’: Week’s Most Read

March 24, 2017 11:45 AM

Also this week, we have an exploration of silver stamps from the Netherlands, and U.S. Stamp Notes columnist John Hotchner learns about "coin stamps," a type of cinderella issue.


Born March 24: Edward Weston

March 24, 2017 03:30 AM

Edward Weston gained prominence as a photographer during the first half of the 20th century. He was honored on a 37¢ stamp issued in 2002.


Unassuming 1¢ 1861 Benjamin Franklin cover carries hidden demonetized treasure

March 23, 2017 07:00 PM

How many stamps are on this 1862 cover? The answer might surprise you, as Wayne Youngblood explains in this month's The Odd Lot column.


Computer-vended postage stamp inverts fun to collect

March 22, 2017 05:00 PM

What happens when the paper is loaded into the machine the wrong way? You end up with some nifty computer-vended stamp inverts.


Siegel to sell APRL Jenny Invert stamp recovered in 2016

March 21, 2017 02:30 PM

One of two 24¢ Jenny Invert error stamps owned by the American Philatelic Research Library will be auctioned by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries.


When a cancel becomes a crime against stamp collecting

March 20, 2017 07:00 PM

The USPS has done some work to educate its staff that collectors are important to the organization as a source of revenue — but obviously not enough.


What the USPS is citing as the culprit for poor Classics Forever centering

March 20, 2017 05:00 PM

During the months after their June 2016 issue, Linn’s began taking notice of the centering of the Classics Forever stamps.


Born March 20: Charles W. Eliot

March 20, 2017 03:30 AM

As president of Harvard University for 40 years, Charles W. Eliot advanced higher education at the dawn of the 20th century.


When the Post Office got into the banking business, these elusive stamps were in use

March 19, 2017 07:00 PM

In a 2015 column, we tipped the 1¢ dark violet Official mail postal savings stamp. It’s time to tip that stamp again.


Two prominent collectors, recently deceased, had strong connections to Linn’s and Scott

March 19, 2017 05:00 PM

The stamp hobby lost two important collectors in recent weeks: postal stationery researcher and collector Charles A. Fricke, and former United States Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin Bailar.


Born March 19: William Jennings Bryan

March 19, 2017 03:30 AM

William Jennings Bryan was the Democratic nominee for president in three elections. He later served as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson.


What exactly was the intended use of ‘coin stamps’?

March 18, 2017 07:00 AM

How many different versions are there of these cinderella stamps? What was their purpose? Now we know.


Stream of recent U.S. counterfeit stamps continues with Diwali discovery

March 17, 2017 07:00 PM

Yet another new counterfeit United States stamp surfaced in early March, from the same source who alerted Linn’s about the counterfeit 2015 Love stamps.


Meet Robert Panara, the latest subject of a Distinguished Americans stamp

March 17, 2017 01:00 PM

Though known and honored as a teacher, Robert Panara was a scholar of deaf culture, an interpreter of the arts, and a poet.


Born March 17: Nat King Cole

March 17, 2017 03:30 AM

Often bridging the gap between jazz and popular song, Nat King Cole developed a musical following with his velvety vocals and piano accompaniment.


How many first-day cancels for new stamps are possible?

March 14, 2017 05:00 PM

Do all U.S. new issues get three different first-day cancels: a digital color postmark, a black hand cancel and a bull’s-eye? No, but some issues get four or five.


Issue dates for upcoming U.S. stamps revealed

March 13, 2017 02:45 PM

Issue dates for upcoming United States stamps were revealed March 13 by the U.S. Postal Service, along with locations where ceremonies are planned.


Sorting out the markets for 3¢ 1851 George Washington stamps

March 12, 2017 07:00 PM

Several years ago, the Scott editors broke the 1851 issue down into type I and type II. One is much scarcer than the other.


And the winner of the 2017 APS single-frame Champion of Champions is ...

March 12, 2017 05:00 PM

The winner was chosen from among 21 exhibits that received single-frame grand awards from APS national shows over the past year.


Subject of winning Hamilton stamp captions no shocker

March 12, 2017 09:00 AM

Tickets to the extremely popular Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’ have gone through the roof. Of course it was a popular stamp cartoon caption contest theme.


Market hot for old JFK stamp, USPS introduces ‘Informed Delivery’: Week’s Most Read

March 10, 2017 09:45 PM

Also this week, a new Swiss rarity solved a philatelic mystery, and we looked at a rare 1927 Libya express mail stamp, one of only two known, set to be auctioned.


The new Mississippi Statehood forever stamp, explained

March 10, 2017 07:00 PM

“Mississippi is the birthplace of many legendary blues artists who created a uniquely American genre of music,” the USPS says. The design reflects that.


Collecting plate proofs on a budget is not as tough as you might think

March 09, 2017 07:00 PM

A plate proof is a trial impression from a printing plate before actual stamp production. They help find defects or compare the use of different inks.


Charles A. Fricke, 1921-2017

March 09, 2017 01:00 PM

Mr. Fricke was a prominent philatelic writer who broke new ground with original research involving plating of the first issue United States postal card.


The stamp hobby legend found on a ‘Hindenburg’ cinderella cover

March 08, 2017 09:00 PM

Whether unique or one of a thousand, the cover now has an honored place in John Hotchner's collection.


U.S. stamp honoring civil rights activist among those with new Scott numbers

March 06, 2017 07:30 PM

This latest crop features new catalog numbers for a slew of recent U.S. stamps, including the $23.75 Gateway Arch stamp, and the Dorothy Height stamp from the U.S. Black Heritage commemorative series.


The possible problems lurking in your stamp collection

March 04, 2017 08:00 AM

It is not only current purchases of classic material that need to be expertized, but also stamps and covers purchased much earlier.


Why you might want to sell your JFK and Eternal Flame stamps

March 02, 2017 07:00 PM

If you hold mint panes of 50 of the 5¢ John F. Kennedy and Eternal Flame stamp in your collection or stock, now is a good time to sell them.
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