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Buying Classic U.S. Stamps Online Perils
If you buy a lot of stamps at online auctions, you may be shocked at how many of them are misrepresented and/or misdescribed, especially U.S. material. Almost all of the early high-value U.S. stamps described as being in mint or never-hinged condition that do not have certificates are either obvious
Stamp Collecting With The USPS
Even before many philatelists thought up the hobby of stamp collecting, it is rather obvious that the act of exchanging letters through a centralized system that would recognize stamps as payment to cover carriage costs would have to be put in place. The American Philatelic Society (APS), which is t
USPS Stamp Secrecy
For the revenue starved and hungry United States Postal System, imperforate uncut press sheets seemed like the perfect product. As they can be produced with virtually no added costs, press sheets of imperforate self-adhesive stamps were hot sellers from the moment the first sheets went on sale in Ju
Stamp Search Engines
When you use Google , Bing, or a similar search engine to look up information about stamps, you will be certain to get information that has nothing to do with stamps. One easy way to avoid these unwanted search results is to use sites that limit their searches to stamps. Stampsearch.info, www.stamps
United Nations Issues LGBT Stamps
Six new stamps from the United Nations Postal Administration promote public education campaign to raise awareness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. The name of the campaign is "Free & Equal" which is inscribed on each of the six UNPA stamps issued on Feb. 5.
Australia 2016 Emergency Stamps
Domestic rates for postage increased heavily in Australia Jan. 4. This created a stamp shortage, and one Australian state printed its own stamps. The market price of this "emergency" issue is going through the roof in Australia, because only about 150 mint sets are estimated to exist in collector's
Year Of The Monkey Issue
The United States Postal Service welcomes in the Year of the Monkey with a new nondenominated (49¢) forever stamp that features red-orange peonies from artist Kam Mak, and a small cut-paper image of a monkey based on a previously used design by artist Clarence Lee.
Stamp Printing Waste
There has been much suspicion ever since color-emitted errors were found on the 15¢ Santa Claus, Christmas Tree Ornament stamp of 1979 that some of these errors came from printer's waste. Printer's waste is incomplete or misprinted, misperforated, and misgummed product that was somehow improperly ta
Philatelic Book Of Secrets
With the publication of Vol. 2 of the Philatelic Book of Secrets stamp collectors can become more knowledgeable about stamp expertizing. This book is a special edition of Stamp Market Quarterly, the expertizing firm's official publication.
Romanian Nostradamus Stamps
Nostradamus is a name that most people know, even if they don't know much about the man behind the name. Nostradamus was born Michel de Nostredame in December 1503 in Saint-Remy-Provence, France. Leaving the University of Avignon after an outbreak of the plague, he became a traveling apothecary, exp
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