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New Stamps from Austria

New Stamps from Austria

03-04-2020 News

The first issue for the new special stamp series “Austria, land of music” is dedicated to the double bass. It plays an important role in the orchestra and is a worthy introduction for this series. As the biggest and lowest-pitched instrument, the double bass is, to a certain extent, the...

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Show Cancellation Updates as of April 1 11:15 AM Eastern

Show Cancellation Updates as of April 1 11:15 AM Eastern

02-04-2020 News

The American Philatelic Society regrets to announce that the following APS chapter-affiliate shows and exhibitions will be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members and attendees should contact the show or club specifically regarding any questions or concerns they may have. Updated as of April 1, 2020, 11:15 AM Eastern. The following...

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U.S. Earth Day stamp will be issued April 18 without ceremony

U.S. Earth Day stamp will be issued April 18 without ceremony

27-03-2020 News

The United States Postal Service’s stamp celebration of Earth Day will be subdued, because the previously announced April 18 first-day ceremony has been canceled. The nondenominated (55¢) forever stamp will be issued to post offices as planned, but like many recent public gatherings around the world, the ceremony in Denver, Colo...

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CORONAVIRUS CLOSES MANY PHILATELIC EVENTS...

CORONAVIRUS CLOSES MANY PHILATELIC EVENTS...

26-03-2020 News

The unprecedented steps taken by governments across the world to combat the Coronavirus have had a huge impact on planned philatelic exhibitions and other events in 2020. This is because of the paramount importance of avoiding non-essential social contact that might spread the disease further.  Many FEPA Members have been affected...

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Serbian stamps return from the dead

Serbian stamps return from the dead

16-03-2020 News

In Stamps of Eastern Europe in the March 30 issue of Linn’s Stamp News, Rick Miller reviews the fractured, tumultuous philatelic history of Serbia, which issued its first postage stamp in 1866 and became a dead country in 1920.By Charles Snee The March 30 issue of Linn’s Stamp News just landed...

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20th Century U.S. Fancy Cancels – Some Philatelic Amusement

20th Century U.S. Fancy Cancels – Some Philatelic Amusement

15-03-2020 News

Bear, Arkansas. Henton, Illinois. Greenleaf, Oregon. Hammer, South Dakota. Money, Mississippi. Fishertown, Pennsylvania. Cracker, Kentucky. Granted, somewhat oddly named cities. But does the commonality go beyond that? These, and many more such cities across the U.S., are the focus of a rather amusing topical collecting theme related to early 20th century...

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Bulgaria 2020 Bulletin 1 is out!

Bulgaria 2020 Bulletin 1 is out!

14-03-2020 News

The organizing committee of the Bulgaria 2020 FIP Specialized World Stamp Championship Exhibition has published its Bulletin No 1. It contains the IREX of the exhibition. Here are some facts based on the IREX: The exhibition will be held at the Inter Expo Center, Sofia, Bulgaria Approximately 1 500 exhibition frames will...

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The Value of First Day Covers for Stamp Collectors

The Value of First Day Covers for Stamp Collectors

13-03-2020 News

Many stamp collectors spend a lot of time and money going to the post office and buying new stamps. This is common with first-day-of-issue stamps. They get them, put them on clean white blank envelopes, and send them away for a first-day-of-issue cancellation. These are called first-day covers (FDC) and...

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APS Experts certify rare, historic first day cover and related stamps

APS Experts certify rare, historic first day cover and related stamps

07-03-2020 News

An extremely rare and historic piece of postal history has been certified by the American Philatelic Expertizing Service (APEX). The service recently received a piece of parcel wrapping paper containing a US Scott No. Q5, the first 5¢ Parcel Post stamp. It appeared to be used on the first day of...

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Make the most of London 2020

Make the most of London 2020

02-03-2020 News

London 2020, the International Stamp Exhibition, will provide a wonderful opportunity to show others just how fascinating the hobby can be. Why not bring along youngsters to enjoy a day of fun. Stamp Active, the voluntary group that promotes stamp collecting to young people in Great Britain, will be at the...

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How to Sell Stamps on eBay

How to Sell Stamps on eBay

16-02-2020 News

Online auction services, especially eBay, have made it possible for any collector to become a stamp dealer. Get a catalog of your area, determine the catalog number, decide on a price of the item you're selling, list your item. Simple. In fact, you don't even need a catalog. Just search...

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Belgian Philately through history

Belgian Philately through history

14-02-2020 News

1815-50 By the Congress of Vienna, Holland and Belgium with Luxembourg were united under the King of the Netherlands. The King proclaimed that all territories under his government belonged to the kingdom of the Netherlands. Postal services were amalgamated under the Dutch Director-General and in the following 15 years most handstruck...

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Upside-Down Stamp: Love and Trouble

Upside-Down Stamp: Love and Trouble

11-02-2020 News

With little personal mail today, some of the classics of odd envelope messages may be lost on a generation that communicates via email. SWAK for example -- although fitting nicely into the texting template of acronyms -- still means Sealed With A Kiss and not So What Are Kids, or...

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To Use or Not to Use Stamp Albums

To Use or Not to Use Stamp Albums

31-01-2020 News

The blank spaces in an album have sunk many a collector as soon as their good ship of philately is launched. Luckily, the day of buying a huge album and attempting to fill it with thousands of stamps as the primary way to collect are over. You are not denigrated...

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Selling an Inherited Stamp Collection

Selling an Inherited Stamp Collection

27-01-2020 News

If you inherited a stamp collection, it can be an intimidating task to sell it. If you are not a serious collector yourself, you will be unfamiliar with this specialized world. You will have to make choices on how you go about getting it appraised and then selling it. Know Your...

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Love Is in the mail with USPS “Made of Hearts” forever stamp

Love Is in the mail with USPS “Made of Hearts” forever stamp

24-01-2020 News

Love is celebrated with Made of Hearts, the latest stamp in the U.S. Postal Service’s Love series, available now. This heart-filled design is just right for thank-you notes, get-well cards or any occasion when love is the perfect message. A dedication ceremony for the stamp was held today at St...

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Golfer Arnold Palmer to be honored with USPS Forever stamp

Golfer Arnold Palmer to be honored with USPS Forever stamp

21-01-2020 News

The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate a stamp honoring golfer Arnold Palmer (1929–2016), who rose from humble beginnings to become a champion. With drive and charisma, he helped transform a game once seen as a pastime for the elite into a sport enjoyed by the masses. During a nearly decade-long period...

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