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Another PWE from the Clubhouse!

Taking a quick break from the card show posts today while I do some more scanning, so why not get a little caught up on trade packages. Early last week (or maybe it was the week before already?) I arrived home from work to find yet another...Show More Summary

Mailing coins to and from Europe

The United States Customs Service sometimes seizes ancient coins sent through the mail. My friend the Cultural Property Observer has been blogging about the legal issues around Customs seizures. I became curious about the statistical...Show More Summary

Now THAT was a Card Show - Part 2 - Meeting Mark Hoyle!

As impressive as this past weekend's card show was, the highlight for me was getting to meet the man who has probably shipped more vintage cards to bloggers than anyone else out there, Mr. Mark Hoyle. Getting to meet a fellow collector that I've traded through the mail with in person is an experience I don't get too often. Show More Summary

Featured autographs - Greg Holland and Salvador Perez

I pulled a 2014 Topps Chrome Greg Holland from this break and I mused how it might be a project to get the card signed by both players pictured - while I'm bummed the Angels were swept over the weekend by the visiting Kansas City Royals, I did get Holland's autograph for the first time and also added a scribble of the other player.

2015 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

WEST POINT •W• n the 2015 American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coin, the artisans of the United States Mint have captured the grace and elegance of Adolph A. Weinman’s celebrated Walking Liberty design. It features an ever-hopeful Lady Liberty striding confidently toward the sunrise, draped in the strength of the Stars and Stripes, and carrying branches […]

Now THAT was a Card Show - Part 1 - Dime Box & Red Sox

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to make it to the first truly large card show I've been able to attend since getting back into the hobby in 2007. It was a weekend affair, held at the Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. Just over...Show More Summary

Where I was...

NOTE: I posted this on the fifth anniversary of 9/11. I will continue to post this each September 11th. Here's a story that, outside of immediate friends and family, I've never shared with anyone before. Indulge me for a moment, as it is, somewhat, card related.After weeks and weeks of endless "phone tag," a date and time had been set. Show More Summary

Photo Certification from NGC Ancients

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has been offering Third Party Grading of ancient coins for six years. Usually the company slabs the coins. I recently acquired two NGC-graded ancients that couldn't be slabbed. They came with laminated Photo Certificates. Show More Summary

From the Archives: The Incredible Postal Workers Aboard RMS Titanic

Early Sunday morning, May 31, 2009, Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic died in her sleep in Southampton, England. Only 2 months old when the "unsinkable" ship sank, Ms. Dean had no memory of that night, and only found out about her rescue from the ship when she was told so by her mother when she was 8 years old. Show More Summary

News and Views

Here's a recap of some interesting philately news:The U.S. Postal Service went from a $1.4 billion (US$) surplus to a $2.8 billion deficit in about 3 years according to this Yahoo article. Even with postage rates increasing this May,...Show More Summary

News and Views

Here's a recap of some interesting philately news:Curious to know why there are so many Chinese stamp collectors? Slate Explainer answers why philately is such a hot hobby in China. Part of the answer lies in the fact that the Chinese government promotes the hobby as a way of spawning national interest. Show More Summary

Important Administrative Message

On January 12, 2009, I, along with 90+% of my co-workers, was laid off with no formal notice from Goody's Family Clothing, a large Southeastern retailer in the midst of complete liquidation. I was let go without any severance pay, accrued vacation/personal time pay, nor benefits. Show More Summary

What Do I Do With An Inherited Stamp Collection?

Last week, I received the following e-mail, which I will paraphrase:My Mom inherited thousands of stamps about a year ago. We spent months looking them up in the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog. After a couple of months of research, we came to the conclusion that in this very, very, old collection of stamps are some very rare stamps. Show More Summary

Stamp Issuer Datasheet - New South Wales (Australian State)

This chart represents a detailed analysis of stamps issued by New South Wales (Australian State), as supported by the 2009 issue of Scott's Standard Postage Stamp Catalog..nobrtable br { display: none } New South Wales (Australian State)...Show More Summary

Stamp Issuer - New South Wales (Australian States)

New South Wales, 1882 (Scott #65) Image courtesy Jay Smith & Assoc. New South Wales is the most populated state on the Australian continent. It is one of the six colonies that united to form the federation of Australia on January 1,Show More Summary

U.S. Postal Service Issues 14-Striped Flag Stamp

United States, 2008 Flags 24/7 On April 18, 2008, the United States Postal Service issued a new set of definitive stamps featuring beautiful paintings of an American Flag flying in the breeze. The images, captured at different times of the day show the flag flying at sunrise, at midday, at sunset, and at night. Show More Summary

Stamp Issuer - Ascension Island

Ascension, 1922 (Scott #3) Image courtesy Jay Smith & Assoc. Ascension Island is a small island located in the Atlantic Ocean, just seven degrees south of the Equator. Its approximate location is near the intersection of a line drawn due south of the westernmost part of Africa and a line drawn due east of the easternmost point of South America. Show More Summary

Stamp Issuer - Aruba

Aruba, 1986 (Scott #1) Traditional House The country of Aruba is a small, beautiful island located in the southern Caribbean, just a few miles north of Venezuela. Being outside of the usual ocean and wind currents that prevail in the...Show More Summary

10 Facts You Didn't Know About Houdini

It's Fun Friday -- time for some fun for the weekend. Enjoy today's post and I'll see you back here on Monday with more philatelic news and notes. United States, 2002 (Scott #3651) It is the epitome of fame when one can be identified solely by one name. Show More Summary

Why Do We Collect Stamps?

A recent spate of articles on the internet have promoted several themes as to why humans collect things. Written by psychologists sociologists, these articles attempt to explain some of the complex interactions that take place inside the human mind. Show More Summary

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