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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

The Story Behind "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

In America, baseball is called the national pastime. Organized baseball was well into its glory years before other sports such as football, basketball, hockey and soccer were drawing much of an audience. Baseball has infected the American culture with its heroes, its jargon, and its cult of personality. Show More Summary

Stamp Issuer - Armenia

Armenia Overprint One overprint used on early stamps Armenia is a small, mountainous, landlocked country bordered by Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. It is the smallest of the republics that gained independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union, of which it was a member.The country is called Hayastan in the native language. Show More Summary

The Bank That Was Sent Through the Post Office

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. "The Parcel Post Bank" Vernal, Utah The U.S. Post Office allows its customers to mail many things besides the familiar letter. Show More Summary

Orange World Series Winners

For me, the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox will always be sort of a fluke. I'll never forget following a team that went from worst in 2012, to first in 2013, to worst again in 2014. Recently I've been trying to pick up more Red Sox cards from years when they won it all. Show More Summary

2015 Native American Dollar Rolls, Bags and Boxes

The 2015 Native American $1 Coin commemorates the contributions of the Kahnawake Mohawk and Mohawk Akwesasne communities to “high iron” construction work and the building of New York City skyscrapers. The reverse (tails) design depicts a Mohawk ironworker reaching for an I-beam that is swinging into position, rivets on the left and right side of […]

How old is "Ancient"?

The classification of cultures generally tracks along two interrelated lines: chronological and geographical. For centuries, coin collectors struggled with the lack of a coherent system for cataloguing the vast array of issues from antiquity through the modern era. Show More Summary

Spring Cleaning Sign-Ups

Only true Ballers need apply. I am divvying up my extra unwanted cards from sets that I collect into piles of teams. I teased this awhile back, but all you need to do is sign up for a team and find a minimum of one card from one of my many want lists (player collections, team collections, or sets) to get a pile of cards from your favorite team. Show More Summary

Red Sox Collection - Another T206 Bites the Dust!

I was recently fortunate enough to land my fourth T206 Red Sox card! Now joining Red Kleinow, Tubby Spencer and Jake Stahl in my collection is none other than Harry Lord: Man I love these tobacco cards! This one's a little miscut, which you can see if you look along the top border of the card. Show More Summary

2014 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set

The 2014 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set contains eight coins in stunning proof quality. The coins included in this set are one American Eagle One-Ounce Silver Proof Coin; five quarters from the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honoring Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Arches National […]

More Red Sox from The North!

2015 has been an incredible year for me so far when it comes to trades. I'm absolutely obliterating my previous record for trades completed in a year. We're only in April and I've already completed close to 30 trades! One of the absolute highlights so far was the jaw-dropping package I received a while ago from David in Alaska. Show More Summary

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