Jay Bigalke is leaving the editorship of American Philatelist to become editor-in-chief of Linn's Stamp News The story is here.
Youngblood Adds Two Top Magazines
The popular writer and editor is the new editor of American Stamp Dealer & Collector and Collectors Club Philatelist, in addition to Topical Time. Read more here.
Want To Cancel The Eclipse?
Many collectors will try to visit post offices along the path of the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st to obtain postmarks. Some of those offices are even offering special postmarks for the event. In fact, the U.S. Postal Service has even prepared a special interactive map showing the post offices that lie along the path, plus other tips, both philatelic and practical. Click here to access the Postal Eclipse map.
AFDCS Names Top Cachets of 2016
The top first day cover designs included Pumpkins, Planets, Pickups, Pooches, Presidents and Parks. See the winners, and the top-prize winner, here.
We believe all the subjects have now been announced, and we’ve collected what is known, in our 2017 U.S. Stamp Program grid. Included are John F. Kennedy, Total Solar Eclipse, Father Ted Hesburgh, WPA Posters, Sharks, Seashells, Flowers (of course), and the new African American Museum in Washington
Our 2017 U.S. stamp program grid is here.
Last Updated: August 7: Catalogue numbers for Sports Balls, Eclipse.
Two Hesburgh Formats
Surprise! There will be TWO versions of the Fr. Theodore Hesburgh stamp on September 1st, sheet and coil. USPS Stamp Services was surprised, too. Details at The Virtual Stamp Club
Date Set for New Smithsonian Museum’s Stamp
The USPS has confirmed the issue date for the African-American Museum stamp, which has a much longer title: September 24th. Details (including the long-winded title) here.
AFDCS Declares Its Independence (Again)
For the third time, the first day cover collectors will hold their show and convention in the Cleveland suburb. Details here.
Hotchner: More Stamps???
Non-collecting spouses and partners often just don’t understand our acquisitiveness, our need to add more to our collections. Some thoughts from veteran columnist John Hotchner.
Israel Honors Shimon Peres
The stamp for the former president, prime minister, and Nobel Peace Prize winner will be issued in September. Details here.
Dutch Soccer Champs Win A Silver
A silver postage stamp, that is from PostNL. More on the stamp here.
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"Stamp collecting's just as vibrant today as it was 50 years ago."
— Scott English, executive director, APRL.
Last Updated August 18, 2017