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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
November 4-5, 2000:

The secret stamp catalogue.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.
The Postal Service's own Guide To U-S Stamps, for casual 
collectors, may be the BEST stamp catalogue on the market: 
It's the only one printed in color, and costs much less than 
the standard U-S catalogue.

Yet it's been hard to get a copy.

It was supposed to be available in practically every post 
office, <starting in early November>....yet it often 
wasn't there. And publicity? Forget about it.

That should change with the new 27th edition: It's now 
published for the Postal Service by Harper-Collins, a major 
book company, and it's going to be sold in regular 
bookstores as well as post offices.

Throughout the book, there are interesting stories about 
some of the stamps, as well as an index of U-S stamps by 
subject, lists of stamp organizations, publishers, and post 
offices with philatelic windows, and "how-to" articles. And, 
yes, stamp values are given.

The Postal Service Guide to U-S Stamps is twenty dollars, 
 and now, if your post office doesn't have it, go to a 

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News

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