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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
November 11-12, 2000.

Fabulous Finds

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.
Every collector, of stamps or anything else, dreams of it: 
Paying practically nothing for something that's worth a lot 
of money.

While that bolt of lightning doesn't strike often, it IS 
possible to buy something cheap that's worth significantly 
more than you paid for it.

For example, at a major stamp show recently, the postal 
clerks were selling -- at face value -- double-transfer 
errors of an eight-dollar souvenir sheet.   Value: About 
125 dollars. They also had scarce tagging varieties.

Me, I wouldn't know a double-transfer from a bus transfer. 
The key here is knowledge -- and paying attention.

One frequent production mistake is that the perforations, 
the little holes that help you separate the stamps, aren't 
there. Or perhaps there's a color missing. 

So it pays to carefully examine the stamps you buy at the 
post office. If something doesn't look quite right, look it 
up, then check it with an experienced collector or dealer.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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