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June 2-3, 2001:

It really IS a big deal.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

One of those Today In History features notes that Monday is 
the ninth anniversary of the day the Young Elvis stamp design 
beat the Older Elvis painting. Not even stamp collectors pay 
THAT much attention to the stamp!

I also received an announcement from a pet population 
control group crowing that it's been told it's getting a stamp 
next year, encouraging us to spay and neuter our pets.

Go to the official West Point bicentennial Web site, and 
you'll be told there's a stamp coming out next year for 
THAT, too.

These groups are PROUD that their issue merits a stamp, while 
others push for their own issues with Web sites and 
letter-writing campaigns. Recent hopefuls include poets, 
patriots, movie stars and diseases. The Postal Service 
receives thousands of requests a year. Maybe a dozen or so 
are granted.

Forget about e-mail, electronic bill-paying, or whether 
anybody actually USES anything but flag stamps: It's still an 
honor to be on a U-S stamp. 

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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