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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations November 19-20, 2005:

Correcting An Error

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

Imagine winning a lottery, and then the commission decides to print a whole bunch of 
winning tickets, making yours worthless.

That's sort of what happened to collector Leonard Sherman forty-three years ago. He 
bought a sheet of the U-S Dag Hammarskjold stamp, and realized the background was 
upside-down. But before he could capitalize on his find, the Post Office printed 
millions more with the mistake on purpose. So Sherman gave his sheet to the American 
Philatelic Society...which now may sell some of the stamps.

"The stamps themselves, I think, will mean much more if a quantity of them is available 
to collectors."
RUNS :07

A-P-S executive director Bob Lamb says any stamps sold would be accompanied by a 
certificate of authenticity. Scott catalogue editor Jim Kloetzel thinks they'll fetch a 
pretty penny.

"My conservative guess would be a minimum of ten thousand apiece"
RUNS :04

By the's now against the law for the post office to purposely devalue someone's 
discovery of an error like that.

And that's Stamp Collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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