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Looking back at 2017.

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

This past year, the U-S released a joint-issue with Canada, the History of Hockey, but
didn't have any stamps for its Legends of Hollywood or Music Icons series. I'm told those
series aren't dead; in fact there's a John Lennon stamp in the music series in 2018. The
agency also started a new charity stamp program.

Canada delayed release of its first-ever Hanukkah stamp because of a design problem — not
in the stamp, but in the packaging.

And speaking of mistakes, two long-lost copies of the Jenny Invert error — the 1918 stamp
with the upside-down airplane — were sold for nearly 300-thousand dollars each.

Jay Bigalke jumped from editor of the biggest stamp collecting magazine in the U-S to
editor of the biggest stamp collecting NEWSPAPER. He's 33.

The president of the top stamp collecting organization in the U-S, Mick Zais, was nominated
to be Deputy Secretary of Education in the Trump administration. If confirmed —and it
appears likely — he'll have to step down from as head of the American Philatelic Society.

And the Smithsonian National Postal Museum named a new executive director, Elliot Gruber.
He's only its third in 24 years.

I’m Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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