Mystic’s 2014 Supplements are Here

Great news – Mystic’s specially-designed 2014 album supplements are here!  And based on feedback from our family of collectors, we made one small – but important – change.  An American Heirloom supplement is now available for perforate stamps (GS763) and another for imperforate U.S. stamps (GS764).

GS763 for 2014 perforate issues

GS763 for 2014
perforate issues

GS764 for 2014 Imperforate Issues

GS764 for 2014
Imperforate Issues

Just click on these links for more information…

2014 American Heirloom Perforate supplement (GS763)
2014 American Heirloom Imperforate supplement (GS764)
2014 US Liberty supplement (GS131G)
2014 Mystic’s US Definitive supplement (GS140CC)
2014 Mystic’s United Nations supplement (GS200DD)
2014 Mystic’s Heritage supplement (GS636)

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Explore stamp-related videos

Did you know there are hundreds of stamp collecting videos online, including the National Postal Museum’s Maynard Sundman Lectures?  They’re entertaining – and a great way to discover more about the World’s Greatest Hobby!

This Linn’s article has the details on these and many more, along with tips on how to search for additional videos.  

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How to collect seldom-seen formats

Collecting stamp position blocks and pairs is fun and rewarding. The legendary “Farley’s Follies” are a good example.  They offer you the opportunity to own scarce stamps with a neat stamp story!

Each of the formats shown here can be difficult to find – “Farley’s Follies” were issued in large sheets that are way too big to fit in stamp albums. So smart collectors snapped up blocks and pairs in a variety of formats instead. They not only fit, but these key formats are an easy way to understand the stamp printing process.  Here are some of the formats: Continue reading

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CBS Sunday Morning Airs Stamp Collecting Segment

Exciting news – for the first time in its 36-year history, CBS Sunday Morning will air a segment on stamp collecting! The show is scheduled to run on Sunday, January 18th, at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. As a collector, you may want to watch.

Correspondent Rita Braver interviewed several leading members of our hobby, including Ken Martin of the APS, organizers of World Stamp Show-NY 2016, Bill Gross and outgoing Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. In addition to visiting the National Postal Museum’s William H. Gross Gallery, Braver and her film crew also attended a Collector’s Club Youth Stamp Club meeting. According to reports, vintage background footage showing stamps will be part of the segment, too.

It will be fun to see collecting in the news. All of us feel a personal connection to the story. As you recall, Mystic owned the 1¢ Z Grill and traded it with Bill Gross for the Jenny Invert Plate Number Block.

Don Sundman (left) exchanging the 1¢ Z Grill for the Jenny Invert Plate Number Block.  Bill Gross was represented by Charles Shreve (right).

Don Sundman (left) exchanging the 1¢ Z Grill for the Jenny Invert Plate Number Block. Bill Gross was represented by Charles Shreve (right).

 

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Philatelic Glossary

ADHESIVE: A postage stamp intended for affixing on letters and other mail.

AEROPHILATELY: The collecting, preservation, and study of airmail stamps. Catalog Designation: “C”

AIRMAILS: Stamps issued specifically for use on airmail letters.

AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY: Printed U.S. stamps from 1879 until 1894 as well as the Overrun Countries and other issues. Continue reading

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1869 Pictorial Issues

The 1869 Pictorials were historic.  They were the first U.S. stamps to feature something other than the bust or head of a famous American leader.  They were also the first bi-color stamps.

As precursors of today’s commemorative stamps, the Pictorials were revolutionary for their time.  Never before had stamps featured paintings, horses and locomotives.  Never before had stamps attempted such artistic creativity… yet Americans rejected them as frivolous and inappropriate!  Today, the Pictorials are among the most desirable of all U.S. issues. Continue reading

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