The Queen’s Own

 

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Get an insider’s look at Queen Elizabeth’s amazing stamp collection with this exclusive video.

In celebration of “The Queen’s Own” exhibit at the National Postal Museum, the 2004 annual Sundman Lecture featured Michael Sefi, Keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection.  Sefi was recently appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order for his service to the Queen.

In this video, Sefi discusses the Royal Philatelic Collection, highlights his experiences working with this world-renowned collection and reviews some of his favorite objects.

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The Art of the Stamp

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Kick back and enjoy the 2012 Sundman Lecture, The Art of the Stamp.  This video focuses on the art, process, and philosophy of contemporary stamp design.  It features speakers from the stamp designing and collecting community, including author and Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee member Janet Klug, US Postal Service art director Antonio Alcala, stamp artist and professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology Kam Mak, artist/illustrator Howard Koslow, and photographer Sally Andersen-Bruce.

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A History of Great Britain in 36 Postage Stamps

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Now you can watch as the author of “A History of Britain in Thirty-six Postage Stamps” explores his country’s history through its most fascinating, beautiful, and eccentric postage stamps.  From Queen Victoria’s Penny Black to the struggles of post-World War II reconstruction, West shows that stamps mirror the events, attitudes, and styles of their time.

West delivered his presentation at the 2013 Maynard Sundman lecture at the National Postal Museum.  To watch the video, click here.

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U.S. Stamp Collecting Starter Kit

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Get everything you need to start collecting in one easy step.  It’s convenient and affordable – for just $14.95 you’ll receive our exclusive album plus 100 free stamps, hinges and a guide to stamp collecting.   You save $22 off our regular price, making this a terrific value.

This is also a neat way to introduce stamp collecting to your friends and family – makes a great gift!

Here’s Don discussing our exclusive Historic Postage Stamps of the United States album.

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Our Premium Hingeless American Heirloom Album

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Finally – a hingeless stamp album that’s beautifully designed and affordable!  The experts at Mystic spent years developing the Hingeless American Heirloom.  It has all the great features that made our traditional American Heirloom a best-seller, plus the convenience of pre-affixed stamp mounts.  Learn more in this video starring Mystic President Don Sundman.

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The Z Grill – U.S. #85A

The 1868 1¢ Z Grill

Did you know the 1868 1¢ Z Grill (Scott 85A) is America’s rarest stamp?  One of the legends of philately, this Z Grill was purchased by Mystic in October 1998 for $935,000 – setting a record price for a U.S. stamp.

Currently valued at $3 million, the stamp is the finest One-Cent Z Grill known and the only one available to collectors.  (Only one other exists and it’s permanently locked into the New York Public Library’s Miller Collection.)

The Z grill is one of several embossed grill patterns used to break the fibers of certain early U.S. stamps.  Ink was absorbed into the grill when the stamp was cancelled, making removal of the cancel and reuse of the stamp impossible.

The Z grill pattern is approximately 11 millimeters by 14 millimeters (13 to 14 x 18 grill points.)  This pattern is unique due to the horizontal orientation of the tiny grid projections.

Charles F. Steele introduced the practice of grilling stamps, which was used for only a few years during the late 1860s. The classification system for grills was developed in the early 1900s by William L. Stevenson and is still in use today.

For several years, Mystic featured the Z Grill in our advertising and as a sort of ambassador at stamp shows, displaying it for the benefit of collectors.  In 2005, Mystic traded its Z Grill for the unique 1918 Jenny Invert Plate-Number Block, which is America’s Greatest Stamp Rarity.  The one-for-one trade of two legendary U.S. stamp treasures with a combined value of $6 million generated international headlines and interest in our hobby.

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