Mystic Founder Mentored by Stamp Giant H.E. Harris

Those who have been collecting stamps for a number of years will remember the name H.E. Harris. He was a giant in the stamp-collecting world, and his innovative idea of selling stamps on approval led to significant growth in the hobby. H.E. Harris Stamp Company, the business he began as a 14 year old, grew to be “The World’s Largest Stamp Firm.” In addition to being a very successful businessman, Harris was also a mentor to young entrepreneurs with their own small stamp companies. One of the men he invested his time and talent in was Mystic Stamp Company founder, Lawrence Shaver.

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Shirley Chisholm’s Legacy

Produced by the USPS, this video traces the life and times of Shirley Chisholm.  The Congresswoman was honored in 2014 in the popular Black Heritage stamp series.

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How Postage Stamps Helped Destroy Hitler

In the early months of 1945, the world had been at war for over three years. Germany appeared to be nearing defeat, but American casualties were mounting as its resources dwindled. An idea was hatched – a brilliant plan to bring down the Nazi government. The weapon chosen to defeat Hitler – postage stamps!

The Challenge

The Office of Strategic Services – an intelligence agency and forerunner of today’s CIA – was formed during World War II. Throughout the war, one of its most effective tools was propaganda aimed at demoralizing the German people, which OSS officials hoped would spark a revolt against the Nazis.

However, getting the propaganda into the hands of every day Germans was challenging. The OSS had dropped leaflets from the air, but wind, rain and other factors often destroyed the materials before they reached the intended audience. Continue reading

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Martín Ramírez First Day of Issue Ceremony

The Fleetwood First Day Covers were hand-stamped with a pictorial cancel at the First Day of Issue ceremony.  Each guest who attended received a program in a commemorative First Day Cover.

The Fleetwood First Day Covers were hand-stamped with a pictorial cancel at the First Day of Issue ceremony. Each guest who attended received a program in a commemorative First Day Cover.

On March 26, 2015, New York City’s Ricco/Maresca Gallery hosted the First Day of Issue dedication ceremony for five stamps.  The ceremony corresponded with the opening of a new exhibit of the artist’s work, titled Martín Ramírez: Forever. Continue reading

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Did You Know Mystic Offers Flat-Rate Shipping and Guaranteed Delivery?

Getting your stamps and supplies is easy and affordable with Mystic’s convenient flat-rate shipping. No matter how many stamps, coins, covers, mounts, and supplements you buy, and whatever their value, you pay just $2.95 for shipping and guaranteed delivery. Plus, Mystic ships most items by First Class or Priority Mail within two days of receiving your order. So you can expect your order one to four days after it ships. It’s fast, convenient, and affordable!

Mystic also offers low flat-rate shipping on larger items. All books, binders, and Scott Catalogues ship for just $8.50, while albums and other items ship for $11.75. Note that these heavier items may take an additional two days to arrive.

And as always, every order you place with Mystic is backed by our 90-day money-back guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied with any stamp or collecting supply, return it to us within 90 days for a credit voucher or refund, whichever you prefer.

Ordering from Outside the U.S.?  No Problem!

You can enjoy the benefits of being part of the Mystic family from anywhere in the world.  You’ll pay just $12.45 for shipping and guaranteed delivery on your order of stamps, coins, covers, mounts, and supplements, regardless of how many you buy or their value.

Shipping rates for albums, supplements, binders, and books vary, based on actual air shipping charges.  Please note, we can only accept credit card payments for international orders.  Happy collecting!

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Have you noticed? Music Icons sheets resemble 45rpm record sleeves!

We’re all familiar with the popular Music Icons Series.  But have you noticed the stamp sheets are designed to look like 45rpm record sleeves?  It’s a neat detail that’s easily overlooked – check them out in the gallery below!

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