• 31
    Aug

Rinker on Collectibles: A Look at the Future of Stamp Collecting

The American Philatelic Society held its 129th Convention and Exhibition in Grand Rapids, Mich., last month from Aug. 20-23, 2015. Since I live in Kentwood—adjacent to Grand Rapids—and as a member of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) and the press, I was invited to attend several of the events associated with the convention. Having […]

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  • 20
    Jun

Most Expensive Thing in the World is a One-Cent Stamp; Is this a Good Thing?

The new Most Expensive Thing in the World is a stamp; the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta postage stamp, to be exact. The calculations going into the designation seem to make sense. The little red scrap of paper, measuring just one inch by 1 1/2 inches, sold on Tuesday night for $7.9 million. Add in […]

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  • 17
    Jun

World’s Most Valuable Stamp Sets Fourth World Record at $9.5 Million

A humble, dirty and heavily postmarked 1-cent stamp from 19th-century British Guyana has become the world’s most valuable stamp—for the fourth time—realizing nearly 1 billion times its face value. The 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta sold for $9.48 million on Tuesday evening at Sotheby’s in New York. It entered the auction with an estimated sales […]

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  • 26
    May

Vintage Circus Poster Stamps Unveiled at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Fla.

In true circus style, clowns, a ringmaster and music from a 120-year-old Bell Wagon—all provided by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey—accompanied the unveiling of a series of commemorative United States forever postage stamps earlier this month on the grounds of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla. This is the […]

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  • 3
    May

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Whitney Reed Rocking Horse, Hindenburg Ephemera

QUESTION: Several years ago I purchased a Whitney Reed, glider base, rocking horse for $600. The horse is 33-inches long and 31-inches to the top of its ear. It is missing its mane but has its tail. In researching Whitney Reed rocking horses on the Internet, most of the examples I found are larger than […]

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  • 12
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: Commemorative Stamp Ceremony Reminds Me ‘I Was There’

The Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC), comprised of up to 15 individuals, recommends to the Postmaster General postage stamp subjects that are contemporary, timely, and relevant while at the same time representative of the cultural diversity that is the United States. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe appointed me to a three-year CSAC term beginning Jan. […]

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  • 12
    Feb

Auction House, Damaged by Sandy, Returns with Toy, Book, Memorabilia Sales

LYNBROOK, N.Y.— Three auctions have been scheduled for February and March featuring historical memorabilia, rare books, stamps, and coins hosted by Phillip Weiss Auctions. The sales represent the return to live sales for the firm, which was displaced when its Oceanside, N.Y., building was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy and the company was forced to vacate […]

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  • 6
    Feb

The Collector’s Minute: Chinese Military Stamps

Every now and again I’ll run across an item that does not excite me at first glance. Generally it’s an item belonging to a friend or neighbor at a party around this time of year who insists I look at it. Much like doctors, dentists and psychiatrists, it’s an occupational hazard I run into at […]

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  • 8
    Aug

The Story of the ‘Inverted Jenny’ 24¢ Air Mail Error Stamp

During the first decade of the 20th century, the United State Postal Service conducted numerous experimental trials on ways to effectively carry the mail, including by airplane. The first official USPS Air Mail flight took off on May 15, 1918, on a route between Washington, DC, and New York City, with an intermediate stop in […]

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  • 18
    Jul

Stamps in the Attic: Searching out those Hidden Gems

I first became interested in stamps at the age of 9. Like many, I had a childhood stamp collection and as I grew older, my enthusiasm for stamps has never waned and I have been collecting ever since. But what about those stamp collections, started by your grandfather or uncle, that has been sitting in […]

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