Although America and Canada have shared several joint issues in the past, the 1606 Voyage of Samuel de Champlain souvenir sheet is unique in U.S. stamp history. In an unprecedented move, two 39 cent U.S. stamps and two 51 cent Canada stamps appear on the same souvenir sheet showcasing the explorer's remarkable legacy. click here
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
The American Film Making Set marks the third appearance of actor Boris Karloff on a U.S. stamp. His first time was in 1977 on the souvenir sheet of Classic Movie Monsters. On that sheet, Mr. Karloff appeared twice, once as Frankenstein and again as the Mummy.. On this sheet, Mr. Karloff is being made up for his role as Frankenstein. click here
Sunday, July 21, 2013
This sheet captures the unique character and beauty of 15 animals on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species list. The theme of this sheet is to "Protect and Collect". Each stamp design is based on photographs by James Balog, whose work can be found in National Geographic. This sheet is now offered on a 7 day auction on eBay starting at 99 cents. Site name 99centstampsandmore.click here
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Todays postage rate is 46 cents, yet the Post Office keeps printing high value stamps for heavy packages, priority mail, and express mail. I now have up for 7 day auction a selection of these higher value stamps that you may now obtain for your collection. Go to eBay and then go to the 99centstampsandmore. Below are samples of stamps for sale. Mostly mint never hinged. click here
Friday, July 19, 2013
This is for the full sheet collectors. Listed today on the eBay site of 99centstampsandmore, 40 different 32 cent sheets all in mint never hinged condition, are offered auction style, starting at 99 cents. These sheets were printed from the years 1995-1998. Here is the opportunity to fill in your missing sheets at a great price. Remember this is a 7 day auction beginning today 7-19-13, don't miss out on this great opportunity Shown below is a couple of sample of items on sale. Check the listings near the bottom of the page: click here
Friday, July 12, 2013
Post Office honoring past greats of baseball, such as Jackie Robinson, first black man to play in Major League baseball. Honus Wagner, early great who set many records of the time. And of course such sluggers as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig who between them made the New York Yankees the greatest team of all times. Great pitchers like Dizzy Dean and Cy Young are also featured on this souvenir sheet. Babe Ruth set the home run record in 1927 at 60 home runs. Since then, Roger Maris hit 61 home runs, with an asterisk after his name because the season was extended from 154 games, when Ruth played, to 162 games when Maris hit his 61 home runs. Since Maris, a lot more players during the steroid period in baseball, have hit more home runs, but baseball purists feel it was the steroids and not the players. In the early days of baseball Cy Young was considered the greatest pitcher of his era, that todays end of the year award to the best pitcher for the season is called, you guessed it, The Cy Young award. Another featured player Roberto Clemente who died at the height of his career in a plane crash during a humanitarian mission.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
If you look in the upper left corner of the stamp, you will see the instantly recognizable silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock. What makes this different and unique, is the silhouette is actually die cut into the stamp. This was the Post Office first attempt at a new design featuring die cut. You have to click on the stamp to get an enlarged picture to see the silhouette.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
For the last 100 years the comics have been a purely American art form. The Postal Service estimates 113 million people read the Sunday comics regularly. The post office has printed a souvenir sheet commemorating the first 50 years of the funnies. A little known fact: the term "yellow journalism" got it's name from the first American comic strip, The Yellow Kid. On the front of each stamp is a picture from a comic strip and the rear of the stamp has a history of that comic strip. This "Comic Strip Classics" souvenir sheet will become to all collectors a classic sheet to collect.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
This sheet is for Civil War buffs as well as for stamp collectors. The designs for the 20 stamps were painstakingly researched by leading authorities. Each stamp is historically accurate, right down to the bridles used on the horses. See pictures of histories greatest people of that time, such as, Robert E. Lee, Clara Barton, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Fredrick Douglas, and Abraham Lincoln, etc.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Exquisite flowers in vivid colors make this 50 stamp sheet one of the most popular among collectors. The Postal Service was so sure this sheet would be one of their best sellers, that they actually printed 3 times the amount of this sheet than they would have of any other commemoratives. All of the wild flowers shown on these stamps are indigenous to America and at least one of the flowers can be found in each of the 50 States.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Since 1976, fifty stamp sheets have been extremely popular. This colorful sheet was no exception, featuring wildlife from every state. Artist Chuck Ripper, wildlife designer for the Postal Service, researched and selected the animals, birds, and insects that are depicted on these beautiful stamps. Even if you are not an animal lover, you have to appreciate the beauty of these stamps.
On April 14, 1982, The United States Postal Service issued a 50 stamp souvenir sheet of the state birds and flowers of every state in the union. Each stamp depicted each state's bird and flower. What makes this issue interesting is that the state birds were painted by artist Arthur Singer and the flowers were painted by his son Alan Singer.
Friday, July 5, 2013
On July 20, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke the words. "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind", as he stepped out of the lunar module "Eagle" and onto the surface of the moon. 25 years later, the Post Office printed this souvenir sheet honoring the first moon landing.
In 1994 the Post Office printed a souvenir sheet named "Legends Of The West". This souvenir sheet consisted of twenty 29 cent stamps of different famous characters of the wild west. The sheet consisted of 4 rows of 5 stamps each. Row two, second stamp from the left is a picture of the famous rodeo cowboy Bill Pickens. The problem was on the first issue the picture depicted was Bill Pickens brother Ben. As soon as the post office realized their error, they withdrew the sheets from sale and reprinted the sheet with the correct picture. Soon after, the Postal Service decided to sell 150,000 of the error sheets by mail order lottery. Today, that error sheet that originally sold for $5.80, sells today for about $300.00. Below is a picture of the re-printed sheet.