Thursday, July 27, 2017

SCOTT #3178 MARS PATHFINDER $3.00

     The Mars Pathfinder stamp measures a whopping 3 inches across and 1 1/2 inches high, making it the largest U.S. postage stamp ever! Newspaper/Periodical stamps from 1865 were bigger, but they weren't postage stamps







                            

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SCOTT #3198-3202 ALEXANDER CALDER 32 CENT

     Two black inks were used to give the Calder stamps a unique sense of depth. A "line" black was used to create the stamp's fine lines, and a "tone" black was used to make the shadows and the selvage portrait.








                          

Monday, July 24, 2017

SCOTT #3227 ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION 32 CENT

      Every day 11 people die waiting for a transplant. This stamp is part of a movement to raise public awareness of the need to sign donor cards and inform family members of your wish to be a donor.







                              

Sunday, July 23, 2017

SCOTT #3235 KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH 32 CENT

     1998 marked the 100th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush. Gold was first discovered in this area of Alaska and Canada in 1896, but 60,000 people rushed to the Klondike in 1898. First day of issue ceremony was held in Nome, Alaska.






                             

Saturday, July 22, 2017

SCOTT #3413 LANDING ON THE MOON $11.75

     America's first attempt at a hologram stamp, this one sheet from a set of 5.







                           

Friday, July 21, 2017

SCOTT #3329 JAMES CAGNEY 33 CENT

     James Cagney became America's favorite gangster in the movies of the 1930's and 1940's, and yet his most famous roll was when he played George M. Cohan, a song and dance man, author and play write, in the movie Yankee Doodle Dandy. This movie has become an American standard and is played on television every 4th of July.






                            

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SCOTT #BK-279 U.S. NAVY SUBMARINES PRESTIGE BOOKLET 22 CENT-$3.20

     This unique Prestige Booklet is the first created by the United States. It contains 2 panes of 5 stamps each., full color photographs of submarines,an informative history and decorative selvage. Each of the stamps showcases a different class of submarine, providing a wonderful overview of the U.S. fleet. Historic and attractive, the Submarine Prestige Booklet is a perfect gift for naval enthusiast or anyone who enjoys high-quality commemorative stamps.






                               

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SCOTT #3384-88 EDWIN POWELL HUBBLE 33 CENT

     The Hubble telescope is in orbit about 380 miles above the surface of the earth. This allows it to escape the effects of the atmosphere, which otherwise blur images. The Hubble can detect objects 50 times fainter than those observed on earth.







                              

Monday, July 17, 2017

SCOTT #3403 THE STARS AND STRIPES 33 CENT

     In a little less than 200 years, the Stars and Stripes increased its constellation from 13 to 50 stars. It has been an accurate chronicle of the growth of this great nation. The 20 stamp Stars and Stripes sheet pictures the original 13-star flag, our current 50-star flag, and eighteen others.







                             

Sunday, July 16, 2017

SCOTT #3439-43 DEEP SEA CREATURES 33 CENT

     The fish shown on this sheet live in the lower mid-water and deep water regions of the ocean. Reaching depths of 35,000 feet in places, this place is totally devoid of light. In order to live in such an environment, many of the fish have light-producing organs within their bodies.






                       

Saturday, July 15, 2017

SCOTT #3649 AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY 37 CENT

     The striking images featured in this sheet represents 20 of the greatest American photographers. The stamps are arranged in chronological order according to when the pictures were taken. The earliest photographs date back to the Civil War era. The sheet's selvage depicts a photographer with an antiquated camera on the edge of a cliff, from a photo taken by William Henry Jackson. The 2002 release of this sheet marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ansel Adams.







                                 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SCOTT #3772 AMERICAN FILMMAKING 37 CENT

     The American Filmmaking sheet marks the third appearance of actor Boris Karloff on a U.S. stamp.  His first two came in a 1997 sheet of Classic Movie Monsters, featured as both Frankenstein and the Mummy. On the sheet shown below, he is being made up for his role in Frankenstein.







                        

Monday, July 10, 2017

SCOTT #3812 ROY ACUFF 37 CENT

     Roy Acuff (1903-92) became the King of Country Music. Acuff was an outstanding performer, wrote hit songs, was key in popularizing the Grand Ole Opry, and with Fred Rose, formed influential Acuff-Rose publishing.




                       
   

Sunday, July 9, 2017

SCOTT #3862 NATIONAL WORLD WAR 2 MEMORIAL

     The National World War 2 Memorial in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to all who served---military veterans, as well as citizens on the home front.  More than 15 million men and about 338,000 women served in the U.S. armed forces during W.W. 2. The war succeeded in ending oppressive European dictatorships.







                              

Saturday, July 8, 2017

SCOTT #3865-68 THE ART OF DISNEY 37 CENT

     Postmaster General John Potter stated The Art of Disney stamps,---capture the spirit of friendship as it appears in the art, the imagination, and the creative tradition of Walt Disney.






                               

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

SCOTT #3945-48 CONSTELLATIONS 37 CENT

     Ancient Greeks named stellar constellations for figures in mythology. The constellation Orion is named for a legendary hunter. Lyra for the harp Orpheus played. Leo for the fierce lion killed by Hercules, and Pegasus for the mythical winged horse.




                               

Monday, July 3, 2017

SCOTT #3997 LUNAR NEW YEAR 39 CENT

     Also known as the Spring Festival, the traditional Chinese New Year is a celebration of renewed hope for a prosperous New Year.





                            

Sunday, July 2, 2017

SCOTT #4143 STAR WARS 41 CENT

     In 2007 the Postal Service issued a commemorative sheet honoring the first Star War Movie.




                                 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

SCOTT #1953-2002 STATE BIRDS AND FLOWERS 20 CENT

        On April 14, 1982 the Postal Service issued a fifty stamp sheet with all different designs. Arthur and Alan Singer, was the first father and son to design stamps for the Postal Service. Each stamp is unique and shows the state bird and flower of each state. The father created the birds, and the son painted the flowers.






                       

Friday, June 30, 2017

SCOTT #2286-2335 AMERICAN WILDLIFE 22 CENT

    This sheet features wildlife from throughout the U.S.. Artist Chuck Ripper, premiere wildlife designer for the Postal Service, carefully selected and researched the animals, birds, and insects that appear on these beautiful stamps, rendering each one with lifelike detail.



                         

Thursday, June 22, 2017

APFELBAUM

Update. As the self proclaimed watch dog I'm happy to make this report. On 6/17 I tracked 7 different items and their starting prices. On 6/18 they ran a 20% off sale, that was truly a honest sale. On 6/21 they ran a 25% off sale, and again it was off the original starting price. I think through my Blogs that I accomplished Apfelbaum from raising their prices before running a percent off sale. I now recommend buying at their 25% off sale.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

SCOTT #2869 & 2870 LEGENDS OF THE WEST 29 CENT SOUVENIR SHEETS

In 1994 the Post Office produced a souvenir sheet called "Legends of the West". Unfortunately, they depicted the wrong black cowboy. The portrait was to be of the famous rodeo rider Bill Picket, but the picture was of his brother Ben. They reprinted the sheet with the real Bill Picket. I'm going to post both pictures. See if you can tell the difference.
     

    
Counting from the top, it is the seventh picture. Notice the left arm in one picture is touching the frame, that is Bill Pickett.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

APFELBAUM

As the self appointed watch dog on Apfelbaum stamps, I want to report that this week's offering went this way. I checked their prices on 5/26 and they were a little high. On 5/27 they ran a 10% off sale and they did not raise the original prices. On 5/30 they ran a 15% off sale, and again they did not raise the original prices. On 5/31 they ran a 20% off sale, and to their credit they kept the original prices in tact. I tried to buy 4 lots totaling over $500.00, only to find Missy Apfelbaum blocked me from buying from them because I pointed out their unethical way of doing business. So, on 6/1 they ran a 33% off sale, and this is where they get you. All the original prices were raised 20 to 30%, to trick the unsophisticated buyer. Again, I caution all buyers, don't fall for this deceptive practice.

Friday, May 26, 2017

APFELBAUM INC.

I want to warn all buyers about Apfelbaum, a seller that has a great selection of stamps for sale. Unfortunately, they feel they need a gimmick to sell stamps. Here is what they do. They list thousands of stamps at one price for a week, and then they  run a 10% off sale, but they raise the original price. After a few days they run a 25% off sale, but again, they raise the original starting price. After a few days, they run a 50% off sale, again raising the original starting price. If you write down the original starting price and compare it to the 50% off sale, you will find in many cases that you are paying more after the 50% off sale than the original price.
This is not only unethical but it borders on illegal. I want every stamp buyer to beware of this practice.