April 14th, 2015
This is unfortunately typical of most stamp shows today.
I’ve been thinking about this recently, seeing that the hosts of my favorite stamp collecting podcast Stamp Show Today started commenting on a previous post. I had said that I’d try to get to a couple of local big stamp shows, which I didn’t do, mostly because I forgot all about them. The next local show of any size is Sescal, sometime in the fall, and once I have actual dates, I’ll put it on my calendar in an attempt to remember it.
But the more I think about it, the more I’m asking myself why.
January 4th, 2015
A new topic has sprung up on the stamp collecting forums, that being stamp auctions. There have been a number of notable auctions of late, selling off the collections of well-known philatelists and people have been talking about them and how actions operate in general.
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of auctions at all, be it the in-person, online or even eBay for my stamps. Not that you asked but it’s my blog and I’m going to tell you why anyhow.
December 2nd, 2014
Since I do read a couple of stamp forums, I get to see some crazy stuff. In Australia, the post office is shutting down public mailboxes that receive less than 25 letters in them per day because it just makes no financial sense to send someone around to pick up a couple of things a day. All of a sudden, Australian stamp collectors (and probably others) are up in arms because they want the mailboxes to stay, out of tradition more than anything else.
Some of these people just don’t get how businesses operate.
November 9th, 2014
There aren’t a lot of stamp collecting podcasts but I’ve been listening to a new one called Stamp Show Here Today. They had an episode recently about the 2014 SESCAL stamp show and how it seems that people are starting to go back to some of these shows, following a mass exodus with the advent of the Internet because it’s cheaper and easier to just buy something online than it is to travel to a show and dig through dealer boxes.
October 28th, 2014
There’s been a considerable discussion of late about getting kids interested in collecting stamps and the problems inherent in such. Most stamp collectors are stodgy old men who have been doing it for decades, finding stamp collectors under 50, in most cases, is a difficult task indeed. Lots of people have, through their own wishful thinking, said that we should make a concerted effort to introduce more kids to stamp collecting as a means of passing on our hobby to the next generation.
I say it’s a waste of time and here’s why.
October 21st, 2014
I suppose I’m lucky that I live in an area where there are a couple of stamp shops, or at least they pretend to be stamp shops. I haven’t walked into any of them recently because I haven’t really collected stamps in a while, but since I’ve gone a little nutty of late and gotten a considerable number, I was running low on a couple sizes of stamp mounts, I figured I might as well stop in and see what I could see.
Now I wish I hadn’t.
October 18th, 2014
I was talking to a friend today and he brought up something he read in Linn’s Stamp News and that brought back a lot of memories. See, I used to subscribe for years and years and years to Linn’s, back when it was a weekly full-size newspaper and I actually gave a damn about modern stamp issues. I still have a couple of boxes out in the garage filled with back issues. I used to love going over the pages every single week, but that was before the dark times, before the Internet, which largely killed it, and the enjoyment I got from it.
October 11th, 2014
Recently, I got an order of stamps from a new dealer who was recommended to me and while I’m extremely pleased with the stamps that I got, I was about to throw away the envelope and I noticed that the stamps hadn’t been cancelled by the Post Office. For an organization that is in perpetual need of money and has to keep raising rates, apparently they don’t care about doing the easiest part of their job, keeping people from re-using stamps.
October 4th, 2014
I guess my collecting goes in cycles. I didn’t realize until a day or two ago that I’ve kind of wandered away from collecting stamps, until I got an e-mail from Delcampe saying they hadn’t seen me for a while and wanted to know what was wrong. Well, nothing was wrong, stamp collecting just faded from my radar for a while. It wasn’t because I disliked it, I wasn’t tired of it, I just… lost focus and interest.
And that’s not really a bad thing, I don’t think.
May 18th, 2014
Nothing drives me quite so crazy as the never-ending flood of people showing up in stamp collecting forums thinking that this cache of stamps their father or grandfather left them is going to be worth a mint. It drives me crazy for two reasons, first that these people expect that they can show up in a forum, having never participated or shown an interest in the subject matter before and expect that the forum participants will drop everything they’re doing and research values for them and secondly, that these people expect that just because something is old (and maybe not even that), it’s got to be worth a lot of money and a windfall for their wallet.
Both of these are wrong.