Kevin Blackston
PO Box 17544
San Antonio TX 78217-0544
United States of America

Philosateleian Blog

Winter 2014 update for The Philosateleian

Top o’ the mornin’ to you—and fire up your printer! The Winter 2014 Supplement (200 KB, 5 files, 12 pages) for The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album is online and ready for you to download and print.

This update includes spaces for the 2014-dated varieties of the Purple Heart stamp issued in 2012 and the Breast Cancer semipostal which originally went on sale way back in 1998. I haven’t actually seen either of those varieties used on mail just yet, but both designs are popular, and it seems only a matter of time before the reprints do begin showing up.

Hope you enjoy!

Month of December brings FLOREX in Florida

As we enter the final month of the year, it’s almost time for FLOREX 2014! The show sponsored by the Florida Stamp Dealers’s Association is once again being held in Orlando, Florida, at the Central Florida Fairgrounds’ Main Exhibit Hall. The show runs December 5–7.

According to a promotional piece I received in the mail, FLOREX 2014 will feature 180 frames of exhibits and booths for approximately 50 dealers.

Once again, I will unfortunately not be able to attend since paying for baby formula and health insurance currently takes precedence over purchasing new material for my stamp collection. Nevertheless, it sounds like a grand time, and I hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to go.

Goodies from the post office box

On my way home from work this evening, I stopped by the post office and found a couple of nice items awaiting me!

The first item, which is from Bob F., is a cover bearing a “Babe Ruth Local Post” cinderella. This has loads of topical appeal, especially considering the presence on the cover of the U.S. stamp picturing the baseball legend.

Cover bearing Babe Ruth Local Post stamp
Babe Ruth Local Post cover

The second piece of mail that I received is even cooler. Reader Linda W. sent this lovely piece of mail art picturing a couple of babies to congratulate my wife and me on the birth of little Hadassah earlier this fall.

Mail art cover with illustrations of babies
Baby mail art cover

Thanks to both Bob and Linda for their mailings!

APS fraud alert

Just a quick entry this evening to let you know about a stamp-related scam. According to an alert distributed today by the American Philatelic Society, someone claiming to be or be connected to former APS president John Hotchner is ripping off individuals by asking for a “deposit” in exchange for helping them sell their collections. Once the crook or crooks have the cash, they disappear, leaving the hapless victim with less money and a collection that’s still not sold.

According to the APS, Mr. Hotchner is not involved in the scheme, and doesn’t even buy or sell collections on a professional basis. The organization is asking anyone who has been contacted by the perpetrator or perpetrators to report it by calling (814) 933-3812.

I’m always amazed at the lengths some people will go to to take advantage of someone else. If they were to put their energy and creativity toward legitimate ventures instead of this sort of thing, they could no doubt be very successful.

Antique perforator for sale in Illinois

I don’t blog about every single stamp perforator I see come on the market, but there’s a real beauty listed on eBay right now that I just have to mention.

The machine is located in Villa Grove, Illinois, and has to be picked up locally, but the starting bid was just $250. As of this writing, there is one bid on it.

I can’t tell from the photos, and the description doesn’t specify, which company (Rosback, Latham, etc.) manufactured the perforator. If it’s in as nice shape as it looks from the pictures, though, this could be a real bargain for an artistamp producer or local post operator in or near Illinois.

I’m still pursuing leads on available perforators, especially tabletop models. Know of one that's up for sale? Let me know so I can share with other readers.

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