Kevin Blackston
PO Box 217
Floresville TX 78114-0217
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Blog archives (March 2017)

New version of nonprofit stamp showing up in mail

I don’t receive much mail at all bearing stamps these days besides that sent by other collectors, but one new stamp I have seen on a couple of mail pieces is the newly modified version of the USA Nonprofit Org. issue. The stamp uses the same basic design as the version issued last year, but incorporates a blue border that adds a bit more color.

Non-denominated 5-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing blue 'USA' and red star
“USA” nonprofit stamp

One other change: the microprinted USPS, which appears within the lower curve of the “S” on the original stamp, is now nestled close to the top of the left leg of the “A.”

Microprinted USPS is located near top of left leg of 'A' on non-denominated 5-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing blue 'USA' and red star
Location of “USPS” microprinting

February 2017 TSDA San Antonio Stamp Show review

In my previous post, I mentioned that I had the opportunity to stop by the TSDA San Antonio Stamp Show last month. I’ve been wanting to share a bit more detail about my experience there.

Last month’s show as the first bourse I’d attended in probably more than a decade. When I lived in Florida, the local shows were always held on Saturdays, and I couldn’t attend. The TSDA show here was also held on Saturday, but it extended into Sunday.

I arrived at the show a couple of hours before its scheduled end, and there weren’t many other customers around the entire time I was there. My guess is the bulk of the selling activity probably took place on Saturday, but the lack of a big crowd made it easy to browse.

My first stop was at the table of George Watkins. George had a nice selection of United States stamps, and I found a mint copy of the flat plate 14¢ American Indian stamp with a pair of relief breaks.

Up next was Ken Scheller’s table. In addition to finding some Norfolk Island stamps for my landscapes collection, I spotted another 14¢ American Indian stamp—the rotary press printed variety with Canal Zone overprint. The stamp had some nice ink smearing, so I was happy to add it to my collection as well.

The third table I browsed was operated by Lynn Davidson-Stroh. Lynn had some truly oddball material—packets of high face value U.S. stamps, CSA facsimiles, Gulf War labels, and so forth, all of which I was happy to acquire. Lynn also had some very interesting locals dating back to the time of a Canadian postal strike in the 1970s, but I unfortunately had to pass on those as they were a bit out of my price range at the time.

All three of these dealers were very friendly and welcoming.

By the time I finished up at Lynn’s table, the bourse was wrapping up. I quickly snagged a packet of unused Japanese stamps from one dealer, and another American Indian from another, but unfortunately didn’t catch either of their names.

And that was my stamp show experience in a nutshell. I understand the San Antonio show is held quarterly, so I’ll be looking forward to hopefully making a repeat visit in May.