Stamp collecting has many faces

Many people picture stamp collectors as old men, often socially challenged, sitting alone with their stamps. The hobby often tries to counter that vision with such exciting appeals as “stamp collecting is educational.” True, perhaps, but not rather exciting. The other approach is to try and make stamp collecting glamorous, with tales of the great values of rare stamps. That has been easy in recent years, with a lot of really wonderful sales and some of the greatest rarities in the hobby hitting the market. Continue reading →

New longest-reigning Queen prominent on Canadian stamps

This Permanent-rate stamp (Scott #2518) was issued in 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

She’s arguably the most well recognized woman of the modern world, much of which she has ruled – at least symbolically – since 1952, when she first ascended to the throne. Over the past 63-plus years, she has been – at one time or another – the ruler of 40 independent nations. She’s already Britain’s longest-lived monarch, and at 89-years-old, she’s also the world’s oldest. And if she’s still reigning on Sept. 9, she’ll become Britain’s longest-reigning head of state. Continue reading →

Initiatives aim to fire up the hobby

As I write this column in the midst of a heat wave in Ontario, with humidity making the temperatures feel about 40 degrees C, I cannot help but feel a “heat wave” is in the works as I think about what’s ahead this fall for Trajan Media. While we are trying to enjoy hot summer weather, behind the scenes at Trajan – publisher of Canadian Stamp News and Canadian Coin News – we are also busy working on new initiatives we will be releasing this fall and winter. Here are some of the highlights I want to share with you: Continue reading →

Online auctions still ‘coming of age’ despite benefits

As is the story with much of modern life, the most significant change of recent years has been the growth of the Internet. The philatelic auction business is no different, and as bidding moves increasingly onto the Internet, both consignors and collectors – as well as the auctioneers moving everything across the block – are wondering if it’s for the best. Continue reading →

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