Volume 48 – #01

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Volume 48#01

April 25 – May 8, 2023

Exploring Stamps podcast host Graham Beck (right), of New Jersey, accepts an honourary membership for the North Toronto Stamp Club from the group’s membership chair Les Selby at CAPEX 22 last June in Toronto.

Exploring Stamps with ‘extreme philately’

With nearly 40,000 followers across his social media accounts, one philatelic influencer has propelled the hobby into the 21st century with an “extreme” take on collecting stamps. Graham Beck grew up in South Africa, where he collected new issues with his childhood friends, before moving to the United States, where he now lives in New Jersey. In December 2016, he launched the Exploring Stamps podcast on YouTube and has since garnered 3.29 million views and about 29,400 subscribers. While most episodes centre on a specific country or subject, some of them take a more general approach with videos about collection storage, tongs and tweezers, perforated initials (commonly called “perfins”) and pen cancellations to name but a few. Some of the most popular episodes explore “extreme philately,” a term borrowed from extreme sports such as skateboarding and BMX biking, both characterized by their high risk. “It’s become known as extreme philately in the online community – the idea of getting a stamp, taking it out of your collection and bringing it to a location to line it up with a photograph,” said Beck, whose channel is available at youtube.com/c/ExploringStamps. Continue reading →

First Lundeen sale brings ‘unheard of’ results
Page 1
Edmonton Spring National ‘surprisingly strong’
Page 1
First Canadian champ in a decade & a half
Page 4
First British ‘Special Stamps’ feature king’s silhouette
Page 10
Israel 75 show offers 10 lectures through April
Page 23

Pick Our Brain
Do you have a collecting question?
Page 4
CSN Marktplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 20
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Pets a fixture on stamps of Canada, Newfoundland
Page 6
Everett Parker
Philatelic Journals
The Circuit examines 29 shades of Malta’s first stamp
Page 8

Ian Robertson
News Bites
Canada’s first astronaut resigns as Montreal-area MP
Page 14
Chad Neighbor
Commonwealth Communique
Post offices at forefront as cash makes comeback
Page 16

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Jesse Robitaille
People & Philately
Silent’ language of stamp placement
Page 22

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