Not just another War of 1812 tribute

The United States Postal Service and Buffalo Fire Department are remembering that fateful night of Dec. 30, 1813, when a mixed force of around 1,400 British regulars, Canadian militia, and native warriors crossed over the river near Niagara. They landed at a place called Black Rock, dispersed a larger force of Americans, and chased them to Buffalo. Once there, our boys showed their class by burning down all but four buildings, and destroying the navy yard and four armed vessels. They returned home through Black Rock, pausing only to set fire to that place as well. Continue reading →

Big money expected at first Brigham sale

“People will either want to be part of the story or ensure that they get what they want.” Some items come up so rarely that their acquisition can be considered a once in a lifetime chance. Verge said that while there are three known two-cent Large Queen’s on laid paper, the last time one sold in a public auction was more than 40 years ago. Continue reading →

Big ticket sales make for a fun year

Naysayers like to whine about how the stamp hobby is dying off, that there are no new collectors, and that there aren’t enough kids involved. I suggest that they should take some time and read some old philatelic periodicals. The early issues of CSN are filled with similar comments, dating back more than 30 years. Yes, an entire generation of collectors have entered the market in that time and now they are setting records. I think we have some great years ahead, starting with 2014. Continue reading →

World’s rarest stamp to go on the block

The world’s rarest stamp is expected to fetch a record price when Sotheby’s puts the famous British Guiana one-cent magenta on the auction block June 17. The coin, which Sotheby’s estimates at $10 to $20 US million, will lead off the sale of the world famous collection of John E. Du Pont, millionaire heir of the prominent Du Pont family fortune, and convicted murderer. Continue reading →

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