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Keeping Collectors Guessing
Two major postal agencies doling out information about upcoming issues slow -- and VSC chief Lloyd de Vries is surprised to find...he likes it!
Canada Honors Star Trek
Did you know two of the Original Series’ favorite actors were Canadian? Details about the stamps are tribbling out — sorry, dribbling out — but as they become available, we have ‘em here.


Stolen Jenny Invert Recovered
The third of four rare stamps that disappeared from a stamp show more than 60 years ago has now turned up. Details here.


UK Honors Queen's 90th Birthday
And Royal Mail's commemoration includes a remarkable photo of four generations of the House of Windsor. It took some legerdemain by the photographer; we'll tell you how he did it. That's a hint on the right.

Most of the subjects and designs for the entire year have been announced, including Star Trek, Shirley Temple, Pickup Trucks, Sarah Vaughan, Richard Allen, Pets and Quilling. (Check "Discuss" inside to find out what that is.)

Our 2016 U.S. stamp program grid is here.
Last Updated:
April 29 - Details for most World Stamp Show issues added.


Other 2016 Stamp Programs:
To Thine Own Stamps Be True
Ten of them, from Royal Mail, marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. The details and designs here.
Israel In The Spring
Israel's April issues include a joint issue with Spain, three different markets, digital printing, Spring, Memorial Day and another dog you should adopt. You can see the designs here.
Rare Stamps At New York International Show
Mystic will show the sheet of $1 Columbians it just purchased, and offer it for sale.

The world's most valuable stamp, the world's first two stamps and more will be on display at World Stamp Show-NY 2016. Details here.

Royal Mail will offer some new Post & Go slices of the Big Apple.
Americover 2016 Group Plans To Go Post & Postal
As part of its annual show and celebration of first day covers, AFDCS members and others will tour the beautiful Hillwood Estate in Washington and then the National Postal Museum. More here.
U.S. Resumes Mail To Cuba
After nearly 60 years, you can again mail a letter or package directly to Cuba, without it going through another country’s postal agency. The resumption began March 16. More details here.
APS Politics
The Virtual Stamp Club is pleased to provide candidate’s statements about the 2016 elections and a low-key forum for discussion. The announcement of a candidacy here does not constitute an endorsement; The Virtual Stamp Club does not make endorsements in philatelic or any other politics.

Collecting U.S. Commems: Hotchner
Veteran columnist and exhibitor John Hotchner has some tips.

Lloyd's Fun FDCs!
Volume 46 - Humor in FDCs
Nowhere in philately is it easier to enjoy a joke or chuckle than in first day cover collecting. VSC chief Lloyd de Vries shows some examples.

Durland Plate Number Catalogue
The next edition won't be issued until May. The 2012 edition is almost sold out. Copies are still available here.
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Just been given Aunt Matilda's old stamp collection and don't know what to do with it? We can help.

Unique Stamp Collecting Bookstore
We have philatelic books in our bookstore you won't find anywhere else on the Internet, including publications from the U.S. Stamp Society, and John Hotchner.

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“I’m having fun! And isn’t that a good part of what stamp collecting is about?"
Lloyd de Vries, VSC Manager

Last Updated April 29, 2016




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