U.S. & Canada Mark NHL Milestone
They’ve produced a joint issue for the “History of Hockey.” This year is the centennial of the National Hockey League. Each country issued two stamps and a souvenir sheet, all with matching designs.Details and pictures here..
Canada Honors Six More NHL Legends - And A Team
Six of the greatest names to don a pair of skates, all members of the NHL Hall of Fame, are on new stamps. Details here.
And it’s also the centennial of the Toronto Maple Leafs. There are new stamps, including one made of fabric. The story is here.
APRL's Tara Murray Leaving
Tara Murray, the chief librarian at the American Philatelic Research Library, is leaving for another position, outside philately, but it appears the nation's largest philatelic library will be in good hands. The story is here.
Trump May Take APS President
The U.S. president has nominated the American Philatelic Society president to serve in his administration, in which case Mick Zais will resign his stamp collecting post. The story here.
U.S. To Again Issue A Semi-Postal
The charity stamp will raise funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The design, release date and other details are not yet announced. What we do know is here.
Diwali, By Golly
Canada also has a joint issue with India, to honor the religious holiday. Details here.
We thought all the subjects had been announced, and then we were surprised by the Hockey issue, Alzheimer's Semi-Postal and the change in the African-American Museum first-day. But we’ve collected what is known at this point, in our 2017 U.S. Stamp Program grid. Keep checking back!
Our 2017 U.S. stamp program grid is here.
Last Updated: December 4: Catalogue numbers for Museum, Hockey.
U.S. Rate Hike Likely In January
The Postal Service wants another penny for your thoughts, and there’s no reason permission won’t be granted. Details here.
APS Names New Editor
Martin Kent Miller is replacing Jay Bigalke as editor of the American Philatelic Society’s two publications and its social media efforts. Bigalke left APS to return to Linn’s Stamp News.
Hotchner: Promote Stamps As Art
Columnist John Hotchner says we should be telling the world about the art on new U.S. issues, and not just those stamps commemorating art: Nearly every stamp is a work of art, and this is one way to generate interest in stamp collecting. John’s views here.
Britain Celebrates Star Wars Again
Royal Mail is issuing eight stamps featuring the film series’ aliens and droids. Details here.
Out of This World
Australia commemorates its first satellite, WRESAT, launched 50 years ago. The story is here.
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And here’s the reason for the change.
"I had an afternoon off, I went in an antique story, and I found a notebook that had nine Smokey Bear covers."
— Rick Gibson, on how he became one of the foremost collectors of Smokey Bear first day covers.
Last Updated December 8, 2017