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New York's International Stamp Show
Each country may only hold one show a decade that has been sanctioned by the International Federation of Philately. This is that year for the U.S., and World Stamp Show-New York 2016 is underway. Read about the opening ceremony here.

  • 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.
  • Exhibits listing

  • USPS Goes Digital
    Unveils a mobile app, an e-book version of a popular annual catalogue and a digital philatelic collectible. Details here.
    Up Against the Post Office Wall!
    Britain’s Royal Mail commemorates the rock ’n roll band Pink Floyd this summer.

    Canada Tracks More Dinosaurs
    Coming on the very large heels of last year’s popular issue are five more stamps.

    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:
  • May 26 - Details for Soda Fountain Favorites

  • WSS-NY16 Issues Quick Reference

  • Other 2016 Stamp Programs:
    Canada Honors Star Trek
    Did you know two of the Original Series’ favorite actors were Canadian? Seven stamps, souvenir sheets and more were beamed down to Canada Post on May 5th. Details here.

    Animail Attraction?
    Britain issues six oddly-shaped stamps featuring "endearing animal characters" that will "make someone smile before they have even opened the envelope." But will they appeal to children?


    Israel Goes To The Dogs In June
    Israel in June issues stamps featuring dogs, the Olympics, World War I aviation and Summer.


    No Gross Profit
    Money manager Bill Gross is selling his incredible collection of Hawaiian classics at World Stamp Show-New York 2016, and donating the proceeds to charity. Details 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.

    Americover Tour Gets Special Museum Lecture
    As part of its annual show and celebration of first day covers, AFDCS members and others will tour the National Postal Museum and attend a special Sundman Lecture on the National Parks. More 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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