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The Never Ending Series

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.
The newest entries to the Great Americans series of 
definitive stamps, which began in 1980, have a completely 
different look and style to their designs. The two new 
stamps -- the 33-cent Claude Pepper and 10-cent Joseph 
Stilwell -- cover denominations that already have stamps 
in the series.

Commemorative stamps are usually hot topics and well-known 
people. Definitives are the workhorses of any country's 
stamps: They're not flashy and are meant to be in use for 
a long time. In the U-S, that's usually been about a decade...
but the Great Americans are now entering their third decade.  
Already there are three 20-cent stamps, two five-cent stamps, 
and so on.

Maybe it's time to declare the Great Americans Series over, 
and call this a new series.  Let's see -- we've had Famous Americans...Prominent Americans...  Maybe we can call these 
Distinguished Americans? Celebrated Americans?  Good Enough 
For A Stamp But Not Good Enough For A Commemorative Americans?

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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