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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network Stations 
June 17-18, 2000:

It ain't necessarily so.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Not everything you hear or think you know about stamp 
collecting is true.

Here's one: The fancy word for stamp collecting is 
"philately," pronounced just like that. The adjective is 

You don't need to spend a lot of money to collect stamps. 
Many collectors save the stamps from their mail, their 
friends' mail, their families' mail...and even buy bulk 
lots of used stamps.

Most U-S stamps issued since World War Two have not gone 
up in value. However, I said "most," so it's a good idea to 
check a stamp catalogue first.

Stamp collecting doesn't have to be lonely and solitary. 
It CAN be, but it can also be a social event, with a major 
stamp show somewhere in the U.S. almost every weekend and 
major events around the world. There are also Internet chat 
rooms and message boards to keep in touch with stamp 
collecting friends.

And finally, not all stamp collectors are dull: They include 
space shuttle test pilots, actors, and major college 
basketball coaches.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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