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Baked Nebraska.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.
Remember irradiation of the mail to prevent another anthrax 
attack? Some mail was scorched, some otherwise damaged, and 
there were complaints from credit card companies, electronics 
firms...and stamp collectors.

In February, the Postal Service told stamp writers there would 
be no more irradiation of mail, except to a few government 
office buildings in Washington.

So what happened to a valuable U-S stamp mailed later that month 
from Pennsylvania to North Carolina? According to Linn's Stamp 
News, it was a ten-cent James Monroe stamp from the 1929 Nebraska 
overprint series, worth nearly two hundred dollars.

The orange-yellow design is all but gone, the glue side of the 
stamp stuck to the plastic mount, and the clear plastic of the 
mount melted.

It took more than a month to make the delivery, too, so the 
speculation is that somehow the package was mis-routed via Official Washington. Insured Mail isn't supposed to get lost like that.

Or ruined.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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