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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations December 14-15, 2002:

Going to the polls.

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

We're nearing the end of the year, when news organizations start to look
back at the big events of the past 12 months. The stamp collecting press is
no exception, but some of those big events are the STAMPS that were issued
during the year.

Linn's Stamp News, the biggest stamp collecting newspaper in the U-S, runs
an annual stamp popularity poll. It's offered both in print and online, but
the results are sometimes so different that the two are now reported

The topics include best and worst design, most important and least

The results are hardly scientific.

Last year, the American Muslim community stuffed the online ballot box in
favor of the Eid stamp, in a campaign to gain acceptance of the stamp in the
wake of September 11th and to convince the Postal Service to reissue it when
the new rates started. Muslim-Americans also bought an awful lot of the
stamps. It worked -- it WAS reissued.

You can find the poll at Linn's-dot-com.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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