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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations September 4-5, 2004:

Hello Grandma, Hello Grandpa

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

When the U-S issued its four Disney stamps earlier this summer, it also offered for sale 
matted prints of the stamp designs....picture postcards featuring those designs....and l

Those are sheets of stationery that you fold up and stick in the mail, without an 
envelope. They already have the postage on them --  reproductions of the stamps.

But they're not cheap: fifteen bucks for 12 sheets, or a dollar-and-a-quarter apiece.

Not only that, the postal automation doesn't seem to like them very much: They catch and 
tear on the machinery.

Today's kids are more likely to send e-mail or chat on the Internet than write a letter. 
So who's the intended market for these Disney letter-sheets?

My guess is GRANDPARENTS, hoping to get a letter from their grandchildren in another 
part of the country.

Or maybe it's the perfect gift for the Disney collector who has everything else. You can 
find the letter-sheets in postal stores or the U-S-P-S Web site.

And that's Stamp Collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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