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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations November 27-28, 2004:

Collecting Gifts

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

It's beginning to look a lot like....well, you know. So our thoughts are turning to buying 
gifts for stamp collectors. While it's hard to know exactly what a specialist wants, here 
are some general-purpose gifts that nearly all collectors will appreciate.

There's the "Postal Service Guide To U-S Stamps," available in some post offices and postal 
stores, for about twenty-three dollars, or less than sixteen on Amazon. It's a bright, 
colorful catalogue.

Most serious collectors in the U-S use the Scott catalogues, which are now available on disk. 
An upgrade from the paper edition might work if you know which one your collector uses.

How about a subscription to a monthly magazine? There's Scott Stamp Monthly, for thirty-two 
dollars a year, which you can find at scott-online-dot-com, and American Philatelist, which 
is included in membership in the American Philatelic Society. In fact,  A-P-S membership 
might make a good gift: It's thirty-five dollars a year. Visit stamps-dot-org.

And that's Stamp Collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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