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The Year In Stamps.

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

MUSIC: Sinatra - "New York, New York"
INCUE: "Start spreading the news..."
RUNS :03 establish and under

One of the key stamp collecting news stories of 2008 was stamps we knew were inevitable -- 
and well deserved. The Frank Sinatra stamp was issued...and a Bob Hope stamp was announced 
for Two Thousand Nine.

U-S collectors found it increasingly difficult to soak used stamps off envelopes...and now 
Britain has announced it's planning similar security measures to prevent the re-use of 
stamps. Is it really that much of a problem?

MUSIC: Sinatra
"It was a very good year..."
RUNS :03 establish and under

Not for the American Philatelic Society, the nation's largest stamp collecting organization. 
Its well-liked president Nick Carter died after a long illness...and membership dropped 
sharply because of a big dues increase.

On the other hand...the A-P-S put the 19th-Century Headsville Post Office on display in 
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. The Smithsonian had planned to put it in storage.

And several previously-unknown rare stamps sold for record amounts...showing THAT market is 
still strong.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, 
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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