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Virtual Reality

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

A new report from the American Philatelic Society, the nation's biggest stamp collecting 
organization, says, quote, "Philatelic exhibitions offering all of the current show 
activities (exhibits, dealer bourse, seminars) could be staged in the virtual world right 
now" -- that is, on the Internet.

And it predicts that the A-P-S will have a virtual stamp show in 5 years.

Much of that is already happening. Many collectors buy and sell stamps online NOW. There 
are web sites where stamps are exhibited. And the A-P-S itself is offering courses online.

I myself run something called The Virtual Stamp Club, where collectors can discuss a 
variety of philatelic subjects.

Does this mean the end of the physical stamp show? Maybe not. It's important to see some 
stamps in person before you buy them. It's a thrill to get up close to a million-dollar 
stamp, and know that it hasn't been "photo-shopped." And it's fun to get together with 
stamp collecting friends at a show and just chat.

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

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