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

The Definitive Word

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries

At this point, there won't be a postal rate increase next year, and therefore no new mail-use stamps.

That's what the Postal Service calls the stamps that it issues for use on the mail. The other stamps -- commemoratives -- are issued mostly for collectors and special interest groups. Yes, they can carry mail, but...

Some collectors specialize in these "definitive" stamps, as they're called.

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The Forever stamps are definitives, but the only Forever stamps for the first few years were the Liberty Bell stamp in pocket-sized sheets. Last month, the Postal Service added new designs, four evergreens.

But many mailers prefer ROLLS of stamps, and Forever stamps haven't been available in that format.

That will change December first. The U-S will issue a flag Forever stamp and a Statue of Liberty design, alternating on the same rolls.

They'll be printed by three different companies, which means there will be many varieties -- enough to keep definitive collectors happy for a long time....maybe even Forever.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, and to see the new Forever designs, visit Virtual-Stamp-Club-dot-com.

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