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The subject is...subjects.

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

Many people collect stamps by the subject, or topic — such as birds, trains, flowers.
In fact, the second largest stamp collecting organization in the U-S is the
American Topical Association.

Topical collections often include the stamps of many countries, but the problem is
finding all the issues for a particular topic.

The A-T-A has long offered checklists, or lists of the stamps for a particular subject.
Now, though, the organization has gone a step further: The lists can be downloaded

There are 12-hundred of them, including 75 just for different types of flowers. Other
subjects include hairstyles, radio, rodeo — even murder.

The charge is a penny per item on the list, with a minimum of 50 cents and a maximum
of 50 dollars.  There’s an additional fee for a printed copy.

There’s just one hitch, though: You have to be an A-T-A member. Memberships start at
25 dollars and for a serious topical collector, it’s worth it.

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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