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Starving for attention.

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

Not long ago, CBS Sunday Morning ran a feature on stamp collecting. It was a well-done
piece by Rita Braver… factual and respectful. But to judge from the reaction of stamp
collectors, it was the event of the century.

Every major U-S stamp collecting organization sent out alerts and press releases. Every
online discussion group had messages about it.

Stamp collectors were really excited that a mainstream national news operation like CBS
was doing a story on stamp collecting! Why?

I think stamp collectors, collectively, have an inferiority complex. The hobby doesn’t
get the attention it once did, its members are usually portrayed as dorks, and the use
of stamps is declining… calling into question the future of collecting them.

The fact is, there are probably as many stamp collectors today as ever, just not as big
a percentage, and stamp collecting has never been trendy.

But it IS nice to get some positive attention once in a while.

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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