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Not in your backyard.

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

The U-S just issued a stamp celebrating the 150th anniversary of Nebraska's statehood.
But don't expect to walk into a post office anywhere but Nebraska and find the stamp.

Upcoming is a stamp celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mississippi's statehood. And,
again, you won't find it at many post offices outside the Magnolia state.

That may not sound fair to stamp collectors, particularly those who try to collect one
of every stamp the U-S issues. And ex-patriates of those states may be annoyed, too.

But it's not as if those in either group can't buy the stamp, they just can't buy it at
their local post offices. The Postal Service figures that there's limited interest in


There are also other new issues that aren't being automatically distributed to post
offices, because of a perceived limited interest.

Each stamp is what's called "accountable paper." The Postal Service has to keep track
of it. If it doesn't sell within a certain period, it has to be shipped back and
destroyed. That's a waste of money ó money the Postal Service no longer can afford to
waste.

If your local post office doesn't have a stamp you want, order it from U-S-P-S-dot-com,
the U-S-P-S store on eBay or by calling 1-800-stamp-24.

Iím 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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