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Breaking Barriers.

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

We're seeing more African-American collectors, but it's still unusual to see an
African-American DEALER. Still…

"I've been doing this personally probably for about 15 years. My dad started 50 years
ago." RUNS :05

Kevin Custis of New Jersey owns Stampmen, which has booths at stamp collecting shows.

"He used to tell me a long time ago we were pretty much the only ones out here.  I
guess it's just me now." RUNS :04

Custis says he hasn't really run into prejudice on the show circuit.

"Most of the dealers and customers are pretty friendly." RUNS :02

Stampmen doesn't just cater to African-Americans, but to all stamp collectors.

"I specialize in the world, I do some U.S., I do topics, I do pretty much everything."
RUNS :05

Custis doesn't see many African-Americans in the hobby. What does he think it would
take to bring more in?

"I guess they would have to introduce it to them in the schools. I guess their parents
would have to introduce it to them. I mean, we're having a hard time in general just
getting more youths involved with stamp collecting." RUNS :10

Custis is a part-time dealer and a full-time physician. He personally collects
African-American memorabilia, postcards and documents.

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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