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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
February 13-14, 1999:

Wrestling children into collecting stamps.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries

"Right now, we're on fire. This is the place to be." :02

Wrestler Diamond Dallas Paige, on the popularity of pro 
wrestling. This past week, the Caribbean island of 
St. Vincent issued a set of eight stamps, showing Paige 
and 7 other wrestlers.

"If they market them nationwide in our country, they'd 
sell like hotcakes." :04

And that IS the intended market: Right here in the U-S. 
The idea for the stamps came from a company that produces 
sports memorabilia. St. Vincent's stamps are intended for 
collectors of memorabilia other than stamps: Disney, 
Princess Diana, the Titanic, John Lennon.

Is that so bad? Can collectors of memorabilia become 
stamp collectors? Can something like Disney or pro 
wrestling bring kids into the hobby...and maybe their 
parents? Hollywood Hulk Hogan says his eight-year-old son 
is interested, and it's not because Dad is on a stamp.

"I'm going to have to run over to my mom's house... and 
pull out the old stamp collection because I was into it 
big time when I was a kid. I think my son's going to get 
me back into it." :08

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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