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August 21-22, 1999:

Getting ready for Stampshow.

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

Not just any stamp show, but THE Stampshow, the American 
Philatelic Society's annual convention. It's next weekend 
in Cleveland, starting on Thursday, and is co-sponsored by 
the American Stamp Dealers Association and the Postal Service.

In addition to dealers, meetings, and a large well-stocked 
and -staffed youth area, a number of stamp rarities will be 
on view.  Among them - the 1868 one-cent blue Z grill, the 
most valuable U-S stamp.  Last year, it was sold for just 
under a million dollars.  There also will be a Jenny Invert
- that's the upside-down airplane - and the original Dag 
Hammarskjold inverts from 1962.

This will be the first show sponsored by the three 
organizations with mixed counter heights at the dealer booths. 
Many collectors and dealers had complained that the counters 
were too high and didn't allow customers to sit and browse.

The U-S issues a set of 5 stamps at the show Thursday saluting 
the heyday of passenger trains.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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