Thursday, April 9, 2009

Stamp Collecting Still A First-Rate Hobby

PASADENA, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Stamp collecting is one hobby that’s really sticking around.

This Saturday (Apr. 11), the U.S. Postal Service will celebrate philately – or stamp collecting – at a special Stamp Collector’s Day hosted by the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California.

According to USPS spokesman Richard Maher, though stamp collecting is an old-timey hobby, it’s still popular worldwide.

Collectors anxiously await new art, geography, and icons to pop up on their stamps, though Maher notes that in the U.S., a person can’t have their own commemorative stamp until at least five years after their death.

Stamps that have been popular over the years include those featuring Ronald Reagan, Lucille Ball, and Elvis.

Maher also says serious collectors covet stamps with “abnormalities,” like the famous 1918 inverted “Jenny” stamp that features an upside down airplane.

The 24-cent misprint once raked in $525,000 at an auction.

Maher says stamp collecting is an educational and cheap hobby that kids could easily get into by “steaming” the postage off their parents’ mail.

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