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'Inverted Jenny' Stamp Surfaces 61 Years After It Was Stolen

'One of the most notorious crimes in philatelic history'

(Newser) - An incredibly rare and valuable stamp stolen right out of its exhibition frame at a 1955 convention resurfaced this month in New York and has promptly rocked the philatelic world. "Inverted Jenny" stamps are considered the most famous in America: A printing accident in 1918 produced a single sheet... More »

USPS Price Cut Is 1st in 100 Years

And the postal service isn't very happy about it

(Newser) - Starting Sunday, snail mail will cost you a little less: The price of a first-class stamp dropped two cents to 47 cents in the United States Postal Service's first rate drop in a century, reports USA Today . Postcard stamps likewise take a one-cent drop, to 34 cents, and international... More »

59 Years Later, Hunt Is On for 2 Stolen 'Jennies'

$100K reward offered for missing stamps

(Newser) - In 1955, thieves stole four prized stamps—and more than half a century later, two still haven't been found. A dealer recently promised a $50,000 reward for each of the stamps, known as Inverted Jennies, the New York Times reports. A stamp library is also prepared to pay... More »

Stamp Owned by Killer Sets 4th World Record

By weight, stamp is most expensive thing ever sold

(Newser) - The most valuable substance on Earth is now paper —if it happens to have an 1856 British Guiana 1-cent stamp printed on it. The rare stamp, the only one of its kind still in existence, sold for $9.5 million to an anonymous buyer at auction last night, reports... More »

This Will Be the Priciest Object Ever Sold*

*By size and weight

(Newser) - A stamp, created by a newspaper publisher when a British colony ran out of proper stamps in 1856, "will be by size and weight simply the most expensive object ever sold in history." The British Guiana One-Cent Black on Magenta stamp will sell at Sotheby's on June... More »

Steve Jobs Is Getting a Stamp

We're totally iMessaging people to tell them to expect the letter

(Newser) - Steve Jobs loved keeping his products under wraps, so he'd probably be annoyed that word has leaked a year early that the US Postal Service plans to immortalize him on a stamp*. A document obtained by the Washington Post reveals the USPS' stamp plans through 2016. The list includes... More »

Cost of a Stamp Just Went Up 3 Cents

USPS gets rate hike; stamp will now cost 49 cents

(Newser) - The good old USPS got its three-cent rate hike approved today, in a move aimed at stemming the $5 billion that the post office says it lost in the last fiscal year. The change—which brings the cost of a first-class stamp to 49 cents—goes into effect on Jan.... More »

Unsold Simpsons Stamps Cost USPS $1.2M

Yet another blow for the beleaguered USPS

(Newser) - Homer Simpson has managed to bungle things once again—this time for the USPS. Bloomberg reports that the agency's run of 1 billion Simpsons stamps turned out to be a money-losing proposition for the money-losing service. It sold only 318 million of them, washing some $1.2 million in... More »

Stamps Might Hit 50 Cents

Postal Service cites need for quick action from Congress

(Newser) - 50-cent stamps, anyone? That's one of the changes the postmaster-general wants Congress to act on quickly if the service is to survive, reports the Wall Street Journal . That increase of a nickel for a first-class stamp is actually one of the minor proposals from Patrick Donahoe. He also laid... More »

Stamps Going Up a Penny

It will cost 45 cents to mail a first-class letter in January

(Newser) - Given the dire financial straits of the Postal Service, this shouldn't be a huge surprise: The price of a stamp is going up a penny to 45 cents in January, reports the Washington Post . The first hike in more than two years is expected to pull in an extra... More »

Stamp Honors Lady Liberty ...Using Vegas Replica

Photo of casino replica used to mark statue's 125th anniversary

(Newser) - A sharp-eyed collector spotted a small problem with the US Post Office's new stamp celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty: Officials used a picture of the wrong statue. The Lady Liberty that graces the stamp is actually that of the replica that stands outside the New... More »

Raising the Price of Stamps Is Smart

Businesses have to get smarter about snail mail

(Newser) - The Postal Service's proposal to raise the price of stamps to 46 cents has set off the usual complaints, but Daniel Gross at Slate thinks it's a smart move. The current system is way too bloated, and a price increase might once and for all force junk mailers and department... More »

Check Out the 2010 Stamps

Katharine Hepburn, Mother Teresa, Negro Leagues baseball make the cut

(Newser) - Nobel Prize winner Mother Teresa, Oscar-winning actress Katharine Hepburn, singing cowboy Gene Autry, artist Winslow Homer, and Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Mauldin will be honored on US postage stamps next year. Other new stamps will honor baseball's Negro Leagues, the Sunday funnies and the Hawaiian rain forest, the AP reports.... More »

Bob Hope Gets Stamp of Approval

USPS is rolling out homage to the icon in early 2009

(Newser) - Bob Hope, one of America’s most beloved entertainers, will grace a US postage stamp next year, the AP reports. The British-born Hope, who died in 2003, found success as a singer, actor, comedian, and entertainer of American troops. He benefits from postal rule change that allows non-presidents to be... More »

Skinheads Dupe German Mail, Make Stamp of Nazi Hero

They use image of Hitler deputy Hess

(Newser) - Neo-Nazis in Germany pulled a fast one on the national postal service by tricking the agency into making stamps featuring one of Hitler’s senior deputies, der Spiegel reports. The skinheads used a Deutsche Post service that allows people to upload images for custom stamps online to create about 20... More »

Mega-Brand Rollout Revives Ol' Blue Eyes

Warner deal brings back digitized Sinatra as ad pitchman

(Newser) - Ol' Blue Eyes is still doing it his way—or his heirs' way, to be more precise. Frank Sinatra's family has inked a deal with Warner Music Group to ensure the singer's return on the 10th anniversary of his death: A postage stamp and new CD and DVD collections are... More »

Stamp Price to Hit 42 Cents on Monday

First hike under a new law makes USPS more 'business-like'

(Newser) - There’s a run on the post office today as Americans snap up first class stamps before they cost a penny more on Monday, the Los Angeles Times reports. If the 42-cent price seems insignificant, just think of Netflix, which sends and receives nearly 2 million parcels a day, and... More »

1st-Class Stamp Price to Rise 1¢

Postal service hikes cost more easily under new system

(Newser) - First-class snail mail will cost a penny more starting May 12, the US Postal Service announced today. Stamps are going up to 42¢, as is the Forever stamp, which was billed as a hedge against future first-class rate increases when it was introduced last year. The 41¢ Forevers will still... More »

'Jenny' Stamp Sells for $825K

Prized misprint may be most famous collectible stamp

(Newser) - An inverted "Jenny stamp," one of philately's most sought-after collectibles, just sold to a private collector for $825,000, slightly less than a record price. The stamp is a 1918 misprint, which shows a Curtis JN-4 (Jenny) biplane flying upside-down. Only 100 were printed. The buyer is a... More »

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