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A dramatic account of the pursuit of the world's most sought-after stamps and its role in launching stamp collecting as a mainstream hobby documents the contributions of early collectors and their adventures in myriad exotic locations.

When it was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. In 2014, this tiny square of faded red paper sold at Sotheby's for nearly $10 million, the largest amount ever paid for a postage stamp at auction. Through the stories of the eccentric characters who have bought, owned, and sold the One-Cent Magenta in the years in between, James Barron delivers a fascinating tale of global history and immense wealth, and of the human desire to collect. One-cent magentas... more...

An inside look at the obsessive, secretive, and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting, told through the journey of the world’s most sought-after stamp.   When it was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. In 2014, this tiny square of faded red paper sold at Sotheby’s for nearly $9.5 million, the largest amount ever paid for a postage stamp at auction. Through the stories of the eccentric characters who have bought,... more...

In Miniature Messages, Jack Child analyzes Latin American postage stamps, revealing the messages about history, culture, and politics encoded in their design and disseminated throughout the world. While postage stamps are a sanctioned product of official government agencies, Child argues that they accumulate popular cultural value and take on new meanings as they circulate in the public sphere. As he demonstrates in this richly... more...

The 36,172 changes made in the 2009 edition of Volume 6, which includes countries of the world So-Z, brings the total this year to 274,129. "The exchange rate continues to be the catalyst for many of these changes. The market for stamps denominated in euros, British pounds, Canadian dollars and other various foreign currencies are largely made in the home countries, and anyone who wants to compete for those stamps must compete with those home-country... more...


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For those who have inherited a stamp collection, want to start a collection, also for an advanced collector, beginning stamp dealer, advanced stamp dealer or wish to know if they have a one million dollar stamp in their collection.

Warman's U.S. Stamps Field Guide, 3rd edition, features photographs of nearly 1,000 color stamps, thousands of listings values for U.S. regular-issue and Airmail stamps from 1847-2013, all providing a compact and enjoyable overview of one of the world's oldest hobbies.

From the Editor: "There are 15,000 value changes in Vol. 3 of the Standard catalogue...."

There are 18 different countries in Volume 2 with more than 1,000 value changes. Worldwide currency fluctuations and demand continue to propel the large number of changes made in this year s catalogue. More than 7,000 changes were made in France alone. Other countries with large number of changes include Canada with more than 5,500, Czechoslovakia 3,235, Denmark 3,128, Finland 2,630 and China 1,914. All totaled more than 59,000 value changes were... more...