Get your APS StampShow 2014 App !

aps-stamp-show-2014-appIf not done already, download the official StampShow 2014 application to any of your iOS and Android devices.

Within this application you will find everything you need to know about the APS Stamp Show held this year in Hartford, CT on Aug 21 to 24, 2014.

Easy and quick install.

Check it out!

I highly recommend you stay connected with the APS through their web and social media sites.

Happy stamping day! :-)

Janice

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Classic Muscle Cars Featured on US Postage Stamps

Stamp Collecting and Philately In The News

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We don’t really know how popular philately still is in the digitally-packed 21 Century, but if you’re into it, you should run to the post office and check out the new Muscle Cars stamps.

Designed by artist Tom Fritz, the new “Muscle Cars” series is released on Friday by the United States Postal Service (USPS) with five classic and desirable high-powered vehicles: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS and 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda.

Who doesn’t want to have all of there cars in their own garage? It’s not much, but at least now you can have them as stamps for your collecting or package shipping pleasure. We’re pretty sure they won’t speed up deliveries, but you might as well give it try…

“Muscle Cars is the third issuance in the America on the Move series. The first issuance in the series, 50s Sporty Cars (2005), was followed by 50s Fins and Chrome (2008). The Muscle Cars stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in self-adhesive sheets of 20 (4 of each design). Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate,” USPS stated on Friday.

Source: autoevolution.com

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Want to Invest in Rare Postage Stamps?

Then you need to read Paul Fraser’s article about investing in rare postage stamps – and how you can beat stocks with a stamp investment!

Investing in rare postage stamps

A guide to investing in rare postage stamps – and how you can beat stocks with a stamp investment

Investment-grade stamps – those rarest, most valuable examples – have put the stock markets to shame in the past decade, posting double digit annual returns.

And the world’s sharpest investment minds are taking note.

Business moguls Warren Buffet and Bill Gross are both major investors in the sector. Gross recently sold part of his Great Britain postage stamp collection for $10.5m – up 22.75% pa on his original $2.5m purchase price seven years earlier.

Reasons to invest

Historical returns: Stamps have been a respected asset with investors for decades and have continued to perform well during the recession, much better than the stock markets. As tangible assets they excel during times of high inflation.

Liquidity: There are an estimated 50m serious stamp collectors globally, and the finest rare stamps are always in demand. Rare stamps have worldwide recognition and global tradability.

Low volatility: Prices are underpinned by the sector’s large and passionate collector base – collectible stamps are a $10bn pa global market. In addition, hundreds of books and price guides exist. This extensive data increases the level of comfort for investors. There are no nasty surprises.

Limited supply: With only a finite supply of investment-grade stamps available, prices can only rise as demand increases.

Click here to read full article.

Source: Paul Fraser Collectibles

As mentioned in more details in the rest of the article, changing demographics, growing economies and growing demand from baby boomers’ generation to invest their disposable wealth are other factors that makes stamp collecting an increasingly “aspirational” investment.

Put your stamp investor cap on and enjoy the read.

Talk soon,

Janice



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