Stamp Show Here Today is a podcast dedicated to stamps and stamp collecting. Brought to you by Scott Murphy, Caj Brejtfus, Tom Schilling, and Dawn Niesley-Goss. Features weekly episodes that include current stamp news, stamp guides, expertization techniques, professional opinions, beginner\'s advice, and more. Stamp Show Here Today is meant for stamp collectors of all ages and levels of experience.
Welcome to Episode #210. This week we discuss the very first US Aircraft Carrier and the ship and navy covers and cancellations that are so very collectible. We also discuss NEW ISSUES including the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, sesame Street and Halloween.
Welcome to Episode #208 - We answer questions from the listeners. If you want your question answered then go to Stamp Show Here Today on Facebook and ask us anything (we prefer stamp related questions but asking for a good Pan Fried Steak recipe from dawn is also acceptable).
Welcome to episode #205. We discuss the Overprint issues of the Philippines, Guam, Cuba and Puerto Rico and their back story of the Spanish American War. Also New Issues.
Sounds like fun.
I for one will give it a listen.
Welcome to Episode #204. Have you tried the new Del Taco Plattos? (Shameless Plug)
You can eat one while listening to our discussion on how to put pictures on eBay for the items you sell in order to maximize your chances of selling.
Welcome to Episode #200. A mile stone for us and we thank you all for your listening support. Today we are discussing Stamp Auctions and the stamp issue of 1869 in great detail. The issue of 1869 has such a story to it. It changed everything, and I hope we can share a bit of this with you all.
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today Episode #199 - Sorry everyone with the Chicago show and Thanksgiving we were thrown a little out of whack. But we are back with a shortish episode. Today we are discussing Scott and Tom's trip to Chicagopex and conducting the drawing for the winners of October's stamp collecting month give away. Enjoy.
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today Episode #198 - Today we are discussing the elections of President Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, who were elected on the same date one year apart. We also discuss online modern companies and startups going back to using the postal system for advertising. Scott and Tom will be at Chicagopex next week and there will most likely not be a show then. Enjoy.
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today Episode #197 - Today we are discussing the Colombian Exposition of 1893 including its link to H. H. Holmes, the nations first serial killer. Also the U.S. Supreme Court is going to hear a patent case involving the USPS, and the Colombian Issue of stamps that came out for the Exposition. We also discuss United Kingdom and Canada Christmas issues and upcoming shows, including the Black River Stamp Clubs Ohio show that is going to feature an airmail exhibit. Enjoy.
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today Episode #196 - Sorry I got to this one a little late. Today we are discussing the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, The United States leaving the Universal Postal Union, and a discussion on the Pan-American Expositions postal showcase and the stamps that were issued by the United States. We also discuss a new Canadian Issue and upcoming stamp shows. Enjoy.
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today Episoe #194 - Today we are discussing the Anniversary of Chuck Yeager Breaking the sound barrie, What may be the largest interal theft of postage stamps in USPS history, and the Yehudi Menuhin award for music depicted on stamps. Enjoy.
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today Episoe #194 - Today we are discussing national stamp collecting month, a post office break-in in Alabama, the difficulties of early zip code adoption, and the APS' special interest page. Also there is a give away for the remainder of this month in clebration of National stamp collecting month. Enjoy.
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today Episoe #192 - Today we are discussing Gold Star Mothers, College students not being able to use the internet, Canada Posts e-commerce award winners, and collecting self-adhesive stamps. Enjoy.
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today Episoe #191 - Today we are discussing the United States Capitol building, The USPS facing eviction in Milwaukee, Mark Cuban, and the just completed Federal Duck Stamp Competition. We also discuss the new United States Birds of Winter issue and upcoming shows. Enjoy.
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today Episode #190 - Today we are discussing Mao Zedong and the recently discovered C3a "Inverted Jenny" discovered in a Chicago area bank vault. We will also discuss plate numbers and plate blocks and new issues including both the United States and Canada's first responder stamps, and the final release of the United Kingdom's World War I centenary issue. Enjoy
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today Episode #189 - Today we will be discussing National Neither Rain nor Shine Day, A secret stamp society that got some steel from the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and younger collectors. We also discuss starting a stamp collection at low cost and upcoming shows. Enjoy.
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today Episode #188 - Today we will be discussing womens right to vote, Franking, and President Trump taking on postal rates. Also a follow up on the Canada e-commerce contest, other postal related news, upcoming shows, new issues and a Hot Wheels release update.
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today Episode #187 - Today we are discussing the Indianapoils Motor Speedway which opened August 19th 1909, the USPS announcement of Hot Wheels Stamps, 22 karat gold stamps, and United Kingdom Regional Issues. We also discuss some new issues being released as well as upcoming stamp shows for the weekend of August 24th - 26th. Images of the stamps we discuss during the podcast will be available on stampshowheretoday.com where you can also listen to and download episodes. Enjoy.
Welcome to episode #186. Today we do a wrap-up of the APS convention in Columbus Georgia which ended last Sunday. Scott and Mark were there, and they share their observations about the first day ceremony for the Dragon stamps as well as the market place and other tidbits. (1-minute marker).
As a follow-up we also went to and will discuss the first day ceremony for the Magic stamps (10-minutee marker).
We discuss the new issue coming from the Royal Mail for the “Old Vic” which is a 200-year-old theater in London and the subjects are many movie stars – who also were theater stars – GREAT for a topical collector. We then discuss another topical of BEES on stamps. (15 ½-minute marker).
Lastly, we discuss how to mail your stamps. (26-minute marker)
Welcome to episode #182. Today we are here with President Trump and President Putin in Helsinki Finland so obviously our conversation today is going to be about Finnish Perforations. After all, what else could we discuss? (14 minute marker)
We also discuss some FNR's that you can see on our Facebook page - the stamps show Monte Python, Dragons and many other topics (39 minute marker)
39 Minute Marker? That has to be a typo. 39 minutes? not possible.
Welcome to episode #181. Today we discuss the German East Africa in World War 1 and General Vorbeck. This interesting area, that most people couldn't point to on a map in a drunken bet but after this episode, you will know all these colonies and what they did in World War 1 (3-minute marker)
Then on a happier note, we discuss pre-war Austria and their experiment with adding varnish bars to stamps (13-minute marker)
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today episode #179. Today we are discussing the Simpsons and Precancels.
We discuss a 2 cent Harding stamp (GO TO FACEBOOK; TO THE STAMP SHOW HERE TODAY PAGE, TO SEE IT) that has a precancel from Springfield so we couldn’t help ourselves but to discuss the Simpsons. (5 minute marker)
Then, because we are a stamp podcast we also delve into the precancel itself and discuss the history of precanceled stamps. Why, How, When – we cover all the bases on precancels on stamps including if one with full gum that has never been used is “Mint” or not. (16 minute marker)
Welcome to episode #178. This week we are talking about stamps that just make you go WTF? (17 minute mark - Yes we have a long intro - and that is an odd one also).
Also Stamp Collecting Comic Books.
Welcome to episode #176 – Today we talk about the 1901 Buffalo Exposition with literally the guy who wrote the book on it.
Today we have special guest Rick Barrett who wrote the book “Buffalo Cinderellas, The Gentleman, The Huckster and the Pan American Exposition. Fantastic book by the way. Everyone should buy one but of the 500 book print run only 200 remain so…. If this is of interest I would not delay. (5 Minute Marker).
Welcome to episode #175. Today we ask the question “How did Morocco cause World War 1?” Are we crazy? Well listen and let’s see if you agree that the seeds of World War 1 go back to the 1905 Morocco crisis. Also, as Scott would ask, “What does this have to do with stamps?”. Well we cover the fascinating stamp issues which arose from this and the other “dominoes" that caused World War 1. (10 minute marker)
We also give a shout out to Bradley Fritts who won the ITS NOT JUST STAMPS award at Westpex 2018. Congratulations (3 minute marker)
Lastly, as we are discussing World War 1, we talk about expertizing the AEF stamp booklet panes issued for the american soldiers in France (30 minute marker)
Welsome to episode #173. This week we will be talking about the New Dollar value Lady Liberty stamps which will have their first day ceremony at the American Philatelic Society headquarters. We discuss the APS also and strongly suggest that if you are not a member, that you should be (6 minute mark).
We also discuss the other first daycCeremonies doe the Dragons and Magic stamps and then open some listener mail (36 minute marker).
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today, episode #171. Today we are discussing our favorite stamps. This is a visual thing so anyone who wants to see the stamps go to our Facebook page at StampShowHereToday to see the stamps. (3 minute marker).
We also answer a listener email on eBay pictures. Size of the pictures matters and having access to a easy to use picture editor will help anyone selling on eBay. (22 minute marker).
Welcome to Episode #170 Today it is all about UV Lights and Puffins. Confused? Listen up then.
Puffins beaks glow – So what you may ask (OK Fair enough). Well…. Non sequitur segue to the story of the Lundy postal service (6 minute marker).
Another Non sequitur segue is to the use of UV lights in philately. (22 minute marker).
Welcome to Episode #169. Today we are discussing Bisects but we wonder off here and there to discuss Franks 3 cent stamps, the world’s largest stamp and some of the smallest stamps. (4 Minute marker)
Enjoy the rambling journey of theBisect.
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today, Episode #168. Last week we discussed stamp investing and mister Bill Gross’s upcoming auction sale of some of the best stamps of the United States.
We, today we go to the other side and discuss Warren Buffett and his brief journey into stamp collecting/investing. So if you are afraid of the “I” word (Investing) curl up with your comfort animal in your safe space and prepare to hear all about the 4 cent blue eagle airmail stamp
Welcome to episode #167. After a long witty banter (or just banter) section we discuss the upcoming Bill Gross sale of the greatest stamps in US Philately (19 minute marker).
After that it is all about Mister Zip. Yes this eclectic fellow of old is discussed from origins to a possible evil twin. (31 minute marker).
Enjoy or Mister Zip will come to get you!
Welcome to episode #166. We are looking at the news stories which you may have missed. It is amazing that with virtually nothing going on in today’s news these tidbits were not jumped on by the news media. (7 minute mark)
Welcome to episode #164. Today we are discussing Real Estate Stamps. With all the discussion on real estate we have to ask…. Can we tie this to stamp collecting? Well the answer is obviously yes. We discuss the Red Revenues of the 1940s to the 1950s that adorn almost every deed of that time period. (6 minute marker)
Welcome to Episode #162. The stamps of World War 1.
There were a few stamps printed by the United States specifically for World War 1. These include the very elusive AEF (American Expeditionary Forces) stamps printed for the use of soldiers to mail letters home, and also the War Savings stamps (to pay for the war). We discuss some things about the AEF stamps that may allow you to find some of these gems. We also discuss what the War Savings stamps are and how they were used.
World War 1 is 100 years old this year…. Happy Birthday (4 minute marker)
Welcome to Episode #161. We just got back from ARIPEX and discuss (in my opinion) one of the best stamp shows in the country. While there we had the chance to speak with a few people including a Hopi Kachina Doll maker which – while not actually about stamps, I left in because he was so interesting and his work was so nice.
While listening to him you will hear a scratching sort of sound in the podcast….. That is because he was actually carving one of his Kachina Dolls while we were talking.
As always – Go on Facebook to see the covers and Kachina Dolls we are discussing.
Welcome to episode #160. Today we discuss the Winter Olympics stamps of the United States. Yes, the sports event that has us all watching for who can slide across the ice the fastest is going on right now and it has a very interesting philatelic history (minute marker 3)
After that…. Today is Valentine ’s Day. With love in the air we also discuss the history of the Love stamps. (Minute marker 18)
Welcome to episode #159. This week we discuss Turkeys preventing the mail from being delivered in Ohio. Yes these butterballs to be are holding our mail hostage. (3 minute marker).
On the serious side we discuss the US Specialty Precision Multi-Gauge – I am spelling it here because we called it the Precision United States Specialist gauge in the podcast. The search still works but….. here it is correctly named. (Minute marker 11).
Welcome to episode #158. Today we discuss Joint Issues, Knees, Back, Toes – it’s all about your health.
I was just notified that it is about US and Foreign joint stamp issues. Can I edit this? Well I guess I didn’t listen very closely (3 minute marker).
Afterwards we open listener mail (20 minute marker).
Welcome to Episode #157. Today we are looking at the Linn’s Stamp Poll. They annual popularity poll of the stamps put out last year. Go to Linns.com and look at the poll. Vote for your favorites. (3 minute marker)
Have fun, or don’t. I am not going to tell you what to do.
Welcome to episode #156. Today we discuss the Scott's Catalog, printed by Amos Publications and is a necessary item for any collector. There are a few things in the catalog which are hard to decipher though and we discuss them. Today we give advice on how to better read and more fully use the catalog (6 minute marker).
Welcome to episode #155. I know this may sound odd but in this episode I discuss all the episodes you won’t be hearing. Everyone else is gone so I can do what I want. Next episode will be back to normal but until then – enjoy, Or don’t – I am not going to tell you what to do.
Welcome to episode #154. With the Last Jedi having just come out, we had to discuss Star Wars stamps. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers so if you haven’t seen the movie – you will not have it spoiled for you. We also discuss the new Game of Thrones stamp set coming out because there are Dragons! (13 minute marker).
After that, we have Jim Forte who is one of the leading dealers in postal history in the country. He continues the discussion we had last week on Cancel Collecting and has some fantastic insights (29 minute marker).
Before we “officially” started the podcast, Jim also shared his experience with selling stamps on Amazon, Hipstamps and eBay as well as DelCamp and his own web site PostalHistory.com. It was so good I didn’t cut it down… as you will see when Dawn asks “when is the podcast starting?”.
Welcome to episode #153. Cancellations. We are not being canceled, our mail is…… That is our letters are having postmarks put on them and that is what we will be discussing, the glamorous and exciting world of cancel collecting. (4 minute marker)
Welcome to episode #152 – Our Christmas Extravaganza. We have a lot of extravaganzas, don’t we?
This week we discuss Christmas Stamps – are you shocked and amazed? (3 minute marker).
We also discuss the announcement of the new US postage stamps announced for 2018. We have the stamp list and as always, opinions on the designs, art and subjects (15 minute marker)
Welcome to episode #151. This week we discuss the National Park stamps. Not the Farley issue but the stamps you need when you go to a national park. These include:
That Big Silver Airstream Trailer – Yup there is a stamp for that (Trailer stamps – 6 minute marker)
The Boat you want to float around in – Yup there is a stamp for that (12 minute marker)
Entry Fee? – There is a stamp for that (19 minute marker)
Want to go hunting – Yup (29 minute marker)
Want to really hunt? Like with a machine gun? – Tax stamp for that also (38 minute marker
Welcome to Episode 150. This week we have stamp facts. Some aren’t so much facts as interesting tidbits (ok let’s just say tidbits – interesting may be stretching it). So sit back and enjoy. (3 minute marker)
Also – we are serious, if you know of a United States stamp that doesn’t have the name of the country on it, please post it on Facebook. We are really interested to see if one exists.
Episode #149 - Happy Thanksgiving. With everyone off to visit family it we couldnt do a recording this week so we reached deep into the archive. This is episode #17 with Chad Snee. Many of you cant access these old episodes and this one was great so we are rebroadcasting it.
Welcome to Episode #147. We are plugging ChicagoPex coming up on the November 17th weekend at the Itasca Westin. Google ChicagoPex for all the info. (I know - not Chicago, how depressing). (Minute Marker 5)
Welcome to Episode #146. Today we talk about the small island of SARK which is in the Guernsey Islands of Britain. Look on a stamp of Guernsey with a map and Sark will be the small island at the bottom, just north of France. So why talk about it? Well this is the last feudal holding in the British Empire and it ended in just 2007. (Minute market 3)
We also received a nice reference lot from Tony (Check his stuff on eBay at BarneysStamps) – Fake coils and Kansas Nebraska overprints – Thank you Tony (Minute marker 11)
Lastly we discuss stamp shows and if we had a magic wand.
Welcome to episode #145. This week we talk about the various types of stamp collectors. Stamp collecting is a huge topic with many different collecting interests. From the classic collector to the historian who wants a relic of history, to the investor (AND YES, we do not shirk away from talking about investing here) stamp collecting offers such a range of interests that it will appeal to anyone.
Week we delve into the different types (we call the classes) of stamp collectors. (3 minute marker).
Our guests in this are Rich Specter and Ray Liebermann.
Ray is also the editor of the on-line newsletter 100J. To subscribe just send an email to email@example.com
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today, Episode #144. Our SESCAL Spectacular. Yes, here in Ontario California we visited the show and it was truly awesome. Thank you to the listeners who stopped by and said HI and also to all on Facebook who gave us a shout-out but couldn’t come.
We have 2 outstanding exhibiters who showed us some of their prize possessions. The first is Michael Mahler who showed us some awesome NEVADA stamp items with loads of back story and history. True relics of history (3 minute marker)
We also had Les Lampher show us some of his items including a Chester Arthur cover as well as a stranded artic expedition cover and a cover from the San Francisco fire. Again, true relics of history (13 minute marker)
We then discuss some of the table sales and how the dealers here at SESCAL sell stuff. (20 minute marker).
IMPORTANT!!!!! All the items discussed can be seen on the Stamp Show Here Today Facebook page.
Welcome to episode #143. So you have worked years if not decades on your stamp collection. Now you want to sell it. You can sell it at the auctions or to a dealer but what if… WHAT IF… You sell it yourself. What if you became a stamp dealer? Today we discuss just this. (3 minute marker)
Welcome to Episode #142. This week we discuss comic books, stamps and how the markets of these two things are very much the same. We discuss selling and buying on eBay, signatures, production varieties and the comic hero stamp sheets for the DC and MARVEL heroes as well as Batman, Wonder Woman and much more. (1 Minute marker)
We discuss the British Star Wars Prestige Booklet for Star Wars and the potential of getting signed mementoes.
Also, if you haven’t heard the 2001 Space Odyssey rendition yet – listen to the end (a hidden Easter egg).
Welcome to Episode #141. This week we are celebrating the TV Game Show Jeopardy which saw most fitting to have a category on stamp collecting. Can you answer the questions? (minute marker 1 – yup from the very beginning).
Thank you to Bill Hontos for joining us and also a big thank you to Linn's Stamp News for the information in this podcast.
Welcome to episode #140. This week we are all about the history and back story of the stamps of the huge area smack dab in the middle of Africa that was claimed by England, France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal but eventually wound up being owned by one pretty despicable person from Belgium. (4 minute marker)
The history of The Congo, The Belgian Congo, Saba, Katanga, Zaire (did I leave anybody out) is fascinating in its brutality, instability, United Nations involvement and crisis. The stamps of this area confirm this with many different nation states (and some non-recognized ones), overprints and new issues, all with fascinating back stories This area has always fascinated me. Finally we have done a podcast on it.
We also have an update on COUNTERFIET STAMPS. (28 minute marker)
Welcome to Episode #139. We discuss the Woman’s Armp Air Corp WASPs who were paramilitary pilots with a very interesting story. We discuss the Jaquelin Cochran stamp which shows her as a pilot or racer or something…. It does not show that she was a WASP and for very interesting reasons. We also discuss the stamp varieties on her issue as well as some other famous lady pilots who have stamps – notably a discussion on the Quimby stamp and its perf varieties. (3 minute marker)
We also share a story from the USPS podcast about a great letter correspondence to Mohammed Ali. A great story. (21 minute marker).
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today, Episode #138. Today we discuss Video games. Ever hear a stamp dealer say that stamp collecting can’t compete with video games? I have and we discuss this. Also; listener e-mail and the US Postal Service’s Christmas Stamps.
That’s over 7 pounds of podcast in a 5 pound bag!
Welcome to Stamp Show Here Today, Episode #137. Today we talk about Godzilla (Gojira) and his stamps. Since we are talking about the destructive lizard (dinosaur?) we will also be discussing the fake stamps of Japan and also other countries.
Did you know Godzilla has his own song by the Blue Oyster Cult? I didn’t but everyone else did so – stay to the end for that.
Also Caj’s Corrections and a continuation of the Rutherford B Hayes Extravaganza.