Perfect Gifts for the Stamp Enthusiast

The holidays are the ideal time to start the little ones on their stamp collection and who knows — the hobby could last a lifetime. Stamp collecting has often been called “the hobby of kings and the king of hobbies.” Linn’s Stamp News estimates that more than 5 million individuals in the United States collect the small pieces of paper that indicate payment of postage. New products recently released are available now and are perfect for gift giving, holiday time, or anytime.

The 2012 Stamp Yearbook — $64.95, #991200

The 2012 Stamp Yearbook

This 76-page hardcover book includes:

n 94 stamps from the 2012 collectible program, plus mounts.

n Fascinating information about each stamp subject.

n Placeholders to preserve the complete stamp pro­gram, including a new section for high-value stamps.

n Access to digital extras showcasing multimedia con­tent.

The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps, 39th Edition — $21.95, #891200

This guide, in an easy-to-use, oversize format, is a “must-have” for collectors. This fully illustrated, four-color guide to U.S. stamps is the official publication providing the most comprehensive information available about the U.S. stamp program. Beginning with the first stamps issued in 1847, the guide covers more than 4,000 stamps issued up to the present.

The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps, 39th Edition

The guide includes:

n An updated stamp series section that lists the stamps issued in each series, such as American Treasures, Black Heritage, and Scenic American Landscapes.

n Detailed listings for each stamp, with color illustra­tions, Scott catalog numbers, dates of issue, used and unused prices, quantities issued (when known), and separate listings for design variations.

n Advice on how to start your own stamp collection.

n A resource section, a glossary of terms, and much more.

Both publications, the 2012 Stamp Yearbook and The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps, 39th Edition, can be previewed at

There is a philatelic product for just about everyone. For baseball fans and stamp enthusiasts, “Play Ball! Great Moments in Major League Baseball History” is the perfect keepsake. The 8-1/2" x 11", 40-page softbound book is filled with the vivid paintings of artist Graig Kreindler, whose extraordinary work captures our national pastimes’ biggest icons in action. The issuances included in this book are: The 2001 Legendary Playing Fields, 2010 Negro Leagues Baseball, and the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps. Item #469672 (Play Ball Book $24.95)

Historians and students of the Civil War will want to add the Civil War: 1862 Commemorative Folio to their collec­tion. This extraordinary commemorative product captures a piece of Civil War history and features the second stamp issuance in the 5-year Civil War Sesquicentennial series. The product consists of a handsome tri-fold folio contain­ing the Civil War: 1862 souvenir sheet of 12 stamps and a collectible card showcasing two affixed stamps and two official first-day-of-issue postmarks. Item #577071 (The Civil War: 1862 Commemorative Folio — $15.95)

Mother Earth never looked so captivating — and collect­ible — than on a 500-piece puzzle featuring 15 breathtak­ing images of America’s landscapes as seen from high above the planet’s surface. Sure to provide hours of enter­tainment for all ages, the 18x24-inch puzzle also makes a spectacular piece of art to frame or display once com­pleted. It comes with a sheet of 15 Earthscapes Forever stamps. Item #470177 (Earthscapes Puzzle — $17.95)

Other Philatelic Products to Promote this Holiday

Item #

Product Description


Mail a Smile DCP Cancellation Keepsake $10.95


Mail a Smile Premium Postcard Set $15.95


Twentieth-Century Poets Notecard Set $14.95


Heart Health DCP Cancellation Keepsake $10.95


Cherry Blossoms Centennial Notecard Set $13.95


Purple Martin Stamped Envelopes (10-pack) $7.95


Mail Use Stamp Packet $31.95 (available via, 800-STAMP24, or USA Philatelic Catalog)


High Value Stamp Packet $45.95 (available via, 800-STAMP24, or USA Philatelic Catalog)


Yearbook, Mail Use Stamp Packet, and High Value Stamp Packet $135.95 (available via,
800-STAMP24, or USA Philatelic Catalog)