Collector’s Choice: New stamps feature boutonniere, corsage

Published: 3/26/2020 6:13:53 PM
Modified: 3/26/2020 6:13:46 PM

The U.S. Postal Service will issue two different stamps on April 2 featuring flowers worn on formal clothing. Both stamps will be issued as self-adhesives in panes of 20 subjects, and officially debut in Crestwood, KY.

A first class rate forever stamp will feature a contemporary boutonniere, while a two-ounce rate (70 cents) stamp will feature a garden corsage. Another flower-related stamp will be issued on April 24.

Upcoming coin and stamp shows scheduled between now and into mid-May have been canceled, due to Covid 19 virus restrictions on large public gatherings.

With the closing of eat-in restaurants, movie theaters, and many other gatherings, people may be spending more of their spare time at home these days. If you used to be a collector of one of the hobbies covered by this column, this might be a good time to dig out that old collection and dust it off.

Many people collected coins, stamps, or sports cards when they were young, then gave it up when they discovered the opposite sex, or got seriously involved in establishing their career. Now might be the time for you to revisit that old collection, to see how far it was taken, or if you want to rekindle your interest in that hobby.

Post offices are still open to sell stamps, unopened packs of sports cards are on sale at department stores, and coins can be purchased in rolls from banks to search through. With the advent of the internet, there is a mass of hobby information out there, and many websites offering hobby items for direct sale or by auction. Maybe there was a set of something that you came within one item of finishing. Why not try to complete it? A complete set of something is usually worth a lot more than one with a missing item.

Another advantage of the internet is that you may see several examples of the item you seek offered at different prices. Be aware that the cheapest item may be in much worse condition that ones offered at a higher price.

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