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NYt Op-Ed Piece On Stamp Collecting

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Posted 10/02/2017   9:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add joe1225us to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Something I'd like to point out - I seriously doubt the photo in the op-ed is actually a photo of the opinion writer's collection. The photo was taken by a Russian photographer and contributor to the NYT. Most likely it is part of his "stock portfolio" and served well enough to illustrate the piece. At least for non-stamp-collectors. It doesn't change the fact that mint US & plate blocks from the 50s to the 70s aren't worth much more than postage, and FDCs hardly worth anything. A simple point about supply and demand for common material should be part of a rebuttal.


I think the consensus that his collection was never worth that much was based not upon the picture, but his description of his collection, which seemed to be him getting FDC and Plate Blocks etc in his youth. Which could not have been pre 1940's. And his expectation for a huge value seem to be based on the fact that when HE was collecting stamps from 70 years prior were worth money, so the same would apply when his stamps reached the age of 70 years or so
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Posted 10/10/2017   9:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add joe1225us to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here is a link to a more positive article about collecting in the general press

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-art...mp-collector
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Posted 10/11/2017   02:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for posting the link - an excellent piece that also deserves to be read on its own merits, irrespective of the connection to philately.
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I seriously doubt the photo in the op-ed is actually a photo of the opinion writer's collection. The photo was taken by a Russian photographer and contributor to the NYT. Most likely it is part of his "stock portfolio" and served well enough to illustrate the piece.


Last week I was in e-mail contact with NYT editors several times. They told me they planned to publish my letter, but two days later the Las Vegas shootings occurred, so I expect quite a bit of delay while they deal with letters on bigger issues. In the course of that dialog, I raised the stock photo question, they told me they would check, and after several hours' delay they replied that it was not stock and shot specifically for this op-ed piece.
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Posted 10/11/2017   3:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Partime to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice. I hope it sparks even more interest, or at least extended conversation. Congrats.
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Posted 10/11/2017   4:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rhett to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
CJ, nice rebuttal - short and to the point and therefore probably effective. Thanks for doing it and I am glad it was published!
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Posted 10/11/2017   4:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you. Well said.
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Posted 10/11/2017   4:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great job. Thanks for putting that together.
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Posted 10/11/2017   5:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add shermae to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Outstanding
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Awesome!
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Congratulations, CJ, and thank you. I appreciated the effort but didn't think actual publication was possible, even though the letter was very well written. You proved me wrong!
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Posted 10/11/2017   6:18 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
*applause*
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Posted 10/19/2017   08:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jimwentzell to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice job, Christopher!

There are always a lot of armchair advisors, but it takes real action to do our part to promote philately.

Little things that might make a big difference:

Bring unwanted stamp publications to your doctor's office, where there is WAY TOO LITTLE decent reading material for a captive audience! You might even insert a flyer or two of YOUR local stamp club's meeting locations and contact info.

Contact your area scout leaders, church, civic organizations and senior centers regarding your availability to talk about philately at a forum, scout function, or other meeting of potential collectors. Have ready basic starter kits, packets of stamps and related supplies, easy to assemble as many items get donated or we have on hand as seasoned collectors.

Find out when or where area home-schoolers convene (formerly in conventions or informally at related events like home shows, fairs, community centers, etc.) The huge educational benefits stamp collecting offers to parents and other educators is not hard to point out.

Your stamp club might be given a free table at a Homeschooler Show or similar convention, just ask or volunteer your assistance! Get to know who knows who and there will be many referrals! Experience also shows that too many stamps given too freely dilute the interest quickly. A slow but steady acquisition rate keeps newer collectors interested longer.

--Jim
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Posted 10/19/2017   08:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add joe1225us to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Some good ideas. I like the one about bringing literature to doctors offices!
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