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Posted 08/29/2017   4:57 pm  Show Profile Check ggreve's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ggreve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I started collecting as kid, but by high school I had lost interest until one day I looked in the trash can and right there on top was a box with this stamp on it.



It got me hooked again! Always searching for that next good find in a junk pile.
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Posted 09/01/2017   10:57 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I built a specialized collection 1 stamp at a time, over 20 years. As a result, I find that I have detailed and fond memories of getting and wanting to get, many, if not most of those stamps and covers.

I will say that when I was a collector as a kid, I was thrilled to get a baby zeppelin US C18. That was a real thrill. Makes me want to go buy one right now.
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Posted 11/13/2017   2:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add will to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Oh... I will never forget it.

This pair:


For many reasons.

First of all, this was the stamp that definitively took me back to stamp collecting. When I was a kid, I always loved our (Venezuelan) locals and dreamed about having them. There was a particular stamp I really liked with a golden star on it, pretty expensive in general, let alone for a 9-10 year old mid-class kid.

Fast forward some 15-17 years, I don't know why I started to read eBay's Stamp Board but I eventually made a private transaction for this pictured stamp. My local. In a pair. For $80. It was around 2000... and I was still in Venezuela, so sending money for the first time, to a total stranger was really scary. But I took my chances and fortunately, everything was fine. I got the stamp in the mail and I was the happiest person that day. I started to collect stamp "for real" after that.

Four more years passed... And my collection of "Estrellas de Merida" grew. I had 7, including the pair. And my first kid was born. He had many complications at birth so he had to stay in NICU for two months. Bills were killing us... so I had to sell my Meridas, including the pair. And it helped us kept my kid there, receiving the attention he needed. He's a healthy almost-14 years old boy today!

And my Merida collection is almost there again!
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Posted 11/13/2017   2:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Walkman82 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This U.S. 2915C, plate number 66666, die cut 12 x 11. I was so ecstatic when I received this I could hardly contain myself.

Only 8 known to exist (6 singles, 2 on cover) and all used.

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Posted 11/13/2017   3:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Blaamand to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
will - thank you for sharing your story with us. The Merida pair was sacrificed for a higher cause - some time stamps are just that, stamps. Anyway - welcome back to the 'dark side'
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Posted 11/13/2017   3:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dudley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I meant to post on this thread when it first appeared but never got around to it.

My most memorable acquisition was the Blackjack I bought for $2 from the Gimbel's catalog in 1965. It seemed a great extravagance, and was the first time I realized that there were actually stores for stamp collectors out there.
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Posted 11/13/2017   3:48 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Will - lovely story - thank you.
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Posted 11/13/2017   6:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Alan B to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I used to be a professional balloonist, and, while flying in Lafayette, IN, I landed in a residential area. Long story short, someone who lived in the neighborhood came up to me and said "I've got something for you you'll appreciate." He disappeared for a couple of minutes and then came back and gave me a program from the 1957 100th anniversary flight of the first airmail flight, complete with the C54 airmail stamp. To top it off, I know the pilot of that 1957 flight, so I got him to autograph the program on a later occasion. I've kept the program, and have it stored along with numerous first day covers from that day.

Subsequent edit: 1959, not 1957.
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Posted 11/13/2017   6:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Renden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Will.....the greatest story ever ! Am happy for you.
My latest "beauties" include 2 stamps, one from Canada, one from my Province in Canada.....





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Posted 11/14/2017   09:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add funcitypapa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I would have to vote for two stamps. One was the first "old" stamp I ever owned (Scott 223 OG -Hinged) that my mother gave me when I first started with stamps somewhere between the ages of 10 and 13. Naturally, not really knowing how to handle stamps at that age, it got damaged but never tossed and remains in my collection as the initial entry into this enjoyable hobby. I always was interested in the 12cent pictorial but now this was in the late 1970's/early 1980's when inflation and stamp prices were going crazy and I had a family and career to attend to and more important things to spend money on. Fast forward to the late 80's and I found myself at a Dutch Country Auction where I bought a selection of what was advertised as classic unused that included the Scott #117. Although subsequent submission to the PF yielded a cert reading "faintly cancelled" the fire was reignited.
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Posted 11/14/2017   10:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Renden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
funcitypapa
would like to see your stamps !
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Posted 11/14/2017   2:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add funcitypapa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Renden: I can't show you the #223 since I'm too computer incompetent to upload (not missing anything by not seeing it) but the cert for the #117 is on the PF search (certificate 220072)
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Posted 11/18/2017   12:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My "most memorable purchase" is the one where I have absolutely no recollection of what I bought. It was WHO I bought it from. It was about 1965, I think, when I was 15, and I had learned that Jacques Minkus was in Indianapolis to open a new stamp store. It was in the basement of the long gone downtown department store L.S. Ayres, next to the bookstore. I "coaxed" a few bucks from my mother and hopped on the bus going downtown. Got to the store and actually bought a few dollars worth from Mr. Minkus himself. I was just a kid, but he treated me the same way he would treat an adult with lots of money to spend; like royalty.

I've lived in Colorado now for longer than the 31 years I lived in my home state. Lots of memorable stamp purchases have happened. But, for me, never one to rival that day in '65.
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Posted 11/19/2017   07:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My first album was purchased at Woolworths for 25 cents by my mother and I had it for 3 years . At the public housing projects where we lived one boy wanted to sell his TRAVELERS ALBUM for 50 cents . I begged my Dad for 50 cents for a few days ,since my birthday was coming up soon he finally gave in .
I got the album ,in 1958 I became a "big kid collector" with a big stamp album .
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Posted 11/20/2017   4:27 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My first album came from Woolies too - bought by my Dad when I was about five. I sat in his knee and we put the stamps in. He did the hinging, while I licked the ones with gum on the backs.
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