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United States Stamps

Stamp collecting came into existence as soon as stamps themselves did. Before there were stamps, U.S. postage rates were extremely complex and costly for the American public. Letter rates were based on the number of sheets included and distance traveled, and they were often refused because the receiver had to pay delivery costs.

In order to make correspondence easier, Congress standardized postage rates in 1845. This made pre-payment possible, and innovative local postmasters began to issue their own Postmaster Provisional stamps between 1845-1847.

Congress authorized official U.S. postage stamps on March 3, 1847, and the Post Office Department issued its first stamps on July 1, 1847. The original 5-cent stamp pictured Benjamin Franklin, and the 10-cent stamp pictured George Washington... Read more

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WALTER GEORGE PLATE BLOCK OF  4

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (starting bid)

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1960 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS COVER

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (1 bid)

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PRESIDENT LINCOLN PLATE BLOCK OF  4

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

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SEATO PLATE # BLOCK OF  4

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (1 bid)

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EPHRUM McDOWELL PLATE # BLOCK OF  4

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

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1973 VERMONT STATE FAIR COVER

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (1 bid)

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1948 FEDERAL HALL COVER

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (1 bid)

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WHEELS OF FREEDOM PLATE BLOCK

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

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STATUE OF LIBERTY PLATE BLOCK

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

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1971 USS OKINAWA APOLLO 16 COVER

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

$1 (1 bid)

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1959 HAWAII STATEHOOD AIRMAIL PLATE BLOCK

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

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STATUE OF LIBERTY AIRMAIL STAMP

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

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1965 U.S. SOUVENIR SHEET

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

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FRANCES WILLARD FAMOUS AMERICANS PLATE BLOCK

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

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1964 PRESIDENT KENNEDY COVER

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

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1964 PRESIDENT KENNEDY COVER

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

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1964 PRESIDENT KENNEDY COVER

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

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1939 NEW YORK WORLDS FAIR FIRST DAY COVER

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

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LINCOLN STAMP

May 29, 2016, 6:30 PM EST
GUILFORD, CT, USA

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Thomas Jefferson Postage Stamp

May 30, 2016, 7:00 AM PST
Westlake Village, CA, USA

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1960-1961 United States Credo Postage Stamps Lot of 4

May 30, 2016, 7:00 AM PST
Westlake Village, CA, USA

$1 (starting bid)

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POSTAGE ENVELOPE. POSTAGE STAMPS US, J. Leach, 86 Nassau St NY, Stationery Cheap

June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

$900 (starting bid)

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POSTAGE ENVELOPE. T.R. Dawley Envelopes Reade + Centre Sts. NY 25 Cents.

June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

$750 (starting bid)

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POSTAGE ENVELOPE. J. LEACH 86 Nassau ST N.Y. Writing Paper, 50 CENTS.

June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

$1,500 (starting bid)

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POSTAGE ENVELOPE. Niblo's Garden Edwin Forrest (New York) 25 CTS. FR. PE537.

June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

$1,600 (starting bid)

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Encased Postage Stamp. 1. GAGE BROTHERS + DRAKE, Tremont House. Chicago. Ch. AU

June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

$4,500 (starting bid)

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Encased Postage Stamp Three Cents. AYER'S SARSAPARILLA, Large AYER'S

June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

$375 (starting bid)

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Encased Postage Stamp. Three Cents. AYER'S SARSAPARILLA. Medium. Full Silvering!

June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

$1,100 (starting bid)

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Encased Postage Stamp. Three Cents Large AYER'S SARSAPARILLA Variety Silvered

June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

$850 (1 bid)

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Encased Postage Stamp Three Cents. AYER'S SARSAPARILLA, Large AYER'S

June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

$550 (starting bid)

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Encased Postage Stamp, 3, BURNETT'S STANDARD COOKING EXTRACTS, Rarity-6, Ch. EF

June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

$900 (starting bid)

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-136. 12 Cents. TAKE AYER'S PILLS. Choice EF Rarity-8

June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

$3,500 (starting bid)

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Sondermarken zum 200. Jahrestag der Amerikanischen

June 8, 2016, 1:00 PM CET
Wiesloch, Germany

€140 (starting bid)

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USA,

June 8, 2016, 1:00 PM CET
Wiesloch, Germany

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1970's-1990's Mint U.S. Stamps

June 10, 2016, 5:00 PM EST
Fort Myers, FL, USA

$61 (2 bids)

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1985-1988 Historic Stamps of America FDC's

June 10, 2016, 5:00 PM EST
Fort Myers, FL, USA

$25 (1 bid)

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1982-1983 Golden Replicas FDC's

June 10, 2016, 5:00 PM EST
Fort Myers, FL, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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1980-1981 Golden Replicas FDC's

June 10, 2016, 5:00 PM EST
Fort Myers, FL, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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June 10, 2016, 5:00 PM EST
Fort Myers, FL, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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US STAMP SCOTT# 65 WASHINGTON 3 CENT USED

June 26, 2016, 7:00 PM EST
Hampton, VA, USA

$2 (starting bid)

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US STAMP SCOTT# 150 10 CENTS JEFFERSON BROWN USED CANCEL MARK.

June 26, 2016, 7:00 PM EST
Hampton, VA, USA

$4 (1 bid)

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US STAMP SCOTT# 157 2 CENTS JACKSON BROWN USED, 1873.

June 26, 2016, 7:00 PM EST
Hampton, VA, USA

$4 (1 bid)

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US STAMPS MISC. REVENUE STAMPS-USED (LOT OF 17), SEE ALL PHOTOS!

June 26, 2016, 7:00 PM EST
Hampton, VA, USA

$2 (starting bid)

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US STAMPS MINT PLATE BLOCKS VINTAGE 1950-51 (LOT OF 11), SEE GREAT STAMP  PHOTOS!

June 26, 2016, 7:00 PM EST
Hampton, VA, USA

$2 (starting bid)

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US STAMPS MINT PLATE BLOCKS VINTAGE 1960-64 (LOT OF 18), SEE GREAT STAMP PHOTOS!

June 26, 2016, 7:00 PM EST
Hampton, VA, USA

$2 (starting bid)

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US STAMPS MINT PLATE BLOCKS VINTAGE 1964-65 (LOT OF 15), SEE GREAT STAMP PHOTOS!

June 26, 2016, 7:00 PM EST
Hampton, VA, USA

$2 (starting bid)

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