Our friends the American Stamp Dealers Association are now publishing an entertaining, slick magazine called The American Stamp Dealer And Collector. It appears to be a natural: Many stamp dealers started out as collectors, whose interest grew to the point where making stamps their lives and livelihoods seemed like a good idea.
With a stable made up of the cream of philatelic writers producing features on those that currently make the collecting world tick, the history of collecting and collectors, and even cartoons from the golden age, there's enough to satisfy any collector who wants to add a quality resource to his ongoing philatelic library. As collectors the world over know, knowledge is power. All it takes is the right bit of information at the right time to put you ahead of the crowd, able to recognize the value in an item that others don't see. From personal experience I can tell you that there's no feeling like it and a small investment in knowledge can eventually pay off big for the savvy collector.
And while we're on the subject of the ASDA, those in the New York City area might want to drop in on the Spring Postage Stamp Mega Event, April 15-18, being held at the New Yorker Hotel, New York, NY. As usual, besides more than 50 dealers in U.S. and international stamps, stamp society meetings, giveaways and celebrity appearances, this premier show boasts a first day ceremony for the new United Nations "Endangered Species" stamps. Photo © USPS