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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • TODD G. HIGDON: Getting back on track with stamp collecting

  • My love of stamps has grown over the years. Recently, Tina surprised me by buying some stamps to help me get back on track with my hobby.
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  • My love of stamps has grown over the years. Recently, Tina surprised me by buying some stamps to help me get back on track with my hobby.
    First, let’s go back a few years. My parents gave me a stamp commemorative set one Christmas. From then on, I started collecting them. I had friends and friends of friends give me stamps and even when Dad and I go to a baseball card and stamp show, he is over looking at the baseball cards, while I am looking at first edition stamps. Some of the stamps that I have collected over the years included first edition of Civil War to National Parks to historical figures to even others that have peaked my interest.
    When I was a freshman in college, a friend of ours, Jerry Berry, was an avid stamp collector. When I went over to the family’s house, he would bring out the stamps, the books and what to look for in stamps when stamp shows came about.
    Fast forward to a few years ago, Jerry stopped at my office to give me a present: It was a commemorative stamp of the famous upside down airplane.
    A little history about the stamp. It’s a 1918 24-cent air mail stamp with the bi-plane “Jenny.” In the case of the stamp, printers and engravers had to be concerned about the two colors, proper placement, paper, design limitations and a number of other specifications. To put it simply, the upside down plane was human error. Out of more than 20,000 sheets that were printed – one at a time – one of the sheets came out wrong.
    Getting back to Tina, the stamps that were sent to me were from all over the United States and the world. These are neat and the next thing to do is to put them into protective sleeves so that they don’t get misplaced.
    On the side of the collector shows, there are still some around, however, it has been ages since Neosho has hosted one. I wish that we would host a show. There are a number of collector clubs that would love to have a collector’s show come in.
    So, if you know of one, let me know.
    Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at tghigdon@neoshodailynews.com

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