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The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps, 37th ed Plastic Comb – September 21, 2010

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From the Back Cover

In an easy-to-use, oversize format, The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps is just the delivery you've been waiting for!

The only fully illustrated, full-color guide to U.S. stamps, this official publication provides the most comprehensive information available about the U.S. Stamp program. Beginning with the first stamps issued in 1847, The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps covers more than 4,000 stamps issued up to the present and also includes:

  • An updated Stamp Series section that lists the stamps issued in each official series, such as Legends of Hollywood, Black Heritage, and Nature of America
  • Every category of U.S. stamp—definitive, commemorative, airmail, duck stamps, stamped envelopes, and more—all organized into user-friendly, color-coded sections for quick access
  • Detailed listings for each stamp, with color illustrations, Scott catalog numbers, dates of issue, used and unused prices, quantities issued (when known), and separate listings for design variations
  • The complete 2010 stamp program with First Day of Issue details
  • Advice on how to start your own stamp collection
  • A resource section, a glossary of important terms, and much more!

About the Author

John E. Potter is the Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of the United States Postal Service.

James L. Bruns is Director of the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution, located in Washington, DC.

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Product Details

  • Series: Postal Service Guide to Us Stamps
  • Plastic Comb: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 37 Spi Upd edition (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062024361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062024367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The guide is nice because it gives a color picture of every stamp produced, as well as Scott #'s,values, date of issue, etc. The plastic spine allows one to open the book and have it lay flat. It has a good index, is attractive, is full of information. This is a very good resource for US stamp collectors.
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The U.S. postal dept. does us all a great service by publishing this book in color. Anyone who needs to identify stamps and be sure that similar looking stamps can be identified needs this book. I only wish that they would have a cross reference for stamps that look identical or that were published more than once with different perforations, etc..
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It is what it says it is. It is very complete and very informative about almost all US Postal Stamps. It has pricing in it of various versions and usages of the stamps including First Day covers and various odd issues. It has good photos and good descriptions but it takes a little while to get to understand all of their descriptive aspects. There is very little in terms of a glossary as they probably assume that the reader knows most of this material before hand.

The pricing shown runs both too high and too low for the item so while it can be useful to get an idea of prices I would not consider it to be the right way to determine the value of your stamps or collection.

The value of individual items is something you should spend time to get to know through various other means.

It is a very good reference source and is well formatted for use but should not be the "basket in which you place all your eggs"
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My husband inherited a stamp collection from his uncle. He collected stamps, and never done anything with them. (organizing & placing them in a book). I spent close to $100.00 for a super deluxe stamp book, (his first stamp book ever) about 4 inches thick, at a stamp store for his birthday present. I wasted my money.
This book, put out by the Postal service, is perfect. Nice photo's of stamps, and the new ones, that come out every year. I was very happy to see, they went to a spiral book. It was getting to thick, and the bind was not durable, for as many pages as it was getting, with frequent useage, they were coming apart from the bind. I can't imagine, the post ofc. doing such a great job, publishing this book, when a package can't find a way to my mailbox. My hats off to them!
This book rates a A+
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Great information in this book. Color pictures great for positive stamp identification. I like how this book can lay flat while it is open. Exactly what I was looking for. USPO did a great job on this one!
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After the 37th I Issue of "Guide to U.S. Stamps" had held in my hands, I was impressed by the colorful presentation of the catalog very much. The title page is decorated with the block "Hawaiian Rain Forest" from September 1, 2010. Since January 1978 (37 years) USPS put up this wonderful catalog given out once a year. The current issue has a very readable font and comes in size 20 cm x 27 cm x 1.8 cm (width x length x height) - match the page size letter - plus 2 cm on the left side for the 18 ring plastic binding that looks very stable.
The catalog is available directly from the United States Poastal Sevice to belong to the same price as here on Amazon.
It starts with the entire editions of 2010, which are explained in great detail with many insightful information distributed through the catalog.
From page 12, the price valuation of stamps will be explained. This is followed by a chapter on the "art of stamp collecting" and a declaration on stamp duty Reviews from classification Superb to heavy Cancel. From page 14 the first issues of U.S. stamps since the first edition of 1847 is listed. In addition, there are numerous varieties with price rating. The stamps are somewhat smaller illustrated in color, but they are printed very well because they are presented on a black background. Spread each with 3 columns, you can find a list of the Scott number, the type of paper, perforation, watermark, value impression motif , color, the value of unused and used stamps and countless other details. The exact date of issue of corresponding hardware stamps are also listed, such as detailed information on varieties with pictures of stamps and postal stamp blocks. After a little practice, you find yourself in spite of the many details along very well .
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I ordered three sizable catalogs for use in my business. We needed them quickly and they were to be shipped from across the country. I was very pleased with the speedy delivery time. My catalogs were in perfect condition - no torn or bent pages, no flaws at all. I'm quite pleased with my transaction.
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It's an excellent book on American stamps, good for quick referencing to identify the major issues. It's smaller than the Scott catalog, and much easier to use. The price is right too!
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