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Collecting Used Federal Duck Stamps – Part Five

In today’s post we will look at the 14 federal duck stamps that were issued from 1984-85 through 1997-98 (RW51 – RW64). In 1998, U.S. Post Offices were supplied with new style, self-adhesive stamps (commonly known as peel and stick) to sell hunters. Gummed stamps were still produced, however, these were sold by the United…

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Collecting Used Federal Duck Stamps – Part Four

In today’s post we will look at the 12 federal duck stamps that were issued from 1972-73 through 1983-84 (RW39 – RW50). This period saw the collecting of duck stamps and prints really take flight. We will explore some of the reasons behind this phenomenon and discover why even more hunters than before would make…

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Collecting Used Federal Duck Stamps – Part Three

Today we will look at 13 federal duck stamps that were issued during the Vietnam War, starting with the 1959-60 season and continuing through 1971-72 (RW26 – RW38). They are often referred to as the “$3 ducks” and are notable for several reasons. Aside from the one dollar fee increase, perhaps the most defining thing…

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Collecting Used Federal Duck Stamps – Part Two

As we continue our show and tell series, we will look at the 13 federal duck stamps that were used starting after WWII and continuing through 1958-59. This includes the ten year period (1949 – 1958) commonly referred to as the “$2 Ducks”. For a number of reasons, these stamps are much easier to find…

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Collecting Used Federal Duck Stamps – Part One

In the last post, we saw one approach to collecting federal duck stamps, in mint graded condition. Thanks again, to Bob Budesa for sharing his fabulous collection of jumbo stamps with all of us. Today we begin a new “show and tell series” that focuses on the opposite end of the duck stamp spectrum –…

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A Collector’s Quest for the Ultimate Federal Set

In today’s post, we will meet a stamp collector on a mission to assemble one of the finest sets of federal duck stamps, ever. We will learn more about the production side of our hobby and gain an understanding for how a single step in this process – perforating –  can greatly affect aesthetics, demand…

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The Maryland Big Game Stamps – Part Seven

In today’s finale to our show and tell series on the Maryland Big Game Stamps, we shall look at those issued for the 1966-67 and 1967-68 seasons. Once again, I have grouped these together because they shared a common (revised) design. While it is basically quite similar to the eye-catching one John debuted in 1965,…

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The Maryland Big Game Stamps – Part Six

Today we will look at the Maryland big game stamps that were issued during the series’ sixth season. This was John Taylor’s third major design revision during this time period and we find that several complementary features, including an eye-catching composition and a bold use of colors, combine to elevate the 1965-66 stamps for firearms…

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The Maryland Big Game Stamps – Part Five

Today we will look at the Maryland Big Game Stamps that were issued during the 1963-64 and 1964-65 seasons. I have decided to group them together because the same (new) artwork was used for these two seasons only. We will also meet the artist who designed all of of the big game stamps, as well…

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The Maryland Big Game Stamps – Part Four

Today we will look at the Maryland Big Game Stamps that were issued in the series’ third season, 1962-63. We will see that the printing format underwent a subtle change – from sheets of ten to booklet panes of ten. Take a break and enjoy these images from the last season to feature the classic…

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