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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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The Maryland Big Game Stamps – Part Three

Today we will look at the Maryland Big Game Stamps that were issued in the series’ second season, 1961-62. We will see a number of used stamps, both on and off license, with various overprints and go into more depth about the reasons for applying these overprints. Then, a special treat is in store as…

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The Maryland Big Game Stamps – Part Two

Today we shall begin to look at the Maryland Big Game Hunting Stamps. Since one of the primary goals for this particular series of posts (aside from being informative and educational) is to serve as a form of escapist entertainment – I shall attempt to construct a “show and tell” narrative that is loaded with…

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The Maryland Big Game Stamps – Part One

As I sit here in my home, sheltered in place for the 5th consecutive week, I have become acutely aware of just how fortunate I am to have a hobby like stamp collecting to help serve as a diversion – both now and in the months and years ahead. If we allow it, our hobbies…

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Eddie LeRoy Wins 2019 Contest; Corey McLaughlin is Second

The 2019 duck stamp contest was held this past Friday and Saturday at Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland. Eddie LeRoy from Eufaula, Alabama (who had previously won three Alabama duck stamp contests) was judged the winner, Corey McLaughlin from Wells, Texas came in second and Frank Mittelstadt (second place last year) had another strong…

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