A Presidential Solution for Our Postal Service

Recently there has been discussion and debate about the US Postal Service losing billions of dollars. In fact, this discussion has been ongoing; it began long before online companies, like Amazon, existed. Yes, times have changed as has the way we communicate day to day, which has become another added challenge for the postal service. One thing that has remained consistent, since the early 20th...
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Chance to Win A 1840 Penny Black!

The results are in for the Black Penny raffle! Congratulations to Donald out of San Bernardino CA! We’d like to thank all who generously donated to help support our friends at over Animal Safehouse.   On December  31st 2014 Nick’s Stamps will be holding a raffle to help raise donations for Animal Safehouse. One winner will be chosen by mini web tools random name picker and will...
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Storing Postage Stamps and Albums

Storing Postage Stamps: The proper storage of postage stamps is key in maintaining the best possible condition of your aging stamp collection. The careful arrangement and organization of your collection will determine the integrity of each individual stamp. They should all be separated from each other and placed in Vario pages, which are made to protect postage stamps. Typically, a stamp...
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Buying A Postage Stamp Collection

Buying A Postage Stamp Collection:   Buying a postage stamp collection is a difficult task. There are many hurdles and risks involved on both the seller’s and buyer’s side. As a stamp business owner, I regularly engage in these transactions and it is critical to follow steps to help mitigate risk. The first hurdle is to ask many questions so I am completely informed about the type of...
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Obama’s: Muslim Stamp Controversy

Lately we have been receiving many emails and phone calls regarding an old topic. There is much confusion surrounding this issue. The questions are related to the issuance of a stamp commemorating the Eid Muslim holiday season and it is generally assumed that President Obama demanded that it be issued. To set the record straight, there has already been a stamp or two issued commemorating this...
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Israel-Palestine: The Path Through Stamps

Every now and again when the bombs start falling and holy land becomes unholy, there just seems to be more people only interested in finger pointing, rather then debating towards a better solution to the problem. I do have loved ones on both sides, and as much as I long and hope for a quick path to the solution, I helplessly feel there is nothing ever put on the table to make both sides co-exist...
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Postal Service to Issue a Janis Joplin Stamp

  Postal Service to Issue a Janis Joplin Stamp   In it’s 5th installment of the music icon series, the Post Office will be releasing a Stamp honoring the great Janis Joplin. The image on the stamp will be from the cover of her “The Concert” album and you can expect the stamp to be available sometime in August. The Janis Joplin stamp is followed by Johnny Cash, Lydia Mendoza,...
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Postage Stamp Controversies!

  Postage Stamp Controversies Over the last century there have been quite a few controversies surrounding what could be printed on a postage stamp. Below are some examples that caused contention within the postal world:   1. Good Intentions/Bad outcome: In 1981 the US Postal Service issued a postage stamp with a message, “Alcoholism – You can beat it!” Unfortunately, the...
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Stamp Collecting: 3 Things That Would Bring Back The Excitement!

Stamp Collecting: 3 Things That Would Bring Back The Excitement. 1. Parents – With the advent of the internet and modern technology world is now moving  and connecting faster then ever. It is up to each parent to slow it down and introduce their children to hobbies that take focus and critical thinking. Collecting and studying stamps can be lots of fun and it also involves kinesthetic...
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San Diego’s First 160 Years of the Postal Service.

Now that we are operating once again here in San Diego, we would like to share the history of the postal service.The first post office in San Diego opened in 1850 in Old Town plaza on April  9, 1850 with a population of 650. San Diego appointed its first postmaster, Richard Rust, where he held the job until replaced by Dr. Jacob Allen on December 23, 1869.By this time San Diego’s...
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Nick’s Stamps has relocated to San Diego California!

Nick’s Stamps has relocated and is now operating out of San Diego, California. As of May 1st 2014, we have resumed all operations and are once again purchasing stamp collections from the U.S and abroad. Please review our “Sell Your Stamps” section or contact us at (619) 672-0434 for further information.      There are several things to consider when selling your stamp...
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Having Your Stamp Collection Appraised:

  Having Your Stamp Collection Appraised: Unlike a ring or a watch or an old baseball card, a stamp collection is one of the most difficult things to appraise, especially if you have no experience dealing with stamps. Why? A stamp collection can contain thousands upon thousands of stamps, with each one having its own value. With years of experience, one can easily flip through an album...
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The Stamp Market in Florida

Moving your stamp business to Orlando, Florida might not meet your expectations. Buying and selling postage stamps is already a tough gig these days. Since the large majority of collectors are over the age of 60 and the state of Florida is a popular place for senior living, one would think Florida would be a great place to be a stamp dealer and own a stamp shop.  Truth is, aside from my own...
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Stamps & Coins: What Was Once a Happy Marriage

Stamps & Coins: What Was Once a Happy Marriage   You can still find stores titled Stamp & Coin Shop. The problem is that if you are trying to sell your stamp collection, chances are they never got around to changing their sign to just Coin Shop. The reason for this divorce is simply because stamps are made of paper and not your fine gold or silver.   There has always been a connection...
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The Wonders of Stamp Collecting and Children

The Wonders of Stamp Collecting and Children   Recently I had the pleasure of introducing stamp collecting to a young boy name Leo who is just over 3 years old. Within minutes we were both engaged and on the hunt to find the correct stamp to fill a blank space in the stamp album.  With no digital gadgets or buttons to push, it was nice to see a young boy instantly focused and enjoying the task...
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The Mystic History behind Stamp Collecting

The Mystic History behind Stamp Collecting Postage stamp collecting and dealing began shortly after the very first stamp was printed in England on May 2, 1840. This mystic stamp is known as the Penny Black the stamp bares the image of Queen Victoria; it was an instant hit. With 68,808,000 Penny Blacks being printed, you can still easily find one today to add to your collection. Because of the...
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Types of Stamps

Types of Stamps In the long history of the postage stamp, creators have come up with unique and varied ways to distinguish their stamp from other types of stamps. Below, we will highlight some of the most popular stamp types you should expect to see when collecting stamps and/or selling your stamps. *  Airmail stamp — to be bought and used for delivery by air service. *  Booklet —...
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Demise of the Stamp Store

Demise of the Stamp Store Stamp collecting was one of America’s favorite pastimes. Whether it was collecting singles, blocks, sheets or first day issues. It brought families, people and cultures together.  Gone are the days when you could walk a few blocks to consult your neighborhood stamp store to learn more about the paper gem you acquired from across the globe. These little adhesive...
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