Linn's Stamp News
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Linn's Stamp News an American publication, is the largest weekly newspaper for stamp collectors, with a paid circulation of just over 46,000 (as of 2005[update]) Circulation peaked at almost 92,000 in 1978 and has declined ever since because fewer new collectors are subscribing to replace those who subscribed in the 1950s to 1970s period. It is published by Amos Press, who also publish the Scott stamp catalogs.
The front page of the newspaper features major news in the stamp world, including significant new stamp issues around the world, major auctions of rare items, significant new discoveries, philatelic controversies, and oddball news, such as a high price paid for an obvious fake put up on eBay.
Each issue has additional news stories inside, typically of limited or specialized interest. The bulk of the content, however, is in about a dozen regular features and an additional two dozen departments.
- "The Insider", by Les Winick, reports on and analyzes behind-the-scenes politics, whether it be hobbyist organizations wrangling over how to pay the bills for a money-losing stamp show, or direct-mail industry lobbyists cutting deals in Washington DC.
- "Kitchen Table Philately", by a pseudonymous writer "E. Rawolik" ("kiloware" backwards), reports on the contents of stamp mixtures (aka kiloware) bought from dealers advertising in Linn's, using counts and pricing to determine whether a particular mixture was good value or overpriced.
- "Collector's Forum" is about unusual stamps or usages reported by mystified collectors. In some cases the Linn's staff can answer easily; in other cases, the answer comes from another collector in a subsequent "Forum Update".
- "Stamps on the Internet" reports on online resources, like the "Glassine Surfer" column in The American Philatelist.
- "Stamp Market Tips" reports on stamps that are rising in price and may be worth buying soon.
The "Stamp Events Calendar" and "Auction Calendar" indicate forthcoming events.
The periodical's format changed in 2006-7. Page dimensions shrank in two steps. Despite use of a small typeface, the length of feature articles shrank accordingly. In the most recent of the two reincarnations, the change in production technique allowed for an expanded use of color. Subscribers can read the complete contents online; a free monthly emailed newsletter contains excerpts. Linns now is produced by Amos Advantage, the owners of Scott Publishing Co., which also produces Scott Stamp Monthly magazine. Linns' only significant, independently-owned rival in the U.S. is Global Stamp news.
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