Linn's Stamp News
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Linn's Stamp News is an American weekly newspaper for stamp collectors, with a paid circulation in 2005 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 news from the stamp world, including significant new stamp issues around the world, major auctions of rare items, significant new discoveries, philatelic controversies, and notable events, 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.
- "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 collectors. In some cases the Linn's staff can answer, and 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 current prices for stamps with predictions of future price changes
- The "Stamp Events Calendar" and "Auction Calendar" indicate forthcoming events.
- There is a classified advertising section. The founder of Dell Computer, Michael Dell, sold stamps here at the age of 12.[page needed]
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 versions, 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' main independently-owned rival in the U.S. is Global Stamp news.