No true philatelist would pass up an 1860s stamped Pony Express envelope, now valued at as much as $50,000. No wonder Rita Braver can find dedicated stamp collectors in all sorts of places:
Captain David Robinson not only loves piloting his tour boat down the waterways of Richmond. He also loves all things Virginia — especially his stamps.
“I have some stamps here from the Confederacy,” he said, showing off the first Confederate stamp with Jefferson Davis’ picture on it.
Unassuming as it seemed, the Hilton on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard became a historic site Friday. Unlikely as they might have been, about 70 stamp aficionados, people who normally clamor over artifacts years later, were the witnesses.
The collectors and “philatelists” — as the more serious ones are called — raised camera phones in the air as the United States Postal Service officially unveiled its new $2 “Patriotic Wave” stamp at the Southeastern Stamp Expo. After the reveal, many waited in line to have their programs signed by the speakers at the brief ceremony and postmarked.