News-Antique.com - Nov 25,2008 - (Newport Beach, California) --- Professional Stamp Experts (PSE) has created an innovative stamp album based on PSE's acclaimed "A Guide to U.S. Design Numbers," a simplified system for building a basic collection of United States postage stamps by major design type.
"Like the guide book, the album represents an entirely new approach to collecting U.S. stamps from 1847 to 1947. The first century of U.S. stamps is a compelling story with numerous artistic and colorful items. This album tells that story," said Michael Sherman, President of PSE, the philatelic expertizing and certification division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).
The 74-page album is printed on acid-free paper. It contains spaces for 435 regular-issue U.S. postage stamps issued between 1847 and 1947 and intended for use on letters or parcels. Each stamp design is illustrated and includes a number that corresponds to its "USD" number listed in the U.S. Design Numbers booklet.
The booklet is available free. The album can be purchased for $35 each, postpaid, and is available with a plain left edge or with a three-hole punch.
"It is hoped that this approach will open the door for thousands of new collectors to enjoy this fascinating and time-honored hobby," explained Sherman.
Veteran collectors have enthusiastically endorsed the ability of the PSE design numbers concept to attract new collectors and assist novices who may be confused by the huge number of complicated, nearly-identical minor varieties of U.S. stamps.
"I applaud your suggestion that collectors adopt a fresh approach to collecting 19th and early 20th century U.S. postage stamps. Your design type approach provides a rational way for collector to assemble and display their collections of early U.S. stamps and covers without getting lost in the minutiae...or getting discouraged by all those blank spaces at the front of their albums," an Illinois collector wrote to Sherman soon after the design numbers guide became available this past summer.
A Maryland collector stated: "This is the greatest thing I have seen in a long time. I had been trying to assemble an early collection. The huge range of varieties proved so frustrating, I lost interest in the hobby.... Your book will be the answer to my quest."
For additional information or to place an order for the album, "United States Postage Stamps by Design Type, The First Century 1847 - 1947," contact Professional Stamp Experts, P.O. Box 6170, Newport Beach, CA 92658. Phone: (949) 567-1346. E-mail: PSE@collectors.com. Online: www.PSEstamp.com.