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7/18/2014 5:44:00 AM
Like post office lottery: Rare stamps mixed with new printings


NewsTribune photo/Chris YucusLa Salle Postmaster Kevin Christiansen holds up a sheet of the recently-released $2 “Inverted Jenny” stamps, commemorating and reproducing the famous misprint of the upside-down airplane in the 1918 airmail stamp. In a twist, the U.S. Postal Service has released 100 sheets of “corrected” (right-side-up airplanes) stamps nationwide along with the new inverted ones. One of those modern sheets with an “upright Jenny” reportedly sold for more than $50,000 at an auction.
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La Salle Postmaster Kevin Christiansen holds up a sheet of the recently-released $2 “Inverted Jenny” stamps, commemorating and reproducing the famous misprint of the upside-down airplane in the 1918 airmail stamp. In a twist, the U.S. Postal Service has released 100 sheets of “corrected” (right-side-up airplanes) stamps nationwide along with the new inverted ones. One of those modern sheets with an “upright Jenny” reportedly sold for more than $50,000 at an auction.
Rachel Stella
Media Editor



It may not win you a trip to a wonder-filled chocolate factory, but $50,000 wouldn’t be a bad prize either.

La Salle Postmaster Kevin Christiansen said he has more than 70 packages of the recently-released $2 “Inverted Jenny” stamps available for purchase.

According to a news release from the U.S. Postal Service, the stamps, featuring an upside-down airplane, were released in a nod to the famous 1918 misprint of the 24-cent Curtiss Jenny stamp commemorating the nation’s first airmail flight. The misprinted 1918 stamps were highly sought among collectors, and one of those today would be worth a million dollars, Christiansen said.

In a twist, the Postal Service has released 100 sheets of right-side-up Curtiss Jenny stamps to be distributed nationwide along with the inverted ones.

So where does the $50,000 come in? Christiansen said he read in Linn’s Stamp News that the finder of one of the new “corrected” Inverted Jenny stamps had won more than $50,000 for it at an auction. (A Linn’s editor had predicted a $300 value for the first upright pane of planes; www.linns.com/news.)

“Nobody thought this was going to take off to be this big,” he said.

The chances of finding the winning stamp package at the La Salle Post Office are slim, but there are about 80 sheets at La Salle and around 80 at Peru, Christiansen said.

Rachel Stella can be reached at (815) 220-6933 or lasallereporter@newstrib.com.












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