Linn's opens 2013 U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll
By Michael Baadke
I've already made my choices. Now it's time for you to make yours.
Voting is now open in Linn's 2013 U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll.
The stamp poll ballot appears in this issue on page 50, and the stamps and postal stationery issued during 2013 are pictured on pages 28-29.
The annual U.S. stamp poll is a fun way to gauge how collectors feel about the U.S. stamps and postal stationery issued during the past year.
The poll is divided into three main categories: commemoratives, definitive and special stamps, and postal stationery.
In each category, you can vote for the best design and worst design, and for the items you think were the most important and the least necessary.
The final section on the ballot lets you choose your overall favorite U.S. stamp or postal stationery item issued during 2013.
This stamp poll is created for fun, and its conclusions are not scientifically determined.
You can vote as often as you like, and photocopied ballots are accepted.
Add your comments
If you would like to add your thoughts about the year's stamps or about one specific issue, write them down on a separate sheet and enclose it with your mailed ballot.
Make sure your name, city and state are included on the sheet with your comments.
Some of the collector comments we receive will be selected for publication when the poll results are published next spring.
Stamp club activity
Stamp clubs are encouraged to vote in the poll by distributing photocopied ballots at a club meeting, collecting them and mailing them in together.
Let us know the full name and location (city and state) of your stamp club when the ballots are submitted, and your group will be identified in Linn's when the results of the stamp poll are published.
Of course, family members and friends are also welcome to vote in the Linn's stamp poll.
Youngsters can vote in Linn's U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll, but please add a note on the youth ballot to let us know the votes are from someone under age 18.
The youth votes are counted equally with those submitted by adults, but we also like to keep a separate tally so we can give readers a sense of how younger collectors feel about the country's newest stamps.
Two ways to vote
You can vote by mail using the ballot in this issue on page 50, or you can vote online at www.linns.com.
The 2013 U.S. stamps and postal stationery also are pictured on the voting pages online.
The ballot will be published each week in Linn's through the issue of Feb. 24, 2014. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by March 5 to be included in the final tally.
Last year's winner
The big winner in last year's stamp poll was the Cherry Blossom Centennial set of two, narrowly defeating the Civil War 1862 set, which also consists of two stamps.
The Cherry Blossom issue was also selected as the best designed commemorative issue of 2012 by Linn's readers.
After looking over all of the 2013 stamps pictured in this week's issue, I don't see any one stamp or set that appears to be a runaway for the overall favorite.
Make sure you cast your vote today.