USPS Opens Store on eBay, Will Auction Rarities
WASHINGTON, DC–In a move to expand its reach to domestic and international customers, the Postal Service announced that it has opened a Postal Store on eBay. The USPS is also auctioning rare stamp-related collectible philatelic products and items from the Postmaster General’s Collection, which began Sept. 13 on eBay.
“This powerful alliance with eBay allows the Postal Service to showcase our unique collection of stamp artwork on one of the world’s largest online marketplaces,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Marketing, Sales Officer and Executive Vice President Nagisa Manabe. “As the premier collectible marketplace, eBay is a natural fit to launch one of the world’s largest online postal stores. International stamp collectors will now have a new convenient way to purchase U.S. stamps and philatelic products.”
The current auction, that launched on Sept. 13, has more than 100 philatelic items, and expires at 3 p.m. EDT, Sept. 23. No stamps from the collection are being auctioned. More philatelic items from the Postmaster General’s collection will be available at a later date.
“The Postmaster General’s collection is a stamp collector’s dream that includes rare postal artifacts found nowhere else in the world,” added Manabe. “By limiting our auctions to duplicate philatelic items, we continue to preserve the integrity of the Postmaster General’s collection. Whether a serious or recreational stamp collector, this online experience will be exciting and will open the doors of the wonderful world of stamp collecting to a whole new generation of eBay customers who shop everyday online.”
The Postmaster General’s Collection began in the 1860s as a modest set of Post Office department files filled with records and a small sampling of stamps, and continues to evolve today. Now, thousands of stamps later, the archive has become a stamp collecting resource with unusual, rare and unique holdings. To preserve the integrity of the collection, the USPS said that only duplicate items will be auctioned.