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PMG Donahoe featured in ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ stamp story

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Reporter Rita Braver interviews PMG Pat Donahoe at the National Postal Museum. Photo: CBS News. Click on the image to view a larger version.

The “ageless allure of stamp collecting” was the subject of a Jan. 18 CBS News report.

“American stamps tell the story of the American experience,” PMG Pat Donahoe said during the segment, which aired on “CBS Sunday Morning.”

The PMG discussed philatelic history, including the most collected stamp of all time, the 1993 Elvis Presley stamp.

Also discussed: the role of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, which helps the PMG choose about 35 stamps for production each year after reviewing between 20,000 and 35,000 suggestions.

The report also featured collectors David Robinson, who found one of the 100 Inverted $2 Jenny Stamps sheets issued in 2013, and billionaire Bill Gross, who funded the stamps gallery at the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC.

Gross, a renowned investor, estimates he has spent $100 million on his hobby. He said he likes to relax by sitting with his collection while watching TV sports.

“And hopefully not get too excited and rip up some of the stamps!” Gross said.

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