COVID-19 a shot in the arm for stamp collecting

Well, if you’d asked me a few months back what was needed to give stamp collecting a kick up the backside, my first answer would probably not have been “a global supervirus pandemic.” But it sure feels like that’s what has happened.

Well-trained

I didn't plan to feature this stamp when it came out. But I've come to love one particular design element. It's probably not the one you think...

Coronavirus update: Punk Philatelist is now kid-safe!

To help teachers and parents through isolation, Punk has combed through the archives and removed the naughty words. Mostly.

Are you self-excluding? Mail Art wants YOU!

Mail Art is the perfect project for the self-excluded, performing art to an audience of one

Putting the pieces back together

A few months back, I caught sight of a post headed 'A slightly different way to keep and display stamps'. You never know what lies ahead with that sort of subject line. Has some idiot just licked a bunch of Inverted Jenny plane stamps onto their cat?

The Shape of… Who?

A world stamp collection is heading to auction with a very surprising name on the front cover

Oh my stars!

Answers to all the questions you hadn't asked: where has Punk been lately? Why does Portugal's Christmas stamp outshine everyone else's? How did a pair of alpacas wind up in a nativity scene? Read on to find out...

New Zealand wins the Battle of Rock

Legends of rock have been featured on plenty of stamps in recent years, but New Zealand has just trolled us all

Iceland’s stamps are on the rocks

Some breaking news out of Iceland last week has shocked the placid world of stamp collecting and made this puffin sad.

Choo the fat with ‘Mainline Railway Stamps’

Colourful, readable and full of surprises, Howard Piltz's latest book about trains on stamps avoids the potential pitfalls you might expect from a book about trains on stamps

Storytime! Weekend at Punkie’s

A chance find at an auction has Punk suddenly rethinking his collecting strategy

It’s getting steamy in here

A new railroad issue has Punk steamed up, while another recent release is totally off the wall

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