Thursday, August 23, 2012

Trains, Inverted Planes and a Lifetime of Stamps

Reporter Regina Lynch reports on New York's NewHydePark Patch website, "For many, it’s hard to say that they have a job they truly love. For Bruce Hecht, he claims he hasn’t worked a day in his life. Hecht’s love of stamp collecting started when he was given his first album at 8 years old. He continued to collect, and started doing it as a part time job when he was 18. His other job was in the textile business until one day in 1975."

In 1976, Hecht switched to being a full time stamp dealer specializing in Canal Zone, U.N. and train stamps as well as those from the United States and worldwide.

In the article, Hecht shares a story about the "Inverted Jenny" that got away.

According to Lynch, "About 12 years ago while helping one client, Hecht was able to find one of those stamps for $62,000, which he says was a good price. The client, however, decided last minute not to close the deal. Today Hecht says that the stamp would sell for a quarter of a million dollars, minimum." 

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM