Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Stamp Dealer Gets His Own Film

Andrew M. Seder writes on the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Times Leader website, "Irwin Weinberg has been a titan in stamp collecting. Now a film will tell his story."

Seder pens, "Irwin Weinberg’s name and story are well-known in international philatelic circles but in the Wyoming Valley, where he lives and works, he’s just a face in the crowd. And he likes it that way. That will likely change Thursday when the first screening of the documentary, True Rarity: The Amazing Story of Irwin Weinberg, is shown at Wilkes University."

Weinberg, 84, gained fame for buying the 1856 British Guiana one-cent magenta stamp for $280,000 at a 1970 stamp auction.

"A decade later he sold the stamp to an heir of the DuPont family for $935,000. In between he traveled the world, often with a briefcase containing the stamp handcuffed to his wrist," according to the article.

Seder goes on to say, "The documentary does not focus solely on the rare stamp, but tells the story of how Weinberg, an entrepreneur, built a lucrative career dealing in stamps and other rare items."

Shown above, Weinberg with an image of the famed British Guiana 1856 one-cent stamp.

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