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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Why Not Wednesday ~ PA Trout Fishing Stamps are gone forever!

I am a collector of "things". 
Some collections are extensive while others, not so much. 
My Pennsylvania Trout Stamp collection falls squarely into the "sparse" category but that doesn't mean I like them any less. They are mini works of art and I loved to collect them. Oh, I have trout stamps from all over the country that I enjoy collecting and trading on Ebay but, my PA Trout Stamp collection with the plate numbers attached are real special. These were hand picked by me, year after year, asking for the one in the corner, top of the page or bottom that has the plate number still attached. Some retailers were willing and helpful but others were not. I actually got into an argument with a guy at Dick's one year. What a jerk! Said I can't pick the stamp I want, that they have to go in order. What? Anyway, what I'm trying to say is, this collection took time and effort to assemble even though it's small, it's special, to me.

I got my fishing license last week and I cringe when I looked at that stupid outline of a trout etched into the license. No artwork, no color, no imagination and twice the price I paid in 1991 when PA first introduced the trout stamp permit for an additional $5.00. Fishermen were pissed. We never had to pay extra for a trout stamp but times had changed and with it, so did the prices of everything and the state had to start somewhere. Last week I paid nearly $10.00 of one, and it's not even a good  picture of a trout, a fisherman and it certainly wont be worth anything anytime soon.

I do like that they just have to swipe your drivers license to get all the info they need for the license application. That is really convenient and simple. No more forms to fill out! But, I still miss the annual anticipation of what print will be chosen as the winner for the stamp and who will the artist be? I know, I'm weird, I'm into stuff like that!

So, enjoy the pics because these stamps will quickly become unavailable and ultimately worth a small fortune
to the endowed collector. That will be long after I'm gone so for now, I'll just enjoy them and think back to the good old days when a trout stamp was an actual stamp that you licked and stuck to your fishing license, your TV had to warm up before optimal viewing and catching fire flies was an acceptable and fun way to spend a summer evening.
Live it up!


BigAl said...

That's really too bad BH. I understand what you're saying. Pretty soon they will do away with all hunting stamps if they haven't already. You do have a very nice collection though. Hang on to them for your kids. It will give them plenty to talk about later in life.

John Klovt said...

This was a good suggestion that you put up here...dude…..hope that it benefits all the ones who land up here. 

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Joseph said...

This is such a wonderful way to display a stamp collection! I have a box full of stamps that I collected when I was little. Where Can I Buy Stamps?

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Patricia Jhonson said...

Outstanding blog post

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