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Janet Klug and Donald Sundman: 100 Greatest American Stamps

The Sixth Annual Maynard Sundman Lecture
February 9, 2008

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Donald Sundman is president of Mystic Stamp Company and serves on the Philatelic Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He is actively involved with the APS and has sponsored over 5,000 collectors for membership, a record number in the history of the APS. Sundman co-sponsors the NPM Maynard Sundman Philatelic Lecture series. His Freedom of Information Request unraveled the mystery of the legendary “CIA Invert” stamps, and he donated one to the NPM National Stamp Collection. To protect collectors from a controversial U.S. Postal Service decision, Mystic filed suit to prevent the destruction of the recalled 1994 Legends of the West error sheets. In 1998 Mystic purchased America’s rarest stamp, the 1868 1-cent Z Grill, for a record price of $935,000. In 2005, the 1-cent Z Grill was traded in an even exchange for the unique 1918 Jenny Invert Plate-Number Block, valued at $2.97 million. The historic exchange of America’s most famous and valuable rarities was covered by the worldwide media, captivating the imaginations of collectors around the globe.

Janet Klug is a lifelong collector who specializes in British Pacific and military postal history. She also enjoys a long, deep-seated interest in history. She writes, “Collecting stamps and letters from bygone days is a way for me to connect on a very personal level with people and events from those times. History is not just about famous people and events. It also encompasses ordinary people doing ordinary things, overcoming the challenges that happen in their lives, surviving and thriving.” Klug is immediate past-president of the American Philatelic Society and a member of the National Postal Museum's Council of Philatelists. She has served on the Board of Directors of several philatelic organizations and has chaired the Committee on the Accreditation of National Exhibitions. She judges for the American Philatelic Society. She previously managed computer departments for several corporations.