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May 28, 2006

A dim bulb goes on in my head


It happened yesterday.

I was reading a story in the Washington Post Business section about how the U.S. Postal Service has just begun letting companies create their own branded stamps for first-class mail.

This builds on last year's debut of PhotoStamps, which lets individuals put pictures of themselves or whomever/whatever they want on stamps that can be used as regular postage.

The Post story by Caroline E. Mayer noted that "...advertising was barred from stamps until earlier this year when Congress overturned a 19th-century law barring commercial images on stamps."

Here's my idea: I'm gonna order a bunch of bookofjoe stamps™ just like the one up top.

Now you say, big whoop: anyone can do that.

But not anyone can do what comes next, to wit: have me inscribe and sign each numbered, limited-edition stamp for the person who orders it.

Not to worry about having enough room: I'll use one of those pens I featured back on August 30 of last year whose points are so fine you can write words on a grain of rice.

Can you imagine what a low number stamp will be worth on eBay in 50 years?

Good — 'cause when I did the number didn't exactly make me sit up and take notice.

But hey, we're not about hating here.

Anyway, I figure I'll price the first 50 at $1,000 apiece — that oughta separate the cattle from the hats.

Wait a minute, that's not right....

Never mind.

If the initial printing sells out I may even be able to quit my day job — such as it is.


May 28, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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