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Regular news from several sources related to passports, passport collecting, visa & passport regulations.

Marvin Gaye’s Passport Found

4 February, 2014
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Marvin Gaye’s 1964 Passport Found Inside an Album Bought for 50 Cents Monday’s (Feb. 3) episode of PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” finds a man in Detroit who brought in a 1964 passport belonging to Marvin Gaye. “It came to me by pure accident, actually,” says the guest seeking an appraisal for the item. “For years, I worked for the Motown Museum here in Detroit, started when I was 18 years...

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NEW GUIDELINES ONLINE

7 January, 2014
NEW GUIDELINES ONLINE

New guidelines online – now you can find a total of 13 guidelines. Go to Menu then  GUIDELINES or click here These guidelines will help you to understand passport types and passport history! More will come… Enjoy!

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PASSPORT COLORS

6 January, 2014
PASSPORT COLORS

Passport colors The Economist – Mar 3rd 2012 | From the print edition THE birth of South Sudan owes a lot to America. Perhaps as a sign of gratitude, its national coat of arms (chosen in a public competition last year) looks rather like the great seal. And its new passports, blue and eagle-crested, closely resemble America’s travel document. Those who decry such imitation should study history. Benjamin Franklin...

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eBay / eGreedy – Global Shipping Program (GSP) – follow up

27 December, 2013
eBay / eGreedy – Global Shipping Program (GSP) – follow up

eBay / eGreedy – Global Shipping Program (GSP) – follow up eBay / eGreedy: Another insane example of overcharging with the Global Shipping Program (GSP). Look at the item no: 181286685162 – a German passport 1939 Shipping costs up to $69 + “Import charges” up to $49 depending on your location. That’s $118 eBay / eGreedy is asking to handle your purchase via their third party service “Pitney Bowes...

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Ready for Inspection: An Interview with Valentin Groebner

21 December, 2013
Ready for Inspection: An Interview with Valentin Groebner

This interview was first published in the Cabinet magazine in 2006. However the interview and topic is still interesting. In spring 2006, National Public Radio reported that over the past few years the agency responsible for issuing passports in Iraq has been flooded by requests from Sunni Muslims who have wanted to change their surnames. The rise in murders and other violent acts committed against Sunnis have apparently encouraged...

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eBay Global Shipping Program – A Closer Look and you won’t like it

12 December, 2013
eBay Global Shipping Program – A Closer Look and you won’t like it

A closer look into eBay’s Global Shipping Program – a clear disadvantage for international buyers!!! Today I experienced the very first time what it means to buy international via Ebay and how international transactions are affected by Ebay’s Global Shipping Program (GSP). Ebay or eGREEDY as I call them is of course stating it’s all for the benefit of their customers. Fact is the GSP is far more complex...

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New Collectibles & Interesting Museums

18 November, 2013
New Collectibles & Interesting Museums

(repost) Dear Fellow Collectors   greetings from Leipzig / Germany. Well, I know currently I do not too much on updates as I’m busy with traveling but now I found time to send you some updates. I visited a few Antique shops in Dresden and Leipzig but didn’t found one passport. Also a visit at a large indoor flea market in Leipzig was without success. But the auction results...

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US President Obama’s Passport (video)

25 October, 2013

A rare footage – US President Obama’s passport. Unfortunately no details but however a interesting insight. His office staff is explaining where his passport is kept and does he get border stamps in his travel document just like you and me. It’s confirmed this is real and not a hoax! By the way the only person on the globe traveling without a passport is the Queen of England! Till...

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DAVID BEN-GURION DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT 1951

17 October, 2013
DAVID BEN-GURION DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT 1951

David Ben-Gurion’s Diplomatic Passport 1951 has been sold on 13. Oct 2013. I spoke to Dov Hazan from Tiroche Auction House  in Israel and he told me that the document was also offered by them back in 1999 and sold for $15.000. Today, 14 years later the very same buyer was offering the exactly same passport which closed for a final of $35.000 including premium. Congratulation to the seller...

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A Collectors Story – Rita Hayworth

30 September, 2013
A Collectors Story – Rita Hayworth

This article was first published at my website in Sep 2011. Now updated and reposted. A Collectors Story – Rita Hayworth A few month ago there was a interesting item at a popular online auction website. The lot contains photographs and letters from Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth including a 1947 issued passport. I was contacting the seller as I wanted to purchase the passport only and made a decent...

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