Collins Hand Painted FDCs have been produced since 1978 and their reputation for superb quality has continued to grow. Many cachetmakers come and go, and it's prudent to put your collecting time and hobby budget into a cachet that will have long-term stability and proven quality.

Cachetmaker of the Half Century 1951-2000 as voted by the American First Day Cover Society


"I have made Collins First Day Covers my life's work, and I am an involved member of the philatelic community. I am a co-founder and charter member of the National Cachetmakers Association, a life member of the American First Day Cover Society, a member of the American Philatelic Society, a member of the National Stamp Dealers Association, an elected member of Earl Planty's First Day Cover Hall of Fame, and an honorary lifetime member of the Molly Pitcher Stamp Club of New Jersey. I am also proud to announce that I was awarded the Cachetmaker of the Half-Century (1951-2000) as voted by the membership of the American First Day Cover Society."

In 1998 I wrote a book about my first twenty years (1978 to 1997) as a cachetmaker. It is 340 pages with many photos (some in color) and an illustrated catalog portion showing all of my cachets up to 1997. Much of the content is about our family cachetmaking business, my adventurous travels in pursuit of unique First Day postmarks, and my insights into the First Day Cover hobby. There is a fair amount of family background, my childhood years, and my tour in the United States Air Force. It’s available in hard or soft cover, and I’ll be happy to send you information on it.


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Collins First Day Covers - Individually Hand Painted First Day Covers - P.o. Box 188 - Allentown, NJ 08501-0188