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Who We Are

Our stamp business began in 1980 as a part-time endeavor and became full-time upon retirement from the U.S. Army in 1995. Our goal has been to provide collectible stamps at a reasonable price. 

In addition to, we buy and sell at 25-30 west coast shows annually.  We also sold stamps on eBay from 1999 through 2009.

We do shows as Martin Shupe Stamps, and focus on United States and German stamps and covers, but always have a great selection of other countries for our customers.

We belong to the American Stamp Dealers Association,the American Philatelic Society and the Germany Philatelic Society. 

 Below we explain our guarantee, shipping procedures and society membership.

Shipping and Handling

We mail your order via U.S. Postal Service as soon as possible after we receive it. Domestic shipping is $3.50 per order, which includes insurance, and proper packing with a stiffener and waterproof sleeve. UPS and FedEx available at extra cost.

Uninsured foreign orders up to $100 are also $3.50.  For larger amounts to $500 we now have an insured shipping option for $9.95, and registered insured for $19.95 available for any amount. We also have an "Express Mail" option for $44.95 that includes rapid delivery and insurance.  This is recommended for the most valuable shipments. We insure our shipments through online or the U.S. Post Office.


American Stamp Dealers Association

As a member of the ASDA we adhere to its guidelines for conducting business. For 100 years ASDA membership has meant honesty, integrity and experience. Members pledge to follow fair and honest business practices. Our membership is our guarantee to you that you will be treated with the utmost respect and fairness in your business with

Our Guarantee

We guarantee what we sell, both for your satisfaction and for genuineness. We offer a full refund if you send back items within seven days of receipt.

In the event you wish any item certified, we will extend that guarantee for an additional 60 days to allow for the process. Full refunds are made on returned items unless otherwise instructed.


American Philatelic Society

Our 25-plus year membership in America's oldest and largest stamp collector's organization also shows our dedication to our customers and the hobby. Rules of membership require the highest of business practices. Not only do we guarantee our stamps and covers, but we guarantee that you will be extremely satisfied with your experience in dealing with us.

For questions or more information
Send us an e-mail: * P.O. Box 1327 * Vista * CA * 92085
* 760 724-1153 *