| About Steve Schwartz:
My father visited the United Nations building in New York in 1964 when I was 11 years old. While there, he purchased a few United Nations stamps for me. When he returned, I started collecting these stamps and he would teach me the stories behind each one. A few nights per week we would "play stamps" for about 30 minutes. When I wanted to buy more stamps for my collection, Dad would match the amount of money I was willing to spend from my allowance.
The stamp making the biggest impression on me was the first 50 cent definitive issue. It had a picture of the UN building with the UN logo in the background. This began my education about the United Nations and what it stood for. Dad and I read the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and also learned about the many UN affiliated organizations. I've placed links to these documents and organizations on the lower-left side of these pages.
I understood that the United Nations stamps told the stories about how the UN works to bring about better lives, larger freedoms and greater happiness for people everywhere.
I understood that the United Nations was intended as a forum to bring nations together to work out their common problems in a
peaceful way and save future generations from the sorrows of war.
Since those times I've loved United Nations stamps, and it led to my becoming more involved in social justice, human rights and civil liberties organizations, as well as more hobbies. In 1969 I started working for Kenin, Inc. - a science and hobby shop in North Miami Beach that sold stamps and coins, along with other hobby items. In 1970 I became the manager and worked there through 1975. In 1976 I went to work for the largest stamp dealer and stamp auction company in Florida (John McDaniel, Inc.) out of Orlando, Florida.
I became a Life Member of the Florida Stamp Dealers Association (FSDA) and was
already a member of the ASDA (American Stamp Dealers Asssociation).
Not being satisfied with McDaniel's, in November 1977 I became a licensee with Sears, Roebuck & Company. My store was named the Sears Stamp & Coin Department and was located within a Sears store in an upscale mall in Clearwater Florida. I expanded to other Sears stores in St. Petersburg Florida and on Long Island in New York. I also opened a wholesale hobby supply business and a full hobby shop in Pinellas Park Florida. I stayed with Sears through January 2000 and then went on my own without the Sears name.
Early in 1994 I began to focus my efforts and studies toward PrePaid Telephone Cards for collectors. I wrote many articles for Moneycard Collector Magazine (considered to have been the most respected magazine in the USA specializing in the phone card for collectors market).
I was listed as a contributor to the 1995-1996 Hiscocks & Garibaldi Catalog which, through mid-1997, was considered to be the most acclaimed and comprehensive reference book for phonecards of the USA (400 color pages and thousands of listings)
After that, I became the Editorial Consultant for the 872 page, full-color MoneyCard Collector Reference Catalog of PrePaid Phone, Cash & Transit Cards issued in September, 1997 which became the industry standard. In 1999 I taught a workshop on collectibles for Intele-Card News Magazine.
In September 2000, Moneycard.com Phone Card Department (now CollectorMagic.com) was one of the five sponsors of the North American Collectibles PhoneCard Expo where the ITA (International Telecard Association) was one of the main hosts.
CollectorMagic.com is the world's largest dealer of USA phone cards for collectors. We have no display, no walk-in traffic, and are mail-order only.