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A Quick Review of Michel Russia Specialized Catalog

A Quick Review of Michel Russia Specialized Catalog

During my latest business trip to Helsinki, capital of Finland, I had a day off between the meetings, so I headed to local library. Though most of the philatelic books were something I’ve got copies on my bookshelf, there was one particular item that I had never seen, namely Michel’s specialized Russia catalog Michel Rußland /Russland Spezial. So here’s a quick look / review of the catalog.

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How to identify litho from photogravure – reprints of Singapore 1994/97 Marine Life definitive stamps

How to identify litho from photogravure – reprints of Singapore 1994/97 Marine Life definitive stamps

Lately I’ve been doing some Singapore stamps, and the various reprints of it’s definitive series have caught my radar. They seem like an daunting area where general stamp catalogs provide very little details. Take for example the 1994/97 Marine life definitive series.

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The real value of Elvis and other celebs on stamps – what pop culture on postage stamps has left us with?

The real value of Elvis and other celebs on stamps – what pop culture on postage  stamps has left us with?

Today’s the 175th anniversary of Penny Black and the postage stamp, but instead of talking about ‘the Queen’, I thought I’d write about the ‘the King’ and his companions. For us stamp collectors any reference to ‘the King’ often times means King George V, one of the greatest stamp collectors of all times, but for rest of the world the King usually equals Elvis.  So what do You think King George V (or for that matter Queen Victoria) would have said if he was displayed the stamps of today featuring Elvis and other pop culture characters? Would he had become the great collector he was, or is he turning over in one’s grave? Here’s my few cents worth about about it.

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Cancellation forgeries on Finnish stamps

Cancellation forgeries on Finnish stamps

Possibly the most dangerous forgery type involves fake postmarks. With them you’ve got 100% legit stamp, but the postmark on top of it is either complete fake or fraudulently used genuine canceller. Many of you readers may know that for example the German inflation era stamps are a minefield for cancellation forgeries, but how many of you did know that the same applies for classical stamps of independent Finland as well?

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How to implement a stamp that is an utter catastrophe from collector point of view

How to implement a stamp that is an utter catastrophe from collector point of view

During the Easter I did quite a bit of stamp soaking on my own as well as with my youngest daughter (she’s eight by now and shows promising interest towards the world of stamp collecting). Though I did enjoy the father-daughter sharing a common hobby, I must say that there was a bit of dark cloud over these sessions.

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Constant variations on 1970 Ecuador 80c Morpho Cypris-butterfly stamp

Constant variations on 1970 Ecuador 80c Morpho Cypris-butterfly stamp

When you come up with print variations on some (modern) stamp, how do you determine if they are a constant or one time errors? That’s the question I had to answer when I spotted the below variations on 1970 Ecuadorian 80c butterfly (Cypris Morpho) stamps, and considered whether or not they are worth keeping.

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Microprinting varieties on Ukrainian definitive postage stamps

Microprinting varieties on Ukrainian definitive postage stamps

If I had to pick and choose one modern specialty area to research and study, then I would likely go with modern Ukrainian definitive stamps. They are beautiful, cheap, plenty (but at the same oh so elusive), and above all loaded with microprinting differences. This article tries to provide a somewhat detailed overview on the topic.

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Yet Another Epic Failure From Stanley Gibbons

The latest blog entry by Commonwealth Stamps Opinions is a truly read-worthy and thought provoking piece for anyone collecting modern worldwide stamps. In short, the news is that Stanley Gibbons has significantly increased the number of new issues going to catalog appendix instead of the usual listings, and it seems that a new editorial policy is taking place.  I know some more conservative stamp collectors will rejoice this step against the ever increasing flow of new issues.  But I must say I’m deeply worried by the long term affects of this change, and wonder if the editors have not  really learned anything from the past.

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