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Special speck of dust

Special speck of dust

Lately I’ve been entertaining myself by reading stories and interviews of other (mostly non-stamp) collectors; how they view and live the life of a collector. What I’ve come to realize is that all the collectors, despite what they collect (be it Barbie dolls, motorbikes, Nightwish memorabilia, video games or our precious stamps/postal history) share similar lifestyle and challenges.

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Nabha fake overprint – a possible Hialeah forgery?

Nabha fake overprint – a possible Hialeah forgery?

Many worldwide collectors are wary with overprints, and maybe for good reasons. I was adding some stamps of Indian states to my collection, when I noted the overprint on one of the Nabha stamps looked very different from the crowd. Needless to say I had stumbled upon a crude fake that had sat on my collection for few years.  If I had not received several duplicates to compare, I guess it would have gone unnoticed.

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Soviet 50th anniv. of October revolution EFO

Soviet 50th anniv. of October revolution EFO

Below is an interesting Soviet EFO (error-freak-oddity) that I believe is a result of poor quality control during sheet cutting.  These two minisheets are of identical size, and the only real difference between the sheets is the shifted location of background (which leads to different inscription visible) and the location of stamp itself.

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The anatomy of 100,000 stamp stamp collection (or Is a completing a world collection possible, take 2)

The anatomy of 100,000 stamp stamp collection (or Is a completing a world collection possible, take 2)

As I have now officially reached the 100,000 stamp landmark with my collection, I believe now is a good time to have a proper look of what a collection of this scale contains; and maybe more importantly what is missing and how it has grown since last indepth look. You can (and should) consider this entry as an independent sequel to Is a complete all-era worldwide stamp collection possible entry that I wrote way back in summer of 2009. Possibly the most important lesson I learned from doing this analysis is never to throw away old backups of anything, as I painfully realized that I no longer have accurate details of what my collection was alike in 50K stamps. Instead I had to use the landmark of 60K stamps as my comparison point.  But even with this minor beauty error, I think the results of this analysis do provide very interesting and unique perspective into anatomy of a stamp collection of this size.

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Postal forgeries of modern Chinese stamps

Postal forgeries of modern Chinese stamps

Not so long ago I was adding some modern Chinese stamps to my collection, when I observed one of the newcomers having a different perforation than the one already in my collection. I quickly double-checked all my catalogs and came up with nothing special: the stamp should have no varieties.  Followed by a bit of frustration I got in touch with a Chinese collector who I knew was into fakes, and learned that I had found of one of the many postal forgeries of modern Chinese stamps.

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SCB Reader Survey 2016 – your feedback (or should I say Letters to the editor)

SCB Reader Survey 2016 – your feedback (or should I say Letters to the editor)

In this second part of the SCB Reader Survey 2016 results I’ll share the additional feedback to survey questions as well as my responses. I must say that I was happily overwhelmed by the amount of verbose feedback received.  I advice you take a cup of coffee or tea (or whatever you fancy), as this is one seriously long (22-page) read. And like the reader survey results, also this entry is a free read to all subscriber levels as well as non-subscribers.

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SCB Reader Survey 2016 – the results

SCB Reader Survey 2016 – the results

Back in May the subscribers of SCB were invited to participate SCB’s Spring 2016 Reader Survey.  The results are now in and I want to share them with all of you (which is why accessing this entry does not add to usage of free accounts and even non-subscribers can access it). All in all I received plenty of useful responses and suggestions on how to make SCB even better, and I definitely learned a few new things about you and your interests. Below I’ll share the actual survey results question by question as well as my short analysis of each.

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Marginal notes about stamps of Israel

Marginal notes about stamps of Israel

The previous parts of my marginal notes have taken you on a philatelic journey across Europe into stamps of Spain, Italy, Germany and Finland. What’s common for all the above countries is that they represented the ‘axis of evil’ during the WW2.  In this last and final part of my marginal notes we’re looking on the other side (in number of ways) with stamps of Israel. The topics include  Doav Ivri stamps, tabs and full tabs,  stamps and propaganda, chambon perfs (again) and a piece of stamp catalog contradiction.  As always, hope you enjoy the showcase.

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Marginal notes about stamps of Finland

Marginal notes about stamps of Finland

In this part of marginal notes about stamps we’re heading to my home country Finland. The topics include stamps of ‘Kekkoslovakia’ followed by stamps of Eastern Karelia Military Administration, reprint of 2004 Sibelius stamp, Finnish bus parcel (Autopaketti) issues, perfins, marginal watermarks and much more. As always, hope you enjoy the philatelic tidbits ahead.

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