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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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Unlisted perforation varieties on Ecuador Timbre Escolar stamp by Sanchez Toda

Unlisted perforation varieties on Ecuador Timbre Escolar stamp by Sanchez Toda

If you’re a worldwide collector, then you have likely heard or noticed the name Sanchez-Toda before. In reality this name masks two world class stamp professionals, brothers José Luis López Sánchez Toda and Alfonso López Sánchez Toda. They both worked on Spanish mint (FNMT) from the 1920s to their retirement in the 1960s, and designed and engraved on their own and together well over one hundred designs including the world famous Spanish ‘Nude Maja’ stamp. What’s less know is that brothers occasionally worked outside FNMT as well, such as this 1954 postal tax stamp of Ecuador for Heraclio Fournier S.A.

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The mystery of Peru 1874/79 Postage due stamps without grills

The mystery of Peru 1874/79 Postage due stamps without grills

As some might know, Peru is the second country in the world besides United States to have used grills (embossed patterns) on their classic stamps. This was simply because the printer of classic Peru stamps was National Banknote Company, which also was the printer of grilled US classic stamps. The grills can be found on number of Peruvian stamps issued between 1874 and 1884.

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Confusion over Peru overprints during the War of the Pacific

Confusion over Peru overprints during the War of the Pacific

You know the feeling when you think you’ve found something unusual to your collection? Then moments later you start to doubt it. And then, when you start digging in further, you end up with contradicting information and even more confused than in between. Well, that’s what has been happening with me lately, and I must say I was very tempted to title this post as ‘when stamp catalogs get it wrong – the sequel. But I think the current working title, confusion over Peru overprints during the War of the Pacific, describes the content even more accurately.

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SCB visits Aland Islands

SCB visits Aland Islands

For the past two days I’ve been at Mariehamn, capital of Åland Islands on work related matters. As most worldwide stamp collectors likely know, Åland Islands is one the smallest stamp issuing entities in Europe besides Andorra, Gibraltar and Vatican, and I was very much expecting to see the locations and places in more detail . As I had some spare hours yesterday afternoon, I headed into the town to seek some stamp related fun.

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When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who’s to blame?

When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who’s to blame?

This week I’ve been going through some stamps of Togo (thanks to Bill), and while adding new stamps to my collection, I noted something interesting that I consider worth sharing. In 1970 Togo issued a series of seven stamps and a minisheet to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of United Nations. Michel states the set was issued on October 25th 1970; Scott says October 24th 1970; and Yvert & Tellier states just the year 1970. So which one got it right?

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