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Rare modern stamp – a difficult but not impossible combination

Rare modern stamp – a difficult but not impossible combination

If you haven’t been living inside a stamp cave for the past month, then you’ve likely read or heard at least some news about the recent Australian 30 Adelaide emergency provisional stamps selling for insane amounts. This is a prime example of a modern day stamp market getting red hot when an unexpected modern rarity surfaces. Of course this is just top of the iceberg and below I’ll share three other less known modern day stamp rarities that ‘almost made it’ big time.

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Lucky seven

Lucky seven

They say old dogs are hard to learn new tricks. Bah, humbug. I’ve been a stamp blogger now for precisely seven years (yes, happy birthday SCB) and yesterday I became a vlogger (aka. video blogger). Yes, Stamp Collecting Blog has got a YouTube Channel now, and I will try to adhere new content to it every now and then the same way as I update SCB’s Twitter and SCB’s FaceBook accounts (but I will spare you from the agony of seeing my mug. Instead I’ve got a plan to showcase some nice stamps and do some tutorials).

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Updating the philatelic theory of relativity

Updating the philatelic theory of relativity

For about 100 years, the general theory of relativity has been shaping out how the world the around is understood. Though we collectors lack our Einstein, we still have got our own ‘relativity model’ that defines how various bits and pieces of stampworld are defined and connected. And to large extend this model was created by the first advanced collectors and catalog builders of the late 19th and early 20th century as they had to make decisions on how to bring order into chaos and how to separate varieties from each other. One important part of this model is measuring perfs and separating different gauges.

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A review of AFA Denmark special catalog

A review of AFA Denmark special catalog

Right before Christmas I bough myself a copy AFA Denmark SpecialKatalog 2002 catalog, and I’ve been browsing it almost daily ever since. Though 2002 edition may sound ‘old, it is only two editions behind, and for the price of 13€ (plus postage) this seemed like a too good a deal to miss.  To find out whether I was I right or wrong, please read on.

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New Zealand 1960 flower pictorials – mystery after mystery unravelled

New Zealand 1960 flower pictorials – mystery after mystery unravelled

This story began during the Boxing day when I started sorting a small pile of duplicates of 1960s NZ definitive stamps. As regular readers of the blog know, one of my habits is to compare copies of common stamps lined up side by side as it’s one of the fastest ways to notice abnormal specimens. And whilst doing so I noted that few 3d and 8d stamps had ‘weird’ vertical perforations that didn’t seem to match with the other specimens. Since these stamps should not have any perforation variants (besides the coil version of 1d and 3d – which these weren’t) I knew something weird was going on. So I started digging up a bit further, and found a pretty interesting story to share.

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Genuine color varieties that catalogs omit

Genuine color varieties that catalogs omit

In late October I wrote about color changelings and showed some examples of North Korean stamps. On the end of that same post I promised a sequel in which I’d display some genuine color varieties (that catalogs don’t talk much). First, how do I know these are genuine? It’s all because older editions of Michel provide a tiny footnote which state that North Korean stamps issued in sheetlet format do have slightly different colors than single stamps issued in regular sheets. Let’s take a closer look of some examples on what this statement means in practice.

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Philippine flowers – definitive stamp series of 1991 and what the major catalogs don’t tell you about it

Philippine flowers –  definitive stamp series of 1991 and what the major catalogs don’t tell you about it

Here’s a genuinely fun, versatile and complex modern stamp series that I’m sure most stamp collectors are blissfully unaware of. In 1991 Philippine Postal Service launched a new definitive series that was made out of very small sized stamps (about a third of regular commemorative stamp size in order to save on production costs) repeating floral topics in varying colors (again, to save on production costs). All major catalogs state there’s nothing more than 42 face different stamps in varying colors and values issued within 1991 and 1992 . But when one starts piling up copies and comparing duplicates against each other, it becomes evident that major catalogs are likely telling a partial truth. And when looking into more specialized resources, the genie comes out of the bottle: instead of 42 stamps there are at least 98 major varieties in this series.

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