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Merry Christmas everyone

One of my Christmas traditions for the past five years has been to wish a Merry Christmas to readers of the blog, as well as to show the on-going years Finnish Christmas stamps. Well, I’m not going to make exceptions this year either.

Published on December 12th 2014 | Read more.... | 7 Comments

Happy 97th Birthday to Finland

As today is the 97th Finnish independence day of Finland, I thought I’d share a bit more special Finnish stamp that I got few days back from a swap (my compliments to Danijel).

Published on December 6th 2014 | Read more.... | No Comments

Introducing the all new, all better SoMe Stamps

I’m quite sure most of you are reading / following the same stamp related websites (forums, boards, blogs etc) as I do. If you do so, then you likely also suffer from the same problem: how to spot out the ‘good reads’ from ‘not-so-good’ reads, especially when there are hundreds of active topics/discussions every day. Well, that’s what the ‘all new, all better’ SoMe Stamps service is about to change.

Published on December 3rd 2014 | Read more.... | No Comments

Switzerland Pro Juventute 2009 die cut error

From time to time I am asked whether or not I make interesting new finds from my stamp exchanges. Though this may amaze you, the answer is positively yes. Let me show you an example with freaky versions of somewhat recent of Swiss Pro Juventute stamps.

Published on November 28th 2014 | Read more.... | No Comments

Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays

Ho-ho-ho… OK. It’s not Christmas yet, but I’m doing a bit of holiday preparations by cleaning up my stamp desk. Within the next five days I will provide a stamp related exchange offer each day on this specific page. As with my special exchanges, these are all stamps / material that does not fit well with my regular exchange program.

Published on November 15th 2014 | Read more.... | 23 Comments

The low values of Greek Landscapes series of 1927 – separating different (re-engraved) prints from each other

Many of the most common Greek postage stamps of all time come from the 1927/1935 definitives series commonly known as “Landscapes”. In total, the series is made of 14 face different stamps with face values from 5 lepta up to 25 drachmas in addition of which there’s one never issued design. Additionally, some values were overprinted for postal tax usage (to raise funds for Social Welfare Fund or for Postal Workers Anti-Tuberculosis fund). What makes this series philatelically challenging is the fact that six values were re-engraved/re-issued between 1931/35, some not just once but twice by various parties. This entry focuses on the the low values, and how to separate re-issues from the original release.

Published on November 5th 2014 | Read more.... | 9 Comments

I’m usually a pretty nice guy, but Tony Lester Auctions has managed to turn me into opposite.Sit back and hold tight, because I’m about to share a grim true story from the online world.

Published on October 18th 2014 | Read more.... | 13 Comments

If you are a stamp catalog publisher, the most stupid thing you can do is…

For the past two weeks I’ve been browsing the brand new Michel North Africa 2014 catalog. As always with new Michel catalogs, it’s pretty excellent piece of work. But this time everything isn’t so rosy as Michel has done something that every stamp collector and stamp dealer fears the most: it’s re-numbered/re-catalogued the stamps of an entire country.

Published on October 16th 2014 | Read more.... | 11 Comments

Greek tragedy in perf thirteen and one quarter

This story began a good number of years ago when I noted that some Greek definitive stamps from the 1990s had different perforations, yet the catalogs failed to mention nothing about the difference. Since then I’ve been checking just about every modern Greek definitive stamp I receive in detail, and boy, have I found out the hard way that something is seriously amiss with catalog listings.

Published on October 8th 2014 | Read more.... | 3 Comments

Unlisted perforation varieties on classic Montenegro stamps

Carrying on with topic of Montenegro stamps, here’s a bit of an mystery. Both Michel and Scott state that the 1910 stamps commemorating 50th anniversary of the reign of King Nicholas have perforation of 12½. But I’ve found a good number of copies (of several values) that are something different.

Published on October 1st 2014 | Read more.... | No Comments

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