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  • 2015-05-05 Keijo wrote on About pricing of online stamp catalogs
    @Cecil.... No apologies needed. The more verbose, the better the discussion.

    because you can annotate it to denote items you have or want and information.


    This is possible also in digital products (assuming there are no 'silly' publisher restrictions on what the file owner can do).

    They are also easy to navigate and flip/move from page to page and back especially when comparing 2 different catalogs.


    Again, fully possible on digital as well assuming the vendor has not placed any silly restrictions on how the files must be viewed.


    The thought of subscriptions is not appealing either as it locks you into repeated costs or you loose the ability to view.


    Not to mention the fact that you can't resell the old catalog to refund the upgrade. For me this is the biggest turn-off with current pricing.

    If I can buy a brand new Michel Europe volume for 60€, and sell it year later for 50€ to upgrade to latest annual edition for 10€; why on earth would I pay annually something like 30€ for digital product that I can use for period of 5 years without the possibility to resell or upgrade at cheaper cost. With print catalog the total costs for five-year run would be something like 100€; with digital edition they'd be something like 150€ (and if selling the volume by end of year 5, the difference would be 60-150 in benefit of the print catalog).... I just can't foresee why anybody would upgrade to eBooks/digital under these terms.

    Of course the catalog publishers could axe the printed editions and thus eliminate the second-hand markets :evil:

    -k-

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  • 2015-05-05 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Bonjour Travis,

    Ici vous pouvez écrire en français aussi (J'aime Google Translate ;)

    i send first and you select only the stamps you need


    Oui.

    or you keep the 100 i send and send me 100 of yours?


    Non.

    So i don’t understand your history with the pdf file ?


    Il est pour les statistiques (voir le tableau au milieu de cette page).

    -k-

    PS. Everything above was done using Google Translate. If there are any silly mistakes, please blame Google ;)

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  • 2015-05-05 Cecil Reams wrote on About pricing of online stamp catalogs
    Keijo both you and Ivan made good points - but you overlook a important point. Collectors prefer hardcopy catalogs partly because that is what has been around for so long and because you can annotate it to denote items you have or want and information. They are also easy to navigate and flip/move from page to page and back especially when comparing  2 different catalogs. Lastly when you buy them their yours and you need only rebuy when you want updated or new issues.  

    I tried the PDF catalogues Scott was selling and was less then impressed as you could only view and navigation was not easy additionally there were no updates you just had to buy a new set when you wanted new issues at a cost comparable to the paper copies. The thought of subscriptions is not appealing either as it locks you into repeated costs or you loose the ability to view. If I buy I want to own with the option to update if and when I want.

    There are some stamp inventory programs out there for computers which display catalogue information and allow you to annotate and track inventory this coupled with the advancements in tablet hardware is in my view the future as it allows both the benefits of paper and portable technology, they are also normally outright purchases with options to update when you want to. Abet the good ones are a little pricy but not much more then the paper catalogues initially.

    P.S. Sorry for being overly verbose.

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  • 2015-05-04 travisbatteur wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Dear Keijo

    i have find your nice site and i think we will can do exchange.

    But my english is poor and i'm not sure i have understand. So i can send to you a letter with 100 stamps of france or europe or other (you can find pictures of my available on my website http://travisbatteur.free.fr excluding france because a lot of stamps)

    So i don't understand your history with the pdf file ?

    What will you proceed, i send first and you select only the stamps you need or you keep the 100 i send and send me 100 of yours?

    Tell me 

    regards

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  • 2015-05-04 Ivan wrote on About pricing of online stamp catalogs
    @Keijo

    catalog numbering systems - that's for another debate, those companies may claim they are protected by copyright law, but unless some court decides so, it's questionable. There were few similar cases regarding serial numbers and the court decided that (alpha)numerical systems (sequences) are controlled by rules and therefore lack originality and cannot be protected by copyright. But then copyright laws are different in US, UK and other EU countries, so it depends where the company is from and to whom it is selling. I guess that in the future catalog numbers will become obsolete, each stamp can be identified by GUID and printed on label or screen as barcode, readable by mobile phone and navigating directly to online catalog.

     I agree with your second point. However, there is a fixed cost to register and to invoice individual customer (and some variable cost like support etc.) you need to take into account. That's why $9.99 per subscription is unrealistic. Also, the majority of stamp collectors collect cheap stamps and those collectors are not so interesting as customers and usually they complain much more too :) I would rather have 100 customers paying $100 than 1000 paying $10. But I don't want 1 customer paying $10000. There must be some balance.

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  • 2015-05-04 Keijo wrote on About pricing of online stamp catalogs
    @Ivan...

    If there is an opportunity in the market, there would already be other companies selling for half of the price.


    Except for the dilemma that we (western) collectors want to use the established Michel/Scott/SG numbers. Since none of the above are licensing at affordable rates, it's very hard (if not impossible) for new players to enter the market... So in a way we collectors have build our own prison, and are now paying very dearly for the luxury of living within.

    And yes, I agree with you that publishers know their business. Some smarties in their marketing have likely done the maths that it's more affordable for them to sell 50,000 titles at 100$ a piece, rather than 500,000 subscriptions at 10$/year. Too bad that they never bothered to think what such decisions will do for the hobby on the long run.

    -k-

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  • 2015-05-03 Ivan wrote on About pricing of online stamp catalogs
    @Keijo

    Whatever you eat for lunch my point is the same. People spend $10 for something stupid every day and don't even think about it. I just spent $10 for 2 beers.

    To maintain up-to-date catalogs is continuous work. 100k will get you nowhere if you have database or not, 100k is cost of one average web developer, you still need to pay few more people, upgrade hardware, pay for hosting, software licences, energy, accounting, etc... 

    Unfortunately,  the market for collectors software and catalogs is shrinking and with people expecting to pay $9.99 or nothing :) Companies like Scott or Stanley Gibbons invested decades to build their databases, it is their business for long time and I think they know the market. If there is an opportunity in the market, there would already be other companies selling for half of the price.

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  • 2015-05-03 Keijo wrote on About pricing of online stamp catalogs
    @Ivan...

    You spend 9.99 for burger and coke without even thinking about the price and you want to pay that for yearly subscription? I


    Actually I would not pay a tenner for a burger and coke without getting VERY grumpy ;)

    Imagine how much work it is to catalog 500000+ items, maintain the hardware, database, users, updates, etc, etc…


    If they were starting from a scratch, then true. A budget of 100K would not get them far.

    But they already have most (if not all) the required assets and services build and completed. The only thing missing is the will to change the existing pricing... Of course as there's no actual competition why bother?

    I am in software development 20 years so I know


    Likewise ;)

    -k-

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  • 2015-05-03 Ivan wrote on About pricing of online stamp catalogs
    You spend 9.99 for burger and coke without even thinking about the price and you want to pay that for yearly subscription? Imagine how much work it is to catalog 500000+ items, maintain the hardware, database, users, updates, etc, etc... I am in software development 20 years so I know ;)

     

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  • 2015-05-02 Keijo wrote on My stamp collection
    Hi Philip,

    I'd start by throwing everything excessive in a box, and drop it nearest auction/charity as an unsorted box lot. If you get caught again, then simply repeat every month till you're desk/mind is free from clutter and you're no longer addicted.

    Another good way to limit the scope is simply 'not to buy'. Set yourself some hard and soft rules on what to buy, and then simply stick with them.

    I can say it's not going to be easy, and there will be times when you'll be sad for the things you've done, but if you treat it as water under the bridge, then it will get easier and easier each time. In the end stamps are just pieces of paper that somebody used to lick; nothing more nothing less.

    Just my 5 cents worth,
    -k-

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  • 2015-05-02 Philip Reynolds wrote on My stamp collection
    I wrote in April 2014 congratulating you on your ''All-World Collecting'' article in the May 2014 edition of ''Stamp Magazine'' (UK), and stated that I only basically only collected Japanese stamps and postal history. Japan, including Japanese revenues, remains my main philatelic interest.... but I now seem to have started acquired collections of Chilean Revenue stamps on documents; Suffolk (UK English County) postmarks; some South American stamps; Imperial Germany; and various other bits and pieces. Help! I think it is great that you are a world-wide collector, but I don't want to follow your example! How do I stop getting interested in more and more areas of stamp collecting? Best wishes anyway, Philip

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  • 2015-05-02 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Daniel... Thanks for letting me know.

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  • 2015-05-01 Daniel Ptashny wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    I sent you another stamp exchange lot - and again no customs form. The lady at the counter was very adamant that customs forms are not required for letters and that she is not authorized to put one on. I can't blame her - it says on the form itself that it is only required for packages.

     

    Hopefully it will make it through again!!PS: The next lot I send you will be from within Europe (Slovakia), so there won't be any customs issues. 

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  • 2015-04-30 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Two lots to end end this week. As tomorrow is May Day and everything is closed, the responses will be mailed back on next Monday. 

    #19 from Jefferson, US...  Sadly I had all the German stamps except one; thus the swap percentage remained as low as it did.  But otherwise a very good first try.... As an interesting side note, the cover arrived registered though the postage paid for the cover was just US$1.10  There was some 'pink' RR-label attached on top of the stamps and machine cancellation; definitely not the standard US Registered mail sticker. My hunch is that it was transferred from some other envelope by accident.

    #20 from Allan, UK... Will process this during the long weekend.  More or less the same story as with the above (plenty of Germany; took just 1 or 2 stamps). But otherwise a very nice mixture with useful bits and pieces... Yet another gilded Machin horizon label on top of the cover; the Royal Mail is really doing their best to alienate stamp collectors. Sigh.

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  • 2015-04-30 Allan Ward wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Keijo wrote :@Allan... Yes, it might make a good topic (though it will have to wait for some time as I've got the next entry already done and scheduled for Friday / May day release).

    Re getting proper stamps on the cover... I might give you a helping hand here. I've got few mint UK sheets that I'd like to have postally used, so I'll provide a SASE cover for the next swap. All I'm asking is that Please (PLEASE) try to get it hand cancelled (I'll start crying if it arrives uncancelled). OK for you?

    Hi Keijo,

    sure, and I'll try my best to get the hand cancellations.  As an update to my story:-   I've emailed the Royal Mail for an explanation of their returning unsold stamps.  I'll let you know how they respond.

    Allan.

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  • 2015-04-29 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Daniel... I know it's hard (same in Finland as well). But I believe in miracles :)

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  • 2015-04-29 Daniel Ptashny wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Keijo wrote :@Allan... Yes, it might make a good topic (though it will have to wait for some time as I've got the next entry already done and scheduled for Friday / May day release).

    Re getting proper stamps on the cover... I might give you a helping hand here. I've got few mint UK sheets that I'd like to have postally used, so I'll provide a SASE cover for the next swap. All I'm asking is that Please (PLEASE) try to get it hand cancelled (I'll start crying if it arrives uncancelled). OK for you?

    Good luck! It is very hard to get hand cancels in the UK (I tried) and about half of the mail I received from the UK is cancelled. 

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  • 2015-04-28 Keijo wrote on Welcome to SCB Store
    @JerryT... Thanks for the support :)

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  • 2015-04-28 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Received lot #18 today from Markus, Austria... Glad to have yet another familiar face back on the swaps :) All in all a very nice mixture of this and that. Some I had already (as Markus guessed), but some were very handy/useful additions. Will be placing the response cover on the mail tomorrow morning.

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  • 2015-04-28 JerryT wrote on Welcome to SCB Store
    Keijo,

    After using your site for a few months, I decided it was time to support you and signed up for the premium membership today.

    I'm looking forward to future stamp news and interesting articles.

    Thanks,

    Jerry

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  • 2015-04-28 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Allan... Yes, it might make a good topic (though it will have to wait for some time as I've got the next entry already done and scheduled for Friday / May day release).

    Re getting proper stamps on the cover... I might give you a helping hand here. I've got few mint UK sheets that I'd like to have postally used, so I'll provide a SASE cover for the next swap. All I'm asking is that Please (PLEASE) try to get it hand cancelled (I'll start crying if it arrives uncancelled). OK for you?

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  • 2015-04-28 Allan Ward wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Keijo,

    I just posted a small packet of stamps to you.   Sorry I couldn't get any commemmorative stamps for the envelope, though we have had two new issues just recently. When I asked the Manager of this main Post Office I went to, why he didn't have any, he said that any unsold commemmoratives are returned.   GB stamps are getting scarcer and scarcer, and the Post Office doesn't really care to promote itself with it's commemmoratives. No wonder it's going bust! 

    Perhaps you would like to ask your readers what the practice is in other countries? Might make an interesting story for your blog?

    Allan.

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  • 2015-04-25 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Daniel... Sorry to hear bad news. You should definitely report the case to USPS because damaging another persons mail is dead serious matter and it should not happen under any circumstances.

    And don't worry, I'm now all out of ToF stamps. So you'll be getting something different the next time.

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  • 2015-04-24 Daniel Ptashny wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Keijo,

    I received your exchange lot yesterday and I really like the stamps (including the bonus). Unfortunately, there was a bit of a problem with the cover.
     
    On the cover, I noticed you used the "Tom of Finland" stamp. I personally am not impressed by it (more than just I don't like it, I don't really want pictures of nude men in my house), but someone at the post office REALLY didn't like it. The stamp was ripped off (although Tom's head remained) and the cover was torn open. That leaves me with a useless vandalized cover. I am sending another exchange lot and I am asking you not to use this stamp again, so I can have a cover from Finland!

     

    Thanks,

    Daniel

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  • 2015-04-24 Keijo wrote on Color variations on Zambian 3 ngwee National Dancing Troupe stamps
    @Vidhu... Thanks for the information. I must say I'm bit surprised that even the overprints were done in Europe; the quality of them seems way below the 'European standards'.

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  • 2015-04-24 Vidhu chopra wrote on Color variations on Zambian 3 ngwee National Dancing Troupe stamps
    The color dots are not forgery.They are the result of ink drops while printing o/p.as all the o/p sheets had dots,so Govt might had no other option but allow these to be used as destroying might have been a costly proposition for a country like Zambia.The stamps as well as overprinted sheets were done by an European country.

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  • 2015-04-24 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about SCB newsletter
    Just a quick update that newsletter #9/2015 has been to recipients.

    If you're a subscriber but haven't received your copy, please check your junk mail folder (and if you can't find the newsletter there either, then try adding newsletter@stampcollectingblog.com to your contacts list and it will hopefully fix any delivery issues in the future).

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  • 2015-04-24 Keijo wrote on Q&A: Stamps of Finland
    Hi Mark,

    hopefully these images will help you (and anyone else):

    First, the 1901 temporary litho issue. The best characteristic for this is the 'thinner' number 1 as well as the general appearance of ornamental lines (their thinner/finer than in letterpress):
    Finland 1901 litho issue

    Then here's the 1901/1903 First letterpress issue (Berlin plates). For this the id characteristics are sharp arrow points (below imperial crest) and the double-lining of oval around the imperial crest (inner space is narrow, outer is wider):
    1901 Finland Berlin plate letterpress

    And finally here's the 1908/1909 Second letterpress issue (Helsinki plates). For this the id characteristics are dull arrow points (below imperial crest) and the double-lining of oval around the imperial crest (spacing between inner and outer lines is equal):
    1908 Finland letterpress Helsinki plates




    sorry I couldn’t get the ‘link’ button to work to put the links in the text!

    Thanks for letting me know. Will check on that (just upgraded the CMS-system to latest version yesterday, so it's possible that somethings gone broken at it)

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  • 2015-04-24 Keijo wrote on Q&A:Stamps of Britain and Commonwealth
    @Rick...

    ...found a way to distinguish various types within a denomination by the bands (present or not, or one vs. more than one band?). But I cannot find where I originally got that information. Any ideas?


    Sorry, can't recall reading nothing as such.

    That said, I must say that I have doubts about the accuracy of using phosphor bands (or their absence) to define print method. Possibly Ian Billings and those more knowledgeable of Machins will chime in about this.


    What magnification would be ideal for distinguishing litho vs. photogravure or for distinguishing the various types (as listed in Scott’s)?


    x8-x10 should be enough (especially if you have some sort of lightsource within).

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  • 2015-04-24 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Two more lots to end this week. 

    Lot #16 from Paul, Romania... Nice mixture of Romania and Soviet Union. Unfortunately I had most, hence a low swap percentage. Better luck next time.  Additionally, about making wishes (in this case used Finland and France).  Like said on the terms of exchange, please do not include country/topic specific wishes because I will not implement them. And as all the stamps sent were CTO's, the changes of getting stamps from countries like Finland or France where CTOs are very few/uncommon are pretty non-existing 

    And because Paul reads Finnish better than English, here's short explanation for him...  Mukava sekoitus Romaniaa ja Neuvostoliittoa. Valitettavasti minulla oli useimmat merkit entuudestaan, ja siksi vaihtoprosentti jäi niin matalaksi. Parempi onni ensi kerralla.  Sitten näistä maatoiveista (leimattua Suomea ja Ranskaa).  Kuten vaihdon säännöissä on, niin toiveita maista / aiheista ei kannata panna, koska ohitan ne aika suoraan. Lisäksi jos tavoitteena on saada merkkejä maista joissa ei juurikaan ole CTO-julkaisuja (esim. Suomi ja Ranska), niin silloin vaihtoon kannattaa lähettää vain aidosti kulkeneita merkejä eikä CTO:ta.


    Lot #17 from Holger...  Will process this later today / during the weekend.   Seems heavy/thick, so very likely I'll be having a blast with it. 
    Added Afterwards. OK I'm done with this, and it was a blast. Very useful selection of post-war Germany and DDR, equally useful selection of North Korean CTOs from the 1970s, and few random items here and there. All in all excellent job (and a smashing cover with minisheet :)

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  • 2015-04-24 Rick Young wrote on Q&A:Stamps of Britain and Commonwealth
    Keijo wrote on October 29, 2013 @Rick… Adminware website has got it right. Here’s a different page with better picture of the difference you should look at http://www.adminware.ca/machin/m_var.htm#Printing IMHO spotting the difference requires at least 10-12 magnification, and even so it can be frustrating.

    This response you sent me was very helpful. I also somewhere must have found a way to distinguish various types within a denomination by the bands (present or not, or one vs. more than one band?). But I cannot find where I originally got that information. It does not seem to be from the site I quote above. Any ideas? One other thing: what magnification would be ideal for distinguishing litho vs. photogravure or for distinguishing the various types (as listed in Scott's)? I think my magnifier is 10X  but it does not seem to be strong enough for this purpose. Thanks!

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  • 2015-04-24 Mark Dyck wrote on Q&A: Stamps of Finland
    Hi again Keijo!  

    I think I figured it out.  One thing Facit mentions is that the Helsinki plates had 'indistinct arrowheads' compared to the Berlin plates.  Now, as I only have one 10 penni stamp I didn't know if I had 'distinct' arrowheads or 'indistinct'.
     
    However, I also have a 20 penni stamp that I know is a Berlin plate (based on the 'XX'.)  My 10 penni arrowheads are, relatively speaking, very indistinct.  

    All this is worthy of at least two pictures.  Here are some links to pics if you want to check them out.

    Both Stamps side by side

    10 penni Red, Helsinki plate 

    20 penni Blue , Berlin Plate


    Mark
    (sorry I couldn't get the 'link' button to work to put the links in the text!)

     

     

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  • 2015-04-24 Mark Dyck wrote on Q&A: Stamps of Finland
    Hi Keijo,

    I'm working through some older Finland stamps and have a question about the Russian design types.  Specifically the 10 penni carmine stamps (Facit 51, 57I and 57II)

    There's a description in the catalogue of the differences but, as is often the case for Facit, the pictures describing the differences are not very clear.   

    Do you have any tricks to telling these stamps apart?  Or, do you know of any online resource for early Finland definitives, similar to the recent Sweden definitives blog? 

    Thanks,
    Mark

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  • 2015-04-23 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Update on the exchange list... Received lot #15 from Steven today. Will process it during the late night and mail the response back to US tomorrow morning.

    Added afterwards... A nice mixture of Berlin, Bundespost and misc worldwide. Great swap once again :)

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  • 2015-04-21 Keijo wrote on Equatorial Guinea - a country with lost reputation
    @Holger... Spot on. AFAIK this (and few others that are slightly different from the usual printed sheet-CTO) was used primarily on first day covers.

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  • 2015-04-21 Holger wrote on Equatorial Guinea - a country with lost reputation
    hmmm...the unusual CTO "Masie Nguema Biyogo"? Named after the dictator himself, the island known as Bioko/Fernando Poo.The usual CTO is Santa Isabel/Malabo.

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  • 2015-04-21 Keijo wrote on Equatorial Guinea - a country with lost reputation
    Just to share (ok, brag) with an interesting addition to my collection of Equatorial Guinea stamps:

    1975 US Bicentennial stamp. FDC-CTO
    (A hint - this is not your average sheet-CTO specimen...)

    Small finds like this make collecting so much fun :)

    -k-

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  • 2015-04-20 Keijo wrote on Color variations on Zambian 3 ngwee National Dancing Troupe stamps
    @Ray... A forgery is definitely one possibility as there doesn't seem to be any 'security factors' with the various surcharged Zambian stamps.

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  • 2015-04-20 Keijo wrote on How to implement a stamp that is an utter catastrophe from collector point of view
    Agree that the modern stamps are problematic from collector perspective. You never know how they behave...

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  • 2015-04-20 Keijo wrote on My stamp collection
    @Ray...

    From what it says on Scott, the Galapagos stamps were also valid in mainland Equador? That’s how it sounds like from how it is written.


    Yep. Michel states that the stamps were valid on the mainland as well.

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  • 2015-04-20 Ray wrote on Color variations on Zambian 3 ngwee National Dancing Troupe stamps
    is it a printing variety or a forgery? I have heard once somewhere that in some poor African countries, they forge stamps and sell it cheaply. Overprints to a higher denominations are the most efficiently forged ones. Not only the forgers are happy but ordinary consumers are also happy to be able to buy cheaply. The postal authorities are not funded well to chase those forgeries as well and left virtually unchecked.

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  • 2015-04-20 Ray wrote on How to implement a stamp that is an utter catastrophe from collector point of view
    Finnish, Japanese or whatever it is, I'd be careful with these recent sticker type stamps. I have a dozen of covers from France with these as well and too afraid to do anything. 

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  • 2015-04-20 Ray wrote on My stamp collection
    Keijo wrote :Yet another 'zero stamps' country down... Added last night my first stamp from the Galapagos Islands. Woo-hoo!!!

    image

     

    And this alone makes my Galapacos collection 15% complete :)

    I have never noticed that there were Galapagos issues! I just checked on Scott, indeed, I have learnt something new today. From what it says on Scott, the Galapagos stamps were also valid in mainland Equador? That's how it sounds like from how it is written. 

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  • 2015-04-19 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Allan... That's great news :)

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  • 2015-04-19 Allan Ward wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Keijo,your stamps arrived yesterday.  Many thanks for a really good exchange again.  Best wishes to you.Allan.

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  • 2015-04-19 Jimmy wrote on Color variations on Zambian 3 ngwee National Dancing Troupe stamps
    Very true. Sometimes I kept some duplicates precisely due to colour shift. It might be possible that some either slip through the routine quality checks. But I have saw some countries stamps that has significant number of the same color shifts that makes me wondering how they can produce such stuff. But they does make an interesting thing to ponder about.

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  • 2015-04-19 Keijo wrote on How to implement a stamp that is an utter catastrophe from collector point of view
    @Kim... I'm still feeling strongly against use of chemicals (especially with stamps), so very likely I'll just leave these on paper in future.
    (That said, heptane based products are easily available on most gas/service stations and general stores in Finland. The air freshener sprays are much harder to locate as they're simply not part of 'culture'...)

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  • 2015-04-19 Keijo wrote on My stamp collection
    @Paul... Thanks for the accurate id :)

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  • 2015-04-18 Kim wrote on How to implement a stamp that is an utter catastrophe from collector point of view
    The culprit, as you have noted, is water.  Which means you will need to have a chemical alternative to water.  A solvent like Bestine (heptane) combined with talcum powder to remove residue works.  But I figure you wouldn't want to work with that, especially with your young daughter.An alternative, if you can find it, are non-aerosol air freshener products that contain d-limonene.  This chemical is extracted from citrus rinds, so be looking for a non-aerosol air freshener that is promoted as having a "citrus scent", but make sure it has d-limonene.  In North America, two such products are Pure Citrus and ZEP.  Never went shopping in Europe, so can't help you there.Best wishes...k

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  • 2015-04-18 Paul Luchter wrote on My stamp collection
    Way above (message #31) is an image of a Japanese revenue stamp. Not sure if it was identified. The 100 yen stamp with what I think is a stylized image of Mt. Fuji on it, in green, was issued in 1961, and is a National Pension stamp.

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  • 2015-04-18 Keijo wrote on Color variations on Zambian 3 ngwee National Dancing Troupe stamps
    And here's Gandhi stamp surcharged 1500k on 500k (original issue released year 1998, overprint issued on year 2000). With the latter specimen there are some black ink spots.

    Gandhi stamps Zambia

    Again, I'm not really sure what these dots are, but similar dropping marks can be found also on the other value (1200K on 250K) of this set. Can't help thinking they might be some sort of sorting facility marks...

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  • 2015-04-18 Keijo wrote on Color variations on Zambian 3 ngwee National Dancing Troupe stamps
    As an addendum to topic of Zambian stamp varieties, here's few more finds from the lot.

    1999 ILO 75th Anniversary, surcharge 500k on 100k. With the below specimen the new value appears fatter than the with the normal copies. Not sure if this is result of overinking or something else:
    Zambia ILO 75th anniversary stamp overprint

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  • 2015-04-17 David Decker wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Keijo wrote :Hi David,

    I treat uncancelled items (even if on paper) equal to MNG (mint no gum), so they are not of my interest. Sorry.

    -keijo-

    Thanks,  

     

    Now I know what to do with them.  Will make sure I do not send you any!

    Have a great day 

    David

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  • 2015-04-17 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Two lots, #13 from Cecil and #14 from Miquel, to end this week.  My thanks to both; some 'good stuff'' in both lots and very nice covers as well.   Responses to both have been placed on the mail. 

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  • 2015-04-17 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi David,

    I treat uncancelled items (even if on paper) equal to MNG (mint no gum), so they are not of my interest. Sorry.

    -keijo-

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  • 2015-04-17 David wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Keijo,

     

    I know for the stamp exchange you want used stamps.  I have  many Canadian stamps that have managed to make through our postal system without a cancellation mark on them.  Do you/we consider them as  " used".  They are still on paper .  Most of them are from dealers, so they are often blocks or series of stamps. Should I remove them from paper? Or leave on to prove they have been used? 

    Any comments would be most helpful.

    David

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  • 2015-04-16 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Update on the exchanges list... Received lot #12 from 'down under'  today.  A lovely mix of recent Australia, Japan and African stamps; and top job quality wise.  Thanks Mel :)  I'll place the response cover on the mail tomorrow morning.

     

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  • 2015-04-13 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Russia and areas
    @Rick... This one's easy as these are common in oldtime collections. See Far Eastern Republic, Scott #58. Not sure why Scott doesn't list these right next to Russia(n Empire) similar to other catalogs, as it would make 'accidental ID' much easier.

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  • 2015-04-13 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of Russia and areas
    ID question:

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    Thanks!

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  • 2015-04-12 Keijo wrote on Few minor print flaws on Turkish stamps
    @Allan... That's where you've simply got to 'dig deeper' and compare copy after copy. One or two similar copies might be by change, but the more similar copies you have, the more likely indication of consistency it is. Not sure how easily that could be done with (modern) Turkish stamps, because they appear somewhat uncommon despite low catalog values. If using my stamp exchanges as an indicator, if lucky one out of ten stamp exchange lots I get has a Turkish stamp or two; in comparison I see stamps from Cypros or Greece in just about each and every lot. Not really sure why such a big difference though they're all in the same 'neighborhood' ...

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  • 2015-04-12 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Allan,

    all in all I'd say your improving with each lot as you're clearly managed to weed out the worst offenders and the damages are getting smaller and smaller. The rest is just fine-tuning to proper level (for which sending back the damaged items separately is a good way to learn). Eventually it will pay off in big way.

    But yes, there were quite many useful tidbits. Especially the North Korean CTOs hit the chord, but as usual there was bit of this and that as well.

    -k-

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  • 2015-04-12 Allan Ward wrote on Few minor print flaws on Turkish stamps
    Hi Keijo,I've noticed that type of    o    flaw on a couple of other Turkish definitive stamps.  It seems to me that it is a bit too regular just to be a dust speck - but I'm no expert.  I find the regularity of the flaw, that it looks like an actual letter,  really odd.

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  • 2015-04-12 Allan Ward wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Keijo wrote :Update on the exchange list... Received lot #11 from Allan today.  Will go through it during the weekend, and post it back on Monday. 

    Hello Keijo,

    many thanks for your speedy turn around on my stamps.  Sorry (again) that there were a lot 'damaged' that you didn't like - but I'm glad to see there were many more you did like.

    Best wishes,

    Allan

    ps.  I had a look at the Aland stamp site - very interesting.

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  • 2015-04-11 Keijo wrote on What do You do with stamps that have foxing / rust?
    @Edwin...

    Similar to repairs (they must be proudly marked on the stamp), as long as the treatments are done to protect the stamps for further decay, I believe it makes much sense and I have no problem with it as a collector. The collectors’ community will be more and more confronted with the consequences of natural paper and gum aging, and nobody wants to have collections of pulverized paper treasures, so we can not avoid to apply conservation techniques.


    This is definitely one of those things that I've pondered over the years, because in some collectibles restoration is ok (say for example cars and comic books), and in others it's a definitive no-no (for example stamps).

    Also if thinking the fine line between conservation and restoration, where to draw it? For example if thinking rust, which are you doing when you are removing rust (and preventing it from spreading)? At least to my eyes conservation sounds a whole lot better (more acceptable) than restoration ;)

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  • 2015-04-11 Keijo wrote on Few minor print flaws on Turkish stamps
    @Don... That's why I'm using the term 'print flaw' to describe these items. Alternatively I could have used the term 'freak', but that's something I'd associate with more 'major and visual' flaws.

    Stanley Gibbons defines variety as "A stamp differing in some detail from the normal issue". If going by that, then these are varieties as well ;)

    -k-

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  • 2015-04-11 Edwin Delsing wrote on What do You do with stamps that have foxing / rust?
    Referring to the excellent link Keijo provided to the book and paper group annual volume n° 10, I prefer a quick (30 sec) soak in a 5% Potassium Permanganate (KMNO4) solution, followed by a bleaching wash (about 2 minutes) in a Sodium Bisulphite (NaHSO3) 10% solution to remove foxing stains. Also this method should be followed by an alcalization treatment, in order to conserve the stamp for the long term, see the publication in the link. 

    Acidity is the main promotor for (natural) yellowing and browning of old stamps. Acidity causes that paper gets brittle over time. To convince myself, I once cooked a stamp in a 32% hydrochloric acid solution. After drying it was so brittle that it cracked under bending. I recalled the numerous times a corner tooth of an old stamp broke off when I manipulated a bit too clumsy.The chemicals involved are easy to get at your local pharmacist or drug store and they are not specifically dangerous. Sodium bisulphite is a.o. used in small qualtities in the wine industry for killing moulds.

     

    The best treatment for bleaching and protecting paper according to the research paper is the 0.3% sodium borohydride solution treatment, the disadvantage is that sodium borohydride releases hydrogen when in contact with water. It is difficult to get - at least here in Switzerland. The minimum available 25 g quantity costed me CHF 200 (about USD 200) and it came after 4 weeks waiting in an air tight tin can from the USA. I had to sign for it so that the authorities can find me if I use it for something dangerous....

     

    Similar to repairs (they must be proudly marked on the stamp), as long as the treatments are done to protect the stamps for further decay, I believe it makes much sense and I have no problem with it as a collector. The collectors' community will be more and more confronted with the consequences of natural paper and gum aging, and nobody wants to have collections of pulverized paper treasures, so we can not avoid to apply conservation techniques.

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  • 2015-04-11 Don Christian wrote on Few minor print flaws on Turkish stamps
    Interesting comments. For me, a misaligned second color or a speck of dirt would not constitute a valid variety--just a job of sloppy printing. An inverted color would be a valid variety. I would assume that on a large run, printing plates would become misaligned from time to time and hopefully corrected by an alert pressman. Also, a retouched plate due to wear or other damage which resulted in a minor alteration or redrawing of the design is a valid variation. Clearly a change in paper stock or perforations constitutes a proper variation. Comments?

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  • 2015-04-11 Keijo wrote on How to implement a stamp that is an utter catastrophe from collector point of view
    @Seth...

    ....designs etched in sparkly holographic paper....Maybe I need to experiment with pressing them next. If that doesn’t work I might need to give up with soaking unless anyone has any other ideas…


    Finland has issued few similar stamps, and if the Japanese stamps work the same way, then there is no way to get them 'off-paper' without curling and cracks. Pressing during and after soak works the best, but even that doesn't prevent all damages (this should be in silver color, but it's so 'shiny' that the scanner can't handle it properly - all the horizontal double-lines are cracks):

    Finland holo-stamp



    @Edwin...Nice to see you around :) How's the book project?

    Better a maltreated stamp than no stamp at all!


    You might be right when it comes to modern stamps like these.... All in all it would be nice to know how catalog editors define 'very fine quality' for items such as the above.

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  • 2015-04-11 Edwin Delsing wrote on How to implement a stamp that is an utter catastrophe from collector point of view
    Hello Keijo

    I fully agree with your comments. For the "mnh"-collectors this is not a real problem but for the "used" collectors it once again shows the real intent of postal administrations. If used, then let's make it in a way that you may throw it away anyway. For us collectors it is the sport to find methods of keeping the quality of appearance as good as possible. So we have to "trick out" the postal administrations. Remember the late Victorian and early 1900 GV issues of Great Britain with their color changing when soaked?  

    For the passionate "used" collector, a few traces of soaking are really no problem: it is a further proof that these stamps were REALLY used, no CTO. And don't believe the "mnh" values will have any money value left whenever the postal authorities declare these stamps invalid for postage. I refer to what happened to the "value" of all the speculative bought mnh Liechtenstein stamps when their postal authority declared them invalid. 

    Better a maltreated stamp than no stamp at all!

    All the best
    Edwin Delsing

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  • 2015-04-11 Seth wrote on How to implement a stamp that is an utter catastrophe from collector point of view
    Maybe this isn't such a severe example but I am having a lot of trouble with soaking the modern Japanese constellation series. These have a dark blue background and designs etched in sparkly holographic paper. Like most Japanese stamps they thankfully come free from the paper through regular soaking. The problem with these is that they have a greater tendency to curl up when drying causing the surface to develop fine cracks when dry. I though the issue might be the use of warm water to soak them so I tried some this morning in cold water but alas the same thing occurs. Maybe I need to experiment with pressing them next. If that doesn't work I might need to give up with soaking unless anyone has any other ideas...

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  • 2015-04-10 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Update on the exchange list... Received lot #11 from Allan today.  Will go through it during the weekend, and post it back on Monday. 

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  • 2015-04-10 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of France & colonies
    Keijo wrote on April 10, 2015 @Rick… I agree those French Legion stamps are quite nice. Not sure if you are aware, but there’s also an tabbed version of these (tabs have the Legion’s crest).

    These are actually somewhat common with print run of 1 million copies, forgeries are out there as well (anything related to WW2 is subject for fakes). Michel values these at 10€ mint unhinged set, and 20€ for mint unhinged set with tabs; hinged sets for both are valued at the usual -50% discount. So every time you see these on eBay and alike at 30-50$ a set, run away and fast because the seller is trying to milk with your ignorance, :LOL:

    -k-

    Thanks. I found photos of the stamps with tabs and additional historical context at

    http://www.microsofttranslator.com/BV.aspx?ref=BVNav&from=fr&to=en&a=http%3A%2F%2Fpleidethouars.blogspot.com%2F

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  • 2015-04-10 Miguel wrote on What do You do with stamps that have foxing / rust?
    Keijo,

    I am not a chemist myself, so I don't know whether there could be differences from a theoretical point of view between the different products. I have experienced with household bleach, and in my opinion it is less convenient than potassium permanganate for two reasons: 1st, it is more aggressive with paper and colors and 2nd it is more toxic for the user.

    Further to that, I have not seen so far a rust rebirth after the treatment.

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  • 2015-04-10 Keijo wrote on What do You do with stamps that have foxing / rust?
    @Miquel... I'm not a chemist so feel free to correct me, but isn't that equal to using hydrogen peroxide or household bleach (both being similar oxidizing agents as potassium permanganate), and then using citric acid to balance/buffer the things back to normal/neutral zone. I'm quite sure that the visible rust can be taken away like this (at least for a while), but what happens with the pulp/paper itself is a major concern of mine when using chemicals of any sorts.

    Anyway, here's an interesting study I found not so long ago about the subject - http://cool.conservation-us.org/coolaic/sg/bpg/annual/v10/bp10-10.html

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  • 2015-04-10 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of France & colonies
    @Rick... I agree those French Legion stamps are quite nice. Not sure if you are aware, but there's also an tabbed version of these (tabs have the Legion's crest).

    These are actually somewhat common with print run of 1 million copies, forgeries are out there as well (anything related to WW2 is subject for fakes). Michel values these at 10€ mint unhinged set, and 20€ for mint unhinged set with tabs; hinged sets for both are valued at the usual -50% discount. So every time you see these on eBay and alike at 30-50$ a set, run away and fast because the seller is trying to milk with your ignorance, :LOL:

    -k-

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  • 2015-04-09 Miguel wrote on What do You do with stamps that have foxing / rust?
    This is what I do with foxed/rusted stamps:

     

    1st.- I put the stamp into a bowl with water and a solution of 5% potassium permanganate (KMnO4). You can obtain it in an pharmacy with laboratory, at least in Spain. I leave the stamp there for something between 5-20 minutes, depending on the amount of fox/rust.

     

    2nd.- I clear the stamp putting it into a bowl with clear water for a minute.

     

    3rd.- The stamp is then put into another bowl with a solution of 10% citric acid (or just lemon juice) for about 5 minutes.

     

    4th.- Then back again the stamp into a bowl with clear water for 10 minutes.

     

    All the rust and fox dissappears. Guaranteed.

     

    I have been doing this for many years with success. I have only noted secondary effects on the Perak Tiger issue and in some Albanian old stamps. In both cases the colour faded away a bit. 

     

    NB: Don't bin the stamps. They can be saved!

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  • 2015-04-09 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of France & colonies
    Keijo wrote on April 9, 2015 Hi Rick,

    the stamp is from French overseas department of Mayotte. You will find the stamp on Scott volume #4 under Mayotte.

    Thanks. I didn't know Mayotte was a stamp issuing state. In fact, when I looked around what I figured out was it was a vacation spot people that people in France might find interesting. Here is a more interesting item, in the France category:

    http://fisher.osu.edu/~young.53/French_FL_Closeup

    http://fisher.osu.edu/~young.53/French_Foreign_Legion_Set

    and here is what I found out about it online.

    http://stamporama.com/discboard/disc_main.php?action=20&id=4183

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  • 2015-04-09 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of France & colonies
    Hi Rick,

    the stamp is from French overseas department of Mayotte. You will find the stamp on Scott volume #4 under Mayotte.

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  • 2015-04-08 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of France & colonies
    Maybe this is awfully trivial, but I have a regular issue commemorative (and common) stamp from France in the 1990's that I cannot seem to find in the Scott's catalog http://fisher.osu.edu/~young.53/France_90_s_ID. Is this just an error in Scott's? Thanks!

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  • 2015-04-08 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Cecil... Thanks for letting me know. Likely it will land on my desk sometime next week.

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  • 2015-04-08 Cecil Reams wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Posted another lot your way this last Saturday, mixed countries this time though did include about 20  Saudi Arabia. Think you will find it a interesting mix.

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  • 2015-04-07 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Just a quick status update... My father underwent major surgery few hours ago. For the time being I'm keeping the exchange open as usual as I believe he's in good hands. That said, the next few days/weeks  pose major post-surgery risks, and if there are any changes for the worse I will place the exchange on immediate break.  So please, keep watching this page for updates before sending anything for swap (no updates = good to go). 

    -keijo-
     

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  • 2015-04-07 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Yugoslavia and related areas
    Hi John,

    in short the difference is the same as with any other typo vs. litho stamps, such as the Argentinian Jose San Martin 1954/76 definitives. If the edges of design protrude, then it's a typo. If the edges are straight, then you're dealing with litho stamp. Sometimes the difference is very obvious and easy to see, sometimes not so.

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  • 2015-04-06 John wrote on Q&A: stamps of Yugoslavia and related areas
    Keijo,

    Any thoughts on how to tell the difference between the typo and litho Yugoslavia postage due stamps? The typo printed ones are J51-J58 and J67-J74.  The litho printed ones are J75-J79.  
    Thanks.

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  • 2015-04-05 moriety wrote on Yet Another Epic Failure From Stanley Gibbons
    Sorry, it's late, I'm tired.

    Put simply, The Royal Mail never served privately owned Islands, so the rich land owner could produce stamps for tourists on trips to his Island  to send a letter or postcard for the carriage back to the mainland. Without a Royal Mail stamp on top of their weird stamps, it wouldn't have gone far once it reaches our mainland, it also needed a Royal Mail stamp once off the Island in question.

    I noticed that Ian Billings is right here, this is the right person for queries on any UK(GB) questions, I was just putting in my own memories as a child on a holiday in a couple of those islands! :)

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  • 2015-04-05 moriety wrote on Yet Another Epic Failure From Stanley Gibbons
    Ray wrote :I don't know much about Commonwealth stamps but to me the rule is simple: Any prepaid label that carries mail internationally via postal authority of the destination country is a stamp. The ones that handle only local mails are local stamps or private stamps. The ones that can't carry any mail is a bogus.

    From this definition, if that whatever the Commonwealth stamp comes to your mail box through the Finnish Post, then it's a stamp. If FEDEX brings you, it's not a stamp. I know some people would add "authorized by the government" but I don't because some secessionist region might issue a stamp whether the central government likes it or not, fine example is the Republic of Krajina within Croatia, which the Croat authority never approved but listed in Michel with its own chapter. I also make distinction between "local stamp" and "local issue". Local stamps are valid only within wherever that location is, if I'm correct, Lundy would fall into this category (I'm not sure about it but I think), local issues are only issued in that specific area but valid for international mails (and deliver through postal authority of the destination country) such as former Furusato issues in Japan. To debate on bases of relevance is also non-sense to me, as the validity of a stamp do not depend on the topic of a stamp. Japan recently issued a UNESCO series including Prague's Old Town, Istanbul, Stonehenge and so on: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/kitte_hagaki/stamp/tokusyu/2014/h270326_t.html and are totally irrelevant to Japan. Now "excessive" is also the same story, it does not affect the validity of a stamp. Countries like Lichtenstein or Vatican make profit out of stamps by selling those to tourist and exporting. Comparing to the population of the country, the issuing amount is "excessive" but they are stamps. 

     

    The owner of the Island could charge what ever he wanted to get a letter to the main Island (my UK), but all needed a real stamp by the former Royal Mail to get any further when the boat arrived on the mainland. I'd recommend speaking to Ian Billings regarding our UK postal history and the couple of landowners that tried it on, I don't collect UK stamps, and can happily say this man knows about general British postal history and is good on the general area, and specialises in the modern def's, and! not my interest. He'll give you the real info. As a child I saw Lundy as a joke, 30 years later I started collecting again, but Aus not the UK!

    I'd say that a stamped Lundy Island postcard is super rare as the owner relied on tourists before tourism really took off, and for us British it was a novelty.

    Get a real Royal Mail Stamp and a Lundy Island stamp on the postcard, it's rare.

    I think amongst stuff I've got a Scottish Island Local stamp back from the 1970's, that claimed to have gold on the stamp, back in the 1970's,from the already rich owners of the Islands claiming they had placed gold on a stamp. It's that era where stamps got the bad name when Wrong Capitalism intervened, until then it was a hobby.

    The key thing to remember is, within the UK, if it wasn't official Royal Mail, it's a Local. The man who rowed you over to the Island in old days also took the mail, which included their stamp on the envelope, PLUS the required Royal Mail  stamp. once the boat arrived to the mainland and the letter needed posting it also had the required Royal Mail stamp on it, without the it isn't a genuine postcard or letter.

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  • 2015-04-02 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Update on the exchange list... Received lot #10 from Miguel.  I will process it during the weekend, and due to Easter (everything is closed down for the next 4 days) will mail it back on Tuesday morning. 

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  • 2015-04-01 Keijo wrote on Yet Another Epic Failure From Stanley Gibbons
    @Brad... First, I must apologize for editing your message. Having dealt before with similar statements about stamp printers (who've got valid contracts), I know that my 'bat-phone' would start blinking red hot as the legal guys in some fancy-smancy office start calling back for me with legal claims unless the wording was changed/dropped.

    I don't know whether or not the 'are stamps available at the post office' makes a valid criteria these days, because it doesn't really apply even at the developed countries such as Finland... Definitive stamps and some commemorative issues are usually generally available, but if it's anything more special (say the The graphic design of The Artists’ Association of Finland 150 years booklet), then it's usually available 'by order only'. And I do get - it does not make sense for smaller postal outlets to keep hundreds of different stamp designs in reserve just in case that somebody might fancy something else than a flower stamp or a label. But 'limited availability' alone doesn't make any item unfit IMHO. As long as you can lick and stick it to a letter/postcard, and mail it out, it's valid postage stamp.

    -k-

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  • 2015-04-01 Keijo wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    @Kylie... If I wasn't, the instructions would not be there. Still sending out 15-20 copies of the template each month...

    -k-

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  • 2015-04-01 Brad Fallon wrote on Yet Another Epic Failure From Stanley Gibbons
    I was recently in Niger and Mali.  I always go to the post office when I am overseas.  I first went into one of the two post offices in Agadez, Niger.  They didn't have any stamps available.  They could only produce some meter stamps for domestic use or courier services.   I then went to the bigger post office downtown Agadez and they had only a couple of stamps available.  They had the 2006 President Tandja Mamadou stamp for international mail at 750 FR and the President Senghor stamp at 175 FR for local postage.  In Niamey, the post office had the new series of stamps depicting various sites in Niger such as d'Ousmane dan Foudio, the ruins of Djado, L'Ile de Lete as well as a lot of the Issoufou Mahamadou stamps - he is the current President.  The Salou Djibo stamps that were so evident everywhere I went in Niamey in 2010 have disappeared.  Keeping in mind that Djibo headed the coup in 2010 but Mahamadou replaced him in 2011 after a peaceful election.Strangely missing were the Polar Bear Stamps, the Elvis Presley Stamps, the Scouting Movement stamps with the Rotary Club symbol and picture on the edges...  SENTENCE REMOVED BY KEIJO AS IT COULD CAUSE LEGAL PROBLEMS... As PT Barnum once said - a sucker is born every minute!!I think that there is great value in African New Issues - but only the ones that are actually available in the post offices in the country.  The rest will always be wall paper.  They deserve to be in the appendix.  The plethora or illegal issues, which is another issue, should be completely ignored.  That stuff is for Label and Picture Collectors, not philatelists.

    By the way, same deal in Mali.  They are currently using some older issues from 2010.  I recently had an issue with Delcampe, who pulled a listing down for a Mali stamp of Traore  - stating that it was an illegal issue.  I argued with them because I had bought it in Bamako - Traore was the interim president at the time.  Delcampe refused to accept my explanation though.

    Final point about African stamps  - it has nothing to do with this topic but it is very hard to get VeryFine copies of stamps.  Most Africans, including postal employees, see very little value in the stamps.  They shove them in the drawers or keep them on the floor sometimes.  They rip them off being oblivious to the true use of the perforations.  Sometimes I would find it impossible to find undamaged issues.  People on Ebay and Delcampe were not terribly understanding, expecting perfection in the stamps.  Botswana is the exception though.  The postal employees are very gentle with the stamps there.

    Cheers
    Brad

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  • 2015-04-01 Kylie wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    Hi. I was just wondering if you are still sending out your excel template as I am looking into it for my dad who is a mad stamp collector. If so can you please let me know and I will send you a post card. Thanks. 

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  • 2015-03-31 G. Hulings Darby wrote on Some unissued Russian Civil war era stamps from Armenia
    Keijo:

    Having read your comments on the Armenian Eriwan 5000r, black and dull red, Sc.#308, I looked at mine again. I actually have two of them: one is a much deeper red than yours, and is registered much better in that there is no trace of red color within the white star; the other seems to be the same paler red as yours, with the color inverted. This results in their being a stripe devoid of color at the top of the design, and the first and last three-and-one-half Armenian characters in the top line of text having a rose background.

    My thinking is that the first is an unissued original, while the second is bogus, perhaps with a deliberate error.

    The Scott number assignment is puzzling. The 2015 Scott Specialized pictures the non-overprinted series in its entirety, and assigns numbers to all of them. There then appears an endnote reading: "Nos. 300-309 were not issued without surcharge." Usually, Scott does not assign numbers to stamps that were not issued.  This 5000r stamp is additionally listed as Sc.#330 (ovprt'd 300,000 in violet) and as Sc.#331 (ovprt'd 300,000 in black).

    The 2015 Scott assigns "unused" values to the unissued stamps, and both "unused" and " used" values to the overprinted stamps. Interestingly, the essentially contemporaneous 1926 Scott catalog doesn't assign any value, not even the then current two cent minimum, to any of them.

    Hulings

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  • 2015-03-30 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Italy and Italian colonies
    @Rick... This illustration should tell you everything necessary:
    Italy differences 1865

    It seems you've got one type III, and two type II stamps.


    PS I also found this googling, which might amuse you:
    What is the difference between a 34b, 36b, and a 34c?My mom told me that my bra didn’t fit, its a 34b, and instead of going to a 36b, she told me i needed a 34c, i thought you we suppose to go across the b’s, and then across the c’s, you don’t go down too do you?, like 34a,34b,34c….ect….


    Yes, it indeed takes even a lot from father of four girls to understand the 'bra math' correctly. But I'm getting there...LOL.

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  • 2015-03-30 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Update on the exchange list... Received lot #9 from Pawel.  Fabulours cover: just a tiny space for address, everything else covered in stamps :) And very nice contents as well (my Poland keeps on getting better and better).  Will place the response on the mail tomorrow morning. 

     

    -k-

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  • 2015-03-30 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of Italy and Italian colonies
    I think I have an Italy Scott 34 and 34a (and possibly 34b). I have read the description of how to distinguish them apart on Scott's, but still was not sure. Here are the photos: http://fisher.osu.edu/~young.53/Italy%20Scott%2034

    Here is what I found online, which is pretty much what was in Scott's: http://www.stamp-collecting-world.com/stampsofitaly_1862d.html

    Type I Dots flanking stars in oval, and a dot in each of the check-mark ornaments in the corners.Type II  Dots in oval but none in corners.Type III  No Dots at all.

    PS I also found this googling, which might amuse you:

    What is the difference between a 34b, 36b, and a 34c?My mom told me that my bra didn't fit, its a 34b, and instead of going to a 36b, she told me i needed a 34c, i thought you we suppose to go across the b's, and then across the c's, you don't go down too do you?, like 34a,34b,34c....ect....

     

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  • 2015-03-30 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Allan... Try to get better ;) That said, I think I might be catching something as well... Philately - the original way to spread 'germs' all over the globe. LOL

    -k-

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  • 2015-03-30 Allan Ward wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Keijo,been ill recently, but managed to get to the Post Office finally this morning, and posted a packet of stamps to you.Best wishes,Allan

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  • 2015-03-29 Jon wrote on A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages)
    Ha ha, the important thing is not to complete but to enjoy the process along the way!! Please share your Finland pages if you will, I'm sure its a joy to look at.

    Thanks for the link - that did the trick, so I am now able to edit the Steiner pages directly in Powerpoint if required. Perfect!!

    Jon

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  • 2015-03-28 Philip Reynolds wrote on Yet Another Epic Failure From Stanley Gibbons
    It may be right for the catalogue editors to point out, or may be put in an appendix, those stamps that were never really  for postal use. But it is helpful if information rather than just censoring is given to collectors. It is of course up to each collector as to what s/he collects. My main interest is in the stamps and postal history of Japan, but (other than on commercial envelopes) I am not really bothered about collecting to a complete standard the excessive range of stamps now issued by Japan in the last decade or so, even though they are validly postal and proper stamps.

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  • 2015-03-28 Keijo wrote on Yet Another Epic Failure From Stanley Gibbons
    @Drew M
    This may be a somewhat conservative definition, but it’s a fairly standard definition, I think


    True on both accounts. But if using above criteria, then quite many 'classic stamps' like this would also have to be dropped (never available to general public):

    Finland 1928 exhibition stamps
    (And yes, the postmark on 1mk orange is propable fake/late cancellation - Svartå. Genuinely used copies are almost exclusively with exhibition postmark)

    Of course one could draw a line in the sand and say that such & such criteria applies only to post-1960 stamps. But in that case it would be simply discriminating/favoring certain views on stamp collecting.

    -k-

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