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- 2013-12-07 Keijo wrote on You always learn something new from the stamps... @Andrei... Wow. And I thought that I had an interesting story to share :lol: Now I really want to complete this set.
- 2013-12-07 Andrei wrote on You always learn something new from the stamps... Most likely it was a random choice, there is no connection mentioned on the issuer site.
For Romanian philatelists, from the Women and Inventics series, the 1.00 LEI stamp is more interesting. On the stamp it should be Stefania Maracineanu but it looks like it is Marie Curie. You can find info here and here.
[addition by Keijo: The linked pages are in Romanian language, so use of Google Translate might prove useful for most readers of the blog. ]
Edit (by Andrei): english version of the article can be found on page 28
- 2013-12-07 Keijo wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt3) - DIY stamp album pages @FROG... That should be a pretty fool-proof system when it comes to re-organizing, but like they say 'never say never' ;)
- 2013-12-07 FROG wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt3) - DIY stamp album pages I have switched from Minkus pages to Steiner's quadrille pages. I strive to obtain a nice mint and used example and also a block so I usually end up with only three stamps per page. Also I use 110 card stock and heavy weight page protectors.This layout works for specialized collections.It does not restrict you to the little fill in the box type page.If there are perf. color,tagging,etc.you can mostly wind up with everything nicely together.I found myself using the backs of facing page to mount all the other stuff and realized this was the way to go. It's not for everyone and most would not like the look I know but being a completest comes with a price.By leaving room for items I don't have I should never have to again rearrange ANY page.
- 2013-12-06 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 @Corne... Nope. But I'm sure they'll land here eventually. Those few times I've received mail from SA, it's been ridiculously slow.
- 2013-12-06 Keijo wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it? @Ana... Excellent image - thank for sharing. Sadly quite many stamps seem to suffer from rust stains / foxing (and the edges of album pages show that the album has been stored improperly in moist conditions). So it's definitely a BIG drawback:
Some comments for stamps:
Argentina - quality is quite mixed. I would bin most of these without further checking.
Finland - common stuff. Worth maybe $1-2 on a good day.
Fiume - slightly better stuff (but forgeries possible). Would likely sell for $4-6.
Hungary - Would likely sell for $4-6.
Austria & Czechoslovakia - Common stuff with mixed quality. Would likely sell for $2-3
Mix of countries page.... This is likely the most interesting on the mix. There's a bunch of Upper Silesia propaganda labels (""deutcher wert gleich...) . And a set of Danzig postage dues is also somewhat uncommon... I'd say $10 worth.
Brazil & Cuba ... Again, quality is pretty mix. I would bin these
German (blocks of four)... Seems like the page is wet and the stamps are attached to it. I would bin these.
- 2013-12-06 Corne wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Hi Keijo, no letters from SA yet? Corne
- 2013-12-06 ana wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it? to begin with, thanks for your patience and help.
here it goes...
If you find it useful that I should show more, let me know and I',ll prepare a more thorough album.
- 2013-12-02 Keijo wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it? @zarfishan ...
But the problem is I don’t know about the sites where i can sell them or auction them. And please tell me that should i get enough money for that or not?
Please read comments / responses on this page. They should give you a piece of good advice on how to proceed. All in all, Google (or any search engine) is your friend when trying to locate buying/selling related services on your geographic area.
How do I send it to you?
would this be OK?
You're almost there. You still need to make the album with photos public. Here's advice for that:
When you are done, the address you want to share starts with http://picasaweb.google.com/...
(and not with https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/...)
- 2013-12-02 Keijo wrote on Nigeria 1973 definitive postage stamps – pt. III @Robert... Thanks.
I've got to say I've got no clues what's the status for Chris. Haven't heard of him since his last comments (written about a year ago). I too am very interested of topic, and hope he'll do an update on topic when/if the study completes.
- 2013-12-02 Keijo wrote on Color variations on modern Cuban postage stamps @Anthony... I wholeheartedly agree that the similarities of philatelic graphic styles (between printers and designers) are extremely fascinating area of personal observations. Especially when you realize that it's the 'merry-go-round' with lots of same names going back and worth for different countries/periods; and you can start thinking/noticing 'oh, they did these too'.
I'm still not sure whether I'm enjoying the 'good guys' (Waterlow & Sons, de La Rue, Perkins Bacon & Co, various national mints such as Spanish or Austrian etc) or 'bad boys' ( Seebeck, Format International Security Printers, COPREFIL, IGPC, Stamperija etc) more :lol:
- 2013-12-02 ana wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it? hi, Keijo
I have prepared a 16 picture web album on Picasa. How do I send it to you?
would this be OK?
Please let me know, and thank you again.
- 2013-12-01 zarfishan khan wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it? hey
I have stamps almost all countries and i am having with me. But the problem is I don't know about the sites where i can sell them or auction them. And please tell me that should i get enough money for that or not?
- 2013-12-01 robert crabtree wrote on Nigeria 1973 definitive postage stamps – pt. III Hello,
I like this blog. Has Chris finished his study of the Nigerian set, and if so, where can I view his findings ?
- 2013-12-01 Anthony C. wrote on Color variations on modern Cuban postage stamps You touch on a very interesting aspect of collecting stamps, Keijo. Until your blog entry, I was ignorant of the existence of COPREFIL, but did imagine that such a company existed. I was intrigued by the resemblance of Cuban and Nicaraguan definitives of the 80's and now that you mention it, SADR definitives as well. I wish COPREFIL would identify itself more often on margins. I'm sorry to say that I can't speak to the subject of COPREFIL specifically, but I am interested in the similarities of philatelic graphic styles by historic period and especially printer. There are more similarities internationally, than within countries. Take the case of the relative handful of Colombian stamps engraved by the Spanish Mint. They're essentially Spanish stamps in graphic style with Colombian subjects. The Colombian postal authorities, of course, must surely win the prize for variety of printing contracts with both foreign and their domestic firms. And who could mistake the style of the Austrian State Printing Works of the 50's and 60's whether its inscription appears on, say, Venezuelan, Haitian or Turkish stamps?
- 2013-11-30 Keijo wrote on The driving force behind specialization @Richard.... Thanks :)
- 2013-11-30 Keijo wrote on Romanian reprints of 1950s @Edwin... Anythings possible.
That said, the only stamp with gum (of the displayed) is the pair of Romanian flowers. All else are ungummed (they could have been printed that way; or somebody gave them a soak).
- 2013-11-30 Keijo wrote on Premium membership information @Keith.... Coming right up. Please check your inbox.
- 2013-11-30 Richard Boosey wrote on The driving force behind specialization I thought I had seen a few varieties until I got an APS circuit on Australia which had every space filled with the 1p George V red issue, each space notated with key information on re-entries, watermark variations, color variations that even with my color key I couldn't see. I have collected quantities of the Hradcany stamps of Czechoslovakia but there was also a lot of printer's waste that got into collector's hands. The only issue that I think I may have completed was the 1 peso issue of the Peron series where there are print differences at the bottom below the frame. I was actually missing one type and I put my need in my trading newsletter and one of my traders had a copy for me. I really enjoy your articles.
- 2013-11-29 Keith Popowski wrote on Premium membership information sorry, I lost my login details due to a recent changeover from PC to Mac. Could you please send them to me.
- 2013-11-29 Edwin wrote on Romanian reprints of 1950s Maybe some of the differences originate from the fact that the CTO's may never have seen the water while the originals have been washed from the envelopes. This may cause (on low quality print / paper) color changes, changes in clarity of impression and even changes in sizes. A clear sign of CTO (oh how obvious) is if the stamp bears gum.
- 2013-11-29 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 @Axel... Excellent. Thanks :)
- 2013-11-29 Axel wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Keijo,
Thanks for your stamps, received them on wednesday!!
Thanks for the swaps this year, all the best to you and your family!
- 2013-11-29 Keijo wrote on The driving force behind specialization @Ernest... I definitely agree that Internet makes some things in (philatelic) research a whole lot easier.
- 2013-11-29 Ernest Payne wrote on The driving force behind specialization Don't forget cancellations. I am lucky, being in Canada, that the National Museum has a site listing (probably) all the post offices. Canada Post has a householders count site that gives you some idea of the size of the community and if it still exists (a lot of amalgamations). Toss in Wikipedia and you can build up a profile of the community. This IMHO is a great site.
- 2013-11-26 Ana wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it? Thanks, Keijo
I'll try to take photos with a good camera, and then upload them on facebook. It'll take me some time, though. They've been there for over 80 years, so I guess a week longer won't do any harm... ;)
- 2013-11-23 Keijo wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it? @Ana...
Without images it's very hard to say anything about condition, possible value etc. So if you can share some images (just upload them to Photobucket, Flickr, Facebook, anywhere on the internet for me and other readers of the blog to view), that could be useful.
But I'm going to repeat the 'general advice' I've been giving before... Your best bet is finding and contacting a professional stamp auction house or stamp dealer, and show them what you have. If they are interested, they will give you hands on advice on how to deliver the goods for review, what kind of sales price to expect etc. from the first contact (and if not, then you can always shop around for another place).
That said, I hope you don't get your expectations too high. The world of stamps and how things are valued has change a lot especially thanks to Internet. These days it's more than ever about condition, condition, and condition. What might have been worth $1,000 in the 1920s or 1970s can very well be worth $100 or less in todays world if the condition is not up to par.
- 2013-11-23 Keijo wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt5) – Stock pages @Andy... I definitely envy You. Here in Finland regular Varios cost currently about 90 (euro)cents per sheet (equal to 1.22US$); on a lucky day You might get 20-30% off from the price. Add a somewhat decent binder, and the price for 64 page storage system using Vario pages climbs up closer to 40€ (54US$). A matching stock book of same size comes about half the cost on Finnish markets.
- 2013-11-23 Ana wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it? Hello, Keijo.
I have a two volume collection of stamps from the whole world kept by my great grandfather, who died in 1926. He was a philatelist and wished to take my great grandmother on a trip to the USA on selling this collection, so I assume there are some valuable stamps in this collection. I have taken pictures of the cover of one of them- had some moths, but not any more, the stamps are in good condition- and of two pages, Argentina, as there are quite a few of them, and Finland, as they may be of interest to you. There's a third volume organised in groups, apparently for selling or exchanging. I think these are repeated stamps. I've gone through the collection and it is very interesting, as there are many countries that do not exist any more, but I do not have time to start the hobby. So any advice on how to make the best of it (and with this I mean, get some money while at the same time help people who are really keen in collecting stamps) will be appreciated. (Ido not know how to send the photos taken with the i- pad...)
Thank you very much in advance
- 2013-11-22 Andy wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt5) – Stock pages I use the regular Vario - 7S size. I can get them here in US for 50cents each. The Plus version seems a bit too thick for me but is probably indestructible.
This was a factor in my original choice - cheaper than stock books and more easily configurable - but I am taking this "stamp press" improvement as an extra benefit.
- 2013-11-21 Keijo wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt5) – Stock pages @Andy...I use stock pages (Vario, Hagner, or whatever comes my way) for short-term storage only, so I don't have first hand touch on this subject. But in theory it sounds plausible.
Btw. are you using Vario or Vario Plus pages?
- 2013-11-21 Andy McKee wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt5) – Stock pages When I got back into this hobby about two years ago I decided on stockpages for my storage solution. (Vario in my case).
Now that some of my stamps have been in these pages for two years I am starting to notice an interesting issue. The stamps are starting to look better when I take them out - typically when rearranging a page. My theory so far is that the stockpage acts like a gentle press - but more of a press than in a stockbook with glassine holders - and over time improves the "look" of the stamp. Any thoughts?
- 2013-11-21 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods @Alan...
Belated Congratulations on the birth of your son!
My query is, are the stamps in any danger?
It's possible. Old papers can swing either way... If you want to be on the safe side, get your self a pH pen. The cheapest models (2-5$) simply tell you whether material is safe (neutral or alkaline) or not (acidic). The more expensive models (from 15-100$) do the same task, but add some digital bells and whistles.
- 2013-11-21 alan sequeira wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods Hi Keijo,
Belated Congratulations on the birth of your son!
As I was reading these responses, I remembered something that has been bothering me. I have a stamp album for Portugal stamps and on or two for colonies. These were printed when Portugal had colonies, maybe in the 50's or 60's or even earlier. Now stamps have been mounted on spaces provided, with hinges. The original white album leaves of good material, are turnig off-white and maybe to a slight shade of brown. My query is, are the stamps in any danger? These are old stamps and removing them from the album may not be feasible. Please can you opine on this matter?
Thanks and regards,
- 2013-11-20 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 And update... I'm now done with all the exchanges that came through during & after the storm. Responses to #73-76 will be mailed out tomorrow morning.
Re, #75.... Quality, quality, quality! I know I'm repeating myself on this one, but if the stamps had been in better shape, I could have taken a lot more.
Re, #76... Some of the contents had folded during postage (despite/hence of a small postcard used as stiffener). A shame :|
- 2013-11-20 Keijo wrote on About pricing of online stamp catalogs Just a quick update on the topic.
I just got a preliminary note that Michel is planning to launch an online library service in 2014. The service would include 20 catalogues (with print and download possibility) for annual subscription of 360€ (which makes 30€/month; or 18€ per catalogue).
It's great to see some progress on available services, and the prices going down. But 360€ per year... sigh :|
- 2013-11-19 Keijo wrote on Collecting stamps of Trucial states (1973-) – United Arab Emirates @PhilLePage....
I believe that the stylised image of a falcon is made up of Arabic letters forming the word for Emirates (I think).
Good catch :)
- 2013-11-19 Keijo wrote on Collecting stamps of Trucial states - a short introduction @PhilLePage.... I so much agree that the fun of these is that you never know what comes up next and where.
- 2013-11-19 Keijo wrote on How to soak kiloware - kitchensink philately basics @AJ Power...
The stamps are laid face down on thick porous paper with a layer of textured plastic flipped down on to the back side. Close the book, put some weight on it and leave it for days or a week. This is the preferred method.
I don't think there's a single preferred method to do drying(or anything related to stamp collecting), but more than anything it's knowing what you do, how you do, and using the 'right' materials.
For example I use (a specific brand of) newspaper instead of towel + drying book because I know that it does the job much better and faster than anything else. But... And this is a BIG but (and you always need to take this salt with any advice you read online)... Each brand/material/situation is different. For example I receive 5 different newspapers delivered. Only one of them is "excellent" for the purpose of drying stamps whereas two are mediocre and two are utterly unusable. Same story with drying books - some are better than others.
So basically it all comes down to finding a thing / combination of materials that works.
- 2013-11-19 Keijo wrote on Life, Stamps and Everything @Jeff... Thanks :)
Re, making stamps flat.... Here's my stamp/kiloware soaking recipe ;)
If I had to make a guess, I would say that you are placing stamps below the press either too early (pulp is too moist/wet) or too late (pulp is too dry).
And of course there are some stamps that are more or less curly/warped 'by nature'.
- 2013-11-18 Axel wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 No problem Keijo, take care!!
- 2013-11-18 PhilLePage wrote on Collecting stamps of Trucial states (1973-) – United Arab Emirates I believe that the stylised image of a falcon is made up of Arabic letters forming the word for Emirates (I think).
- 2013-11-18 PhilLePage wrote on Collecting stamps of Trucial states - a short introduction I started collecting Trucial States to supplement my collection of UAE and Oman. As mentioned above they can be harder to find, most often they show up in the loose sheets corner of a stamp shop as parts of someone's thematic collection. In this way I have picked up quite a few on a musical theme, as Beethoven, Mozart et al were popular topics in the smaller states. I did pick up a selection in a second-hand book-shop together with a Minkus catalog 1974/75. I had until relied on SG but of course, this "turns up its nose" at the sand-dunes! In another 2nd hand shop I found 5 packets for £20 covering around 1000 varied stamps, mainly CTO, from Ajman, RAK, Fujeira, UaQ and Sharjah. And, yes, it does make it more interesting to collect as you never know where hou will find them, especially as Serious Stamp Shops usually don't stock them. Check out Avion stamps on the internet though, they always have a good selection!
- 2013-11-18 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 @Everyone.... Just a quick announce that storm "Eino" hit central-Finland , and especially our neighborhood pretty badly during the weekend. We're all ok, but have got limited electricity and mobile/internet connections for the next day or two (which is MUCH better than the previous 32 hours with ZERO electricity and mobile/Internet).
As uncanny as it is, the mail has been delivered properly and I've received some exchange covers. I will add more details and scans when 'normal conditions' return. So I'm asking a bit of patience from everyone...
PS. I know there are some unanswered comments (not to mention gazillion emails). I'll get back to them once things are back to more 'normal'. So a bit of patience from everyone, please ;)
Update Nov 19th... Still having occasional downtime with electricity and internet, but all in all things are looking much brighter :) I've started working with the lots received on Monday and today, and will update the exchange list (and below) as I progress.
Processed lots; responses to these will be mailed morning of Nov 20th:
#69... #70... #71... #72
Still on the table... #73-75. Will try to work my way through these by Nov 21st.
- 2013-11-18 AJ Power wrote on How to soak kiloware - kitchensink philately basics I have not read all responses, but I do soak a lot of stamps. I would forget about the newspaper. I use a clean tea towel (like you dry dishes with) and dab both sides for a few seconds. Allow the 'real' drying to occur in a proper drying book. Uni-Safe makes them, and there is also the famous Desert Magic. The stamps are laid face down on thick porous paper with a layer of textured plastic flipped down on to the back side. Close the book, put some weight on it and leave it for days or a week. This is the preferred method. Also, have some q-tips on hand to gently rub off any surface mold that your stamps may have. You can also use boiling water straight out of the kettle for many stamps but use caution...
- 2013-11-17 Jeff wrote on Life, Stamps and Everything I have to admit, I have always had trouble getting stamps to stay flat - it seems no matter how long I leave some pressed between heavy books there are always several that stay curly ....
Please give me some tips!!! Thanks
P.S. Congrats on the baby and all that work - I am exhausted just reading your blog!
- 2013-11-16 Axel wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Keijo,
I'm just checking the stamps you sent me. I have a remark about one stamp you sent me. Can you contact me by email please?
Thanks in advance
- 2013-11-16 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 @Alp.... Thanks. Will notify when it arrives.
@Everyone... That's it folks. This exchange season is now officially closed. Another season will kick sometime in the first quarter of 2014! In the meantime, enjoy the holidays and stamps!
- 2013-11-16 Alp wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Hi Keijo,
A heads up, I mailed you another letter yesterday.
- 2013-11-15 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 @Axel... Thanks. Well in time.. Still about 24 hours left to mail your lots.
- 2013-11-15 Axel wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Posted my bag today...
- 2013-11-14 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Update on the list... Received lot #68 from Ireland. My thanks to Paul. Sadly I had many of the UK, Netherlands etc. stamps in the mix (hence the swap percentage remained as low).... A response will be placed on mail tomorrow morning.
- 2013-11-14 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 @Steven...
The total value of the package and attached stamps must be less than $20, correct?
Yep. If you have $20 (face) value worth of stamps (or labels) to pay postage, then the value of contents has to be 0$.
(Or if you mark the value of contents of as $20, then the postage has to be with 0.00$ label.)
... as 5 $2 stamps cancelled still have a value of $6.25 (Inverted Jennies per Scotts update cancelled value of $1.25).
I fear the customs would do simple maths as 5x$2 = $10 :(
Anyway, if there's any doubt that it would go over the $20 total, I'd simply split the lot in two pieces.
- 2013-11-14 Steven Reed wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Keijo,
Let me see if I have this right. The total value of the package and attached stamps must be less than $20, correct? I'm assuming that the intrinsic value of the stamps on the cover is included. The only reason I'm asking is that if I have $20 worth of stamps in an envelope, should I have the post office put a label on the package, with an intrinsic value of $0, as 5 $2 stamps cancelled still have a value of $6.25 (Inverted Jennies per Scotts update cancelled value of $1.25).
- 2013-11-13 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Axel... Yep. Anything that is sent/postmarked before Sat 16th November is within the exchange timeframe. Anything sent after that I'll treat as unwanted mail...
And update on the exchange list... Received another batch (#67) from Steven. As usual, found some useful items :) Will mail response first thing tomorrow morning.
- 2013-11-13 Axel wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Keijo, thanks for your stamps, like them a lot!
I'll prepare another bag which I'll send on friday, is that ok?
- 2013-11-13 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 @Soumya...
Are those sheets or stamps are fake?
Or, It can be possible to have country name in capital letter as well as in small letters, logically it should not be
Also how can I know the stamps that I look to buy from eBay are real?
It may happen that somebody can print the sheets and perforated manually and sell it in eBay? If it is happens, then how can I verify the stamps which I plan to buy from eBay?
Without images of items in question, it is very hard to say anything certain. But it sounds you might have stepped into a 'honey trap' of buying blindly from eBay.
As a worldwide collector I follow four very simple 'guidelines when separating from my money:
1. Knowledge is power
2. Buyer beware
3. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is...
4. Learn from mistakes
I know the above steps are not easy nor fast. But that's the way things go with this hobby if you want to avoid having (random) bogus/forgeries/fake stamps in your collection.
- 2013-11-13 Keijo wrote on Damn unsoakable stamps (or if you can't soak them... ) @Leigh... Based on my personal experience with Australian stamps, the recommended 30 minute soak is way too long. The paper starts to get mushy and you end up with damaged stamps. I usually leave the stamps in hot water for 4-5 minutes, and then start testing if they are ready to be 'peeled off' from the backing paper (just bend the paper/stamp from the corner - if it's ready, the stamps seems slightly loose, and you can raise it off with gentle and steady diagonal lift) . Usually I'm done with the entire lot in less than 10-15 minutes.
Re mint stamps... Why not simply leave them as is? Or if you dislike the gum, then simply give them a soak as normally (no need to stick them anywhere).
- 2013-11-12 Soumya wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 Hi,
I have been collecting stamps since 2 years, and most of the cases I bought it from eBay as a part of auction or without auction. Sometimes I found some stamps, souvenir sheets, which actually not found on the standard catalogue. If I go through with the other stamps in the catalogue of the same country I found the country name on those stamps and sheets all are in capital letters, but which I bid for is all letters are in small letters, I could not understand the issue at all. Are those sheets or stamps are fake?
Or, It can be possible to have country name in capital letter as well as in small letters, logically it should not be :) :)
Also how can I know the stamps that I look to buy from eBay are real?
It may happen that somebody can print the sheets and perforated manually and sell it in eBay? If it is happens, then how can I verify the stamps which I plan to buy from eBay?
- 2013-11-12 Leigh wrote on Damn unsoakable stamps (or if you can't soak them... ) I had a lot of trouble with modern Australian stamps. Aus Post site said to use nearly boiling water & soak for up to 30 mins and it works. I use a shallow baking tray, pour boiling water in from the jug, wait a few minutes then start dropping stamps in. Some come off very quickly, even off cardboard. A couple of sets curl up, but most are fine. Most times the paper comes off with the gum left on the paper, but if it's still on the back I rub 2 fingers on the stamp, one each side, and roll all the gum off. I had a lot of common recent stamps to practice on.
Just got some mint Aussie 'peal & stick' stamps still on their plastic backing paper. Not sure how to get them un-sticky, short of sticking them on paper & soaking them off?
- 2013-11-12 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Hi JC,
Please send me an e-mail and I will send a file with everything I have for exchange.
That's not how this exchange usually goes (see the slideshare presentation on top of this page), but I'm sending you email.
Where abouts are you based?
As stated on the About page, I'm based in central Finland.
PS. Sorry for removing a link to your website. It was pointing to a website requiring registration before allowing content to be viewed.
- 2013-11-12 JC Bennett wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Hello. I am from England and would like to exchange with you. I have quite alot to exchange. Please send me an e-mail and I will send a file with everything I have for exchange.
Where abouts are you based?
- 2013-11-12 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Two lots (#65+66)from Steven today. As usual, found plenty of nice stuff. It seems I'll be doing a lot of watermarking with all these Brazilian definitives I took :lol:
Response will be placed on mail tomorrow morning.
- 2013-11-11 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Update on the exchange lists... Received lot #65 from Kathey (US). As usual found some useful items - so thanks :) Will place response on the mail tomorrow morning.
@Corne... Thanks :) I'm definitely looking forward to that.
- 2013-11-11 Keijo wrote on Romanian reprints of 1950s @Ray... That's a nice idea.
- 2013-11-11 Ray wrote on Romanian reprints of 1950s I'm not much familiar with those Romanian stamps but I guess the best way is to look on Ebay or on Delcampe for a postally used covers using those stamps in question. Some CTOs are difficult to tell if really used or not, but if it's a cover, you know for sure.
- 2013-11-11 Corne wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Hi Keijo
Just mailed 2 envelopes for you from South Africa.
Mainly South West Africa and Namibia stamps, hope you find some keepers!
- 2013-11-10 Keijo wrote on Romanian reprints of 1950s @Eric... Happy to hear you liked the post :)
Re, rough perforations on certain countries... I think it's a combination of specific stamp printers + materials/equipment / personnel skills + low/non-existing quality control.
- 2013-11-10 Eric wrote on Romanian reprints of 1950s Great Stuff again!
Your last set, one of the differences I spot is the perfs. The ones on the right seem much rougher, than the left.
I've run across similar differences in stamps (normal versus really rough perfs) from other countries (Afghanistan comes to mind) - I've always wondered what caused the difference, and assumed either forgery or a second printing, or..?
- 2013-11-09 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 @Cecil... My pleasure :)
- 2013-11-09 Cecil Reams wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Received, your stamps today, mail between our countries getting better :). Liked the stamps used on the envelope.
- 2013-11-08 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Update on the exchange list... To end this week I received lot #63 from Clara (Italy). Very nice stuff - it seems my Mongolia will become a lot better :) I will place a response on the mail first thing on monday morning.
- 2013-11-07 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Update on the exchanges list... Received lot #62 from Brazil today.
I'll deal with it either tomorrow or during the weekend depending on busy life gets..
Update... Done, mailing it back today (Friday Nov 8th). This was a lovely lot, but sadly at least a quarter of stamps in the mix were damaged (folds, thins, tears, rust/foxing...). Hence the exchange ratio remained so low.... I'd like to remind EVERYONE taking part to my exchange to place focus on quality of items sent for exchange. I don't mind if the lot contains few/random items with hard to notice faults, but anything more is 'too much'. Rant over :|
- 2013-11-07 Keijo wrote on Introduce yourself @Jim.... Happy to have you aboard the readers of blog :)
- 2013-11-07 Keijo wrote on Keeping track of stamp collection @Vladimir... Yep - your last name seems like a match too :)
I'm sending you email right now.
- 2013-11-07 Jim Wentzell wrote on Introduce yourself Collector of worldwide stamps and especially covers, censored, Germany Feldpost, 1923 Inflation, Swiss Army and worldwide postage due covers.
- 2013-11-06 Vladimir wrote on Keeping track of stamp collection Hi Keijo,
could it be I am such a dummy :-)
Thanks and regards
- 2013-11-06 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Update on the exchange list.... Three lots #59-61 from Steven. As usual found some really nice stuff. Those US definitives with odd "dot-something" values will nicely fill a lot of spaces :) I'll place the response on the mail tomorrow morning.
@Holger... Excellent :)
- 2013-11-06 Holger wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Keijo, I've received your package today. Lots of useful stuff for my collection. And special thanks for the great moomin sticker stamps on the cover!
- 2013-11-05 Rick Huziak wrote on The driving force behind specialization I think specialized collecting adds much challenge to your fun. Sticking one copy of a stamp in your book makes your collection look like a million others. With specializing, you have to look at a number of the same stamps and decide on the differences, so you tend to learn a bit more. I never would have learned about grilled gum or laid paper without specializing. My journey into specializing started with the Canadian Unitrade specialty catalogue. (You've reviewed that in your blog.) Very interesting. The downside is that I collect world everything, so tend to want to specialize in every country. Now I am finding that I have virtually no traders since many old stamps just have so many plate, perf, paper, shade, UV paper/colour, tags, errors and unclassified differences. That's what makes this hobby fun (... and expensive :-) ) For instance, I have a 32-page stockbook dedicated to 40 definitives of Brazil because of the huge variety of perfs.
- 2013-11-05 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Updates on the exchange list... Received lots #57 and #58 from US. Plenty of nice stuff from both Alp and Bob. Thanks :) I'll place the responses on the mail tomorrow morning.
@Kathey... Thanks. Looking forward to the lot.
- 2013-11-05 Keijo wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this? @Yuriy... It's definitely not a postage stamp, but a revenue / fiscal of some sorts. That's all I can say :|
- 2013-11-04 Kathey wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Keijo,
I sent out a batch for the exchange this morning (11-04-13).
Hope you find some keepers!
- 2013-11-04 Yuriy wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this? I am having trouble identifying this stamp....it is in my collection of mexican stamps, I was unable to find anything online....Here's the picture: http://imgur.com/qlwPqVO
Thank you for your help.
- 2013-11-04 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 I'm now done with lot #55 and will head back to UK tomorrow morning.
Additionally received lot #56 from Singapore. Will place the response for it on mail tomorrow morning as well.
- 2013-11-04 Keijo wrote on Demystifying CTO (Cancelled To Order) stamps @Alan... Happy to hear you're having fun with my blog :)
Re, your question... Yes I have seen examples as such. One of the most common situations is when original issue is 'reprinted/reissued' afterwards only for collector sales. For example Romania did this pretty extensively in the 1950s.
- 2013-11-04 alan sequeira wrote on Demystifying CTO (Cancelled To Order) stamps Hi Keijo,
This blog is like a goldmine for us collectors. In my college days in the late '70s, I had collected mounted sets of Russian stamps on various topics, as singles were hard to come by. CTos of course. I have no regrets. the recent ctos that I have were gifted to me. Otherwise I always collect postally used stamps. Just for the record, as mentioned in my earlier note, have you come across the same cto stamps of any country with gum and without gum? If without gum, can it be inferred that these stamps are only for collectors?
- 2013-11-04 Keijo wrote on Série vovó: Brazilian definitive stamps of 1920-1941 @Mark... Looks like Wmk 221 (ESTADOS UNIDOS DO BRASIL) to me. Letters should be precisely 6mm high (a handy trick for measuring: cut a narrow piece of paper that is 6mm tall, place it on top of the letter "O" after you have dropped some fluid on the stamp.).
- 2013-11-04 Keijo wrote on Demystifying CTO (Cancelled To Order) stamps @Alan...
Are all these stamps genuine stamps issued by the postal authorities of the country or by foreign agencies to make money?
I fear there's no simple answer for this. Most stamps that are found as CTOs are valid/genuine postage that can also be used to pay postage in the issuing country. But... The actual numbers of stamps placed into 'postal usage' can vary a lot - ie. 99% of print run can go to collector needs and 1% to actual or limited postal usage.
The major exception to above are:
a) 'illegals' - where the stamps have been printed without the consent of ruling postal authority. And
b) 'bogus' - where stamps have been printed for entirely fictional country/province.
Sadly these have become more and more common in past 10 years. It's pretty much 'collector beware' before buying anything online.... UPU circulars (see example) are just one way of knowing about the illegals/bogus stamps that are out there.
- 2013-11-04 Mark S. wrote on Série vovó: Brazilian definitive stamps of 1920-1941 PS: I _suppose_ it could be Wmk 221 ("DO B"), but it sure looks "off" for some reason.
- 2013-11-04 Mark S. wrote on Série vovó: Brazilian definitive stamps of 1920-1941 My scanner couldn't hold the watermark image long enough, so I had to do the stupid phone-camera shot :) I had the wrong value it's a 1000r - Mercury - Turquoise blue). As I thought the same you did, there were only the 12 (that I knew of watermarks' for this set)
But I managed to get the snapshot in on another website, as I was looking for assistance for this. (its the only stamp so far with this watermark, so even though its damaged its not going anywhere yet)
- 2013-11-04 Keijo wrote on Série vovó: Brazilian definitive stamps of 1920-1941 @Mark... Sound really bizarre. According to catalogues I have (including older copy of RHM) the watermarks for the 40r value are:
CASA DA MOEDA
ESTADOS UNIDOS DO BRASIL
CASA DA MOEDA with stars
or unwatermarked (from blank areas of CASA DA MOEDA sheet watermark)
And as you likely know, none of them do match with what you have.... How tall are the O's (or how many of them are in the stamp)?
Re scanning watermark.... 1. Place the stamp face down on piece of smooth black plastic . 2. Drop few drops of watermark liquid (untill the watermark becomes fully visible). 3. Place a piece of transparent plastic on top (or place the entire thing inside a stock card with protective sleeve/lid). 4. Proceed as usual - but act quickly as the liquid does beginning to dry/evaporate in few minutes time.
- 2013-11-04 Keijo wrote on The driving force behind specialization @Phoebe... Well put.
- 2013-11-04 alan sequeira wrote on Demystifying CTO (Cancelled To Order) stamps The article is very interesting. But I am still in a quandry. Originally, I was given to understand that cto stamps were stamps with gum which were cancelled by postal authorities, by hand. Then came machine cancellations, where sheets were fed into the machine for cancellation. I am informed that certain stamps have the cancellation incorporated into the very design of the stamp at the time of printing. Now some stamps are issued without gum as Ctos. I have the same cto stamps of some countries with gum and without gum. Are all these stamps genuine stamps issued by the postal authorities of the country or by foreign agencies to make money?
- 2013-11-04 Mark S. wrote on Série vovó: Brazilian definitive stamps of 1920-1941 Keijo, okay, I'm hoping you can tell me if I'm imagining things, or if you have the RHM catalog, you can tell me if it does exist.
Of all the watermarks above in the Brazillian series, I've got one that doesn't seem to exist. (and they are watermarks, that I'm sure of). They are simply what look like "O"'s repeated in a grid pattern. No other letters, no other symbols.
It only appears on a single stamp in the all my duplicates (the 40rs Agriculture yellow-orange), but there's no online reference (nor anything in my files) to indicate this even exists. (unfortuantely, I've yet to figure out how to get the watermark for this stamp to be scannable, cause the moment I pull it out of the fluid it goes "invisible".)
- 2013-11-03 Phoebe wrote on The driving force behind specialization I agree. Great post! Although I'm not sure in precisely which way it would be harmful to over-specialize. For every person there is a level of specialization which they enjoy, and this level is different for everybody. The most obvious harm is in promoting one level of specialization in such a way as to exclude a large percentage of the population. This would a) discourage many people and b) limit participation and trade within the stamp community.
- 2013-11-03 Axel wrote on Stamp exchange 2013 Keijo,
Thanks for letting me know and I'm glad you found some interesting stamps. Will prepare another smaller batch the following days, I'm still busy with soaking off a big box of used stamps...
Have a nice sunday and regards to the family ;-)
- 2013-11-03 Keijo wrote on The driving force behind specialization @Michael... I agree that "new countries" are even more exciting than varieties :)
- 2013-11-03 Michael wrote on The driving force behind specialization Keijo
For me, while it is fun to find an unusual variety in my collection, I don't purposefully work to "collect" them. When I find one, I will create a space for it in my album to display it, but (with a few exceptions), won't create spaces for varieties I don't have. Overall, I would rather find a new "country" than another variety.
- 2013-11-02 Keijo wrote on The driving force behind specialization @Eric... My approach is very similar.... I've had a pile of Japanese definitives on the 'works' for nearly 2 months, but right now I just can't get myself 'interested enough' to go them through on level they deserve. But I'm sure the spirit will move me to some day.
@Jim... Thanks :) I have to confess I have a somewhat strong love/hate-relationship towards all sorts of varieties. I love the (intellectual) challenge they can provide; but sometimes the process of identifying itself is a pain in the ****, LOL.