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- 2015-01-29 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Japan Hi Diane,
Without an image/photo it's going to be hard to say anything concrete (just guess how many animal/fauna related stamp Japan has got). But I'll make a wild guess, and say that you've got a some stamps from 1966/67 "Sea creatures" series. Full series has got twelve different stamps; five with value of 10Y and the rest 15 Y. All are more or less minimum catalog value stamps. Here are the only specimens I've got of this series:
If the size/design matches, then yours are from the same series.
If not, then you could post an photo here.
Hope this helps,
- 2015-01-28 diane vaughan wrote on Q&A: stamps of Japan I am wondering if you can provide me with some information on the stamps I purchased today, They are custom framed and they say Nippon and are of sea creatures and it is a group of six all but one says 15, and one is 10. These appear to be uncirculated as there are no postal stamps on them. Thanks for any information you can provide me.
- 2015-01-28 Keijo wrote on SCB turns six - a new look and some new features Thanks Jim. I must say I frequent your blog on somewhat daily basis as well.... It's truly amazing how the years pass by when you're having fun.
- 2015-01-28 Jim Jackson wrote on SCB turns six - a new look and some new features I like it Keijo!
Congratulation on the sixth birthday. Your blog is a must read daily for the WW collector.
- 2015-01-27 Keijo wrote on Postal entities (past and present) of the world @moriety...
That is incorrect Keijo!
But if looking at postage stamps and their use, that's the way it went...
So no ‘liberation’ there, just a straight forward reclamation of stolen land.
Killing people over who owns a piece of land... Politics. Sigh. Let's not start yet another 'mindless war' on that topic, please.
- 2015-01-27 moriety wrote on Postal entities (past and present) of the world
"British Overseas Territories – Falkland Islands Dependencies – why the split between 1946-55 and 1980-85? In 1956 Falkand Island Dependencies split up - and two entities were born. BAAT (British Antarctic Territory) and South Georgia. South Georgia re-took the name of "Falkand Island Dependies" in 1980, was occupied by Argentina for several years, and in 1985 when the British 'liberated' them, they decided to become fully independent."
That is incorrect Keijo!Here is the Wiki article:
"South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) is a British overseas territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is a remote and inhospitable collection of islands, consisting of South Georgia and a chain of smaller islands known as the South Sandwich Islands. South Georgia is 167.4 kilometres (104 mi) long and 1.4 to 37 km (0.9 to 23.0 miles) wide and is by far the largest island in the territory. The South Sandwich Islands lie about 520 kilometres (320 mi) southeast of South Georgia. The total land area of the territory is 3,903 square kilometres (1,507 sq mi).
There is no native population on the islands; the present inhabitants are the British Government Officer, Deputy Postmaster, scientists, and support staff from the British Antarctic Survey who maintain scientific bases at Bird Island and at the capital, King Edward Point, as well as museum staff at nearby Grytviken.
The United Kingdom claimed sovereignty over South Georgia in 1775 and the South Sandwich Islands in 1908. The territory of "South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands" was formed in 1985; previously it had been governed as part of the Falkland Islands Dependencies. Argentina claimed South Georgia in 1927 and claimed the South Sandwich Islands in 1938.
Argentina maintained a naval station, Corbeta Uruguay, on Thule Island in the South Sandwich Islands from 1976 until 1982 when it was closed by the Royal Navy. The Argentine claim over South Georgia contributed to the 1982 Falklands War, during which Argentine forces briefly occupied the island. Argentina continues to claim sovereignty over South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands."
Argentina didn't exist until 1815, and the Falklands Islands themselves became a British Colony in 1765, half a century before the United Provinces was formed.
So no 'liberation' there, just a straight forward reclamation of stolen land.
- 2015-01-25 Keijo wrote on A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages) @Mark....
My stamp shelf is like an archaeological site. Every layer tells a story ...
I guess it's more or less the same for us all... I've been trying to update the older parts into my current model, but it's (painfully) slow progress. On the other hand, while going through the stamps I've noted quite a lot of things the younger me missed. So it's definitely really good exercise.
- 2015-01-25 Mark wrote on A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages) Wow, thanks Keijo. That's very helpful. My son has Photoshop and I have all the office tools so that should work quite fine.
I've got a real mental block about organizing my collection. Have used Stockbooks like you for my general worldwide. Right now I'm organizing my Sweden collection on vario pages, but I keep sliding back to paper. I like the look of pages with a nice write up.
I had a subscription to the Steiner site ($30 is so cheap how could I not!) and even remember back when it was free. So maybe I'll modify his pages when needed.
Then again, I have also built 30+ pages for Sweden and Canada using Microsoft Visio. That was I can lay the pages out by Facit for Sweden anyway.
My stamp shelf is like an archaeological site. Every layer tells a story over 20 years, from vario to Stockbooks to steiner to Visio pages to handwritten pages to a preprinted Canada album I bought in 1995. Well, and the Harris Traveller album I had as a kid! Lol.
- 2015-01-25 Keijo wrote on A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages) Hi Mark,
Yes, I have. But trust me, it's a territory where you do not want to head for such a simple task...
If you want an easier solution, do the following...
1. Open up the Steiner PDF.
2. Extract the specific page you want to edit (this is optional step, personally I just prefer to keep my editable files as simple as possible),
3. then save it as PowerPoint presentation.
4. Open up the powerpoint-file you created in step 3, and now you can re-work the shapes/dimensions on the page.
5. When done, save the page (basically you can leave it as PowerPoint-presentation, but converting it back to PDF is possible as well).
What programs/software you use do the job, is entirely up to You. Personally I use commercial tools (Adobe Acrobat CC, PowerPoint 2013) but basically you should be able to achieve more or less the same results using free tools such as LibreOffice (it has got number of plugins that can import PDF directly as Presentation).
Hope this gets you going. If you need any further/detailed advice, you know where to find me ;)
- 2015-01-24 Mark wrote on A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages) Hi Keijo,
I found this article (again!) after thinking about customizing Steiner pages. I can't bear to tear up my Sweden coil pairs for example.
I know you're a technical person -- have you ever experimented with laying out album pages using XML as a standard? I don't have any experience in that regard but you mention using an open standard in this article so maybe that would be an option.
I'm going to try to find an example on the web somewhere that I can play with. But if you know of anyone doing this well I'd love it if you would share a link!
- 2015-01-24 Keijo wrote on Philatelic Resources @Gerben... Yes, I've been watching that topic too. I usually let discussion like this evolve/mature before adding them here.
- 2015-01-24 Keijo wrote on Postal entities (past and present) of the world @Gerben...Thanks for pointing it up. I re-situated your comment on this page because I thought it would fit better / get wider interest. But of course I didn't think of the count... my mistake :oops:
- 2015-01-24 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 @Andrew... Please upload a photo of them somewhere on the web, let me know the address where the image is viewable, and I'll give them a look... The fact that they're 60-100 Zloty stamps suggests they're from the 1980/90s inflation era. But other than that it's pretty much a wild goose chase without an image.
- 2015-01-24 Gerben van Gelder wrote on Philatelic Resources I am quite happy with the following thread on free online catalogs on Stampboards.com:
- 2015-01-24 Gerben van Gelder wrote on Postal entities (past and present) of the world
For those interested here is a link to a list that has over 4000 (!) issuing entities: http://www.asfe.dk/Keijo
The site actually lists over 50.000 stamp issuing entities, the number of 4.000 refers to those entities listed as 'bogus'. I filtered on that responding to a thread on bogus stamps in your blog.
- 2015-01-24 andrew wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 I have an entire book it seems of Polish stamps, specifically Copernicus uncut sheets and other uncut sheets. I can not find any information on any of these stamps. I really don't know what else to say, the stamps seem to range from 60zt to 100zt, most just pictures of Copernicus. They have names of projects or artist I believe, but yield no results. If there is anyone I could get a picture of these too and could help, that would be fantastic. Thanks in advance
- 2015-01-23 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 Hi Klaudia,
you mean the one under My Collection page? Sure, no problem... I'll send you email during the weekend (if you don't hear from me in day or two, please do leave me note... life's just bit busy right now, and it's very possible that I might forget some smaller things).
- 2015-01-23 Keijo wrote on Postal entities (past and present) of the world @Gerben... Not so surprisingly, I've been on that site before. It's very good :)
- 2015-01-23 Klaudia wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 Dear Keijo,
I saw your blog just today and I have to say that it is an amazing blog, but I am sure you read this a lot :)
The issue is that I wanted to ask you if there is a possibility to have the chart of stamps as you have just for my own purposes. I am a starting collector from Slovakia. As a repay I can send you some of Slovakia stamps or Czechoslovakia or whicheever country which I have more times. Let me know if you agree with this.
- 2015-01-23 Gerben van Gelder wrote on Postal entities (past and present) of the world
- 2015-01-21 Keijo wrote on Bogus stamps: Isö, Sweden @Jonathan... Thanks for sharing bit of your knowledge.
- 2015-01-21 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015 @Rithwik...
Is it okay to send in new Indian stamps?
As long as you stick with the rules of the exchange (see/watch the presentation on top of this page and read it thoroughly), you are free to send any country/era for exchange.
- 2015-01-20 Jonathan headland wrote on Bogus stamps: Isö, Sweden
Keijo wrote :@Fred... So far I don't have any of those in my collections. I recall reading (either from SGM or Stamp Magazine) that they are some sorts of private courier stamps / labelsThe stamps are railway letter service stamps. They are basically surcharge stamps for posting letters at railway station booking offices to other booking offices for collection. If a first class stamp is included on the letter, it can then be passed on to Royal Mail for the postman to deliver.
- 2015-01-20 Rithwik wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015 Is it okay to send in new Indian stamps? Even though I have to wait for months for the announcement.
I've got a limited edition Salt Satyagraha Gandhi stamp.
- 2015-01-20 Keijo wrote on Premium membership information @Dave... Thanks for the support :)
Another article (a short one) at the blog is due in few days time, hopefully you'll be loving it too.
- 2015-01-20 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015 @Rithwik....
I just saw this website today and I find it awesome.
...becomes more famous in these parts as a stamp collector.
Well... Fame is a double-edged sword, so I'm not very keenly after that. Currently the blog gets about 800 visits/month from India, so I think at least some down there know who I am.
I hope to send in my stamps soon.
Like everybody else, you'll have to wait for my exchanges to start. There will be a separate announcement on that...
- 2015-01-20 Dave wrote on Premium membership information Hi Keijo—just paid my subscription, have thoroughly enjoyed reading through your blog and getting back into my stamps after a down-time of 20 years or so. Thank you for your amazing articles, keep up the great work!
- 2015-01-19 Rithwik wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015 Hi,
I just saw this website today and I find it awesome. I just have a little Indian collection. I hope Keijo becomes more famous in these parts as a stamp collector.
I hope to send in my stamps soon.
- 2015-01-19 Keijo wrote on Premium membership information @Paulo...
Can I receive one or 2 pages of one of the PDF’s for checking how is it?
The link to sample page can be found on Premium members FAQ-page, but here's a direct link to sample PDF. All the articles in PDF are the same that you can read/see on the blog, just the presentation format is different.
As a generalization, premium members only articles are from 500-1,500 words each (about 2-6 times longer than the free entries) with detailed images.
...received a user name and password but can’t find how to log in.
There are two ways...
First (and easiest) way is to use a quick login. The link for quick login is found on the same email message that contains your username and password. All you need to do is click that link, and you are signed in automatically.
Second way is to click the Premium Login text on the front page (right next to Latest, By Topic, Latest Comments etc. tabs), and type in your login credentials.
- 2015-01-19 Don Christian wrote on Premium membership information I paid for a membership, received a user name and password but can't find how to log in.
- 2015-01-18 Paulo Duek wrote on Premium membership information Hello
I'm thinking to be a supporter of your blog. Can I receive one or 2 pages of one of the PDF's for checking how is it?
- 2015-01-17 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015 @everyone... I've just uploaded the 2015 edition of the exchange rules. If you are planning to take part into my exchanges when they relaunch (likely in March), please read these through thoroughly (there are some important changes to previous years, so basically everybody should review the new rules).
If you are unsure about anything relating to exchange rules, then please ask before taking part and especially before submitting anything by mail. Any failure to follow these instructions will lead to public 'name and shame' as I will review all exchange lots publicly against these rules.
Additionally, I've placed online a sample of the new exchange summary table format I'll be using in this years reviews. It contains one new column - number of faulty (or otherwise unfit) stamps. It is something that I will report publicly of every exchange sending received. Whether or not the value in that column should be considered good or bad, I'll leave for everyone to judge, but personally I'd consider anything higher than 10% of the stamps sent for exchange excessive.
PS. While I'm working on the exchange, Allan sent me email about what countries are not 'worth the effort' of placing in the mix. A live status of my collection can be seen on http://www.stampcollectingblog.com/my-stamp-collection . Just select the continent, and then digg in further to data tables. But as a generalization.... If you want 'high' swap percentages, then it's good practice to avoid the following:
* Finland - anything from the pre-euro era (my collection for these is 90% complete, and the missing items are somewhat expensive)
* West Germany (about 75% complete)
* Classic Estonia (about 82% complete)
* Switzerland - about 70% complete for 1940/2000 era
* UK (excluding the Isles and locals) - about 70% complete for 1940/2000 era
* USA 1940-1975; almost 90% complete
* India 1940-1980 about 75% complete
Other areas with somewhat high completion percentage are:
* Austria about half way complete (with exception of occupied Austria, and very modern issues)
* Central Lithuania - about 60% complete
* Czechoslovakia CSSR era - about 60% complete (but still missing closer to 1,000 stamps)
* Denmark - 1940/2000 era (roughly 65% completion)
* Deutches Reich and modern united Germany (both 50-60% complete)
* Greece 1940/2000 (50% complete)
* Hungary (50-60% complete depending on era; but still missing several thousands )
* Iceland 1940/2000 - about half way complete
* Italy 1940/2000 - about half way complete (but still missing about 1,000 stamps)
* Modern Latvia - about halfway complete
* Liechtenstein 1940-1990 about half way complete
* Netherlands - about 60% complete for 1940/2000 era (but still missing closer to 1,000 stamps)
* Norway - about halfway complete for 1940/2000 era
* Poland - about 60% complete for 1940/2000 era (but still missing closer to 2,000 stamps)
* Romania - about 40% complete for 1940/2000 era (but still missing closer to 2,000 stamps)
* Soviet Union- about 50% complete for 1940/2000 era (but still missing closer to 2,000 stamps)
* Spain - about 50% complete for 1940/2000 era (but still missing closer to 1,500 stamps)
* Sweden - about 60% complete (but still missing closer to 1,500 stamps)
* Vatican 1940-1990 about half way complete
* Canada - about 60% completion for 1940 onwards (but still missing over 1000 stamps)
* Australia 1940 onwards about half way complete (but still missing over 1,500 stamps)
I'm not saying don't send stamps from the above; I'm just saying that my needs for the stamps of the above countries are getting somewhat specific, and if you seek a high swap percentage, then including countries/eras other than above will result in high ratios.
- 2015-01-17 Keijo wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt4) -Blank stamp album pages @Stan... Actually they're not my pages/offer, but by chap named Bill Steiner. But yes. Yugoslavia is in there too; about 350 pages (contains spaces for major types and some variants).
- 2015-01-17 Jim Rowse wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this?
Keijo wrote: Hi Jim,Thanks, Keijo. No wonder it is a mystery stamp being unissued and having no definitive marks or words. Good detective work. At least it has a home now.
Nice stamp. This one is unissued 1921 stamp from Armenian SSR (Soviet Republic). It’s the ‘middle value’ from a set of 17 stamps; the series is generally called as the ‘1st Soviet series’. All except the 25,000R value are listed with minimum/low catalog values (and forgeries exist).
- 2015-01-16 Charlie Jensen wrote on How to create perfect cross-references between Scott, Michel, Stanley Gibbons etc. stamp catalogue - legally Since so many collectors use the internet as a primary tool both for mail and for finding stamps, a new idea is in order. I personally seldom use catalog numbers any more other than for Machins. Most of the stamps I buy are found through a clear decent sized scan, as for instance the Stamporama auction and approval sites.
I have my albums near at hand and can check them to see if something attractive is already there. The textual description would work just fine.As for Ian's query about why Scott got Richard Muller to reorganize the Machins, that is simple. Scotts somewhat insane system of sticking new issues here or there and bumping numbers around made less and less sense with each additional issue. Richard, despite his vast Machin knowledge probably could not see any simple way to meld such a long running series into the existing number sequence so he built the separate segment of Machin numbers.
The most sane way to deal with Machins is through the Deegam numbers and identification systems. In the ten or twenty years I've used Deegam's handbook I think there has only been one time that existing numbers had to be modified. No if someone could devise a similar system such as Deegam's without infringing on his property rights, that would be something worthwhile.
- 2015-01-16 J Stanley Blumin wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt4) -Blank stamp album pages Do you have pages for Yugoslavia in your $30 offer?
- 2015-01-16 Keijo wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 @keith...
One of my goals for the new year is to determine where I stand as far as numbers … a monumental task in and of itself.
Having done that I can only agree. Good luck on your endeavor on what may sometimes appear as the 'endless sea of stamps'.
- 2015-01-16 keith stevenson wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 as I've made the leap this year and become a supporter (paying customer) I am completely ok with your decision. I greatly enjoy your articles and research and look forward to the new year and your quest for 100,000 stamps. I am nowhere near that many myself ... one of my goals for the new year is to determine where I stand as far as numbers ... a monumental task in and of itself. Thanks again!
- 2015-01-16 Keijo wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 Hi landoquakes,
nice to see you around :)
That would be a great topic to compare folks trying to reach 100,000.
Nice to hear your loving the idea. It's definitely something I'd like to do, but not sure how to implement it. Likely the easiest route would be to let collectors tell things with their own words, but on the other hand that would make comparison difficult as each one would likely provide different views/facts about their collection. A poll or form of some sorts might work better as it would ensure that everybody answers the same questions... I'll have to think this for some time, but yes, very likely I'll implement this in upcoming months.
Re, the lack of time... It's the same for me as well (especially as maintaining this blog is eating up a portion of my stamp time as well). But hopefully I've got at least 30-40 years ahead to put my collections and stamp desk into proper order ;)
- 2015-01-16 Keijo wrote on Philatelic Resources
- 2015-01-16 Keijo wrote on Common but generally unrecognized varieties on Polish definitive stamps @Eric...
What Polish Catalog do you have?
I'm using 'PODRĘCZNIK SPECJALIZOWANY POLSKICH ZNACZKÓW POCZTOWYCH'; thick and heavy (about the same size as a single Scott volume). There's also a free (and slightly different) digital version of the catalog available at phila.pl (choose the second button from top).
It's in Polish too, but I've developed a 'sneaky' way of reading it (works for any 'foreign' literature)... Scan the page, let the OCR (optical character recognition program; comes usually with a scanner) recognize the text; save as Word-document, then open up the file normally and hit the Translate-button in Word (under Review tab). And voilá, entire page is provided in language of your choice.. Alternatively you can just copy-paste the text from OCR into Google Translate, but as it doesn't always preserve layout/formatting, it can provide some funny results.
Another very useful (and free) resource for Polish stamps is KZP. Again, with help of Google Translate it's very easy to use.
- 2015-01-16 Keijo wrote on Premium membership information @Chas... Thanks for the support. It's great to hear you are liking the blog and my advice has been helpful :)
- 2015-01-16 landoquakes wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 Hi Keijo,
That would be a great topic to compare folks trying to reach 100,000. I reached 90,000 in my collection at the end of 2014 too. At the rate I'm going I should reach 100,000 in 2016. It does seem to be quite a milestone.
I can give you what data I have gathered, although it is not as comprehensive as your tally. I just keep a running count per album or binder. I started with my US album from when I was a kid, then added Canada, and then in 2008 I took the big leap and acquired a Scott International Volume 1. I think I'm up to 38 albums or binders. My 1840 through the mid-1960's is pretty good, maybe 30% complete. then things get more sparse, although due to an avid mixture buyer of Scandinavia at my stamp club, I have a lot of nice used stamps from that area from the last 10 years. One thing I have noticed over time is that chunks of my collection are from other collectors, some of whom are now deceased. As time goes by more "parts" are added with stamps and pages from other collections get merged with mine.
My limitation is more time than stamps. I have lots of stamps that can be put in albums but in a 3 or 4 hour session out of a pile of stamps, even partially sorted, I might be able to add 100 more stamps to the albums. The best way to up the count is to get an album on loan from a dealer or collector where you can choose a stamp for 5 or 10 cent each. Things add up pretty quickly then, but of course the cost does too. So as I count down to 100,000 what I'm finding out is that I have many holes, but I have to be careful if I pick up a box lot too. I don't want to get too many duplicates. I am hoping for summer 2016 too!
- 2015-01-16 Jim Oliver wrote on Philatelic Resources Hi Keijo,
In the course of researching and mounting elements of my Turkish stamps, I came across a website that is quite rich in information, research sources, and hundreds of beautifully presented images of Ottoman and Turkish stamps. The website is a dealer site, but is filled with useful information. The site is named Yellowaircraft and the address is: http://www.sariucak.com/. Moreover, the site contains an image catalog with Scott numbers running from 1863 through the 1940s and into 1950. Finally, it is the intention of the site owner -- T. Cenk Sariucak -- to ultimately present a multi-catalog cross-reference for Ottoman and Turkish stamps. The catalogs to be cross-referenced include: Scott, Michel, Yvert, SG, Pulhan (Turkish), Isfila, and Pulko.
If collectors find Turkish -- and especially the Ottoman era -- stamps "difficult" and somewhat intimidating, I think the site might prove quite useful.
All the best, Keijo, and many thanks for establishing and maintaining the Blog!
- 2015-01-16 Eric wrote on Common but generally unrecognized varieties on Polish definitive stamps Hey Keijo - What Polish Catalog do you have?
I have a 1993 catalog I got off ebay a while back, but, I can't even read the thing (it's in Polish!) ( OFICJALNY KATALOG znaczkow pocztowych)
I had hoped mine would have specialty info, but, unless I'm reading it wrong, it is pretty basic. (I also have Michel and Scott of course)
- 2015-01-15 Chas wrote on Premium membership information Just renewed my subscription. I'm not a serious (or even semi-serious) collector but came across your website when browsing around the internet for stamp information at the start of last year. I had a small album as a child and thought it would be nice to re-investigate the hobby when I re-discovered my very small collection. Since then I have bought the odd bag of stamps from charity shops and enjoyed looking through them and putting them in a stock book (as suggested on this site). I have really found your blog fascinating and a great read even though it is not necessarily relevant to someone collecting at my very low level.
I have left this response because it seems such a shame that you have so few people who are willing to subscribe as it is such a useful mine of information. I imagine that most of the people looking at this site are much keener collectors than me and really feel that they should support and give you financial assistance in recognition of all the hard work you have clearly put into this site.
- 2015-01-15 Keijo wrote on Interesting variety on 1922 Belgian Houyoux / Albert III stamp @Chris....
When you run across a stamp like this, how would you know if it was not a forgery as opposed to a variant of some kind, especially since you say, it is not listed in the catalog?
Basically it's matter of going through the catalog details one by one, and then comparing to original.
For example most forgeries are done offset-litho (cheap and easy), this is definitely typographed (the edges protrude; as they should with typo). So the print type matches the original. Same story with perforation etc. technical details.
With forgeries there's just about always some more or less minor differences in design as well. With these two stamps there's no differences that the overflowing ink would not explain.
Along those same lines, why would “over-inking” result in the lines and letters being thiner?
Basically the excess ink would have flown/spread over and covered more white space.
That said, it could very well be simply that there was too much 'pressure' (causing the ink behave the way it did).
- 2015-01-15 Chris wrote on Interesting variety on 1922 Belgian Houyoux / Albert III stamp Keijo,
Yes, that's what I meant actually, that the one on the right was thiner than the one on the left, which is the normal stamp.
Another question came to my mind. When you run across a stamp like this, how would you know if it was not a forgery as opposed to a variant of some kind, especially since you say, it is not listed in the catalog? Along those same lines, why would "over-inking" result in the lines and letters being thiner?
BTW, I immediately when through my 1922 Belgian Houyoux / Albert III stamps looking for this, but all my mine were "normal." Great fun!
- 2015-01-15 Keijo wrote on Interesting variety on 1922 Belgian Houyoux / Albert III stamp @Chris... They are 'fatter'. Or actually that's what they look alike in all normal copies. My guess is that the 'thinner' lettering on right side stamp is a result of over-inking too.
- 2015-01-15 Chris Whitehouse wrote on Interesting variety on 1922 Belgian Houyoux / Albert III stamp Interesting...the letters on the left one look "fatter" to me too.
- 2015-01-13 Keijo wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 @Mel... Thanks. And congrats to you too :) Those are pretty big milestones.
- 2015-01-13 Mel wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 Congratulations on reaching 90K Keijo!!
Having finally graduated from uni, I've happily just spent part of my first pay check on a premium membership :)
- 2015-01-13 Keijo wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it? Hi Liz,
sadly going through everything stamp by stamp is the only way to do it if you want to find out catalog value. Even for advanced collector like myself 'skimming through' such large number of stamps would take at least a day or two; and sorting and putting them on proper order would take months. Which is why most collectors do things in smaller bits. For example I've been going through a box of ~1.000 Bulgarian stamps since the New Year, and I've been doing it in smaller lots of roughly 50 stamps per night, meaning I'll be finished sometime next week.
As for the real world value... They're worth precisely what's somebody is willing to pay. Usually larger lots like this are sold by weight/count of stamps unless you can point out that there are better items (in other words, you are back into the question whether or not going through everything would be worth your time).
- 2015-01-12 Doris wrote on How to create perfect cross-references between Scott, Michel, Stanley Gibbons etc. stamp catalogue - legally Very interesting discussion.
- 2015-01-12 liz wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it? Hi, I was given a large bag of used stamps ( around 10,000 from all over the world). Would they be worth anything as it seems a mammoth task to search search through it. Many thanks Liz
- 2015-01-12 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 Here's the image of Mongolian stamps Sue wrote few weeks ago:
I contacted a Mongolia collector I know and he confirmed these are genuine specimen stamps (the overprint is usually on the back, but sometimes on the picture side too). But... They are out there in large numbers (and demand is very low/non-existing except for topical issues such as birds). So they don't have any special value.
- 2015-01-12 Keijo wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 @Gerben... I'll give this some thought. In the end, it can't go much worse, LOL.
@everyone... With just a handful of new premium members supporting SCB, I've made a decision to place some of the existing content behind paywall / for supporters only. I hope the change in policy will not upset anybody's piece of mind, but sadly it seems to be the only way onward in order to keep some other things on SCB freely available also in the future. Either way this will be a win-win for me... If the site loses some readers/visitors because of this, it means I can downgrade to cheaper hosting plan. And if the site gets more supporters, it means there's more 'financial freedom' for me to provide new articles/content... As far as I'm concerned this topic is now done with. Next stop is finding time to write some new entries for the blog (some of them will be premium members only; some publicly available).
- 2015-01-12 Gerben van Gelder wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015
According to Finnish legislation asking for donations or sponsorship requires an official fund raising permit.
Instead, I am free to 'sell' anything as long as I report any sales to revenue services.
You might want to look into this a bit more. I of course know nothing about Finnish law and I am by no means an expert on Dutch law, but I do know that there is a fundamental legal difference between donation and sponsorship.
A donation is a gift, there is no contract between the donor and the receiving organization and the donor does not expect a personal benefit in return. Thus it makes perfect sense that organizations asking for donations are subject to certain rules and a form of supervision to prevent individuals from setting up fake charity organizations that do nothing other than raise funds for the one who has set up the organization.
A sponsorship is different in that it is a business transaction. The sponsor invests money and he expects something in return. Most often in case of sponsorship this will be publicity, free membership, free tickets, a VIP room, etcetera. So in case of your blog you could ask for sponsorship and in return offer sponsors a listing in the Stamp Collecting Blog Hall of Fame - a page on which you list your sponsors, and a free premium membership.
Now you may say it is semantics whether you ask people to support your blog by becoming a premium member or whether you ask people to become a sponsor in return for which they get a listing and a free membership. But hey, marketing is all about psychology. And as I said before at least for me it is much more appealing to sponsor a blog I like than to buy a membership that does not really add anything to what the blog already has to offer.
Anyway, all the best of luck with your fund raising, whatever form you may choose.
- 2015-01-12 Keijo wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this? Hi Jim,
Nice stamp. This one is unissued 1921 stamp from Armenian SSR (Soviet Republic). It's the 'middle value' from a set of 17 stamps; the series is generally called as the '1st Soviet series'. All except the 25,000R value are listed with minimum/low catalog values (and forgeries exist).
- 2015-01-12 Jim Rowse wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this? Hello to all stamp collecting enthusiast. This is my first attempt at using this blog since becoming a premium member. I have enjoyed the quality of interactions and the insights and knowledge shared between contributors and all the hard work put in by Keijo. What an incredible amount of dedication. I do have some stamps that are a mystery to me that I would appreciate some sage help with identifying. I have just learned how to acquire a 'URL' for an image and hope that this posting will work. Thanks in advance for your efforts.
- 2015-01-11 Keijo wrote on Japanese hometown (Furusato / prefecture) stamps @Seth...
There are quite a lot of things about Furusatos that I am finding confusing
Ask me, but pretty nicely sums up the entire Japanese new issue policy, LOL. Can't really understand the huge number of stamps and sheets they're putting out... But I guess they must be making some money out of it.
- 2015-01-11 Seth wrote on Japanese hometown (Furusato / prefecture) stamps There are quite a lot of things about Furusatos that I am finding confusing and I might post some further comments soon. One thing I wanted to understand though was how many there are to collect. I just equipped myself with the latest – very reasonably priced - JSDA catalogue (2015) and there is a fair bit of useful information in there. I though the total number of Furusatos was simple. The catalogue assigns 1,357 major numbers to the series. On closer inspection though what I find a bit curious is that from 2004 onwards there an increasing number of sheets with multiple stamp designs that have only a single number given to them in the catalogue. Therefore if one adds in all the additional stamps on these sheets, the total up to the end of last year is actually 1,996. I think you need to subtract two from this, as there are two large flower series sheets that have been given numbers but are also individually listed and numbered within the catalogue...
- 2015-01-09 Keijo wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 Gerben and Rick,
thanks for the kind words and support to both of You.
Maybe it is a better idea to appeal to peoples sympathy for your blog and simply ask for sponsorship....For me sponsorship for your blog is psychologically much more appealing than having a ‘premium membership’.
Can't do that. And You can blame the Finnish legislation entirely on this.
According to Finnish legislation asking for donations or sponsorship requires an official fund raising permit. In order to get such a permit, I would have to establish and register a non-profit organization (if I remember correctly, this would require at least four other members besides me, regular meetings etc. organizational requirements). And since Finland is the 'promised land of bureacracy', the entire process would be much more work than benefit.
Instead, I am free to 'sell' anything as long as I report any sales to revenue services.
So putting up a PayPal donations button is a no-no. But putting a Buy now button is ok. I know, it's crazy... But that's the law I have to abide.
And maybe a link to a page in which you explain the cost/benefit ratio of the blog so a people understand the ‘why’ about the need for sponsorship.
It's all in the Premium members FAQ
I have absolutely no idea how many stamps I have but my collection (much unsorted yet) occupies a 1.2-metre x 2.5-metre bookshelf, with 6 slim shelves dedicated to thousands of “102” cards and jam-packed envelopes, 2 shelves of 3-ring binders full of album pages and stock cards to tear down, plus 1.5 shelves of stock books that contain my organized collection.
Sounds a lot like 50-60K stamps; likely more ;)
- 2015-01-09 Rick Huziak wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 Hi Keijo!
Thanks for your tireless articles and guidance (and congratulations on the 90K milestone (more or less). I have absolutely no idea how many stamps I have but my collection (much unsorted yet) occupies a 1.2-metre x 2.5-metre bookshelf, with 6 slim shelves dedicated to thousands of "102" cards and jam-packed envelopes, 2 shelves of 3-ring binders full of album pages and stock cards to tear down, plus 1.5 shelves of stock books that contain my organized collection. Doing a mental calculation the other day, I don't have enough earthly days left to organize this all into my "permanent" collection, so I think I better look at specializing away from trying to collect every stamp ever issued with every variation of every stamp.
That aside, free information is very nice, BUT, I really think people need to think about the effort that is put in by you to write such amazing articles after you've already expended a huge amount of energy and time researching your newest collected additions! You've saved so many of us hundreds of research hours and you've sent us down new roads and new adventures and you have a great community of readers and followers, each with their set of knowledge that they share. You also regularly give information that would otherwise cost me $1oo a shot to learn this from a specialized catalog.
So ... a mere $17.50 Canadian contribution to the website is a pittance of a thank you for all of the excellent knowledge! As I stated before, most articles you write sends me on a buying spree that costs far more than that! It is a small contribution ... please support Keijo's website!
- 2015-01-09 Gerben van Gelder wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 I think you should try to keep your blog as a free source of information for stamp collectors. For less experienced collectors it is a great source of information. A blog to encourage stamp collecting. For more experienced collectors it is a good reference site: how do other people deal with all the issues you deal with when collecting stamps.
I would think your blog has a lot of sympathy in the stamp collecting world. You now have a 'premium membership' option. However, that does not really offer anything substantially different from the blog. And when you ask people to pay for a 'premium membership' they will expect extras or they will not sign up. Maybe it is a better idea to appeal to peoples sympathy for your blog and simply ask for sponsorship. Like 'Hey, you like this blog? Want it to continue? Please become a sponsor! '. And maybe a link to a page in which you explain the cost/benefit ratio of the blog so a people understand the 'why' about the need for sponsorship. For me sponsorship for your blog is psychologically much more appealing than having a 'premium membership'. Thtat may be the same for many other readers of your blog
I will now of course sign up for premium membership to sponsor your blog!
Gerben van Gelder
- 2015-01-09 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015 @Marty... Thanks.
- 2015-01-09 Amir wrote on Philatelic Resources Thanks for taking a look and sorry you haven't found the forums to be very interesting. We have recently started a wiki which I believe will be a better place to handle a knowledge base. Thanks
- 2015-01-09 Amir wrote on Top 5 free online stamp catalogues reviewed Thanks for replying. You're welcome to review personal collection on another post :) In regards to stamps per page, when logged in you can choose upto 250 stamps in a single list page. Very soon you'll have the option to change the number of stamps per page even without being logged in.
- 2015-01-09 marty cohn wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015 Hi,
I'm new to the site and collect France used only. I will keep an eye on your site to see when its up and running. My prayers go out to you and your father.
- 2015-01-09 Keijo wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 @Eric... Thanks :) Every bit of support helps.
BTW. I didn't know you had a blog as well. Looks great. You should definitely promote it a bit more (or if thinking the 'mess' it got me into, maybe not, LOL ) .
- 2015-01-09 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015 OK, folks... I've created a new page for my exchanges in this year. Before you jump the gun, please do note that the exchanges are STILL on hold. But there are couple of things I'd like announce/discuss so that everybody can prepare and act accordingly.
First, when will the exchange resume? Basically your guess is as good as mine... As I wrote late last year, my father is scheduled for major surgery in mid January, and a lot depends how that goes... Well, the very latest news (from yesterday) is that due to minor infection the operation got re-scheduled by three weeks, and because of this things are standing still AT LEAST TILL early March. But please do note this is due to change if the life intervenes.
Secondly, The Finnish Post has announced their new terms of delivery for 2015, and they are BAD news... For starters, the rates are increased by 10% or more. Additionally, and more importantly, starting from February 9th anything that is thicker than 2cm and destined abroad is treated as small parcel (with postage fees starting at 6.50€ within EU and 10€ worldwide). To keep at least some sense of economy on these swaps, I see no other change than to place both minimum and maximum limit for the number of stamps to be included for the exchange. I haven't yet decided the precise metrics, but likely I'll be placing the cap on no less than 100 stamps, and no more than 300 stamps per swap. If somebody wants to send a (significantly) larger batch, then it has to be done by consent only. I acknowledge this makes things more complex and may alienate some, but such is life.
Anyway, feel free to drop your comments / suggestions on the above.
- 2015-01-09 Eric wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 Keijo - Count me in as a member, just signed up today - been following your blog for quite some time. Even inspired me to start my own (mainly for my own purposes, don't care who reads it, but I needed a faster way to view my inventory...lol)
Overall - Keeping all of your content publicly accessible, although in the short term may not payoff, taking the long view, I think it will eventually (whether directly or in-directly)
- 2015-01-07 Keijo wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 @Juan.... Thanks. It's nice to know I'm not the only one moving in the 90K ballpark. It would be really nice to some sort of comparison (what you've got, what's missing) between these 'approaching 100K' collections some day. Maybe that would make a good / interesting blog topic - what do you folks think?
- 2015-01-07 Keijo wrote on Philatelic Resources @Amir... Thanks for the suggestion. Just scammed through 20 pages of discussions, and found two interesting topics. On the downside, most of the discussions appear to be about getting catalog details/value for some specific stamp.
- 2015-01-07 Keijo wrote on Top 5 free online stamp catalogues reviewed Hi Amir,
and thanks for the suggestions. As all those features more about personal collection management than 'catalog use', I'm not going to vouch on them in this entry.
Re, moving around Colnect.. A feature I'd very much like to see is that you return all results in single page (or in much larger entities). If you look at, say Belgian stamps of 2009, the results are 17 pages (each displaying just 10 images/datasets). If I have a Belgian stamps from that year, there are much easier ways for me to find details about it than clicking through (in worst scenario) 17 pages.... But this is just a suggestion.
- 2015-01-06 Juan wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 Hi Keijo,
It looks like we are on a parallel path. in 2014 I surpassed 90,000 in my collection and hope to hit 100,000 in 2015.
Best of luck to you,
- 2015-01-06 Amir wrote on Philatelic Resources You're welcome to scan and publish discussions from Colnect's stamp forums as well :)
- 2015-01-06 Amir wrote on Top 5 free online stamp catalogues reviewed Hi Keijo,
It's been a while since I landed on this page and I'm glad to see it has been updated. I'd be happy if you could mention the following about Colnect:
* Unique to Colnect is when you view a single stamp page (ex: ) you can quickly see how many people have it or want it.
* The catalogs can be used to manage one's personal collection so it's not just about browsing but actually maintaining one's collection. S
* Colnect is an active community of stamp collectors the world over and you could easily exchange with other collectors. You can view their collections and lists and organize a trade.
* Colnect is offered in 62 languages which means it caters to a more diverse group of world collectors than a site which would be offered in, say, a few languages.
I'd also urge you to re-consider the ease of navigation on Colnect considering all improvements offered. There are extremely powerful filters and navigation that quickly enable you to focus on what interests you. At any point in the navigation you can get a detailed picture on how many items are available in every section. For example, a thematic collector might be interested in butterflies and by choosing this theme can quickly see butterfly-themed stamps organized by countries. But if his interest is limited to stamps from Europe, he can limit the continent. Furthermore this navigation system can be used to easily to navigate another person's collection (or swap list) on Colnect, thus easily finding what you exactly are looking for.
I'll be happy to answer all your questions even though I believe Colnect's help section provides most relevant information.
- 2015-01-05 tadde74 wrote on Stamps of colonial Nigeria @ Steven,
I collect Nigeria revenues and the stamp you mention,with handwritten 5/- sounds VERY interesting....could you please post a picture here,
- 2015-01-05 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 Hi Luca,
Re, your questions...
1) Yes, for unissued stamps I accept mint specimens as well.
2) The answer is on the latest blog post... If life goes well, the exchange will resume sometime next month.
- 2015-01-05 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014 – archives for year 2014 Hi Rob,
my exchange is still on a break. I hope to resume it in February (assuming nothing unexpected happens)... So please, a bit more patience.
- 2015-01-05 Luca wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 Hi Keijo,
i would like to ask you two things out of curiosity. First , regarding your collection of used and Cto: what about those countries that issued stamps, for example, just before a civil war broke out and they were not able to use those stamps?. the intention was there and the stamps were printed but they were unable to use them. one example is the stamps of cambodia of april 1975 UPU issue: issued the same day the country fell to a gruesome dictator (Pol Pot)who, during his regime, never issued a single stamp (1975-79) and( i think) didn't allow his usage. would you collect those stamps even if mint? my guess is yes?
second question: do you know when will you start again your stamp exchange?
Happy New Year
- 2015-01-04 Rob Sefton wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014 – archives for year 2014 Hi,
I would like to exchange stamps with you. Could you please send me the PDF file so that I can sen the first lot. Thank you.
- 2015-01-04 Keijo wrote on Philatelic Travel Guide @Mel... Wow. It seems stamp collecting is doing more than well in Japan. I don't recall seeing a stamp counter in department store anywhere for ages.
- 2015-01-04 Mel wrote on Philatelic Travel Guide Hi Keijo,
I've actually spent Christmas and NY snowboarding in Japan. As a result of this, I have added a stamp store (well actually a stamp counter within a department store) that I found in Tokyo to the above map. They sell individual used and mint Japanese stamps as well as WW topical packets, Japanese kiloware, worldwide kiloware, stockbooks and catalogues. There also appeared to be a wide range of coins.
- 2015-01-03 Rick Young wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
Keijo wrote: @Rick… Close, but not quite right. It’s from Venezuala (with portrait of Bolivar). See 1882 issues. In Scott it’s listed with major issues, in Michel it’s a back of the book issue (these are actually revenue stamps that were used as postage too).Nice. Thanks. Happy New Year!
- 2015-01-03 Keijo wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it? Hi David,
it can really swing either way depending on the specific stamps and their condition. For example most Third Reich stamps aren't hardly worth the paper they were printed on, but there are several exceptions as well. Same story for just about any country / topic.... Your can always get some simplified stamp catalog from your public library, and do some of the preliminary work yourself to see out whether or not the stamps are worth a further investigation. Who knows, maybe you'll catch the collecting bug at the same;)
- 2015-01-03 David Brand wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it? I inherited a stamp collection from my Grandfather. He collected mostly British Commnwealth from 1900 t0 1950. He also had some unusual stamps like NY stock exchange stock transfer stamps, a large number of first airmail letters and stamps from Nazi Germany. Are an of these worth valuing?
- 2015-01-03 Keijo wrote on Premium membership information @jere... My humblest thanks for your support :)
- 2015-01-03 Keijo wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 @pablo...
I don’t understand why the costs are so high.
Basically the cost comes down to 1) popularity and 2)some features available on this blog.
The first point is pretty simply to cover... The more visitors, the heavier requirements for the server. SCB is one of the most popular stamp blogs out there, and it has been 'oversized' for shared hosting for good number of years:
Currently the site is running on a medium duty (8GB) virtual private server, and it seems like a good fit (memory/processor wise). Additional costs are created by various external services (such as certificates, uptime tracking, mailing services etc). The domain name is about 5$ worth on the total.
As for why not Blogger (or some similar free service)... Some parts/features of the blog, such as MyCollection, would be impossible to implement.
That said, If I would have known how popular and expensive SCB becomes, I might have ended doing a lot of things differently from the start....
Anyway, a small status update... Right now there are 42 supporting members (roughly 1.4% of regular readers). This equals roughly 500$ worth of financial support; it's enough to keep SCB up & running for about 2 months.
- 2015-01-03 Keijo wrote on Philatelic Resources @Mark... Happy to hear you're liking it.
- 2015-01-03 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 @Rick... Close, but not quite right. It's from Venezuala (with portrait of Bolivar). See 1882 issues. In Scott it's listed with major issues, in Michel it's a back of the book issue (these are actually revenue stamps that were used as postage too).
- 2015-01-03 Jere wrote on Premium membership information The site is well worth my 15$... thanks and keep up the good work !!
- 2015-01-03 pablo wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 Congratulations on reaching the 90k, that´s a big number. I´m only at 22k now, and stuck with a lot of stuff to add (and very little time to do it)
Regarding the finances of the blog, of course I would like it to be kept free, but it depends on you. I don't understand why the costs are so high.
I keep my blog on a major blog platform for free, so it has no cost.
Besides that, I have another site with its own domain, and it has a yearly cost of about 41 dollars (26 for the hosting, plus 15 for the domain registration). I have also some google adds which pay back 100 dollars almost every year, so i have no cost and maybe some little earnings.
Just some thoughts that may help you.
- 2015-01-03 Mark Dyck wrote on Philatelic Resources Oh boy, thanks for creating this page. It's great to find good articles on forums is not heard of before!
- 2015-01-03 Mark Dyck wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 Hi Keijo,
Seth's one of my heroes, for sure. I think I own every book of his since Purple Cow. I've never made it to New York for one of his live events though. This year I bought a case of his new book and gave them all to my staff as Christmas presents. So far the feedback has been good! :)
- 2015-01-02 Rick Young wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 Can anyone ID this stamp: It looks like some kind of Spain BOB:
- 2015-01-02 Keijo wrote on Fairy tales for stamp collectors @Cliff... Basically it's all about supply & demand. There's zero to very little demand for older 1940/50s US sheets, even with heavy discounts. Sure you can use the stamps for postage, but considering the time you'd have to spent licking and sticking I doubt the true savings of it. If there was real money/savings to be made of, then a whole lot more of folks and companies would be buying and using them.
- 2015-01-02 Cliff Johnson wrote on Fairy tales for stamp collectors I Inherited a collection, along with bills, coins, etc. As i was dealing with bill dealers, I saw giant hoards of stamps they literally were dying to sell. I met personally with the owner of the largest stamp auction house in nyc area, he says he can sell me sheets mint condition 50-60% face value as many as i can buy. What has appreciated? Rarities? Current pricing is counter to logic, anyone come up with any ideas to take advantage of this?
- 2015-01-02 Keijo wrote on Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 Hi Mark,
and many hanks for the support & kind words :)
I'm a bit surprised you (too) have been reading Seth Godin's books. I used to read his blog way way back (must be closer to ten years ago), and likely some of his 'philosophy' has rooted into my spine.
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