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  • 2015-07-04 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    Hi Paul,

    actually that's the way Israel collectors prefer their stamps. Catalog values etc. apply for stamps with attached 'decorative selvage', or as they say 'with a tab'; copies without the tab are somewhat close to 'toxic waste' (except for worldwide collectors, LOL).

    The tab in itself is just a decorative selvage located right below the stamp. Many Israel issues up to the mid/late sixties had a plain selvage under the Tab and they are commonly referred as stamps with 'Full Tab' (whereas stamps without the selvage but with a tab are known as 'part or half tab specimens').

    All in I'm not really sure what's the motive/history behind of collecting and using them 'as is'. In the end it's nothing more than a decorative selvage (or as Germans would call it, a 'zierfeld'), and there's no reason why it should increase/decrease the value of the stamp.

    Hope this helps,
    -k-

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  • 2015-07-04 Paul Thiessen wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    So I was working through my Israel collection, and something I have noticed before about used stamps of Israel is that they have a much greater percentage of stamps with selvage attached than any other country.  As I don't do anything with mint stamps, so I don't know if this has anything to do with the nature of the sheets they come in, or is there something about people that mail letters from Israel tht is different in that they keep the selvage attached to the stamps to a much higher degree?  Perhaps you or one of your readers has something to say about this little mystery.......

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  • 2015-07-03 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Miguel,

    actually it did arrive on todays mail and will be shipping back tomorrow (or actually on Monday afternoon when mail is collected). Found some nice stamps (as usual) and the cover was very nice as well (you'll be getting a minisheet in return as well).

    Re, the Finnish summer... Actually Finland does have a summer, of sorts. It usually starts around midsummer and lasts till mid/end of August. Right now we're having somewhat hot weathers (28,8 °C degrees, relative humitidy of 29%) flowing from Europe. Very comfortable (though a few degrees less would be ideal)... .But if you head to northernmost parts of the country, there's still some snow left ;)

    -k-

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  • 2015-07-03 Miguel wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    I always thought linking Summer and Finland was kind of oxymoron :)

    We are under 35ºC degrees in Barcelona, with lots of humidity.
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    Bad for stamps and bad for collectors. Anyway, you've got another letter of mine looking for fresh air beside the Finnish lakes. Hope it gets to you soon.

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  • 2015-07-03 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Two lots, #36 from Allan and #37 from Sarah this week. 

    @Allan... Nice mixture of this and that as usual; especially Gibraltar stamps hit their way to my collection.    Though I don't usually pick mint items, the Austrian facsimile sheet was nice and will end up to my 'fakes and forgeries' collection. Hope you enjoy the Estonian Mare Balticum booklet I put in return.   The cover was sadly uncancelled (sigh).  

    @Sarah... Also a lovely mixture. Can't even recall when was the last time I came across with postally used North Korean stamps. So here's a :) :) :)    Very nice cover (with nice cancels) as well.  Came through very well without the CN22. 

    Responses to both will be mailed out in about hours time. After that I'm off to prepare and barbecue a family dinner (how I enjoy the summer... )

     

    -k-

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  • 2015-07-02 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this?
  • 2015-07-02 Keijo wrote on Which stamps are worth money?
    Hi Richard,

    you might entertain yourself with this article called 'Help, I inherited a stamp collection. What should I do with it?'

    Hope you enjoy the advice it provides,
    -keijo-

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  • 2015-07-01 Richard lewis wrote on Which stamps are worth money?
    i really could use help finding out about a stamp collection which me and my partner we left by her late grandfather. I'm based in the UK but really do not have any idea when it comes to stamp . Any info on where to begin would be a huge help for us

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  • 2015-07-01 Keijo wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this?
    @Rick... The top one is a propaganda label (from WW2 era if I recall properly). Worth a buck or two.

    The bottom row items are reply stamps for military use. In words of Facit these are 'combination of postal stationary and a stamp for postage-free correspondence in both directions between military personnel and families at home. The military cover is intended for letters from the soldier while the reply-stamp is used on covers to the soldier'.

    -k-

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  • 2015-07-01 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this?
    Here’s some items I'd love to get your help with -- thanks in advance!

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    Thanks in advance!

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  • 2015-07-01 Keijo wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this?
    @Rick... That's a Swedish charity/Christmas seal issued in 1909 by Svenska Nationalföreningen mot Tuberkulos (Swedish anti-tuberculosis society). The stamp was designed by Viktor Andrén. Worth few bucks.

    -k-

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  • 2015-07-01 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this?
    Here's one I could use some help with (Sweden):

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  • 2015-06-28 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Corne... That is excellent news :)

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  • 2015-06-28 Corne wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Dear Keijo

    Your return letter arrived with the large sheet, thank you very much!  The envelope was damaged a bit, but the sheet came through undamaged!

    Kind regards
    Corne

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  • 2015-06-27 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Allan... Thanks for letting me know. Not sure about the Australia facsimile, but I think I'll know once I see it.

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  • 2015-06-27 Allan Ward wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Keijo,

    I just posted an exchange packet of about 300 stamps to you.  I've added a facsimile block of some 1933 Austrian stamps.  I don't know if you will want it, but I thought I'd include it just in case.

    Best wishes,

    Allan

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  • 2015-06-27 Keijo wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this?
    @Gerben... That's pretty much what I was expecting.

    Let's see if any other folks care to check their catalogs for these before I report these to catalog editors.

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  • 2015-06-26 Gerben van Gelder wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this?
    Keijo

    You are certainly putting us to the test. I checked my Scot 2009 and SG 2012 and guess what: I drew a blank, not listed......
     
    Regards,
    Gerben

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  • 2015-06-26 Keijo wrote on Beautiful La Semeuse (the Sower)
    Hi Charles,

    from the looks of it, this is likely an 'irregular dust speck flaw' and as such not listed in the catalogs (at least my very much outdated Yvert France doesn't list this).

    I've displayed some similar items (on modern stamps) from here to here (and possibly on few other posts as well).

    But still a VERY nice looking variety that will grab some eyeballs ;)

    Hopefully folks with more recent editions (and especially Maury) will chime in as well.

    -k-

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  • 2015-06-26 Charles Smith wrote on Beautiful La Semeuse (the Sower)
    Good Afternoon,

    I have attached an image of a 5c Green La Semeuse type stamp (1907+), which I found loose inside an old album from an auction lot that I bought late last year.As you can see, there is a small circle to the upper left hand side of the 5 in the value, which I believe, on closer inspection, can only be associated with the printing of the stamp. Unfortunately, I do not have access to, or own any specialist French catalogues and would like to know more about this variety/error?

    My thanks,  Charles.

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  • 2015-06-26 Keijo wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this?
    Hello all,

    Here's another unlisted 'mystery stamp' for which I'd need a bit of help:

    Senegal Elegance Linguere stamp

    This one is from Senegal, from the so called 'Senegal elegance' definitive series that has been issued since 2002. Again, the 2013/14 edition of Michel provides absolutely nothing about the 450 Franc stamp though plenty of other values are included. Also WADP/WNS has got nothing about the 450 Franc stamp.

    I'd appreciate any of you folks with recent Scott, Yvert and Gibbons would check whether or not this is listed other titles? Based on the imprint, this has been issued ca. 2007 (but as the series started in 2002, I'd start from there).

    Thanks again,
    -k-

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  • 2015-06-25 Keijo wrote on Damn unsoakable stamps (or if you can't soak them... )
    @Rick...

    I was wondering what you thought about the poster who suggested not using hot water, for example.


    It's just a bad advice IMHO. Cold or even warm water does not work for stamps with this type of gum/adhesive.

    Yes, the heat may make colors bleed more easily (especially if on dreaded red or bright yellow envelope), but it's a risk you'll have to deal anyway everytime you place something for a soak.

    Can't even understand why somebody would use/recommend chemicals like Ronsonol for these, because these are very easily soakable.

    the worst problem being the sticky adhesive that does not really come off.


    When you've managed to lift the stamp, the adhesive either sticks with the backing paper or the stamp (it can swing either way, and there's nothing you can do about it). If it sticks with the stamps, pick the stamp out of water with hands and gently pinch/grab the adhesive layer (with fingers). Then simply pull/lift the adhesive layer off; it will usually peel very nicely as one piece.



    -k-

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  • 2015-06-25 Keijo wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this?
    @Gerben... Thanks. Still looking for folks to check recent editions of Scott and Yvert for this.

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  • 2015-06-25 Rick Young wrote on Damn unsoakable stamps (or if you can't soak them... )
    Actually, not wanting to look like  bad student, I must tell you I did already read your post. I was wondering what you thought about the poster who suggested not using hot water, for example. Also, and issue I had was the stamps actually came off easy enough with Ronsonol, but the Aussie self adhesives are thin and so peeled and curled, with the worst problem being the sticky adhesive that does not really come off. so I am going to give water soaking another try, barring any others suggestions from this blogs posters.

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  • 2015-06-24 Gerben van Gelder wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this?
    Hi Keijo

    I checked my SG 2012, it's not in there. My Scott and Y&T are older so that doesn't help. I'm curious to know what will be the outcome of this search.

    Cheers, Gerben

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  • 2015-06-24 Keijo wrote on Damn unsoakable stamps (or if you can't soak them... )
    @Rick... Actually I've covered the Australian stamps on response #59

    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.


    The essential factors are use hot (but not boiling water) + timing (you've got only about 10 minute timeframe to work with, and you must start immediately the stamps go into water) + and steady peel move (with fingers, not tweezers). I've soaked several kilograms of these, and haven't lost any since I found the 'correct combination'.

    Another further tip... If they're on postcard pieces, then remove the 'top layer' (most postcards have a layer of plastic coating that prevents moisture absorbing through quickly enough).

    -k-

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  • 2015-06-24 Rick Young wrote on Damn unsoakable stamps (or if you can't soak them... )
    I am currently interested in removing used self adhesive Australian stamps from paper -- it's what I have been experimenting with lately. I was convinced by an article on this blog an a few I read online that one could use very hot or even scalding hot water to remove the stamps http://www.ebay.com/gds/SOAKING-RECENT-AUSTRALIAN-STAMPS-OFF-PAPER-SECRETS-/10000000000126970/g.html. Another article I read recommended NOT using really hot water but using room temperature water http://aussiestamps.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-soak-self-adhesive-postage.html. A third recommended doing one soaking, drying, and re-soaking http://stamporama.com/discboard/disc_main.php?action=20&id=5306. Other Stampboards posts recommend pure citrus (also at stampboards), and others complain that the odor lingers. Still others recommend using baby powder to counteract the leftover stickiness, -- others warn against doing so, or say to use only hypoallergenic (non-organic) powder!  

     

    So let me tell you my experience. Hot water worked for several, but I also ruined a few, because the stamp became too flimsy. I do recall one site saying to do the each of the two soakings for only 10-15 minutes and no longer, to prevent damaging the stamps. Anyway, frustrated, I tried using Ronsonol ligher fluid, which I have used on US stamps pretty successfully. The problem with that with the Australian stamps is some (but not all ) of them remained sticky. Any further observations or suggestions?

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  • 2015-06-24 Keijo wrote on Q&A: what stamp is this?
    OK folks.My turn to ask some help ;)

    I've been working with Ghana stamps I've gathered over the past 6 months, and I've now stumbled with this Kwame Nkrumah centenary stamp.

    Ghana Kwame Nkrumah stamp

    It's nowhere in Michel. I'm using the 2013 West-Afrika catalog, but I did check the online catalog as well. Nothing.

    I've found few online sales /references of this (and the other 4 stamps in the series), but none of them mentions any specific catalog numbers. Just vague "issued in 2009 or 2010". So my question is "Is this one listed in Gibbons, Yvert or Scott? And if so, with what details"

    -k-

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  • 2015-06-24 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Sarah,

    very likely it will pull through. The issues may come up only if the custom inspects the cover and believes it's value exceeds the treshold.

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  • 2015-06-23 Sarah Halliday Surace wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi,I made a mistake in mailing your stamps for exchange today.  I forgot to put a customs form on the back of it.  My apologies.  The postman was in a hurry and and focused on selecting some lovely stamps for the cover. Should I plan on those stamps being returned?
    Thanks,Sarah

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  • 2015-06-22 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Canada
    Hi Paul,

    unfortunately the image didn't come through properly (it seems you tried to upload straight from computer/mobile, which does not work here. Instead you should upload the image on some photosharing service like photobucket, google+, twitter, facebook etc. and then provide a full link starting http into the image field).

    Anyway, based on the description I'd say it's a favor-cancelled item and almost guaranteed to be of philatelic origins/nature; most likely a heavy parcel or registered letter sent by some stamp dealer / auctioneer (these vary in quality whereas collector-made items are usually with excellent cancellations). The Dec 0 on the other hand sounds very interesting.

    Anyway, I'll be emailing you shortly.

    -k-

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  • 2015-06-21 Paul Thiessen wrote on Q&A: stamps of Canada
    Hello

    I received an interesting item in an unsorted bag from Oxfam Canada.  It is a book of self adhesive stamps that are already cancelled.  Canada does not do any CTO and I doubt that this was done for the benefit of a collector since the cancellation quality is pretty poor.  The date also just seems to say Dec 0.  If you shed some light on this I would love to send you a booklet if you want one, I received 3 like this.

    Paul

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  • 2015-06-20 Keijo wrote on Welcome to SCB Store
    @Annamary... Thanks for becoming a premium member of the blog.

    When you paid for the membership, the system sent you two emails straight away.

    The first email (with subject "Stamp Collecting Blog: Thank you for becoming a premium member") contains your login credentials as well as information on how to log in. The second email is just a receipt of your purchase.

    Depending on your email settings it's possible that your email/ISP provider has automatically blocked or deleted the messages (for example AOL is notorious of the latter). If you don't see the emails on your inbox, then check the junk mail folder. If they are not to be found anywhere, then please give me a howl and I'll send you a copy of the originals.

    -keijo-

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  • 2015-06-19 Annamary Kennell wrote on Welcome to SCB Store
    I am just trying to find out where to setup a newaccount. I paid premium membership today, but do not see a place to setup my account. Only to login after I have set one up.

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  • 2015-06-19 Keijo wrote on Men who changed stamp design forever
    @Gerben... I'll think about... This is one of those issues that is far easier said than done from technical perspective.

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  • 2015-06-19 Gerben van Gelder wrote on Men who changed stamp design forever
    Hi Keijo

    Great post and a great idea to show the stamps thus enlarged so that we can see the details of the engraving. I have a small suggestion though. I think the designers were very much aware of the fact that the best effect of their design would be achieved at the size in which the stamps would be issued. So my suggestion would be to first present the stamps in the size in which they were issued and then 'zoom in' as you have done in your post. 
     
    Regards 
    Gerben van Gelder 

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  • 2015-06-18 Keijo wrote on Q&A: US stamps
    @Jorma... No problem. Hyvää jussia myös sinnepäin Suomea :)

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  • 2015-06-18 Jorma wrote on Q&A: US stamps
    Thanks Keijo ja hyvää juhannusta!
    T: Jorma

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  • 2015-06-17 Keijo wrote on A Quick Review of Michel Russia Specialized Catalog
    @Pablo... Sadly not.

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  • 2015-06-17 pablo wrote on A Quick Review of Michel Russia Specialized Catalog
    Hi Keijo,
    Does this catalogue include the Russian Zemstvos stamps?

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  • 2015-06-17 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Update on the exchange list... Received 'double-lot' #35 from Steven on Monday. As usual, some nice stuff all around the globe :)   Will be mailing my response out today (and due to Midsummer festivities there will be no further updates on the exchange list this week). 

    -k-

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  • 2015-06-17 Keijo wrote on Q&A: US stamps
    Hi Jorma,

    Never seen these, but considering the size and complexity of US back-of-book items I'm not amazed, LOL.

    WFM was similar to Akava, PAM and other labour unions in Finland - here's Wikipedia article for them: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Federation_of_Miners.

    Based on the text 'due stamp', these were used to pay (membership?) due's. Here's some of your stamps on 'piece': http://www.workerseducation.org/crutch/constitution/wfmcard.html and http://www.pasty.com/reflections/id225.htm (very nice to see Finnish surname on this).

    -k-
    PS. Sorry for moving your question, but I thought it would attract more 'eyeballs' under the Q/A of US stamps.

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  • 2015-06-17 Jorma wrote on Q&A: US stamps
    Hi Keijo,I was wondering of these "stamps" I found from old envelope that I got from last finnish auction. They looks like as a stamp but I can´t find any informetion, pictures anywhere. I thin that WFM is some kind of local organisation in America but any information about these "stamps" helps me a lot - thanks 

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    Regards,Jorma

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  • 2015-06-16 Miguel wrote on Is a complete all-era worldwide stamp collection possible?
    Well, a worldwide complete stamp collection is probably beyond any reasonable chance of achieving it for even the most devoted stamp collector. I've seen some fellow commentators have detailed their way of dealing with the immense mass of stamps produced so far (and being constantly produced).

     

    I have set a time-border in 1959 (included), and to that date I collect all stamps issued. From 1960 onwards, when stamp production starts to mount to nowadays' permanent flux, I only collect definitives and engraved commemorative issues. That puts a limit to the collection and also, due to the decreasing engraved stamps produced, makes me dream of being able someday of being updated.

    Even with these limits a full stamps collection is, I guess, unachievable. But the fun is the same whatever the criteria chosen.

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  • 2015-06-13 Keijo wrote on Japan - Animal, plant and national treasure definitive series
    Bumb - article updated with images and information of the 2009-2014-releases. 

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  • 2015-06-13 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Corne... That's excellent news. Please let me know when #31 drops in (I used a large sized minisheet to pay postage of #31, and I'm wondering if it makes through without damages).

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  • 2015-06-12 Corne wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Dear Keijo

    I received your letter today for #24, thank you very much!  Next one on its way to you shortly!  Glad you liked #31!

     

    Corne

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  • 2015-06-12 Keijo wrote on Color variations on Zambian 3 ngwee National Dancing Troupe stamps
    @Malcolm... Thanks for the tip. I've still got plenty spares of these, so it will be easy to check.

    Re, Nigeria... I've noted. In addition there's some forgeries (of 20N) as well.

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  • 2015-06-12 malcolm hirst wrote on Color variations on Zambian 3 ngwee National Dancing Troupe stamps
    Keijo, You might like to check these under your uv lamp. I don't have many of this set ( I don't have the 3n at all) - but the 4n of the same series does appear with a bright flourescent reaction ( assuming this is not a reaction from the envelope).There are also some shade differences in the 1993 wildlife definitives of Nigeria.
    Malcolm

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  • 2015-06-12 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Steven... No worries. None of us are getting any younger (I'm approaching the 50-year landmark faster than I'd like to think, LOL).

    @Everyone... Updates on the exchange list. Received and sent back following lots

    #32 from Steven. Nice cover, but sadly all uncancelled. Nice mixture inside as well. Gilbert and Ellis Islands - :)

    #33 from Dave. Love the LOTR stamps; I hope you're into big boats because that's the theme of your cover (not sure if the sheet is soakable so I'd leave it on piece). Sadly I had most of the Christmas and definitive issues, and hence swap percentage remained low.

    #34 from Pawel... Still finding plenty of useful Japanese and Polish items ;)

    Responses to all mailed back today.

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  • 2015-06-11 Steven Reed wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Alas, my eyes aren't what they used to be.  Sorry about that, will do better in the future.  It's not like I don't have any stamps to send you ;)

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  • 2015-06-10 Gerben van Gelder wrote on From British Southeast Asia to Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia
    Keijo wrote on June 10, 2015:I must say I was bit worried if anybody would bother to a 6+ page (+images) article on topic. But you proved my fears wrong :)

     

    I would think many collectors are quite happy to have this 'entity' sorted out in an understandable way. Particularly since like you say the catalogs deal with it very differently - and none of them in a way that makes you get a grasp on things easily..... 

    Gerben

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  • 2015-06-10 Keijo wrote on From British Southeast Asia to Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia
    @Gerben...

    Great post. Impressive how you manage to translate this complex history of British Southeast Asia into manageable bites.


    Thanks. I must say I was bit worried if anybody would bother to a 6+ page (+images) article on topic. But you proved my fears wrong :)


    May be you could be more explicit about the context of Sungei Ujong. To my understanding it was one of the states that formed the federation of Negeri Sembilan – a federation within a federation as it were


    True. The Negeri Sembilan in itself is a federation (consisting of number of states, that have got sub-states within). AFAIK in 1870/90s British intevened with number of local states (for riches of the land of course), and gathered them as 'confederation' which ultimately became the current Negeri Sembilan.

    During the Japanese occupation I think one can determine three series of generic overprints – aside from a number of local overprints.


    True. I didn't mention any of these because I don't have any specimens to show (and most of them are pricey).


    Maybe mention the sultanates that were under Thai control during WWII for which the Thai issued stamps in 1943


    Yes, the Sirat Malai. I left it out intentionally because I have not yet worked my way to stamps and history of Thailand.

    Please also refer to my country profile on Malaysia


    This is why I wrote (in another time and place) 'Too bad you didn't publish this few weeks when I needed something like this desperately'. LOL.


    All in all I'm bit amazed how 'differently' stamp catalogs deal with the 'entity'. I used to like the way Michel put these out, but now that I know the history behind the area, I think they're doing a disservice by oversimplifying (even in greater detail than me).

    -keijo-

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  • 2015-06-09 Gerben van Gelder wrote on From British Southeast Asia to Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia
    Keijo

    Great post. Impressive how you manage to translate this complex history of British Southeast Asia into manageable bites. I have a few comments/questions:

    May be you could be more explicit about the context of Sungei Ujong. To my understanding it was one of the states that formed the federation of Negeri Sembilan - a federation within a federation as it were. Issues from Sungei Ujong were suppressed when the Federated Malay States are formed.During the Japanese occupation I think one can determine three series of generic overprints - aside from a number of local overprints. One is the 'Dai Nippon'  overprint. Before that there was a series with an overprint using the seal of the Japanese military postal authorities, later a series with an overprint in Japanese reading 'Greater Japanese post'. Maybe mention the sultanates that were under Thai control during WWII for which the Thai issued stamps in 1943.Please also refer to my country profile on Malaysia: http://www.stampworldhistory.com/country-profiles-2/asia/malaysia/

    I am curious to see what you think.

    Regards
    Gerben van Gelder

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  • 2015-06-08 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    @Gerben... Thanks for the tidbit. I just dug out my Zumstein Switzerland and they're listed in there as well.

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  • 2015-06-08 Keijo wrote on A Quick Review of Michel Russia Specialized Catalog
    @Milco...
    Any one who specialized in Russia, can not build collection following just Michel catalog!


    Same can be said about any country / catalog. The more sources, the better and more detailed overview one can receive...

    But I do think that the 'philosophy' of this specific catalog is bit flawed. It's leaving out the Soviet years (you can buy them as separate volume); there's nothing about the Zemstvo's, or the different republics, or... But that must have been an editorial decision (though curious minds would like to know).

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  • 2015-06-08 Gerben van Gelder wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    Michel refers to these as railway issues. They are listed in the Michel specialized catalog for Switzerland 

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  • 2015-06-08 Milco wrote on A Quick Review of Michel Russia Specialized Catalog
    So, I have one sample of it, what to say is just, that catalog is good made, and information provided are also good for standard collectors, dealers. But, if You wish to find more about material, You will need some other catalog also, for comparison, for research, for more information.... Any one who specialized in Russia, can not build collection following just Michel catalog!

     

     

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  • 2015-06-08 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    @Rick... So it seems, it even reads in three languages on the stamps ;)

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  • 2015-06-08 Rick Young wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    Keijo wrote on June 8, 2015 @Rick… Sorry, no quick id this time. I can see there’s some text on the top and sides, so can you provide a close-up

    Sorry I was so lazy. I was hoping my phone camera would be clear enough but it really was not. Anyway, I went online and searched the inscription and found out it is a Swiss railway stamp. Here's the image I found.

    image

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  • 2015-06-08 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    @Rick... Sorry, no quick id this time. I can see there's some text on the top and sides, so can you provide a close-up

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  • 2015-06-08 Rick Young wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    Keijo, I found this item stuck randomly in the back of a Switzerland specialist album with the postage dues and officials. Can you ID it for me please? Thanksimage

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  • 2015-06-06 Keijo wrote on My stamp collection
    @Jay... Thanks :)

    Re, the collection...You could start reading by 'Help, I inherited a stamp collection' article for starters.

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  • 2015-06-06 Jason Suzick wrote on My stamp collection
    Keijo,

    What a great collection. I have recently inherited a quite large selection of stamps possibly up to 100,000 stamps from all over the world. I have no connection to these stamps and am not interested in keeping them. I have done a little research on them and actually looks like i have some valuable ones. If you could give me some advice i would appreciate that. Thanks for your time.

    Best Regards,
    Big Jay 

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  • 2015-06-05 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Update on the exchanges list... Two lots for the week. 

    #30 from Steven. Nice mix of this and that as usual.  There were some foxed items as well as duplicates, hence the swap percentage remained a bit on the low side compared to 'usual'. 

    #31 from Corne... Lovely mix of South African homelands and worldwide stuff. Can't be nothing but amazed.

    Responses to both will be mailed on Saturday.

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  • 2015-06-05 Keijo wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    @Ivan... Happy to hear that there potentially yet another new tool entering the stamp inventory market. The more inventory products are out there, the better they will eventually get (at least I hope the competition will drive them to that).... My personal interest with this topic is largely from collector point of view, but being a geek (with proper skills & tools) I'm not excluding the possibility that I would not make a tool of my own when/if proper APIs surface ;)

    I agree a lot of what you wrote, especially about the 'big four' protecting their own solutions. It's a disgrace and it's genuinely hurting the hobby as a whole. But sadly there's very little we collectors can do besides not picking up the 'junky' products and offers. Ultimately (and hopefully) things's got to change.

    -k-

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  • 2015-06-05 Ivan wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    @ Keijo... thanks for the blog and discussions

    I am not a stamp collector, but I am interested in collectors software, because I am developing one (primary for numismatics but exploring possibility to use it for philately).

    I find many good ideas reading your site. I completely agree with the last paragraph you wrote. The software I am making is exactly that - stand alone plugin-enabled application, so beginner collector can use some basic plugins and use whole product for free, while advanced collector can use advanced functionality and data and pay more. As stand alone it is inventory app, when online, it can access catalogs, auction archives, bibliography and other data and make links to inventory.

    I think most collector software fails because they try to make their own catalog. As I said, it is impossible to maintain it for small company. Then they spend time updating catalog instead of improving product. I also like printed catalogs and don't want to (and can't) compete with them. Instead I want to promote them. Time will tell if this model can work, but I am making it possible to publish through my server app. The problem is that in philately there are 4 big players and they want to offer their own solution (which usually sucks big time). In numismatics it is more scattered and there is also plenty of good catalogs already in public domain to start with. And authors are usually very keen to give permission to use their catalog numbers. Now I have to go, there is collector fair today I want to attend :D

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  • 2015-06-05 Keijo wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    @Ivan... Thanks for the comment.

    From your description it seems you want a combination of inventory software and a catalog.


    Definitely. IMHO integration of catalog and inventory tools is an essential feature.


    I prefer a) since b) does not exist.


    And I'm with the option b), LOL.

    True, public APIs don't exist yet. But I'm quite optimistic that within the next 5-10 years (maybe even sooner) there will be big changes. It's not a matter of whether or not the publishers wish to provide public APIs, but it's something that they have to do in order to compete and survive against collaborative catalog projects.

    And yes, very likely they will fail not just once but maybe a couple of times before getting things right (and by right I mean easily available API-keys + pay-per-use pricing).


    There are many different types of collectors with different needs.


    True. And that's why I dislike the tools that try to cater 'everything for everyone'.

    From design / architecture point of view I'd prefer to see inventory tools that provide a minimal core, but that are extendable with plugins. This would also allow a growing business model/ecosystem around the inventory products instead of single mammoth-size projects that nobody really manages.

    -k-

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  • 2015-06-05 Keijo wrote on Five things you should know about stamp blogging
    @Kevin...

    If blogging paid my bills, that would be one thing, but I write in addition to working a full-time job, and that’s besides all of the other “real life” stuff.


    Not to mention the fact that we've got our own collections to play and work with. But yes, 'real life' does have a kind of annoying way to interfere writing (or maybe it's the other way around, LOL).

    -k-

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  • 2015-06-05 Ivan wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    Simple and highly customizable ;) Shouldn't  be 'or'?

    From your description it seems you want a combination of inventory software and a catalog.

    To create catalog on its own is impossible task

    - the amount of items is huge

    - you need to get complete data from somewhere (copyright issues)

    - you need to analyze prices (huge task or copy it from somewhere = copyright issues)

    - you need good quality pictures (copyright issues, database size)

    The solution would be:

    a) collaborative online catalog project with public interface to get catalog data and many inventory software could interface it

    b) established catalog company could provide such programming interface

    I prefer a) since b) does not exist. 

     

    I am not surprised if Scott or other catalog companies don't like if some software, which is trying to replace their paper catalogs, is using their numbers. If software uses only numbers and nothing else, it should only help their sales, but with more detail about the stamp, it becomes a competition.

     

    In my opinion, the inventory part should only contain common data (purchase and storage details), pictures and link to catalog. Plus some customizable data templates that could be attached to each item (based on user preference). 

    I would also expect good report engine and report designer for advanced users.

     

    There are many different types of collectors with different needs. For example more serious collectors who buy stamps on auctions and spend > $1000 per stamp would like to have access to world stamp auctions (archive and future) . Some would may like typical social network functionality - chat and discussions with other collectors, swapping, etc. Integration with Ebay would be great too.

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  • 2015-06-05 Kevin wrote on Five things you should know about stamp blogging
    Well put. Blogging is serious work! Even if you're not actively writing something, you have to be planning ahead and thinking about what you're going to write. Also, as you point out, time constraints are very real. If blogging paid my bills, that would be one thing, but I write in addition to working a full-time job, and that's besides all of the other "real life" stuff.

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  • 2015-06-02 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Dave... Thanks for the heads up. I'm definitely looking forward to receiving your lot.

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  • 2015-06-02 Keijo wrote on Philatelic Resources
    @Gerben... Actually the pleasure was all mine. Excellent (stamp related) resources don't come up that often...Wish that you get a lot of joy and fun with your project.

    -k-

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  • 2015-06-02 Dave wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Keijo,

    I've just posted a small lot of NZ stamps to you. I managed to find a complete set of "The Two Towers" stamps to put on as postage for you :) Unfortunately there is no hand-stamping where I live—in fact, I'd be hard pressed to think of anywhere in NZ that still does that :( 

    Hopefully you can find something useful in there and push up that percentage of NZ stamps in your collection!
    Regards

    Dave

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  • 2015-06-01 Gerben van Gelder wrote on Philatelic Resources
    Keijo

    Thanks for putting StampWorldHistory.com on your resources list. I know how critical you are. I guess your site was one of the sources of inspiration to start a site of my own.

    Regards
    Gerben van Gelder

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  • 2015-06-01 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Everyone... Just a quick update that during the summer months (June, July, and possibly August) I will handle incoming exchange lots only once or twice a week (either Wednesday and Friday, or just Friday)  instead of the current daily updates (when applicable).   

    This is just another routine that I'm using to 'weed' myself away from the computer /blog / internet for the summer. 

    -k-

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  • 2015-06-01 Keijo wrote on Five things you should know about stamp blogging
    @Ian... True, years go by way too quickly (and kids are a painful reminder of that. Why/when/how did they become so big so soon...).

    Good pointer about apologizing (as well as having backups on everything). Words are indeed the deadliest weapon ever, and a poor choice of words can create a lot of mayhem even if not intended. Non-visual communication is genuinely hard...

    -k-

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  • 2015-06-01 Ian Billings wrote on Five things you should know about stamp blogging
    Keijo, you and I started blogging in earnest at about the same time. It's hard to believe that time has gone so quickly!But everything you have written in this message is absolutely spot on!    I would add one thing:If you are wrong, or have offended someone, then admit it, apologise - and change the blog if necessary (but keep a copy of what you originally wrote!)

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  • 2015-05-31 Keijo wrote on Five things you should know about stamp blogging
    @Jim... Thanks.

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  • 2015-05-31 jim jackson wrote on Five things you should know about stamp blogging
    Keijo-

    I especially agree that a worthwhile stamp blog is "serious work", but fun too. ;-)

    Have a good summer break! 

    Jim

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  • 2015-05-31 Keijo wrote on Is a complete all-era worldwide stamp collection possible?
    @Michael... Yes, Michel (as well as Stanley Gibbons, Yvert, and Scott) list also the rarities.

    All the catalogs mentioned are split into number of volumes ordered either by alphabetic or geographic / political order. There's simply too many stamps to cover in single volume; the only exceptions to this rule are 'classic era' (1840-1900 / 1840-1940) special catalogs where the world still fits into a single volume.

    All in all the catalog publisher websites are the best resource for information about their products (here are links to corresponding websites: Michel, Yvert, Scott, SG).

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  • 2015-05-31 Michael Rosenberg wrote on Is a complete all-era worldwide stamp collection possible?
    I thank you for answering me back so quickly and thank you for the advise. I would like to know if you could help me with 2 things the Michel stamp catalogs. Do they include rare stamps that maybe only one or a few even exist for example the British Guiana 1-cent Magenta Stamp (1856), is it in the book, etc. Also I would like to know which catalog is for the entire world or is it split into different areas and as a result different volumes

    Thank you

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  • 2015-05-30 Keijo wrote on Five things you should know about stamp blogging
    @Catalin...

    It’s interesting especially the fifth, blogging being mostly study, so hard work, but fun enough, because succeed so you increase your area of interest.


    IMO the process is very similar to building a page/collection for display purposes. Only the output format differs.

    I believe that a good feedback for a particular post you write does more than 10 likes, so the comments bring always value to your blog.


    Definitely agree. Sometimes it's amazing how different (and new) views readers come up.

    The problem may be the language in which we write the blog! For example, for my blog, I prefer to use my native language, but I added a translation tool for those interested to translate in their language. I would like to know your opinion about this.


    I think it genuinely works well enough (at least on most languages) For example I follow (and sometimes even participate) on number of 'foreign' stamp sites/communities that would be otherwise incomprehensible. The output may not have perfect grammar all the time, but who cares as long as you can understand the message.

    -k-

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  • 2015-05-30 Catalin Cofaru wrote on Five things you should know about stamp blogging
    Very good these tips! It's interesting especially the fifth, blogging being mostly study, so hard work, but fun enough, because succeed so you increase your area of interest.

    I believe that a good feedback for a particular post you write does more than 10 likes, so the comments bring always value to your blog. The problem may be the language in which we write the blog! For example, for my blog, I prefer to use my native language, but I added a translation tool for those interested to translate in their language. I would like to know your opinion about this.

    Best wishes! Catalin

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  • 2015-05-30 Keijo wrote on Five things you should know about stamp blogging
    @Gareth... You've definitely got a good start in there. Just keep on exploring and unravelling the challenges you come across, and I'm sure it will attract even more eyeballs.

    -k-

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  • 2015-05-30 Gerben van Gelder wrote on Is a complete all-era worldwide stamp collection possible?
    Hi Keijo

    Excellent advice. Might I add maybe three considerations:

    Stanley Gibbons country/region catalogs do not have worldwide coverage.There is a notable difference in comprehensiveness between Scott/Yvert & Tellier and Stanley Gibbons Stamps of the World. Both in varieties listed and in number of stamp issuing entities listed. If one were to call the Michel catalog 'excellent', one could call Scott and Yvert 'good' and Stanley Gibbons 'poor'. (Number of stamp issuing entities listed per catalog:  Michel: 2654, Yvert 2144, Scott 2064 and SG 1695.)A practical consideration is what catalog is most used in your country. Buying or exchanging stamps using the numbering system of the standard catalog in our country saves you from a lot of hassle in converting the numbers from one system to another. Of course this is more important when dealing in the world of bricks than when dealing in the world of clicks. Regards

    Gerben van Gelder

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  • 2015-05-29 Gareth Bell wrote on Five things you should know about stamp blogging
    Hi there,

    Thankyou for your advise. I have literally just started a blog about Chinese stamps. It is very new and exciting at the moment. When it comes to stamp collecting, well all areas of philately for that matter, I consider myself a total novice. So when I inherited my Grandfather's stamp collection a number of months back I was faced with looking on Google for an expert in philately that could give me a valuation. Not that I was going to sell them that is, just that it felt important to have them insured properly if they turned out to be valuable. Then it got me thinking. As a student of history, in my third year, I thought that I may be able to write a blog about my journey to unravel the stamps in the collection and also chart any stumbling blocks along the way. In time I intend to add a potted history to blog. At the same time I have set up a Google plus community page, I now have  an incredible 11 members, that look to be following my blog also. I have pasted some links below and I hope that you could have a quick read and comment. Again Thank you for this blog, as I continue to research, learn and share my findings.

    Thankyou
    Gareth

    Twitter @stampphilatelic 
    Blogger stampphilatelic.blogspot.co.uk 
    Google+ Amazing Stamps of China

     

     

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  • 2015-05-29 Keijo wrote on Mounting stamp collections digitally
    @Retronatrix.... My pleasure :)

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  • 2015-05-29 Retronatrix wrote on Mounting stamp collections digitally
    Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

    Thank you!!!

    I have been scanning my stamps in small batches to put individually posted to my blog as I document and put them in my album. I like having the backup online for an emergency if something gets damaged or what have you and also to interest non collectors. I've always wanted to find a way to present them nicer and more like an album and this is perfect.

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  • 2015-05-28 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Paul from Romania (lot #19)... I just came back from the post office where they had returned my letter to you(sent 24/4/2015, arrived to Iasi on 28/4/2015). 

    Your address had been pencilled over, and there was all sorts of markings on the back of the letter. I think this means that the address was dead?  Could you please re-submit your mailing address, and I'll get the stamps on their way to You. 



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  • 2015-05-28 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Update on the exchange list... Received lot #29 from Sarah. Very nice cover (finally got the Batman stamps nicely cancelled :)  And the contents of the lot was very nice as well ... Take a look of the first stamp on the bottom row. New Caledonia is very uncommon stamp country; I think the last time I saw/got used stamp from there was few years back. And I've seen plenty of stamps in between. So this definitely made my day :)   Anyway, response will be placed on mail later today. 

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  • 2015-05-28 Keijo wrote on Is a complete all-era worldwide stamp collection possible?
    Hi Michael,

    and thanks for the questions. Below you read further I'd like to highlight that the below are just my personal preferences/opinions, and you might like to try out different alternatives before committing to anything particular.

    1) What source could you recommend either online or printed that is the most comprehensive source for all stamps that have been issues ever (that also includes different varieties , etc ).


    If you can manage German language, then the Michel catalogs are way to go. They're the most comprehensive option for the worldwide collector. All in all there's about 20 extremely thich volumes (and dozens of specialized titles); most volumes are priced at 50-100€ each.

    If the resource has to be in English, then Stanley Gibbons country/region albums would be the winner. I think there are 30-40 different volumes with cost from 20-50£ each.

    The others... Well, you asked for most comprehensive alternatives. Scott and Yvert (and Stanley Gibbons Stamps of The World) are fairly simplified, and as such they don't fare in comparison. And the online alternatives are more or less on the 'simplified' category as well. So in short you get what you pay for.

    Due to high total cost most collectors build their personal library over the years (buying just one or two new catalogs per year), or buy second hand copies (postage costs usually being more than the price paid ), or use public libraries (doesn't cost you dime).

    You can see/read some catalog and resource reviews here.


    2) the best stamp pages and or album for stamps in your opinion, as well as the best place to get updates on stamps that are released during the year


    If you want to go with stamp album pages, then Steiner pages are the way go (read review here). They're not perfect, but the same applies also to 'commercial alternatives'.

    The subscription price is somewhat cheap, but on the other hand you'll have to buy the proper (archive quality) paper, proper ink, maintain the printer etc. So in the end it becomes a somewhat expensive storage system (read/review cost comparison).


    the best way to put the stamps on the pages if their is a better way than using the hinge method.


    If money is no objection, then use stock pages combined to high quality Lighthouse/Lindner binder.

    If you play on the budget, then use stock books. Again Lighthouse and Linder are good brands.

    If you are keen on using 'printed album pages' instead of stock pages/books, then you might want to take a look of the self-adhesive mounts (they're one step further from the lick'n'stick mounts; pricewise as well, LOL). The hinges (as well as stamp albums) are more or less 'US thing' whereas rest of the world has moved on to other storage methods.


    Hope these responses get you going.

    -k-

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  • 2015-05-28 Michael Rosenberg wrote on Is a complete all-era worldwide stamp collection possible?
    Hello Keijo

    I am a new stamp collector and I would like to know if you could help me with a few questions. I am looking to collect both USA and worldwide stamps.

    1) What source could you recommend either online or printed that is the most comprehensive source for all stamps that have been issues ever (that also includes different varieties , etc ).

    2) the best stamp pages and or album for stamps in your opinion, as well as the best place to get updates on stamps that are released during the year

    3) the best way to put the stamps on the pages if their is a better way than using the hinge method.

    Thank you very much   

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  • 2015-05-27 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Miquel... Yes, it was cancelled nicely :)

    Spain sheet

    I must say that I'm feeling humbled that you can buy stamps/sheets like this at post offices. I was lucky to get just a pair of 'school graduation' greeting stamps to my outgoing letter to you; everything else was sold out (it's graduation week/weekend and I can understand why they stock that specific stamp in large numbers). It seems I'll have to place a mail order to philatelic GPO to get some 'more special' items to my outgoing mail.

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  • 2015-05-27 Miguel wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Nice to hear that it arrived undamaged and I presume postmarked. A used specimen will be a XXIst century rarity! I am very pleased that you liked it.

    For the reader's info, this is the minisheet. It is engraved (not a picture) and measures 220 x 170 mm and shows the city of Toledo. It was issued in 2014, but can still be found in the Barcelona GPO (and I presume in Madrid as well).

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  • 2015-05-27 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Yet another update on the exchange list... Todays mail brought a fabulous cover (#28) from Miquel. And it's Fabulous with capital letter; the minisheet on top of the letter is huge (about the size of stock page) :) So my humblest thanks :)  

    Re the contents... Still doing great.  Found quite many French stamps that will add my collection :)   

    I'll be placing response on the mail later today. 

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  • 2015-05-27 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods
    @Gerben... That is excellent information :)

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  • 2015-05-27 Gerben van Gelder wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods
    Hey Keijo/Jeannine

    I think Supersafe is a brand name from a US manufacturer called Vidiforms. Here's the site: http://www.showgard.com/about_us.cfm.

    Regards Gerben

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  • 2015-05-26 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Update on the exchange lists... After a 'silent week' received (a nice looking) swap cover (#27) from Markus, Austria.  

    As far as contents go, there were useful bits of this and that.  As I already had most of the French, Icelandic and Spanish stamps, the total swap percentage remained somewhat low (sorry).    I'll be placing response cover on the mail tomorrow morning. 

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  • 2015-05-26 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods
    @Jeannine... Sorry. Don't have any information about that. If you ask your local reseller the question, he/she might be able to provide you with an answer.

    I've always thought SuperSafe to be an 'export brand' of some bigger Dutch manufacturers (Davo, Prinz, Importa), but it's possible that I'm all wrong. All in all I haven't seen SuperSafe stockbooks much outside UK and US.

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