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  • 2015-03-02 Keijo wrote on Keeping a worldwide stamp collection in order
    @Mark... May I suggest you take a look of what I'm doing with postal entities list. It shows how I'm doing the continents, countries, splits etc. (and yes, it's still a work in progress and subject for minor changes as my collection becomes more detailed).

    But you've definitely done a wise move in ordering more stock books. You can never ever have too much storage, and it will ultimately give you a much cleaner looking stamp area (assuming you keep on buying new stock books as you get more stamps).

    -k-

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  • 2015-03-02 Mark wrote on Keeping a worldwide stamp collection in order
    I have always had my own collection of stamps, started when I was probably about 8 and I at least bought the first day editions until I was about 16. Then I collected a few on my travels. But recently I have been left an inheritance of about 10 stock books, but they are mixed up, alphabetically, by mint/used, even by date. So I have finally bitten the bullet, ordered more stock books and decided it is time to re-organise.

    I am expecting to have seperate books for each continent but can't even decide how many continents there are, and do I have a special one for Antarctica or do I add the 12 stamps to another album? 

    Do I have a seperate one for Australia or does it become Australasia?

    Both America's together?

    Does Middle East warrant it's own book?

    My largest number of stamps is easily UK and they are already organised into their own 4 books by date order.

    Do I post Hungary under "H" or "M"?

    Switzerland under "H" or "S"?

    Apart from hours of dedication in re-organising, I really want to consider how best to seperate the Continents.

    Any ideas????

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  • 2015-03-02 William wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    Hi

    Thanks for the responses.I do not want to share the source code as I use it in other programs as well.I have found a free hosting site and uploaded the old web page you can find it here [added by Keijo: beware of ad-popups] if anyone wants to look at it. DO NOT AND I REPEAT DO NOT CLICK ON THE PAYPAL LINK OR ADDRESS LINKS AS THESE ARE OUT OF DATE AND YOU WILL GET NO RESPONSE.

    I have just moved to Portugal and I am trying to get my main computer up and running again. As soon as this happens i will modify the web page and upload a zip file of the programme.This will happen in the next couple of months so please bear with me lots of other stuff to do as well. Please leave any comments on this blog or if anyone can start a new one it would be great as I intend to keep developing the software and add more data when possible.

    Kind Regards
    William

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  • 2015-02-28 Keijo wrote on Confusion over Peru overprints during the War of the Pacific
    @Jim... Thanks for the praise :) Trust me when I say that I had a blast putting the pieces of this puzzle together...

    There is indeed still much Peruvian resentment about the outcome of the War of the Pacific, and the present day Chilean “superior” attitude.


    Yes. I've read about that (I think it was an article in National Geographic)...

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  • 2015-02-28 jim jackson wrote on Confusion over Peru overprints during the War of the Pacific
    Absolutely excellent mixture of real history, philatelic history, and sleuthing out  the stamps in your collection. I love it!

    I, for one, wasn't aware that the 1881 "Lima" stamps were issued as  part of the Chilean occupation.
     
    As far as the Scott illustration of "YCA" overprint, I'm not saying that it is a counterfeit ( I have no specific knowledge), but I am aware that ,when they began illustrating the stamps in color for their catalogue beginning in 2003, some counterfeits and overprint counterfeits did creep in. I discovered one of them (for Batum) and alerted them (They then changed it). So, yes, don't trust, and verify. ;-)

    Excellent discovery that the "YCA" was actually a cancellation on your stamp. Scott does make mention, for the YCA section, that some overprints may be "merely cancellations".

    Keijo- if this is the quality of posts we can expect for the Premium membership, I'm glad I signed up. :-)

    I recently met a professor of Latin American History from our University who happens to from Peru. We had a discussion about Chile and Peru, and their relationship. There is indeed still much Peruvian resentment about the  outcome of the War of the Pacific, and the present day Chilean "superior" attitude.

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  • 2015-02-28 Keijo wrote on SCB visits Aland Islands
    @Miquel... That was fortunately just the 'official' welcome sign. The Ålandians themself are very friendly bunch...

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  • 2015-02-28 Miguel wrote on SCB visits Aland Islands
    Well, that suffices. IMHO a welcome in Finnish, even if it's not official in the islands, would have been warmer for the countrymen.

     

     

     

     

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  • 2015-02-28 Keijo wrote on SCB visits Aland Islands
    @Miquel...

    I thought (and still think) that the Aland Islands were Finnish soil too!


    Technically they are. But in practice kind of not... This is not the best photo, but hope it suffices:

    Welcome to Aland Island autonomous and demilitarized zone

    There are so many exceptions with the usual Finnish system that it's pretty much like going abroad.


    @vijay...


    A friend of mine sends me Aland FDC’s regularly.


    That is one nice collection of Alands stamps/FDCs you've got on your blog. And that is definitely a very good friend you've got in there.

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  • 2015-02-28 Vijay Kapre wrote on SCB visits Aland Islands
    I love Aland stamps too. A friend of mine sends me Aland FDC's regularly.

    Your friend Vijay

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  • 2015-02-27 Miguel wrote on SCB visits Aland Islands
    Nice post, as usual. 

    You say that you were getting back to Finnish soil. Well, I thought (and still think) that the Aland Islands were Finnish soil too! 

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  • 2015-02-27 Keijo wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    @Bill....

    Both said that the post offices are closed on Saturdays.


    Wonderful information. Thanks for making the effort to check this... I assume they were not open on Sundays (25th Nov 1970) either ;) So basically the first day/release occurred on date when post offices where not even open....So Stan's excellent pondering hit the nail.

    (Now I'm just wondering...If most of the stamp information is on various databases, how come editors/nobody has ever thought of cross-checking the weekdays when stamps were supposedly issued. It might be an efficient way to catch some errors )


    Please let me know when you receive them.

    Certainly.

    I am also accumulating a lot of cancelled souvenir sheets, are you interested?

    You bet :)

    -k-

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  • 2015-02-27 Keijo wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    @Keith...
    How do we make contact with @William ?


    Ï recommend everybody waits till William gets the project uploaded / hosted on some of the places I recommended. After that the he simply has to share the direct URL where the software/source files can be freely downloaded by anyone... That way things will be much more efficient than me acting as the 'middle-man' passing emails between individuals. Hope everybody agrees my point of view.

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  • 2015-02-27 Bill wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    Hi,

    I live in the bush when I am in Togo, don't get out much on weekends. So I called a couple of friends in Lome and Sokode, the two largest cities in Togo. Both said that the post offices are closed on Saturdays.

     

    P.S. There are a couple of envelopes in the mail headed your way, including more Togo. Please let me know when you receive them. I am also accumulating a lot of cancelled souvenir sheets, are you interested?

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  • 2015-02-27 Keith wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    How do we make contact with @William ?

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  • 2015-02-26 Rick Young wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    Your idea of going with the extremes was what I eventually started doing. Thanks. :)

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  • 2015-02-26 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    @Rick... You're heading into snake's nest with this series (speaking with experience). But as I don't have a specialized Dutch catalog, I really can't provide the tidbits.

    Based on Michel most values come on both normal and phosphorescent (tagged) paper, but Michel gives no further details about paper differences (though I recall reading something about them somewhere). The only exception is 12c bluegreen that comes also with fluorescent paper (this is likely the bright yellow you are seeing). With used/soaked stamps there are so many things that affect on what the stamps looks under UV, that I'd just go with the extremes (no reaction whatsoever vs. bright vs. yellow).

    But hopefully somebody with better resources chimes in...

    -k-

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  • 2015-02-26 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Allan,

    I wrote "with a margin of 2mm"... The cover in itself was about 1.8cm thick (though I didn't squeeze it flat; didn't want to damage stamps); the maximum allowed height is 2cm.

    But yes... This letter thickness thing can get confusing. Not sure if the 2cm is universal or not, but at least on domestic level they are using 3cm.

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  • 2015-02-26 Rick Young wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    I'm sorting through the 1953-71 Queen Juliana's of the Netherlands. I have about 500 of them and did not find one with a control number which indicates a coil. Also, more to my issue, I am trying to distinguish ordinary paper from phosphorescent paper. I have a UV light, but even then it is difficult to tell. Some look dull, under the light, some look bright white one edges and Queen, and others look bright yellow. Also, some of the paper looks shine and tends to curl a bit around a vertical center axis. Are there different types of phosphorescence? Does the type of paper (shiny vs. dull) give a hint about whether they are phosphorescent? Thanks!

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  • 2015-02-26 allan ward wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Keijo,do you really mean 2 millimetres?   Are you sure it's not 2 centimetres  re. our earlier discussions.   In the UK if an envelope is over 1 centimetre thick it is classed as a parcel which is the rate I paid.  It goes as 'International Post' - but perhaps this is only for the Royal Mail, and is not standard throughout the EU?   Confused?  Me too.   LOL!    Best wishes.

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  • 2015-02-26 Keijo wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    @Mats...

    A/ There is in the end of Michel for Romania always a little bit about the Odessa overprints, with a pretty good value for them. As far as I´ve been told these are just bogus. But they keep on getting listed. The same goes for a lot of values in the Kolumnea C.M.T. overprints.


    Excellent tidbit. Thanks for sharing.



    Well, I guess that if they did their job perfectly then there would be no need for sites like romaniastamps


    So true. LOL.

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  • 2015-02-26 Keijo wrote on Romanian reprints of 1950s
    @Mats...
    if you´re into Romania you will soon learn to recognize the CTOs, gum or no gum.


    Totally agree with you on this.

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  • 2015-02-26 Mats Blückert wrote on Romanian reprints of 1950s
    I will look in to this, would be a fun extra to add to my Specialised Romania catalogue - if differences are big enough to be distinguished. As for CTOs, if you´re into Romania you will soon learn to recognize the CTOs, gum or no gum.

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  • 2015-02-26 Mats Blückert wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    Just chipping in with a note from my field:

    A/ There is in the end of Michel for Romania always a little bit about the Odessa overprints, with a pretty good value for them. As far as I´ve been told these are just bogus. But they keep on getting listed. The same goes for a lot of values in the Kolumnea C.M.T. overprints.

    B/ It´s understandable that there is no room in Michel for all the varieties of the older issues. It´s strange though that a lot of modern varieties are unmentioned.Well, I guess that if they did their job perfectly then there would be no need for sites like romaniastamps :-)

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  • 2015-02-26 Keijo wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    @William... As I think your question might attract a wider audience, I'm going to respond this publicly.

    I was selling this program on the web but have now retired and would like to make it available for free to all collectors if you or anyone can help then please contact me by email.


    I'd say your best bet is to 'open source' your software. There's a number of channels (SourceForge, Google Code Project, Github etc) to do it, but as each has got different set of requirements, it's hard to say which ones you'd qualify and which ones not. So basically you would have to do some research... But after that it's basically a matter of choosing the proper license, uploading the source files (and assets), and you're done. After that it would be online 'forever' and freely available to all.

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  • 2015-02-26 keijo wrote on SCB turns six - a new look and some new features
    OK folks... Time to unwrap yet another new feature for you to play with.   

    As many regular users likely know, the search functionality of the blog hasn't been that good.  By default it's been limited to article and page content only, leaving the comments (which are very plenty and full of useful tidbits) totally out of the picture.  Well, that is no more as SCB has got a brand new custom search that is capable of digging even deeper and more accurately. 

    That said, there are few captcha's with this new search as well... 

    First, the new search doesn't include pages  (such as my exchange, my collection, or resources). I've created this limitation knowingly simply because the nature of content of pages is so different from the rest of the blog/site.  I don't think a person looking for information about 'Germany' wants to see the statistics of my collection, instead he/she is after the articles and discussions on topic. 

    Second, the new search works best when you search with 1-3 word descriptions. Unlike the previous search that was seeking any of the words from search phrase, this new search looks for exact phrase match.  So yes, you will get less (if any) results, but they will match precisely what you are looking for. 

    Third, by default the search always looks only within the article content. But you can extend it to include comments only, or both article and comment contents simply by selecting the the desired option. 

    And finally, this search is 100% custom made for SCB. So it's got some unfinished rough edges, but I'll work on those over time...

    As always, hope you'll have fun with this. 

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  • 2015-02-26 william wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    Hi

    As a whole world collector myself I had problems cataloging and displaying my stamps. So I wrote a program to catalog the collection with, and have entered data on thousands of stamps.The program also produces album pages for your collection and supports the addition of catalog data from any catalog which can be shared between other program users. The stamps also have an image attached etc. You simply tell the program how many of a certain stamp you have and it does the rest.The program requires no installation and runs off a 4GB memory stick which can be moved computer to computer.I was selling this program on the web but have now retired and would like to make it available for free to all collectors if you or anyone can help then please contact me by email.

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  • 2015-02-24 Keijo wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    @Stan... Thanks for chiming in. I thought you might have some good data on topic as you've been working with StampData so long.

    That said, it did not occur to me to check what weekday 24.10.1970 might have been... It turns up it's Saturday. Now the big question is where post offices in Togo open on Saturdays (Bill, if you're reading this, please share your knowledge about local conditions).

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  • 2015-02-24 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Just a quick update on two things... 

    For starters,  the first swap of the season, a test swap with Allan has been completed...  This was to see how well the new rules work in practice... Allan wanted to sent more than the recommended 300 stamps, and I can say that's it 'do-able' assuming everything fits within the required thickness.  That said, I'm not raising the recommended maximum limit of 300 stamps because the letter I'm about to send back to Allan makes it barely with margin of about 2mm (I did add a stock card as stiffener, Allan didn't use anything - and it showed on the cover I received). It's very much tied to size of stamps... 500 small stamps requires less space than say 300 very large sized stamps.

    Secondly... I'm still keeping my exchange on hold at least for few more weeks... My father was supposed to have the surgery last week, but it got postponed once more, and the next surgical evaluation is done on March 10th... If they still decide not to operate, then it's likely not going to happen never. But it's better to be safe than sorry. 

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  • 2015-02-24 Stan Shebs wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    This particular case may be a policy disagreement more than listing error.  A precancel reading "24. 10. 1970" doesn't mean that actual stamps were being sold at a post office on that day, for instance.  Worse, even in this day and age of formal first-day ceremonies, there have been plenty of actual sales before the official first day, so if one strictly applies the "sold at a post office" rule, then the EKU should be the real first day for the stamp, not the official one.  It can also happen that the official first day that happens to fall on a day where the country's post offices are closed, and so while one might be able to get favor cancels by prior arrangement, purists will say that those are just another philatelic scam and not valid usages.Going back further, you have cases where, say, a colonial issue is on sale in a European capital while the stamp shipment is still enroute to the colony.  Is the first day the "first day on sale anywhere in the world" or "first day on sale in the territory where valid"?So catalog editors quickly find themselves in the position of having to reconcile contradictory information.  One of the things I've been doing with StampData.com is to accumulate data from other online catalogs, sort of like a stamp-specific Google, and to collate them. I can tell you that there are *thousands* of discrepancies, and spot checking against print catalogs suggests that most of them originate with inconsistencies there.

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  • 2015-02-24 Keijo wrote on SCB visits Aland Islands
    @Ray...

    I wonder how many post office they have in the entire islands.


    According to their website there's one terminal, three post offices + 15 'service counters' (where you can get/send mail) operated by third party business.



    Can’t wait to see an article about Aland in the near future.


    Not sure if there will be more than this. It really depends really on whether or not I find anything 'write-worthy' from this lot... That said, I'm already loving the 'smiling guy-statue' stamp that's almost on the center of the pic...It looks so happy, LOL.

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  • 2015-02-24 Ray wrote on SCB visits Aland Islands
    From the picture it looks super attractive.  I wonder how many post office they have in the entire islands. I see some ATM stamps as well on the pic. Interesting and yet, beautiful. Can't wait to see an article about Aland in the near future. I'm starting get interested. oops...

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  • 2015-02-23 Keijo wrote on SCB visits Aland Islands
    @Ray... Well, I did manage to bring a goodie-bag with me. About 200grams of Aland kiloware (mostly clipped from first day covers, but also postally used)...

    Aland stamps kiloware

    Super-duper happy with it :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)


    @josep... Will send you email in few minutes time. Please check your inbox.

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  • 2015-02-23 Keijo wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    @Ben....

    I finally found what I want and what you perhaps need.


    I agree with you that using efficient picture metadata/managers might be a partial solution to the problem. For example I'm using Adobe Bridge myself (which is very similar to tool you referred) to manage some of my digital stamp data. And likely I could do the same with free tools such as Google's Picasa as well...

    The trouble with tools like this is that these tools are built as digital media managers. You can do all sorts of fancy and nice stuff relating to images, but they've got limits if you extend. For example I could record catalog values, countries etc. as metadata. But what about getting actual reports out of those? For example getting a total of catalog value would be impossible to count.

    -k-

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  • 2015-02-23 Josep wrote on SCB visits Aland Islands
    Hello Keijo,

    Congratulations for your blog.Related to your visit to Aland, please, could you contact me by email ?

    Many thanks !
    Josep

     

     

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  • 2015-02-23 Keijo wrote on Top 5 free online stamp catalogues reviewed
    Hi Kon,

    Happy to hear you're liking the blog.

    I hope that I have your permission to share it with my readers in my personal philatelic blog.


    Publishing the entire article 'as is' is NOT ok... On the bottom of each page there is a very simple copyright statement that simply disallows it ('All original content and images of this blog is under copyright protection; any kind of reproduction of full contents without permission of the owner is hereby denied. All Rights Reserved'). And I'm not willing to make exceptions on this, sadly. I know this policy is not the nicest one, but I've spend quite a lot of time and thought for the content of these articles, and I'd hate to see them misused (it's happened before, and I'm sure it will happen ok).

    So please, could you take down the article you copied.

    What you can do is either link to the this article anywhere on your site, or build your own article about the same topic (and reference my opinions).

    Hope you do understand my view point.

    -k-

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  • 2015-02-23 Ray wrote on SCB visits Aland Islands
    Nice report from Aland! There are many travel blogs talking about Aland but never saw one writing from a philatelic point of view. I wish you had a good time there and share on this blog anything you have got back from Aland. 

    Ray

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  • 2015-02-23 Ben wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    Hi all of you,

    After 5 hours of research and tests, I finally found what I want and what you perhaps need.This professional program is called Daminion, it is free, and it's not meant to be for stamps, but for photography. But are we not dealing with photo, pictures of stamps with metadatas You can edit metadatas (many) to some extend, have an overall view of your collection,and categorize as much as you want. Does the metadatas fields are excatly the one you want, no, but near enough for me :) Oh, yes, theres one restriction : a maximum of 15 ooo images / catalogue, with the possibility of buying space (see site).So that's it, hope it helps!

    Ben

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  • 2015-02-22 Grekiotis wrote on Top 5 free online stamp catalogues reviewed
    Dear friends

    I have just subscribe to your newsletter and I'm happy that my good luck help me to find your intresting webpage. This article is really important and I hope that I have your permission to share it with my readers in my personal philatelic blog. I thank you in advance

    Kon Grekiotis

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  • 2015-02-22 Keijo wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    @Eric... I believe that all catalogs are heading there; except the free part (it's simply out of their option list). So yes, the next 10-15 years will be interesting ones to follow... I just fear that we'll see quite many miserable failures and attempts before a genuinely working solution is found. So at least I will be putting my money on print catalogs for the time being (while I still can... I truly fear the day when the end of print catalogs is announced. ).

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  • 2015-02-22 Eric wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    The first of the major catalogs to take themselves fully online, free,and with a Wikipedia type system for collectors to add information, detail, and historical background information, will put all of the other catalogs out of business.

    Imagine if for any stamp or set of stamps, any collector could add to it with photos, details, error information, scans of covers, scans of color varieties, etc., etc. etc.

    Whichever major catalog does this - wins.

    (Stampworld is a good start - But, it would be quite an effort to get their numbering system used by collectors)

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  • 2015-02-21 Keijo wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it?
    @Lilly... Without an actual image of the stamps you are basically asking 'how long is a piece of string'.

    That said, most US stamps issued after 1930 are worth their face value (few cents) on tops. The only exception is if the stamps are graded by trusted third party, in which case they are usually worth 5-35$ each (if the stamps are in a sealed plastic case with sticker that reads PSE, then there is a pretty good change they are graded).

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  • 2015-02-21 Lilly Smith wrote on Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What do I do with it?
    I have a small collection of stamps from 1939 to 1942. They are all in perfect condition and in order. They are all in individual plastic cases and placed on the paper with the name of the stamp and the issued date. They all represent an important event that happened in that time frame. 

    For example, I have "The Golden Gate Exposition stamp" it was issued February 18, 1939 in San Francisco California.  Another stamp is the "Panama Canal stamp" issued August 15, 1939 in the Canal Zone. I also have the "Statehood Commemorative stamp" issued November 2, 1939 in Bismarck.  I also have the "Belgium Stamp, it was part of the overrun Countries Series, I have all of them. I have the "Chinese resistance stamp" issued July 7, 1942. The "Win the War stamp" issued July 4th, 1942. And many more.

     I'm not sure what its worth or if its worth anything, so if you have any information, that would be great. I would really appreciate some feedback.

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  • 2015-02-19 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Hungary
    @Rene... That sounds like you're having the 'usual' treatment when you come up with something that contradicts the catalogs.

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  • 2015-02-19 Rene wrote on Q&A: stamps of Hungary
    Keijo:  sorry didn't get back to you ... I did write  to the Scott people who suggested that maybe my perforation gauge was the problem... both of them... I did wonder about that, but since you have found the same 'issue" with those stamp as I have, I'm guessing it isn't the perf gauge.

     I also to a couple dealers and organizations that deal with Hungarian stamps.  one of them replied, but only suggested that perhaps (unknown to them) that I may have a variety that is not recorded.So I must say I have not had much success... but I haven't given up.  I have some other locations I want to try.  I will keep you posted

    Rene

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  • 2015-02-18 Keijo wrote on Hotels, lodges and resorts of Romania definitive stamp series of 1991
    Hi Mats,

    nice to see you around in long time.

    I would be overjoyed if we could work out a catalog of this issue...


    I'd love to promise myself into this, but I fear you'll end up on having a long wait before I get back to You (busy, busy, busy...).

    But hopefully some day I can find some time.

    so far I haven´t earned a penny on romaniastamps...So, looking at what you do and thinking .-)


    If it's of any comfort, it's pretty much the same for me and SCB... Having sixty active supporters is awesome (especially as it's increased by third since I made some content for registered users only) :) But... Pretty much everything that comes goes as well. For example the EU VAT regulations that came to force on Jan 1st created a bill of roughly 300€ from my accountant as she spend half a day setting up the required registration details into revenue services database, sigh.

    On the long run I'm hoping at least 200-300 supporting members (per year) would show up, which would essentially make SCB 'financially independent' of me or advertisers. And anything beyond that would be just a bonus that would give some additional breathing space to try new services and ideas... But seriously, only time will tell where things head into, and how the readers take up the 'not everything is free' ideology.

    As for support from postal authorities... I think that sites such as yours or mine are pretty much out of their interest. People who buy/order new issues are mostly not into 'old stuff' that we mostly research and write about. For the same reasons I don't think I'll ever get major auction houses such as David Feldman to advertise here (SCB is simply of/for the wrong collector profile)...It would be great if sites likes ours could attract 'big stamp names' as advertisers, but I seriously doubt to see the day.

    All the best,
    -k-

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  • 2015-02-18 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods
    @Daniel...

    I would not go out and say that the comparison results would not necessarily apply to US. It really comes down to where you're buying your accessories and at what price. If you're buying from bad source, then the results might be totally different... All in all I don't know the US retailer markets well enough to say that I would know where to get stamp accessories at cheapest prices. The Scandinavian/North European retailers are a totally different thing ;)

    The main point of the entire article series is to make people think/realize how much money they could save, and do some background research before they commit to some storage methods and start buying the accessories. As simple as that.

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  • 2015-02-18 Mats Blückert wrote on Hotels, lodges and resorts of Romania definitive stamp series of 1991
    I would be overjoyed if we could work out a catalog of this issue, papers, flourescent, watermarks, the works. Anybody with information can send it to mats*romaniastamps.com (replace * with @) - if you will create a webpage and have it published in your name on romaniastamps, no problems...

    Would love to find some model to get a bit more out of the work I do, so far I haven´t earned a penny on romaniastamps... suggested the postal authorities to at least support me with new stamps, but no answer :-)  So, looking at what you do and thinking .-)

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  • 2015-02-18 Daniel Ptashny wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods
    Hi Keijo,

    Interesting - so your price comparison wouldn't work for the US. I know stock pages are really cheap here (as you said), so that might be the best option for the American collection.
     
    Daniel

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  • 2015-02-17 Keijo wrote on Premium membership information
    @Anthony... For the time being there are two additional options:

    1) If you can do IBAN bank transfer in Euro's, then that's one option.
    Sadly SWIFT bank transfers or IBAN payments in other currency than Euro (such as dollars or Pound sterling) are NOT on option due to ridiculously high banking fees (about 7€ per each money order received).

    2) Sending cash payment in Euro currency is another option.
    Again, only payments in Euro are valid. Additionally, I take no responsibility if the payment is lost on the mail.

    I wish there were other options, but it pretty much comes down to cost of additional services (with current volume). If you think either of the above would work for you, please leave a new message and I'll get back to you with detailed instructions on how to make a payment.


    -k-

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  • 2015-02-17 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Austria and Austrian areas
    @Terence.... Yes and no. Scott has a habit to merge definitive series stamps together even if they are issued decades apart, and your stamp can be found if you look at Scott numbers #618A-630C and #688-702; The 1S Romanesque columns is #693

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  • 2015-02-17 Anthony wrote on Premium membership information
    Hello,

    Is there anyway to subscribe without going through PayPal.  I do not want to create another user account is I can avoid it.  Thanks

     

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  • 2015-02-17 terence champion wrote on Q&A: stamps of Austria and Austrian areas
    Re. Austria I have a 1970 Austrian stamp(brown 1 schilling marked "millstatt" on the face of the stamp which is unlisted in Scott but listed 1324 by Michel and 1658 bu Minkus. Am I looking in the wrong place?

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  • 2015-02-16 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods
    @Daniel...

    Are stamp supplies really cheap in Europe, really expensive in the US, or am I missing something altogether?


    Likely it's a combination of both. Stock book prices have gone down a lot in past decade, and I really hope they remain this way.

    For example the mail order company where I buy most of my accessories sells standard 32 black page Lighthouse stock book (LS 4/16) all the time for about 11.50€; a factory box(with 10 books) goes for 100€. Personally I buy the white page version (L4/16); single unit price is 10€, and a factory box is 92.50 (9.25€/book).

    On the other hand, stock pages here cost more than in US or Australia. But binders such as Vario G's are cheaper. Go figure what's the economy in all of this...

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  • 2015-02-16 Daniel Ptashny wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods
    Hi Keijo,

    You mentioned that stockbooks cost about €0.30 per page (€9.60 or $10.88 for a 32-page stockbook). However, the best deal I was able to find in America is $16 (€14.12) for a 32-page stockbook. That comes out to $0.50 (€0.44) per page. 

    Are stamp supplies really cheap in Europe, really expensive in the US, or am I missing something altogether?

    Thanks!

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  • 2015-02-16 Rick Young wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    Keijo wrote on February 16, 2015:@Rick... Thumbs up for you. An errata in article complaining about erratas. Can't get much 'better'. LOL. I guess this just shows how easily errors sneak in, and how useful a 'community' can be in spotting those errors. Anyway, this is now fixed.

    The irony was beautiful. :)

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  • 2015-02-16 Keijo wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    @Rick... Thumbs up for you. An errata in article complaining about erratas. Can't get much 'better'. LOL. I guess this just shows how easily errors sneak in, and how useful a 'community' can be in spotting those errors. Anyway, this is now fixed.

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  • 2015-02-16 Rick Young wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    I haven't read thru all the responses carefully, so maybe I missed it, but I would say it was issued OCTOBER 24 (not NOVEMBER)!

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  • 2015-02-16 Keijo wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    @Rick....

    Maybe it would be best to develop an “errata” database and let it build itself with the help of the on-line stamp community.


    That's the way I see it as well, but I hope that catalog publishers would get to it before us collectors. After all, it's all about their (copyrighted) products and they've got paid staff that 'could/should' be doing and taking care of things like this.

    (and to folks at Amos and Schwanberger and SG... I know some of you are reading/following this blog... Don't be afraid to take part, or at least discuss this topic at your work if you can't disclose here).

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  • 2015-02-16 Keijo wrote on Review of Stamp Mate 2014
    @Steve...

    I guess the lesson learned is to get the stamp images prior to entering data on your collection.


    Yep. That's what I'd recommend.

    Step 1: import the base data for the country/topic you're inventorying
    Step2: check what's in there / missing (colnect data can be highly incomplete at times)
    Step3: add your own tidbits (such as Scott catalog numbers, items not listed by Colnect etc).
    Step 4: modify display settings (for example in your case set the default sort by Scott number).

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  • 2015-02-16 Richard Huziak wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    Well Keijo,Maybe it would be best to develop an "errata" database and let it build itself with the help of the on-line stamp community.  But because of the huge number of potential entries, the project would build a monster very quickly, and simply having an efficient database is a difficult thing to design.  And it really takes a "staff" of people willing to research, moderate  and upload the entries.  There are huge obstacles, but nothing is unsolvable, and the power of the masses can be put to really good use.  But eventually, the errata dbase would point to the need of a complete overhaul of, and  ultimately a new, "world" stamp catalogue.  (We can talk offline about how the astronomy variable star dbase was designed if you want - there are many similarities to what is needed with the stamp catalogue.)
    Rick

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  • 2015-02-16 Steve wrote on Review of Stamp Mate 2014
    I downloaded the 30 day trail version of Stamp Mate today to test it out and see if it met my inventory requirements.  I don't have an existing electronic inventory so I couldn't test that function, but I did enter some data on a group of American stamps I recently purchased.  After entering the information I went to the 'Enter Stamps Automatically' to get the images (limit of 20 images with the trial version, 3000 images per retrieval when you purchase).

    After retrieving the images I discovered they wouldn't match up with the data I'd already entered.  The images included the Michel Catalog number (I used Scott) and I tried editing those fields to match, still no go. 

    I guess the lesson learned is to get the stamp images prior to entering data on your collection.  Unless I'm missing something (not unusual).

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  • 2015-02-15 Keijo wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    @Rick...

    But to be honest, I’ve never talks to Scott to see if they would care to take suggestions or corrections;


    Based on my few attempts with various catalogs/editors, it really seems to depend how their day was. Often times the only response is 'silence' or very generic note 'we'll look into it possibly'.


    But it would be good if all of these catalogs had on-line correction utilities.


    It's something I've been thinking about as well at least for past two or three years. If the publishers don't implement anything as such, then it's very much possible that sooner or later I'll build/implement some sort of open & 'unofficial' tool of my own for the purpose of keeping track of 'invalid data' (as if I didn't have enough on my plate already). Notes on catalog pages or paper strips with collection don't really cut the mustard when you're having them all around the place...

    -k-

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  • 2015-02-15 Keijo wrote on Premium membership information
    @Rick... Cavalry is on it's way. Please check your inbox (the one associated with PayPal).

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  • 2015-02-15 Richard Huziak wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    Hi Keijo,

    Wrong (or semi-accurate) information in the catalogues is always a concern.  Since Scott is the standard in North American, many of us around here grew up just taking it for granted.  It is not bad if you are going to look up one stamp that looks like the image and paste it into your book and you don't care about perfs, color variations, papers or anything else.  But once you start even to do a minimum of specialization, Scott becomes less useful, confusing or even wrong in many cases. 

    I started to annotate the errors or inconsistencies in my Scott catalogs but I'm not sure why I bother.  Maybe the worst is that they round off the perf sizes to 1/2 perfs, so a series that may have 11-1/4 x 11 -3/4 can be rounded to 11 x 12 or even just 11-1/2.  So it sometimes becomes impossible to distringuish one series from another.  I'm not sure why they chose to ignore 1/4 perfs.  So ... I rely on your blog, online sources and other catalogs that I buy at *great* expense.

    But to be honest, I've never talks to Scott to see if they would care to take suggestions or corrections; I'm not sure if the catalog was really meant to be a US stamp catalog with the "annoyance" of all those other countries, and so less care is taken.  Maybe I'll send them an email. 

    But it would be good if all of these catalogs had on-line correction utilities.  Maybe it is also a staffing issue.  Since stamp catalogs/catalogues are niche market items with limitied readership, I'm sure staffing for editing and correcting beyond the annual or periodic updates would be expensive.  But each "general catalog", be it Gibbons or Scott or Michel or whatever also has different philosophies for presenting their data, so even the baseline information is hard to map from one catalog to the next.  And as you have pointed out, Keijo, you often have to correct catalogues in parallel. It is really quite impractical for the  "stamp community" to go ahead and create the ultimate "correct" catalog on-line, independent of all of the published catalogues; the infrastructure for such an effort is huge.  (Been there, done that, for a worldwide amateur astronomy dbase - HUGE effort, but with great global success. in the end.)

    Rick

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  • 2015-02-15 Rick Young wrote on Premium membership information
    I cannot remember my password for my premium membership. Can you help me? Thanks.

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  • 2015-02-15 Keijo wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    I guess you can’t be right on all 700.000 or so stamps listed


    As long as catalogs are man made, they are bound to contain some errors...

    In the end it all comes down to what's a catalog worth if a collector can't truly rely on all the information a catalog provides?

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  • 2015-02-15 Keijo wrote on Philatelic Resources
     
    @Daniel, Catalin, Gerben... Thanks for responses.

    The link on Tanzania officials goes nowhere...


    Thanks... Had a typo in the address.

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  • 2015-02-15 Daniel Ptashny wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    Hi Keijo!

    I found this post quite interesting. However, it is important to think about where catalogs get their information from. It is unlikely that Michael (or any other catalog) has time to inspect every single stamp, especially from an unusual country from Togo. Michel could have gotten this information from a less reliable source, which is one way errors could end up in catalogs.

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  • 2015-02-15 Catalin Cofaru wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    I think the problem is commonly seen in the catalogues covering the whole world, the small details being minimized or disregarded by the editors. I think a better idea would be an initial reading of the national catalogues (where these exist, of course). In this case (Republique Togolaise), I would take as a basis the Yvert et Tellier catalogue. Best regards!

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  • 2015-02-15 Gerben van Gelder wrote on Philatelic Resources
    Keijo

    The link on Tanzania officials goes nowhere...

    Gerben

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  • 2015-02-15 Gerben van Gelder wrote on When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame?
    Keijo

     

    Here is another example of an error that sort of stand out. Michel has at the back of Russia a section for local overprints in the inflation period of 1920-1922. Among these issues is listed an issue from Kutaiss dated 1884?! Is asked Michel about it: is the date wrong or is it just in the wrong section? Their response was that is seems like a historical mistake, but that since they have no extra information at present they will leave it as it is......... I guess you can't be right on all 700.000 or so stamps listed, but this seems an error on might easily correct.

     

    Gerben

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  • 2015-02-15 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamp software
    @Aaron...

    Do you have any guidance or thoughts about this topic?


    Nothing that I haven't said/written already (you might want to read all the entries/articles in stamp software and services category get a proper overview).

    For the last 100+ years this hobby has built on proprietary numbering schemes (on worldwide scale Scott, SG, Michel and Yvert, but hundreds of local / country-specific systems as well). It's going to take a whole lot more than just 'yet another free alternative' to change the situation. Imagine what would happen if new free alternative emerged, and it got popular.

    From dealer perspective it would mean less accessory (catalogs, album pages) sales/revenue. And they'd have to either re-number their inventory (or very likely maintain yet another numbering scheme to satisfy all customer needs). So all it would create is more work and less $$$. Not a good combination.

    From collector perspective it's a catch-22 also.... Free resource = good (more money for stamps). But unless many (especially dealers) are using it, it's dead water. And imagine all the trouble a new widely adopted catalog scheme would create with literature, research, articles etc. It's already hard enough to translate Scott numbers to Michel, Michel to Yvert etc. It gets really messy to have yet another system involved (thinking of Colnect, StampWorld etc. that are trying to enter the big four) ...

    As a 'fellow geek' I know this would make a lovely database project, but...The only situation where I find a new 'major catalog' worth it, is IF it would seriously improve the various shortcomings in the existing big four. That on the other would require very deep pockets.

    Hope this helps you out...

    -k-

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  • 2015-02-14 Aaron wrote on Q&A: stamp software
    Keijo!

    I like what you're doing here. Good stuff.

    I'm working on a computer science degree and as one of my database projects I want to make on open use stamp collection management system (and free). I've been kinda disappointed that everything seems to revolve around the Scotts numbering and nothing more open has been used. Do you know of any open indexing systems for stamps is available? According to the wiki I read about scotts, to properly use their index you have to be licensed or face the chance of a lawsuit around copyright infringement (I would like to neither be sued or pay licensing fees).
     
    For this project, I can get under the radar with the scotts numbering, but to do it properly it looks like the world of philately could benefit from some kind of "open-source" cataloguing techniques. Apps could then be freely around that and break away from proprietary systems. Do you have any guidance or thoughts about this topic? 


    Thanks
    -aaron

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  • 2015-02-14 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods
    Hi Karen,

    1) what is the best way to store the stamps? I have read about both using the ones where you slip them into a plastic cover, using the stock book albums (not sure if that is the right name) as well as using paper stock (would this involve using those annoying little sticky hinge things to attach?). Which is the preferred method?


    Basically it's a matter of personal taste / preferences. I'm very much into stock books, but if your collecting area is bit more limited (meaning you don't have to spend ridiculous sums into storage alone), then I'd choose stock pages as they provide more flexibility.

    Anyway, I'd recommend reading these posts about the ins & outs of each storage system, as well as the costs associated. Don't be afraid to ask more details if in doubt.


    2) is there an online site where you can catalog your stamps? (ie like ucoin.net where i have my coins recorded; also have a book as well, just in case!)


    A number of them actually. All the major stamp catalog publishers (Michel, Scott, Stanley Gibbons, Yvert & Tellier) have got their own acts. Then there are community sites (such as Colnect, Catawiki, StampWorld etc). And finally, there are inventory applications (StampMate, ezStamps etc). But... None match the traditional printed catalog. And some are insanely pricey (you can get yourself a set of print catalogs for the same money that you spend on one year subscription).

    There's quite many articles and discussion about the various stamp software alternatives here.

    Again, don't be afraid to ask further advice / questions.

    Hope this gets you going.

    -k-

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  • 2015-02-14 Karen wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods
    Decided to do something with my old stamp book and reorganize and catalog my stamps.  I have 2 questions!

    1) what is the best way to store the stamps?  I have read about both using the ones where you slip them into a plastic cover, using the stock book albums (not sure if that is the right name) as well as using paper stock (would this involve using those annoying little sticky hinge things to attach?).  Which is the preferred method?

    2) is there an online site where you can catalog your stamps?  (ie like ucoin.net where i have my coins recorded; also have a book as well, just in case!)

    Thanks!

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  • 2015-02-13 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about SCB newsletter
    @Sam....

    There are lots of opportunities for collectors.


    So true... And thanks to Internet, it's so easy to come up with matching items on just about any theme. Once I wrote the entry I dug a bit deeper with my topic, and found out that for example last years 'Haunted Canada' stamps were issued on Friday 13th, LOL.

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  • 2015-02-13 Sam Cutler wrote on Ask anything about SCB newsletter
    Hi, Keijo,
     
    Regarding the intro you  wrote for the blog on Friday, the 13th, I agree that it might be a fun idea to put together material related to these days. All you need is a perpetual calendar to help you find earlier Fridays, the 13th. 
     
    As a serious Jamaica specialist, I wanted to weigh in with my "sideline" collecting pursuit that adds to my collecting enjoyment without the seriousness of Jamaica. This sideline is available to everyone - date of birth collecting. I now have many covers posted on my date of birth, December 19, 1949, in addition to single stamps with December 19 cancels from dozens of different years. After a tedious trip through the catalogs, I even found that there was a set of four French semi-postal stamps that were issued on the date of my debut in this world. Alas, the first day cover for this set costs considerably more than my limit for sideline collecting. Still, others might be interested to see if any stamps were issued on their own "first day."
     
    A few times over the years, I hunted for date of birth covers for people. The covers tell a bit of a story, as well. My biggest success was the date of birth cover I gave to a friend of Italian descent that was posted from a town in Italy. This item, when it was written up and framed, made a really big hit as a birthday present.

    Other sidelines could include biographical events such as birth of siblings, first day of school, graduations, engagements, marriage, birth of children and other relatives, first job and other life events. 

    There are lots of opportunities for collectors.

     Have fun, everybody.

    Sam Cutler

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  • 2015-02-10 Keijo wrote on Interesting variety on 1922 Belgian Houyoux / Albert III stamp
    @Rick... That's pretty impressive job. You've definitely put your eyes to good use :) COB lists about 30+ varieties for these.

    But I am assuming that inserts were used for the denominations and the same plates were otherwise used to print all the values.

    If I understand the (french) explanation in COB correctly, this applies to 'low values' only.

    my only mint stamp (1c) seems to have no inscription

    That would be COB #190-Cu3; worth about 5$

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  • 2015-02-10 Richard Huziak wrote on Interesting variety on 1922 Belgian Houyoux / Albert III stamp
    Hi Keijo,

    I'm a bit slow responding to this posting, and today I went through the few thousand Houyoux's that I have hanging around.  I didn't find the over-ink variety you have, but I did find two other over-inks: the "waves" at the lower border below BELGIE completely filled in and one "O" in the HOUYOUX inscription filled in.  The journey did take a few more turns, though, and I discovered a whole lot about this set, but I don't have a specialized catalog to look deeper.  But I am assuming that inserts were used for the denominations and the same plates were otherwise used to print all the values.  Firstly, I am surprised at how few "micro-dot" errors there are; for the most part, the stamps were quite cleanly printed.  But I did discover many plate differences, which I would guess are different postions on the plate(s).  Here's a brief list: 
    - my only mint stamp (1c) seems to have no inscription 
    - thin right border 
    - thin letters in BELGIE at the bottom 
    - inscriptions reading LEUN HUUYUUX (fairly common) 
    - inscriptions reading LEON HOUYOUx (small x, common) 
    - skinny 5 at lower right 
    - different engravings in upper left & right ornaments

    Happiness,Rick Huziak :-)  -

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  • 2015-02-09 Milco wrote on Bizarre looking print variety on Serbian 1918 King Peter I and crown-prince Alexander stamp
    As we take in account, year, period, printing technique, printing machine, at first, and second paper variety that exist for this issue - this "error" is really one from, how to say, just for someone who will search for error of any kind.

    As my experience, with stamp from this period, lot of "variety", can be find.

    But, article are good, as not many people know for "classic" period of Serbia in more focused way!

     

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  • 2015-02-09 Keijo wrote on SCB turns six - a new look and some new features
    Just fixed a 'bug' that prevented some new users  from signing up the newsletter since Feb 1st.   My apologies to all who were affected by this.  

    This should be fixed now and you can now sign up with the newsletter (if you still experience problems, please drop me a comment and I'll have another look at the code).  

    -k-



     

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  • 2015-02-09 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    @Dan... The pattern you are seeing is the so called 'Winchester security paper'. So the stamp you have is not #309, but #308.

    Here's an example of the 'stamp type' we're talking about (this is Scott #302/Michel #148):
    Venezuela stamp Winchester security paper

    Sometimes the pattern is very strong (obliterating the stamp/design fully), sometimes it's so faint that you barely notice it.

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  • 2015-02-09 Keijo wrote on Introduce yourself
    Welcome aboard James. The more collectors, the merrier.

    Re, bee collectors... I recall trading bee stamps with two collector, but that was quite many years ago. One was Ouari from Algeria (contact here), the other was from Romania (can't remember name/email anymore, sorry). But hope this gets you started.

    -k-

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  • 2015-02-08 Dan wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    I have 2 of the 1933 Venezuela surcharge stamps, (Scott 309, 310) The 309 seems to have an overprint of nested semicircles in a blue green color over the whole face of the stamp even out to the limit of the perfs.  Scott lists a 309a with double surcharge, but this is clearly an allover pattern, not a surcharge. Am I being too picky? or what?  The 310 is normal. Thanks for taking the time to do this service to collectors.

    Dan

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  • 2015-02-08 James Honeyman wrote on Introduce yourself
    Hi Keijo

    I have just signed up to your blog and was wondering if there are any other collector collecting stamps with bees on them.I have been collecting stamps for 50 years now and only been collecting bee stamps about 3 years.I would like to communicate with any other bee collectors that use your site.

    James Honeyman

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  • 2015-02-08 Keijo wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    @Rene...

    My first thought when I read your article above was “Holy Cannoli!!! how did you find the time to do all that?” Great article


    Let's say it was a cold and wet summer (and autumn) well spend, LOL. But seriously speaking, some of these wider topics take months, sometimes years of study to build up. For example I've been building the MyCollection database since the early 2000s, and it's still very much a work in progress.

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  • 2015-02-08 Rene wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    My first thought when I read your article above was "Holy Cannoli!!! how did you find the time to do all that?"  Great article.  It is interesting how after the 1940s the BOB stamps dropped right off.

    Another thing that came to mind is something that I have come across using the Scott Catalogues is that every so often they skip  a number or two, giving you a false reading at the end. 

    I collect mainly Eastern Europe at the moment and don't have any thing like your collection but every now and then I like to treat myself to a packet of stamps from some country I don't have much or any of.  I will never consider myself a worldwide collector but it is fun to see what is coming from other countries.  As well it is satisfying to "fill out" my collection with some variety.

    Rene 

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  • 2015-02-07 Keijo wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    Thanks Gerben. You are doing a wonderful job/research on this topic :)

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  • 2015-02-07 Gerben van Gelder wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    Hi Keijo

    Since my last comment on this thread I have been working on my list of stamp issuing entities some more. Mainly checking it against other lists. Also I added Stanley & Gibbons as the fourth worldwide catalog the list is based on. So that now the scope of the list is: stamp issuing entities as listed in or explicitly referred to by any of the four worldwide catalogs - Michel, Scott, Stanley & Gibbons and Yvert & Tellier.  

    The statistics for countries/minor entities and stamp issuing entities are now as follows:

    Major entity: Countries as per main listing of countries in the Michel catalog: 421

    Minor entity: Countries broken down to departments, regions, cities, companies, shipping companies, airlines, armies and so on that are listed in or referred to by the above catalogs as having issued stamps: 2241

    Stamp issuing entity: Countries further broken down to their forms of government – principality, kingdom, republic, peoples republic and so on – and – where applicable – different periods in which stamps have been issued: 3061

    An interesting statistic may also be a breakdown of stamp issuing entities per continent:

    Africa: 384

    America: 565

    Asia: 604

    Europe: 1365

    Oceania & Antarctica: 143

    As an extra feature I added to the list is a cross reference indicating in which of the four catalogs a stamp issuing entity is listed.  This of course allows for a comparison of the four catalogs in terms of the number of stamp issuing entities listed - just listed, not referred to - by each catalog. The stats are as follows:

    Michel: 2651

    Scott: 2060

    Stanley & Gibbons: 1692

    Yvert & Tellier: 2142

    This clearly puts Michel ahead of the others a the most complete catalog. And Stanley & Gibbons well behind.

    Regards

    Gerben van Gelder

    PS: A link to the latest version of the list: http://1drv.ms/1xIvRm4

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  • 2015-02-07 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Hungary
    @Rene... Catalogs are not unmistakable. Though individual collectors like me or you can spot the mistakes every now and then, it's a totally different story how many bother to notify about them, and more importantly, whether or not the catalog editors take any action. For example Michel seems to have a policy that in order to be committed, the variety has to be a) on mint stamp and b) preferrably larger than ½ gauge units. With this era of digital measuring that's just *****.

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  • 2015-02-07 Rene wrote on Q&A: stamps of Hungary
    Thanks Keijo:  you may be well be onto something here.  Strange that no one has ever mentioned  it before... my old 1969 Catalogue list them as 12x11.5 as well.  Anyway, we'll just carry on.  I might send of a note to the editor of the Scott Catalogue

    Rene 

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  • 2015-02-05 jim jackson wrote on Some observations about Serbian 1905 King Peter stamps and it's forgeries
    By golly, there is a difference- thanks Keijo!

    image

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  • 2015-02-05 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Hungary
    Hi Rene,

    The bad news is that according to catalogs (Scott, Michel) there is no Turul stamp variation to match perf. 12.

    The good news is that I think catalogs got the perforation wrong, as all my specimens for these have got perforation 12 (or something very close to it; I should have to measure digitally to be fully certain ) on all sides too. Hope this relieves Your agony ;)

    -keijo-

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  • 2015-02-05 Keijo wrote on Some observations about Serbian 1905 King Peter stamps and it's forgeries
    @Jim...

    Indeed, I notice the wrinkle variations on my stamps too.


    Thanks for the confirmation. So it appears consistent.

    My forgeries (11 specimens) all measure 11 1/2 perforations. That differs from your measurement


    Just measured mine digitally to be sure. Bit down, but still not 11½. All my forgeries come out 11.6-11.7 x 11.7-11.8. Even if I place them side-by side with genuine (thin paper) 11½, they come out like this:

    Serbia perfs

    Are you aware if the broken frame line is always a constant for the forgeries?


    All my specimens got it, but I've seen dealers sets where some specimens don't carry the broken frame. Also seen genuine stamps with broken frame. So I'd say that looking at other characteristics / entity is more important.

    ... has more of a dashed background line appearance.

    Interesting. It's definitely typo/genuine... After digging through my duplicates box, I managed to found a mint 15 para (also on thin paper) with similar dashed background. Maybe it's another variety (or retouch) besides the forehead wrinkle?

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  • 2015-02-05 Rene wrote on Q&A: stamps of Hungary
    Hi Keijo:  I have  question.

    I have a Hungarian stamp Scott # 50 (as far as I can figure)  4 filler, Watermark 135.  The perf should be 12x11.5 however  the one I have is 12 on all sides.  I have checked and rechecked it several times.  I just have the Scott 2013 (standard ) Catalogue. and there is no metion of any variations for that particular stamp.  None of the other issues fo that particular stamp work with the watermark etc, does anyone out there know of a variation for this particular issue?

    As usual thanks.  

     

    Rene

     

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  • 2015-02-04 jim jackson wrote on Some observations about Serbian 1905 King Peter stamps and it's forgeries
    Keijo- Great information on the King Peter I issues. They are a favorite of mine also. Indeed, I notice the wrinkle variations  on my stamps too.

    The forgeries are indeed more vivid in appearance. 

    My forgeries (11 specimens) all measure 11 1/2 perforations. That differs from your measurement. ;-)

     My genuines measure 11 1/2 for thin paper, 12 X 11 1/2 for thicker paper.

     Are you aware if the broken frame line is always a constant for the forgeries? That is my assumption.

     If so, then my 50p thin paper
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    "genuine" has more of a dashed background line appearance.

    Of interest, all my genuines (11 specimens) are cancelled, while none of my forgeries are.

    Jim

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  • 2015-02-03 Keijo wrote on Interesting print variations on modern Bulgarian stamps
    @Eric... Working like a charm this time :)

    That's definitely a bizarre looking specimen. AFAIK all Bulgarian stamps were printed by Bulgarian State Security printers in Sofia, so a different printer is out of counts I think. Definitely a keeper :)

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  • 2015-02-03 Eric wrote on Interesting print variations on modern Bulgarian stamps
    Keijo wrote on February 3, 2015:@Eric... Nice to know I'm not seeing things :)

    BTW. The image of your item didn't come through (I had placed filters/security level too strict). Could you please try again - it should work now (at least I hope so, LOL).

    Hey Keijo - Try this:

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  • 2015-02-03 Keijo wrote on Interesting print variations on modern Bulgarian stamps
    @Eric... Nice to know I'm not seeing things :)

    BTW. The image of your item didn't come through (I had placed filters/security level too strict). Could you please try again - it should work now (at least I hope so, LOL).

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  • 2015-02-03 Eric wrote on Interesting print variations on modern Bulgarian stamps
    Nice find Keijo - I just checked my duplicates, and sure enough.   I found the same "Fuzzy Green" on my 2nd copy of the 5ct.   

    And, my 13ct 2nd copy contains an even more striking design difference.  The one on the right appears to be waay underinked, or..a different printer.

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