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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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  • 2015-05-26 Jeannine wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods
    Hi Keijo

    Very interesting blog! I am trying to locate the manufacturer of the supersafe stamp albums to ask for the archival details of the black paper, and I cannot find any details for them. Do you by any chance know who manufactures them in the Netherlands?

    thanks
    Jeannine

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  • 2015-05-26 Keijo wrote on Soak US - what US stamps You can soak, and what not
    Just to update the topic with a cautionary tale I read on SCF today .... It seems a collector who used WD-40 to remove unsoakable stamps has learned the hard way why it was a bad choice.

    '...he warned me that the stamps he first started using it on were telling a bit and have left odd oils behind.

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  • 2015-05-25 Keijo wrote on Collecting stamps of Trucial states - a short introduction
    @Richard Boosey...

    Sometimes I get the feeling that new Trucial States issues are still being printed.


    They all ceased issuing stamps in the early 1970s when United Arab Emirates was formed. So no new issues are made (though there are some modern forgeries).

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  • 2015-05-25 Richard Boosey wrote on Collecting stamps of Trucial states - a short introduction
    I collect all stamps that come my way and that includes a lot of the Trucial States issues on pages that I have added to my Harris albums.  Sometimes I get the feeling that new Trucial States issues are still being printed.  Most of my Trucial States stamps (and South Arabia Federation stamps) have come in trades or bulk mixture purchases. I would imagine that for a topical collector, they are great.

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  • 2015-05-24 Keijo wrote on A Quick Review of Michel Russia Specialized Catalog
    @Holger... Yep. So many good books to buy/own, so little money. LOL.

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  • 2015-05-23 Holger wrote on A Quick Review of Michel Russia Specialized Catalog
    Actually the price is 69 €....quite expensive compared to other Michel specialized Editions like Switzerland or Austria.The other day i saw the Michel Soviet Union specialized (1.000 pages!) on a flea market. The Dealer demanded 70 Euro (original price was 148 €), but i could control myself, saved my money for the last two Volumes of Michel-Übersee in sept/oct. ;-)) Could have used it well, because i bought a BIG lot of soviet stamps in February. But the normal Europe catalogue is fine as well.

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  • 2015-05-21 Keijo wrote on Collecting stamps of Trucial states - a short introduction
    @Tim... You pretty much summed up the 'fun' (and challenges) of collecting the 1960/70s Trucial stamps and postal history. And as such I love it from the bottom of my heart, LOL.

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  • 2015-05-21 Tim Giddings wrote on Collecting stamps of Trucial states - a short introduction
    The main problem is differentiating between: 1.official Abusive wallpaper issued by the actual Official Sultanate Authority . 2. Official Abusive Wallpaper issued by separatist and rebel alternative Authorities, and 3. Illegals issued by outside agencies with no postal validity whatsoever.

    By a combination of catalogues and interweb lists I have more or less managed to sort out the ones that I collect - namely the NUDES. Though I have found conflicting catalogue numbers and conflicting descriptions!!

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  • 2015-05-20 Keijo wrote on How to implement a stamp that is an utter catastrophe from collector point of view
    @Retronatrix... Thanks for the advice. I think I'll give it a try once my summer holidays start next month.

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  • 2015-05-20 Retronatrix wrote on How to implement a stamp that is an utter catastrophe from collector point of view
    Seth wrote :Maybe this isn't such a severe example but I am having a lot of trouble with soaking the modern Japanese constellation series. These have a dark blue background and designs etched in sparkly holographic paper. Like most Japanese stamps they thankfully come free from the paper through regular soaking. The problem with these is that they have a greater tendency to curl up when drying causing the surface to develop fine cracks when dry. I though the issue might be the use of warm water to soak them so I tried some this morning in cold water but alas the same thing occurs. Maybe I need to experiment with pressing them next. If that doesn't work I might need to give up with soaking unless anyone has any other ideas...


    I had a friend with the exact same problem as well. He sent me a number of them (bulk buy on Ebay ) and experimented a bit. I wound up having decent success with taking a very well-wrung washcloth with warm water and letting it lay upon the backside of the stamp. Once it was wet enough to slip from the envelope I immediately put it in my drying book for a couple of days. I managed to get 8 decent soaks out of 10 that way. 

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  • 2015-05-15 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    And one more batch (#26) from Steven to end this week.  Will process it during the weekend (not toning / tomorrow, as one of my girls is having her birthday party tomorrow and there's tons of stuff to do), and mail it back first thing on the Monday morning. 

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  • 2015-05-15 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Seth... Yes. This will definitely boost up my Japanese collection (though quite a many of the stamps I took were post 2010 and they will not show up on my statistics in another year or two). I hope to be able to put everything on proper place in few weeks time.

    Re, Animal, plant and national treasure series stamps... Yes, I noted them and thought the same.

    Re, the country stats release for Asia... I completed Singapore few weeks back, and right now I'm working with rest of the Malayan area (will take at least 2-3 weeks to complete). After that I've still got to do Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Koreas, Lao, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and French IndoChina to complete. But I'm well over half way with Asian postal entities, so hopefully I can release the improved country stats by the end of summer if nothing else intervenes.

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  • 2015-05-15 Seth wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Great to see that you could make use of so much of the Japanese material. That must have boosted the % completion level a little! As I think you have commented on elsewhere, they have been pumping out a ridiculous amount of material over the past couple of decades. I think one can sort of understand this when you see how big the collecting market still is in Japan. Still they do somehow manage to use them as well. The material I sent was all postally marked. It is a funny country in a way: technologically sophisticated but also old fashioned and bureaucratic when it comes to many things, including the use of postage stamps. 

    I think there should hopefully be most of what you need in there to illustrate the rest of your 'animal, plant and national treasure' article... 

    Any news on the country stats release for Asia?

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  • 2015-05-15 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Daniel... Thanks for letting me know.

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  • 2015-05-15 Daniel Ptashny wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    I recevied the exchange packet back from you today without any problems!

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  • 2015-05-14 Allan Ward wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Keijo,glad to hear that your SME made it safely back to you.  It's a stunner!   Really beautiful, and I wish I had one like it. Best wishes,Allan.ps I got a reply back from the Royal Mail and its way of doing things - I'll give you an up date in another section of your blog.

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  • 2015-05-13 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Corne...

    please advise when rule #2 will be relaxed a bit!


    If I had to make a wild guess, I'd say that it will remain 'as is' at least for the next 2-3 months, possibly longer. But I will announce BIG and CLEAR when the rules change.


    @Everyone... It seems I've hit a nasty spring flue, and as such all exchanges are on hold for the rest of the week. I was supposed to drop Corne's letter on the mail this morning, but it's sitting on my desk at least till Friday.

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  • 2015-05-13 Corne wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Dear Keijo!

    Glad you've received it, next lot on its way to you!  I have much more, so please advise when rule #2 will be relaxed a bit!  I'll let you know when I receive your letter!

    Kind regards

    Corne

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  • 2015-05-13 Cecil Reams wrote on Mounting stamp collections digitally
    First that sounds like a big endeavor that you have embarked on and that you are getting close to producing your output, I applaud the effort. I would comment/recommend that you may want to consider scanning at 300dpi as this appears to be optimal for a stamp image and would greatly reduce the size of your images. Should also note that if you ever use digital perforation gauges and other stamp related software this is the recommended resolution. Also for scanning there are programs that will auto separate, straighten and crop stamp images - you may consider one of these as scanning can be a time consuming endeavor. Lastly if you use a print function there are a variety of programs  (some at no or low cost) that will convert images to PDF. Look forward to seeing your initial output.

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  • 2015-05-12 Dennis wrote on Mounting stamp collections digitally
    Hi Keijo,

    Agreed, with reservations...LOL. 

    I can output a report in PDF (Access 2007), BUT it doesn't have any semblence of formatting as yet.  I must fetch the picture dimensions at output time, or store them with the file path, and insert suitable frames, then put the pictures inside.  I admit to not having put much effort into this part of the program, but am gathering methods and information.  I may export the data directly from a user form, as most of my experience so far has been with forms, and not reports. 

    I have seen a photo-album database which (I think) exports to PDF directly from the user form; but I don't really know, as the database code is locked and hidden from me.  It is a free program (in Access 2007), but access to the code costs $100  I'd rather figure it out myself, now that I have seen it in action.Getting the output to resemble an album page is going to be lots of fun, as I won't be starting with template PDF files...I think. 

    I'm toying with the idea of putting slightly smaller color images in the frames of stamps I don't already own, but there's a whole new bag of worms to sort out!  Maybe next year.I intend to format the pages at runtime, based on the user's filter criteria.  Before I started this project in 2010, I'd never seen a line of code I understood, in my life.  Now retired from turbine engine maintenance I'm trying my hand at something completely different.  I'll never die of boredom..LOL.

    Thanks for your input, and the wonderful forum for discussions!

    Dennis

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  • 2015-05-12 Keijo wrote on Mounting stamp collections digitally
    @Dennis... I agree with you that Access is one powerful tool, and it can go a long way when/if one learns to write VBA-code.

    Re, PDF output. Why not simply make a custom Report (or number of them) that you simply save as PDF (either by macro or VBA). All Access versions since 2010 have the possibility to save reports as PDF.

    -k-

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  • 2015-05-12 Dennis wrote on Mounting stamp collections digitally
    Hi Keijo and all you other stamp enthusiasts,

    I am really enjoying this digital stamp album discussion.  I've popped in from time to time over the last few years to see whats new, and always enjoy the comments.

    Cecil, I checked out your website.  Very nice!  That is very much what I hope to end up with.I've had a wish to digitally inventory and display my stamps for a long time, so decided to learn MS Access database creation and programming.  Wow!!  What a task.  I have come a long, long way though, and have refined my stamp database program so that it records almost all that I envision.  Of course, I can always see improvements to be done.

    Anyway, I scan my stamps at 600dpi, manually straighten and crop, then save as "#####-Country-CatalogNo.jpg", where #### is the inventory number generated by the database.When I enter a new stamp, it is given a "stamp number".  I link this to the set, and it's "set number".  Stamp info included is everything I can think of, including links or info on research, identification, variations, etc, etc.  The biggest job was setting up "Country Sets", and leaving open the possibility of Country-common sets.  Also included is a parent/child relationship, linking "parent" stamp to it's derivitives, such as colonial issue overprints, later issues/reprints, etc. 

    Actual stamps I own are added to inventory, with any individual information, such as condition, cancel, hinged, selvidge dimensions, etc, etc....whatever I wish.  "A place for everything, and everything in it's place".....LOL.

    For several months now, I've been investigating how to output the digital results in PDF format.  I've had some success, but have a good ways to go before I'm done.  The outputs will be customizable by any keyword, date, complex criteria....almost anything...like by subject, continent, etc, etc.  I hope to post some screenshots in the next few months, but though the data entry part is pretty simple, and works well, it's still very messy looking, as a work in progress. Since I'm just as anxious to get all my stamps entered as I am to finish the database design, it is taking me quite a while. 

    On the bright side, the need to simplify data entry has resulted in much automation / copy facilities.  As I enter an inventory stamp, the database generates the "save as" name (see above ####...), and the file path, so that the stamp shows up in the image frame as soon as it is saved to file.

    I'd love to hear any comments, questions, or suggestions.
    Best regards all!
    Dennis

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  • 2015-05-12 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Two large lots on the mail today... #24 from Corne, South Africa and #25 from Seth, UK.     I'll process Corne's sending later today, but Seth's lot will likely take an additional day or two to go through.  Anyway, I'll update the exchange lists when completed and mailed back. 

     

    @Corne...  Wow. South African mail is seriously slow.  But even after 50 days on the road the cover looks somewhat 'post office' fresh. So better late than never. 

     

    @Seth... Nice £ value definitives on the cover. But sadly all uncancelled. Sigh. 

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  • 2015-05-12 Keijo wrote on The real value of Elvis and other celebs on stamps - what pop culture on postage stamps has left us with?
    @Sam... Interesting. I knew there was a vote about the design, but didn't know how it was actually performed. Fortunately it's all just one Google search away - here's a nice picture of the ballot (front+back).

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  • 2015-05-11 Sam Cutler wrote on The real value of Elvis and other celebs on stamps - what pop culture on postage stamps has left us with?
    Hi, fellow collectors,

    Before the first Elvis stamp was issued in the United States, anyone could go to a post office and acquire a ballot that was to be used to help the postal service choose which of two proposed designs you would prefer to see as the Elvis stamp. The design with more votes was the one selected for the stamp that was issued. As I recall, the ballots were actually in the form of picture postcards that were postage paid and could be placed in any mailbox. I suppose that serious Elvis enthusiasts would like to get their hands on such a collateral item to add to their collections. Have fun, everybody.

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  • 2015-05-11 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Keijo,

    quick note to say your SME has been stamped (cancelled) once, and is on it’s way to you now. Best wishes. Allan


    @Allan... And received today in good condition. Thanks. Wish all my incoming mail had stamps/sheet like this :)

    Stamp-o-matic smilers sheet Wallace and Gromit

    -k-

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  • 2015-05-11 Philip Reynolds wrote on The real value of Elvis and other celebs on stamps - what pop culture on postage stamps has left us with?
    People are free to collect (and ignore) what they wish. My main collecting interest is Japan, but I am not bothered about completing the great flood of issues of the last couple of decades which includes modern celebrity issues, though there are others that show the art and architecture of Japan, and in any case would prefer them on covers as being postally used. Instead I welcome the more 'classic' stamps, especially if on postal history or revenue documents. But if contemporary culture themed stamps encourage young people to show an interest, start collecting, doing some research into all those topics, etc, then they are a good thing. Some of us may veer more to postal history and classic engraved stamps, but there is room for everyone in this hobby - and the cliché is true: that is good that we are not all the same, ''variety is the spice of life'', best wishes, Philip

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  • 2015-05-11 Philip Reynolds wrote on My stamp collection
    Thank you, Keijo, but I suspect I will continue to enjoy my ''mini-collections'' as well as my main collection. I find it wonderful and fascinating how postal history items can be a very tangible link to past situations, cultures and people (both to eras that have sadly gone and eras that the world is well rid of); as well as the often intrinsic beauty of stamps. There are many areas that I don't have a direct interest to collect; though it is always a delight to see the wide range of philately shown at my local Philatelic Society (Wakefield, UK). Whatever one specializes in I would encourage collectors to join their local societies (as well as relevant specialist ones); and if one is a world-wide collector then a local society should be a great venue. The trouble may be if one doesn't have a society near-by (perhaps see if it is worth starting one?); and certainly join your blog which is excellent, best wishes, Philip

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  • 2015-05-09 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Holger... Thanks.  

     

    Not sure if it is proper to say Finland is the Moomin-land anymore (re recent political changes; likely you've seen it on the news).  But the Japanese seem to be replacing the Finns nicely (a new issue; don't have any of these, yet, LOL)

     

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    Re, North Korea... Well, there's still thousands of spaces of fill. 

    Re, Baden... Yes, it was a pleasant suprise. Another stamp country down :)  

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  • 2015-05-08 Holger wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Keijo,received a letter from Moomin-Land today :-)Good mixture as always (Ecuador, Aland etc.). Thanx for the wonderful Cuban crocodile sheet!I'm surprised you took nearly all of the North-Korean stamps (because your completion level is more or less the same as  mine). I'm not surprised you took Baden Mi-Nr. 6 ;-)Looking forward for the next swap...
    best regards,Holger

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  • 2015-05-08 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    And to end this beautiful spring week, two more lots... #22 from Daniel, US and #23 from Markus, Austria... Some nice stuff from both.  Responses to both will be placed on mail in about hours time. 

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  • 2015-05-08 Keijo wrote on The real value of Elvis and other celebs on stamps - what pop culture on postage stamps has left us with?
    @Ray... I get you...For me the real Moomins are the ones that Tove Janson created. I grew up reading those books, and when the Finnish-Japanese 'tv-Moomins' came out, I was already 'alienated' from them because they didn't have enough 'edge' (though what I've heard, the Finnish TV has not displayed all the titles because they found them unfit for children/Finnish culture; whatever that may mean)... But I guess it's a generation thing. For my kids these new Moomins are the 'real ones'. Same story with Winnie-the-Pooh and plenty of other 'classic characters'. The power of TV is a frightening one, lol.

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  • 2015-05-08 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Allan... Thanks

    @travisbatteur... OK

    And finally update on the exchange lists... Received lot #21 from Pawel yesterday.  Once again a very useful mixture (mostly Japan and Poland), so thanks.  Will be placing response on the mail later today. 

    -k-

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  • 2015-05-07 travisbatteur wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Dear Keijo

    i prefer exchange stamps when we choose stamps by pictures or by doing 100/100

    but for my management i think your proposal are complex for me.

    maybe another time

    regards

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  • 2015-05-07 Ray wrote on The real value of Elvis and other celebs on stamps - what pop culture on postage stamps has left us with?
    I remember buying Disney stamps of some central American country when I was 13 or 14. I don't have them anymore but at that time I thought they were incredible. I lost interest in those stamps long time ago but it is definitely one of the reason I started to get interested in philately. However, I keep some of them when it comes to what I consider "old classic" such as Winnie the Pooh or Moomin, mainly prewar stuff. They are difficult to classify, it's something between "pop culture" and "classic author", Disney does not fall into this category but Moomin does. I hope you get what I'm trying to explain here... lol 

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  • 2015-05-07 Allan Ward wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Keijo wrote :@Allan... Both are fine for me, Thanks for asking :)

    Hi Keijo,

    quick note to say your SME has been stamped (cancelled) once, and is on it's way to you now.  Best wishes.  Allan

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  • 2015-05-07 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Pawel... Good eyes :) This is fixed now.

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  • 2015-05-07 Pawel wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    There seems to be a mistake on the exchange list: the last two swaps are listed as received on May 30th, three weeks from now ;)

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  • 2015-05-06 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Allan... Both are fine for me, Thanks for asking :)

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  • 2015-05-06 Allan Ward wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Keijo wrote :@Allan... Yep. Just use it to mail the next swap (and please please get the stamps/cover hand cancelled).

    Hi Keijo,

    your stamps arrived this afternoon, many, many thanks, you've sent a lot of really good stuff for me (again!).    Regarding the Sheet you want stamped;   do you want every stamp cancelled, or just the sheet cancelled with one postmark?

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  • 2015-05-06 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    @Allan... Yep. Just use it to mail the next swap (and please please get the stamps/cover hand cancelled).

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  • 2015-05-06 Allan Ward wrote on Stamp Exchange 2015
    Hi Keijo,thanks for the quick turn around on the stamps!   Did you include your mini-sheets for me to get stamped and post back to you?
    Allan

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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

    -k-

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

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

    i send first and you select only the stamps you need


    Oui.

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


    Non.

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


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

    -k-

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

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

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

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

    P.S. Sorry for being overly verbose.

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

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

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

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

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

    Tell me 

    regards

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    -k-

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

    I am in software development 20 years so I know


    Likewise ;)

    -k-

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

     

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

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

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

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

    Just my 5 cents worth,
    -k-

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Hi Keijo,

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

    Allan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks,

    Jerry

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

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

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

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

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

    Allan.

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

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

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

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

     

    Thanks,

    Daniel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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


    Sorry, can't recall reading nothing as such.

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

    Both Stamps side by side

    10 penni Red, Helsinki plate 

    20 penni Blue , Berlin Plate


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

     

     

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

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

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

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

    Thanks,
    Mark

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Small finds like this make collecting so much fun :)

    -k-

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    image

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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