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- 2014-03-11 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 @Axel... That is great. Looking forward to the next batch...
- 2014-03-11 Rene wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 Thank you Keijo: that is very useful.Rene
- 2014-03-10 Axel wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 Hello Keijo, got your return envelope today, thanks for the nice cover and the new stamps!!
- 2014-03-10 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 @Lucia... Thanks :)
Will send you an email....
- 2014-03-10 Lúcia Guedes Vaz wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
Keijo wrote :
@Lúcia... Thanks for the praise.
And yes. I'm very much interested of Portuguese stamps. The Cavalinhos I've got completed, but from the Portuguese Monuments series I'm still missing most of the items I was looking back then when I wrote the article (look for the red backgrounds on this chart). From the 1978/83 Tools-series I'm still looking for tagged version of 20$00, type II of 30$00 stamp, and 250$00 stamp; from the 1985/1990 Architecture series I'm still missing the 0$50 and 500$00 values. All in all you can't go much wrong with Portuguese stamps, as I've got less than 1/3 of all stamps issued (and almost nothing from the Euro-era). Hope this advice hel
Dropped an envelope today... hope you enjoy it!
It would be nice to have your email. Have a nice week!
- 2014-03-10 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 @Rene... The somewhat commonly accepted 'trade' estimates are:
* 1kg of off-paper stamps contains approx. 10,000 stamps
* 1kg of closely cut kiloware contains approx. 5,000 stamps
* 1kg of loosely cut/ripped kiloware (usually with double paper) contains approx. 1,500 stamps - this is the standard kiloware sold by most dealers.
The number of stamps can vary quite a lot depending on the number of small sized stamps / definitives. If there's plenty of them, then you can easily multiply the number of stamps.
As for whether or not bulk lots are a good deal... It really can swing either way. All in all, I would not put much focus on (general worldwide) lots that are measured in grams,as they are usually recycled and/or split-up lots from 'wannabe'-dealers. Instead go for the lots that are measured in kg's or contain something very specific You are after. As far as pricing goes, paying more than 30-40€/$/£ + postage for 1kg (general mixture/lots) is where I usually draw the line. If it contains something I'm specifically after, then I'm willing to go a bit higher.
- 2014-03-10 Rene wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8 Keijo: good day: I have seen many ads and offers about so much ($) for so many grams of stamps either on or off paper. My question is how many stamps (on average) can you get for a 100 gr? How good a deal is it usually?
I think you have mentioned before that you buy these offers, so you must see some merit in them. If you have addressed this question before , just direct me to the posting. Thanks
- 2014-03-08 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of Germany and German areas Wow, I would never have thought that's what it was referring to. I googled online and didn't find anything helpful and, well, you can guess how much help Scott's was. :) Thanks!
- 2014-03-08 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Germany and German areas @Rick... Here's an illustration from Michel-catalog:
- 2014-03-08 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 @Cecil... Thanks :) BTW. Personally I prefer to keep items as they were issued.
- 2014-03-08 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of Germany and German areas I am looking through some Danzig album pages, and ran across the 1920 issues described as "burelage with points up" and "burelage with points down". I think I know what burelage refers to, but don't know what "points up" and "points down" means. What "points" are being referred to? Thanks!
- 2014-03-08 Cecil Reams wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 Post a exchange your way today - hope you enjoy. 1 item is a used souvenir sheet that has 10 Japanese stamps - left it onpaper as I was not sure if you would want to retain it in sheet-let form or separate it for the 10 different individual stamps.All others off paper as normal.
- 2014-03-07 Keijo wrote on Top 5 free online stamp catalogues reviewed @David... Thanks for the comment. I wrote the original entry back in 2010, and I've been updating it sporadicaly (mostly when some of the reviewed parties 'demands' for an update).
BTW. Did you already read my review of Michel online catalogue (I know it's bit out of date as well, but on the other Michel and other catalog publishers are pushing all sorts of e/digital-solutions faster than I can spend my money on them these days, LOL... Just last week Michel announced that they are launching single-country catalogs on USB-sticks).
- 2014-03-07 David Wolfersberger wrote on Top 5 free online stamp catalogues reviewed I am not sure when this blog first appeared but I just found it today. The Michel on-line catalogue is super. It is pretty much up-to-date with their monthly update published in the hardcopy Rundschau. There are many images of good quality; not all stamps are pictured. Even though my main catalogue is Scott I refer to the on-line Michel daily.
Michel is not free like the others mentioned here. My last renewal for the Premium version was $US150/year but to me it is well worth it as I am constantly needing to cross reference between Scott and Michel. And of course a complete up-to-date set of hardcopy Mi catalogues cost a thousand or more.
I think the SG on-line catalogue is updated through the 2012 hard copy catalogue but since I have a 2013 SG catalogue it is not use.
- 2014-03-07 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 @Update... Two new lots (#2-3) arrived to end this week. Responses to Paul and Chua will leave out later today. My thanks to both.
@Paul... The cover had gotten wet somewhere along the way, but the stamps were ok thanks to zip-bag.
- 2014-03-06 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 @Lúcia... Thanks for the praise.
And yes. I'm very much interested of Portuguese stamps. The Cavalinhos I've got completed, but from the Portuguese Monuments series I'm still missing most of the items I was looking back then when I wrote the article (look for the red backgrounds on this chart). From the 1978/83 Tools-series I'm still looking for tagged version of 20$00, type II of 30$00 stamp, and 250$00 stamp; from the 1985/1990 Architecture series I'm still missing the 0$50 and 500$00 values. All in all you can't go much wrong with Portuguese stamps, as I've got less than 1/3 of all stamps issued (and almost nothing from the Euro-era). Hope this advice helps.
- 2014-03-06 Keijo wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued @Eulalio... My pleasure. Feel free to write a check of 50,000 stamps for the blog ;)
- 2014-03-06 Eulalio wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued Woo-hoo! You just saved me the cost and trouble of 50,000 stamps ;)Thanks, Keijo. Love your site BTW!
- 2014-03-06 Lúcia Vaz wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
Keijo wrote :
@Everyone... Just a quick announcement, that the new exchange season will kick off March 1st 2014, and I'll try run it non-stop till start of November (unless something unexpected comes up).
It's the same old exchange as before with one new twist... There's now a "name and shame" punishment for everyone using labels or common definitives to pay postage... I believe most stamp collectors agree with me that there's nothing more sinister than to receive a cover with label instead of stamps. Or that those stamps are the ump-teenth specimens of a very common stamp (yes, I've already got about 100+ specimens of US 'Globe' stamp - I would prefer to have something else for change). Or that the stamps are 'recycled' (glued to cover). Or that they are faulty (rust-spots, tears etc)... We're all stamp collectors. We can do so much better :)
I've read your site with a great interest. Congratulations for it! Simple question: are you interest in portuguese stamps?I'm considering exchanging some stamps withyou according yourrules. I saw the two entries you've done about "Cavalinhos" and "portuguese monuments", is there any stamp of those two seriesthat is missing in you collection and you want above all?please let me know.If I receive your answer and if I have time during this week-end, I'll try to preparea niceselection for you.
- 2014-03-06 Axel wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 Hi Keijo, happy you found some useful items in the bag and you liked the stamp on the cover. It's a new one who was issued recently.
Till soon for some more swaps...
- 2014-03-06 Keijo wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued @Eulalio.... How much I wish I had the decade specific numbers done, and I could give you a straight answer. But they are a work very much under progress (and will be so for several years to come, unless I don't come up with hundreds of spare hours by some miracle).
Anyway, I would think your estimate is off by at least 15-20%. My reasoning is very simple: the size and type/purpose of stamps issued after 1840-1940 era is very much different compared to latter years. Hence I'd say that for 1840-1969 collection, You are likely looking at "only" ~250k stamps. Collecting "The first quarter of million stamps ever issued" does have a pretty nice ring to it ;)
- 2014-03-06 Eulalio wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued Hi. Thanks for this information. I was a "complete" worldwide collector for many years. I used Stanley Gibbons catalogs to organize all the world's countries into 16 groups, and made homemade albums for each group. I had around 15,000 different.But finally (in my 50s) I decided to get more serious about collecting and to simultaneously narrow down my collection. I think that my primary reason for doing so was that I feel that after a certain point in time the profusion of issues put out by some countries simply to make money off collectors represented a major change in what a stamp represented. I think this change took place primarily in the 1970s and so my arbitrary change was to end my collection at the end of 1969.I was thinking about the number of possible stamps in my 1840-1969 collection. I noticed that Scott Int'l Albums have 4 albums for this period, which suggests (from your number 80,869) about 20k stamps per Int'l Album. If this number holds up for each Int'l Album, you would get the following approximate breakdown:
1840-1940 (4 albums): ~80k stamps
1940-1949 (2 albums): ~40k stamps
1949-1959 (2 albums): ~40k stamps
1956-1959 (2 albums): ~40k stamps
1960-1963 (1 album): ~20k stamps
1963-1965 (1 album): ~20k stamps
1965-1966 (1 album): ~20k stamps
1967-1968 (1 album): ~20k stamps
1968-1971 (1 album): ~20k stamps
This would place my total theoretical 1840-1969 collection at a bit under 300,000 stamps, which at least has the advantage that the number will never grow, although the disadvantage that with each passing year the stamps in this collection get ever pricier!
Do you think my numbers are reasonable using this estimating method?
- 2014-03-06 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
- 2014-03-05 Keijo wrote on Photographing places and locations behind stamp designs And here's the Togo stamp & picture that Bill tried to share:
Absolutely fabulous pair IMHO.
- 2014-03-05 Keijo wrote on Is a complete all-era worldwide stamp collection possible? @Pete... Actually there's a latter blog entry with more precise figures. Back then the counter stopped at 620,761 for 1840-2010 era (and since then I've made some minor adjustments as well).
As for stamp counts from 1840 to date... I don't have the specific numbers, but based on annual 'new issue reports' and data for the 2000/2010 period, I'd say it's somewhere around 665,000. Michel has on their website some figures from their catalogs, and their statements put the number of items between 669,000 - 700,000 items. I've planned on doing an update to my statistics sometime in 2016 or 2017 (to make the statistics complete to 2015... I simply don't have the time to update the figures every year).
As for adding up new stamps... Zero problems for me so far and I'm looking very positively at reaching 100k items within the next 2 years.
- 2014-03-05 Keijo wrote on Photographing places and locations behind stamp designs @Mika... Thanks.
BTW. Nice to see another Finnish collector aboard (and based on statistics, I know there are hundreds of other Finnish collectors reading this blog. Don't be shy, do come out and say hi ;) )
- 2014-03-05 Keijo wrote on My stamp collection @Anne... Thanks. These are now fixed.
- 2014-03-04 Pete wrote on Is a complete all-era worldwide stamp collection possible? Hey Keijo,
My world wide count has been neck and neck with yours. I am currently at 84,500 different stamps, and it does begin to get harder to add large numbers of easy-to-get stamps to my collection at this point. If I can add 100 in a sitting it is a good evening. Do you have a total on number of world wide stamps issued from 1840-2013? I have to update my database with the new total! I'm guessing that the count is up to about 575,000 stamps or so.
- 2014-03-04 Mika wrote on Photographing places and locations behind stamp designs Great post! Lovely pictures, thank you!
- 2014-03-04 Anne wrote on My stamp collection Hi, I just noticed that there are two orthographic mistakes in your world wide stamp section, Germany.It's Schwerin and not Scwehrin and Schleswig-Holstein instead of Sleschwig-Holstein and Lauenburg.Anyway, I really like your blog!
- 2014-03-04 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of Austria and Austrian areas
Keijo wrote:Beautiful. Thanks!
@Rick… That’s clearly a limitation/errata on Scotts part. It even lists the base stamp (Germany Sc#510) as purple, whereas in Michel the base stamp is listed with number of shade and gum related varieties.
When checking Michel for Your Austrian item, it notes that your stamp is based on Mi#785b, and it exists in two shades “lebhaftblauviolet” and “lebhaftviolet”.
- 2014-03-04 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Austria and Austrian areas @Rick... That's clearly a limitation/errata on Scotts part. It even lists the base stamp (Germany Sc#510) as purple, whereas in Michel the base stamp is listed with number of shade and gum related varieties.
When checking Michel for Your Austrian item, it notes that your stamp is based on Mi#785b, and it exists in two shades "lebhaftblauviolet" and "lebhaftviolet".
- 2014-03-04 Richard Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of Austria and Austrian areas I have two copies of the 6 pf Austria Hitler overprint. Can you explain why Scott only lists it as purple, but these are clearly two different colors? (Link to scan is below).
- 2014-03-04 Carol Ligda-Wong wrote on Photographing places and locations behind stamp designs Thanks, Keijo! One of your most entertaining posts. It's great to see what you can do with your photography and storytelling, in addition to your excellent photos of stamps. It's a real boon to us armchair travelers.
- 2014-03-04 Keijo wrote on Feedback for the blog @John... Done (though you could have simply clicked the link on the bottom of newsletter to unsubscribe).
Re, the "unusable part"... What is unusable? Saying that something's broken or unusable without the specifics does not help at all in fixing potential issues. But if it relates to ads/adverts, or the fact that you are 'blocked out because of using AdBlocker', then please consider that keeping this blog and it's contents online for EVERYONE costs roughly $3,000 a year. That money has to come somewhere, and right here and right now that something is having adverts (though I'm always open for better ideas)! For those who dislike the adverts, there's a premium membership plan which provides access to the blog WITHOUT ads (+ few other benefits). With cost of 12.40€ it costs about the same as 4-6 cups of coffee/tea at McDonalds; or about the same as a single issue of some quality magazine from the newsstand. It should not be a big deal if this blog has proved useful advice / content. Sorry for the rant, but I thought I'd make my stand clear.
- 2014-03-04 Keijo wrote on Photographing places and locations behind stamp designs @Bill... No, the image did not came through. Though you can add images, PDF-files etc. into comment field, I have knowingly (to save money on running expenses of the blog + to keep page loads faster) disabled the 'save attachments' feature from readers of the blog. Instead, you have to do the following:
Step 1. Upload the file You want to share somewhere onto the web.
Personally I prefer website called Photobucket.com, but other (similar and free) photo sharing websites (such as Flickr) exist.
Even social media websites such as Google+, FaceBook and Twitter are fine, if you can simply manage the share settings so that anyone can view the uploaded image.
Step 2. Come back here to share the URL (starting with http:... ) where the image can be viewed
The system will pick up the URL automatically, and make it as clickable link / viewable image.
But I'm sending you email to give further advice. And if all else fails, I can always upload the image on Your behalf.
Re, the story... I definitely love it. To my 'Nordic' brains it just feels so intriguingly exotic. I just got to see the image you were trying to upload :)
- 2014-03-04 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods @Dennis... No, it's not required but it may have some advantages. It's not only about protecting against moisture, but more about providing additional shelter from temperature and relative humidity changes, light, dust and other air pollutants (such as gases and particles created by traffic, industry etc in big cities). Adding an slipcase is just "one more wall" against all these. But basically, if you already keep the stamps inside a cabinet or similar, you should be doing just fine.
PS. Hitting the "Leave new response" is the proper way to ask questions and share thoughts here. And if you can't find a proper page/topic for your message, just write it somewhere and I'll relocate the message under proper entity.
- 2014-03-04 Keijo wrote on Czechoslovakian 1945/47 Portraits definitive series: US Civil Censorship postmark and other oddities @Adrian... Thanks for the 'shameless plug' . Your blog definitely deserves Fred's (and everybody else's) attention. I've been a frequent reader of this new venture of Yours, and you are sharing some really nice tidbits. So really folks... If engraved stamps are your poison, go visit Adrian's blog and say hi from me ;)
Sad plonker here! No resources, no money and never enough time but...
We're like twins, LOL. But maybe the fact we have so little, makes us appreciate the few things we have even more. Heaven forbid, I would not know what to do if certain British Guyana 'magenta ship' sailed my way ;)
- 2014-03-04 Keijo wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck? @Donald...
So I am now still using my simple want lists and my more detailed (from EZStamp) want list which shows the illustration, size, denomination, year description and they can use that to locate it item in their Gibbons, Michel, etc catalog.
Like they say, great minds think alike.... http://www.stampcollectingblog.com/stamp-catalog-cross-references.php
- 2014-03-04 Keijo wrote on Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps @John, Robert... Thanks for the comments.I agree with both about the importance of good catalogue.
- 2014-03-04 John Dench wrote on Feedback for the blog Please remove me from your blog as it is no longer usable.
- 2014-03-04 Bill Rudd wrote on Photographing places and locations behind stamp designs Hey Keijo,
I think I can attach the photo I want to share with your viewers. The stamp is Togo, Scott
784 or Michel 869. It shows a road going through a fault, the Faille de
Aledjo, with a baboon on the side.
Togo is divided by a small east/west mountain range about half way up
the country. Back in the days of Togoland the Germans managed the north
of the country from the village of Aledjo Kadara just across the canyon
and up a few hundred meters to the right and back of the photographer.
They used conscripted labor to build the road north. Work slowed, then a
few laborers were tossed off of a nearby cliff. The drop to the right is
very steep so there was only one lane, passing through The Faille.
This is the north-south road in Togo. When the stamp was printed, July
1971 there were few vehicles using the road, between ten and twenty per
day. The baboons used to sit on the railing and watch the humans go by.
They were a scourge to the local farmers, and were slowly disappeared.
Now this road is the primary material support line for the landlocked
countries of Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso.
Note the stamp shows a one lane dirt road. Soon after the stamps issue,
1972-73, the road was paved and widened to two lanes at the faille as
can be seen in the attached photo. With the construction of the port,
seen in another series of Togo stamps, traffic increased significantly.
Today there is a vehicle passing at least every five minutes. I live in
a small village about a half kilometer further north from this spot.
Ironically the scene is about to change again this month. Because so
many trucks broke down, went off the road into the canyon, killing
people regularly, the Chinese have constructed a by-pass going east
around the mountains, even entering Benin for a short distance before re
entering Togo. The Faille will be left for passenger cars, the tourist,
and those who collect stamps.
Did the attachments come through?
- 2014-03-04 Dennis Buss wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods Hello Keijo,I have several traditional pre-printed commercial stamp albums, some with slipcases and some without. In addition, I have many stock books without slipcases. Is it essential to protect the album/stockbook and stamps by housing the binder in a slipcase? What are the dangers, if any, of having an "exposed" album? I live in California where the climate is mostly dry, even in the winter when it rains the sunshine quickly returns drying things out. Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this matter.
(P.S. I am not quite sure how to pose a new question on your website so I am using the "Leave a new response" option.)
- 2014-03-03 Robert Fulton wrote on Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps What am informative article. I have been interested in China since school days when I studied Chinese history, have had many Chinese friends and, for a brief time, a Chinese wife. I started collecting Chinese stamps over 20 years ago. The most intriguing aspect was the amazing number of stamps that were very similar andso many overprints.
My collection has grown slowly and is now housed in 6 albums that I designed and printed myself. Adding to my collection has generally followed the same method throughout the past 20 years. I buy a collection, mixture or old stamp album; remove the stamps I require, and; sell the remainder back into the market place.
One thing I have really found useful was a good catalogue. I currently use Stanley Gibbons and am keenly waiting for the new edition. This has directed my collection into a logical order.
Thank you so much for this article and best wishes.
- 2014-03-03 Adrian wrote on Czechoslovakian 1945/47 Portraits definitive series: US Civil Censorship postmark and other oddities
FRED MUGURUZA wrote:
Exactly...there you go eeeh Keijo?...any spare time to do the job? je,je,je...someday,some plonker having the resources and money would do...by the time,I'll be out of this world, L O L!
It's very much a work in progress but it'll grow...
And it's got a blog, and biographical info as well!
- 2014-03-03 Donald Gradeless wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck? While there are limitations to what can be done with software to fit everyone's individual needs I've found the EZStamp is working well for me. I do not use all the features and I cannot print a neat simple report as I would like it I can still get the reports. I've recently given up transporting my volumes of scott Catalogues and am just relying on the value provide by EZStamp. I have printed want lists with the details on each stamp which I did not want but then after a while realized that not everyone has the latest catalog for numbers or values. So I now have printed (.pdf) want lists which not only shows a simple illustration of the stamp but provided details on year, and description that would help someone locate the stamp (ever if they do not pay tribute by buying a new set of Catalogues each and every year.So I am now still using my simple want lists and my more detailed (from EZStamp) want list which shows the illustration, size, denomination, year description and they can use that to locate it item in their Gibbons, Michel, etc catalog.
- 2014-03-03 John Blackwell wrote on Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps I can't recommend joining the China Stamp Society highly enough! They have tremendous support in all the challenging areas this excellent post addresses, plus their early China Catalog is the best resource in the World bar none. You can also buy Stamps safely and sell, all with the benefit of the authentication and expertization that's available. Chinese Stamps are THE most heavily counterfeited of all. Also there are tons of reprints too. So if you want to get into China Stamps seriously, then you really can do no better than join.
- 2014-03-03 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 @Axel... Thanks. As usual, I will update this page when it arrives.
- 2014-03-03 Axel wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 Hi Keijo,
Dropped a small envelop today...
All the best.
- 2014-03-03 Keijo wrote on Photographing places and locations behind stamp designs @Edo... That Waymarking link is absolutely fabulous. Thanks for sharing :)
- 2014-03-03 Edo wrote on Photographing places and locations behind stamp designs Very interesting post! I also enjoy taking photographs of locations from stamps. Interesting note - there is a waymarking category that collects all such photos...
Many interesting photos and stamps there :)
- 2014-03-03 Keijo wrote on Photographing places and locations behind stamp designs @Drew... I can very well imagine how fun it must have been.... Speaking of London/UK, here's a bit of a funshot from Tampere:
I think I should have at least one or two UK stamps to match the 'LondonBus' topic ;)
- 2014-03-03 Drew wrote on Photographing places and locations behind stamp designs Hi Keijo,
It's great to see your photographs of stamps coming to life. I do have a set of photographs of London landmarks that match stamps that have been issued by GB. I had a friend accompany me and try take the shot exactly how its depicted on the stamp, I also made sure I was in the shot. Some were more challenging than others but it turned out to be a most enjoyable day.
- 2014-03-03 Keijo wrote on How much is my stamp collection worth – straight talk about real world stamp values and prices @Jennifer... Forget catalog prices / values; they are oftentimes very much out of touch with reality. With older PRC stamps (1950s) there are plenty of reprints that are a worth a fraction of the genuine pieces. With latter issues, it's all about the condition and demand. The stamps are worth only what somebody is willing to right here, right now. Anything else is just having daydreams...
Just put the lot up as auction with no reserve and start bidding low (say $5). Add plenty of photos and you're done. If the contents is as good as You say, it will sell for a phenomenal price. If not, then you know it was just a big pile of fairydust ;)
- 2014-03-02 Jennifer wrote on How much is my stamp collection worth – straight talk about real world stamp values and prices @Keijo Thanks for responding :)
I have been researching the prices of these stamps and I do believe I found a treasure :) The price I have come up with from help from others and just looking up the value(Scott's) Looks to be around $2500. The stamps do look to be in excellent condition. So would you do this as an auction, then start the price at what? Or do a buy it now with best offer? I'm just not familiar on this subject.
I sell full time on ebay but I have never come across something like this. This is very interesting and Fun. I think I should get these listed soon sinceits still a hot item.
- 2014-03-02 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods @ZM... Here's an entry I wrote few years back about the costs of various storage methods. All in all, don't take the numbers and charts I represent on the page without a grain of salt, as the reality might be a bit different depending where you live. All my data is based on situation here in Northern Europe; pricing of products in other parts of the world CAN (and usually is) different.
- 2014-03-02 Keijo wrote on How much is my stamp collection worth – straight talk about real world stamp values and prices @Jennifer... For $5 it sounds like a GREAT purchase. If I were you, I'd simply put it up on sale (on eBay or DelCampe) as single lot with no reserve. Add close-up scans/photos of each page, and you are looking for guaranteed sale on a good price (assuming the stamps are in excellent condition). You would likely get some more by selling stamps as singles, but on the other hand I doubt it would be worthy of your time.
As for prices/value of PRC stamps... It's still an hot area, but definitely entering status quo and all in all the prices are in decline with some exceptions.
- 2014-03-02 ZM wrote on Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods Hi Keijo!
I was wondering if you could help me. I usually store my stamps in Vario stamp sheets. However, I am finding them to be very expensive these days.
Do you know of any methods to store stamps that doesnt cost alot?
I would really appreciate it.
Thank you for your time.
- 2014-03-01 Jennifer wrote on How much is my stamp collection worth – straight talk about real world stamp values and prices I sell on eBay and to get my inventory I go hunting at estate sales, yard sales, thrift stores etc. Well my last hunt was at a thrift store. I found this really nice stamp album. Looked new but from the 60s/70s. Thought I could sell this for $30-$40. This was wrapped in plastic so I couldn't take it out to look it over. But I thought for $5 I can't go wrong. I unwrapped it and there are STAMPS! I've researched these and they are the People's Republic of China stamps from the 1970s!
My question is, I like to buy and resell as quick as possible so I'd like to sell this all together so its quick. Do you think this is a good idea or sell separately and just sell the album like I originally thought? Would I get the most on eBay or find someone locally?
Do these go up in value?
Thanks for the help,
- 2014-03-01 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 @Kostas... Well, it was a valid suggestion. I realize that adding more 'flexibility' to the system is something many would love to see, and I'm hoping that some day (but not next week or next month, likely not even the next year) I could provide more choices/options than currently.
- 2014-02-28 Kostas wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
- 2014-02-28 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 @Kostas... Sorry, but CTO is 'worth' another CTO stamp (of similar size/type).
- 2014-02-28 Kostas wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 Hi Keijo, I was wondering if it is possible to exchange mixed used/CTOs for mixed used/mint stamps. Currently there is no way such exchange can be specified in the pdf form, but I would gladly exchange some CTOs (incl. mini-sheets) for something other than CTOs.
- 2014-02-27 Keijo wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck? @Martin... Sorry for bit slow response. I was on a spa holiday with the family for few days. Re your question... Yes, it had arrived earlier this week (as well as few other cards). I'm emailing you (and others) a copy of the template in half hours time.
As for 'sent it over a week ago'..Most of the mail I receive / sent out takes AT LEAST 10-20 days to travel from country to country (though there are some exceptions such as Austria, where mail usually travels in less than week). I see your postcard was dated Feb 16th, postmarked Feb 17th, and today is Feb 27th... So with 10 day delivery, it was even faster than I anticipated ;)
- 2014-02-27 Keijo wrote on Introduce yourself @Jeanne... Happy to hear you've been enjoying my adventures in the world of stamps. I'm very excited to hear that I've managed to make detailed technicalities a bit 'easier' to comprehend for others, because they were (and sometimes still are) an area where I struggle.
Anyways, your problem... The best advice I can give is listen to your heart. If they feel like burden, then simply pass them onwards. Sell them, donate them, burn them; just do something that makes you happy. As they were given to you 'for free', then you've really got nothing to lose no matter what you do.
- 2014-02-27 Keijo wrote on Japan - Animal, plant and national treasure definitive series @Ray... Thanks for the link.
- 2014-02-26 Martin FitzGerald wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck? Hi Keijo,
Did you get my postcard? I sent it over a week ago.
- 2014-02-26 Jeanne wrote on Introduce yourself Hello Keijo,
Your excellent blog is the first place that I have found where I have not felt confronted by a maze of intricate technicalities. For that alone, thank you!
I have been collecting stamps since childhood (early 1960s onwards) on an ad hoc basis, just because I like them and can spend hours looking at them.
As a result, over the years, friends and family have regularly set aside a few to give me. That was manageable...
What is not, are the thousands of stamps collected since the late 1940s that I recently inherited from a relative who just hoarded the things and kept them for the most part in dozens of plastic bags!
His specific interest was in British definitives and engraved images, but there are all sorts in there.
As you can imagine, hundreds were damaged beyond salvation, but others seem to have survived quite well. It has taken me three months to sort through the first batch of them and more have arrived since. Among them are some very old stamps, from all over the world - sometimes dozens of the same - and I haven't a clue what I am dealing with.
I don't want to keep them all. I dare not throw any that are not damaged away. What to do? What to do?
I think I need some help...
Can you advise?
- 2014-02-25 Ray wrote on Japan - Animal, plant and national treasure definitive series Good news for Japanese definitive stamp lovers! Due to the increase of the consumption tax in Japan starting from 01/04, postal rate will change. New definitive stamps will be issued on 03/03 according to the rate increase. No official FDC is announced but a Hato (dove) FD postmark will be available on 03/03 limited only before noon.
The old postal rate will be valid until the last day of this month.
- 2014-02-24 Keijo wrote on Italia Turrita – Syracuse coin definitive stamps of Italy @masa... There's no short response to Your question. Basically it's all about supply and demand. As the number of known variations is huge, You really need a specialized catalog (sassone for italy, Michel for germany, lyapin for Russia etc) to find out whether or not some variant is common or not.
- 2014-02-24 masa wrote on Italia Turrita – Syracuse coin definitive stamps of Italy
- 2014-02-24 Keijo wrote on Five-year plan stamp issues of DDR That's Michel #437... Comes in several subtypes (with varying values). Sadly the top perforations of your stamp seem pretty bad, so it's nothing more than a spacefiller even on best scenario.
- 2014-02-24 Keijo wrote on Italia Turrita – Syracuse coin definitive stamps of Italy @masa... The small sized high values (100 Lires upwards) used this design, however your copy has somewhat poor centering (some would consider it undesireable, whereas others would fancy it). These 100 Lire stamps are all with watermark stars. The desing (measured from edge of frame to other end) exists in two different sizes (with 16 or 17mm). Depending on the width, it's either Michel #1051 or #1267 - both are minimum catalog value stamps.
- 2014-02-24 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 @ikeyPikey... Trust me, I've spent way too many hours building that 'grouping'. But it's been lot of fun; and very educational as well.
- 2014-02-24 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Sweden @Rick... Bizarrre. Michel lists also perf 13x13½ for these. Maybe there's an errata in my copy of Facit; I'll see if I can lend a later edition from the library to check.
- 2014-02-23 masa wrote on Five-year plan stamp issues of DDR @Keijo,Hi, turns out I also have a third issue DDR stamp you mentioned in this article.
Would appreciate more insights/info about this. Thanks!
- 2014-02-23 masa wrote on Italia Turrita – Syracuse coin definitive stamps of Italy @Keijo,
Hi, please see the images link below. All my Syracuse stamps are shown then thumbnail of the 100 lire with weird margin and the 12 lire winged wheel are shown below. The stamps in first row are all mint and unused so I still dont know what the watermarks are. Will buy a light this weekend.
Would appreciate more insights/info about this. Thanks!
- 2014-02-23 ikeyPikey wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 Keijo, Greetings:I scrolled down and saw Ireland & Italy ... it did not occur to me that you had grouped the countries! Gosh, this internet stuff is *tricky*!
- 2014-02-23 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of Sweden
Rick Young wrote:So I looked at these more closely, and what I've begun to notice is the wavy watermarks are often easier to see when held under the light, than when against a black surface or submerged in watermark fluid. These watermarks look like light (not dark) areas under the light. But when put in watermark fluid, the stamp looks almost translucent, which makes it gets harder to see the watermark. However I measured an remeasured and measured again, and one of them looks like 13 X 13 1/2. Who knows?
@Rick… Facit states all Coat of arms stamps (despite watermark) are perforated 13 x 13. So I’d recheck the perforation first…. The only way to identify between these two is to check watermark. The crown is always very well visible whereas the wavy lines may be a bit hard to see.
That’s helpful, Keijo. I was noticing as I was going through the Sweden definitives how clear the crown watermarks were. Thanks.
- 2014-02-23 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 @ikeyPikey... I do collect Israel. It's even there on my collection page - http://www.stampcollectingblog.com/view-my-stamp-collection.php?target=mideast
That said, the numbers for Israel are not reflecting the entire truth, as I've got two large Israel lots/collections waiting to be merged into my collection. I think I won't make there before 2015 or whenever I'm done with Asian countries (so much to do, so little time...sigh).
As for areas I'm not collecting... There's no such. I know the current my Collection page is having some areas/countries/postal entities (such as most UN entities) M.I.A, but that's just because I'm in the middle of inventory system upgrade (should be all done by 2017). Everything you see for Europe, Africa and Americas is fully up-to-date; the rest of the world is still under progress.
- 2014-02-23 ikeyPikey wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 Keijo, Greetings: You do not collect Israel? Are there any other UN member states that you do not collect? Cheers,
- 2014-02-23 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 @Bill... Wow. Thanks :)
Re, the countries... As you already likely realize, I'm open for just about everything. That said, I've got some countries more filled than others, and a good guideline (for everyone taking part to my exchanges) is to check out my collection page, and spend some going through the charts. The higher the completion percentage, the less likely I'll be needing the stamps from that country.
And yes, used and CTO is my 'treat' whereas mint items are of no interest to me.
PS. And my mailing address can be found on the infosheet that should go with every exchange lot. The link to the sheet can be found on the slideshare presentation.
- 2014-02-23 Bill wrote on Stamp exchange 2014 Hey, this is the most I have talked or written for awhile. Its probably because I am enjoying your blog and all the excellent information. I would be happy to send you stamps from the countries of west Africa, Congo north to Morocco. Let me know if you have a country or countries of preference. I am assuming onlyused. I don't want anything in return, I have an affinity only for mint. I'll look around for your mailing address.
- 2014-02-22 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of Sweden
@Rick… Facit states all Coat of arms stamps (despite watermark) are perforated 13 x 13. So I’d recheck the perforation first…. The only way to identify between these two is to check watermark. The crown is always very well visible whereas the wavy lines may be a bit hard to see.
That's helpful, Keijo. I was noticing as I was going through the Sweden definitives how clear the crown watermarks were. Thanks.
- 2014-02-22 Keijo wrote on Stamps of colonial Nigeria @Bill... Thanks for pointing up the errata. I checked Wikipedia and it states Abuja became capital on 12 December 1991.
- 2014-02-22 Keijo wrote on Forgery of Camp Post Hanau stamp / label @Ian... Your guess is as good as mine.
- 2014-02-22 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Sweden @Rick... Facit states all Coat of arms stamps (despite watermark) are perforated 13 x 13. So I'd recheck the perforation first.... The only way to identify between these two is to check watermark. The crown is always very well visible whereas the wavy lines may be a bit hard to see.
- 2014-02-22 Bill wrote on Stamps of colonial Nigeria Nice article, I am always learning something new. One minor correction. The capital of Nigeria is Abuja, not Lagos. At least not anymore. Abuja was built in the center of the country to be the capital. I am not sure when it officially changed. I was there in the mid eighties and it was still under construction.
- 2014-02-22 Ian Greenwood wrote on Forgery of Camp Post Hanau stamp / label Is it really as easy as that? Kniffke, the German dealers, have both perforate and imperforate at 15 euros each. I bought the perforate pair. Was I just lucky, or do Kniffke know something that we don't?
- 2014-02-21 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of Sweden I have two Sweden stamps that look like either Scott 68 (watermark crown) or Scott 96 (watermark wavy lines). One has a faint wavy lines watermark and I cannot see a watermark on the the other. My confusion is that the one where a faint wavy watermark is visible is perf. 13 X 13.5, while Scott lists 96 as being perf. 13, but lists 68 as possibly being 13 OR 13 X 13.5. Since the 13 X 13.5 copy I have is wavy watermark, I am not sure where to classify it. Of course, since I have not found a watermark for the perf 13 copy, I cannot determine whether it is 68 or 96. Can you offer any insight above what Scott does? Thanks!
- 2014-02-21 Keijo wrote on Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps @Dave... Not so surprisingly, there's a similar wiki-entry for Chinese numbers as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_numerals
What would the world be without Wikipedia. And Google. And... We get it so much easier than the collectors before us.
- 2014-02-21 Keijo wrote on Italia Turrita – Syracuse coin definitive stamps of Italy @masa... Could upload a photo/scanned image of the stamp somewhere. Without a picture it's pretty hard to say anything.
- 2014-02-21 Dave F ("Philatarium") wrote on Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps That's excellent, Keijo. Thanks for sharing that idea. (I am not always good at thinking to take advantage of the latest resources out there.)
Agreeing with you, I have found Wikipedia helpful in this area as well. In fact, when I trying to quickly find a nice summation (or chart) of obsolete kanji for numerals, it was Wikipedia that came out with what I was looking for:
Again, thanks for a great article!
- 2014-02-21 masa wrote on Italia Turrita – Syracuse coin definitive stamps of Italy I have 4 of these stampes with stars actually and the 100 Lire one does not have even margins. Is this a fake or a common error? i collected stamps as a kid and now after more than 2 decades, i opened up my stamp collection again to clean my room. very nostalgic.
- 2014-02-21 Keijo wrote on Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps @Dave... Actually I started with simple English to China translations (using Google Translate), and then compared the output to stamps / resources. Michel has plenty of useful illustrations, but I've found Wikipedia to be even better resource for historic placenames etc in 'foreign' languages.
- 2014-02-21 Dave F ("Philatarium") wrote on Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps Keijo -- I think you did a remarkable job assembling that information and preparing that chart, especially if you have no experience with Chinese characters!
Out of curiosity, how did you prepare it, or how did you select the characters you wanted to use in the chart? I ask because I use a Japanese input app (enter it phonetically and the software provides the possible character choices, then you select the one you're looking for). I would occasionally like to do something like your chart for Chinese characters (where they are different from Japanese), but am not sure how to do it because I don't know the Chinese phonetics, like I do for the Japanese. (Those last 2 sentences may have made no sense at all.)
- 2014-02-20 Keijo wrote on Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps @Dave... Good catch (this is what happens when you try to produce something sensible 'after hours'...I'd be much better sorting stamps than writing, LOL.). That is now fixed.
- 2014-02-19 Dave F ("Philatarium") wrote on Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps Keijo -- As usual, this is a great article!
I'm primarily a Japan collector, but I occasionally dip my toe in the Chinese stamp waters. However, I usually have to get on with something else before I can ever be fully immersed in trying to understand them. (I do read some modern (post-WW2) Japanese, and sometimes that's helpful with Chinese stamps, and sometimes not.)
That said, unless I've made a mistake (and that's always a likely possibility!), I believe that the characters you show in your helpful chart for "2000 Yuan" actually reads as "200 Yuan".
Nonetheless, very well done in all respects!
All the best,
- 2014-02-19 Bill wrote on Q&A: stamps of France & colonies Hi, Thanks for the prompt response. I think I only need the first volume, I only collect up to about 1980. I am not a fan of all the commercial or topicalissues. If the stamp does not represent the country or it's culture, I am not interested. Disneyland does not belong in Togo for example. I also believe that the quality of these newer mass produced stamps is inferior. I like the Classics. Thanks for your help.
- 2014-02-19 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of France & colonies
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