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Polish perforation varieties of the 1950s

Polish perforation varieties of the 1950s

I have got two tricky questions for you. First, how many of the Polish stamps issued between October 1950 (currency reform) and end of 1959 have got perforation varieties (besides imperfs)? And two, how many different perforation variations are there for each of these stamps? To give you some ballpark, Poland issued 480 stamps in these ten years.

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Hungary 1962 Birds of Prey inking EFO

Hungary 1962 Birds of Prey inking EFO

In 1965 Hungary issued a set of stamps depicting birds of prey to commemorate 65th anniversary of Agricultural Museum. The 60 filler stamp features Western Marsh Harrier in its natural habitat, and the below illustration displays two copies of this stamp. Like most of my stamp stories there’s a twist: the left side copy features an unlisted variety.

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Some new discoveries on stamps of Sri Lanka

Some new discoveries on stamps of Sri Lanka

I know modern postage stamps are not everybody’s cup of tea, but the below new discoveries hopefully show why I keep on collecting new issues as well. Especially the stamps of less loved countries such as Sri Lanka are guaranteed to provide endless possibilities for those who keep their eyes open and treat stamp catalogs only as rough guide.

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Netherlands Antilles series Disberg

Netherlands Antilles series Disberg

Here’s an interesting tidbit that jumped out from a pile of stamps while I was working my way through Netherland Antilles. I noted definitives of 1958/1959 (which the Dutch call Disberg series after their designer) come with at least two different paper types without the general catalogs saying nothing about the variety. The difference between papers is so obvious that it sticks out even without any kind of tools.

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Poll: Stamps or knowledge. Which should come first?

I know there are two schools about this question, but how do you feel about it? Should you obtain stamps first, and then go in hunt of knowledge. Or do you first prefer to learn everything there is to know, and then head out in search of specimens? I confess I’ve been a ‘stamps first’ kind of collector pretty much throughout my life, but maybe not out of my own free will.

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A more detailed look into anatomy of color shifts on modern postage stamps

A more detailed look into anatomy of color shifts on modern postage stamps

Possibly one of the most difficult questions general collectors must face are color shifts, aka. color misregistration errors, and the question when they are something worth keeping. In my humble opinion there are no strict guidelines here – just personal opinions influenced by level of knowledge and interests. Deeply specialized collectors with exhibition collections are very likely to have highest criteria of all. They have seen lots of specific type of material and have interest mostly with items that  are somewhat unique showstoppers. On the other side of the pool are general collectors like yours truly who collect just about everything as long as it looks even slightly different.

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The dreaded dash as catalog value

The dreaded dash as catalog value

I’m sure most of you know the feeling of discovering a variety that is valued with a dash only. A big happy smile trying to come up, maybe attached with some disbelief forcing you to recheck that what you got is real. But above all there’s the desire to know why catalog editors have failed to provide any measurable valuation, and what the dash equals in real world. In a way it doesn’t make sense at all since most of us collectors are never going to sell our precious. I guess it falls down to owning a prized possession. The bigger the catalog value, the better the catch. And if there are no metrics, then there’s really nothing to brag about it.

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Agency stamps – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Agency stamps – the good, the bad, and the ugly

In my opinion one of the greatest wrongs in stamp world is to say stamps of specific country are junk. A more true version would be to say that stamps of specific agency are “junk”. And this is basically the topic of this post. Giving you an overview of the various stamp agencies out there, their histories and impact from collector point of view. The good and bad, who did what, where and when. This is by no means a precise history lesson, but more of a collection of tidbits, observations and opinions that thirty years of active stamp collecting have taught me.

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Siam 1914 overprint types

Siam 1914 overprint types

Here’s a fun stamp related tidbit I was not aware before. In 1914 Siamese Post increased foreign postal rates and decreased local rates. To meet the demand of new values, stamps from the series of 1912 were overprinted with new values. Michel says nothing on varieties, but the two specimens I stumbled upon display a clear difference:

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You can now listen SCB

You can now listen SCB

Just a quick heads up that I’ve rolled out another update for the blog. Those browsers that support speech synthesis  (meaning pretty much all devices and browsers released within the past two years) can now listen for the blog entries.  The buttons to engage ‘speech synthesis mode’ can be found at top of each article as illustrated in below picture:  

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