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Review of Lape Finland Concise stamp catalogue 2015

Review of Lape Finland Concise stamp catalogue 2015

Recently I ordered a box of new stock books from a clearance sale, and as a freebie I received two copies of LAPE Finland Concice Stamp Catalogue 2015. For a dealer out-of-date copies such as these they may be dead inventory, but as a collector I definitely love a cheap (or as in this case free) upgrade. Retail price of LAPE Concice has been about 20€ several years, but as the catalog comes out annually, older copies are somewhat easily available and sell for pittance locally. Usually the highest cost of obtaining Finnish catalogs is not the price of book itself, but postage and delivery costs.

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German ATM stamps (aka. Klüssendorf) – rethinking how to organize

German ATM stamps (aka. Klüssendorf) – rethinking how to organize

Though many might not agree with me, I consider ATM-stamps (which the Americans call Variable Rate Stamps or Variable Value stamps) as one of the best innovations in modern postage stamp production. Although stamp catalogs have got varying policies with inclusion of ATM-stamps (with Michel giving them full recognition, Scott listing only the US based stamps), they are real postage stamps. Whereas meters and labels are valid only by the licensed user from the specified location and on the date imprinted, the ATM-stamps behave just like postage stamps – buy once from any vending machine, use whenever and where-ever. With this entry I’ll be providing a simplified overview with one of the most common and popular area of them all – the German ATM-stamps.

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Review of ‘Forgeries of common stamps after World War 1: Eastern Front, Balkans,Caucasus’

Review of ‘Forgeries of common stamps after World War 1: Eastern Front, Balkans,Caucasus’

New books focusing on forgeries of common stamps don’t come out often, so when I saw Amazon Kindle listing of ‘Forgeries of common stamps after World War 1: Eastern Front, Balkans, Caucasus’ by P. Clark Souers for $11 I was immediately attracted to it, and few days later I added a copy of it to my Kindle reader.

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New Zealand KGV definitives – how different catalogs approach the stamps and what you can learn from it

New Zealand KGV definitives – how different catalogs approach the stamps and what you can learn from it

Jack of all trades, master of none holds very true with us worldwide collectors.  I got reminded on this when sorting up with small batch of New Zealand King George V stamps recently. Though I believed I had pretty good working knowledge on the stamps, I decided to re-read various catalogs at my disposal before digging any further, and I actually learned quite a lot new stuff while at it. The fun part is that all catalogs provided a slightly different angle for these stamps.

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Storage for worldwide stamp collection – the grand cost comparison, 2017 edition

Storage for worldwide stamp collection – the grand cost comparison, 2017 edition

Way back in year 2009 I wrote a seven part article series where I went through all the major storage alternatives for worldwide stamp collections, and estimated the approximate cost of each system when collecting the world from 1840 to date. Back then the lowest cost storage system was established with stock books, whereas using stock cards was four times more costly. Do these results still hold true or has the situation changed?

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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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