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Argentina UP stamps

Argentina UP stampsI'm sure most of the worldwide stamp collectors have noted that in recent two decades Argentina has issued many stamps with inscription UP. Scott notes that the stamps were sold at Unidad Postal outlets, Michel calls them 'agency stamps'. Both have got it true, but as always there's bit more to it. ...(269 words,3 images, 2 comments)

Argentinian definitive stamp series of 1954/76 pt.4: other designs with double border frames

Argentinian definitive stamp series of 1954/76 pt.4: other designs with double border framesMoving on to with Argentinian definitive stamps of 1954/76, this time I focus on stamps having double border frames around the design. ...(439 words,6 images, 6 comments)

Argentinian definitive stamp series of 1954/76 pt.3: portraits

Argentinian definitive stamp series of 1954/76 pt.3: portraitsMoving on with the Argentinian definitive series of 1954/76 (see pt.1 and pt.2), this entry focuses on stamps having portrait of persons other than Jose de San Martin. These introduce only 14 face different stamps, but the varieties double the number of items to collect. To make things easier to approach, I've split these into three different subseries. ...(291 words,6 images, 8 comments)

Argentinian definitive stamp series of 1954/76 pt2: Jose de San Martin

Argentinian definitive stamp series of 1954/76 pt2: Jose de San MartinMoving on with the Argentinian definitive stamp series of 1954/76, this entry focuses on stamps having portrait of general Jose de San Martin. All in all, there are 3 major designs, 16 face different stamps, and 34 variations to collect. ...(795 words,10 images, 10 comments)

Argentinian definitive stamp series of 1954/76 pt1: introduction

Argentinian definitive stamp series of 1954/76 pt1: introductionSometimes stamp catalogs make the life of ordinary stamp collector a lot harder than necessary. One of these cases are the Argentinian definitive postage stamps of 1954 (up to 1976/78 depending on catalog used). IMHO trying to follow catalog listings for these leads nowhere but one hell of a mess (pardon the expression, but it fits here) , whereas if you step aside and use common sense, this series become a lot easier to organize and handle. ...(834 words,6 images, 16 comments)

Argentina 1908 San Martin definitive stamps

Argentina 1908 San Martin definitive stampsI've been going through a bunch of classic Argentinian stamps for the past few weeks, and it's been lots of fun. However, when going through definitives of 1908, I came across with a problem I haven't found any answer. Michel notes that all values exist in perforations 13½:12½ and 13½ with following exceptions: ...(118 words,1 images, 8 comments)

Argentina 1862 Coat of Arms - a common counterfeit stamp

Argentina  1862 Coat of Arms - a common counterfeit stampThe 1862 Argentina Coat of Arms, also known as "small shields" type, were the first stamps of Argentina after the unification. They were printed by Roberto Lange in lithography, containing 3 different values of 5c rose,10c green and 15c blue. Catalogs state these stamps were printed in 1862,1863 and 1864; and number of forgeries is plenty. As the real things have somewhat high catalog values, I've got a (somewhat common) counterfeit of 10 centavos green to display. ...(236 words,2 images, 3 comments)

And a case of good luck :)

And a case of good luck :) Just to show a case of good luck in contrast to last post. This is something I found while sorting stamps I had soaked from kiloware... An Argentinian 10 peso definitive postage stamp issued in 1995. It looks like any modern day topical stamp, but if catalogs are to believe, this one is worth 30€ a piece. ...(146 words,1 images, 2 comments)

I hate when postal service ruins a beautiful item

I hate when postal service ruins a  beautiful itemOne of the eternal complaints from stamp collectors is how postal service (more or less frequently) ruins the philatelic mail sent. In US "killers" (cancels) are a sure way to make the cover not so collectible. In UK many postal officers seem to fancy pen cancellations - if cancelling cover at all. And in Finland? Well... ...(238 words,5 images, 6 comments)

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