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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 itJack 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. ...(1196 words,4 images, 10 comments)

New Zealand 1960 flower pictorials - mystery after mystery unravelled

New Zealand 1960 flower pictorials - mystery after mystery unravelledThis story began during the Boxing day when I started sorting a small pile of duplicates of 1960s NZ definitive stamps. As regular readers of the blog know, one of my habits is to compare copies of common stamps lined up side by side as it's one of the fastest ways to notice abnormal specimens. And whilst doing so I noted that few 3d and 8d stamps had 'weird' vertical perforations that didn't seem to match with the other specimens. Since these stamps should not have any perforation variants (besides the coil version of 1d and 3d - which these weren't) I knew something weird was going on. So I started digging up a bit further, and found a pretty interesting story to share. ...(565 words,3 images, 13 comments)

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