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Small mystery from Umm-al-Quwain

Small mystery from Umm-al-QuwainI know Sand Dunes, especially the 1970s stamps,  are not everyone's cup of tea. But please bear with me as I find items such as these Umm-al-Quwain stamps great edutaiment when it comes to many faces of modern errors, freaks and oddities. ...(306 words,3 images, 0 comments)

Hamburg 1864 2½ schilling in brownish khaki - genuine or not

Hamburg 1864 2½ schilling in brownish khaki - genuine or notI'm usually not attracted by uncancelled items, but the below Hamburg 1864 2½ schilling stamp caught my interest since stamps of Hamburg are somewhat rarely seen. From first looks it appears as Michel #14  (Scott 23) with one clear exception: the color of the stamp is brownish khaki instead of the standard green-ish color. The starting situation in itself poses two mind-intriguing questions.  First, is the stamp genuine or not?  And second, if it is genuine, then what could have caused the color change? ...(1075 words,3 images, 6 comments)

Hungary 1962 Birds of Prey inking EFO

Hungary 1962 Birds of Prey inking EFOIn 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. ...(257 words,2 images, 2 comments)

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 stampsPossibly 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. ...(1750 words,15 images, 32 comments)

Lithuania 1992 Olympic stamps - perforation woes

Lithuania 1992 Olympic stamps - perforation woesIn 1992 Lithuania issued a set of three stamps to commemorate the upcoming Barcelona/Albertville Olympic games. According to catalogs these stamps should have no perforation varieties, but as the below entry and specimens hopefully illustrate, the reality is not as simple. ...(428 words,5 images, 5 comments)

Soviet 50th anniv. of October revolution EFO

Soviet 50th anniv. of October revolution EFOBelow is an interesting Soviet EFO (error-freak-oddity) that I believe is a result of poor quality control during sheet cutting.  These two minisheets are of identical size, and the only real difference between the sheets is the shifted location of background (which leads to different inscription visible) and the location of stamp itself. ...(224 words,1 images, 4 comments)

Marginal notes about stamps of Italy

Marginal notes about stamps of ItalyTime for the second part of my 'marginal notes' , and this time we're heading into Italy. The topics of this article include stamps of Polish Resettlement Corps in Italy, CLN /Partisan stamps of Upper Varese, and a double print/KISS flaw on CEPT-stamp. As always, hope you enjoy the stamp extravaganza ahead. ...(855 words,4 images, 6 comments)

Marginal notes about stamps of Spain

Marginal notes about stamps of SpainFor the month of May (and first week of June) the articles on SCB will be be a bit different from the usual overviews and analytical studies. The space will be filled by a series of posts titled Marginal notes about stamps of [countryName]. Longtime readers might remember that the original tagline of SCB was 'diary of an ordinarie collector of stamps'; well these 'marginal notes' are kind of a spinoff production of the blog. I've had these items marked separately on my albums for possible display, but since these are mostly short and random tidbits, I would/could not write a full-featured (500-1500 word) article on these. Thus I'm now releasing some of these notes as country specific 'collections'. Hope you enjoy the stamp extravaganza ahead! ...(1041 words,9 images, 0 comments)

Stamp misidentification made easy - a case of Canadian 50c Prairie Town Main Street stamp

Stamp misidentification made easy - a case of Canadian 50c Prairie Town Main Street stampI'm quite sure most worldwide stamp collectors are familiar with the 1978 Canadian 50c prairie town main street stamp. Despite being a somewhat modern issue, it is a classic example why most stamp collections contain at least some misidentified stamps (despite us owners/collectors claiming otherwise).  Here is my story how I made a identification mistake, and how I found out about it over two decades later. ...(787 words,3 images, 9 comments)

1970 Bulgaria 4 Stotinki Boats at Albena - unlisted variety and other tidbits

1970 Bulgaria 4 Stotinki Boats at Albena  - unlisted variety and other tidbitsSince I've been lately writing about color variations, the 1970 Bulgarian 4 Stotinki "Boats at Albena" makes an interesting chapter about the topic. Though this middle value of the Holiday Resorts definitive series is likely one of the most common Bulgarian stamps, a lot of confusion exists about it in catalogs. And I think I may have stumbled across with an unlisted color variety that should deserve some level of recognition in major catalogs. ...(716 words,4 images, 2 comments)

A more scientific view on color variations and changelings

A more scientific view on color variations and changelingsEach time any of stamp collectors comes up with a color variation, there's a pretty good chance that at least one or few 'nay-sayers' will immediately stand up and say that it's not genuine, but a color changeling caused by exposure to light, heat, humidity, chemical or whatever. Though I agree that certain level of skepticism is only for the good, I do feel that labeling all color variations as environmental changelings (at least without proper explanation) is not a working option either. Though it would require a high-end science lab to prove what's actually happened, there's somewhat 'basic' and logical science behind the everyday phenomena that causes colors to fade and vary. ...(928 words,6 images, 6 comments)

Bizarre looking print variety on Serbian 1918 King Peter I and crown-prince Alexander stamp

Bizarre looking print variety on Serbian 1918 King Peter I and crown-prince Alexander stampHere's an interesting print variety that sat on my collection for several years unnoticed. I noted this only weeks back when I was sorting through some new additions, and compared the stamps in detail to determine what specimens to keep. ...(169 words,3 images, 3 comments)

Guatemala Primavera 1960 color changeling

Guatemala Primavera 1960 color changelingFew years back I wrote about perforation varieties of Guatemalan Spring Fair 1960 stamp, and with this entry I'll introduce another bizarre specimen for this stamp. ...(164 words,2 images, 4 comments)

Color variations on modern Cuban postage stamps

Color variations on modern Cuban postage stamps Though I had a somewhat busy weekend, I was able to devote some time into going through a pile of Cuban stamps that had been on my desk all week. And boy did I have a blast, as I spotted several new specimens of what I call 'COPREFIL varieties'. ...(251 words,3 images, 2 comments)

Minor variations on modern Egyptian stamps

Minor variations on modern Egyptian stampsMoving on with the topic of Egyptian postage stamps, below are some minor variations from my collection of Egyptian stamps. Nothing extremely rare or difficult to come by, just some nice looking freaks that stand out when you have them side-by-side with regular copy. ...( 0 comments).

Print flaw on Italian Alti Valore definitive postage stamp

Print flaw on Italian Alti Valore definitive postage stampMoving on with Italian (definitive) postage stamps, here's a small EFO I spotted when sorting the so called "Alti Valore" series. ...(95 words,1 images, 0 comments)

Unlisted perforation variety on 1969 Dubai stamp - real or fishy?

Unlisted perforation variety on 1969 Dubai stamp - real or fishy?  Whilst adding some new stamps to my Middle East stockbook, I noted something funny on 1969 set of Dubai fish stamps. The stamps have two very different perforations. According to general catalogs I have, this series should exist only in perforation of 11. But I also have a set in perforation of 14 :shock: ...(246 words,2 images, 18 comments)

Slurred printing on modern Brazilian definitive stamps

Slurred printing on modern Brazilian definitive stampsOne final post about Brazilian stamps (at least for the time being)... Way back in late 2009 I wrote about a Spanish stamp having doubled impression. Well, here's few new similar additions to my stamp collection, but this time on Brazilian definitive stamps. I believe these are examples of slurred printing (also known as kiss print), where the dragging of the wet ink has caused the dots to elongate in the direction the press travel. ...(157 words,2 images, 6 comments)

Possible plate flaw on Brazilian 1961 Ouro Preto stamp

Possible plate flaw on Brazilian 1961 Ouro Preto stampDuring the long weekend I finished organizing my collection of Brazil,and here's one particular item I'd like show up. It's a 1961 commemorative for 250th anniversary of city of Ouro Preto. But as usual with items I display, there's a twist: notice the crack on left side of the nominal value I'm not sure if this one is a plate flaw/variety, or just some print abnormality (caused by dust or similar). ...(1 words, images, 4 comments)

Unlisted perforation variety on Afghan airmail stamp

Unlisted perforation variety on Afghan airmail stampLast night I was going through an accumulation of Afghan stamp I acquired during the summer, and I came across with a bizarre finding that contradicts catalog information. As usual I'd be very grateful if blog readers could assist me in nailing this one. ...(208 words,1 images, 12 comments)

Some interesting Soviet stamps

Some interesting Soviet stampsFor the past few nights I've been working with my collection of Russian and Soviet stamps. Mainly I've been moving the collection to a pair of larger sized stock books, but I've also added some new stamps. Anyway, this brings me up to few questions some more knowledgeable collectors of this area might know an answer. ...(217 words,3 images, 14 comments)

Private perforations on Czechoslovakian newspaper stamps

Private perforations on Czechoslovakian newspaper stampsLast night I finished sorting the Czechoslovakian stamp horde I had been working for nearly 2 months. As a result, my humble collection of Czechoslovakian stamps grew from 40 pages to over 80 pages. I managed to fill a huge number of blank spaces for regular stamps, and found several interesting varieties to include into my collection. One of the most interesting items IMHO were various private perforations on newspaper stamps. ...(225 words,5 images, 3 comments)

Australian Fine Art stamp series high values - color variation and specimen overprint

Australian Fine Art stamp series high values - color variation and specimen overprintI assume most stamp collectors struggle with color variations. And I'm no exception. The other night I worked with some Australian stamps, and soon stumbled with minor color/hue changeling with one the Fine Art stamp series high values. How is a non-specialized stamp collector supposed to know what the stamp is supposed to really look like when you have several slightly different looking color variations side by side? ...(321 words,2 images, 22 comments)

USA "A partridge in a pear tree stamp" - EFO or color changeling?

USA For last couple of weeks I've been on a business trip to Southern Finland. Fortunately it has not all been work without a play, as during the weekends I've had the possibility to visit all the local stamp shops. Most of the time I've simply looked around as most shops are specialized in Finnish stamps, but below is one of those few items I picked from one of the few worldwide approval books available. Anyone familiar with this stamp will immediately notice the bizarre color change it has. But is it a true EFO, or a color changeling? ...(353 words,3 images, 45 comments)

Unlisted (double) print variety on German (BRD) stamp

Unlisted (double) print variety on German (BRD) stampLately I've been re-organizing my collection of German stamps, and decided to share something not so common with You once again. This is 110 pfennig commemorative stamp from 1998 series displaying German State Parliaments. I'ts a pretty unimpressive looking stamp on the first view with some short perfs and machine cancellation. But if you take a more closer look, you'll notice plenty of bizarre stuff going on. AFAIK, this appears to be unlisted print variety in Michel. ...(293 words,2 images, 10 comments)

The US 4c Dag Hammarskjold invert stamp error

The US 4c Dag Hammarskjold invert stamp errorThough errors on stamps are usually rare and expensive, there are luckily few exceptions. The United States "Dag Hammarskjold invert" error of 1962 was the first invert error to occur on any United States stamp since 1918 Inverted Jenny. And AFAIK, it is the second deliberately mass-produced error stamp worldwide (the first one I believe is DDR 5-year plan 20/24pfg definitive stamp). ...(452 words,2 images, 17 comments)

Minor variety on 1971 Kenya seashell stamp

Minor variety on 1971 Kenya seashell stampHere's an interesting minor variety I found during the weekend while placing some recent additions to my stamp collection. The below image shows two copies of CTO-used 20 shilling Kenyan 1971 seashell definitive stamps. ...(140 words,1 images, 0 comments)

Shifted overprint on Congo (Kinshasa) stamp

Shifted overprint on Congo (Kinshasa) stampHere's another item from EFO ("Error-Freak-Oddity") collection that I've been lately building alongside my worldwide stamps collection. It's 1961 Congo (Kinshasa/Zaire) 20c (mint) stamp with heavily shifted overprint. ...(108 words,1 images, 2 comments)

Doubled gold frame print error on Vietnamese stamp

Doubled gold frame print error on Vietnamese stampThere are plenty of interesting Vietnamese stamps, but one of my personal favorites is this striking doubled frame print error on CTO-used stamp commemorating the birth of Raphael. ...(111 words,2 images, 0 comments)

Hungarian 1973 3ft Tokaj definitive stamp with dark green color omitted

Hungarian 1973 3ft Tokaj definitive stamp with dark green color omittedAnd to finalize this week's "freakshow", here's a 1973 Hungarian 3 forint definitive postage stamp with dark green color omitted. The most noticeable difference is when looking at the trees on the hills, but it does affect other areas too. ...(117 words,1 images, 2 comments)

1946 Hungarian stamp - color error or changeling?

1946 Hungarian stamp - color error or changeling? Moving on with EFO's, next on the line I have a 1946 Hungarian definitive stamp ("Industrial worker") with somewhat dramatic color change. It's possible that one of the colors has been omitted during print, or this is some sort of chemical changeling. ...(193 words,2 images, 4 comments)

1954 Hungary Aviators Day stamp plate flaw

1954 Hungary Aviators Day stamp plate flawIt's been a while since I showcased some of the interesting EFO's (Errors, Freaks, Oddities) from my collection. Recently I came across with this easy to notice plate flaw with Hungarian 1954 Aviators Day postage stamp. ...(90 words,2 images, 0 comments)

Spanish double impression stamp: double print, kiss print or simply overinked?

Spanish double impression stamp: double print, kiss print or simply overinked? Here's something that will hopefully cause some debate. Is this double impression on a Spanish stamp caused by a double print, kiss print or simply overinking? ...(171 words,2 images, 7 comments)

Cyprus 1993 "Mufflon" error stamp

Cyprus 1993 I'm quite sure this is one of those errors that many stamp collectors have never heard of. I must confess that I was more than pleasantly surprised when checking the catalog for this stamp. ...(150 words,1 images, 4 comments)

A swedish coil stamp mystery

A swedish coil stamp mysteryLike many collectors, I get occasianally very frustated with stamps from Sweden. Or more precisely - the various perforation formats they provide. Since the 1920s, Sweden has been known for issuing most of its stamps  in coil, booklet and sheet format. In plain English? Same stamp, but it can exist in 1 to 4 (or even more) different perforation variations. ...(310 words,2 images, 10 comments)

1945 China postage due stamp with double perf

1945 China postage due stamp with double perfHere is an interesting find I discovered from a mixed (very low price) worldwide lot recently: a Chinese 1945 postage due (porto) stamp with a double perforation. Usually I do not pick up mint stamps, but this error really caught my eye. ...(50 words,1 images, 0 comments)

US 8c Eisenhower stamp misperf error

US 8c Eisenhower stamp misperf errorAbout few years back I bought a mixed bag of worldwide stamps from eBay. This was a real 'look what the dog ate for breakfast' mix containing all sorts of odds and ends. But there was also something a bit more special items: two misperforated 1971 8 cent Eisenhower booklet stamps (Michel#1032D, Scott#1395a). ...(101 words,1 images, 0 comments)

1997 American Holly greeting stamp color error

1997 American Holly greeting stamp color errorColor errors are one of those things where one can never be sure if it's real thing or a changeling. Below is 1997 US Christmas greeting stamp (Michel #2902BD,Scott#3177) with red color missing. The result is strikingly looking like "raw berries". ...(141 words,1 images, 0 comments)

Too much sun is harmful, even for stamps

Too much sun is harmful, even for stampsBelow are two copies of relatively common 1985 Cypros postage stamp that was issued for tourism.  This 15c stamp (Michel #634) is showing a woman at Protaras beach.  Stamp on the left is showing normal vibrant colors, stamp on the right is missing most brown/reddish tones.  A true color error ? Not likely. ...(154 words,1 images, 0 comments)

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