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Review of Lape Finland Concise stamp catalogue 2015

Review of Lape Finland Concise stamp catalogue 2015Recently 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 For a dealer out-of-date copies such as these they may be dead inventory, but as a collector I definitely love a cheap (or as in this case free) upgrade.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. ...(748 words,5 images, 2 comments)

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. ...(906 words,3 images, 3 comments)

Review of Edwin Delsing's 'Qualität von Briefmarken'

Review of Edwin Delsing's 'Qualität von Briefmarken'There are a lot of stamp books worth reading out there, and one of those is Edwin J.F. Delsing's 'Qualität von Briefmarken - Zur einstufung der erhaltung von Briefmarken' (roughly translated, 'Stamps and quality - advice on grading of stamps', published 2015). I acknowledge most non-German collectors will never read this 150-page book simply because the title is in German only. But I'm still going to educate you about it, because this is most likely the only (proper) scholarly study about different types of faults and damages on stamps, a topic that every collector should have proper working knowledge. ...(455 words,2 images, 6 comments)

A review of AFA Denmark special catalog

A review of AFA Denmark special catalogRight before Christmas I bough myself a copy AFA Denmark SpecialKatalog 2002 catalog, and I've been browsing it almost daily ever since. Though 2002 edition may sound 'old, it is only two editions behind, and for the price of 13€ (plus postage) this seemed like a too good a deal to miss.  To find out whether I was I right or wrong, please read on. ...(1005 words,6 images, 2 comments)

A Quick Review of Michel Russia Specialized Catalog

A Quick Review of Michel Russia Specialized CatalogDuring my latest business trip to Helsinki, capital of Finland, I had a day off between the meetings, so I headed to local library. Though most of the philatelic books were something I've got copies on my bookshelf, there was one particular item that I had never seen, namely Michel's specialized Russia catalog Michel Rußland /Russland Spezial. So here's a quick look / review of the catalog. ...(336 words,1 images, 6 comments)

If you are a stamp catalog publisher, the most stupid thing you can do is...

If you are a stamp catalog publisher, the most stupid thing you can do is...For the past two weeks I've been browsing the brand new Michel North Africa 2014 catalog. As always with new Michel catalogs, it's pretty excellent piece of work. But this time everything isn't so rosy as Michel has done something that every stamp collector and stamp dealer fears the most: it's re-numbered/re-catalogued the stamps of an entire country. ...(284 words,1 images, 14 comments)

Review of Stamp Mate 2014

Review of Stamp Mate 2014Around August of last year I was approached by fellow software developer Tomaž Langerholc asking my opinion of about a stamp inventory product he was working. Little did I know that this simple request would lead into nearly six month involvement in testing and making of Stamp Mate.  Anyway, as Stamp Mate has been publicly available for few months now, I thought I'd share a quick review of it. ...(892 words,3 images, 6 comments)

A review of Michel's Valuable Stamps of the World catalog

A review of Michel's Valuable Stamps of the World catalogAbout week and half ago I was visiting Jyväskylä for my annual health check, and during my way back home later that evening I decided to pop on my hometown's main public library. Normally I don't visit there as it's 30km away from my home, but as I now had both the time and opportunity, I popped in to see if I'd find anything new/interesting. And you can guess what I found: copy of the Michel's Valuable Stamps of The World catalog issued few years back. ...(518 words,3 images, 13 comments)

A review of Unitrade specialized catalogue of Canadian stamps

A review of Unitrade specialized catalogue of Canadian stamps One of the highlights of my summer was when I received a copy of the Canadian Unitrade specialized stamp catalogue as a gift (thanks Mark, thanks Franz :)). I know that blog readers from US and Canada are likely familiar with the name of Unitrade, but for rest of us living elsewhere it's somewhat unfamiliar. So what does Unitrade catalog look like, and how does it stand up when in comparison to regular worldwide stamp catalogues (like Michel or Scott)? ...(894 words,3 images, 14 comments)

A short review of Gibbons Stamp Monthly

A short review of Gibbons Stamp Monthly It's been a while since I reviewed anything stamp related, so when I grabbed myself a copy of November 2010 issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly (generally known also as GSM) from a Helsinki located bookstore I smelled a chance. I confess that I'm a highly irregular reader of GSM simply because new single issues are hard to get (so far I know only 2-3 bookstores in whole of Finland that sell GSM), and the somewhat high overseas price. ...(571 words,2 images, 5 comments)

A quick review of Norma 2010, a specialized catalog of Finnish stamps

A quick review of Norma 2010, a specialized catalog of Finnish stampsLast thursday I managed to get a copy of "Norma 2010 - a specialized catalog of Finland postage stamps" from nearby public library. So I decided share yet another short catalog review. ...(404 words,2 images, 2 comments)

I'm back...With review of SOTW 2010 and misc stamp related tidbits

I'm back...With review of SOTW 2010 and misc stamp related tidbitsTime definitely does fly, as it's been a bit over a month since my last post. Yes, I did have a relaxing summer vacation with plenty of sun and heat. ...(551 words,0 images, 4 comments)

Top 5 free online stamp catalogues reviewed

Top 5 free online stamp catalogues reviewedOne of the frequently asked questions by newbie stamp collectors concerns free online stamp catalogues: are there any, and how to find them. So, I thought it would be fun and useful to write a short review list of what I consider the top5 alternatives. I hope You have fun exploring the below websites. ...(423 words,0 images, 86 comments)

A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages)

A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages)For a long time I’ve been thinking about writing a review of William.E. Steiner’s Stamp Albums Web but haven’t really gotten around it. But let’s give it a go… In short the deal is simple and sweet: worldwide stamp album pages for yours to keep and print for only US$30. ...(571 words,2 images, 34 comments)

A short commercial break

A short commercial breakI was very suprised to find this very large cover in my postbox.  And even more suprised I became, when I opened the cover. ...(407 words, images, 5 comments)

A quick review of Linn's Stamp News Digital edition

A quick review of Linn's Stamp News Digital editionLinn's Stamp News is a name most US and Canada based collectors are very familiar with. It is very likely one of the biggest (in size and print numbers) stamp related magazines, and the only one that comes out each and every week. Unfortunetaly due to long delivery times and expenses most non-american collectors have ignored the publication. With arrival of Digital Edition (meaning online edition) things have changed. ...(331 words,2 images, 4 comments)

A short review of Michel online stamp catalogue

A short review of Michel online stamp catalogueAs some know (or may have noticed from my earlier writings), I'm a great fan of Michel's printed worldwide stamp catalogue series.   I use Michel as my primary source of generic information for worldwide stamps. The problem with printed catalogues however is, the price levels get out date rather fast and new catalogues cost huge sums of money. For example Michel Europe catalogue is currently 7 volumes, Übersee (outside Europe) is 11 or 12 volumes - all costs between 50 and 100 euro brand new, and even few years old used prints cost 20-30€ each.  That's way more than I'm willing to spend for catalogues...  Luckily there's Michel Online Catalogue for scrooges like me. ...(479 words,3 images, 5 comments)

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