cddstamps on stamps

my thoughts on stamps, stamp collecting, philately in general and maybe a few other topics !

Sunday, August 14, 2016

 

Hello,  I hope you enjoy seeing these. Hard to tell the difference from the scans because the difference is in the perforations.
The 1989 Sports Issue had some interesting variations which I have been listing in my Bidstart Store this past week. There were some stamps issued with both perf 14  x 14½  and perf 13½   with the variety perf catalogued at a much high price.
The above left is SG 1186 issued as perf 13½  with a catalogue value of 70p while the right hand stamp is SG 1186a perf 14 x 14 ½ and has a catalogue value of 3.25. Have you got both copies in your collection? For all perforation varieties -  8 of the 19 stamps in the issue were issued with both perforation sizes. If not please have a look at my Bidstart store here  or copy this link http://www.bidstart.com/shop.php?keywords=Australia&category=0&userid=105545&advsrc=&submitsearch and perhaps you will be able to fill a few gaps, especially the perhaps harder to get perforation differences for the issue. Just type the SG number into the “search store for”
For those browsing the lots you might notice I had a mental block when listing the stamps – they are all listed as Australia Day – not Sports. Don’t ask me why I had that in the listing title, senility maybe :-)  
Enjoy your stamps

Best wishes… Michael  cddstamps.com

Friday, August 12, 2016



Hello, I got my first mail delivery here in the Philippines today. The sender had kindly used some of the lovely new Beatrix Potter stamps. Sadly the stamps got damaged on the parcel.   Could have ruined my day but hey! such is life.

They are not really useful as spacefillers, are they?  but if anyone wants them they are free to first email with your mailing address. email me at cddstamps@gmail.com

 Enjoy your stamps.. Michael   cddstamps.com


Saturday, August 06, 2016



Hello, I do hope everyone is having a great philatelic weekend. I am. It has been raining most of the past two days so that means I have no excuse to go outside and do other things, like sun bathing and swimming J

First my congratulations to Vera from Queensland  Australia who sent the first correct answer to last weeks competition. It must have been a harder question than I realized as I did get incorrect answers, and not many others.  The 4 stamps will be mailed to you Vera on Monday.

Keeping with my Australia theme, but trying to make it topical – ie the Olympics -  I hope you like the above. Another chance to test your knowledge, although this is really easy if you think about it.
At least in those days there were usually just the 4 stamps per issue.   Fortunately I stopped collecting new issues many years ago. Actually right after the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  I still have all those winner sheets somewhere, same as millions of other collectors. What a waste of money! J

Anyway, less of my ramblings.  Name the year and the city for each of the Olympic games stamps shown. Email answers please  to cddstamps@gmail.com, with mailing address please. I do not keep addresses.
I will select the 5th correct email and I will mail these stamps to you.

Enjoy your philatelic weekend.     Michael     cddstamps.com     ………where you will find nearly 2000 Australia stamps for sale – here -  to help you fill some gaps in your collection at affordable prices and with nice quality.  May start listing some more now I think about it 

Sunday, July 31, 2016


Hello, browsing the internet today I came across a site I have not read in a while and thought I would mention it to you - if Australia interests you - because it really is very good. Also it motivated me to think it is about time I listed some more Australia in the cddstamps Bidstart Store

The site is

Australian Commonwealth Stamp 

Varieties Image Database 1913-2016


You can find it here. I think you will enjoy looking through a few of the pages. Extremely informative and excellent quality images.

As for the stamps shown above. They are SG 505 - 508 and from the 1972 "Famous Australians" (4th series) issue.  The issue was only available in 70c or $1.40 booklets and the outer edge of the pane is  imperforate. These from the bottom left of the booklet. No significant catalogue value  but nice to collect a one of each from the booklet pane to collect a used "pane" if possible. I have many in stock so will be trying over the coming days to get some listed in the Bidstart Store.   

As a competition, these four above will be a prize to the first correct answer,  with mailing address, sent to cddstamps@gmail.com   - How many postally valid stamps were there on a booklet pane? 

Enjoy your stamps.. Best wishes....Michael   cddstamps.com   with nearly 2000 Australia stock already listed in the Store here


Friday, July 29, 2016

Hello, Friday night, another week gone so fast. I hope you had a great week and found time for some stamps. Always a great way to relax I think.
Tonight a few more stamps from Montserrat:  This is the National Emblems set from 1985, SG 628 - 630,  and I chose it to show you because it has a lovely image of mangoes and a mango tree.  You are probably wondering why I would even think of this. Well so am I  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know I enjoy my mango juice every morning so perhaps that is why. 
On a more serious note, this set and many more from Montserrat from the 1970's and 1980's are now available in the cddstamps Bidstart Store  Enjoy looking and perhaps you will be able to fill a gap in your collection. We hope so.
Have a great weekend..   Michael    cddstamps.com

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Hello, I hope you enjoy seeing this, and the 150+ more I have listed today to the cddstamps Bidstart Store < click here for the Store..... cddstamps Store
This is the pair SG 338 and 338b. SG 338b has bottom bar of the surcharge omitted. Catalogued at £4.75.
This and most of the issues from the 1970's and 80s, including the overprints and surcharged issues are now in the Store. You can search by SG number or in most cases just type the topic in the "search store for" field, eg aircraft, and you will get all stamps I have tagged on that topic
Enjoy your stamps.. Best wishes.. Michael cddstamps.com



Hello, I hope you enjoy seeing this, and the 150+ more I have listed today to the cddstamps Bidstart Store < click here for the Store..... cddstamps Store >
This is the pair SG 338 and 338b. SG 338b has bottom bar of the surcharge omitted. Catalogued at £4.75.
This and most of the issues from the 1970's and 80s, including the overprints and surcharged issues are now in the Store. You can search by SG number or in most cases just type the topic in the "search store for" field, eg aircraft, and you will get all stamps I have tagged on that topic

Enjoy your stamps.. Best wishes.. Michael cddstamps.com

Friday, July 22, 2016


Hello,  when I last wrote I said a few days before I posted from the Philippines. Well time has certainly passed by very quickly and a few days has turned into 20 something days.  Never mind, I am well and having had a wonderful few weeks with no internet I am now back online and with time to think about stamps.

One thing about moving is that one finds some of those lost philatelic materials you knew you had but couldn’t find.  These two se-tenant pairs were on an envelope I found  while unpacking  from the move.

I hope you like seeing them.  My catalogue only lists to end 2012 so I cannot give any catalogue details but these were issued for Valentines day 2013.

I will be writing more over coming days and weeks now and,  FYI, I have cddstamps back in action full time. Apology for slow responses to some emails and mailing of orders, but all caught up now.

Best wishes……..      Michael      cddstamps.com

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