cddstamps on stamps

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

Friday, August 18, 2017


Hello, We had feedback that because so many visitors to Hipstamp, and hopefully our store, cddstamps,  use Scott numbering, then we should use Scott. With over 30,000 items in stock listed with SG numbers it really is not possible to change and since Hipstamp only allows us to use one catalogue reference we will stay with SG 

However, listening to our customers we are trying something else; this past week we have loaded a few more stamps to our store. AND used Scott catalogue numbers in the Description Field - so, for example, if you are looking for say PNG Scott 198 (which is also found typing SG71 in the search field) you will find it - well you should do !!!!    If you like teh stamps above then this is where to find them .....   Left SG 70 and Right SG 71.. or  Scott 197 and 198

So far we have some 200 lots listed - GB and Papua New Guinea (PNG). AND we also added the word SPECIAL in the Description field. so perhaps you can try searching by Scott number or SPECIAL in the SEARCH KEYWORDS box on our home page, 

All feedback welcome of course. If this helps search by Scott we will continue adding Scott numbering (where we can)

Perhaps make this a special philatelic weekend :- by visiting our store  and fill a few more gaps in your collection at special prices :-) 

Best wishes Michael

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hello,  seems there was some interest to the piece I wrote yesterday so just one more and this time to show two more watermarks, and a few other comments.  As I mentioned upfront yesterday, I am not showing these because of any value but to demonstrate how one cannot comment on value, let alone correctly identify a stamp, unless one has all the details about the stamp(s), which one does not have from just a scanned image of the front and perhaps even the reverse, of a stamp.

These three are obviously GB George V. The first two (left to right) are GV SG 372 from the 1912 – 24 issue. They have the watermark Simple Cypher which I hope you can see on the reverse of the stamp. This time I added a copy of the watermark as shown in the SG catalogue.  Hope that helps see it. The third, right hand, stamp is SG 422 from the 1924 – 26 issue and has watermark Block Cypher.

All very straightforward really but still, I think, nice to know which issue you have if you are collecting GB. I am using GB as my example because that is easiest for me.

But is that the end of it?  No, because the 1912 – 24 issue has 19 catalogued shades of blue and the 1924 issue has 4 shades of blue.

While I do not expect many people will even be bothered to know this, I point it out because it does show that just by seeing a single scan of a stamp – using this example  - although I could show watermarks and shades for many other countries stamps to make the point  -  one cannot necessarily determine the stamp accurately AND,  I think, just my view of course, it makes collecting stamps so interesting and enjoyable, especially if you are looking through stamps in a box lot you picked up. Keep asking those questions by all means but know why you might not get a definitive (pun intended!) answer.

Enjoy your philately, and especially enjoy vising

Regards    Michael

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hello, tonight I hope you will find the following of interest even though these are pretty common stamps with no real value.  I am using them to make a few points. I read lots of posts on various boards / stamp groups asking for a value of some stamp or stamps. That is impossible to do just from an image, and wisely such requests are politely referred to stamp clubs or the like.   

Let’s use these as example as I have seen posts asking for a value for same or similar stamps.  There are some things you can see from the image and some you cannot.

The first (left)  stamp is inverted watermark. You cannot see it from the image obviously, but there is a hint it might not be a regular (upright watermark)  stamp since it has short ( of clipped)  perfs on the right margin. So when sorting your GB perhaps you will see this type of short perf and decide to have a closer look at the watermark.

What about the second (middle)  stamp?   Another boring copy of SG 462, albeit it is mint unhinged, but again you cannot see that from the image. And, it is quite well centered.  To see that centering look at the third (right) stamp, which has a very thin right margin. Not that well centered. You might also think the right margin perfs are short, they are, but this is a regular upright watermark copy.

These aspects are very basic of course but perhaps start the thinking about asking for a value of stamps just from an image. And, there are many more aspects;  I have not tried to address one very obvious difference; perforation differences, which also cannot accurately be determined from a standalone image.

Big hint: get a decent catalogue and learn about the stamps for the country / period or whatever you are collecting. It will add so much pleasure to your philatelic adventure.

Enjoy your philately


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Hello, two more stamps showing different postal cancel dates. I show these as an introduction to this topic that I wrote about last week. I had quite a few comments on this topic so thought just one more from me.

Let me say upfront that I am not saying there is a right and wrong position to take regarding postally used stamps and the cancellation / usage dates.  I just happen to like stamps with usage dates from about the period they were issued.  Perhaps 1997 is close to 1996 J   but whatever, the 1996 cancel is from the year and in this case, Christmas, that the stamp was issued for.  Both stamps are of course very collectible but I like my stamps, using these Christmas stamps purely as an example, from 1997 to be 1997 issued Christmas stamps.
Enjoy your philately...............  Michael

Saturday, August 05, 2017


A few words tonight on the subject of cddstamps online store and the topic of stamps with postal cancels that are for the year in which the stamp(s) were issued, or close to the year in which they were issued.

First the online store - July was a busy month for us, many orders, lots of stamps to be packed and also many more stamps added to the store. Hopefully many happy customers and many gaps filled their collections.  FYI, we now have over 32,000 lots available in the store. Many more GB, now over 12,000 including over 2000 Machins,

As for postal cancels -  when we list stamps in the store we try to select stamps from our stock that have postal cancels that are current for the year of issue, or close to it.  Above top, SG 1808, issued 1994 and right  SG 1639, issued 1993, with a 2001 cancel.

Perhaps like us, you like your used stamps to have been postally used during the period they were available for release. I say this because we find on mails to us that many people these days are using “older” stamps for postage.  We received a letter the other day and the stamps used for postage were issued in 1999.  Yes they were “postally used” but we prefer postally used to mean postally used in the period they were issued.  Your thoughts?

Enjoy your philately, and especially enjoy visiting cddstamps.

Regards    Michael

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Hello,  what does one do on a rainy Sunday......  sort some stamps.... and I found plenty that needed sorting. I made up two packets of 50 GV and GVI GB.    example above.

Thought maybe two new collectors would like them, A bit of a basic "used" starter group with a few duplicates.  If you think one of these (they not exactly the same but similar to the image shown)  would be useful to you, just email me at with your mailing address and I will send to you for free. First two emails will get them.

Enjoy your stamps and please,  if you have gaps your the GB collection why not look at my online store.  copy this link  or click here to go to the GB stamps. listed in the store  and then type the SG number or a key word to search for what you are looking for -  for example, type granite and see what you find :-)  if that doesn't appeal to you type sherlock and press enter :-)     Nearly 14,000 GB stamps for sale at competitive  prices I think.

Best wishes   Michael

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hello, I was in Manila a few days ago and had time to visit the Central Post Office. A beautiful building and if ever you get the chance to visit I do recommend it. A few pictures I hope you enjoy seeing, and then some history about what the stamp commemorates.

They have a Philatelic office and the very kind employee showed me so much of their material. They also had a desk or two on the mail hall with a guy selling all sorts of old covers. Very nice way to spend some time before my flight back to Laoag.

I picked up a few stamps including this one. A very sad time of course but none the less commemorated by this stamp.  Some history courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Bataan Death March was the forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of 60,000 – 80,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war from Saisaih Point, Bagac, Bataan and Mariveles to Camp O’Donnel via San Fernando where the prisoners were loaded onto trains.

The transfer began on April 9, 1942, after the three-month Battle of Bataan during World War II  . The total distance marched from Mariveles to San Fernando and from the Capas Train Station to Camp O'Donnell is variously reported by differing sources as between 96.6 and 112.0 km. Differing sources also report widely differing prisoner of war casualties prior to reaching Camp O'Donnell: from 5,000 to 18,000 Filipino deaths and 500 to 650 American deaths during the march. The march was later judged by an Allied military commission to be a Japanese war crime.

Enjoy your stamps and have a great weekend.    Michael

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