cddstamps on stamps

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2015



Hello, yes I am back. I finally found a stamp to write about. Nothing special to many of you maybe, but I cannot find it in my new SG New Zealand catalogue.

Tarapex '86 is the inscription as you can see. I can find Tarapex 2008 and  '98  but nothing in 1986.

Why I wonder?  Am I being really dumb?  Don't answer that!  Surely someone can tell me.  A little gift of some New Zealand stamps to the first answer to cddstamps@gmail.com if you send me your mailing address as well.

And for my NewZealand collectors I just finished loading more lovely NZ issues up to 1988 in my bidStart Store here    Nearly 3000 NZ lots to chose from.  Fill a few gaps in your collection at very competitive prices.

Best wishes.. Hope to hear from you

Michael   www.cddstamps.com






Wednesday, May 13, 2015



Hello,  a little time for stamps tonight. Just browsing through a few. I found a cover with this on it. Nothing special. I just like horses and thought  maybe you would like to see it as much as I did.

SG 1064 from the 1978 "Horses" issue. Anyone remember that far back !!!!! and 10½p, what a strange value today.
  
What I do find interesting is that the ½ is written without the divider line. No it is not an error, that is how the stamp value was designed.

Have a great evening / day wherever you are

Michael

www.cddstamps.com

Saturday, May 09, 2015



Hello again. Ceylon tonight. I was hoping to have a busy stamp weekend, and so far Saturday has nearly disappeared on me and only now am I getting round to looking at these stamps late in the evening. Lots of variety to look at in the GV and GVI I have here with me.

If you collect Ceylon Edward VII, GV or GVI and have some gaps in your collection, then give me a few weeks and check out my bidStart store as I will be listing them.  Nice quality I might add.

The above is a MVLH ( Mint Very Light Hinge - in fact I only saw the faintest hinge trace when looking under my spotlight and I would make a guess that 9 times out of ten this would be sold on many sites as MUH (Mint Unhinged)

It is SG 394d.   With perf 11 x 11½   There are 6 perforation varieties I am aware of.  Anyway this copy is catalogued at £6 in my 2013  SG Commonwealth and British Empire catalogue. Always worth checking these carefully. Had this had the watermark variety, missing A in CA,  it would have had a catalogue value of £1400.   I have some more to check.  Like winning the lottery  but more fun to play.

Enjoy your stamps, and don't be shy, Have a look at my bidStart sales, Fill a few gaps in your collection at very competitive prices. All orders  of  10 stamps or more,  of any value,  this month will get a philatelic present from me. It is my birthday month and I want to share that with you.

Michael
www.cddstamps.com

Monday, April 27, 2015



Hello, Yes been a while since I wrote. I miss doing philatelic stuff but it really is hard to find time for stamps.  Sorting a few tonight I found this that I got back from a parcel I sent to one of my family. Lovely, I hope you will agree especially as it is Very Fine Used, in fact hand franked by the great staff at Hong Post at Hong Kong international airport.  I doubt you will find many around in that condition.  It was issued by Hong Kong Post in March 2014 and has a lenticular effect to show the trajectory of Typhoon Vicente.

Having just spent nearly three days in 33 degrees of lovely sunshine and with no typhoons around me  it occurred to me to show it.

Back to stamps later this week when I finally get some time free from work and travel. No complaints but just sorry I not writing more for you all.

Hope life is good

Michael
www.cddstamps.com

Sunday, April 12, 2015




Hello, finally made some time to catch up with emails and make the draw of the competition I mentioned last week.

 I do thank so many of you for entering the competition. Perhaps interesting research and reading for you.

 I decided to give two prizes..   

first prize is to Ant from Malta. Your prize of the coronation presentation pack  will be in the mornings mail

and a second prize a GB  presentation pack of the 1976 Bi-Centennial of American independence issue will be in the mail to Anand from India

Sorry some didn't win..    but I will do more competitions in coming weeks.

Enjoy your stamps and,  if you are looking to fill a few gaps in your collection please give me a try. I just finished loading more New Zealand to my bidStart Store,  am up to 1984 now ,   click here for all countries.

Michael


Friday, April 10, 2015



Hello and TGIF.  How good a feeling is it.  Friday night here and I havie been looking for cricket stamps from Australia so I could show one to accompany, in my small way, my respect for the great Richie Benaud. As you will no doubt have read he died peacefully in his sleep last night.  Every news channel everywhere has written about him and what a legend he was so I won't repeat details about him.

I don't think he has been honoured on an Australian stamp - I could be wrong - but surely  there can be few others in the sporting arena, expecially cricket, to deserve such an honour.

Thanks for the cricketing brilliance, the wonderful commentaries and yes, inspiration to many of us, over the years.

Have a great weekend everyone.
Michael
www.cddstamps.com




Wednesday, April 08, 2015



Hello, how was your Easter weekend? Good I hope.  Went so fast didn't it?  Mind you, I was busy sorting more New Zealand for the bidStart Store. Some 400 plus new listings.  No sooner were they listed and I had 100 plus sales. Hard to keep a good offer quiet for too long I guess.  Fill a few gaps in your collection at very  competitive prices. Don't take my word for it. Just have a look.

While opening some boxes I found I have quite a lot of GB Presentation packs. Not listed yet and I am told not really very likely to sell  as so many issued and, as you have heard me say many times, there is just so much old GB MUH around.

Anyway  this one as a prize. Pack 101, SG 1059 - 1062.   I have not done a competition for some time so thought this might be one way to see these go to a deserving home.

To enter, just send me an email,  cddstamps@gmail.com  with the correct answers to the following two questions: I will randomly pick a winner  this weekend from all emails received.

These are based on the stamps of course.
1) one of the stamps shows the St Edward's Crown,  yes the 10 ½p stamp, but, which monarch was this crown made for? Please name the monarch.
2) The State Coach is shown on the 9p stamp. In what year was this coach completed? State the year.

 easy as!!!

Enjoy your stamps and if you have gaps in your GB collection then please have a look at my bidStart Store listings. 

Michael     www.cddstamps.com




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