cddstamps on stamps

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

Monday, November 19, 2018

Hello, well after a few days travelling including a stopover in Manila I am finally back home. Am still catching up on emails but did get my priorities right and pack and mail outstanding orders from the cddstamps shop. While at the Post Office I was shown some new stamps so thought I would share. Rather nice. I have one extra copy of this sheetlet so as a Christmas gift to someone --- the first email to me at with your mailing address -- I will send you this sheetlet .. enjoy your philately and if you have gaps in your collection perhaps you will enjoy visiting the cddstamps store at we just got over 10,000 positive feedbacks so must be doing something right :-) best wishes enjoy your philately Michael

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Hello, two more of the Royal Mail Christmas stamps. Easier to show the full stamp without a cancel this time. As you can see the design is centered around the Post Box. I recommend a read of this to enjoy more about this topic. Best Wishes Michael

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Hello again, here are the two 2nd Class Royal Mail Christmas stamps. If anyone wants to send me images of their country Christmas stamps I would be most pleased to see them, and even show on the blog for others to enjoy. Best wishes Michael

Friday, November 02, 2018

Hello,  welcome to November and the lead up to Christmas. Here in the UK Royal Mail have just released their Christmas stamps. A more acceptable design and composition in my humble view this year. A bit more traditional I think you might call them. Here is the 1st Class Large. I will show a few of the others over the coming days. I welcome readers sending me images of their Christmas stamps and I will share them and perhaps we can see how different countries portray Christmas this year. Michael

Monday, October 29, 2018

It will soon be Halloween and I am sure many will be enjoying some fun activities. If not then surely it is time to get a life :-) How about starting a Halloween stamp collection. There are not that many stamps that I can find with Halloween images on them. And, the history and cultural background would surely make for an interesting study.

For example, did you know that in the post-Civil War era, many American postmasters carved killer cancels out of cork. For their cancels, they used all sorts of images that have become synonymous with Halloween. One is the skull-and-crossbones cancel used on the 3¢ green George Washington stamp, and another is the jack-o'-lantern cancel used on the 2¢ carmine Washington.

From a more modern perspective you might enjoy this block of 4 stamps from Canada, showing a vampire, a werewolf, a ghost and a goblin. These stamps were issued on October 1, 1997.

Whatever you are doing on Halloween please be safe and enjoy.

Michael -

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Hello, I have been having writers block. That is my only excuse. I cannot think of any stamps to show and write about. I am writing for a few magazines but just cannot get motivated for the Blogs. Having said that I have just finished listing more Kenya Uganda Tanganyika / Kenya Uganda Tanzania issues to the online store. There is a pretty useful selection of the various George VI perforation variations so if British Commonwealth GVI is something you collect perhaps you will enjoy looking and be able to find something to fill a few gaps in your collection.

While studying our stock we not only found some nice clean and well centered stamps, we also found some rubbish. Most gets thrown in the garbage if it is too damaged, or the Childrens Corner box if it is collectible for children starting to learn about stamps. Some we do list as spacefillers.

The above for example. It looks quite nice doesn't it. George V fron the definitive 1935 issue. But turn it over and this is what you have. Must have been in our stock for many years and we just never saw it before. SG 120, Scott 56, Crying shame so we have listed it as a spacefiller. 2017 SG cat has it listed at £15.

Moral of the story, some badly damaged stamps can still be useful to fill a gap.

Enjoy your philately Michael

Friday, September 28, 2018

Hello, continuing with the Australia theme; what do you think of this miniature sheet?

Yes it is the Great barrier Reef issue but ratherspecial. We picked this up in Macau last week. And, look very carefully at the perforations. The sheet was available at the show as an imperf sheet and then if one wanted it could be hand perforated in special machine. see image adjusted below so you can see the perfs better

Nice little "oddity" lets call it, for a collection.

Enjoy your stamps and have a great weekend Michael

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