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

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hello,  Just had to show this stamp because in 1625 Charles I became King of England, Scotland and Ireland on this day, 27th March.

He was the second son of King James VI of Scotland but he lived in England most of his life. Very interesting times especially his relationship with his parliament I seem to recall.  

His main claim to fame, so to speak, was the English Civil War. Reminding myself of my history by reading wikipedia: 

From 1642 he fought the armies of the English and Scottish parliaments and after his defeat in 1645, he surrendered to a Scottish force that eventually handed him over to the English Parliament.  He refused to accept his captors' demands for a constitutional monarchy and temporarily escaped captivity in November 1647.  He was re-imprisoned on the Isle of Wight and forged an alliance with Scotland, but by the end of 1648 Oliver Cromwell had control over England and Charles was tried, convicted, and executed for high treason in January 1649. The monarchy was abolished and a republic called the Commonwealth of England was declared but, as we may have learnt in our school history classes, the monarchy was restored to Charles's son, Charles II, in 1660.

Stamp collecting is more than just the stamps.

Enjoy your philately   Michael

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A cover tonight. Hope you enjoy seeing this. I am reflecting on how long it took to fly anywhere in these amazing aircraft as I pack for a 5 week trip to the UK.  Over the next 6 weeks I have 12 flights and while I may have some internet access I am not sure if I will get the opportunity to post. But will try, as perhaps there will be some interesting aircraft and even more interesting flights.  Watch this space.
The plane shown on the stamp is a Boeing 314 Clipper. This was a long range flying boat built by Boeing between 1938 and 1941.  It was one of the largest aircraft of its time and had a range for flights across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  Twelve were built for Pan Am, with 9 in service for them and the remaining 3 sold to BOAC
The stamp is SG 569 one of 4 from the 1941 issue
Best wishes.....   Michael

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I have been sorting Australia today and thought you might enjoy seeing these. Perhaps you were not aware there were two “Types”.  They are SG 614 from the 1976 Anniversary of Nationhood issue. Type one shows has the emu’s legs without toes, just the shape of solid feet, whereas Type II show toes on the both feet. I try to show in the scan from the SG catalogue.

If you are missing one or the other why not visit cddstamps,     and pick these up and while there why not fill a few more gaps in your Australia collection. We have over 4000 Australia lots in the online store now. Shameless plug but if I don’t tell you how will you know to look.  Or visit our website at, select online Store and then the country you collect.

And, since I will be in Sydney on Saturday, any order place before end of day Thursday will be mailed from Sydney so my ANZ customers will get very fast delivery, I hope! And I expect it will be faster to other parts of the world as well.

Oh and for new customers I will be including a free pair of cddstamps tweezers.  Easier when mailing form Sydney. Hope to hear from you. J

Enjoy your stamps       Michael

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hello, tonight I thought I would show these, for two reasons.
First, because I read about the rather impressive England Six Nations win over Scotland last night and the 9p value reminded me of it. It is SG 889 from the 1971 Anniversaries issue and commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Rugby Football. Since I have no idea about this game - why would anyone play with a funny shaped ball is beyond me - but it sort of prompted me to show the stamps.
Second, because this set and many more have recently been listed in the cddstamps online store - and, I am showing these because one of the things we look for when listing Used stamps is Postal cancels that are clear and, perhaps more importantly, current for the period of issue. Visit and click online store for all our GB and British Commonwealth countries.
And one last point. Some customers tell me the mails around the world are slow on occasions. well for anyone in Australia or New Zealand you might like to know we will be in Sydney later this coming week and all orders will be mailed from there on arrival. Should make delivery to ANZ customers so much faster.
Enjoy your stamps and please, try just once. We know there are hundreds and hundreds of online stores (over 600 on Hipstamp alone) but we hope you will try us just once and then like so many of our customers you will become a repeat customer. We are confident you will be very happy with what you get from us. and, that we have the selection from over 25,000 listings to fill a few gaps in your collection at competitive prices - for example over 50% of our customers pay no postage costs.
Enough from me, Best wishes Michael
commemorative, definitive decimal stamps :-)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Today I thought I would share with my readers a piece I wrote to my cddstamps customers.  Why? because it may interest you.  It concerns the delivery of mail  - from my point of view of course -  and the fact I am seeing some  awfully slow mail deliveries. I know from my reading of other social media sites that I am not alone in this and I really want customers to understand that I am not responsible for actually delivering the mail. One customer I have seems to think I am, and is complaining because his orders have not arrived.  I gave refunds and lost out to this individual but still he complains about me. Of course, if his order does arrive can I hope he will then pay for the order?.   Time will tell.  Anyway his complaining does my reputation no good and is completely unjustified.  So read on if you have a few minutes.

Dear cddstamps Customer,   Hello. Thank you to all of you who have let me know how long your orders are taking to arrive. I am now including average delivery times in my emails to all customers so they have some idea how long the order may take. Perhaps you find the following of interest and perhaps some amusement!  Only takes a few minutes to read.
I want to say upfront that I do not think it is necessarily Philippine Post who are causing some of the delays. I mail usually within 12 to 24 hours of receipt of order. I mail registered mail for larger orders at no cost to my customers, as many of you will know. I mail directly from the Post Office and have a great relationship with the staff there. Built up over the past 9 months.

While I do not know the reason some of you have experienced longer than acceptable mail delivery times, I suspect the problem may be  because of the number of trans-shipment points the mail goes through. For example, to the USA we have plenty of flights but when you consider Manila, perhaps Los Angeles and then another trans-shipment point in continental USA one might see how the delivery times get extended. Similarly for Canada, the UK, Australia and NZ and mainland Europe.

If it is any consolation, one customer in Israel reported 86 days, fortunately I “know” him well and he was patient and understanding. Another USA customer reported 49 days, and one in Canada 48 days. Seems ridiculous doesn’t it. But then others have mail in 10 days (actually 8 days was quickest I have had reported back to me (UK customer) and on average it seems anywhere between 15 and 25 days can be expected.

I hope you find this worth knowing. As my customers who are on this list know  - that means I have removed some who and too bloody minded to understand that I am not responsible for the mail once it is in the post office mail bag – I cannot do anything about the mail delivery times once your order is in the Post Office mail bag. J  
BUT, I am trying to do something about it.


Well, for some customers perhaps good news – especially for Australia and New Zealand customers – and others even.

I will be in Sydney for a few days from 16th March to 21st March.

AND, that means any orders destined for Australia or NZ will be posted direct from there. Of course I hope that will improve mail delivery times for you, but having recently read some reports about Australia Post’s performance that might just be wishful thinking!!!.

Anyway just to let you know, and, I will be using nice older Australia commemorative stamps on the letters.
Please get orders to me at latest by end of day 15th March and I will mail from Sydney Australia. Even if you are in USA, Canada or UK I will also mail from Australia, just to take out the trans-shipment point of Manila.

Finally, if you have got this far, I hope you have.  Let me tell you that in the past week I have read three pieces about the poor mail delivery services around the world. One from Australia as I mentioned, one from the UK and by a very prominent Dealer who is also having customers complain about his perceived slow delivery and another in Europe where it took over 80 days to get from one European city / country  to another – sorry I lost link to details.

Anyway, such is life  - please know and feel reassured I do everything I can to make sure your order is mailed in great shape, safely well packed and protected from the elements.
Enjoy the month of March -  reminds me of the Ides of March – March 15th is your cutoff date to get new orders mailed from Australia -  accept it will be a pleasantly memorable date for you all I hope and not as it was back in 44BC when Julius Caesar was assassinated.

As for stamps – we finally got another 250 British South Africa Company / Southern Rhodesia listed. Everything from MUH, MM, Fine Used, Used and a few spacefillers.
Best wishes and thanks for being a cddstamps customer.
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Best wishes… Michael     cddstamps – commemorative definitive decimal stamps

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hello, where does the time go?  So many weeks since I last wrote. So much has happened although none of it to do with philately.

I did receive some mail this past week and found this stamp. I was writing about Australia stamps some weeks back so will continue by showing this lovely stamp.

This is SG 177 from the 1937 - 1949 George VI definitive Coronation Robes issue.  There were three stamps with the Coronation Robes design which was based on photographs by the very well known Dorothy Wilding. This 10/-  value was issued in April 1938 along with the 5/- value, and the £1 value was issued in November of that year.

Lovely to have in any Australian collection I think you might agree.

Enjoy your stamps...... Michael

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hello, today is Australia Day so I thought I would show  this rather nice Miniature Sheet issued in 2000 to celebrate the Centenary of the Commonwealth of the Australia Constitution.  I hope everyone who is celebrating this day has a wonderful time.

Also, I add two more of the stamps I have recently been listing in the cddstamps online store. These are SG 788 and SG 788b.  SG 788 is printed with Photogravure centre and SG 788B is printed with Lithography centre. Quite easy to spot the differences especially since the Lithography printing is much darkerand the bands on the Tasmanian Tigers back are longer and darker.  
The differences are  well documented in the SG catalogue I use.  I hope you have both copies in your Australia collection, and if you don’t then perhaps you would like to visit the cddstamps online store where we have a few copies of both available.  

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Have a lovely day and enjoy your philately

Best wishes      Michael

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