cddstamps on stamps

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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello, yes I know its been a while since I wrote. I have no idea where the time goes. So busy. One thing that keeps me busy is listing new stock in my Bidstart Store.

Having just had an order for 68 stamps and wanting to keep my offerings to you as good as possible I spend a good part of my time sorting and cataloging and listing what I hope are stamps that will add value to your collection.

My message is....  Want to fill a gap in your collection and don't want to buy the whole issue. Well please visit my Store home page on my website here  to see the countries I list.

Self promotion is ok I guess, you check it out, and if self promotion is anything then I am very proud to say that a lot of my sales are from repeat orders.

I pack to ensure that if you think stamps will get damaged by rain, don't worry..all my material is packed to be rain proof. And one customer this weekend bought a nice selection of Hong Kong stamps so I used a complete new issue set on the mailing. Nice addition to that customers collection I expect. And I often get the stamps hand franked so you can be sure of a nice postal cancel on large orders.

As for tonights stamp I hope you enjoy seeing this. Rather timely as we have a signal 3 typhoon  warning here for typhoon  Kalmaegi. Why that name I have no idea. It means 'seagull' in Korean I think. The same weather in the Philippines is called typhoon Luis.

This miniature sheet, issued in March this years was printed with lithography plus a lenticular effect to show the trajectory of the very powerful 2012  typhoon Vicente.

Hope everyone stays safe wherever you are, and if you have a large enough or close to large enough order from my Bidstart Store  I will use one of these Miniature sheets on your mailing and get it hand franked for you.

Best wishes.. Michael

Monday, September 08, 2014

Hello, how is everyone?   Good I hope.   I have been sorting some New Zealand stamps over past two days. A selection of 80 that will be listed in my Bidstart Store over the next few days, All issued between 1900 and 1950.  Some interesting material. But how hard are they to catalogue?

Does anyone else find this. I have so much trouble identifying watermarks  So many look alike, and how do you decide if a watermark is inverted or sideways when there is no real distinguishing feature to the Watermark (well, as I see it)

So I just gave up and am listing some at minimum price. Maybe a surprise for the New Zealand specialist.

The above I measure at perf 13½ by 13½ yet there is no such listing in my specialised catalogue that I can find.  And the shading is different. And there are many varieties. So I will list for 10c the pair. Maybe useful for someone.  Most I am listing at 10% catalogue and with only a few exceptions I can correctly identify the varieties based on perforation differences alone.   Hope this offers the chance for you to fill a few gaps in your collection.

Best wishes... Michael

Friday, September 05, 2014

TGIF, yeah it is Friday and I am relaxing with a glass of Shiraz and sorting some covers.  This from  1980 - yes 34 years ago, doesn't seem that long does it - the £3 Story of Wedgwood Book of Stamps.

So much stock I am amazed at the items I find.

The sheet itself is in lovely condition and has the top middle 10p Machin with left band. I am sure readers more knowledgeable than me can tell me more about this issue and the Book. Note the lovely postal cancel. Corner just a little bent but considering this was in the mail I think the condition is very nice.

Is this something you collect I wonder. I will be listing this and many more in my Bidstart Store this weekend.

If you want to fill a few gaps in your collection please visit the Store.  Enjoy.

Have a great weekend.


Monday, September 01, 2014

Hello, last two I will show of these beautiful stamps from the Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Costumes issue.

The $1.70 stamp portrays a great Han costume. Embroidered with phoenix and floral designs, the costume is mostly worn by artists impersonating queens, princesses or imperial concubines. A female great Han costume features a top with draping sleeves and a large decorative shoulder cape, a long double layer pleated dress, a tight waist, a front flap and a back flap
The $2.20 stamp shows a gown with a sloping collar. The gown is a common Cantonese opera costume worn mostly by artists playing young aristocrats and noblemen. Decorated with floral patterns, it is characterised by a sloping collar, wide sleeves covered by flowing sleeves and a straight body with two side slits.

Enjoy your stamps...  Michael

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hello, here are two of the stamps from the Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Costumes issue I promised to show. Really stunning I hope you will agree.  Click image to enlarge.

Cantonese opera costumes come in a wide variety of styles and correspond to the identity and social status of the different roles performed on the stage. The issue presents  seven distinctive costumes, namely the great Han costume, a gown with a sloping collar, a dress for young ladies, a military uniform for soldiers, a python ceremonial robe, a gown with a vertical collar and on the miniature sheet I showed last night the grand armour. The stamps feature intricate illustrations of Cantonese opera costumes modeled on real ones worn in live performances.

Enjoy your stamps...  Michael

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hello, tonight my latest Hong Kong MS. 

Hongkong Post  issued set of special stamps entitled "Cantonese Opera Costumes" on 21st August.  

Cantonese opera is a major theatre genre in southern China and a highly valued traditional performing art in Hong Kong. With a live orchestra and special theatrical costumes, Cantonese opera is an art form involving many skills such as singing, acting, narration and martial arts. Cantonese opera costumes come in a wide variety of styles and correspond to the identity and social status of the different roles performed on the stage. 

The performers on this $10 stamp sheetlet are dressed in grand armour, playing the marshals of "The Joint Investiture" and projecting a heroic, gallant and formidable demeanour.

Tomorrow I will show some of the stamps from the issue.

Hope you enjoyed seeing this.  Click image to enlarge

Have a great weekend.    Michael

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hi, how about this MS tonight. One I found sorting some old stock that I am taking back to Hong Kong.  Issued in 2005. Seems only a few weeks ago!!!

Interesting MS maybe. Australia Post obviously appealing to the younger audience me thinks with the title of the issue. Creatures of the Slime.

On the back is the write up, including; The worlds first animals, multicellular organisms named Ediacarans, date back 560 million years. Their fossils are found in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.

Now how many of you can name all 6......   Ok just teasing.....  

Enjoy your stamps and everything you learn from them  -  click to enlarge image and enjoy

Best wishes.. Michael

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