cddstamps on stamps

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

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Welcome to the weekend. I hope it is a good one for everyone. I will be working on stamps, loading more stock to our cddstamps online store. We are in the middle of a typhoon so no going out for me.

Now back to those GB stamps I showed last week. What was wrong with that listing? well how about these few tips for anyone thinking of buying stamps on the cheap.

1) you cannot see all of each of the stamps ( 8 of them I think) so you have no idea of the quality, rust, missing perfs, tears, you name it, it could be there. In fact you can see some creases and the perfs and pretty dirty.

2) the description was totally incomplete. Very amateurish seller to do that don't you think?

3) you can see that some edges look to have rust / toning so there is a good chance that it will spread to the other stamps since they are packed touching each other

4) the stamps are pretty basic actually and for this quality I would suggest they should be put in the garbage but if you want these for your collection you can get better quality probably at the same or close to same price you would pay for these. These are spacefillers in some language but there really is no such thing as a spacefiller for something that is of such little value and easily and cheaply purchased, even if the cat value for the higher values is a bit pricey. That is just the cat value for perfect condition stamps and that is often a high side number, perhaps.

5) would you check the postage / shipping costs before placing a bid / buying as a buy now offer? You must do that. I saw a listing yesterday where the seller was charging USD $3 for shipping the first stamp and then 50c for each additional stamp. Theseller was set up to make money on shipping while the price of the stamps was a give away. Buyer beware of course but it pays to know these things.

In this day and age there are so many sellers accessible to us all. By way of example, on one philatelic portal there are currently 968 sellers. Yes 968, that was not a typo. Ok not all have vast stocks or what you might be collecting but there is a good chance there are anywhere between 50 and 100 of the stamp you want.

Don't believe me? Well the top stamp in the image is SG 511 / Scott 588 there are over 80 for sale starting at 49c on one portal I know and while most have a parcel cancel which is very common with this issue there are some better copies available. There is also some absolute rubbish for sale. Makes you wonder if the seller knows anything about philately, doesn't it! Yours below for USD $2. (excluding shipping of course!) Wow! Do be careful!!

Have a great weekend and when you want stamps accurately and completely described, well packed, mint especially as we put in Hawid black strip mounts, scanned images of face and reverse on more expensive stamps, and reasonable shipping costs then please give us one chance to help you with your collection.


Saturday, August 03, 2019

Hello, hope you like this one. A very nice copy of SG 215 (Scott 172) you can find it here along with lots more new listings we just placed in the cddstamps online store.

This is the real stamp, not some "representative image: We saw that for some stamps that were for sale. All book quality images. Quite disgraceful if you ask me.

Have a great weekend and enjoy your philately.

Michael and online store here

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Hello, yes I am back from travels. And what was one of the first things I saw, well these for sale on some auction site. Absolutely disgraceful that a large dealer - maybe that is being too kind to them - has the audacity to be offering this for sale. What is wrong with it? Well how long have you got?

I think it is time for me to do a little competition.

Some, ok lets say 50, free stamps from Australia to whoever gets the most points describing "what is wrong with this junk". Just email me at I will wait a few days and then either publish a winner or winners if I like the responses and tell you what is wrong with this and why you should never bid on junk like this. I know it sold and I feel for the buyer, probably a new collector. I will explain more in time

I read recently an article included a piece about how collectors are losing faith with some stamp dealers, I wont bore you with more details now, but just say here is one very good reason why that is happening.

It shouldn't be that way and it is not that way at cddstamps I can assure you.

Have a great philatelic weekend Michael

Friday, July 12, 2019

Hello, well the weekend is here for me. The second one back home before I travel again. Next week I am going to Sydney. The relevance to you is I will be mailing all orders received over the next 5 days from Sydney. For Australian customers that means very fast deliveries. For customers in other countries it means faster delivery, at least based on past experiences. you will find out shop here copy this link to your browser ...

Now the important news for our Great Britain collectors. We have just loaded some 300 plus used modern GB commemoratives covering 2016 and 2018. Quite difficult to get reasonably clean postally used commemoratives as many of you will know. We have some with only one copy and others where there is a selection of postal cancels to chose from. If you do not find what you need to fill some gaps in your collection someone probably got in before you. Sorry. We will be loading more to the store over the weekend so perhaps check back.

While I am away the shop will stay open and orders will be processed and mailed with 48 hours of receipt. A bit slower than our usual 24 hours and my apology for that.

For those of you who collect the Rhodesias and North Borneo we still have plenty of good material for all that we listed back in April. Do have a look I think you will be pleased with what you see.

Finally, I hope this finds everyone well and looking forward to a wonderful weekend, with some time for philately of course.

Have a good weekend and we look forward to seeing you in our store very soon.


Monday, July 08, 2019

Hello everyone, so sorry for not writing for weeks and weeks. I was in the UK for 5 weeks and just no time. And I really do not have much to write about as most of my time since I got back has been catching up with emails, packing orders from the online cddstamps shop and trying to organise myself now I am back home.

I did pick up lots of new GB stock when in the UK and if you collect GB I think you will be very pleased with what we will be listing over the coming two months. It will take that time just because it does and because I also have a trip to Australia in 10 days. Might get some new / recent Australia material as well for the store. All just to freshen up the stock we offer.

Have you been following the GB new issues. I cannot keep up with them. Far too many and far too frequent and far to expensive. Keep to the basics I think is best and forget the booklets and presentation packs and miniature sheets. Much of what we will be listing in the shop in coming weeks and months will be 2016 through 2019 commemoratives. Quite hard to find such material used. And that is what we like to offer. Anyone can collect mint by just buying from the online stores. No fun in that eh!!!!! better the have postally used in one's collection? Well we all collect something different I expect. As long as we enjoy it that is all that matters.

Hope to see you in the store here cddstamps or here if you need to copy the URL into your browser

Hope you like the two stamps shown - another way for Royal Mail to make money from the collector - yes se-tenant issues are now the rage in the UK it seems. Just wait to you see the new Sports issue on July 9th

Enjoy your stamps .. Michael

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Improving your stamp collection. How best to do this.

One obvious way is to buy the stamp or stamps you need. But how do you decide who to buy from in this internet world where you have such an amazing choice of sellers.

What must seem like zillions of sellers across the various auction sites and various philatelic portals. Take Hipstamp, where cddstamps has our shop: there are 931 sellers. Now ok, not everyone will have what you need but you are presented with a vast choice.

Take as a random choice, and this really was a random stamp I thought of, Ceylon SG 395, SC#287 the 1r George VI from the 1938-44 Definitive issue. From two quick searches I found over 100 listings for this stamp. How do you possibly choose which one to buy. In fact, do you even bother to look at 100 listings and whittle them down to a few to chose from? I doubt it.

All this to say we at cddstamps have just passed 12,000 customer feedbacks in our Hipstamp store and yes, positive feedbacks. And you know what? We are pretty proud of that.

When looking for a stamp you can select by price, by the quality you want, from Mint to Used for example, by the listing description detail, the listing image details (and at cddstamps we usually show an image of the reverse on higher catalogued stamps), and seller reputation.

We hope you will give cddstamps a chance. We feel confident you will appreciate the listing details we provide – especially where it is needed on those stamps that are not simply, let’s call them the basic stamps, but, for example, where there are perforation differences and shade differences.

We look forward to welcoming new customers as we always do welcome our returning customers, have a great philatelic month of May.

You can read more at our website at or copy this link to get straight into our store

Best wishes Michael


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Today is May 1st so I thought it timely to say welcome to May.

It is actually an ancient European Spring Festival celebration so if you want you can go and dance around the May pole and not feel ridiculous.

But that has nothing to do with stamps. So I will just stay with philatelic themes.

First, on May 1st 1840 the Penny Black became available for sale, to be used from 6th May.

Jumping fast forward 178 years, on May 1st 2018 the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum opened an exhibition titled Postmen of the Skies. This celebrated 100 years of Airmail service. If you have not been it is still open but only for another 29 days. It closes on 29th May 2019. There was of course a special issue stamp. The United States Postal Service commemorated the beginning of airmail services by dedicating two United States Air Mail Forever stamps. The first, depicted in blue, commemorates the pilots who first flew the mail in the early years of aviation. I have added another recent issue which I think is far more attractive.

And finally, perhaps best known, is that 1st May is known as May Day. It is also known as Labour Day or International Workers’ Day and is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many others. Many stamps probably come to mind. I have chosen this one from Russia for us to see.

The date was chosen in 1904 at the Sixth Conference of the Second International by a pan-national organization of socialist and communist political parties to commemorate the Haymarket Affair although the day was first proposed back in the 1880s and I think celebrated from about 1886. It called on "all Social Democratic Party organisations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on the First of May for the legal establishment of the 8 hour day for the class demands of the proletariat and for universal peace” Well we got the 8 hour day. Still working on the peace bit.

Oh, and if you are in the USA or Canada, yes I know they have Labour Day on the first Monday of September.

And, if you really want to be entertained, try reading more about May 1st, especially the history behind the ancient spring festival, absolutely fascinating history. So many “events” are actually celebrated on May 1st. Perhaps it has something to do with the ancient spring festival karma!

Enjoy and learn from your philately. Michael please visit our store here and see if we can help you fill a few gaps in your collection.

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