Saturday, April 12, 2014
Hello, hope you having a good weekend. I am exhausted :-) been working stamps all day. Finally got my Bidstart Store http://cddstamps.com/bidstart-sales/ listing replenished. Back up to over 8800 finally. Great to sell but I do like to offer a good selection and with the 600 I've sold over the past month that has been difficult. Great to know collectors are enjoying my listings, choice of stamps, quality I hope, and of course affordable prices to help you fill some gaps in your collection. Also it helps me fill some gaps in mine.
Now it is Easter in a week and I thought why not have an Easter competition. Prize will be the set above.
Easy to win, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your mailing address, and I will randomly select a winner from the responses I receive. Quiz entries must be received by Wednesday evening 21:00 Hong Kong time. I will mail on Thursday to get into the mail before the Easter break as I am flying back to Australia for Easter.
Quiz question: The handover ceremony of
Hong Kong in 1997 officially marked the transfer of
sovereignty over Hong
Kong from the to the People's Republic of UK . Someone is reported as saying
this was the Great Chinese Takeaway. Who was that someone? China
And if it interests you, this is a really great place to work and live and all the stupid speculation back then about what would happen to
Hong Kong has of course never materialised.
Have a great weekend, oh and of course you realise the stamps are the issue commemorating the handover. SG 900 - 905 with a SG cat of £3.00; I picked these up in a box lot at the stamp arcade here. Obviously someone had taken them off a FDC.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Monday, April 07, 2014
Hello, tonights stamps are again showing printer differences. This time the Rembrandt machine (which I wrote about the other days) versus the Jumelle machine. The Jumelle printing (right hand stamp) has the lighter shade on the Prince's head. Hope you enjoy seeing these and perhaps when looking at your stamps you will look more carefully These are not catalogued at much difference I must add but I think they make a nice pairing.
What you might also find interesting to learn is that the first stamps printed (I believe) on the Jumelle press were the ones I am showing you, the 1972 Royal Silver Wedding issue.
Enjoy your stamps
Sunday, April 06, 2014
Hi, given it has been raining all day that gave me time to do a lot more with the stamps that are cluttering up my study. I found these. They look different and there may be a good reason but one reason is I noticed is that the perforations are different. well they look different to me.
See detail below.
The perforations on the right stamp seems to have more rounded holes and are cleaner cut. After some research I found that there were in fact two printings from different perforation machines of this 1997 issue of high value definitives. One printing used a Kampf perforator and the other used an APS Perforator - if I have not expressed this correctly I am sure I will be corrected. There is in fact a thread on this on Stampboards for those of you who know that great Stamp group.
Simply put a Kampf perforator produces holes that are clean while APS holes and not so clean
And for the real geek philatelists out there the APS stands for Ab Produktion Svenska, the initials of a Swedish firm which manufacturers perforators.
I just so enjoy learning all this new stuff, don't you :-)
Best wishes.. Michael
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Hi, well a lovely day here, and I had time for sorting stamps and a visit to the Stamp Arcade in Mong Kok. A very enjoyable day. I found a few of these and when checking saw the differences, which I hope you can see. Always worth looking and having a catalogue nearby to check why the difference. These were issued in 1965 for the Churchill Comemoration. The left hand stamp is SG 661 and the other is SG 661a.
SG 661 was printed using the REMBRANDT machine, and the other was printed using the Timson machine. the major difference is that SG 661 has a lack of shading detail on Churchill's portrait. The Timson machine printing shows more detail on Churchill's portrait with furrow on forehead, his left eyebrow is fully drawn and there is more shading on his cheek. Also, the Queen's portrait is lighter and sharper. This is a reel fed two colour12-inch wide rotary machine and the differences in impression are due to the greater pressure applied by this printing machine. The following is a Timson machine
To read more about this and other printing machines of the 1960's I hope you enjoy this link http://deltastamps.com/Fact14LSD1960.htm
have a great weekend.... Michael
Friday, April 04, 2014
Hello, well Friday night and time for some relaxation and stamps. Hope you like this. From the 1984 Chinese lanterns issue from
Hong Kong. SG 461 and with a catalogue value or £12.00.
Some history: The Lantern Festival is a festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year in the lunar calendar marking the last day of the Lunar New Year celebration.
During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns
In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, and only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones.
For example, lanterns are now often made in the shape of animals. The lanterns can symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and getting new ones, which they will let go of the next year. The lanterns are almost always red to symbolize good fortune.
I will have this and the other stamps from this set listed in my Bidstart Store over the weekend. Hope you enjoy my other Hong Kong lots listed here
Have a great philatelic weekend
Friday, March 28, 2014
Hello, wet and windy weekend here in Hong Kong so time to write and do some stamps. I just finished writing the IPDA April Newsletter - If you are a seller and would like to find out more about us I will send you a copy of the Newsletter if you email me at email@example.com.
For those collectors who are looking to fill a few gaps in your collection, especially GB commemoratives like the one above I hope you have time to visit my Bidstart Store. Have a look at http://cddstamps.com/bidstart-sales/ to see the countries I stock in my Store.
The stamp above as I expect you know is from the 1995 Science Fiction Issue. SG 1880 and with a 2013 SG Concise catalogue value of £1.60. It is in VFU condition and just one of many 100's of GB commemoratives I have for sale in my Store.
If references help establish credibility I have had nearly 800 sales in the past three months. Get me over the 1000 mark by the end of March eh!!!! and fill some of those gaps in your collection. I will be listing more this weekend if it doesn't stop raining. Oh, yes I should tell you it is easy to find what you are looking for, just type the SG number into the Search Store For field. easy as!!
have a great weekend.. best wishes... Michael