cddstamps on stamps

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

Monday, March 02, 2015

Hello everyone, 

After I wrote a few days ago about the New Zealand watermarks I received some really useful material which I share below. This  just one of two pages, another tomorrow night perhaps.    click image to enlarge.



I think this is certainly is worth having if you are studying early New Zealand.  Might be the difference between a 20c stamp and a $100 stamp.

Enjoy studying those early New Zealand issues. Some really nice designs although I note the catalaogue price for  most of the 1940s through 70s issues is pretty low.  And don’t forget,  if you do have a few gaps in your collection just visit my sales here  and pick up a few bargins, especially as I just listed another 250 lots this past weekend.

Enjoy your philately .. Michael  www.cddstamps.com

Hello everyone, 

After I wrote a few days ago about the New Zealand watermarks I received some really useful material which I share below. This  just one of two pages, another tomorrow night perhaps.    click image to enlarge.



I think this is certainly is worth having if you are studying early New Zealand.  Might be the difference between a 20c stamp and a $100 stamp.

Enjoy studying those early New Zealand issues. Some really nice designs although I note the catalaogue price for  most of the 1940s through 70s issues is pretty low.  And don’t forget,  if you do have a few gaps in your collection just visit my sales here  and pick up a few bargins, especially as I just listed another 250 lots this past weekend.  ...........  and lots more to come now I have my stock here  and ready to be listed.

Enjoy your philately .. Michael  www.cddstamps.com

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Just issued the IPDA March Newsletter.  thought I would share one idea I had with you. Maybe someone out there can send me material?

Recently I started to get my New Zealand stock is some sort of order to list in my bidStart Store. Material I somehow accumulated while living in Australia, and some recent material I picked up at auction thinking it would make good stock material.

The difficulty for me is I am not well versed in the peculiarities of the watermark variations. On the face of it, It should be simple enough (no, not at all I think you may say?).

So here is a request. Anyone with knowledge and ability to show scans, able to write a piece helping me and perhaps others see the varieties easily?


For example, how to correctly identify W98 when normal upright, inverted,  inverted and reversed, sideways inverted, and the same for Single Watermark.

I look forward to hearing from you  ....... write me at cddstamps@gmail.com,    Guest copy of IPDA Newsletter will also be sent on request.

Michael  www.cddstamps.com

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hello everyone, yes am back writing. Been a busy few weeks, no time for philately I am afraid.

I started looking again at New Zealand. Seems like this is an area people are looking for from my bidStart Store. But oh dear, the study of the earlier issues is making my brain ache.

Take this stamp from the lovely 1900 - 1903 issue. Dare I catalogue it wrong? I hope not.

Why, well because, as many of you know even better than me, there are 4 issues ( am I right ) SG 278 dull purple, perf 11 with SG Cat at £0.65, then SG 319, Grey Purple, perf 14, Cat £2.50, then SG 331, purple, compound perfs 11 and 14 with a Cat of £375 and finally SG 340, purple, mixed perfs with a Cat of £325.

Apart from trying to sell at wrong price and losing big time I could also be selling with wrong details and upsetting a customer. And I certainly don't want to do that!

Now it should be easy just by perfs to decide (but they are hard to tell on these issues in my view) and there are also other variation which I wont bore you with.

All this to remind you that it is so important to carefully study many of these earlier issues and have a good catalogue to help you. 

Anyway, anyone want to make an offer, lets say 100 quid postage paid :-) No refunds hahahahahah, just my sense of humour.

Have a great weekend. Michael www.cddstamps.com

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hello and welcome to Friday. Just a short message. Hope you like the new Hong Kong stamps. Bit corny but it is Valentines day tomorrow. The theme Hong Kong Post use is "Heartwarming", showing 6 different heart-shaped designs. You have to admire their creativity on the one with bread and fried egg! On top of the conventional four-colour lithography printing, an embossing effect is also employed to (as HK Post say) charmingly underline the “Heart” theme. In addition, to address the changing needs of customers, Hong Kong Post launches a newly designed mini-pane with different sized, soft colour toned, heart motifs to echo the stamp design. I have not seen this yet but hope to find one in time. I will be on a plane in the morning and will not have internet access for 9 days. How will I cope I am wondering. Also next week is Chinese New Year so my best wishes to all and Happy New Year, Gong Hei Fat Choi, "May you have much joy and wealth!" and of course enjoyment of your philatelic interests. Michael

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hello and welcome to the blog. New Zealand again tonight as I am sorting more and listing more in the Bidstart Store. The settlement of the Otago Province and the founding of the city of Dunedin on 23 March 1848 were commemorated by four stamps depicting the arrival of the immigrant ships, the town of Cromwell, the First Dunedin Church and the University of Otago. This stamp is the 6d value showing the University. Otago University was the first to be established in New Zealand. It was founded in 1869 and opened in 1871 with an enrolment of 81 students. Although it offers for students of various facilities, its medical, dental and mining schools have turned out graduates who have won world fame. Representations of transport and the primary products of the province are also shown. The stamp has a St Cuthbert's 'Royal Cypher', multiple NZ and star watermark. I always say check the watermark. In this case it is well worth it. This stamp, MUH, is catalogued I believe at £0.30. If you had (maybe you have) a used copy with inverted watermark it would be catalogued at £300.00 Enjoy your stamps Best wishes.. Michael www.cddstamps.com

Monday, February 09, 2015

Hello, New Zealand tonight just because they were on top of a pile of stamps I had out over the weekend. Nothing special really but a lovely design. The 1930 to 1950 issues were beautifully designed in my view and make enjoyable study. This one is SG 673 and shows the Navy Badge with the ships Achilles and Dominion Monarch. Achilles became famous for her part in the Battle of the River Plate, and Dominion Monarch was was a British refrigerated cargo liner. Plenty in my Bidstart Store and more to come as time permits. I have lots more New Zealand in stock and if you have a gap in your collection just write to me at cddstamps@gmail.com Enjoy your stamps Michael www.cddstamps.com

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Australia tonight, Just a stamp I hope you enjoy seeing. Lots of these and more higher value Australia in the Bidstart Store here if you need to fill a gap or two in your collection. Have a great weekend Michael www.cddstamps.com

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