cddstamps on stamps

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

In response to the last piece I wrote someone commented about how important it was to see the reverse of a stamp to ensure there was no rust (or “foxing”  or “toning” as some call it) when considering stamp quality. Some people also distinguish a difference between these but I will, for simplicity, just think of them all as rust spots on stamps.    

So a very simplified piece on rust. I hope the following is useful and the image shows clearly. As I said, this is a very simplified view and I recommend searching reputable philatelic sites and forums for more information.  For simplicity I will only use the word rust.

Rust is what it says it is, brownish rust like stains.  Rust can happen for various reason, but mostly because of dampness of some sort – climate dampness where stamps are not stored in a dry humidity or dampness from say perspiration from hands  / fingers when handling stamps. The type of paper, the chemical used in the stamp making process, for example with the gum, and the type of paper in the stock book. - all can be contributing factors to rust appearing if the stamps are not stored correctly.  

Again I recommend reading more if you need to learn more about storing and handling stamps.
Age of the stamp / stock album can also be a factor but we have stock books from 30 years ago with no signs of rust, yet one in which we found rust appearing in and the stock was only put into it 10 years ago. We moved all the stamps I might add and threw away any that had the slightest sign of rust because rust can spread if it is because of a mold or fungus which can be caused by some form of dampness.

I realise as I write that I need to write more, the more I say the more that needs to be said but I hope this simplified view and the images give you some insight into this aspect of stamp condition.

Keep your stamps from damps :-)  is my mantra    Enjoy your collecting     

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Hello, I know I have said this before but by chance I came across a few stamps today - offered for sale on a stamp selling portal. Again I was shocked once more about the quality some people seem to think is acceptable to be offering for sale. This stuff is garbage material. Plain and simple.  None of them were advertised as even spacefillers, which OK, while I do not agree because these are common stamps, at least that would have been sort of getting to acceptable.  Not one even had a "with faults" commentary.

It saddens me because we all need to learn about quality, new collectors especially.  And by listing material like this the sellers are sending the wrong message about quality. They are saying this is acceptable quality when it is far from it. They are saying this is excellent used, or Used,  or sound when these are far from any of those descriptions.  Yes, I know, I am boringly repetitive but I think it is important to speak out on this.

Anyway, hope you find seeing this composite informative and a guide on what to look out for and avoid if you are adding to your collection or swapping with others.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hello, A relaxing weekend, hope it same for everyone. Here is another from Hong Kong. This might interest Machin collectors as well. This sheet shows the progressive printing process of a $5 definitive stamp in the 4 different colours or light green, dark green, ultra-flourescent and black. SG MS 771 issued in 1994 to commemorate the opening of Hong Kong '94 International Stamp exhibition.

Best wishes enjoy your philately Michael

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hello, I saw a small collection of Downey Heads on FB the other day and thought something on George V would be of interest. So perhaps you will enjoy seeing this MS from Hong Kong, SG MS745 issued in 1993.  It was the second in a series of Hong Kong Classics stamp sheetlets.  The background of the sheet  depicts a street scene on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of George V.  One interesting aspect of the stamp is the larger perforation hole in each corner of the stamp. Perhaps you had not seen this before. 

King George V was an avid stamp collector as I think many readers will know. He played a large role in building the Royal Philatelic Collection into what is considered by many to be the most comprehensive collection of United Kingdom and Commonwealth stamps in the world.

In 1893, as the Duke of York, he was elected honorary vice-president of what became the Royal Philatelic Society of London. On his marriage that year, fellow members of the society gave him an album of nearly 1,500 postage stamps as a wedding present. He expanded the collection with a number of high-priced purchases of rare stamps and covers. His 1904 purchase of the Mauritius two pence blue for £1,450 set a new record for a single stamp. A courtier asked the prince if he had seen "that some damned fool had paid as much as £1,400 for one stamp". "Yes," George replied. "I was that damned fool”

George V had his collection housed in 328 so-called "Red Albums", each of about 60 pages. Later additions included a set of "Blue Albums" for the reign of George VI and  "Green Albums" for those of the current Queen, Elizabeth II.

Enjoy your philately, and have a great weekend.  Michael

Friday, September 08, 2017

Hello, welcome to the weekend. I was in Manila again yesterday and fortunately found time to visit the Central Post Office and the Philatelic room. So many lovely stamps to see. Perhaps you will enjoy this miniature sheet which was just issued by PhilPost. Have a great weekend Michael and for the first two orders received at cddstamps - go to this link for the online store and fill a few gaps in your collection you will get this MS as a gift. no spend limit to get this gift and free postage over $25 spend. Treat yourself this weekend :-)

Saturday, September 02, 2017

I have been in two minds about whether to write this or not. I decided yes. One can see so many lovely stamps on various social media forums, most of them anyway are lovely, but a few that are lets say, perhaps ok just for ones personal collection even if a bit shabby. There that is quite tame isn't it.
It occurs to me that many new collectors will not necessarily know the good from the bad. For many years in another forum I advocated strongly for quality of stamp, correctness of description and integrity when offering a stamp for sale, or swap.

All this because the 6 stamps shown with this writing fail miserably in all respects. These do not come from a collector showing their stamps to us all but from a seller on a major portal.

Actually I am embarrassed that this seller has the audacity to even list them for sale. I am actually angry that the seller does list them and can get away with listing them. I only hope no one has the stupidity to buy one of them. Yes I know, buyer beware.

Oh and this was a two minute viewing I might add and the first few I saw. I didn't want to see more. These are NOT spacefillers, that is, stamps you can use until you find a better copy. Most sellers, yes like me, have hundreds of these in very nice, clean, not creased or stained condition.

I hope everyone enjoys their collecting (and continues to share great pictures of their stamps) and if in any doubt about quality can read the excellent materials published in most catalogues I have seen, especially Stanley Gibbons.

And, if in doubt or if you are new and learning. lets ask each other, is this an acceptable condition for the issue and age etc of the stamp?

Have a great philatelic weekend .... grumpy Michael :-) but happy Michael if you visit or click here to go to our online store You want find anything like these there but you will be able to fill a few gaps in your collection with confidence you are getting something nice.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hello, I wrote a few weeks ago how important it was to have a good catalogue. Some have disagreed with me saying that a catalogue is not necessary.  What is the point when there are various online catalogues, and what is the point if you just want to collect one copy of each stamp. For example, this stamp.  One copy of a 19p GB Machin.  OK, pretty straightforward and I guess you do not need a catalogue.

But what if you have many stamps, or you want to have one of each that was issued, for say this 19p value?   From the image below, how many different stamps are there?  and the answer is not 20 !! a random selection form the hundreds we have.

Impossible to tell if you do not have a catalogue, and I should also say a magnifying glass, a perforation gauge and a UV light.  And, to be honest I am simplifying this because I am ignoring papers, gums, printers and any other type variations that may exist.

I enjoy collecting one of each stamp issued for a particular value. In this case there are the following: 4 basic stamps, and using SG numbers for this example:
SG X914 -  with 2 phosphor bands issued September 1988.
SG X956, on phosphorised paper and in booklets issued August 1988
SG X1013 also on phosphorised paper but issued in October 1988, and finally 
SG X1052 also on phosphorised paper issued by a different printer in April 1989 with a different perforation to the other three.

Of course, perhaps you have the one copy you want and you are swapping the others. It might be a shame if you kept X956 with a catalogue value of 60p and swapped on SG 1052 with a catalogue value of £3.  Just a thought, although if that doesn’t matter then no problem either.

I also use this as an example for those who ask for help identifying stamps. Sometimes just seeing an image is not enough, as in this example with GB Machins. Can you tell which is which in the above?

Have fun with your collecting at whatever level pleases you. 

Michael     and if you are looking to complete some gaps in your GB Machin collection, we have over 2,500 Machins  listed in our online store:  copy this link to go direct to the store.     In the store you can search all new listing by SG and Scott catalogue references, or better still just type the face value in teh Search Keyword field, eg 9p for all Machins with a face value of 9p.  It is that easy to fill a few gaps in your collection.

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