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

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Hello,  another weekend  disappeared so fast.  I found this on the desk today.  Just had to show it -   for aviation collectors and general collectors......     do you know what  struck me....   200 years of manned flight.        perhaps naively I only think of the past 100 years but in 1783 on 19 October, the Montgolfier brothers launched the first manned flight, a tethered balloon with 3 people on board, at the Folie Titon in Paris.   Tirhis is overprinted SPECIMEN. No idea how I came by it.  Anyone know a  cat value? This was SG MS 133 from the 1982 Bicentenary of manned flight issue. 

 Have a lovely week.  Monday tomorrow.. stay safe.  Michael

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Hello and Happy New Year. Let's start the year with a giveaway - this MS    it is mint never hinged but has a small corner crease.   Too many stamps piled up on the desk. 

Anyway maybe nice for someone. if they collect Christmas, or Flowers or just want it for their collection

Name the flower, send me an email and include your mailing address -   I will take the 7th email and send this   as a  thank you for reading  the blog.

Your email address will not be used in future mailings so don't think I am trying to get them for future marketing emails.

 Enjoy your stamps    Michael 


Saturday, January 02, 2021


Happy New year to all our customers and readers. We hope this will be a  happy, healthy and  rewarding philatelic year for everyone.

We look forward to welcoming you into our cddstamps store    Visit this link.  

We  have about 38,000 listings for you from 40 GB and British Commonwealth countries. The majority of our stock is pre 1970 as we really only list  Victoria, through to early QE II stamps. We will be adding more stock as fast as we can.

We now have 20,700 feedbacks from our wonderful customers.  I encourage you to read some - I think you will see why we have over 50% of orders from repeat customers.

We look forward to welcoming you into the store, Stay Safe and enjoy your stamp collections.




Monday, December 28, 2020

Hello,  How was Christmas?  Good I hope.  New year celebrations next.   

Stamps have not taken priority any over the past few days -  had another project  coming to fruition. but am back and while tidying the desk I found this cover. 

Absolutely nothing to do with anything but thought I would show it. We have one customer who collects this theme and for the life of me I cannot find their details.   Maybe they read this.  Will be in the store very soon   Rather nice clean condition, unopened envelope, considering it was issued back in 1965 but the cancel is blurred I am afraid.

Stay safe everyone and enjoy you stamps.  Michael cddstamps and in our shop here 



Tuesday, December 15, 2020

 First let me say I really do not want to come across as being unnecessarily unkind to sellers who appear to know little about philately and, from the way they list stamps for sales show they really do not care about listing their stamps in a very professional manner. Everyone has to start somewhere I agree and perhaps  if people are prepared to learn that will be good.   Also, I really want to help collectors understand what it is they  face when looking to buy stamps on the internet.  

Some years ago, I was in a stamp chat room. I had been there for a while having a pleasant chat when someone asked me If I was seller. I said yes and he was very rude to me, calling me all sorts of names and saying how we internet sellers were crooks.  His exact word.  He said we sold stamps way overpriced and we took advantage of collectors.   I will never forget it. Of course even now there are some sellers who fall into that group and I think they basically stand out like a sore thumb, so to speak,  but many and I hope most sellers are not like that.  His words were, and still are, one driving force behind me believing passionately that where we can, we should he helping collectors to understand the many aspects of buying stamps on the internet. Yes, and helping sellers as well.

With that as a long opening comment let me say a recent experience has reinforced something I wrote in my recently published book.   It got me to think I should reinforce one of the chapters from the book, “Caveat emptor and other advice for collectors”.

The more I read and study what is for sale on the internet the more I realise there is a need for greater awareness about what is being sold and how it is being presented especially if the potential buyer is not a very experienced collector or internet buyer.

The chapter I am referring to is Chapter 6 -  “Imagers and all of them”

In the chapter I wrote about sellers who advertise a stamp with a quantity number added to the listing. In other words, they have let’s say 2 copies or 5 copies of the stamp for sale.  I am not going to repeat what was in the book but add this real-life example that was sent to me today.

Rather than buy one copy the buyer bought both copies when the listing said Qty 2. The image shown in the listing was of a reasonably well centered stamp.  It is the left-hand stamp in the image below which shows both stamps received.

Yes, the right-hand stamp was the other stamp purchased and yes, it is very obvious it is nowhere near as well centered.  Had the buyer bought 1 copy, which one would they have got?  We will never know but we can be sure, either the first buyer or a second buyer would have received the copy that was not very well centered.  A stamp which could not in all good faith be said to be priced the same as the one listed in the for-sale listing.   Yes, buyer beware.

I should add here the seller is not a well-established seller or a known dealer but clearly someone selling some stamps, maybe from a collection or from some they picked up somewhere along  lifes path.   You think I am being too harsh and unkind. maybe. but I did my due diligence when I was sent these two stamps as examples of my book chapter.

Also good for me – there was one other thing I learned, or should I write learnt for my UK readers, from this experience -  something unexpected and something  I have not seen before.  This concerned the packing. Both stamps came in black mounts.    Very nice you might say and again, as I write in the book, this one way how Mint stamps should be packed in my view.  What was not expected was the fact that both black mounts were dirty and creased.  Mounts that immediately went into the garbage.  It is hard to scan to show was these but the below is the front (lighting slightly adjusted to show the state of the mount) and the reverse of that same mount.  


This mount was most likely torn from the page of a stamp collection and sent as shown. Not the sign of a reputable philatelic dealer in my view and not the sign of someone who was trying to impress the buyer.  Just someone selling a few stamps because they can in today’s internet age.

Fortunately for the buyer the stamps were sound except for the centering on one of them.

So, there we have a real life example. I am grateful someone shared this with me, especially as I have another learning to share with you if you are a seller -  use clean mounts.

The  book can be found as an eBook  or in a rather nice soft copy version here

Treat yourself for Christmas, or a friend who collects and buys stamps on the internet

Or, if you are starting to sell on the internet I think this will help you be successful and very quickly establish credibility with your buyers.  I am confident you will both learn and maybe smile at much that you read.

Stay safe.     Michael  cddstamps 


Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Hello,, did I tell  you about the book I was writing  mostly based on recent caveat emptor articles?  Well finally it is ready.

You can buy it as an ebook here    very reasonable price I think.

Oh and while the cost seems high (these are not my costs - I am only trying to recover costs) you can get a lovely Softcopy here.   

at least I think you can if I have followed the blub instructions correctly.   

This is all new to me  but I think it all works.  Any issues just email me and I will do what I can to sort things out for you.    

Hope you enjoy the book.  Make a lovely Christmas present I think.  

stay safe     enjoy your stamps.   

Michael    and at  our online store here with  20,000 plus positive feedbacks 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

 What’s in a listing write up? – the price and the description.


Hello and welcome to Part IX of my series Caveat emptor.


Including all the interim articles I think this makes at least 12 articles.   This will be the last one. One reason is that all the articles and more are now compiled into a book format and the first printing of the book – one copy to do a final proof -  is in progress. The past few weeks have been very busy and one reason for a longer than I planned break between articles.


I look forward to receiving the hard copy of the book to see if it looks as OK in copy format as it does as a pdf.


Hopefully, it will not be too long before it is available both as an eBook and in hard copy.  Watch this space as they say.


Anyway, this final because  I think I have covered enough for the time being on this topic and associated topics. 


This new piece covers a few points, the first an experience that has happened to me and one I think worth a mention, and maybe I can pose the question up front, How you would deal with the situation?.  


This article will discuss listing price and description.  Now that may seem boring but I can assure you it might be very much to your advantage to understand the details that are presented in a listing of a stamp for sale and the correctness of the price..


Let’s take price first and let mee say I have done this.  I am no hero but there are ethics I firmly believe in and this is one of them.  A seller lists a stamp and the price is displayed at let’s say 25c. This surprises you – you know your stamps after all, let’s assume that.  On checking you see the stamp is listed in your catalogue at a rather expensive price. Yes the seller made a typo when listing.  It is obvious it should be $25.  What do you do?  I wrote to the seller and said hey I think you made a typo perhaps you want to fix it?   Lovely email reply and everyone is happy, especially the seller.


Now I could have just purchased the stamp. That would have been unethical in my view.  Everyone to their own.


However, you can find bargains when people who know little to nothing about stamps start selling them online. I know, you think I am unkind. Such is life. As I recently read, the internet makes it a free for all to sell stamps.   As we all know you don’t need any knowledge, at the least just a stamp and a phone with a camera and internet connection. No regulation, no knowledge required.


Any this is where it pays to know your stuff, so to speak. As a friend of mine keeps reminding me knowledge is power.


Let’s image one example.  You can insert any country / stamp you have knowledge of.  You collect Barbados. You see a stamp listed cheap; the 1927 issue of the tercentenary of the settlement of Barbados.   Mint never hinged.  Description is simple MNH, and the price.  Literally no other words or comment about quality although you can see some might be justified.  


Seller a newbie – You check that out. Seller underprices everything it seems from looking at other items. Somebody just moving stamps. Because you know your stamps you are wondering if this is actually the perf variety which is as you know is a difficult stamp to find.  you don’t need the regular perf issue but you take a gamble and buy this. It does look like tighter perfs on the top and bottom margins.


And how pleased are you when it arrives. It is the perf variety.


All hypothetical of course!   I was talking stamps with a colleague only the other day and they gave me this story idea.


Yes knowledge is power. I could quote many examples and even some from a another colleague who trawls auction sites looking for more expensive  flaws that have not been seen in the lots listed. Auctions with expensive material and plenty of quality images can be fertile grounds for such pickings, so to speak.


one  flaw – one of my favourites for  various reasons many readers will know – the right hand stamp has the broken undercarriage flaw.



I tell you all this as I have listed with the wrong price. It hurts when the stamp is bought but it does make you take the time to look carefully at the price you are listing and to make sure you have studied the stamp and written the correct description / catalogue reference.


So for the sellers reading this, even newbie sellers who want to be serious philatelic sellers, spend the time, check your typing and gain the knowledge about your stamps. For buyers. Buyer beware, your buying experience doesn’t always have to be a negative experience.



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