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Friday, April 19, 2019

Sometimes you just have to say, ok! so they were desperate for a stamp design theme - maybe this is one of those times. 10 years ago, issued in 2009 to commemorate “Roadside Attractions”, yes they were desperate for a topic I guess, or someone had just visited Australia and seen the 2007 stamps issued to commemorate “Big Things”.

I am not making this up. Seriously, Australia issued a stamp set in 2007 of 5 stamps with the theme “Big Things”. Embarrassing as far as I was concerned.

Anyway, Canada Post obviously wanted to out-do the Aussies but only found 4 Big things in their 2009 issue.

And this “Giant Easter Egg” found on the roadside in Vegreville in Alberta was one of them.

Don’t believe me read this actually very interesting

I used to live in Canada, then Australia, now Philippines. Surely Philippine Post will not follow suit!

Don’t eat too many chocolate Easter eggs and have a lovely and safe holiday weekend.

Best wishes Michael

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Hi, I have not written for a while. Actually I haven't found anything to write about to be honest. But I just saw this. Listed in an auction with the other three in the set, as "Fine Used".

Sorry, this is "damaged" and a "spacefiller" at best. Please, new collectors especially or collectors with not that much experience of the stamps in these early QE II issues:

1) please read the stamp condition guide at the front of your catalogue and learn the correct quality grading descriptions. It upsets me that someone will buy this perhaps thinking it is as described by the seller. and,

2) please get yourself a decent catalogue. This is listed with the other three in the set as Scott 371 - 374. That makes this Scott 374. Actually there are two printings in this set, De La Rue and Bradbury Wilkinson. The Stanley Gibbons Concise catalogue shows both. SG 598 for this £1 value for the De La Rue printing with a 2018 catalogue value of £12. The Bradbury Wilkinson printing is SG 598a with a catalogue value of £8. Without seeing the actually stamp it is hard to tell but I suspect this is the BW printing. Oh, and I am assuming the seller did actually check the watermark on all the stamps as there was a different watermark for the 1955 issue of this design and value, but that is another aspect.

So you have a stamp (in a set) listed by a catalogue number you really do not know what it is and in a condition that is just so totally incorrect. To the person who wrote to me that dealers are cheats, well you are spot on in this case. But one bad apple does not make all apples bad!

Have a great philatelic weekend. Michael

Saturday, March 16, 2019

March madness minisale moving Montserrat Malta …..starting Monday 18th, 20% off. Maybe motivate you to find some missing stamps; make up a mix of mint and used. maybe! Michael :-)

Hello, I am finally making time to write as I found this corner block in the mail the other day. I hope you enjoy seeing these. On Silver Hot Foil and showing Year of the Monkey, Rooster, Pig and Dog. This set was issued by Hong Kong Post for the Year of the Pig.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy your stamps Michael

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Hello, my weekend challenge.... sometimes it is nice to have this challenge :-) SG 204a or SG 192. I am reviewing more North Borneo stock. The vermilion and carmine OPT are not that easy to see apart but this one has me guessing. Big difference in cat listing so I don't want to get it wrong... do I :-) Anyone think they can tell just from this scan? Have a great weekend Michael

Friday, March 08, 2019

Hello, yes, it has been a month since I last wrote. How time flies. This is one reason.. no time for stamps as travelling and enjoying the lovely island of Panglao in Bohol in the Philippines.
Another reason is, here at cddstamps we have been listing more stock. Every time we get to say 38, nearly 39000 lots in our online store we have customers keep buying from us.... :-) how nice is that :-) But is means we have to keep adding new material.... we do enjoy that I might add.
And this is just one lovely stamp we have recently added. SG 175 (SC 147) What I think you will find of interest, if you collect North Borneo, is the number of perforation and colour variations we are able to list. All the more to help you fill a few gaps in your collection. Have a brilliant weekend, enjoy your stamps Michael

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hello, yes I finally made some time to write and show you some stamps. These I rather like. They are for Valentines day from the Philippines as I think you can tell.

They are in a sheetlet of course but with pairs se-tenant showing the King and Queen of Hearts. I think Phil Post have done a nice job. How challenging must it be to come up with something new, year after year, for Valentines day stamps.

These stamps feature the Filipino King and Queen of hearts in national costumes to show the Filipino ways of celebrating the "Araw ng mga Puso' which means hearts day or Valentines day in tagalog. The image is meant to display the King giving his heart to his Queen and in return the Queen gives her words of endearment as an expression of her love for the King.

Happy Valentines day Enjoy your stamps Michael

Friday, February 08, 2019

Hello, something I doubt many of you will see. A 200 peso stamp.  Local mail here is 12 peso and up so this is a very high face value stamp. I was in Manila earlier this week and visited the Central Post Office for my supply of stamps that I use of my order mailings. One of our local Post Offices has no stamps, only labels and the other very rarely gets  anything other than the basic low value stamps - which require too many to go on an order mailing.  So a regular trip to Manila  is required - combined with shopping for the CEO of course! Anyway, a  rather nice stamp.    Have a great weekend   Michael

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