cddstamps on stamps

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

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween on stamps

Hello, everyone ready for Halloween :-) I thought not!

Two stamps for you, nice eh!!

Anyway don't forget to join the IPDA halloween chat tonight / today.. I'll be there.. I even have a prize for anyone who can work out who I am - I'll be in disguise of course.. and you have to be there when I am there.. late at night my time here in Australia. Just go the IPDA and click Chat Now

see you tonight ........Michael

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thank you

to everyone who sent stamps for the children's corner

I received another parcel today.. and this was one of the stamps on it.. a lovely stamp which I am sure will be a great addition so some young persons collection. Thought you might like to see it as well. I rather like seeing these "odd" shaped stamps. Hope you do as well.

Enjoy your stamps.. oh, and I will be away for a few days.. Singapore on Friday for the 2nd anniversary of the A380 first ever commercial flight ( Singapore - Sydney) See you next week.


Monday, October 19, 2009

ridiculous stamp issues...part II

Hello, I started this idea a few days / weeks ago. I really expected to get a few emails about it. Obviously not as popular a topic as I imagined as I only had one response. Oh well such is life. Thank you to my reader :-) who sent me this.. certainly it qualifies in my view.. it is to commemorate - I am told - North Korea Conqueror of Universe Deluxe Sheet.. quite an arrogant title for an issue :-)

Of course I have done my best to avoid Australia and GB issues, but, maybe tomorrow I will show you the new GB Royal Mail Design Classic issue for 2010 - has anyone seen the advance notice of this issue. Awesome.. only ten stamps (again) in the set :-)

Enjoy your stamps........... Michael

Sunday, October 18, 2009

signed FDCs

Hello, been away.. long weekend.. no internet access.. withdrawal shakes.. recovering slowly.. good way to recover is read mail and other stamp blogs.. here is one I think you might enjoy if you do not already read it.. signed FDC by a chap in Singapore who I have been in touch with about my A380 covers.. some flight related, space and many other wonderful covers I am sure you will enjoy seeing.

Am doing another piece on the "ridiculous issues" later.. hope you have time to come back.

best wishes.. enjoy your stamps.... Michael

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

just a lovely stamp

Hello, I have been soaking stamps.. first though a big thank you to the lovely person who sent me the stamps. I have enjoyed seeing them, as well as soaking them. So easy to soak, one packet already done :-) and they are mostly recent issues (2000's) and they will be just perfect for my childen's corner. I thought I would show one stamp I saw, that I particularly like, although there are many others. If you know me at all you will know I like horses, as long as they don't throw me or kick me :-)

Anyway, Hope you enjoy seeing this stamp.
Best wishes........... Michael

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Walting Matilda...............

Hi.. it has been 5 days since I wrote.. where does the time go.. tonight, something I found while clearing the dining room table - apparently we need it for a meal... derrggh.. been ok for last 2 years ...must be someone important coming over :-)

this was an Australia 1980 issue of Folklore scenes and verses. Somehow I have a strip of 5 postally used although only one stamp is franked. Must be worth at least a dollar!!! .. that is me joking.. :-) anyway if you want it for your collection and will pay my is yours.. first email to

Best wishes.. Michael

Friday, October 09, 2009

A competition................ enjoy

Hello, Yes, a competition. I feel that it is time to have one. Having said that I am aware that everything has to be politically correct these days – doesn’t matter where you turn someone is saying something that offends someone somewhere. So I hope this does not. It is intended as fun and perhaps educational as well. And to highlight the ridiculous issuing policies of some stamp issuing authorities; just to collect the stamp collectors money is the policy I guess you could say.
The theme is ”ridiculous stamps issues”. You have to send me one (or more if you are adventurous) stamp issues you think are just over the top, so to speak. That shouldn’t offend anyone – perhaps some postal authorities but I doubt they read my blog anyway :-) And if they do then perhaps they will get the message that they are issuing too many irrelevant issues, which ultimately we are not buying because the cost is becoming just too much. A topic we all talk about it would seem from my readings.
To start you off I will list two of my recent favourites. I have made a point of excluding Royal Mail Great Britain and Australia – that was just too easy :-).
First is the Isle of Man – I used to collect these but gave up when I realized what I was spending. The issue on 1st July 2009 was to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Bee Gees. You don’t believe me right. You think I am making this up. Sadly, I am not. Have a look at Bee Gees if you don’t believe me. And sadly the stamps are really awful in my view. You could buy one of my limited print A380 flown First Flight covers for less than what you would pay for the set and sheets and presentation pack. 8 stamps in the issue as well. This surely qualifies for a ridiculous stamp issue.
Second, Tristan de Cunha. I have never been there but I imagine it to be a paradise. Why they need to issue the stamps they do is beyond me, other than I realise it is to collect the stamps collectors dollars!! The 20 July 2009 issue has to be proof of this. A Space exploration issue. I don’t think T d C have done much in the way of space exploration :-) 5 stamps in the issue and actually quite nice stamps in my view. Have a look at Tristan de Cunha I show a FDC as best I can get a scan.

But really, does this not prove the point – a revenue raising issue.
Now it shouldn’t be hard to show others and I look forward to hearing from you. Please send scans of stamps or a reference to the stamps to I will publish the best over the coming days / week. I’ll judge the best example by say middle of next week my time – winner will receive a selection of some 250 plus stamps.. used, no damaged, nice condition etc plus a few covers as I clear out some boxes I am going through at the moment. Maybe a runner up or two as well. I look forward to hearing from you.
Enjoy your stamps …………….... Michael

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Promoting Children Collecting stamps

Hello, As some of you may know I have long been a supporter of helping children collect stamps. Even now I regularily send free stamps to children, and parents who wtrite for their children. My Childrens Corner on my web site gets a pretty good hit rate.

Today I found this site, courtesy of a stamp colleague from the IPDA (Internet Philatelic Dealers Association - of which I am a Director)

If you know children who collect stamps this might be one site they enjoy having a look at - NZ Stamp Hunters

One more thing - I am low on stock for my children's corner so if you have any spare stamps - not torn of damaged and you want to donate them to children please think of sending them my way - email at for more details. Thanks

Enjoy your stamps.. Best wishes ... Michael

Monday, October 05, 2009

Jersey Naval issue Nov 2009

Hello, I saw a promotion of these today. I know one of my readers enjoys naval related issues so this just for you :-)
There is a US connection as well because these are issued to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the birth of Sir George Carteret, who was rewarded for his support to King Charles II ( he proclaimed him King in the Islands, that is Jersey) by being given lands in America including part of New Jersey, named in his honour.

Something I learnt today. Hope you enjoy seeing the stamps. best wishes.. Michael

Sunday, October 04, 2009

2010 GB new issues

I thought I might show you the listing of the stamps to be issued by Royal Mail in 2010. You may have seen this elsewhere but in case you haven’t I hope this is informative. It will at least give you some idea of how much you need to save if you collect GB. Of course I cannot predict how many additional issues there will be, or how many extra minisheets, presentation packs or what else Royal Mail will dream up to get the collector dollars.

7 January - British Design Classics II
2 February – Girl Guide Centenary
25 February - The Royal Society 350th Anniversary
1 March - Castles of Wales generic Smilers Sheet
11 March - Battersea Dogs and Cats Home (150th Anniversary)
23 March - Kings & Queens: House of Stewart
13 April - Endangered Mammals
6 May - Accession of King George V (London 2010 Exhibition issue)
8 May - The King's Stamps (1st day of London Festival of Stamps)
13 May - Britain Alone
15 June - Children's Books July - Olympics & Paralympics II
19 August - Stage Musicals
16 September - Great British Railways
12 October - Kings & Queens: House of Stuart
2 November - Christmas

I'll try to remember this posting and see what changes and additions there are as the year unfolds. :-)

Friday, October 02, 2009

just too much to read................

Hello, if, like me, you are time constrained for access to the internet you are probably very selective about what you read. Hopefully this blog is one of your favourites and you check in occassionally to see what I have to say.

I have a few favourites and here is one for you stampnews It is good in my view. But read me as well :-) Have a look at this site and if it appeals to you maybe it is a good find.

It covers new issues and philatelic news.. very nicely presented, easy to read and informative. They have no idea I am plugging them so don't think there is anything in it for me to be telling you about this site. Other than I like it and thought I would share with you.

best wishes.. Michael

Thursday, October 01, 2009

China Celebrates 60th Anniversary

of the founding of the people's republic today so I thought I would show these two stamps.

Hello, I saw this Anniversary in the paper today. Lots written about it as well and one blog I occassionally read has these stamps. No politics here, just stamps :-)

Best wishes ........... Michael

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