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

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hi, here is a new issue from Royal Mail. I rather like them. Issue date 23rd August. I wonder if I will ever see any used on letters :-)

Hope your weekend was good. Am off to airport soon for my flight back to Hong Kong.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hello, well the good news is the website is up again.. sad news, as far as I am concerned, is 5 bids on what was listed as a FFC (First Flight Cover) from Seoul to Hong Kong on the Korean Air A380 inaugural back in June. Hey maybe it is genuine, I really do not know I have to admit but having been on the flight and speaking to the crew I doubt it very much. These days one can create a cover so easily, and with classy looking cachets. That is why I always have proof of my covers being flown. At the end of the day, lets be realistic, buyer beware. Why people bid on material that has no description, no statement about authenticity, and when it is so obvious that similar listings are just total misrepresentations is beyond me.

Just me feeling grumpy tonight I guess and in a way, yes, feeling sad that not everyone in the aerophilatelic arena is going to be totally open and honest.

I will be looking at what stamps to show tomorrow. Lots of new issues which I guess you see from so many other blogs and postings to stamp boards on the various yahoo and other sites around.
Have a great weekend..... Michael

Monday, August 15, 2011

web site not working, sorry people... hope the service provider can fix it soon

apology for any inconvenience


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hello, There I was looking through eBay, as one does, looking at A380 on stamps and I saw some listings for A380 FFC covers - well they did not actually say they were covers - but were described as FFC. That is First Flight Covers. But guess what, one had a stamp from Cuba, yes Cuba, and franked from Cuba and then all these overprints with Korean Air A380. Now I don't know how much you know about FFC covers or what you actually think is a FFC but to me a FFC cover in just that, an envelope, or if correctly described as a card ok, designed for the inaugural flight and carried on the flight. Not some envelope or card maybe that was franked in some far off place that has nothing to do with the flight or the aircraft, like Ireland or Cuba or even a USA stamped envelope / card for some UN event. Ye gods and people are bidding on these "pieces of paper"

It worries me that there are "collectors" out there thinking they are getting FFCs when in fact they are getting nothing of the sort. I was on all three Korean Air A380 inaugurals, as you may recall from my previous writings and I can assure you no one else was carrying FFCs on the flight. The crew would have told me I am sure.

So this to tell you. Buyer beware. Hey! it is up to you what you spend your money on but don't think you are getting genuine FFCs when they have stamps on them franked from Cuba or Ireland or many other places the A380 has been nowhere near, other than 39,000 feet hahahahaha

For genuine covers I hope you enjoy looking at cddstamps or my ebay listing 250873709939. My covers come with a Certificate of Authenticity and photos of me and the crew and the covers. - or my other A380 FFCs - No misrepresentation from me I can assure you.

have a great weekend and I hope you don't get fleeced as we say!!! ..........Michael

Friday, August 12, 2011

Hello, I have been looking at auction sites over past few hours. I received a catalogue and saw a few stamps I am in interested in. I thought I would compare prices by looking a few UK based dealers. One in particular I have the greatest respect for. The prices are way better than the auction minimum I am looking at here in Australia. that surprised me. Not because of the dealer but because of the Auction listing price.

Tip to you.. check online dealers first, before you bid

best wishes ....michael

Thursday, August 04, 2011

well hello, I never got to load whatever it was I was going to. Internet really did just go feral. Have been away as well but yes am back, well for a few days. am off again next week but will try to write in the meantime.

Hope you like this MS. issued the other day by Hong Kong Post. quite stunning but I think better to be seen in real than on a scan.

Best wishes ... Michael

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