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

Friday, January 29, 2016

Hello, Friday night, TGIF. Some time for stamps and I am starting  to work on some Montserrat stock.  I thought you might enjoy seeing this.  SG 1.

From the first issue in 1876. It was a stamp of Antigua overprinted with Montserrat. This copy is Mint but hinged at least twice and under light on the reverse I can see a small crease across one top corner

Still,  the cat from my 2013 SG Commonwealth catalogue is £26.   Will be in my shop - check here before too long along with more QV, GV,  EDW VII, GVI and QE II material.

If this British Commonwealth country is something you collect please have a look - but give me time to get them listed! Some of this early Montserrat material has very good catalogue value and I will be setting some good bargains here I am quite sure.

Have a great philatelic weekend.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hello, Australia Day today, maybe some readers are from Australia and have been celebrating. I hope you had a safe and happy time. 

I found this MS  (SG MS 2066) from a quick look through some stock tonight.

I hope you enjoy seeing it. It was issued in 2001 to celebrate the Centenary of Federation.

If you want to see more Australia please visit the cddstamps store at  Here  where I have some 1900 items for sale to help you fill a few gaps in your collection.

Best wishes… 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Hello everyone, Friday night and time for some writing and stamps. You may be bored with the Chinese New Year Issues by now, every country you can think of issues a commemorative set. Anything to raise revenue I guess.

But these from Hong Kong and a corner block. So quite collectible. Hope you enjoy seeing them.
Have a great weekend, enjoy your stamps and please visit me at
if you want to fill a few gaps in your collection.  

Best wishes..... Michael

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello, I am back again.  Wish I had more time for stamps. Thanks for all your good wishes.

Do you like this block. I was sorting stamps over the weekend, in preparation for a move - albeit in a few months time but I have to start early as there are  boxes and boxes of stamps to be moved and over the coming weeks and months I am planning on doing some serious cleaning out  - time permitting - so watch this space.

This nice block with Margin Plate 15A issued 1972 from the Decimal Currency issue. SG 831b. Low cat of £0.80p per stamp for used but with a block of 15 I think it is collectible. Top row left to right second stamp has perfs separated from the next stamp, and there are a couple of light creases showing on the reverse of 4 of the stamps. There were two printings of this stamp as I recall but I do not have my specialised catalogue with me - it is already packed and shipped so I do not know which one this is.

If you collect blocks I will send this to you for USD $5 inclusive of postage and packing etc.
first email to by date stamp will get it. Write me first please and I will send you my paypal payment details.

This is only available to readers of this blog, unless not sold over coming week or two.

I hope you enjoy seeing this

Best wishes.... Michael

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hello and welcome to the blog. Tonight  I was sorting through some pages and found a few of these GV stamps. The Photogravure issue from 1934 to  36. Lovely definitive issue and one that is very interesting to collect in my view.

No doubt you can see the obvious difference between the two. One is what is called. Large format, the other is Small Format; the format refers to the margin sizing.  Unfortunately I do not have my catalogue here with me as I write so I cannot refer to more details although I remember writing on this back in 2007 when I discussed these plus the other format which is the Intermediate format.  ye gods I am repeating myself.!!!

Anyway I found them and thought it would be useful to mention, so you can look out for these differences if you find some of this issue yourself and wonder about the margin differences.Also look out for shade varieties and watermark varieties.

Enjoy your stamps

Monday, January 04, 2016

Hello and welcome to cddstamps and 2016. I hope this is a great year for you and you enjoy cddstamps writing and your philatelic activities. And, just a quick reminder, I hope you are able to fill a few gaps in your collection from the cddstamps store (click here for details – my many, many, many repeat customers are testament, I think, to me suggesting you have a look.

But to this stamp.  I thought I would start the year with a stamp from a country I do not think I have shown before.
I hope you enjoy seeing it. This shows the Supreme Commander of Vietnam during the Tran Dynasty (1225 to 1400).   Certainly a fascinating period in history.
Tran Hung Dao (1228–1300), shown on the stamp was the commander of  the Đại Việt armies that repelled three major Mongol invasions in the 13th century. His multiple victories are considered among the greatest military feats in world history. General Trần Hưng Đạo’s military brilliance are reflected in many warfare treatises that he authored.  He is regarded as one of the most accomplished military tacticians in history.
Enjoy your stamps, All the best for 2016

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