cddstamps on stamps

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

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year to all readers. I wish everyone health, wealth and happiness in 2018 and that it is a brilliant philatelic year for you all.

The image is the best I can get at the moment -  of the new stamps Philippine Post are issuing for the Year of the Dog.    I will be trying to get some when our Post Office opens on Tuesday, or if not then when I am in Manila later in January.

If anyone wants a set please let me know, just email me at

All the very best for 2018   Michael

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hello,  I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, and you are all looking forward to the New Year.  I hope 2018 is a great year for us all, and our philatelic activities are enjoyable.

Just back from a few days in Hong Kong. So nice to spend Christmas there especially as it meant I could visit the Stamp arcade in Mong Kok.  This was a gift to me from one of my favourite sellers there. How nice of them. Actually gave me a few free covers. so I had yet another philatelic Christmas present.

It shows the Lantau Link, which one crosses going from the airport to Kowloon and onto Hong Kong Island itself. Opened in 1997, yes 20 years ago, hard to believe it has been that long. It comprises the Tsing Ma Bridge, The Kap Shai Mun Bridge  and a viaduct connecting the two bridges.

Happy New Year   Best wishes   Michael

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Hello, Thanks for visiting our blog. As we near the end of 2017 I thought we would show these stamps because we have just decided to spend Christmas in Hong Kong to see some friends. That gave me the idea to do a 20% off special on all Hong Kong stamps in the cddstamps online store. click or copy this link       to visit our store. Offer runs from now until 21st December.

Perhaps you will be able to fill a few gaps in your collection, or pick up a few nice thematics from the 500 items we have in the store. And, all orders will be mailed from Hong Kong using nice commemoratives. Have a wonderful safe and happy Christmas and Holiday Season and a great philatelic 2018.

Best wishes Michael 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hello, with two weeks to Christmas I am wondering if you have treated yourself to a Christmas present?

Having just listed some brilliant material to the online store, including some difficult to find Australia Vendor machine stamps from 1988, some very nice Fiji from the 1950 / 60s  and some stunning copies of Southern Rhodesia for the 1953 though 1964 I just thought best to tell you, so you have one more option for a present to yourself.

I would be showing you my present to myself but it got mailed to my old Hong Kong address  - but,  well done Hong Kong Post, they redirected the envelope back to the sender, a good friend of mine in Perth. I will be getting it very soon and will share with you in the new year.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy seeing these few stamps, and to whet your appetite for a present from you to your.

Let me tell you one more thing. While listing these we checked some of the competition. There are 766 online stores on the Hipstamp portal now.  So there are a few sellers with the same or similar stock to us  But we welcome that. Why? because if you look at some of the competition you will see the stamps are extremely poorly described, some have no description or even SG or Scott catalogue number.  How do you know what you are buying when there are perf differences, watermark differences, the Mint stamps could have heavy hinges, or hinge remnant marks, or, on and on I could go.

At cddstamps you don't have to worry because we spend a lot of time describing each stamp, including both SG and Scott catalogue numbers and we also quote SG catalogue prices for more pricey items so have a sense of what you are paying.

And, we point out the minutest of detail that we think you should know about before you think to buy for your collection.
Oh! and by the way, if you want stamps with obvious creases, bits missing, short, very short and missing perfs,   nice stains and heavy cancels especially on common stamps for example, you have plenty of stores to chose from ( yes I know that s a bit cheeky of me, but true all the same) but you wont find such material at cddstamps, unless it is a more expensive stamp and most likely described as a spacefiller.

Finally, we are very proud of what we list for sale and what we list are stamps we would have in our collection. We are also very proud of the quality of our packing. We pack to ensure whatever the quality of the handling of the mail by the many postal authorities who handle the mail as it moves from us to you, or to the weather on the journey  your stamps will arrive in excellent condition; just as they left us.

If you were a cddstamps customer this past year I do not need to tell you all this do I.

But I thought it would be a nice plug for the end of the year. And perhaps a reminder to check out cddstamps once again.

Thanks for enjoying cddstamps.  Michael

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Hello, something very different to show today. I hope you enjoy seeing this

I need something like this to look at occasionally. Very peaceful.

The stamp is from 1983 from a series of 4 issued showing Swans - it is SG 3284. The cover it is on was Issued in 1986 at the China Stamp Exhibition held in Rome to promote friendship and understanding between the Postal Administrations and philatelic circles of China and Italy. . The postal cancel like the cachet on the cover symbolizes the Chinese envoy of friendship flying to Italy along the Silk Road. Hope you enjoy seeing this

But I do need to add why it is nice to see something peaceful at this time. England got thrashed once again at the cricket in Adelaide, the Ashes second game, losing by 120 runs. Awful performance in my humble view. . I hang my head in shame for them, and to get off the subject I have had to keep up my discounts on GB stamps in our online store. found here. takes you direct to the GB listings with the discount applied If you also follow the cricket and need something to take your mind off the England performance and want to fill a few gaps in your GB collection - or even if you don'e follow cricket but have a few gaps to fill - why not visit the store and treat yourself for Christmas. Merry Christmas


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