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Stamp Collector October 2020

Stamp Collector gives you all the information, news, expert advice, market insight and inspiration you need to build your stamp collection and get the most from your hobby. Every issue features the latest prices, expert collecting advice, in-depth guides giving you the lowdown on classic stamp sets, new stamps, postal history, first-day covers and much more. Our stamp stories shed light on intriguing stamps and why they were produced, and our stamp sidelines pages provide an insight into postmarks, first-day covers, Cinderellas, Post & Go and Europa stamps.

United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the internet saved stamp collecting…

Since the world went into lockdown we’ve seen our own Summer of Stamps online festival attract thousands of collectors; a recent Virtual Stamp Show from our friends at the American Philatelic Society has presented a huge range of talks; and we’re now looking forward to Virtual Stampex, which will see the UK’s national stamp exhibition move online (the Stamp Collector team will be there so come and say hi, virtually, whilst you’re browsing the stands). It’s wonderful to see how collectors, philatelists and traders have adapted to the different circumstances we face and how we continue to celebrate the hobby, bringing people together from around the world, sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm. With this in mind, we’re currently working on more online events, including a Collectors’ Conference focussed on GB stamps,…

1 min
writing in this issue…

Laura McInerney was a teacher, a newspaper editor and now runs a polling company. As a child she received a letter each week from her nan, beginning a lifelong love of letter-writing and, now, stamps. In her column (on page 30) Laura explores semi-postal stamps and wonders why Britain hasn’t issued more. Author Chris West has written about many different subjects, from crime fiction through history to how to start a business. He has written books on stamps, including First Class: A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps and Lost Countries: Exotic Tales from an Old Stamp Album, and writes our Stamp Story on page 81. Paula Hammond has worked as a publisher, copywriter, ghost-writer, author, and journalist. She’s written over thirty fiction and non-fiction books as well as comics, poetry,…

3 min
stamp winner announced

The inaugural All About Stamps Competition challenged collectors around the world to produce a one-page entry on a theme of their choice, with the overall winner receiving the All About Stamps Medal. The closing date has passed, the public vote has been counted and we delighted to reveal that the winner is Jackie McLean, with her entry Books United the World. Congratulations to Jackie and thank you to everyone that took part and voted. Speaking after being informed of her win, Jackie said: ‘I was excited to see my entry on the website during the last couple of weeks, and enjoyed looking at all the others - when I saw I had won it, I was so incredibly happy! We’ve had a tough time as a family over the last while, so…

1 min
sherlock fdcs added to festival set

We’re delighted to reveal the third and final set of limited edition first day covers issued to celebrate the Summer of Stamps online event, this time featuring the new Sherlock stamps. To celebrate the Summer of Stamps virtual festival, we’ve worked with Buckingham Covers to produce a series of special first day covers, featuring the official festival postmark. The final pair of covers is now available to order and features the Royal Mail’s new stamps celebrating the Sherlock Holmes books and the popular BBC TV series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The first FDC features the full set of six BBC Sherlock character stamps with a Summer of Stamps, Virtual Festival, Leeds running postmark dated 18 August 2020. The special stamp design means additional details from the series are seen under a UV…

1 min
virtual stamp show attracts thousands

The very first Virtual Stamp show, co-hosted by the American Philatelic Society, American Topical Association, and the American First Day Cover Society, saw thousands of collectors come together to celebrate and learn more about the hobby. The six-day online event featured over sixty interactive presentations, giving collectors the chance to learn from experts, discover more about societies and even speak to traders. Stamp Collector were proud to be a part of the event as a member of the ‘Dealer Bourse’. According to a survey conducted by the APS after the event, most respondents want to see more virtual stamp shows in the future. The survey showed that 80.67% of the respondents said they were extremely likely, or very likely to attend another Virtual Stamp Show, with one collector commenting: ‘I had a…

2 min
in brief

The ‘Kiwi Cakes & Bakes’ stamp set from New Zealand Post celebrates classic baked treats including ‘Anzac Biscuits’ which earned their name by being sent to soldiers during the First World War, and ‘Churchill Slice’ named after the UK prime minister and featuring a two-layered chocolate slice with a coconut filling. According to website www.atheos.com, demand for Spain’s LGBTQ Pride Month rainbow stamps dramatically increased after Santiago Abascal leader of the homophobic ‘family values’ party Vox, criticised Correos for promoting homosexuality on stamps and postal vans. According to the report, the tweet calling the stamp decision ‘criminal’ had the adverse affect, highlighting the vans and stamps, and giving the postal service free advertising. Many Americans are buying stamps in a bid to help save the US Postal Service, which is suffering from…