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Stamp Collector January 2021

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

13 min
this is how the stamp trade works

1_If You want to learnhow the stamp trade works, please read on… When I was 15, I did. I wondered if there was some secret source of supply? So, I bought my 1st stamp mixture, (wholesale I thought), broke it into 50 smaller units, advertised it in Stamp Magazine ‘Classi. eds’, and waited for the orders to roll in… I’m still waiting, 51 years later!… Wrong Offer Wrong Price Wrong Place (naïve seller) = me but I was only 15 at the time! About The AuthorAndrew found his Father’s stamps at the age of 10. A year later at Senior School he immediately joined the School Stamp Club. He ‘specialised’(!) in British, but soon was interested in Queen Victoria which he could not afford. The 2nd to last boy wearing short trousers in his school year, he…

2 min

LOOKING FORWARD TO A STAMP-FILLED 2021 Last month we looked back on what has been a challenging year for everyone. Time to look forward to the year ahead of us; uncertainty still lingers but there is much to anticipate in 2021. We recently hosted the first Collectors’ Conference on the allaboutstamps.co.uk website (read more on page 8) and we’re now working on our next conference to be held early in the new year – I’d love to get your feedback on the first conference and hear what theme you’d like to see covered next time, so please do drop me a line. As we go to print, the organisers of Stampex have confirmed that the next event will again be a virtual affair and that they are hoping to return to the Business…

6 min
roll on 2021… post offices reveal stamp plans for the new year

Post offices around the world are beginning to reveal their stamp schedules, at a time when the world begins to look forward after a hugely challenging year. Modern stamps issued in 2020 covered a huge range of subjects, with many unplanned designs being issued to raise funds for the fight against Covid19 and praise key workers. Whilst the pandemic and the roll out of vaccines may find its way onto stamps in 2021, we’re all hoping for a more settled twelve months, and philatelic bureaus are now beginning to publish their plans for the coming year. USA stamps for 2021 The US Postal Service (USPS) were one of the first post offices to reveal at least some of the many designs to adorn USA mail in the new year. Subjects to be covered…

2 min
collectors’ conference proves hugely popular

Thousands of stamp and postal history collectors around the world recently enjoyed three days of talks and Q&A sessions during the first Collectors’ Conference held on the popular allaboutstamps.co.uk website. The special online conference was dedicated to collecting classic GB stamps and was held in partnership with the Great Britain Philatelic Society (GBPS). The online event followed the success of the month-long Summer of Stamps online event, which attracted thousands of collectors from around the world. Editor Matt Hill said: ‘I loved this first Collectors’ Conference and am so grateful to the many philatelic experts who took the time to present a talk. I’m always amazed by the vast knowledge and comprehensive collections on show, and over the three days we’ve been treated to some fantastic presentations, on a range of subjects…

2 min
in brief

Due to the second lockdown in England, the Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions sale previously scheduled for 2 and 3 December will now be held on 22 and 23 January 2021. A statement from the auction house said: ‘The decision has been taken in the interest of vendors in order to ensure the maximum prices that can only be guaranteed by the availability of pre-sale inspection of lots and the competitive dynamic of an open auction room.’ The Club de Monte-Carlo and the OETP (the Monegasque Office for Stamp Issues) has announced that the next MonacoPhil exhibition will take place from 3 to 5 December 2021. The event will feature an exhibition of 100 iconic stamps and documents, over eighty stands operated by postal administrations and stamp dealers, and the Monaco Top Cars…

2 min
virtual stampex set for march

Stampex International, the UK’s largest stamp event which usually takes place in London twice a year, is set to go virtual for a second time due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The Philatelic Traders’ Society (PTS) recently revealed that Spring Stampex will not take place at the BDC in February 2021 as was previously planned, instead the organisers will use the same virtual format which proved so successful in October, with a 72-hour philatelic event taking place from 25 to 27 March 2021. At this time, Autumn Stampex 2021 is scheduled to take place from 29 September to 2 October 2021. PTS Chairman, Suzanne Rae, said: ‘Unfortunately, due to the continuing uncertainty around COVID-19 and the amount of time it takes to plan and implement a world class Stampex show, the PTS…