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Stamp Collector February 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.

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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 learn how 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 ‘Classifieds’, 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! 2 Three years later, attending my first public stamp auctions I wondered how some bidders seemed to buy everything, paying the highest price? It didn’t occur to me that they were probably Auction Bidding Agents, paid by absent (dealer) bidders to represent them. I wondered why two collectors sitting side by side muttered…

2 min
looking forward to a stamp-filled 2021

The recent results of the PTS Awards were a nice reminder of how our hobby continues to adapt to the world around it. Winners included the stamp enthusiast behind a popular YouTube channel, and an experienced stamp dealer who pushed himself out of his comfort zone to embrace the ‘virtual world’ we have found ourselves in of late. Congratulations to everyone who took part in the awards (you can see the full results in our Stamp Update pages). It just goes to show that this wonderful hobby is truly universal; it’s there for everyone, new or experienced, traditional or virtual. This month we reflect the all-encompassing aspect of stamp collecting with a wide range of topics, dipping in to myriad moments in history and many different locations around the world. I’ve really…

1 min
writing in this issue…

Nicola Davies is Head of Collections at the Royal Philatelic Society London, the oldest philatelic society in the world, established in 1869. Nicola writes about Royal’s collection each month in our exclusive column (page 59), this time focussing on how philatelic history is preserved for future philatelists. 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, copy-writer, ghost-writer, author, and journalist. She’s written over thirty fiction and non-fiction books as well as comics, poetry, and scripts for DVDs and…

2 min
new definitives for new rates

A set of three new Machin definitives, and four new country definitives have been issued to cover new postal tariffs which came into force at the start of the year. The Marine Turquoise £1.70, Aqua Green £3.25, and the Plum Purple £4.20 were issued on 23 December and are each self adhesive, measuring 20mm x 24mm with perforations of 15 x 14, and are available as a stamp set, in a presentation pack and on a first day cover. The new country definitives each have a denomination of £1.70 and feature the 2013 designs showing an English oak (England), a linen slip case courtesy of the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum (Northern Ireland), the thistle sculpted by Tim Chalk (Scotland), and the daffodil created in Welsh slate (Wales). These new country…

2 min
mail could soon be delivered by drones

If you thought the idea of a robot delivering your mail was pure science fiction think again, Royal Mail are working with two providers of ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ and recently conducted a drone delivery to a remote lighthouse on the Isle of Mull. According to Royal Mail, the experiment in Scotland is the first step in a consultation programme and trial which will focus on engaging with the community to explore the viability of using drones to deliver to rural communities on the Isle of Mull. The trials are intended to identify opportunities to support postmen and postwomen in delivering to very remote areas and addresses in the UK. As with all Royal Mail UK deliveries, the postcode will route the parcel towards its destination. The local postie will then use drone…

1 min
in brief

The Great Britain Philatelic Society (GBPS) has launched its own YouTube channel, to host videos of Society Zoom meetings and other presentations provided by members. John Davies of the GBPS said: ‘These videos are intended as a member benefit and some are restricted to members of the Society… [The videos] cover a wide range of topics in GB stamps and postal history. To see them you need the direct links which are on the Society website at www.gbps.org.uk/videos. We plan to add more videos to both the public and members’ sections of the channel in the coming months.’ The British Thematic Association has announced its first-ever ‘One-Page Competition’. A spokesperson for the BTA said: ‘We have launched this to encourage people, regardless of age and experience, to exhibit something from their…