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Stamp Collector June 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 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! 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 to each…

2 min
will we get a captain tom stamp after all?

Royal Mail recently announced details of a stamp design competition which challenges young people to come up with artwork for a set to celebrate the heroes of the pandemic. The accompanying guide gives the entrants some ideas and reads: ‘The subjects are wide ranging. Children may choose to illustrate frontline workers who work in health or social care. They may also want to celebrate some of the millions of key workers who have helped keep the UK connected during this time… There have also been many volunteers who have helped in their local communities or raised money for charity, such as Captain Sir Tom Moore.’ As regular readers will know, we recently launched a campaign and petition in a bid to convince Royal Mail to honour the late British Army officer with…

2 min
school children challenged to design pandemic heroes stamps

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Royal Mail today announced the launch of a stamp design competition for UK schoolchildren to mark the important role played by key and frontline workers, as well as others, during the pandemic. The competition will give children, aged four to fourteen, the chance to design an official Royal Mail stamp as part of a special set of eight. Children will be asked to think about who their hero or heroes are, and to design a stamp in their honour. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘The last year has been one of the most difficult any of us can remember, but throughout it all our Covid Heroes have been there for us, inspired us and done so much for others. From our family members, teachers, doctors and…

1 min
war of roses stamps revealed

Royal Mail recently revealed a set of eight stamps being issued to mark the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Tewkesbury, one of the defining battles of the Wars of the Roses. The stamps feature illustrations by Graham Turner, a leading medieval and military artist, and re-imagine eight key battles across the years of the Wars. Royal Mail also worked with writer, historian and researcher, Dr David Grummitt on the stamp issue David Gold, Royal Mail, said: ‘The Wars of the Roses fascinated both Shakespeare and historians alike. These striking illustrations bring to life a period of British history that was steeped in drama, betrayal and a quest for power that still enthrals today.’ The Wars of the Roses were fought between the two rival cadet branches of the royal House of…

3 min
a remarkable life on british stamps

The late Prince Philip has appeared on numerous stamps during his 73 years as husband, companion and consort to The Queen, whose own portrait on stamps is one of the most reproduced images of all time. Naturally the Royal Family have been honoured on stamps for many years, not just in their home nation but across the British Commonwealth, and Prince Philip’s long service means there are hundreds of designs to collect. Of course, the Duke of Edinburgh, who sadly died at the age of 99 on 9 April 2021, was used to taking a supportive role to his the Queen, and of course, Elizabeth II had appeared on many British stamps before her husband was also depicted on our postage. By the time Prince Philip appeared on a British stamp, in…

1 min
collectors help save st helena stamp archives

For the first time in its history the ABPS Congress Medal in 2021 has been awarded jointly to two collectors who worked as a team. Barry Burns and Bernard Mabbett visited St Helena on two occasions to preserve the philatelic records and stamps of the island. Barry Burns and Bernard Mabbett visited St Helena to research the island’s postal history and stamps but after three weeks had found very little new information on the stamps or workings of the St Helena Post Office. But before they left the island, they were shown a cellar containing a large selection of boxes and folders of paperwork that was in need of being properly archived. With no resources on the island to do this work, Barry and Bernard agreed to return and create the archive…