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Stamp Collector July 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 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!… 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 other “he’s a dealer” as if that justified him paying…

1 min

It’s fair to say many of the unwritten rules around stamp issues have been relaxed in recent decades. The very idea of philatelically honouring a living person was frowned upon for years, but then in 2005 Royal Mail issued stamps showing the (alive and well) England cricket team celebrating their Ashes victory (actually a few living people had popped up on our stamps before then, albeit a little less obviously). Since then there has been a swathe of living Britons on our stamps, including the recently issued Paul McCartney designs detailed in this issue. This approach might not sit comfortably with the more traditional collector, but isn’t it right to honour people whilst they’re still with us rather than having to wait and give them a posthomous tribute? Following the sad loss…

1 min
writing in this issue…

Devlan Kruck is a professional philatelist and philatelic journalist, currently working for the Swiss-based International Auctioneers David Feldman SA. He is a member of the Great Britain Philatelic Society (GBPS) and the Cambridge Philatelic Society. Devlan examines another philatelic treasure on page 32. 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 CD-ROMS. Paula writes our A to Z of Thematics article on page 72. We’re always delighted to feature readers in the magazine alongside our regular experts and this month we feature highlights of the recent All About Stamps Competition. With a theme of ‘Modern Stamps’, the entries covered subjects as diverse as the Olympics to Petroleum, Girlguiding to Fireworks!…

2 min
british indian ocean territory dispute brings stamps into question

Stamps of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) have been brought into question due to an ongoing dispute over the sovereignty of the Chagos Islands. According to a report in The Guardian newspaper, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) council has recommended that BIOT stamps no longer be recognised, following a recent ruling that Mauritius has a right to claim the Chagos Islands. The UPU council of administration recommended that its 192 member countries ‘cease the registration, distribution and forwarding of any and all postage stamps issued by the territory formerly known as the “British Indian Ocean Territory”.’ The BIOT Post Office and Philatelic Bureau, which is managed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government, issued its most recent set of stamps in February featuring images of Sea Slugs, whilst…

1 min
new film explores morals of rare stamps

A new ‘non-fiction investigative thriller’ following the story of a mysterious million-dollar stamp collection has been released in ‘virtual cinemas’ and on Apple TV. Entitled The Penny Black the feature-length film begins when Will, the estranged son of a conman, agrees to safeguard a rare stamp collection for his Russian neighbour, only for the neighbour to vanish without a trace. Will searches for the collection’s true owner, confronting his fear and integrity head-on. But when some of the stamps suddenly disappear, the filmmakers are forced to re-examine Will’s capacity for honesty. Directed by Joe Saunders, the film has been described as ‘a story unlike anything you’ve heard… genuine and captivating’ and ‘a twisty, head-spinning investigative thriller’. Watch the film’s trailer at www.allaboutstamps.co.uk and find out more about the film at www.thepennyblackmovie.com…

4 min
miniature sheet issued in memory of prince philip

Royal Mail are set to issue four new stamps in memory of HRH The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, this month, following his passing in April. The black and white images on the four stamps feature Prince Philip through the years. The 2nd class stamp shows Prince Philip taken by the photographer Baron; the 1st class shows the Duke of Edinburgh attending the passing out parade of Prince Andrew at Dartmouth Naval College, Devon; the ?1.70 value shows Prince Philip at the Royal Windsor Horse Show; and the final value (?2.55) shows a photograph of Prince Philip taken by the Terry O’Neill. Simon Thompson, CEO, Royal Mail said: ‘Throughout adulthood, The Duke of Edinburgh dedicated himself to the service of this country, the Commonwealth and to the many causes he was involved…