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Stamp Collector

Stamp Collector December 2019

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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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, 48 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 the…

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welcome

As soon as Rowland Hill’s postal reforms came into practice, the medium of stamps and postal stationery was used to spread the nation’s messages. Back in 1840, Britain used the post to assert the Queen’s rule (via the simple but effective stamp design) and (on the short-lived Mulready envelopes and letter sheets) the reach and power of the British Empire. Sadly, the letter-writing public didn’t quite share the same world view as that depicted in William Mulready’s artwork and the days of the letter sheet were numbered just days after it was introduced. We explore the Mulready in a special ‘Market Insight’ guide on page 24 of this issue. Despite its bad reception all those years ago, the postal stationery is a wonderful piece of history and it’s no surprise that…

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meet the experts…

David Beech MBE was the Curator of the British Library Philatelic Collections from 1983 until 2013, is a Fellow and past President of the Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL). David discusses his recently published monograph on the Library’s collections on page 97. Paula Hammond has worked as a publisher, copy-writer, ghost-writer, author, and journalist. She has written over thirty fiction and non-fiction books as well as comics, poetry, and scripts for DVDs and CD-ROMS. Her collecting passions include autographed FDCs. Professional writer Chris West has written about many different subjects, from crime fiction through history to how to start a business. He has written two books on stamps, including First Class: A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps and writes our Stamp Story on page 52. Stamp Collector Advisory Board Mike Jackson, philatelic…

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stamp update

Xmas stamps revealed Whoosh. The year is almost coming to an end and post offices are once again revealing their designs for the festive season, some religious, others secular, all colourful and creative. No doubt the designs will be popular in the respective countries as the general public send out cards to friends and family. Surely December is now the time in which most stamps are seen on postage; so why not celebrate the season of goodwill, peace… and stamps? The USA has gone for a traditional approach with a set of four each showing ‘Holiday Wreaths’. According to the postal service the stamp designs ‘create feelings of warmth and welcome’ and are ‘inspired by the holiday decorating traditions of early America, the four wreaths featured on these stamps are classic yet…

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in brief

The Postal Museum in London has opened its second Post & Go machine in the Mail Rail exhibition. The machine initially vended the Post Office Underground Railway and 1st class Machin, both with a new overprint ‘Mail Rail’ of all values. The original kiosk in The Postal Museum will remain operational as usual. The Post & Go machines are available at The Postal Museum during normal opening hours. Please see www.postalmuseum.org for more information. The USA’s Postmaster General, Megan J Brennan, has announced that she will retire from her post on 31 January 2020, after five years in charge. Brennan, who joined the US Postal Service as a ‘letter carrier’, is said to have resisted calls from the US President to change rates for companies such as amazon. In a statement…

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market insight

AUCTION HEADLINERS The highlight of the New Amsterdam Collection of United States Sheets sale at the Cherrystone Auction Galleries was an 1898 $1 black complete right pane of fifty. The sheet included top and bottom imprint and plate No. 606 blocks of six. According to the auction house, there are only three complete panes of this stamp known, and it was described as ‘a spectacular classic rarity whose design is considered by many to be the most beautiful ever produced for a U.S. Postage Stamp’. The sheet was last offered in a Siegel rarity sale in 1988, with a hammer price of $105,000. The recent sale of China material at Christoph Gärtner in Germany included a block of twelve 1980 Year of the Monkey stamps, with good corner margins, ‘unfolded between the…