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Stamp Collector

Stamp Collector January 2020

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…

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welcome

China’s stamps have been grabbing the philatelic headlines for some years now, thanks to an apparent increase in the number of Chinese collectors and a series of high prices achieved at auction. But the subject isn’t just for the very wealthy and there are many different sidelines and subjects to explore, reflecting China’s incredible history and unique place in the world. We asked stamp expert David Bailey to go back to the beginning and provide us with an in-depth guide to the country’s stamps and the first part of his guide is on page 38. We also bring you an intriguing examination of Taiwan’s stamps and the influence of Chinese leader Chang-Kei-Shek (page 44), and don’t miss the article over on the website detailing the propaganda seen on many Chinese stamps…

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stamp update

The Royal’s new home opened by The Queen Her Majesty The Queen officially opened the new home of the Royal Philatelic Society London on 26 November, highlighting the organisation’s reputation as the world’s preeminent philatelic society and its links to the Royal family. The historic event, which follows the Royal’s move to new London premises at 15 Abchurch Lane, began with the Lord Mayor (Alderman William Russell) greeting The Queen outside the Royal’s building before she was introduced to the President Richard Stock and given a tour of the impressive building which has only very recently been refurbished. Richard Stock said: ‘She’s been our Patron throughout her reign. Our royal patronage dates back to 1906, it’s something we take great pride in. It’s been a fantastic day. She was very interested in the…

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in brief

The US Postal Service has issued a semi-postal stamp to help raise funds for those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Healing PTSD semi-postal stamp features a photographic illustration of a green plant sprouting from the ground, which is covered in fallen leaves. The image is intended to symbolize the PTSD healing process. Tens of millions of Americans will experience PTSD in their lifetimes. Today, the nation is increasingly dedicated to compassionately treating this mental health issue. David McRedmond, the Chief Executive of An Post, the post office of Ireland, recently confirmed that the rise in stamp prices saved the organisation from financial ruin. Speaking on RTÉ Radio One, he said: ‘We had to fix the core economics so I went to Government and I said “you’ve got to get…

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market insight

AUCTION HEADLINERS Spink’s sale of the ‘Rochambeau’ Collection of France included an entire bearing a ‘face to face’ horizontal tête-bêche pair of the 25c Cérès first issue from 1849-52. The stamps boasted large margins and were tied by lozenge cancellations dated 22 January 1851, from Paris to Nantes. The lot was described as being ‘superb and extremely rare… only thirty entires recorded.’ The well known ‘C.I.A. Invert’ USA error went under the hammer at Cherrystone Auctions recently, fetching $14,000. The example of the 1979 $1 ‘Candle holder’ stamp, with the colour inverted, was said to be in very fresh, fine condition. The auction catalogue explained: ‘A single pane of 100 stamps was purchased at the McLean Va. Post Office by employees of the C.I.A., for use on mail from the agency. They…

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stamp detective

The falcon is undoubtedly the most popular bird in the Gulf states where, in the old days, it was used by the Arab rulers for hunting and as symbols of power. On more than one occasion, falcons have been depicted on postage stamps released by countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In 1965, the State of Kuwait issued a most attractive set of eight stamps featuring a Saker Falcon; 400,000 sets were printed but it seems the stamps were heavily used on mail at the time. Birds on stamps is one of the more popular thematics if not the most popular one. There has always been a strong demand for this Kuwaiti set. In unmounted mint condition it currently retails in the £20 to £35 range. The 2020 edition of…