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Stamp Collector

Stamp Collector February 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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Warners Group Publications Plc
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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

Last year Royal Mail kicked off their 2019 schedule with a set of special stamps guaranteed to be popular with collectors, as they celebrated ‘Stamp Classics’ such as the Tyrian Plum and £1 green. This time around, the first set of the year is similarly nostalgic, but far removed from the ornate 19th-century philatelic designs. The chosen subject, video games, might seem a little unusual for a stamp issue and, following the release of other video game stamps from countries such as France, USA and Japan, it may seem as though Royal Mail have jumped on the bandwagon in a bid to appeal to the younger generation. But take a closer look at the stamps (see page 29) and the stories behind the games they depict, and it’s not quite so…

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meet the experts…

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 75. Stamp Collector Advisory Board Richard Johnson, President, International Federation of Stamp Dealers’ Associations (IFSDA) Birthe King, Danish and UK national judge, FEPA Board Director Chris King, signatory of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists John Scott, Postal Historian Paul Skinner, Head Curator, British Library Philatelic Collections Rick Warren, Vice Chairman, Philatelic Traders’ Society (PTS) PROMOTE…

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stamp update

Huge demand for London 2020 frames It’s always the same with international stamp exhibitions held in London – the events prove so popular that many want to exhibit, have stands, or simply visit, writes Richard West. So it is with London 2020, the international stamp exhibition being staged at the Business Design Centre in Islington from Saturday, 2 May to Saturday, 9 May. Far more collectors wanted to exhibit than space available would allow, even though the exhibits will be changed halfway through the exhibition. Fortunately it has been possible to accept two-thirds of the entries: every effort has been made to ensure that the same percentage of frames has been accepted from each country and across every class. A reminder that during the first half (2 to 5 May) on display will…

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in brief

The Royal Canadian Mint have issued a special stamp-shaped coin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, recreating the 1897 Jubilee 50-cent stamp, which featured a dual-portrait of the monarch. The coin is limited to 5,000 pieces and is 99.99% pure silver. Over the festive period Royal Mail reintroduced four special Christmas postboxes with ‘an elfy dose of festive cheer’. First introduced in 2018, the four festive postboxes were decked with festive designs, and responded to post with the sounds of elves hard at work. The four boxes were located in busy hotspots in London’s Greenwich, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast. The Faroe Islands Post Office are the latest philatelic bureau to join the www.allaboutstamps.co.uk website as a ‘Post Office Partner’, giving collectors the chance to see, and read about, the…

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quiz of the year

So that was 2019, a rather strange year dominated by political chaos at Westminster and growing climate change concerns, but it wasn’t all bad news. We won the Cricket World Cup in a dramatic, historic final; we looked back to D-Day as we marked the 75th anniversary; and we wondered if a stamp would be issued for England’s rugby team, only for South Africa to spoil the party. As ever Royal Mail’s special stamps punctuated the year, with all manner of subjects receiving the philatelic honour. So how much can you remember, did you collect all the stamps issued? Test your knowledge in our annual quiz and you could win a 2019 Yearbook featuring every special stamp issued during the year, courtesy of Royal Mail. Quiz time! 1. The ‘Stamp Classics’ set…