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Stamp Collector

Stamp Collector June 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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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!… 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…

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welcome to stamp collector

Philately is gaining popularity with younger hobbyists according to a recent report in The Observer newspaper. The piece claimed that millennials (that’s folk born between 1981 and 1996) are seeing ‘the creative pursuit as an escape from their screen-based lives’, which makes a lot of sense. With most of us spending our days at home, the computer and smart phone have become even more ubiquitous than they were. Spending time on a stamp collection can be a welcome change to the information overload that is fed to us from our many screens. With this in mind, we suggest five collecting projects for you to do at home (see page 20 to get started), and I do hope the hobby will bring some calm and order to our currently surreal lives. For those…

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stamps issued for ‘ghost’ events

The cancellation or postponement of events due to the Covid19 pandemic mean that some commemorative stamps have been issued marking events that are no longer taking place. The postponement of the Olympic Games, until July 2021, provides the most examples of obsolete, or at least interesting, collectables. The decision to retain the name Tokyo 2020 for the 2021 event means many stamps could still be correct, even if they were issued a year too early. However, a stamp trader explained that such items could soon have a historic significance and might go up in value. ‘The stamps might not be particularly rare in terms of numbers, but the story of the event’s postponement make these issues more interesting and desirable in years to come. If the issue date was in 2020,…

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future of us postal service in doubt

The future of the United States Postal Service is hanging in the balance, according to reports, with escalating debts and an apparent lack of support from the president. Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General & CEO at the USPS, recently wrote a statement to express her concerns: ‘We are at a critical juncture in the life of the Postal Service. At a time when America needs the Postal Service more than ever, the reason we are so needed is having a devastating effect on our business. The Postal Service relies on the sale of postal products and services to fund our operations, and these sales are plummeting as a result of the pandemic. The sudden drop in mail volumes, our most profitable revenue stream, is steep and may never fully recover. We…

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stamp collecting podcast launched

The team behind Stamp Collector have launched a stamp podcast, giving collectors around the world the chance to listen to interviews and stamp updates. The first three episodes of the ‘All About Stamps’ podcast are available now via the allaboutstamps.co.uk website, whilst you can also listen via your preferred podcast platform, such as Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Editor Matt Hill said: ‘The podcast idea was a result of the Covid19 lockdown and our determination to come up with different ideas to help readers stay in touch with the stamp world whilst at home. It’s been such good fun putting the episodes together and chatting to different people around the stamp world. We’d love feedback too, so if anyone has any subjects they’d like to see covered just let us know.’ The episodes…

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in brief

In a bid to keep collectors learning, Graham Winters, the Chairman of the ABPS, has begun a series of videos based around his own philatelic exhibitions, including a guide to his impressive Ceylon KGV Silver Jubilee one-frame exhibit, available to view at www.allaboutstamps.co.uk Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions have announced that Andrew Williams has agreed to remain part of the Grosvenor team as a consultant. Last September the London auction house’s Managing Director, Andrew Williams, suffered a brain aneurysm and subsequent stroke which left him with some long-term damage. During the last months Andrew has made remarkable progress but has now chosen to stand down from his post as he feels that his present medical situation does not permit him to carry out the full range of his responsibilities. A statement from Grosvenor…