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Stamp Collector

Stamp Collector

April 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.

United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
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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, 48 years laterxg!… 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…

2 min.

What is it about stamp errors that gets us so excited? For most of us the appealing aspect of these unique stamps is the value and scarcity; wouldn’t it be nice to have just one or two unusual errors in your albums? The visual impact of these mishaps is also something to behold and surely inverts are amongst the most spectacular specimens. We celebrate these gems (even if the postal authorities might not be quite as happy with their existence) in a special guide on page 52. Many of the most well known inverts are incredibly expensive, but there are other examples that are much more affordable – do let us know if you have started such a collection. Also in this issue we launch our new, regular ‘Philatelic Focus’ feature. This…

3 min.
get stamp active and go behind the scenes during london 2020

Stamp Active, the voluntary group that promotes stamp collecting to young people in Great Britain, have announced details of their stand at the London 2020 international stamp exhibition taking place in May. The Stamp Active stand (gallery bay 12) will be providing free activities for young and novice collectors. Youngsters will receive free stamps, goodie bags and activity books and will be able to take part in fun activities including stamp art workshops and games. There will also be help on hand for any collectors who are new to the hobby and want help to get started. This will include displays of starter packs and accessories, Q & A sessions and advice on mounting and writing up a collection together with details of stamp competitions. The Federation of European Philately (FEPA) will…

1 min.
new cover celebrates rmp mounted troop

The British Forces Philatelic Service (BFPS) has marked the 25th anniversary of the disbandment of the RMP Mounted Troop with a new cover, produced in collaboration with the RMP Association. The cover reproduces a painting by renowned equine artist Joan Wanklyn and depicts the disbandment parade of the RMP Mounted Troop. A 1st class stamp will be cancelled by the bespoke BFPS 3227 special handstamp, which shows the RMP badge at its centre. Darrell Drury of the BFPS said: ‘After a long and distinguished service within the British Army, the Royal Military Police Mounted Troop was disbanded on the 5 March 1995. Whether it was providing escorts to the Sovereign of the time, patrolling hotspots of the world or performing to the public in the form of displays at the Royal…

1 min.
in brief

Stamp dealers Rushstamps of Lyndhurst have reported the discovery of a 1990 Greetings stamp booklet with an inverted booklet pane. A spokesperson said: ‘It is SG 1483-92, issued nearly thirty years ago to the day on 6 February 1990, completely sealed as issued.’ Find out more at: www.rushstamps.co.uk An Post has revealed that the price of a standard domestic stamp will increase from €1 to €1.10 and a standard international stamp from €1.70 to €1.80, from 19 March. The domestic price increase is the first in three years and, according to the post office, ‘reflects other European postal services’ price increases over the past three years and keeps An Post tariffs in line with the European average’. British Antarctic Territory (BAT) have launched a stamp design competition to mark the 200th anniversary…

5 min.
criminal acts

This year, London’s Postal Museum’s Crime Season looks at the stories behind some of the big-news mail robberies and the role of the Post Office’s Investigation Branch in combating theft. Paula Hammond went along to find out more It was in 1635 that Charles I opened the Royal Mail up for public use and, by 1683, fraud had become such a problem that they appointed their first Assistant Solicitor, Richard Swift, for ‘the detection and carrying out of all prosecutions against persons for robbing the mails…’. Today, the Post Office’s Investigation Branch is recognised as the oldest criminal investigations force in the world and, during its 335-year history, their investigators have seen it all. One of their earliest recorded cases, in 1687, saw Richard Leaver sent to public pillory for charging households for…