Post by oldtriguy1960 on Feb 19, 2016 21:05:37 GMT -5
I was just thinking how nice it would be if there was a resource that showed the Scott Specialized listed varieties were the Scott Specialized does not show an example. Not for varieties where the difference can be measured or otherwise determined such as perf/die cut varieties. So for example, where Scott lists 2 or more color varieties for the same stamp, it sure would be nice to have a large, nice resolution picture of the stamps side by side with the color of each identified. Say Scott lists a stamp with 3 color varieties, but I only have one or two example(s) of that stamp. Well, which one(s) do I have? Or some of the tagging varieties: high def scan of the different varieties side by side would be great. Or when Scott lists a variety with a double impression or cracked plate, but does not give a diagram or picture, I really don't know what to look for...
Is there already a free resource like this anywhere?
Could we start our own reference section with examples shown?
Yes, I'm a big fan of comparative philately. I've been saying for 2 years that I would start threads on this, but just too much on my plate. So currently they are sort of intermixed in the threads, rather than all in one place, because I've pretty much been doing it based on request. Here is an example of comparative philately for Help in identification King George V.
There are a lot of specialized sites that will cover very specific collecting areas (even plating of a single issue). If you are unable to successfully Google, you can always post a question here. I can't help much with the US other than with airmails or tagging, but I can help out with a small percentage of the WW questions.
One problem with the color varieties listed how the color is perceived by the viewer and how the computer represents the color. It is very difficult to get exact color rendition without professional equipment such as video card and a monitor which can be calibrated to show color as close as possible. Another of my hobbies is nature photography and even with a fairly high end camera, I rarely replicate a scene I to have the image on the monitor looks as it did when I pressed the shutter button.
Sometimes it is easy to determine the color variations, but most of the time, the person is restricted to guessing and hoping the guess is correct. Color varieties is another part of my collection. I have several books on colors used in printing stamps along with a variety of color gauges. Together they help, but I really never know for sure.
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