Some things, you can never have enough: stamps, philatelic catalogs/books, , Hawaiians (the pizza)...
Pineapple on Pizza ---
Other Stamp Bears share your sentiment. That's OK, the more for me! My youngest one doesn't like the pineapple either. When she absconds with one of my slices, she has the presence of mind to remove all the pineapples and put them on the remaining slices. Guess I raised her right! (or at least in that area, anyway)
Unfortunately, I'm at the age where the only way I can eat pineapples now is cooked. I can't eat raw pineapples any more. I found out the hard way twice (the first time it happened, and then a second time to "test" my theory that it was the pineapple causing my all night gastric pain).
There are a couple of duplicates of the above personalized panes, and also some <$50, so I won’t post those. There were also 2-3 dozen souvenir booklets that cataloged $10-$40. About half a dozen I was missing, so that was nice. And then ~100 various full panes of flags, Human Rights, and various other issues, again in $10-$40 range, but 90% of those I would consider face value or less material.
The rest of the lot was a very large jumble (and I mean jumble, it was all mixed together in random order and random orientation -- a true “mix” in every sense of the word) of mint singles, setenants, S/S’s… Almost all were face value or less material, but a good number of S/S’s, so that was again nice. In this mess, I fished out about half a dozen small glassines. As I opened each one, it contained 1-3 mint commemorative stamps, all common/cheap. Until I got to the last glassine…
I didn’t recognize the stamps at first. So I thought it was a very very recent issue. As I took it out of the glassine, I realized what I had!
UN Transitional Authority in East Timor #350-351(29Apr2000), blocks of 4 2018 Scott catalog mint = $102.50 (italicized price) for each set of 2 singles
I didn’t think I would ever get these, so they weren’t even on my “Get List” anymore. In case anyone was wondering why the strange Scott catalog number when they are the only two stamps listed for the UNTAET section -- they used to be listed under the general postage issues of Timor. Scott later moved them to the UN section, and kept the same catalog numbers in the process.
So these are blocks of 4, which would make the contents of that single glassine that was buried in a jumble of loose stamps = $820.
If I had known these blocks were in there ahead of time, I probably would have bought the lot just to get these 4 blocks!
So that wraps up this lot. Certainly a really nice ending surprise for me!
I've restarted doing large mailings this year. Yes, I've got lots of US postage that I could pull out and never finish using, but it's more fun to go spend more money and buy more face value (FV) lots.
You buy enough of these over a long period of time, you're bound to run into EFOs and premium stamps. After a lengthy dry spell of several years of nothing special, and then several more years of not buying postage because I stopped the mailings...
This year has been a bumper crop of EFOs and premiums. So I'll be showing some pics in the next few posts from these recent US FV lots (not all from the same lot, but actually about half a dozen FV lots).
The first one is an intact booklet pane of the "red removed from sky" minor variety of the 25c pheasant. In the picture below, the top is the premium booklet pane, and the bottom is the "normal" booklet pane.
(top booklet pane in picture) US #2283c(1988), 25¢ pheasant, red removed from sky variety 2018 Scott catalog mint = $45 (bottom booklet pane in picture) US #2283(29Apr1988), 25¢ pheasant, normal sky 2018 Scott catalog mint = $6
I do actively look for these, and have actually found a couple over the years. The best find was a complete booklet (currently $90 catalog value).
This is the other stamp I found earlier this year from the same FV lot. The catalog value of this one alone would cover my postage cost for one of the monthly mailings.
US #1596d(1Dec1975), 13¢ eagle/shield, L-perforator variety (perf 11), plate block of 12 2018 Scott catalog mint = $350
This is one I've been looking for for decades in FV bins/lots -- I was really surprised to have finally found one!
It's easy to spot -- you don't need a perforation gauge. On stamps produced with the L perforator, the perforations go all the way through the edge of the selvedge on every side. The plate numbers are also unique to this variety, but I find it easier to look at the selvedge rather than memorize the plate numbers.
Scott does a disservice, calling it line perforated. They should call it L-perforated. Because there is another perforater call in-line perforator, which was used to produce the very common normal #1596. I used to get them mixed up thanks to Scott. So now I disregard how Scott labels/describes it and just memorize how far the perforations extend into the selvedge to distinguish between the 3 perforators used during that era.
This year has been a very good year for finds of modern (20th/21st Century) premium stamps, from new lots and old lots (in part because I did so little quick-sorts of old lots in past 2 years).
I'll post some more US FV finds from another lot later. But first, I'm going to jump to a British Commonwealth lot I acquired this month. It is a medium-sized lot of mint modern. I'm like, <10% complete for modern BC outside of GB and Ireland. So I was looking primarily to fill in a lot of holes. The lot description mentioned prestige booklets, which I normally don't collect, but I knew they had good value. I could see a stack of these prestige booklets in the picture, but only one cover was showing ($40 catalog value). I already had the most expensive one -- £1 Wedgewood (the first GB prestige booklet; the 2nd one is also Wedgewood but £3 cover price and only minor premium in catalog). I was hoping the stack might include a few other $50+ prestige booklets.
As it turns out, there was a £1 Wedgewood prestige booklet in there!!! As well as a few $50+ booklets, too.
I'll post the booklet covers here, and then post scans of the booklet innards in a separate thread.
Here’s the front cover of the first Great Britain prestige booklet: Scott Great Britain #BK144(24May1972), £1 Story of Wedgewood, prestige booklet. 2018 Scott catalog mint = $150
Going back to the face value lots I purchased last year for the volume mailings, there was one lot that caught my eye. In one of the pictures, I could see a multiple of the US White Plains stamp. Those are only a couple bucks each. But it was the selvedge that caught my eye! The selvedge could only come from the White Plains S/S. So I took the chance that it wasn't just a torn block from the S/S and purchased the face value lot. Behold...
It's not pretty, as you can see from the clip marks at the corners and missing top left selvedge corner (selvedge gets no respect). But it is centered F-VF, all perfs are intact, and it has original gum not hinged (although it has been trimmed at top, which means any top edge hinge marks may have been trimmed off). Most importantly, it cost me less than face value (50¢).
As it turns out, a few months before I bought the face lot, after decades of waiting I had finally shelled out the money to buy a cheapie White Plains S/S. If I had only waited a couple more months...
Agreed, in this specific case. The price is inflated because of reputation, just like the Penny Black. You'd be hard pressed to find a major US stamp dealer who didn't have at least half-a-dozen to several dozen White Plains S/S's for sale at any given time. Supply is definitely greater than demand at the current prices. But dealers simply aren't willing to part with any at low prices, and that is reflected in the wholesale market as well. A recent wholesale auction had a bulk lot of dozens, and it still sold at more than 25% of catalog! I saw the lot, at least 1/3 of them had obviously been trimmed, a few had perf separations, and they were generally F-VF (remember, Scott catalog is for sound VF stamps -- although minor bulk paper creases and gum dropouts are not uncommon for this S/S).
Post by coastwatcher on Mar 14, 2020 12:31:35 GMT -5
It’s kind of like the Zeppelin airmails. There are plenty of them out there, but the prices being asked are outrageous. At the moment, I only have the C13 and, while I would love to get the other two, I just haven’t been able to see my way clear to pay the price being asked for them.
“The President of today is just the postage stamp of tomorrow.” ~ Gracie Allen
I collect US, Canal Zone, Hawaii, Canada & Provinces, Rhodesia, British Virgin islands, British Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, Great Britain, Iceland, Third Reich Germany, Scott International Part 1 and whatever catches my eye.
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