Lipsticked King — Weekly Feature #273

WF 273Prior to and during Edward VII’s rise to the throne it was rumoured the Prince of Wales enjoyed the company of many women. Shown here is an unusual inconstant plate flaw on the forehead of the Monarch, reminiscent of a lipstick mark!
The lower left corner block of 4 is F NH with a small amount of vertical perf separation between two stamps, which does not detract from the overall appeal of the piece. It can be purchased for $100 from our internet store at this link.

Conversational Cachets — Weekly Feature #271

In past weekly features we have listed items that are one-of-a-kind finds, that we can only offer to a single buyer and once it is gone the chance of finding others is slim. This week we have selected a weekly feature of which we have many sets and it is unlikely that we will sell out completely. Nonetheless, this week’s features would be an interesting addition to any collection and are sure to spark a few conversations.
Silver Jubilee CachetThe first item is a pair of privately prepared cachets celebrating the Queen’s Silver Jubilee visit to Canada. Both cachets feature Scott #704, one being cancelled from the House of Commons and the second from the Senate of Canada. This attractive pair of cachets were originally advertised at a retail price of $5.50 CDN back in 1977, now almost years later we are able to offer the pair for $4.50 CDN. Purchase them from our shopping cart at this link.
National Anthem CachetsThe second weekly feature is a lovely pair of privately prepared cachets for the 1980 Scott #857 and 858 O Canada issue. These cachets and stamps commemorate the recognition of O Canada as Canada’s official national anthem on June 27 1980. Both cachets feature a stamp cancelled by a green House of Commons cancel. We offer the pair of cachets for $3.95 CDN; they can be ordered from our shopping cart at this link.
We have recently made a large purchase of these cachets, as a result we will be able to offer these nice collectibles to more than one of our customers. We will also be able to take orders for larger quantities.

Outstanding Olympics — Weekly Feature #269

I have spent many years examining collections and viewing auction lots. My experience doing this means that sometimes a stamp or set of stamps almost leaps off the page. This sometimes happens because the item has exceptionally unusual features such as a rare postmark. More frequently the reason is that the quality is exceptional.
Many times there are stamps which have a reasonably high catalogue value and yet they are reasonably common in average condition. The most obvious example is the surface printed issues of Great Britain which are worth full catalogue value in exceptionally fine condition, but only a tiny fraction in average condition.
Recently we purchased a fairly ordinary worldwide collection, which near the end of the album had three German souvenir sheets in exceptionally fresh and never hinged condition. All were issued in 1936 and obviously bought as new issues at the time, then placed in the album where they were kept safely for nearly 70 years.
Germany B90Germany #B91Germany #B92

 

 

 

 

 

 

We offer Scott #B90 at $25 and #B91 and B92 at $200. The price is not a bargain; but the quality is about the best we have ever seen. Use our shopping cart to purchase the set.

Fishing Flies — Weekly Feature #260

Canada Post (in common with other postal administrations around the world) has significantly increased the range and scope of many new issues. As stamp collectors we can be nostalgic about the good old days when new issues were offered in sheets and that was the only format; but we cannot roll back the years. Booklets, self-adhesive, die-cut and kiss-cut varieties will continue to bedevil the collector who strives for completion.
Canada #2087a booklet paneTypical is the issue this year of the fishing fly stamps. They are available in booklets of 8 stamps as the primary method of sale to the public. The booklets are conveniently rouletted so that collectors can separate a block of four for mounting in an album. The self-adhesive stamps have a kiss-cut roulette, which cuts through the paper of the stamp, but not the backing paper. This facilitates the removal of these from the backing paper.

At the same time as the booklet was issued a souvenir sheet of 4 was issued in a fairly limited quantity and was producing using traditional water activated gum. As used single stamps these are easily distinguished from the booklet stamps because the souvenir sheet has different paper and traditional perforations. Both the souvenir sheet and the booklet sold out quickly.

When the quarter year pack was released the Fishing Flies were represented by the booklet stamps, which have been rouletted with a die-cut. This makes for a more attractive presentation on album page, but taking the backing paper off the back of self-adhesive stamps takes a skill similar to threading a needle. These are meant for retention.

Canada #2087a souvenir sheetWe can offer all of the variations explained above:

We also have a comprehensive stock of modern Canadian die-cut and kiss-cut varieties.

 

Attractive Audubon — Weekly Feature #246

Cook Islands #849-857For a change of pace, this feature diverges from the usual Queen Victoria and dead white men and it doesn’t have an interesting story — we selected this item simply because it is pretty. Cook Islands #849-857, Scott CV $30.60 US. Our price $36 (see the item in our shopping cart here.)

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