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SG X956

Hello, I forgot all about this site until a few days ago.  Been really busy with other philatelic activities and my postings dropped off in some circles. But am back.

I wrote in another forum a few weeks ago how important it was to have a good catalogue. Some have disagreed with me saying that a catalogue is not necessary.  What is the point when there are various online catalogues, and what is the point if you just want to collect a copy of each stamp. For example, this stamp.  One copy of a 19p GB Machin.  OK, pretty straightforward and I guess you do not need a catalogue.

But what if you have many stamps, or you want to have one of each that was issued, for say this 19p value?   From the image below, how many different stamps are there?  and the answer is not 20 !!  Impossible to tell if you do not have a catalogue, and I should also say a magnifying glass, a perforation gauge and a UV light.  And, to be honest I am simplifying this because I am ignoring papers, gums, printers and any other type variations that may exist.

The point is to say I enjoy collecting one of each stamp issued for a particular value. In this case there are the following: using SG numbers for this example:

SG X914 -  with 2 phosphor bands issued September 1988.

SG X956, on phosphorised paper and in booklets issued August 1988

SG X1013 also on phosphorised paper but issued in October 1988

and finally, SG X1052 also on phosphorised paper issued by a different printer in April 1989 with a different perforation to the other three.

SG X956 x 20

Of course, perhaps you have the one copy you want and you are swapping the others. It might be a shame if you kept X956 with a catalogue value of 60p and swapped on SG 1052 with a catalogue value of £3.  Just a thought, although if that doesn’t matter then no problem either.

I also use this as an example for those who ask for help identifying stamps. Sometimes just seeing an image is not enough, as in this example with GB Machins.

Have fun with your collecting at whatever level pleases you. 



michaelatcddstamps · 442 days ago
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  •  Theotoo: 

    And, Alyn, my visual colour perception is so good I see shades galore. . . . . 

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  •  michaelatcddstamps: 

    Hi,  thanks for reading me  and the comment..     as long as we enjoy our stamps that is all that matters..  there is no right and wrong way to do that :-)    In many ways I am a one of each stamp person too..    trouble is the two stamps ( GB GV Downey Heads ) I collect have so many shades and varieties it makes for a challenging collecting habit :-)   Best wishes  have a great weekend  Michael

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  •  alynstampcollector: 

    Excellent post.  I am a one of each stamp person, but I think catalogues play a vital role in what we do as collectors.

     442 days ago 
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