Canada 1982 Scott #973 – Repellex Error – Orange Color in Background

 

Sometimes, us simple worldwide collectors get lucky.   We all hope to find that big dollar stamp variety lurking in a lot of off paper stamps, and every once in a while, we get a little taste. Not a million dollars worth of course – But in this case, I suppose about $100. The 1982 […]

Canada – 1968 – 479 – Red over Blue Variety

 

Another example of Unitrade providing additional minor number varieties for Canadian Stamps. This Meteorology stamp, issued in 1968, is Scott (Unitrade) number 479.   Printed in 4 colors, dark blue, light blue, yellow and red. The variety, according to Unitrade is called “Red Over Blue” where the red edge of the dish appears to be […]

Canada 1964 – 429A – Deformed Maple Leaf Varieties

 

This stamp, issued in 1964, is the last in a series of 14 stamps featuring provincial flowers and coats of arms.  This final stamp features the Canada Maple Leaf along with the national Canada coat of arms. The Unitrade catalog lists a variety of this stamp called the “Deformed Maple Leaf” variety and gives it […]

Czechoslovakia 1919 Double Transfer Printers Waste of the Hradcany, Newspaper and Postage Due Issues

 

In 1919, and in cahoots with a Czechoslovakian postal official, a local philatelic club procured, cut, and distributed approximately 2 Million stamps never intended to hit the streets.   The story, according to this article from the January 1956 issue of “The Czechoslovak Specialist” (page 14), is an interesting look at how these stamps came to […]

College Post Office forgets to change the year on their Hand Cancel

 

I received this cover in the mail, postmarked out of Richmond, IA (College Post Office at Earlham College).   I received it today (February 2nd, 2015), but, I noticed that the postmark said it was cancelled on January 28th, 2014! – The Neopost label shows the correct year (it was printed), but, the hand cancelling device […]