The 1977 Christmas issue consists of 2 definitive sized stamps, one of which (Scott #1729) is of George Washington praying at Valley Forge. I immediately noticed variations in the colors of his hair, coat and clothing. The catalog doesn’t mention any color differences, but I began to save various copies of this stamp, and you […]
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 […]
Unitrade again lists some nice varieties for the 1970 Christmas Series that I have found in my own collection. The first I have is Scott #522. The Variety, listed as Unitrade #522iii is a “dot” between M and A in the word Christmas. Unitrade values this at $20. Here is a closeup of the […]
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 […]
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 […]
Recently I posted on this group of stamps from Czechoslovakia with shifting red crosses. I also have a few examples of a similar shifting red cross from the USA. This 1931 issue (Scott #702) has quite a drastic shift in the red printed red-cross As you can see, the cross moves left right […]
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 […]
Here are a few more perforation freak examples I have acquired. The 3 blocks of 18A are nearly identical to those I posted in this post. This does make it seem that these were purposefully created since the dimensions are nearly the same. The #11A horizontal pair, imperf between is new. All […]
Bulgaria issued a series of stamps in 1919 featuring their new Tsar: Boris III. Boris took the throne after his father Ferdinand I abdicated after WWI. (Bulgaria had aligned with the Central Powers during WWI) One of my copies of the 15s stamp has quite a misperf, and the perfs are extremely rough. One […]
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 […]
Examine the following scan below of two 25q stamps from the Albania 1967 Roses Series (Scott #1027 – 1034). The 25q is Scott 1030 The stamp on the left is the correct color, the stamp on the right seems to have color missing. This could be a printing error, or, possibly the result […]
I have a few perforation “Freaks” in my collection. As with everything on these issues, they are probably manufactured errors.
A number of overprint varieties exist on these stamps including double overprints and upside down overprints.