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Scandinavian Philatelic E-News:  2007 August 2

CONTENTS:

1.  New Items on the Website

2.  Åland Frama (Machine) Stamp Surprise

3.  General U.S. Picture Post Cards and Arkansas Post Card Collection

4.  Fredericksburg Virginia Coin and Stamp Show

5.  Special Offers: Collections & Albums -- Great Buys

6.  Used and One-of-a-kind Philatelic Literature
 
1.  New Items on the Website Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 

   Danish West Indies sections have been added and fully stocked for:
      Gallery - Select Stamps High quality and/or unusual "regular" stamps (7 pages)
      Bargain Stamps Attractive examples of "regular" stamps but with small defects or such, all at very low prices (6 pages)
      Also, see the full Danish West Indies Table of Contents and stamp price list.

   A large number of newly listed collections, accumulations, albums, binders, and the ever-popular "floor sweepings" lots have been added to the website. The list of new items is below, but there are many other recently-listed items that you may not have seen. Take a look at the Specials Collections Table of Contents. and Specials Albums Table of Contents.

   Recently quite a few philatelic books and catalogs were added. There are now at least a couple hundred items for your consideration. Please take a look -- you never know what you will find.

   A wide range of interesting Worldwide Stamps have been added from countries including: Canada, Newfoundland, Egypt, Eritrea, France, Germany, East Germany, German East Africa, Great Britain, Jersey, Italy, Japan, Macao, Monaco, Palestine, Portugal, Somalia, South Africa, South West Africa, and Switzerland. Please see the Worldwide Table of Contents.
 
2.  Åland Frama (Machine) Stamp Surprise Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 


Item #230963: New rates as of 1 February 2007


Item #230964: Issued 1 March 2007 with old rates.


Item #224415: Issued 1 March 2007 with "corrected" (new) rates.

All of these sets are in stock, as are almost all the Åland Frama (Machine) Stamp issues: 1984-1996 non-pictorial stamps and 1996-2007 pictorial stamps.

When postal rate changes -- particularly unexpected changes -- are mixed up with the printing of postage stamp denominations, all sorts of interesting things occur and scarce items are inadvertently created by post offices. This has been the case with Åland Frama (Machine) Stamps and particularly in 2007.

Åland postage rates, if they change, usually change in January or February. However, the new designs for Åland's Frama (Machine) Stamps typically come out in March. This results in short-usage-period changes in the denominations in a "standard rate set" -- these stamps are collected in such sets.

First, however, a reminder what "Frama stamps" are... Frama is the brand / manufacturer name of one maker (the first such maker; located in Switzerland) of machines that imprint and dispense "machine stamps". Åland and Iceland have only ever used Frama machines. Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden have used Frama machine as well as those from other manufacturers.

Most importantly, "Machine stamps" are stamps, not meter imprints! The difference is easy to delineate: Machine stamps can be purchased by anybody, used anywhere in that country, on any date -- in other words, they behave just like any other stamp except that they were dispensed from a machine. (Some machines are configured to print only a limited set of denominations and others are set to allow printing of any denomination above a minimum value, up to the maximum number of digits the machine can print.) However, meter imprints can only be used by the particular mailer licensed to use that machine, mail thus franked usually has to be mailed only at a particular designated post office, and may only be used on the date that they were imprinted.

Post offices seem to have a love-hate relationship with such machines. On the surface, they are a great concept: 24-hour a day, 365-day a year availability of stamps; less postal employee staff time spent selling stamps; less customer time wasted waiting in lines, etc. However, it seems that any such type of machine operated by the general public are a constant source of maintenance and security problems -- think of all the out-of-order, malfunctioning, or vandalized soft-drink machines you have encountered. Apparently the cost of specialized service people running around the countryside refilling and maintaining these machines is considerable (one reason -- other than pirate blood in their veins -- that banks often charge fees for ATM machine usage). As a result, Iceland and Sweden (the latter after also trying Klussendorf machines) discontinued them. Finland spent quite a few years trying several makers and models, but eventually discontinued all machines. Norway started with Frama stamps and then discontinued them, only for new management to start with other types of machines some years later (and still in use). Denmark still uses Frama stamps and has also recently started using another type as well. Åland started using Frama stamps in 1984; they changed to color-printed pictorial designs in 1996, which continue today.

Back to our 2007 Åland story.... An unexpected postal rate change was put into place on 1 February. However, since the new Peony design for the Frama stamps was not to be issued until 1 March 2007, the current Lilacs issue was made available as the NEW 1 February 2007 standard rate set (55, 70, 75, 85). It would be replaced one month later by the Peony design -- long before 99% of interested collectors ever found out that a new rate set existed (and probably 95% still don't know).

But there is more: Before that 1 February 2007 rate change, the new Peony design Frama stamps had been already printed and had already been denomination imprinted in preparation for distribution to the post office's subscribers on 1 March 2007. Rather than re-make the sets or destroy stamps, the post office chose to distribute the now-OLD standard rate set (55, 65, 75, 85) of Peony stamps to all their regular subscribers. However, as soon as those supplies were exhausted, the post office started selling the "corrected" standard rate set (55, 70, 75, 85).

Jay Smith's Law states that the the vast majority (often 90% or greater) of stamp distribution happens at the time of new issue, through the usual new issue service channels, whether that of the post office or dealers. Thus subsequent printings (or in this case standard rate set changes) receive only very limited distribution. Post offices rarely understand that a new printing, or even a new perforation (such as the Sweden 2005 Spring Flowers stamp with a major perforation difference), is often considered by collectors to be a "different stamp". Those are the items which often rise in value quickly. (There is Jay Smith's Definitive Issue Exception to this Law, but that results from non-subscription buyers delaying their purchase of often-unattractive or high-cost definitive/regular issues until after the first printing of the issue has been consumed by mailers and thus the first printing rises in value faster than the later/last printing(s) -- unless, of course, the later/last printing(s) are little- or unknown to collectors before they are consumed by mailers. [Trust me, there is some logic to this.]) The point of this is that the "corrected" rate set is likely to become scarce and rise in price.

All of these sets are in stock, as are almost all the Åland Frama (Machine) Stamp issues: 1984-1996 non-pictorial stamps and 1996-2007 pictorial stamps.
 
3.  General U.S. Picture Post Cards and Arkansas Post Card Collection Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 

I have just purchased the philatelic estate of an Arkansas collector. Included was a significant quantity of U.S. picture post cards (mostly 1900-1950) including a wide range of subject matter, types of cards, etc. If you collect U.S. picture post cards and have particular interests, please let me know.

This collector had also assembled a large collection of Arkansas picture post cards from all time periods, some mint and some used including scarcer postmarks. The cards include many from tiny towns, including early real photo cards, etc. There is even a rare card picturing the devastation of a town struck by a tornado (60 souls were lost). This collection must be fairly significant and really should be kept intact and further developed. This is the perfect opportunity for a current or ex-Arkansan to start collecting Arkansas post cards (and/or postmarks on cards) with a bang! If this description fits you, please let me know. Payment terms can be arranged to make this as easy as possible.
 
4.  Fredericksburg Virginia Coin and Stamp Show Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 

We don't usually attend smaller or regional shows, but as our stock is getting broader and airline travel with our stock is less economical, we are starting to attend more regional shows. One such show coming up soon is....

Fredericksburg Virginia Coin & Stamp Expo at the Fredericksburg Expo Center at Central Park (Shopping Complex) on Carl D. Silver Parkway (I-95 Exit 130B) in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Dates and times:

   CORRECTED DATES/DAYS
   Friday August 17: 10 am - 7 pm
   Saturday August 18: 10 am - 6 pm
   Sunday August 19: 10 am - 5 pm

Register at our table for a drawing for a $25 gift certificate.

The Fredericksburg Virginia Show is a new show that includes coins, stamps, post cards, and other paper collectibles, etc. Free admission and free parking.

We don't plan on bringing our complete Scandinavian stock (we will certainly bring some), but if you can attend the show, please email to let us know what Scandinavian items you would like us to bring to the show. We will certainly also bring our developing stock of U.S. and Canadian stamps, our worldwide stamps, a new stock of U.S. post cards, some "dollar covers" including nice U.S. FDCs, and collections, accumulations, etc.
 
5.  Special Offers: Collections & Albums -- Great Buys Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 
I am constantly buying large and small Scandinavian, U.S., and Worldwide collections. If you are considering getting into a new area and would like a "starter collection" (whether small or large), let me know about your interest. Also, if you are seeking used binders or used empty albums to match what you currently have, again, let me know. In the process of buying Scandinavian collections, many of my long-time clients (or their estates) ask that I assist in selling the non-Scandinavian portion of their collections. If there is something you are looking for, just let me know. Take a look at the current listings on the web site (but if you don't see your interest listed, please inquire -- most have not been listed on the web site yet).

I guarantee your satisfaction. Each item is one of a kind; orders will be filled in order of receipt. Payment by MasterCard or Visa suggested, but I will hold items for 10 days pending receipt of your check or money order if you prefer.

Useful Links:
Scandinavian Collections
U.S. and World (Non-Scandinavian) Collections
Used Albums & Binders

Scandinavia: Thousands of Stamps and Covers!
U.S. Individual Stamps: Great Items at Great Prices!
World Individual Stamps: Great Items at Great Prices!

SCANDINAVIAN COLLECTIONS

For more, see: Scandinavian Collections

#731360   Denmark Collection to 1992 on Scott Pages
Neat set of Scott Specialty pages (punched for 2-post binder) 1851-1992, with modest range of used stamps up to about 1970 and then fairly good coverage (about half the stamps) of NH VF stamps from 1970s-1992, with many definitive singles and commemorative complete sets. All neatly mounted: most of the first half in clear Crystal mounts and second half in black Showgard mounts. Includes various Slania, Europa, and other desirable issues. Condition appears to be at least F-VF with almost all in VF. JSA retail is over $400! The pages for DWI are also included, but no DWI stamps. An excellent start for your Denmark collection; or since most of the value is in the 1970s-92 range, a great and inexpensive way to fill in a lot of stamps from that era. $275.00
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#731359   Faroe Never Hinged Collection on Scott Pages
Neat set of Scott Specialty pages (punched for 2-post binder) 1919-1992, with good coverage of NH VF stamps from 1976-1992, all in complete sets. All neatly mounted: first half in clear Crystal mounts and second half in black Showgard mounts. Includes various Slania, Europa, and other desirable issues. JSA retail is over $160. An excellent start for your Faroe collection whether or not you need the pages. $119.00
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#731361   Finland Collection to 1992 on Scott Pages
Neat set of Scott Specialty pages (punched for 2-post binder) 1856-1992, with modest range of used stamps up to about 1974 and then fairly good coverage (about half the stamps) of NH VF stamps from 1970s-1992, with many definitive singles and commemoratives. All neatly mounted: most of the first half in clear Crystal mounts and second half in black Showgard mounts. Includes various semi-postals, Europa and other desirable issues. Condition appears to be at least F-VF with almost all in VF. JSA retail is over $200. The pages for Aland are also included, but no Aland stamps. An excellent start for your Finland collection; or since 98 percent of the value is in the 1970s-92 range, a great and inexpensive way to fill in a lot of stamps from that era. $139.00
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#731362   Greenland Collection to 1991 on Scott Pages
Neat set of Scott Specialty pages (punched for 2-post binder) 1905-1991, with modest range of Mint Hinged 1938-1960 and then modest coverage of NH VF stamps 1985-1991. All neatly mounted: most of the first half in clear Crystal mounts and second half in black Showgard mounts. Includes some semi-postals and other desirable issues. Condition appears to be VF throughout. JSA retail is about $109. An excellent start for your Greenland collection. $75.00
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#731363   Iceland Collection to 1992 on Scott Pages
Neat set of Scott Specialty pages (punched for 2-post binder) 1873-1992, with fairly good coverage (about 40 percent the stamps) of NH VF stamps 1977-1992. All neatly mounted: most of the first half in clear Crystal mounts and second half in black Showgard mounts. Includes various Europa and other desirable issues; appears to all be in complete sets. Condition is uniformly VF. JSA retail is over $155. An excellent start for your Iceland collection. $114.00
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#731364   Norway Collection to 1992 on Scott Pages
Neat set of Scott Specialty pages (punched for 2-post binder) 1855-1992, with modest range of mostly used stamps up to about 1972 and then fairly good coverage (looks like more than half the stamps) of NH VF stamps from 1970s-1992, with many definitive singles and commemorative sets. All neatly mounted: most of the first half in clear Crystal mounts and second half in black Showgard mounts. Includes various Europa and other desirable issues. Condition appears to be at least F-VF with all later issues in VF. JSA retail is over $345. An excellent start for your Norway collection; or since 98 percent of the value is in the 1970s-92 range, a great and inexpensive way to fill in a lot of stamps from that era. $239.00
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WORLDWIDE COLLECTIONS

For more, see: U.S. and Worldwide Collections

#731342   U.S. Never Hinged Collection on National Pages through 1997
Very neat and clean set of Scott National album pages (no binder) from 1847 through 1997, with a modest range of stamps. Only a very few pre-1935 stamps. Almost complete NH VF 1935-52 including a nice set of the 1940 Famous Americans with a nice A.G. Bell stamp (set retail around $38 for this quality). Then a smattering of 1970s and 1987-95 NH VF stamps with a face value of about $82. Concluded by a decent range of airmail stamps. Probably less than 10 stamps are Used; the rest appear to be virtually all NH VF. The stamps present are in neat black Showgard mounts; a few empty mounts are also in place, again very neatly. This is more of an "album" than a "collection" but does contain useful stamps. The current retail price of the pages alone is around $120! $143.00
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#731347   United States Floor Sweepings Accumulation
Sizable carton (photo copy paper box) of thousands, mostly totally unsorted, on and off paper mixture, plus two Scott Minuteman albums with scattered mint and used. Newer and older issues. Condition varies but much F-VF (best item we spotted was a faulty mint 8c Columbian). A perfect "fun" lot for anyone who enjoys sifting through a disorganized box of "stuff". $44.00
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#731348   United States Floor Sweepings
Large carton (photo copy paper box) containing accumulation of thousands on and off paper in boxes, bags, miscellaneous album leaves, and stocksheets. Includes modern and older issues in no order whatsoever. There is one old wooden cigar box of on-paper mix going back to the Washington-Franklin period. Condition is mixed, as to be expected in this sort of lot. The best (or worst?) item we saw was a large part of a mint 4c Columbian! If you love sorting through a totally disorganized messy hoard, you will really enjoy this one! Weighs about 17 pounds! $59.00
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#731344   Canada Small Accumulation
Small group of perhaps a couple hundred mostly Used stamps ranging from the 1870s to the 1930s, plus a few dollars in face value of 1970s NH stamps. The condition of the early stamps is variable, but there are some useful stamps. Should be quite worthwhile at this price. $14.00
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#731345   Newfoundland Collection / Accumulation
Small accumulation of 140+ stamps mounted on old pages. Ranges from 1860s to 1940s, mixed mint and used, with greatly variable condition. I see stamps cataloging up to $40 each, but the scarcer issues probably have condition problems. Only modest duplication, but that is mostly mint vs used examples or color shades, etc. This should be a bargain at this price. $39.00
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#731351   U.S. Official Joint Issue Collection 1959-2001
Nearly complete collection of the U.S. Official Joint Issues and their foreign counterparts. More than 30 different issues represented. The highlight of this collection is the 1992 Columbian souvenir sheets, which includes all four countries NH VF plus the same complete on first day covers, with a second set for the U.S. which has different cachets and cancels and was a limited edition of 100! All neatly mounted on Scott National Album style pages in a like-new green 1-inch binder in a slightly worn slipcase. A handsome collection, uniformly pristine, NH, VF / unaddressed. $225.00
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#731353   Coins on Stamps Topical Collection
Over 200 different mint and used stamps picturing a wide array of coins of the world. Includes Jersey, Greece, Israel, Cook Islands, Tonga, Virgin Islands, etc., etc. Condition is VF with the mint stamps mostly NH. Arranged on stocksheets and accompanied by White Ace topical pages which the owner never got around to mounting. A very attractive thematic collection worthy of continuation! $45.00
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#731346   Worldwide Carton of Albums and Stockbooks
1.5 Cubic foot shipping carton (about 28 pounds!) crammed with about 10 albums and stockbooks containing thousands of worldwide stamps, mint and used. These range from beginner collections to a couple of the old Scott Imperial albums (1928 and 1931). Enormous range of new and old issues. Much is common, but here and there are useful selections of Italian Trieste, Salvador Revenues, Mozambique Company, etc. Condition varies but you will find much F-VF or better. Probably no great rarities here, just lots and lots of stamps at a modest cost. (But please remember there will be a sizable shipping charge for this one.) $69.00
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#731350   Worldwide Pre-1950 Accumulation in Stockbook
Eight-page stockbook with approximately 1000 pre-1950 worldwide stamps, mint and used. Enormous variety with very slight duplication and all arranged in no order whatsoever! Condition is generally F-VF or better. This should yield many useful items for the general foreign collector. $39.00
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#731352   Worldwide Shoe Box Off-Paper Mixture
Thousands of foreign stamps, mostly used, including both modern pictorials and older issues. Totally unsorted. We glanced through the top couple of inches of this hoard, but none of us dug all the way to the bottom. Condition appears to be nearly all F-VF or VF. If you love sorting a large and very diverse pile of stamps, you will get hours of enjoyment with this one! $35.00
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#731355   Worldwide A-G Countries in Statesman Album
Collection of worldwide A-G countries in Harris Statesman album (in good condition). Maybe 1500 different, mint and used, including a high percentage of colorful large-size topicals, nearly all VF. A rather colorful assemblage! $39.00
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#731356   Worldwide Collection in Three Volumes
Collection of several thousand different, mint and used, in 3 Statesman Deluxe albums. Nice selections of many, many countries including U.S. New and older issues, many large pictorials, many pages nearly filled. The stamps go back to at least the 1870s. While there are probably no scarce stamps, we just do not have the time to check this collection. Condition mostly F-VF or better with nearly all VF. One of the binders has a repaired spine. An attractive lot for a budding general collector! $115.00
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#731357   Worldwide Floor Sweepings
Sizable carton (photo copy paper box) of many thousands foreign stamps. This includes a messy mounted accumulation of common U.S. and foreign in a Minkus Master Global binder, boxes of stamps partially sorted by countries in glassines including 1 box of British Colonies in quantities, plus several plastic bags of totally unsorted off-paper mixture. Condition is mixed but largely F-VF or better. If you have ever had the urge to wallpaper a room with stamps, this one will give you a good start! $69.00
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ALBUMS & SUPPLIES

For more, see: Scandinavian, U.S., and Worldwide Albums and Supplies
For new Stender Albums, see: Stender Albums

#731354   Aldrich Match and Medicine U.S. Revenue Stamp Album
The Aldrich U.S. Revenue Album for Private Die Match and Medicine Stamps, Parts I and II including spaces for all of the proprietary, perfume, and playing card stamps. Never used set of pages, punched for three-ring binder. Published by Mike Aldrich in 1987. $19.00
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#731343   Scott 2-Post 1.5-Inch Specialty Binder
1.5-inch, 2-post Scott Specialty binder. Gently used, in virtually like-new condition. Gold-stamped U.S. POSSESSIONS on the spine, but this could be easily covered by a Scott label if you wished. This binder thickness is extremely handy and is seldom available at such a low price. The new retail price is about $36! (FOUR AVAILABLE) $21.00
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#731349   Scott International Albums, Six Volumes 1840-1964
Set of 6 Scott International Albums, Parts I-VI, in the traditional blue International binders. The later volumes contain some stamps (not counted in figuring the selling price). We are not sure, but we think the page sets are complete for each volume with the exception of the United States. Volume VI appears to be complete to 1963/64, but a VI bought today would go a little farther. The pages are like new. One of the binders (Part VI) is worn but the others are near new with only slight traces of wear. The first volume is labeled "International Junior" because that is what it was called in those days, but it contains what is now called International Part I, 1840-1940. Retail value counting just the first five albums and binders is now $750, so this should be an excellent buy if you are seeking a housing for worldwide older issues. (Do bear in mind that the shipping cost on this set will be significant.) $215.00
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#731358   Scott International Albums: Parts II, IV, and V
Three Scott International Albums: Part II, 1940-49; Part IV, 1956-59; and Part V, 1959-63. Pages appear to be complete for each unit with the exception of Part V pages for United States. Each contains some stamps which were not figured in our selling price. Binders show slight normal wear but contents are quite clean and usable. Retail value for the three volumes and binders is now $450, so this is an excellent value for anyone who can use these for their worldwide collection. $119.00
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#731365   Scott 2-Post 2.5-Inch Specialty Binder
2.5-inch, 2-post Scott Specialty binder gold stamped "SCANDINAVIA / FINLAND". Gently used, with very little wear; will look nearly new on your album shelf. $24.50
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#731366   Scott 2-Post 3-Inch Specialty Binder
3-inch, 2-post Scott Specialty binder without specific labeling or stamping -- will work perfectly for any country. Gently used; will look nearly new on your album shelf. $24.50
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6.  Used and One-of-a-kind Philatelic Literature Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 
Most of these books are one-of-a-kind, thus be sure to order early. This is just a tiny glimpse of the used books available. Please take a look at the complete Literature Specials price list -- it has much more to offer. I welcome your want list for any Scandinavian books you are seeking. "New" books will be in brand-new condition. "Used" books will be used, though in attractive and serviceable condition; these books may contain minor owner's marks and have typical wear, but any significant defects will be noted in the description. Most "used" books are in much better condition than you might think; many are pristine.

#731322   Facit Scandinavia Specialized Catalog 1997-98 (the 1998 edition)
Includes SWEDISH REVENUES special section. This edition of the Facit Catalog is still very much in demand (or the 1998-99 or 2005 editions) because this includes listings for Swedish revenue stamps. Several other special sections this year, including Danish classic covers 1854-1875. Gently used. $14.95
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#731306   Aland Specialized Catalog 2001/2002
(Fillips, 2001; Aland Spezial 2001/2002) Handy and very complete illustrated specialized catalog. Includes all stamps, with info about issues, FRAMAs, postal stationery, post-1984 special cancels, packs and special items, varieties, meters, maximum cards, phone cards, and post-1984 postage rates. In German, but with English introduction and a little English elsewhere. Absolutely brand new copy. $13.50
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#731308   DK 1985 Denmark, Greenland, Faroe, DWI, Iceland Catalog
(Forlaget Saga, 1985) An attempt to compete with the AFA Catalogs, this publisher created a very interesting and useful specialized catalog that still offers much useful priced listings and information. Subjects include: pre-stamp postmarks, stamps up to 1940 and definitive stamps thereafter, varieties and specialized listings, pricing for various types of cancellations (numerals, stars, etc.) on stamp and on cover for different early stamp issues, coil stamps, advertising pairs, L-number plate blocks, etc., etc. Other countries not as specialized, but still very useful. Also pricing for Danish coins. 215 pages. A handy catalog that can still be helpful. Absolutely brand new copy from a boxed up literature dealers stock. $6.50
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#731320   Norgeskatalogen 2002
The catalog for Norwegian specialists. FULL COLOR with super illustrations! English word list and English translation of many important sections. Once again much improved with special sections on: forged cancels (FDC, WWII-era, and more), expanded largest known unit listings, revised info on printings and papers of modern issues, coil stamps, perfins, souvenir cards, packs, show cards, NK blocks priced listing, Posthorn printings identification, date blocks (early and modern), watermark positions, postal rates 1877-2001, postmarks 1845-55, Crown and Posthorn cancels catalog with rarity factors!!! [still the most recent listing], Franked letters to France in Skilling period. Much in English. Extremely important catalog. Originally $47.95. Absolutely brand new copy that was damaged in shipping; gouge on front cover and first couple pages, but otherwise pristine. $8.00
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#731316   AFA Block of Four Catalog 1962 (Denmark, Greenland)
Lists and prices mint and used blocks of four for Denmark, Slesvig, and Greenland. Now a literature collectors item. I do not know when this catalog was first issued, but this is the earliest copy I can recall seeing. Good used condition. $3.00
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#731307   Denmark Star Cancellation Catalog 1998
(Skilling, 1998; Stjernestempler) Completely revised and greatly expanded (from previous editions) catalog for Esrom, Star I and II, and Starless (uds) type cancels, with prices for every postmark on stamp/piece and on cover. Each type illustrated where multiple types exist. Greatly enhanced details. Highly recommended. (There is a new 2007 edition available for $56.50.) Absolutely brand new copy. $34.50
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#731315   Danish Numeral, Star, and PR- Cancellations Catalog
(Mickel, Eitner, 1980; Danische Nummern- Und Sternstempel 1980 3. auflage; Danische Briefsammelstellen-Stempel 1980) Very useful catalog in three parts. Numeral cancellations are listed and priced by stamp issue/era. Star and Starless (UDS) cancellations are listed and priced. The so-called "PR" cancellations (bridge type cancellations with "PR" in them; for small offices controlled by larger (PR) post offices) are listed and priced with earliest and latest dates of use. Though other catalogs have since been issued, this is still a quite useful 91 pages packed with information. In German, but very easy to use. Appears to be brand new copy. $11.00
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#731317   Danish Postmarks (Original Edition)
(Arnholtz, 1953) The ORIGINAL EDITION, not the 1980 reprint. The classic handbook on all aspects of Danish postmarks. Though in Danish, it is a must-have for postmark collectors. Lightly used, but virtually like-new, with usual slightly loose cover (as have virtually all copies) that can be repaired. (Brand new copies of the 1980 reprint is in stock if you prefer: #13045 $39.00) $22.50
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#731318   Denmark Revenues catalogs
Group of two photocopies of earlier Danish revenues catalog listings. "Stempel Mærker 1974" listing and pricing the basic documentary revenue stamps; originally 6 pages copied onto 3 pages. "Stempelmarkenkatalog der Nordischen Staaten, I Danmark, II Danish West Indies" published in 1951 in Helsinki, listing and pricing mostly just the documentary and playing card revenues with German and English text; originally 12 pages copied onto 6 pages. Obviously both quite dated, but still interesting and useful perspective. $3.00
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#731314   The Postal History of Finnish Areas Ceded to USSR (Lost Territories)
(Helkio, 1980; Luovutetun Karjalan, Petsamon, Ja Sallan Postihistoriaa) The primary and very valuable reference for the cancellations of the areas of Karelia, Petsamo, and Salla, which were ceded to the USSR in the WWII era. Lists spellings, dates of use, post office status/type/level, RARITY FACTORS, maps, and illustrations of multiple-type cancels. Some ENGLISH text and very easy to use. OUT OF PRINT and very, very difficult to find. This copy is heavily used in VERY POOR condition, but the information is still all present and usable. $9.00
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#731312   4 Skilling 1855 without souvenir card
(Jellestad and King-Farlow, 1955) Entirely in English discussing and illustrating Norways first stamp. Production, varieties, cancels, postal history, etc. Still a sought after title. This copy does not include the "Large version" of 1955 Souvenir Card. Used condition; the cover is soiled, but the pages are spotless. $8.00
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#731313   Norwegian Local Post Stamps
(Pihl, 1963; Norges Byposter og annen norsk lokalpost) The classic catalog and handbook of Norwegian local post stamps. Though a 2005 catalog has updated values and information, there is a huge amount of information in the Pihl 1963 catalog that is not found anywhere else. This is still needed by any collector of Norwegian local post stamps. Original examples are quite scarce and almost always have significant binding wear. Original edition in very good used condition with only a small amount of wear on the cover and virtually no binding wear. $47.50
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#731302   Norwegian Maximum Cards
(Norsk Maksikort Forening; 1985; Maksikort i Norge) Interesting and useful 36-page booklet printed in an edition of only 500 copies. In Norwegian, discusses and categorizes maximum cards, with quite a few illustrations. Priced catalog listing of Norwegian maximum cards; the pricing is as of 1985, but it is the only such priced listing I have ever seen and it provides an excellent reference point for valuation of scarcer cards. Brand new copy from a boxed up literature dealers stock. $5.50
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#731304   Facit Swedish Cancellation And Postal History Catalog 1985
(Facit Ortstämplerkatalog Postal History 1985) An older edition (latest 2004 edition is in stock for $69.50), but still very useful for those starting out in collecting Swedish cancels. Lists and prices cancellations and postmarks from the pre-stamp era, through the modern types, with pricing for each era. Also lists ship, railway, rural letter carriers, postal agencies, foreign cancellations on Swedish stamps, etc., etc. In its day, this book was considered to be an incredibly great reference. While you will eventually wish to have the 2004 edition, this book is a great way to get started with Swedish cancels. If you just collect used Swedish stamps or have only a passing interest in postmarks, you will still want this book; just one "find" will pay for it many times over! Brand new condition from a boxed up literature dealers stock. $13.75
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#731303   1976 Priced Catalog of Swedish Cancellations
(SFF, 1976; Priskatalog over Svenska Post- och Makuleringstamplar) The pricing for the "1955 Cancellation Handbook". Lists and prices the tremendous range of postmarks and cancellations from the pre-stamp era up to the modern. Since superceded by the Facit Cancellation Catalog (which now costs almost $70, but still handy pocket-sized book that many collectors still use as a checklist. Absolutely brand new copy from a boxed up literature dealers stock. $7.00
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#731305   Facit Stamp Cards Catalog 1985
(Facit Frimärkskort Europa Stamp Cards 1985) The first, last, and only edition of this very useful catalog. Lists, pictures IN COLOR, and prices stamp cards of Sweden, Scandinavia, and the rest of Europe (Europe, not "Europa" organization). Stamp cards are post office officially printed picture post cards that picture stamps or extremely closely related images of stamps. The British call them PHQ cards. They are NOT valid for postage themselves (that would be postal stationery postal cards). About 40% of the catalog is of Swedish stamp cards (many of which picture SLANIA stamps) and is the best priced listing of this type up to that time. New copy, but with front cover slightly damaged in shipping. $5.50
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#731323   Collect ... Stamps (British, Isle of Man, Channel Islands)
(Stanley Gibbons) THREE 1976-79 small catalogs in full color. Really attractive and quite handy even if the prices are dated. "British" is 1979 and First North American Edition, with prices in US$; complete basic priced catalog from 1840 plus listings for the watermark varieties. "Channel Islands" is 1976 Fifth Edition, catalogs the stamps, etc., but also the POSTAL MARKINGS from 1794 from Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, etc. "Isle of Man" is 1976 First Edition, with an extensive handbook/catalog of the POSTAL MARKINGS 1765-1973, plus the stamp issues. Very useful! $7.95
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#731324   Zumstein Switzerland and Liechtenstein Specialized Catalog 1981
Extensive 400 page COLOR catalog in German and French. Includes catalog number concordance for Zumstein - Michel - Gibbons - Scott -Yvert catalogs; that alone is worth the price. Appears to be brand new; the binding does not appear to have been opened! $4.95
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#731325   Zumstein Switzerland and Liechtenstein Specialized Catalog 1982
Extensive 408 page COLOR catalog in German and French. Includes catalog number concordance for Zumstein - Michel - Gibbons - Scott -Yvert catalogs; that alone is worth the price. Very gently used. $4.95
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