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Scandinavian Philatelic E-News:  2008 June 12

If you missed the 1 April 2008 E-News discussing, illustrating, and offering the Swedish Ladybug "error" stamp, click here.

If you missed the 17 April 2008 E-News discussing, illustrating, and offering the Norden 2008 Nordic Mythology issues & pack, click here.


CONTENTS:

1.  New Items on the Website

2.  News and Notes

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

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

NORWAY EARLY STAMPS
 
 
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I have added quite a few very attractive early Norwegian stamps in several sections:

   New Arrivals - Stamps
   Gallery - Select Stamps (many pages)
   Bargain Stamps (many pages)
   Specialized Stamps (many pages)

Take a look -- there is something for everybody!
 


UNITED STATES STAMPS
 
 
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I have added to the website a wide range of attractive Mint and Used U.S. stamps, from early issues to modern, from Airmails to Periodicals. Even a scarce provisional (rate change) Domestic Parcel Post Insurance Stamp!

See the United States Table of Contents as a good starting point. There are hundreds of great stamps here!

Also, if you collect NH or Used modern U.S. stamps, there is a very strong range of both NH and Used Full Sheets, including very unusual multi-design issues USED in full sheets. Included are most of the NH VF sheets that have been featured in Linn's Stamp Market Tip column in the last few months. (And if you are seeking any U.S. post-1930 sheets that are not listed, please send your want list; I have a strong stock of "regular" sheets that have yet to be put on the website.)

By the way, if you collect U.S., U.N., or Canada and need some "normal, inexpensive" stamps, I probably have them in stock. Though my complete U.S. and Canada stock is not yet on the website, I have 21 bulging stockbooks packed with nice stamps. I would be happy to receive your want list and to send stamps on approval. This is the best way to add to your collection. Just let me know a) what you are seeking; b) any instructions about the priority order I should send items; c) and how much ($) you wish to see at a time (minimum $40, please).
 


WORLDWIDE STAMPS
I have recently added many hundreds of interesting Worldwide Stamps to the website.
Start at the Worldwide Table of Contents.

A few samples... 
 
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I have recently added many hundreds of interesting Worldwide Stamps to the website. There is emphasis on British Commonwealth stamps (with quite a bit of South Pacific) and especially Used stamps on issues where Used is often very difficult to obtain. Start at the Worldwide Table of Contents.

The additions have been to: Bahrain, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Falkland Islands, Fiji, France, German States, Germany (East, DDR, GDR), Gilbert & Ellice Islands, Hong Kong, Italian States, Jamaica, Japan, KUT, Leeward Islands, Malagasy Republic, New Guinea, New Hebrides, New Zealand, North West Pacific Islands, Northern Rhodesia, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Island, Portugal, Russian Offices Abroad, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Straits Settlement, Tonga, and Tristan da Cunha.

Start at the Worldwide Table of Contents.
 
2.  News and Notes Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 

Scandinavian Stampless Mail Book Near Sell-Out

The incredibly useful book, Stampless Mail to and from Scandinavia to 1868, by Gordon A. Hughmark & Don Halpern, 1999, was printed in a very limited quantity. Unfortunately, co-author Don Halpern passed away not too long ago (at much too young an age). Prior to his passing Don sent me the few remaining copies of the book. Apparently, the book has just been discovered / re-discovered by a new generation of European collectors and in the last few days, half the remaining copies have been sold.

This is a book that I have particular pride in because, though I did not write it, edit it, or publish it, the preface says: "The seed for this book was planted at BALPEX 1987 during a conversation with Jay Smith...." It is rare in philately that one intense conversation can lead to such an important result -- I wish I could have such a conversation at least once per month!

Don Halpern's tenacious, scientific approach (he was a chemist) and Gordon Hughmark's incredible depth of knowledge, and their joint ability to engage the major collectors and researchers of such material, resulted in a book that is a true gift to philately.

If you have a serious interest in virtually any aspect of early Scandinavian, Northern German (i.e. Hamburg, etc.), or European postal history, you owe it to yourself to get this book now -- while you still can!

Order On-line here:
http://www.jaysmith.com/Literature/lit002-scan.html#a_10040

Stamps for the Wounded -- An Update

In my last E-News, I suggested donating surplus stamps to Stamps for the Wounded, a program that helps Vets in VA hospitals and recovery facilities by using stamps. I have since been told that the contact information / website I referenced may not be as active & useful as I thought.

The current and best contact for Stamps for the Wounded is the "National Contact" John Hotchner. (The group does not have a website.) John is a veteran philatelist, philatelic exhibiting judge, Linn's Columnist, American Philatelic Society past president -- and all around great person! I have known him for many years. John's email address is: jmhstamp AT ix.netcom.com REPLACE the AT with @ (and no spaces).

If you have excess stamp collecting supplies, introductory philatelic literature, duplicate stamps, etc., please consider contacting John for more information. Just think how much pleasure that old "kid's album" would give a Vet who is bored to tears in a VA hospital. To such a person, any kind of stamps are a new and different learning experience. Even though such a group of duplicates or a basic collection of a few hundred cheap stamps might not have "commercial" value, it will have great value to that Vet and may start a new collector.

We are attending the....
35th Annual Raleigh Coin & Stamp Show
June 21-22, 2008
Raleigh, North Carolina
Kerr Scott Building, NC State Fairgrounds
Blue Ridge Road exit from Wade Avenue

Raleigh's (and thus all of North Carolina other than Charlotte) largest annual show. There should be a good range of stamp dealers. We will have our general U.S., Worldwide, and Scandinavia show stock, including collections, U.S. post cards, "dollar covers", etc., etc. If you wish us to be sure to bring specific types of Scandinavian material, please send an email. Free parking and free admission.

For the latest information, see our show schedule.
 
3.  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

#731533   Denmark Used Collection 1854-1976
Over 400 different used neatly mounted on Minkus pages. This includes a few better values (#12, 15, 19, etc.), some useful medium values, and many commemoratives. Except for a couple of early issues with minor faults, condition is nearly all F-VF or better with later issues virtually all VF. Scott 2008 retail will exceed $650. You can fill many spaces very economically with this one! $149.00
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#731534   Finland Used Collection 1866-1976
Over 575 different used, neatly mounted on Minkus pages. Useful range of all periods with a strong showing of post-war commemoratives and semi-postals. A large part of the value is in the semi-postals which are much scarcer used than mint. Except for a couple of 19th Century issues with minor faults, condition is clean and sound, F-VF or better with the later issues virtually all VF. Scott 2008 retail for the regular issues is over $350, plus JSA retail for the used semi-postals is $217. The price for these as a collection therefore offers you a significant savings. $179.00
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#731532   Iceland Used Collection 1876-1975
Neatly mounted collection of 269 different used on Minkus pages. This one includes many older medium to better values and a strong showing of later colorful commemoratives. There are a few slight condition problems, but overall F-VF or better with later issues virtually all VF. Scott 2008 retail is $1147. Here is an opportunity to fill many spaces at a huge savings over individual retail prices! $295.00
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#731535   Norway Used Collection 1856-1976
Over 600 different used, neatly mounted on Minkus pages. Strong range of 19th Century including #3-5, 8-18, 20-4, 26-32, etc. Later issues include a strong range of commemoratives and some useful back-of-book. Except typical scattered minor faults in the early issues with some sound, all presentable, and overall much better than usual for this time period. The 20th Century is sound and F-VF or better with much VF. Scott 2008 retail totals over $1600, so this should be an excellent value for filling many spaces at a significant savings! $375.00
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WORLDWIDE COLLECTIONS

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

#731516   Stockbook Packed With European Stamps
Attractive 20-page stockbook packed with hundreds (couple thousand?) stamps of several European countries. Mixed mint and used, but neatly organized by country. All are "solid" countries with quite a few stamps per country -- this is NOT a "mixture" lot! Countries include France, Spain and Colonies, Vatican, Hungary with many nice early issues, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Norway, Finland, and Great Britain. Lots of useful stamps including some better values. Should be a bargain at this price! $89.00
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ALBUMS & SUPPLIES

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

#731517   Schaubek Blank Album Pages, Border Only, 50-Pack
Brand-new pack of 50 border-only genuine 6-hole-punched Schaubek pages (product #bb500). Also suitable for use in other brands of binders if the binders are springback (and thus the punching would not be relevant). Retails at $15/pack. 6 packs available. $9.50
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#731518   Schaubek Blank Album Pages, Quadrille Only, 50-Pack
Brand-new pack of 50 quadrille-only [helps to align items on the page] genuine 6-hole-punched Schaubek pages (product #bb700). Also suitable for use in other brands of binders if the binders are springback (and thus the punching would not be relevant). Retails at $15/pack. 6 packs available. $9.50
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#731519   Lot of 5 Stockbooks
Group of five stockbooks, all new or like-new. Includes Lighthouse, Davo, etc. Three full size 9x12 inches: 16 white-page; 32 black-page all clear plastic rows and interleaves; 32 black-page with clear plastic rows and glassine interleaving. Two medium size: 20 white-page handsome from Turkish post office; 16 white-page brand new in shrinkwrap. Terrific for organizing and storage of mini collections, duplicates, lots for sale, etc. High retail value. $18.00
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#731520   Lot of 3 Lighthouse 16-Page Stockbooks
Group of three matching NEW stockbooks. Full size 9x12 inches: 16 black-page with clear plastic rows and glassine interleaving. Two binders are black, one is red. Retail price is $14.90 each! $29.00
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#731521   Lot of 2 Lighthouse 32-Page Stockbooks
Group of two NEW stockbooks. Full size 9x12 inches: 32 black-page with clear plastic rows and glassine interleaving; and 32 white-page with glassine rows and interleaving. Both binders green. Total retail price is $40.80! $27.00
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#731522   Stockbook Starter Lot
Group of three gently used medium-size stockbooks, including a neat one picturing Chinese stamps on the cover. One is a Lighthouse 7 x 10 inch 32 black-page with clear plastic rows and interleaves ($30.90 new retail price). Plus four small or very small (three pocket size) stockbooks. And a Linn's Stamp Collecting Made Easy booklet to refresh yourself with some of the basics or to give to a new collector. A great gift lot to give to a new or young collector. $14.00
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#731523   Lot of 3 Lighthouse 32-Page Stockbooks
Group of three brand-new 9 x 12 inch stockbooks, all with 32 pages (sides). One, brown cover, with black pages and clear plastic rows and glassine interleaving. Two others, one blue and one red with white pages and glassine rows and interleaving. All in excellent new condition. Total retail is $59.70! $28.00
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#731524   Lighthouse 64-Black-Page Stockbook
Brand new 64-page (side) stockbook. Black pages with clear plastic rows and glassine interleaving. Retail $41.90! Up to FOUR available (black, blue, green, brown). Price per each. $24.00
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#731525   Lighthouse 64-White-Page Stockbook
Brand new 64-page (side) stockbook. White pages with glassine rows and interleaving. (Full rows, not divided.) Retail $36.90! Up to TWO available (black, red). Price per each. $19.50
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4.  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.

For more, see: Scandinavian & Worldwide Literature Specials Table of Contents.

#731527   AFA Iceland Specialized Catalog 1997 (English Translation)
(AFA, SPF, Smith; 1997) Translated, revised, and completely updated listings from the 1995 (Danish) Specialized Catalog. In my opinion, the best Iceland catalog for issues to 1940. Stamps, plate varieties, cover and postal history pricing, postal rates, early cancels, etc. Completely in English. (New is in stock: #1571, $44.50) Used; the binding is just a little worn, but the pages are fresh. Despite the age, there is information in here that is nowhere else. $17.00
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#731529   Scandinavian Revenue Stamps Volume I
(Nelson, 1983) Danish West Indies, Faroes, Greenland, Iceland, Norway. This is THE standard reference (still) for the revenues of these countries (except Norway which now has a new catalog). Gently used copy of the hardbound reprint edition; there are only a couple insignificant collector marks in the Iceland pages, otherwise absolutely like new. (New copies of the hardbound reprint edition are in stock for $24.00 if you prefer [#10036].) $15.00
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#731528   Handbook of Icelandic Cancels: Danish, Early Town, Crown and Posthorn
(Foreningen Islandssamlarna, 1997; Handbok over Islandska Stamplar av typerna Danska, Antikva, Grotesk, Krona och Posthorn) The "Crown and Posthorn" handbook. Also includes Danish numeral cancels in Iceland; and early serif and sans-serif town cancels. Important reference. Recommended. (Brand new, perfect examples are available #17023 $43.95.) This copy looks absolutely brand new except for a couple insignificant small (really) dents in the binder. $28.00
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#731526   Iceland Christmas Seal Catalog and Album Pages
(Eythorsdottir, 2000; Jolimerki Thorvaldsensfelagsins) Attractive and interesting book giving the history of the Icelandic Christmas Seals official issuer and listing all the seals. Full color and with information about each seal, but entirely in Icelandic. Useful and a pleasure to view. This copy has a stain on the cover and title page, but otherwise the contents are in great condition. PLUS a set of collector made Iceland Christmas Seal album pages 8.5 x 11, very heavy white paper, but not punched. Title page scuffed, but actual album pages are brand new (and very professional) looking. PLUS, to top it off, a gently used set of Facit 2001 - Scott 2001 (and the other way around) Catalog Number Concordance Pages for Iceland and DWI. $14.00
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#731530   Scotts Stamp Monthly Magazines 1932-1935
Group of 9 different copies ranging from June 1932 (Volume 13, Number 4) to August 1935 (Volume 17, Number 6). At this time, the magazine was really a "house organ" with only Scott advertising. It lists all the new stamps (in just a couple pages in each issue!!!!) and presents new discoveries in a folksy way. Every issue has interesting articles and columns. There is a very interesting article on the Pony Express and another on why Duck Stamps are needed (before the first one was issued). The editors dared to say things that our friends at Scott Publishing would not say today. They are fascinating and loads of fun to read -- I looked at every page; I just could not put them down. Take a trip back in time! All 9 magazines are in Superb condition. $18.00
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#731531   The Observers Book of Postage Stamps
(Anthony S.B. New, 1967; 1968 reprint) Tiny (3.75 x 5.75 x .7 inches, 240 pages) hardbound book. A British-published (this edition apparently for the U.S. market) introduction to philately that is completely readable (unlike some). This is not a "terms and definitions" book. It is an overview that takes the reader through the story of stamps. I wonder how many thousands of collectors were started by this book? Even the "advanced" collector of today will learn something from this book. The only example I have seen in 35 years! Near-new condition. $12.00
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FEATURED SPECIAL

 
SWEDEN
Official Blackprint
1856/1862 Local Stamp
Very Limited Supply!
Order Now!

Official blackprint/reprint made in 1930 to aid in study of the printing plate. Ungummed on thick card, as issued. Seldom offered.
Single $12.00
Pair $22.00
Block $40.00


Other reprints also available.



FEATURED SPECIAL

 
Rare ICELAND 1911
CHRISTMAS SEAL
World Classic Seal Design
Very Limited Supply!
Order Now!

Seldom offered and rarely at such a low price! A once-in-a-lifetime purchase allows me to share the savings with you.
NH VF normally $60.00!
NH VF Only $36.00!


(A few others $18-$48.
1904 and 1905 also available.)



FEATURED SPECIAL

 
DANISH "STAMP COINS"
From World War II
Only a few available!
Order Now!

SET OF TWO.
Only $16.00!
IN STOCK!



FEATURED SPECIAL
 
SWEDISH LADYBUG VERTICAL COIL "ERROR"
Limited Supply!
Order Now!

Unplanned Vertical Coil "Error" Stamp.
IN STOCK!



SPECIAL OFFERS!
GREAT VALUES!
Updated 18 March 2019

Scandinavia:
  Philatelic Literature
  Collections
  Used Albums

U.S. Stamps:
   NH, Mint, and Used at great prices.
  Collections

World Stamps:
   Better stamps at great prices.
  Collections
 
SCANDINAVIAN PRICE LISTS BY POSTAL MAIL
Over 100 pages of price lists are available by postal mail. While these will eventually also be available on the web, I am not quite there yet. Request your copy of the printed price lists today.
SCANDINAVIAN PRICE LISTS ON THE WEB Take a look at my specific country price lists and topic price lists on the web.
Approvals are the best way to add to your collection.
If you prefer to examine stamps and compare them to your collection, before you purchase, you will very much enjoy my approval service. Send your want list today.
Stender Scandinavian Stamp Albums
Albums made in Scandinavia, by Scandinavians make the most sense. Well designed and attractive, these extremely price competitive albums will make a great home for your collection. See the complete price list.
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