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Scandinavian Philatelic E-News:  2008 August 1

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CONTENTS:

1.  New Items on the Website

2.  New Printed and PDF Price Lists Now Available

3.  News and Notes
     Our Stamp Show Schedule
     APS Show August 14-17, Hartford, CT

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

5.  Used and One-of-a-kind Philatelic Literature
 
1.  New Items on the Website Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 
[Click on images to see the applicable price lists and more pictures,
along with links to larger pictures.]

UNITED STATES STAMPS
 
The United States listings have been greatly expanded with numerous mint and used stamps ranging from #1 through the Zeppelins. What is really striking about the added U.S. material is that it comes from a collection that appears to have been built about 70 years ago and was then neither touched nor exposed to light. Many of the stamps are remarkably fresh with vibrant colors on some issues that are now seldom seen so fresh.

If you collect U.S. stamps, you really should take a look.
 
[Click on images to see the applicable price lists and more pictures,
along with links to larger pictures.]

DENMARK "MIDDLE PERIOD" NEVER HINGED STAMPS
 
Quite a lot of 1910-1945 Mint stamps, particularly in Never Hinged condition have been added to the Danish Stamp Listings.

Any long-time collector of Denmark knows that the centering can vary tremendously on many of the stamps in the 1910-1945 time period. My normal listings are divided into four levels of centering (VF, F-VF, Fine, and Average), plus SD (for slightly damaged) in some cases.

I take pride in conservatively grading stamps -- I want my "VF" to be more like what other dealers call "XF" or "Superb", but I offer them at a more realistic VF price.

For the collector who seeks only the best, ask for VF (or send me a want list of Superb stamps to be watched for). For a lower cost -- and usually more typical of the issue -- ask for F-VF or Fine. To really save money, Average centered (perforations cut or touch the design, but the stamp has NO defects) stamps may be available. And for the greatest savings, slightly damaged (SD) stamps may be a possibility; often an SD stamp will look VF or F-VF but have some hidden flaw. Quite a few clients who have opted to purchase SD stamps have later asked me to show them what the flaw was because they could not see a problem.

Whether early issues or the most recent issues, you should find it in the Danish Table of Contents. But if you don't find exactly what you are seeking, please send your want list. There are some stamps that come and go too quickly to be listed, thus please don't hesitate to send your want list for the tough ones.
 
[Click on images to see the applicable price lists and more pictures,
along with links to larger pictures.]

ICELAND BRIDGE-STYLE POSTMARK COLLECTION

An exceptional collection of Icelandic Bridge-style village postmarks from 1983-84 on covers. Many scarce and very scarce postmarks from tiny villages are included.

A total of 114 small-size covers each bearing either Scott #564 or #581, the 1982 and 1983 souvenir sheets issued in advance of the Nordia 1984 stamp show that was held in Iceland. Each cover bears a 1983 (mostly) or 1984 bridge-style village postmark. The covers are POSTALLY USED and sent to the U.S.; they are very clean and attractive. On the reverse, there are the small U.S. postal sorter machine marks to prove their passage through the mail. The postmarks are from nearly all-different villages; when there is "duplication", it is on a different souvenir sheet (and in a couple cases are different postmark types). Some/many of these villages no longer have post offices or postmarks; and the postmark styles have changed drastically since then anyway. Neatly mounted on Schaubek (available from Scott) blank pages and in a like-new Schaubek binder with slipcase. Some of these covers (or even just the canceled souvenir sheets on them) would sell for as much as $50 each just for the scarce postmark (and it is possible that there are a few even scarcer than that)! Furthermore, these two souvenir sheets themselves are extremely scarce with non-Reykjavik postmarks -- just try to find more than one or two! Simply as postally used, non-Reykjavik canceled souvenir sheets, these would fetch about $20 each for the most "common". Just as the postally used souvenir sheets this collection has a breakup value of about $2280. Considering the postmark values, the breakup value is closer to $3600-4000+! Obviously that would require considerable time (which I am short on) to prepare for sale, thus I offer this collection intact at a very, very attractive price. Payment terms can be arranged. A unique collection that would be impossible to duplicate. The price is only $1800!

To order, Call 1-800-447-8267 (U.S. and Canada) or 1-336-376-9991 or email js@JaySmith.com or order online here.
 
[Click on images to see the applicable price lists and more pictures,
along with links to larger pictures.]

FINLAND: GALLERY - SELECT STAMPS
FINLAND: BARGAIN STAMPS
FINLAND: SPECIALIZED STAMPS
 
In the last issue of the E-News I highlighted new Finnish stamp sections and many newly added items. Since then, there have been more additions. Take a look.

The Gallery - Select Stamps presents top quality stamps that deserve special attention. The stamps may not be costly, but they are sure to be the best looking examples.

The Bargain Stamps section presents nice looking stamps that have some (usually hidden) defect.

The Specialized Stamps section offers varieties, printings / colors, unusual postmarks, attractive blocks, etc. Even if you don't consider yourself a "specialist" you will enjoy seeing these items. Many are offered close to or at "normal stamp" prices.

The full Finland Table of Contents includes many other sections too. (I don't yet have Finland "regular stamp" price lists on the website, but I am working on it -- that will be the next major addition to the website. However, you should send your Finnish want list before I put that price list on the website -- once that price list is posted, many nice items will quickly sell out.
 
OTHER SCANDINAVIAN STAMPS

I have recently added some very nice AUNUS stamps, including a rare #N7 used. All have certificates.

An outstanding Norway #218 NH VF+ with certificate has been listed.

An terrific Iceland #32 Used with certificate has been listed. Also a very inexpensive Iceland #31!
 

WORLDWIDE STAMPS

In the Worldwide arena, there have been a wide range of new listings. You can also start at the Worldwide Table of Contents. Please take a look for "your" country.
 
2.  New Printed and PDF Price Lists Now Available Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 

Completely updated and revised versions of printed price list sent by postal mail or downloadable PDF price lists are now available.

My downloadable and printed/mailed price lists have been newly updated to reflect the many new additions to the website. These include the complete "regular" stamp price lists for Åland, Danish West Indies, Denmark, Faroe, Greenland, and Iceland. (Finland, Norway, and Sweden are under development; in the meantime, send your want list.)

Five separate updated lists are available:
   Scandinavian Stamps
   Scandinavian Specialized
   Slania-Engraved & Greta Garbo
   United States & Worldwide
   United States Only (same as the U.S. listings in the United States & Worldwide price list)

These lists ONLY include items that are listed on the website. Not included in the downloadable / printed price lists are items from those few web pages that do not yet have "shopping cart ability".

[Printed lists of Specials Collections & Used Literature sections are available separately by request; they change very frequently -- it is best to check the listings on the website.]

The easiest and fastest way to get these price lists, or the most recent philatelic literature price list, is to download them as PDF files.

Alternatively, you can obtain them as printed copies by postal mail, however, there is a limit on how many times I can send such mailings without receiving an order in return. For overseas mailings, due to the high postage costs, there is a charge for the lists (but a credit memo is supplied in return). For complete information and to email your request to get the lists, go: HERE.
 
3.  News and Notes Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 

What Do You Collect?

That is a simple enough question, but for some collectors it is hard to answer.

Some folks, such as myself, have a very tightly focused collection. Some will collect only Mint Sweden; a search of their premises might only find a used stamp if it was on today's incoming mail. Others might collect only Norwegian WWII-related covers. Collectors pursuing such an approach often know exactly what they want to accomplish and have specific want lists.

Other collectors reply to the question saying that they collect "what pleases me". These folks are free from any and all constraints. They may visit a stamp show and find many unexpected treasures. While such a collection often does not follow "the rules" (whatever that means) and usually won't find a home in a traditional pre-printed stamp album, the collector is completely free to approach the collection in a creative, and even artistic, manner. Incorporation of artwork, historical write-ups, and even non-philatelic objects are all completely possible.

An in-between approach which often offers many surprises is collecting material such as local post stamps or revenue stamps & documents of a particular country. While many of these areas now have catalogs available, there is still a lot of yet-to-be-discovered treasures out there.

Naturally, there is an infinite range of possibilities and styles between the tightly focused and the freewheeling. This is one aspect that makes philately such a great hobby. Not only can you learn as much as you want to about a subject, but you can "have it your way" and no matter what you do (as long as you don't wreck the stamps), you will be doing it the "right way".

Collectors who are new to the hobby or who are returning after many years absence will often ask me how they should collect. Of course, there is no "right" answer. In turn, I ask them a lot of questions about what they have done so far, what they have enjoyed about philately, what types of tasks they like to do (or not), their non-philatelic interests, what level of investment they wish to make and whether future value is something that they have particular concern about. Somewhere in this conversation the answers to the person's original question will start to become evident to them.

Many experienced collectors will have collections that use varying approaches. I have clients who, at one extreme have exhibits which require adherence to the fairly rigid "rules" of competition; and will also have a traditional country collection in a pre-printed album; and will be working on a topical / thematic collection that includes non-philatelic items (for example, a butterflies on stamps collection that includes real butterflies); and lastly, at the other extreme, a "that's really neat!" collection of all sorts of interesting philatelic items housed in a stock book. While a person pursuing all of that may find themselves short on time and money, having multiple collections that use drastically different approaches is a good way to exercise the brain and always keep things fresh.

In my case, because I don't wish to "compete" with my clients, for about 30 years I have collected the French "Merson" stamp design of the early 1900s. [The bicolored commemorative-size stamps featuring a reclining lady and in denominations from 40c to 20F. The design was also used in many of the French Colonies. I collect anything related to these stamps.] Bonnie and I together collect North Carolina postmarks on covers, cards, and postal documents. [In the last few days, Bonnie found a Civil War-era cover, with Confederate stamp, from a nearby town to our own Snow Camp. The letter was from the owner of a small water wheel-driven mill to the owner of a larger mill, begging for assistance in repairing his water wheel. What fun!]

Regardless of how you collect, always remember to stay focused on having a good time!

What do you collect? Send me an email or letter and describe your approach to collecting.
 

Our Stamp Show Schedule: We are attending the upcoming stamp shows and hope to see you there....

APS "Summer" Show (Stampshow)
August 14-17, 2008
Hartford, Connecticut
Connecticut Convention Center

Booth #723: Located straight in from the entrance, about half-way back, just a little to the left.

This is the largest national annual show in the U.S. No matter what type of philatelic material you collect, at this show you are sure to find dealers offering it and exhibitors displaying it. There is an extensive schedule of seminars, with something for everybody. Admission to the show is free.

Bonnie and I invite you to come by the booth (#723) to say hello, chat, or look at stamps. We will bring our full Scandinavian stock, as well as selected items from the U.S. and Worldwide stocks. We will also have on display some of the books & catalogs as well as the Stender albums.

After the conclusion of the show, we will have a drawing for a $50 gift certificate. So, if you don't do anything else, stop by our booth #723 to enter the drawing. Our booth is located straight in from the entrance, about half-way back, just a little to the left. One entry per person, no purchase necessary.

For complete show information, please visit the APS web page for this show.

Chicagopex 2008
November 21-23, 2008
Arlington Heights, IL
Arlington Heights Sheraton
This is the Scandinavian Collectors Club 2008 "convention show". Plan to attend for excellent Scandinavian exhibits and fellowship with Scandinavian philatelists.

For more details, the latest information, and links to the stamp show websites, see our show schedule.
 
4.  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 and the latest listings, see: Scandinavian Collections

#731539   Iceland Bridge-Style 1983-84 Postmark Cover Collection on Nordia S/S Covers
A total of 114 small-size covers each bearing either Scott #564 or #581, the 1982 and 1983 souvenir sheets issued in advance of the Nordia 1984 stamp show that was held in Iceland. Each cover bears a 1983 (mostly) or 1984 bridge-style village postmark. The covers are POSTALLY USED and sent to the U.S.; they are very clean and attractive. On the reverse, there are the small U.S. postal sorter machine marks to prove their passage through the mail. The postmarks are from nearly all-different villages; when there is "duplication", it is on a different souvenir sheet (and in a couple cases are different postmark types). Some/many of these villages no longer have post offices or postmarks; and the postmark styles have changed drastically since then anyway. Neatly mounted on Schaubek (available from Scott) blank pages and in a like-new Schaubek binder with slipcase. Some of these covers (or even just the canceled souvenir sheets on them) would sell for as much as $50 each just for the scarce postmark (and it is possible that there are a few even scarcer than that)! Furthermore, these two souvenir sheets themselves are extremely scarce with non-Reykjavik postmarks -- just try to find more than one or two! Simply as postally used, non-Reykjavik canceled souvenir sheets, these would fetch about $20 each for the most "common". Just as the postally used souvenir sheets this collection has a breakup value of about $2280. Considering the postmark values, the breakup value is closer to $3600-4000+! Obviously that would require considerable time (which I am short on) to prepare for sale, thus I offer this collection intact at a very, very attractive price. Payment terms can be arranged. A unique collection that would be impossible to duplicate. $1800.00
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#731540   Sweden Collection 1874-1965
Actually, the balance of two collections which overlap only slightly, part on Schaubek pages and some on Scott Specialty pages. Over 650 stamps altogether, some mint but majority used, with minor duplication between the two runs. There is actually less duplication than it appears due to varieties such as white vs. non-white paper, etc. There are numerous useful medium values present in the early 20th Century regular and commemorative issues and in the older back-of-book. Condition varies but is generally F-VF or better with a minimum of faults. Rough Scott retail value of the better values (stamps which catalog over $1.00 each) will be well over $375, not including the hundreds of cheaper values. Anyone who likes going through old-time collections should enjoy this one! $125.00
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WORLDWIDE COLLECTIONS

For more and the latest listings, see: U.S. and Worldwide Collections
 
ALBUMS & SUPPLIES

For more and the latest listings, see: Scandinavian, U.S., and Worldwide Albums and Supplies

For new Stender Albums, see: Stender Albums

#731537   Faroe White Ace Binder and Slipcase
Handsome blue "Postage Stamp of the Faroe Islands" White Ace 3-ring binder and matching blue slip case. Excellent, near-new condition. Also includes some blank Faroe pages (not White Ace), some used and some new, that come along free for the ride; (the pages can be discarded if you wish to save a bit on shipping cost). $18.00
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#731536   Lindner 18-Ring Binder with 5-Row Clear Plastic Pages
Attractive maroon, deep-grained 18-ring binder (I think their product #1104; new retail $52) in excellent gently used condition. Includes 18 clear plastic 5-row pages (their product #825; new retail $3/page!). These pages are great for booklets or coil strips; the rows are 50 mm high and 242 mm wide. Some of the pages have small white labels affixed which are completely peelable leaving no residue. Total new retail is $106! $39.00
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#731538   Scott 2-Post 2.5-Inch "SCANDINAVIA and FINLAND" Specialty Binder
2.5-inch, 2-post Scott Specialty binder with Scott label "SCANDINAVIA AND FINLAND, but that could be covered with a label or a jacket. The binding-hinging is in very good used condition, but the overall appearance is like-new. A great way to give your collection room to grow. $24.00
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5.  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 and the latest listings, see: Scandinavian & Worldwide Literature Specials Table of Contents.
 

FEATURED SPECIAL

 
FINLAND
Mourning Stamp
Russification Protest
Limited Offer!
Order Now!

Appeared in 1900 as a protest of the Russification of Finnish stamp designs; the requirement that Russian looking stamp designs had to be used for all mail starting in 1901. All such forms of protest were banned and confiscated.
(Normally $12.00)
NH VF Single $10.00


Other related items also available.



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 1 September 2014

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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