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Scandinavian Philatelic E-News:  2007 June 14


1.  New Items on the Website

2.  Sale on Used Philatelic Literature -- Up to 25% Off!

3.  New Printed and PDF Price Lists Now Available

4.  New Danish Postmarks Book: Star & Starless Cancellations

5.  International Polar Year -- Items Selling Out Fast

6.  NAPEX 2007 Report and Results of Drawing

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

8.  Used and One-of-a-kind Philatelic Literature
1.  New Items on the Website Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 
   Scandinavian New Arrivals: A number of interesting items have been added to the various New Arrivals pages, for example...

   Denmark Stamps: Scarce early imperforates, rare 48 Skilling Inverted Frame, scarce pearl flaw, a rare clock cancellation (you have to see this!), and other interesting items.
   Norway Stamps: An attractive range of scarcer early stamps and a neat set of gutter strips.
   Denmark Covers: Some interesting usages including Scott #22 on cover, official mail, and a scarce parcel card.
   Faroe Covers: Variety of usages from 1921 to 2000.
   Norway Covers: Including 1834 cover, 1920 scarce booklet pair on cover, and 1940 "prohibited matter" matter cover.
   Swedish Covers: Rare 1832 "Cat Foot" crown cancellation cover, 1880s-1940s covers, scarce semi-postals on cover, 1933 airmail to India, WWII censored covers, balloon mail covers, and rare post-WWII Swedish Internment / Refugee Camp cover.

   Slania-Engraved: Slania: Monaco maximum cards.

   United States Stamps: Including better early issues in excellent condition and/or with huge margins; also a couple very attractive multiples and a plate imprint strip. (Link takes you to page 1; be sure to view at least through page 5.)

   United Nations Stamps: Listings have grown by more than 25 pages, with emphasis on the Flag Issues (even available complete!), Endangered Species, Environment, Space, and other highly thematic issues, including mini sheets.
   Joint NY-Geneva-Vienna Issues
   New York Issues
   Flag Issues

   Worldwide Stamps:
   Nova Scotia
   sizable group of Hong Kong
   wide range of Straits Settlements

   Other various interesting Worldwide items have been added. Take a look at the Worldwide Table of Contents.
2.  Sale on Used Philatelic Literature -- Up to 25% Off! Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 
Our shelves of used and one-of-a-kind-books are full and we have lots of new items to offer -- it is time to make some space!

All "Specials" Philatelic Literature is on SALE until the end of June. This sale applies ONLY to
A) filled orders of at least $25,
B) with Product Numbers LOWER THAN 731210,
C) from the Specials Literature on pages with URLs (addresses) that start with: www.jaysmith.com/Specials/Literature/....

The Specials Literature Table of Contents is HERE.

The discounts are as follows:
Filled orders of $24.99 and below -- no discount.
Filled orders of $25.00 through $49.99 -- 15%
Filled orders of $50.00 through $99.99 -- 20%
Filled orders of $100.00 or more -- 25%

If an item(s) is out of stock, the total value of the eligible items may be less, resulting in a lower discount percentage being applied. Please order early to avoid being disappointed. If possible, please include alternates in case an item is already sold.

The prices on the web pages and the shopping cart are the "regular" prices. THE DISCOUNT WILL BE CALCULATED LATER, WHEN YOUR ORDER IS CONFIRMED BY EMAIL.

As usual, postage & handling is additional for all Specials Literature orders. Please specify if you desire the "faster" or "cheaper" shipment method.
3.  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, including the complete Stamp price lists for Åland, Danish West Indies, Denmark, Faroe, and Greenland.

Five separate updated lists are available:
   Scandinavian Stamps
   Scandinavian Specialized
   Slania-Engraved & Greta Garbo
   United States & Worldwide
   United States (only)

These lists ONLY include items that are listed on the website. (Not included are those pages that do not yet have "shopping cart ability" and the Specials Collections & Used Literature [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 from:

Alternatively, you can obtain them as printed copies by postal mail, however, there are restrictions 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.
4.  New Danish Postmarks Book: Star & Starless Cancellations Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 

Order on-line here.

Stjernestempler -- Danish Star Cancellation Catalog 2007(2006, Bendix, Kern; Stjernestempler) Updated, expanded edition of this popular and necessary catalog -- the primary catalog for the star and starless ("UDS") postmarks. Introduction text in Danish, but with English word and abbreviation list. Completely revised, now with 253 numbered pages and color illustrations. Includes recorded dates of use, information on dated side cancels, and pricing on and off cover. Where multiple types exist they are illustrated. Softbound. Regardless of what language you read, very easy to use. Extremely useful and valuable.

IN STOCK: #13187   $56.50, plus shipping.
(Shipping in the U.S.: $3.00 by media mail or $6.00 by priority mail. Outside the U.S., please inquire.)

Order on-line here.
5.  International Polar Year -- Items Selling Out Fast Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 

2007 International Polar Year Price List

I have mentioned this subject in previous issues, but judging from the number of phone calls and emails I am getting, this is a popular issue and many people are trying to find a source. At the recent NAPEX stamp show we were "bombarded" by people seeking these souvenir sheets and the "Polar book". I am still fortunate to have a few books available, but this may be the last time I can offer them.

The 2007 International Polar Year joint issue consists of stamps released by Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, United States, and Canada. Each country issued a souvenir sheet. Denmark and Greenland also issued normal sheet stamps. Canada also issued (and has sold out!) normal sheet stamps in a small sheet format that is very attractive and which many people will prefer to collect as a mini sheet, but they don't know about it yet.

A joint book was issued; it contains only the souvenir sheet from each country. Quite interesting, with text and pictures, this book has proven to be extremely popular. The U.S., Canada, and some other countries sold out virtually immediately. If you just get the book, you will not have a complete collection; you will also need the Denmark, Greenland, and Canada regular sheet stamps. I also highly recommend the Canada mini sheet.

2007 International Polar Year Price List
6.  NAPEX 2007 Report and Results of Drawing Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 

Our booth at NAPEX 2007. (Bonnie says we bring too much stuff and Jay thinks that we never have enough and we could always fit in more.)

The NAPEX 2007 stamp show, held 1-3 June in Tysons Corner, Virginia (adjacent to Washington, DC), seemed to be a great success. The show was the venue of the Scandinavian Collectors Club annual meeting and was thus particularly well attended by collectors of Scandinavian philately.

It was great to see the show's Grand Award won for a Scandinavian-related exhibit: Mark Lorentzen's Mail from Great Britain to Denmark 1840-1880. It swept the awards, also winning the Scandinavian Collectors Club Paul Jensen Award, the Scandinavian Collectors Club National Award, and the Postal History Society Posthorn Medal. The palmares for the show can be found at: https://www.napex.org/2007show/2007awards.html

The exhibit frames were unusually well attended. Collectors were lined up at the door each day before opening time and general activity in the bourse was almost constant. All the dealers seemed pleased with the show.

Bonnie and I were delighted to visit with many old friends and to make new friends, many of whom were starting or building Scandinavian collections.

For attendees of the show we held a drawing for a $75 JSA gift certificate. The recipient was Gary A. Barranger of Virginia. Due to overwhelming positive response to the drawing we awarded a second ($40) gift certificate; the recipient is JR [name and state withheld at collector's request].

We are not currently scheduled to attend any other shows in 2007. In 2008, Bonnie and I plan to attend the APS Winter show (Charlotte, NC); the APS Summer show (Hartford, CT); the SCC's annual meeting (Chicagopex; November in Chicago, IL); and perhaps others.
7.  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!


For more, see: Scandinavian Collections

#731289   Norway Huge Hoard of Used 1959-83 Definitive Stamps for Cancels and Varieties
A massive accumulation of used stamps that must have taken months to soak. Tens of thousands of stamps; total weight 3 pounds, 11 ounces. The following Scott numbers are included in various quantities: 370, 371, 372, 538, 539, 580, 541, 542, 543, 529, 540, 669, 715, 719, 721, 723, 737, 751, 752, 797, 804. Most of these numbers (and the vast majority of the total quantity of stamps) are large-size, thus increasing the possibility for readable town and village postmarks. Many pairs and strips are present. The larger portion of the stamps (2 pounds, 3 ounces) may be unpicked (it is hard to know for sure), but is offered as I received it. A smaller portion of the stamps (1 pound, 8 ounces) I know to have been reviewed for postmarks, but may still include some readable towns. To my knowledge none of the stamps have been checked for paper types or plate varieties (and varieties do exist on these issues). To give you an idea of the size of the lot, it is a stack of 9x10 inch envelopes, 6 inches high -- a LOT of stamps. Years of fun and thousands of dollars of catalog value! $169.00
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#731288   Sweden 1971-1983 Official First Day Cover Collection
Large, significantly complete, collection of 126 official, unaddressed first day covers. All clean and attractive. The covers seem to all include the official insert card with information about the issues. A tremendous range of topics included and with many, many stamps engraved by SLANIA. Total JSA retail is over $250 -- there is a lot of value here! $119.00
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For more, see: U.S. and Worldwide Collections

#731275   United Nations - New York Group of 28 1996-2001 Postally Used Covers with Lots of Stamps
28 Postally used mailers (most 8x10 or smaller size, only one larger) from the UNPA. These contained stamps and bear a single full strike of the FD cancellation for the relevant stamp issue (usually on the stamp of which it is the FD) and the rest very light neat postmark strikes. 2-7 stamps on each, but mostly 3-6 stamps. Wide variety of stamps (all currently in use at the UN at the time) representing a tremendous range of topics. 18 are registered and thus have higher values / more stamps. A considerable amount of face value (some running as high as $9.00!!!) and catalog value. Most of these stamps are scarce on postally used covers! A tremendous bargain! $49.00
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#731276   Newfoundland and Canadian Provinces Collection 1860-1947
Collection of 116 different (105 Newfoundland plus 11 from other provinces), mint and used, on pages. Includes better values, but condition varies. There are some faults (mostly minor) and some age toning (also a damaged Newfoundland #59 not counted in catalog value), but you will also find many clean useful values which are F-VF or VF. Scott 2007 retail totals $449.80. $99.00
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#731287   British Commonwealth 1978 QEII Coronation Anniversary Collection
This collection is in three attractive blue binders with silver imprinting. Binders #1 and #2 have matching pre-printed album pages. The stamps are in black stamp mounts, all NH VF. There is a slipcase for one of the first two binders but not the other. Binder #1: The "omnibus" issue -- the stamps that all have the same design. There were 21 countries with all the same design; includes 21 souvenir sheets and 19 strips of 3, all NH VF. Also 21 matching FDCs with strips of 3. Binder #2: The other stamp issues of the other British Commonwealth countries that used different designs. This album contains 162 individual stamps or souvenir sheets (plus, the souvenir sheets each contain from 1 to 4 stamps). All NH VF. Binder #3: Collection of 32 FDCs (maker is Fleetwood) in handsome album with additional pictures, souvenir book, information, etc. The original cost of this FDC collection (#3) was $104! It is difficult to estimate the catalog value or the original prices of all these items without taking too much time (and thus increasing the price I must ask). However, it is obvious that the total catalog value of the NH VF STAMPS in binders #1 and #2 is at least $180 (probably over $200), plus the value of the FDCs in book #1. The original selling price was probably even more than that! All offered all as one collection. $89.00
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#731278   Hong Kong Collection 1863-1993
About 300 different plus a few blocks of 4 (used) mounted on pages. Mint and used (mostly used). All four reigns represented including useful older medium values and many recent used pictorials (some of which are rather difficult to find used). Condition varies from a few faults in early issues to vast majority F-VF or better with the later issues nearly all VF. Scott 2007 retail is $789.80. Overall a nice selection of a popular colony! $245.00
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#731277   Straits Settlements Collection 1867-1948
About 125 different, plus a few blocks of 4 (used). Mint and used, mounted on album pages. All four reigns represented including useful medium values. Condition varies from a few with faults to mostly F-VF or better. Scott 2007 retail is $813.85, plus you will also find a few better values with revenue cancels NOT counted. Very attractive stamps. $225.00
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For more, see: Scandinavian, U.S., and Worldwide Albums and Supplies
For new Stender Albums, see: Stender Albums

#731286   Scott 2-Post 1.5-Inch Specialty Binder
Attractive used 1.5-inch, 2-post Scott Specialty binder. It is hard to find such nice used examples of this size of binder. Remnants of previous country label still present, but would be covered by the application of a new country label. $24.00
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8.  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.

#731279   Stamps of Sweden and Finland: The Earlier Issues
(Wise, 1975) This is a "modern classic" of Scandinavian philatelic literature; readable and extremely informative. It covers Finland to 1918 and Sweden to 1910. An excellent advanced introduction for the collector who wants to specialize in the early issues; a combination of readable book and handbook. Hardbound, 168 pages, well illustrated, in English. Though paper jacket torn, otherwise pristine, like-new condition. $42.50
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#731284   The Serpentine Rouletted Stamps of Finland - Issues of 1860 and 1866 (Vol. 1)
(Linder and Dromberg; translator Aro, 1983) An English translation of the Finnish handbook early issues sections, this book is the primary English reference and handbook for the Serpentine issues. Well illustrated, easy to use, and easy to read. Virtually brand new, never read, but with sun fading on front cover. $11.00
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#731285   The Serpentine Rouletted Stamps of Finland - Issues of 1860 and 1866, Volume 2
(Ossa; translator Aro, 1985) Subtitled: "Cancellations and Roulette Varieties". An excellent complete English translation devoted to the cancels and roulettes, including tables of town cancellations and a reverse alphabetical town list. This is a must-have book for collectors and admirers of early Finnish stamps. Pristine used condition. $13.00
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#731281   Forgeries of Finnish Postage Stamps (Hardbound)
(Ossa, 1977; Suomen Postimerkkien Väärenteitä) A classic reference on all types of Finnish fakes, forgeries, facsimiles, etc. Still an extremely useful book because it includes discussion of the stamps and forgeries. Text is completely in ENGLISH and Finnish. This is the much SCARCER HARDBOUND edition and is in excellent virtually-new condition. $39.50
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#731283   The Early Postmarks of Finland (Softbound)
(Gummesson, Ossa, Stenberg, 1974; Suomen Vanhimmat Paikkakuntaleimat) The classic book on the pre-stamp covers and early stamp (ovals and serpentines) issues. Complete ENGLISH, Finnish, and German text. Excellent illustrations and with RARITY FACTORS for all cancel types and colors in each era. OUT OF PRINT. Used in excellent condition. $42.00
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#731280   Priced Catalog of Finnish Covers 1889-1960
(Holmsten, 1991; Suomen Postilähetysten Hinnasto 1889-1960) Excellent cataloging and pricing (should be used only as rarity factors) of rate usage and multiple franked covers, including Russia Used in Finland covers. Complete ENGLISH text. There is no other catalog like this. Gently used; inscribed by the author. New copies are $39. $24.00
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#731282   Russia in Finland
(Quinby, Vorwerck, 1997) Subtitled "The story behind the use of Russian currency stamps in Finland", this 56-page book is extremely informative. Stamps, stationery, usages, postal rates, Russification, cancellation types, and more. Entirely in English; strongly recommended. Virtually like-new condition. $8.00
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We are U.S. Distributor
The KEY reference!
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Falkland Catalog
The primary reference for all aspects of Falkland philately, including postal history and postmarks.
$49.00 Postpaid
in U.S. by Media Mail


Official Blackprint
1856/1862 Local Stamp
Very Limited Supply!
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Sweden Blackprint
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.


Rare ICELAND 1911
World Classic Seal Design
Very Limited Supply!
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Caritas seal
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.)


From World War II
Only a few available!
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Postal Currency
Only $16.00!

Limited Supply!
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Ladybug Coil Error
Unplanned Vertical Coil "Error" Stamp.

Updated 6 October 2022

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

World Stamps:
   Better stamps at great prices.
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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