Here is a list of all the postings Trevor Bishop 1 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Austria stamp vs reprint|
I need some help re the Austria 10k 1910 stamp .
I want to buy one to complete the set / page & as the cv is £200+ it is will be more than I usually spend on a single stamp !
However I’ve had a search on eBay & it seems there are reprints which look remarkably like the original apart from “Nachdrucke” ( probably removable ) on the back & I’m wondering how else can I tell that a stamp I buy is an original & not a reprint .
|Thread: Cancelled mint stamps|
Hi George & Alex,
Yes like you I asked for stamps to be cancelled at the counter and they also refused . I have put large amounts /value of stamps on a stiffened letter and sent it Special delivery to myself , then they will cancel it at the counter and then it has to go through the postal service .
However if you ask for a light cancel or just catching a corner you risk a BIRO happy postman adding to it for good measure . Also having cancelled it at the counter the ink is still wet before it’s put in to a sack which resulted some less desirable smudged postmarks .
Soaking off stamps from fdcs is another option and often cheaper if bought a year or so later . Ideally it’s better to get a plain circle fdc cancel rather than a fancy decorative one .
I’ve found some nice fdcs which were put on plain envelopes, again less desirable and cheaper to buy .
As mentioned a Fdc type clean stamp is better than a gap or a heavy postmark .
Just my thoughts
|Thread: Austria stamps|
Well that is interesting thank you both . I couldn’t quite read enough of it and didn’t think of googling it .
And so by “local “ I presume they would only have been used in “ that area” or could someone have used the stamps in another area & has postal validity ?.
I’ve never seen them before & they will be a nice extra to my Austria album .
Do you know if they have much value & scarcity as I couldn’t find them in the catalogue .
Can anyone please help me identify the overprint on these Austrian stamps please .
I’ve looked through the Michel catalogue and can’t find them but I may have missed them as there’s a lot of pages !
Any ideas ?
|Thread: Seeing a watermark - Pro tips?|
Hi Carmen ,
I’m wondering have also tried a watermark detector that works on pressure ?
Sometimes I try both ways & the detector sees wmks that the fluid doesn’t , I don’t know why .
|Thread: Vatican Stamp Engravers|
Hi Geoff ,
I’ll ask my brother and see what he uses for Vatican stamps and let you know .
Ps I think still my favourites are the well known Slania & Toth ( Austria stamps )
Hi Geoff ,
I think the catalogues usually print who the engravers are for each set of stamps and then I guess you just have to google their name ? I found this website quite interesting and might be useful .
|Thread: QV stamps|
Can someone explain to me what causes the larger QV definitives ,
Winged stamps ? And why were so many trimmed for use ?
Hi , I was just going through my collection of Czech fdc’s & thought I’d share this lovely printing which was on a 1984 Czechoslovakia fdc envelope . I’m wondering where this ( presumably ) engraving came from or if it was specifically done for this fdc. I think it’s so beautiful compared to some of GB’s rather unexciting covers . In fact there are a lot of the Czech covers which have a similar style of engraving .
I’m curious to know if it and others were made by the engraver of the stamp on the cover ? Does anyone know ?
Edited By Trevor Bishop 1 on 21/12/2018 15:44:08
Thanks , the “ stamp” is printed on paper rather than a card type but I guess perhaps there may have been a stationery envelope ?
I presuming that Michel are mostly in German for most of the countries they cover ?
I read somewhere that they do a good section of GB stationery - have you seen it ?
If they weren’t so expensive I might give them a try . I did enquire from a Michel distributor but they didn’t have much knowledge of all the catalogues so couldn’t answer questions as to what level of detail they hold .
I’m just putting in a few Serbia stamps ( my philosophy is if I have enough stamps of a country I’ll make some pages up ) and I came across this imperf stamp . In SG I can’t find mention of one , can anyone tell about it ? Perhaps of stationery ?
|Thread: Stanley Gibbons 'Windsor' Albums - what's been going on?|
Hi David ,
Sorry my last reply didn’t really answer your question but having re read you message I think I would forget the conversion pack & just buy a new volume with 1995 onwards & carry on using the new format .
I remember buying the new pages for my Windsor over the years and having to take stamps out & use new Hawids for any number of “ replacement pages” , a right faff & waste of paper .
Hi there ,
Well I'm no sure this helps but ...... I used a 1840- 1970 Windsor album and because I needed two ( mint & used ) it was costing quite a bit also I founded rather annoyingly that the black ink from the stamp pictures on the opposite side was rubbing off onto the actual stamps making a real mess of predominantly white designs .
SG sent me some interleaves for free when I complained but following that I then went to Tower albums with regular quadrilled pages and I could put mint & used on he same page .
Davo albums would be an option at a considerable cost or if you are really keen on staying with Windsor then I would keep an eye on eBay as plenty come up with & with out stamps .
Well that's my twopenny worth , I hope that helps in some way .
|Thread: What do you collect?|
Following on from the above, I was a bit later stopping in 2010 for the same reasons & realised that most QE11 fdc's are practically worth so little far less than the value of the stamps put on them that I just keep one of each for reference .Although I do have an interest in collecting as many different xmas 1995 Robins fdc's because I like the designs.
And as for the post & go labels well words fail me - these are obviously designed to rake in even more revenue .
I agree with you re Japan and I now have great pleasure in filling earlier gaps of HV commems and earlier reigns with nice cds cancels , it's such a pleasure to find a beautifully cancelled stamp .
I agree there are a lot of other lovely stamps from other countries especially as you say Japan & the beautiful engravings of earlier Scandinavia and alike to keep me busy as do postmarks .
That's the joy of stamp collecting , there's always something else to sidetrack down another avenue .
|Thread: KuK Feldpost Stamps|
Hi Scott ,
Just got home & I have found the stamps you are showing on page 146 of my SG 2009 Austria catalogue .
They are catalogued at £7.25 mint in 2009 ( no used value ) .
There are 100’s of other KUK stamps to collect .
Hi Scott ,
I’ve found a lot of KUK stamps are in the back of the Austria specialised catalogue . Sorry I don’t have mine with me at the moment to check if these particular stamps are there .
|Thread: GB colour variety ?|
Following on from the previous picture I’ve started to sort through a big bag of similar castle stamps & have noticed several colour differences and positioning of the head & lettering .
Does anyone know of any specialist collector information on these castle stamps as would make an interesting aside study ?
|Thread: What happens when you soak a stamp off a red envelope!|
Hi Gillian , Oh dear , lucky it wasn't a valuable one . I haven’t found a way to take off stamps from red envelopes safely .
A while back I soaked off quite a few German stamps all in one bowl , only to find that many of the envelopes had NON colourfast lining to them which I hardly noticed until a nice pink stain stained all the white bits of the stamps . I’m a lot more careful now.
|Thread: GB colour variety ?|
Sorry its been a while but I thought I'd share this colour variety / difference I've come across .
It seems to be the same stamp "printing" ( not Enschede ) and would think this not just a lighter amount of ink used .
I'm guessing they are different engraving "re etched " from the Stoneham cat" but would the colour vary quite so much ? Or is it a true change in colour
Any thoughts ?
|Thread: Austria stamps|
Hi Alex ,
Excellent - thank you that's very interesting .
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