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.
Hi Julian ,
Well what a cracking set of stamps ! I haven’t bought any modem GB stamps for many years & really like these & like you Alex I’m seriously intending to buy a set even though they’re not all 1st class ( I’m never convinced anyone would ever use one of the higher value stamps ) .
Yes like you I score them 5 , 5 & 5 !!
Unlike the ugly “curious customs set “
I might also try to pick up a set of the birds of prey that was recently issued .
Sadly it’s been at least a year since I received any modern commem stamp on a posted item ( excluding Xmas & eBay items which often have much older stamps being used by sellers with excess .
Well done Royal Mail .
|Thread: SG MS1501 Comm. or Mach/def.|
Hi Kim ,
Yes I agree with NEIL as they are probably always commemorating something although I’m not sure about not being sold over the counter ? I seem to remember buying GB’s Roland hill M/S over the counter .
They of course are a real money spinner as are booklet panes offering stamps possibly by different printers , colour shades & perforation & being found only in a one off configuration being next to a different value stamp etc .
I like them! I particularly the Czech ones often perf or imperf and then of course sheetlets of some of Czechoslovakia’s lovely ART stamps .
I recently came across a box of Russian m/sheets which seemed to be mass produced for many occasions which I’m not so keen on .
And like you say they do take up a lot of pages / stock books , but do look nice which is what it’s all about .
|Thread: Perforation error on the 22p Flame red|
Hi Fred , Well quite a curiosity, especially as it’s from a sheet . You would think the post office staff or someone at the printers would’ve noticed and rejected them .
I’ve come across a few minor perf shifts but haven’t seen any fetch serious money . Interesting though & thanks .
On a similar topic I found a machin guillotined on the four sides ( on piece ) . Normally you see the sides cut in coils of stamps but I’ve only found one cut 4 sided .
I’ll have a look to see if I have anything similar tucked away .
|Thread: Meet the "FIB'S"|
Hi Fred ,
Thanks for that information and pictures very interesting . I’m wondering are these UM stamps , and whether the thickness of the gum applied could’ve caused a change in fluorescence?
So as there are 3 types of paper it would be interesting to know why 3 were used and if any of them were scarce ! There must be other little bits of information to find about various stamps all of which adds to the enjoyment and a chance discovery of something unknown about previously .
Most of my wildings are used / soaked off and I’ve found they sometimes absorb fluorescence from other stamps & paper present in the box used for soaking off which would make it difficult to tell them apart .
It will prompt me to go back to the bags of wildings and to have another look at them under UV & see if I can spot any differences .
|Thread: SG727 Issue date|
Hi Kim ,
Just a thought ; I would keep machins in a separate section( pages ) and then you can work on those as and when you find the various stamps & then the commems will be fairly straight forward to put in according to date .
But that’s just me - I tried putting in the decimal machins in date wise and you soon find that some are only found in booklets , change of phosphor colours , printer etc etc . It’s interesting to a point and indeed some people specialised in them . It would be interesting to know the current total count to date ?
Hi Kim ,
I’ve just had a look at the catalogue & it appears that this stamp only differs from 1968 original by a slightly different head as such I suspect that having changed it they just filtered into circulation as post offices ran out & hence they didn’t really know exactly what day it was officially “ issued”.
There are 100’s if not 1000’s of different decimal machins some of which differ only slightly from the original issue and so I expect this will happen again as you work your way through years .
Happy collecting !
|Thread: Forgery machin|
Hi all ,
I thought some of you would be interested in a stamp I recently got on an envelope .
It’s a forgery : things to notice are the design is composed of lines rather than dots , the whole image is rather fuzzy . The 2nd figure is poorly done & many of the letters are not sharp or clear, particularly the O in front of the queens throat . Also there are no phosphor bands .
Edited By Trevor Bishop 1 on 14/05/2019 13:48:02
|Thread: Seeing a watermark - Pro tips?|
Oh dear Carmen I am sorry about that - I’m not sure where Gillian came from, I expect I’d been reading another “post” from Gillian and the name fixed in my brain . My memory isn’t as good as it was .
The error quote was from a reference to a post next to yours on the 9th re “should I feel guilty” and unfairly assumed you may have read it .
Hi Gillian ,
I do agree , that lighter fluid (available in most pound shops ) is much quicker & identifies more watermarks especially if the stamps are not completely flat ie with hinge remains . I rarely use the electronic detector - luckily I didn’t pay full price for it .
Someone also recommended that if a stamp is on cover or old postcard , holding the cover at an angle to a light source (like you would if you were looking for phosphor strips) can show the watermark especially if you know which wmk it is likely to be . Useful when looking for inv & s/w wmks . It saves soaking the stamp off .
Havent tried pure citrus , I might just for interest sake .
I still cant believe that someone hasnt worked out an App on a smart phone to do it !
One thing I would find useful is a colour identifier for early QV , EDVII & especially GV stamps .
I thought I’d found a Cyprus green 1/2d stamp but without paying £++ to find out from RPS I’ll never know .
The post about error today was excellent, well done !
Edited By Trevor Bishop 1 on 09/05/2019 20:44:29
|Thread: "Via Andes" on Chilean cover.|
Hi Billy ,
I presume it’s by air ? Over the mountains to Chile first ??
Not really sure .
|Thread: Finally started to sort GB stamps.|
Hi Gillian ,
Great fun it’s always nice to start putting a new collection in .
Next is HOW your going to display them and what mounts to use ?
|Thread: Separating strips of stamps|
Hi Scott ,
Nice stamps , to be honest almost all modern GB I would think will not increase in value much more than their face value over the next 10yrs + unless there happens to be a scarce one or a HV special issue .
So splitting them up won’t devalue them ( are you planning to sell them ?) I would just put them in your album in a way that appeals to you .
Now if you have QV or EDVII mint stamps in strip or blocks then that would increase their value , so if you have a corner block of penny blacks don’t cut them apart !
Edited By Trevor Bishop 1 on 27/03/2019 08:15:05
Edited By Trevor Bishop 1 on 27/03/2019 08:15:52
|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 ?
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