Here is a list of all the postings Neil Barrett 3 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: How times have changed !|
The emoji is probably caused by the software auto translating a "1/2" symbol followed immediately by a closing bracket.
Anyway - using the inflation calculator Fred links to and and taking rates from **LINK**
2d in 1960 is 18p today - compared to 61p for 2nd class and 70p for 1st class.
But 2d is a 1oz rate isn't it... Whereas contemporary first class goes up to 100g or 3.5 oz which would have been 6d = 54p
If we decimalise - a 4oz first class letter in Feb 1971 was 3p and the inflation calculator says that's 44p today.
Now what's a 1st class NVI from 1989 worth as a collectable? Face value then was 20p; that's 51p with inflation but 61p if you use it.
I haven't got the time to work it out right now but I wonder what the comparison is between Face Value in 1960, Current Value of that (as calculated by Fred) and Current Price of the same rate band.
Over in the chaos of eBay; it's often possible to buy booklets, minisheets or packs from recent (last 10 to 15 years) issues at below face value (ranging from 10% to 30% below). If you are buying for postage use and don't care what the issue is it's a good deal. If you are buying to complete a collection, you might have to hunt further but good deals can be found.
|Thread: Stamp Awards|
Update - the 2019 competition is now open: here
|Thread: How times have changed !|
Fred said: In the latest "Gruffalo" issue there are 3 × £1•60 stamps, where only one need suffice to cover that particular postal rate, in the previous "Royal navy ships" issued on the 19th September there is the same duplication and in the Elton John set there are 4 × £1•55 values and 4 miniature sheets .
Absolutely - I'm thinking back to say the early 2000s when a set would often be 1st, 2nd, E and two higher values (45p and 65p ring a bell). Now - we usually only see that pattern in the Christmas issue.
We maybe get one a year which is 2x2nd, 2x1st, 2xEurope rate, 2xWorldwide rate - Captain Cook from last year comes to mind and Ladybird Books before that.
I decided long ago that I wasn't a completist but rather I would collect issues I liked. The thing that puts me off is the increasing use of values that are not postally useful. When, for example, the Greetings booklets (early form of Smilers) came out I would buy one set to keep and one set to use. If a set is issued as 10 or 12 x 1st class I can still do that - but others leave me with excess £1.55 values - unless I write to my US friends more often...
I agree with Fred that there might well be a tactic to increase revenue - knowing those stamps will be bought anyway; why not make them a higher rate?
As for the ancillary merchandise that Geoff mentions; isn't this an attempt to get sales outside of the stamp community and into the obsessive fans of the subject (Music Giants or Star Wars or Marvel)? I know many in the world of science fiction fandom who are completists and would pay a three-figure sum for a framed limited-edition set.
And it does work sometimes... I say sometimes because issues like Dr Who in 2013 sell out quickly and then filter back on to the market - sitting on eBay at inflated prices until various sellers realise that they weren't the only ones who had the idea of making a quick profit.
I reckon we could say the same of the Royal Mint and the unending parade of commemorative 50p coins in various guises. At least there is the possibility of getting an unusual one in change and putting it aside (effective cost of face value) which if one is in need - can be liquidated at face value.
|Thread: Curious Customs|
Off-topic a bit here... I was reading your statement, Gillian, to imply that Stroke City is British - when many inhabitants of that fine city would insist they were Irish and not British.
Would have made more sense to pick a custom that was unique to "Norn Iron" wouldn't it?
|Thread: Stamp Awards|
The only award I know of is the SEPAC "Most Beautiful Stamp" contest **LINK** which is an annual one voted on by readers.
|Thread: Who enters the competitions?|
A little update... I've just found out that the Da Vinci set (issued by the PO in Feb) and featured in April's competition was won by someone I'd pointed in this direction - arriving in August.
As well as browsing the articles (and the fascinating forums) I also enter the competitions. I may even have won one in the past. Do any of you enter regularly?
But a thought has struck me... the presentation packs on offer are from a few months back. So presumably those who collect modern GB will have either ordered or bought it anyway. Does that mean fewer entries or would you enter anyway and have a duplicate (or extra postage?)
And why is it 2 to 3 months after issue? Other magazines/websites (dare I mention AllABoutStamps) offer the current issue straightaway.
|Thread: Strange Postbox|
I don't think that's an official Royal Mail decoration
Yarn bombing? Sneakily promoting a craft fair to be held in the square behind? A secret challenge to new WI recruits?
|Thread: SG MS1501 Comm. or Mach/def.|
I seem to remember buying GB’s Roland hill M/S over the counter .
Before my time Trev
You can buy minisheets at a PO that has a Philatelic counter (if you can still find one of those) but you'll get blank looks at many others. If you just asked for 4x1st class you'd never get a minisheet even if there was a current one with that combination.
My logic (and purely my own) is that if the stamps within the minisheet were only available as such and not also sold as loose stamps / in a counter sheet they have to be commemorative - even if they are Machin heads and resemble a definitive.
I like minisheets for the design aspect - especially if the stamps are se-tenant or the image continues off the edge of the stamp to make one big image for the whole sheet.
Like you discussed in June - the minisheet contains a (possibly) definitive with a Machin head. But I'd say a minisheet is always a commemorative because it wasn't sold over the counter and marks a specific event.
Yes - you might want a separate book if you get into them...
|Thread: Curious Customs|
Y'know Gillian - there are plenty in Derry who would glare (or worse) at you for calling them British... It's the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Alex is right - many of the "traditions" of Hallowe'en are Scottish in origin - they were taken to the US by immigrants and then evolved there and came back to UK by television. Since Northern Ireland also has a distinct community of Scottish origins - they have always had more of the Celtic flavour.
As for the stamps - the subject is interesting but I dislike the designs. I can see what Alex means about the retro feel but it doesn't work for me.
|Thread: SG727 Issue date|
I suspect there's a difference between what Royal Mail uses the terms to mean and what collectors mean...
If RM called it a Special Stamps Issue - then maybe that makes it a commemorative?
Smilers were in booklets, presentation packs and as personalised sheets. Some later Smilers issues were available in counter sheets (I think). Greetings stamps were only ever in booklets or presentation packs. To make it more confusing - the 1990 Smilers are a Greetings booklet and later issues are sometimes called by either or both names!
I'd say they are not definitives... even when sold in counter sheets, they were available for a limited time and not re-printed.
Which might also mean that the MiIllennium White and Diamond Jubilee Blue are also not definitives ???
The double-head (whether with a value or NVI) has to be a commemorative surely - it's a design change that marks an anniversary.
The real answer of course - is go with whatever makes sense in your collection and your mind
I'm not an expert but I'd say:
Q1 - it's a commemorative - it commemorates an anniversary. It just happens to be the same size and shape as a current definitive.
Q2 and Q3 - difficult - they're sort of themed commemoratives really.
Q4 - it's a definitive. Just a temporary change of colour.
Q5 - Same as Q1 as it's the same design with NVI instead of a value.
So the 2015 175th Anniversary Penny Black issues are also commemoratives. But the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Machin is a definitive in a temporary colour.
Someone here may know better but I'd say if it was only available in booklets, minisheets or packs then it has to be a commemorative. If it's on sale over the counter for general use - it could be either.
Machins are UK definitives from 1968 to today; earlier ones featuring an image of the young Queen are Wildings after the photographer.
|Thread: mystery cinderella|
That looks more like a custom PPI - Printed Postage Impression - than a Cinderella. Are you sure it's a physical item stuck to the cover and not just printed?
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