For better or worse, hobby will never shake fakes

Stamp collecting is rarely a world of absolutes; take for instance the subject of counterfeits, which we generally agree are bad. Counterfeits have been around almost as long as postage stamps. The first books on the matter were published in the 1860s, about 20 years after the first modern stamps were introduced. Back then, faking... Continue reading →

The ‘very popular’ Orapex facing changes

Dr. Sam Chiu, an accredited judge of more than a decade, will be acting as chief judge and chair of the jury at Orapex this April 30-May 1.

Canada’s largest national-level accredited show is undergoing some changes, but that’s par for the course in this hobby. And after what’s being called a “tremendous success” at this year’s Orapex, event co-chair Peter MacDonald said the best is still to come. “Orapex is not at a dangerous crossroads nor is it in its dying days,”... Continue reading →

Saskatoon stamp dealer acquires three ‘very interesting’ varieties

This booklet of six stamps (Scott #2701) from the 2014 Year of the Horse issue has a profound missing colour error that omits the gold horse – a prominent part of the stamp’s design.

Three newly discovered Canadian errors have made their way out to Saskatoon. Acquired by John Jamieson, philatelic expert and owner of Saskatoon Stamp Centre, the three varieties will likely be sold some time before the end of the year. “They came out of B.C.,” said Jamieson about the errors, “and they’re very interesting.” Continue reading →

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