Volume 39#04

June 17 – June 30, 2014

It pays to look closely at stamps. The example of the two-cent large queen shown at left is a normal example, while the stamp at right has an elusive stitch watermark, and is worth substantially more.

Accidental stitch watermarks sought after by collectors

A hallmark of early paper making processes, it rarely appears on modern stamps, but is eagerly sought after by collectors specializing in stamps of the Victorian era. They can also be illusive, but their presence often raises the value of a stamp dramatically. Continue reading →

Features
Spooky stamps show up a year late
Page 8

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
A fascinating year for auctions

It appears that 2014 will go down in the records as a year of auctions.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Looking Back
Canadian stamps honour United Empire Loyalists
Page 6
Philatelic Bookshelf
Publication charts postal system’s formation in Canada
Page 9

First-Day covers
Montreal Games semi-postal used infrequently as postage
Page 10
Kid Collectors VI
Club set, now you need some stamps
Page 11

Stamping Grounds
V-mail/airgraphs solved mail shipping space problem
Page 14
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

Off the beaten track
Stamps offer a sticky wicket in cricket
Page 22
Past Issues
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