Volume 39#07

July 29 – August 11, 2014

The four-cent black on blue, issued at the same time as the famed one-cent magenta, sold for more than $400,000.

British Guiana collection nets nearly $9M, minus its star

While the British Guiana one-cent magenta sold recently for $10 million stole the spotlight, many collectors were just as interested in the balance of John du Pont’s British Guiana collection, which went on the block just a few days later in a sale conducted by David Feldman. The sale realized more than €6 million ($8.75 million) with every single lot selling for more than the pre-sale estimate. Continue reading →

Features
Collectors keep an eye out for die-cut varieties
Page 1
Author delves into Mideast conflict’s effect on postal history
Page 4
Details publishes erroneous image of baby owls definitives
Page 8

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Collectors put printers under the magnifying glass

One thing I learned very quickly is that printers think a little differently than the rest of us. For them, a good quality printing job is all about the appearance of the printing. It doesn’t matter if the press is running publications, advertising material, or even stamps, the printer’s goal is to produce a product that is usable and pleasing to the customer. When it comes to stamps, the same thing happens. Collectors revel in details. For them, minute differences between stamps are clues that allow them to reassemble a printing plate, or even a plant’s whole production procedures.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Stamping Grounds
Ads on stamps: from soap to albums
Page 6
Kid Collectors
Keep young amused with summer stamp camp
Page 9

Off the Beaten Track
Covers reflect patriotic slice of U.S. history
Page 14
Philatelic Bookshelf
Stanley Gibbons builds upon success with 2014 references
Page 17

New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Looking Back
Canadian stamps of the past may haunt collectors
Page 22

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