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Volume 42 – #01

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Volume 42#01

May 2 – May 15, 2017

George Kaltenecker, owner of Covernutz, displays a misperforated Pansies souvenir sheet he recently purchased from his local postal clerk. Kaltenecker said the clerk sold three misperforated sheets to other collectors before selling one to him.

Building relationship with local postal clerks ‘key’ to finding errors

One dealer is especially excited for spring’s arrival thanks to a recent pickup from his local postal clerk. George Kaltenecker, owner of the Toronto-based Covernutz, recently purchased one of Canada Post’s 2015 Pansies souvenir sheets from a postal clerk in the Greater Toronto Area. Each sheet features the dramatic misperforation that was originally discovered upon its release two years ago. “She has helped me out by finding me two major misperf items over the course of the last two years, and for that, she has now been added to my annual Christmas gift card list,” said Kaltenecker, who specializes in postal history and deltiology. “She is always looking for unique items for me, and hopefully she will come up with more great finds.” As detailed in an April 2015 issue of CSN (Vol. 39, No. 25), Quebec stamp dealer Michelle Levesque, co-owner of Zimo Stamp Co., originally discovered the misperforation on four souvenir sheets. One of these sheets has since been sold by Zimo to a collector in Hong Kong for $1,000 US. These freaky misperforations, also known as misperfs, lay between the trinity of philatelic peculiarities known as errors, freaks and oddities (EFOs). And when it comes to misperfs, the amount of interest shown by collectors – and their potential value on the market, as with most EFOs – is dependent on the severity of the error. Continue reading →

Features
Designing and printing Canada’s stamps
Page 1
Easter seals have a long history in Canada
Page 11
USPS tribute to late rock legend Berry in doubt
Page 14

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 20
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Stamp designs seminar entertaining, revealing

When it comes to subjects considered for Canadian stamps, as the Rolling Stones song goes: "You can't always get what you want." But that doesn't mean people should stop submitting ideas. It may take time for approval, but dozens of topics are featured annually and catalogues clearly show expanded themes in recent decades. Various tests are applied by Canada Post staff and Citizens Advisory Committee appointees, explained Jim Phillips, Ottawa-based director of stamp services, during a seminar at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show in Mississauga, Ont. on March 25. Commemoratives and definitives often require two years of planning. Obvious exclusions include proposals considered criminal, in bad taste, overly foreign based and blatant commercial advertising. Businesses have been featured, including in sponsored Prestige Booklets, but they were judged to have contributed to Canadian culture.

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By Jim Szeplaki
Columns
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Ocean giants well known as both hunters and hunted
Page 6
Everett Parker
Philatelic Journals
Hans Zoell behind three cachet brands
Page 8

Mike Smith
Deltiology
Postcards galore at National Postage Stamp and Coin Show
Page 10
Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
U.S. Stamps
War economy played role in unwatermarked issue
Page 16

Lewis Tauber
Off the Beaten Track
Mauritius stamps nearly as rare as the dodo
Page 17
Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

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