Unions, think-tanks need to listen to Canadians

Another option is that, with an estimated 3,000 employees retiring per year, Canada Post can reduce its workforce by nearly half between now and 2021. All it has to do is not hire, shuffle staff from pickup and delivery to sorting as vacancies occur, and contract out the jobs left open. The institute points out the successes of New Zealand and Finland in saving money by making such reforms. Continue reading →

Latest releases from Canada Post just super

If Canada Post can get enough out, and maybe send some to revenue post offices instead of those flag-over-whatever definitives, we may actually see some of these turn up postally used by average Canadians. If you want to encourage stamp collecting, that’s what you have to do: get average people using interesting stamps. Continue reading →

Summer in stamps anything but quiet

This is a story that started as a bit of rumour going around that “something” was out there, which I first picked up on at the RPSC convention in Winnipeg. Armed with that rumour, I spent hours talking to people and sifting through possibilities. There were a few false reports along the way, but finally I got the thing figured out. However, it was still totally unconfirmed. Continue reading →

Vanishing ghosts and missing Lincs’ in 2013

Five of the six commemorative envelopes planned for 2013 have already been issued, while the fate of the sixth remains unknown along with the fate of the Haunted Canada stamps. A total of six commemorative envelopes were announced when the program was finalized in 2012. All six were to honour Canadian anniversaries, with a permanent-rate domestic stamp and special cancel. Five were unveiled earlier this year. Continue reading →

Germany marks World Cup win with same-day stamp issue

Germany’s stamp marking the nation’s 2014 World Cup final victory over Argentina was printed before the two teams kicked off.

Germany has celebrated its FIFA World Cup victory with a stamp, announced just hours after the 1-0 extra time win against Argentina on July 13. The design shows the legs of a German player, and those of an opponent wearing Argentine colours, running toward a ball. Over top the image are the words Deutschland Fussball Weltmeister 2014, which roughly translates as Germany World Football Champions 2014, and the value of €0.60. The stamp was designed by Lutz Mense, and printed for Deutsche Post by security printer Giesecke & Devrient, of Munich. The stamps are produced in panes of 10 , with scores from Germany’s other matches in the World Cup tournament in the selvedge. Continue reading →

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. Continue reading →

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

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

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 →

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