Volume 40 – #12

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Volume 40#12

October 6 – October 19, 2015

This official first-day cover – a hot commodity after being recalled only days after its initial issue – is now garnering bids nearing $300 on auction sites like eBay.

Stamp error recall creates challenge for collectors

While some collectors are excited about Canada Post’s recent recall, others have expressed concern about the difficulty in acquiring some of this recalled material, which was only available for a few days before being returned to the Crown corporation’s headquarters and destroyed. One of these concerned collectors is noted philatelist Irving Osterer, whose letter to the editor can be read on page four of this issue of CSN. “While I can certainly appreciate the design issue that caused Canada Post to recall the UNESCO stamps from general circulation in July, those of us that are true collectors – that relied on Canada Post to supply us with our standing order – now find that the booklets, souvenir sheets, postcards and FDCs [first-day covers] in question were sold over the counter for a time, and have now become a scarce commodity,” said Osterer, who added he relies on Canada Post to keep him informed on new issues. Continue reading →

Many treasures to be found among perfin community
Page 1
Western Canada’s oldest stamp club wins APS newsletter award
Page 8
BNAPEX 2015 offers ‘uniformly excellent’ exhibits
Page 10
Designer made his mark on Peace Issue
Page 14
Ghostly tales torment on second Haunted Canada series
Page 15

CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Initiatives aim to enhance connection to the hobby

As I have written previously, we have been making a concerted effort in recent months to enhance our connection with Canadian stamp clubs and affiliated organizations. As of this column, I have been invited to four club meetings as a guest speaker. This not only provides me with the opportunity to speak about the history and vision of Canadian Stamp News; it also serves as a great venue to receive feedback from collectors on how we can improve our magazine for the enjoyment of all readers. It has also served as a great opportunity to exchange ideas on how we can collectively improve the hobby experience for both the beginner and seasoned collector, and how we can entice the “closet collector” to attend club meetings and shows.

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By mwalsh
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Jerry Potts helped bring order to wild northwest
Page 6
Mike Smith
Postcards from W.E. Hebb, Halifax’s outstanding citizen
Page 11

Randy Heimpel
Rules of thumb help guide young collectors
Page 16
Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
A few scribbled thoughts about what happened to these poor s
Page 22

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