Re-entries group developing database, seeking new editor

Members of the Re-entries and Constant Varieties Study Group of the British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) recently announced they are developing a searchable database for flaws and re-entries of Canada’s 1859 five-cent beaver stamps.

“We will be showing marked and unmarked images of the stamp positions we have plated,” writes Tennessee’s Michael Smith, outgoing editor of the group’s Dots and Scratches newsletter, which he revived along with the group in 2014.

After more than half a decade, Smith is stepping down as editor.

Anyone interested in taking over that position is asked to contact study group chair Bill Radcliffe at

“I will still be writing articles from time to time and do enjoy hearing from everyone about discoveries, etc. I won’t be disappearing from collecting,” said Smith, who’s philatelically famous for finding the third-known example of the two-cent large queen on laid paper.

“I am just shifting my focus into my collection and some other very time consuming projects.”

The database is described as an ongoing project currently “in its infancy” with the launch date expected to be announced soon.

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