Archive for May, 2010

Kings and Queens of England

May 29th, 2010

The Royal Mail will be releasing the second royalty issue this year on 15 June with a set of 7 values and a miniature sheet.

This fourth set in the Kings and Queens series, looks at the Kings and Queens from James I up until the death of Queen Anne in 1714.

New Stamp Websites Directory

May 29th, 2010

I have started a new directory of all stamp websites at

I will be tweaking and making changes as we go along. My aim is to create the most comprehensive, up to date and useful directory for all stamp collectors.

I used to maintain the links directory in and it was for some time the best directory. I hope to do the same with

You are welcomed to add your own sites.

Win yourself some beautiful stamps

May 25th, 2010

In celebration of our blog’s third year, we are giving our readers a chance to win some beautiful stamps.

This contest starts from today and ends 15th June 2010. To enter, simply make a comment in this post. Make sure you enter a valid email when commenting. Do not worry, your email will be kept strictly confidential and not revealed to third parties.

The prizes are:

1 x Singapore Living Earth Book
1 x Kiribati Fish 16v overprinted SPECIMEN
3 x Singapore 2006 X-Men The Movie MyStamp sheets
5 x Worldwide stamp mixture (50’s)

Click here for images of the prizes.

Hackmey USA Collection sold to Bill Gross

May 24th, 2010

The Hackmey Collection of Classic USA  covers scheduled for a June auction by David Feldman USA was canceled and the collection sold to William H. Gross by private treaty instead.

It is said that the collection was sold for a “eight figures” sum which include the shown cover alone valued at US$2m.

Bill Gross latest auction earn US$1.5m

May 21st, 2010

The Gross Collection of France and Colonies, German Offices and Colonies, Italian States and Spain is a remarkable assemblage of highly desirable and seldom seen rarities of Western Europe and its Colonies. The auction of this collection by Spink Shreves was held in New York on 19 May 2010.

The highest priced item auctioned was a 1849 1Fr Light carmine on yellowish, a showpiece unused horizontal “face to face” tete-beche pair. It sold for US$190,000. The pre-sale estimate was US$235,000.

The next highest grossing item was a horizontal strip of three of the 1849 1Fr Pale vermilion “Vervelle” on yellowish. This is considered one of the most important strip in French philately. It sold for US$130,000 against a pre-sale estimate of US$100,000 to US$150,000.

Special Deals for our friends and customers

May 19th, 2010

We are offering some popular items at specially reduced prices.
Till 31 May 2010 or while stocks last.

Singapore 1991 Garden Birds stamps set of 4v

Singapore 1991 Garden Birds 4v MNH

Was S$7.50 … now S$5.00


Singapore 2006 Aerospace MyStamp sheet

Singapore 2006 Asian Aerospace Show MyStamp sheet MNH

Was S$20.00 … now S$17.00


Singapore Wallace & Gromit MyStamp sheet

Singapore 2006 Wallace & Gromit MyStamp sheet MNH

Was S$20.00 … now S$17.00


Rare sight of Ruapehu upside-down

May 19th, 2010

Mistakes in manufacturing usually make products worthless, but an error in printing one New Zealand stamp makes it worth about $300,000.

New Zealand’s rarest stamp, incorrectly printed in 1903 and showing Lake Taupo and Mount Ruapehu upside down, was today presented to Te Papa on long term loan by New Zealand Post Group Chief Executive, Brian Roche.

It is the only known survivor of 80 incorrectly printed stamps.

Full story.


Two copies of USA Inverted Jenny up for auction

May 17th, 2010

USA Inverted Jenny

Two of philately’s famous error stamps, the USA Inverted Jenny, will be offered for auction in H.R. Harmer’s 4-5 June 2010 auction.

The first copy (pictured) is offered with an estimate of US$250,000 to US$300,000. The second copy will be offered with an estimate of US$200,000 to US$250,000.

Great Australian Railway Journeys

May 17th, 2010

THE Kuranda railway is one of four of Australia’s most scenic railway trips being celebrated by Australia Post with the launch of a new stamp issue.

The series is titled Great Australian Railway Journeys.

Australia Post Philatelic Group manager Noel Leahy said: “With such vast distances in Australia, the building of railway networks was a huge undertaking.

Australian trains cross the continent east to west and south to north, covering great distances over often isolated and difficult terrain. They also cover much smaller distances in rugged and precipitous mountain country. These trains were once the primary means of linking isolated settlements with more populous centres.

Rare Norwegian letter with foreign postage sold for US$24,500

May 16th, 2010

Rare Norwegian cover

A rare Swedish cover, a Facit 2f Mountain Post letter dated July 23, 1857 and originally intended for delivery to Repvåg in the Norwegian mainland was sold in AB Philea’s auction on 15 May 2010.

Very few Norwegian letters with foreign postage are known to exist., This cover is the only known Swedish letter posted outside of the country which bears the blue fyraskilling banco stamp.