Archive for July, 2010

Video: How to collect stamps

July 29th, 2010

How to collect stamps

Bogus Haiti charity stamps

July 22nd, 2010

After the Haiti earthquake, many charities have been about asking for donations to help the Haitians rebuild their lives.

Many scams were reported worldwide and stamp collectors were also spared the scams either. Shown below is a charity sheet that is reported to be a bogus issued by a company in Belgium.

There’s a possibility there are other stamps and sheets so beware.

Get the full story in the September’s issue of Scott Stamp Monthly.

Coral Reef Fish from the Pitcairn Islands

July 22nd, 2010

Pitcairn Islands issued a set of 4 stamps featuring coral reef fish on 23 June 2010.

Also available are a mini sheet containing 2 sets, 1 mini sheet with 4 sets, first day covers and maximum cards.

The fishes shown are:
Lemonpeel Angelfish / Centropyge flavissima
Smith’s Butterflyfish / Chaetodon smithi
Flame Angelfish / Centropyge loricula
Lined Butterflyfish / Chaetodon lineolatus

Gallery of Philatelic Rarities added

July 18th, 2010

I have added a gallery to display philatelic rarities. The plan is to add a new rarity each day.

Click here to view the gallery.

Cats of Vanuatu

July 15th, 2010

This beautiful set of stamps and first day cover will certainly delught cat lovers and cat stamp collectors.

Cute and cuddly is the theme of these tropical cats of Vanuatu.  Cats come in many colours in Vanuatu and are as lovable and popular as any of the cousins the world over. The lush backdrop of tropical flowers adds to the appeal of the stamps.

Date of issue: 14 July 2010, designed by Denise Durkin of New Zealand,

Birds from Falkland Islands

July 15th, 2010

The Falkland Islands released a set of 4 stamps and miniature sheet featuring petrels and shearwaters on July 6.

Birds featured:
27p – Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
70p – White-chinned Petrel Procellaria a aequinoctialis
95p – Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus
£1.15 – Greater Shearwater Puffinus gravis

National Monuments of Singapore

July 15th, 2010

Singapore will be issuing a set of six stamps and a miniature sheet on 4 August 2010 to commemorate the nation’s National Day on 9 August.

The values are 1st Local, 2nd Local, 55¢, 65¢, 80¢, $1.10. The miniature sheet have a stamp of $2 value.

The designs:
1st Local : Bowyer Block at Singapore General Hospital
2nd Local : College of Medicine Building
55¢ : Command House
65¢ : Chinese High School Clock Tower
80¢ : Raffles College
$1.10 : Tan Teck Guan Building

USPS ‘Sunday Funnies’ Comic Stamps

July 11th, 2010

First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony of the Sunday Funnies 44-cent Commemorative First-Class stamps will be held at The Ohio State University,
Performance Hall at the Ohio Union on Friday 16 July 2010. The event is free and open to the public.

The Sunday Funnies pane of 20 stamps honors five of the nation’s most beloved comic strips: Archie, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes.

July 10th, 2010

The U.S. Postal Service Governors on Tuesday proposed a 2-cent increase in the price of a first-class stamp, bringing the cost to 46 cents.

This proposed increase will be the second in two years. Last year, mail sent declined 17% .

Despite cost cutting measures, including the axing of 50,000 employees announced earlier this year, the post service is projecting a $7 billion deficit in the next fiscal year.

The change, if approved, will go into effect on January 2, 2012 is expected to raise $2.3 billion for the first nine months.

“There is no one single solution to the dire financial situation that the Postal Service faces,” Postmaster General John E. Potter said in a statement. “These proposed rate adjustments are moderate and part of a fair and balanced approach to insuring mail service for all Americans well into the future.”

Stamp forums added

July 7th, 2010

Stamp forums have been added to this site. All of you are invited to use it to interact and learn from other collectors.

It can be accessed by clicking on the Forum link at the top menu of this site or directly via

In trying to keep it simple, only a few forums are created. I feel this will be easier for users to browse the topics. Please let me know your thoughts.