cddstamps on stamps

my thoughts on stamps, stamp collecting, philately in general and maybe a few other topics !

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Hello, once again I am reminded how useful it is to have a catalogue. I know some disagree with me but hey, as long as you are enjoying your stamps that is ok as well I guess.

Take these two stamps. The same right? Wrong.

They are from the Regional issues for England from the 2003 – 2006. The left stamp is SG EN6 (Scott 6) issued from 2003 and has a catalogue value of £0.60. The right stamp is SG EN6b (not listed in Scott as far as I can see) issued in 2006 and has a catalogue value of £5.50. Catalogue values aside wouldn’t it be nice to know you have both in your collection. Or looking at it another way, wouldn’t it be nice to know you are no swapping / trading the higher catalogued one. Just a thought.

Here is the difference as I scan the stamps. You can see more in the SG Catalogue which describes the difference in the ribbon at the back of the Queens’ head.

Enjoy your stamps Michael

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Hello again. I was sorting some Regional Great Britain stamps this afternoon and decided to have a look at them under the UV light. I found this difference for the 1999 - 2000 Scottish Lion 1st Class issue. My Specialised SG catalogue only has a 2 phosphor band issue mentioned SG S95. These have never been an area I have been knowledgeable of and I realise I do not have another more detailed catalogue. Can anyone tell me the SG catalogue reference for the non phosphor (it looks non phosphor) copy. I checked Scott and they do not have it either. Or am I being confused and missing something obvious and embarassing myself completely :-) I welcome comments. Michael enjoy discovering new things with your stamps.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hello, it has been a while since I wrote. Time goes by so quickly. I have been working with stamps quite a bit over the past weeks but just realized it was two weeks ago since I wrote. Then today I had an email exchange with one of our customers who remarked that he saw the GB Security Machins he bought from cddstamps were still on paper. Cut nice and tidy around the stamps I should add.

There was a question about removing them from the paper.

This topic comes up frequently on various stamp groups I read and I have commented before, but for new readers, or even as a reminder to others, I will say and never waver from saying – do not try to remove self adhesive gummed stamps from the envelope paper and in particular GB Security Machins.

Why? you may ask, when so many people have found all sorts of chemicals and ways to remove them.

Well to start with I am not in agreement with using chemical on stamps to remove them from the envelope or backing paper. It seems particularly popular in the US to do this. Why?, is beyond me and perhaps if you have a few stamps then you have the time. But if you have hundreds or more then why spend all that time.

Second, and in particular with respect to GB Security Machins, why risk damaging the stamp. The Security Machins were designed with security tabs that might come away when they tried to be removed. Sure it can be done. I tried it on one damaged stamp I was going to throw in the bin to see the result (using lighter fluid) it basically works except you still have the gum on the stamp and then what do you do. Oh yes, great idea as some people say, use talcum powder. Oh great, to have that mess in your album, and even further risk of damage.

And thirdly, and this is linked to damaging the stamp, especially a GB Security Machin, you won’t know you have, or are damaging the stamp until you have started whatever chemical concoction you are trying. Derrgghhh a nice stamp ruined . I dread the idea a collector buying a lovely copy of, say for example, U2931, the no source code with date code £1 Magenta stamp (as shown) and then trying to remove it from the backing paper. SG catalogue at £7.75 and a lovely stamp like that ruined, or with gum still tacky and then covered in talcum power. Please no, I will be having bad dreams now.:-)

Yes I know, the stamp is yours and you can do what you want with it. It is your choice after all and if you are happy that you are treating the stamp carefully and not doing any damage to it, well that is your right to think that. Hey! there is no qualification for stupidity is there! :-)

Oh yes, and some self adhesive gums do not come away from the backing paper after being soaked in lighter fluid. But that is another story.

Finally, if you still won’t believe me, please read the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue – it says and I quote – “because the self adhesive stamps do not include a water soluble layer of gum we recommend that used stamps are retained on their backing paper and trimmed with a uniform border of 1 – 2 mm around all sides, taking care not to cut into the perforations”

What more can I say. OK Come and look at the 400 Security Machins in our store. Enjoy seeing them and knowing with confidence they have not been treated with some chemical concoction and, as they are presented, they could be a lovely addition to your collection.

Enjoy your stamps and please look after them!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

I really should have been doing other things today but I had a large envelope of Machins that have been wanting to be sorted :-) I won’t bore you with them all, although I thought this might amuse someone, if not more than one of my readers. We often complain about pen cancels. Well, from a mix of about 400 stamps I found just these 13. Not really that many. But just looking at the 1st Vermillion issue, Date Code 16 Source Code B (not sorted by the vermillion and darker vermillion shades yet, that is my next project.,……. one day) I found 104 copies with cancels and 36 copies with no cancels. That is 25.7% not cancelled. I know you cannot reuse because they are Security Machins, and it is illegal anyway, and I live in the Philippines of course :-) but it shows from a completely random sample what sort of missed cancellation rate the Royal Mail can achieve. And these were all from letter mail, not parcels I might add.. Enjoy your stamps Michael

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hello, I opened up a web site today and saw one of these stamps on the home page. I was a bit surprised because I would expect to only see nicer quality images on a home page.

Now I know many people have different views about stamp quality but given the encouraging number of new collectors I see, I think talking about and helping collectors to learn about stamp quality is an important topic.

Yes I support collecting whatever pleases you and yes we all have the need for spacefillers from time to time. I have many myself. But let’s look at these 4 and perhaps learn a little about stamp quality especially when considering what the seller is describing the quality as and what the quality is compared to standards documented by professionals like Stanley Gibbons and Scott to name just two for example.

Hopefully the image says it all. Click to enlarge if not that clear.

Two points to note, first, if you are thinking of buying a stamp or stamps please try to understand the quality as seen, and not necessarily as stated, if it even is stated, by the seller.

Second find time to read the Condition Guide sections in your catalogues like SG or Scott, or find a copy to read if you do not have your own catalogue, or try this link or this is quite straightforward or this which has a very nice summary at the start of the text

And please remember, just because someone is selling stamps doesn't mean they know anything about philately, as is blatantly obvious when you look at some of the stamps some sellers are offering on various auction sites and philatelic portals. :-)

Enjoy your stamps …….. Michael

Friday, April 13, 2018

For all collectors, and especially Machin collectors, this is something I hope you enjoy seeing. Many Machins are hard to find, especially some of the side band and phosphor band varieties because they were only issued in Stamp Booklets

This se-tenant pane came from the 1990 Lindon Life Book and it has a Tower Hill London Cancel. It has an interesting mix of Machins, with regular Machins, the double heads which were issued for the 150th Anniversary of the Penny Black, and it has two NVI stamps.

It has the following • 2nd class SG 1446 phosphor band at right, • 1st class SG 1448 with 2 phosphor bands; • SG Double Heads 15p SG 1468Ea with phosphor band at right, the 20p SG 1470 with 2 phosphor bands and the 29p SG 1472 also with 2 phosphor bands, • 15p X906Ea with phosphor band and at right, • 20p SG X916 with 2 phosphor bands • 50p X922 with 2 phosphor bands.

A nice selection, perhaps you will agree, of a few of the more difficult Machins with a combined SG 2017 cat for these stamps of £36.50. When browsing at Stamp Fairs or Bourses I suggest keepi8ng an eye out for First Day Covers with se-tenant panes on them. Often the covers are damaged in some small way even though the stamps are still very clean> You might be surprised at what Machins you can sometime pick up very cheaply.

Enjoy your stamps.. Michael

Saturday, April 07, 2018



I have written before about the importance of having a catalogue and while some are of the view a collector does not necessarily need a catalogue I believe it can make collecting more enjoyable.

These stamps are some you might easily find in a general mix or old time collection. You might want to know that there are in fact three perforation varieties for this value. Perf 12½ issued in 1938, Perf 13 x 13½ issued in 1939 and Perf 12½ x 13 issued in 1951. This George VI issue from 1938 with various perforation differences through to 1952 makes an interesting set to collect I think. But you cannot fully do it without a catalogue.

Also, if you do come across lots of Jamaica in some kiloware or swaps, wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly what stamps you have? For this issue and many others from the British Commonwealth there are frequently more than one perforation issue for the same value, and often the catalogue value for one is many times more than the other. Just a few thoughts.

Enjoy your collecting however you do it.


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