Friday, 17 August 2018

A Nice Find


I had a little time on my hands yesterday and decided to check through my recent purchase of 10p miscut booklets which I described on a previous post.

Using Stanley Gibbons Specialist Stamp Catalogue of Great Britain Volume 4 Queen Elizabeth Decimal Definitive Issues. I checked all of the booklets for known multipositive flaws.

To my surprise I found five copies with a flaw on the 1p stamp listed as UMFB1/2, these show a semi circle of four blue dots on the shoulder of the bust.

As the booklets are miscut the flaw is transferred to row 2/ stamp 1 rather than the listed image description of row 2/stamp 2. What is also nice four out of the five booklets have reasonably good perforations the fifth booklet have what I would call trimmed to a degree on one side..



I have kept two copies for my collection and added one on eBay, this leaves a remainder of two which I am offering here to blog readers. 1 x has average /good perfs @ 5.99 and 1 x with trimmed perfs to a degree @ 4.75. Both are offered with free postage to the first two collectors who email me to reserve them.

I also still have a few booklets without the flaw for sale at the original price offered. Treat your self to something different. It not often these booklets are offered for sale. As for the the flawed miscut variety I have never seen them advertised before.
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Monday, 6 August 2018

Prestige 1st Class Machin For September


A pleasant surprise for September 2018

The Prestige booklet The Great War Centenary 1918 will after all contain a mixed x 4 1st class Machin / 4 x 1st class Poppy page with conventional PVAL gum.  The Machins will be coded MPIL - M18L. Buckingham covers has released the scans of the panes here

On the same date 13th September we will see the next customised booklet in the series which will also contain 4 x 1st class Machis coded MCIL - M18L. As with previous customised booklets they will have self adhesive gum.

BFDC website has uploaded the image of the customised booklet for all to see.

Friday, 27 July 2018


A fellow named Graham has gotten interested in stamps and is making a series of short YouTube videos called "Exploring Stamps." In each episode he takes a stamp out of a big accumulation and uses that as a starting point. The episodes are professionally produced and well-illustrated.

Sooner or later, he was bound to come up with a Machin, and this happened in Season (or Series) 2 Episode 17.  In it, he talks about the Machins and also visits the new London Postal Museum, including taking a ride on Mail Rail.

Readers of this blog won't learn anything new, but I think it is interesting to see what he is doing on a popular social media site. On the page with this video, YouTube will helpfully list other episodes, some of which may indeed teach you things you didn't know. You can also go to the show's main page.

If you are a regular YouTube user, you can subscribe to this channel and then easily go back to it by going to your subscriptions page. You can also choose to be notified when new videos are posted.

There are currently 2100 subscriptions, according to the information shown. While that's not a lot for YouTube, I think it is for videos about stamps. 

There are no ads shown before the videos play and no other indication of him making money from the videos. They are apparently a labor of love, and it's clear that a lot of labor goes into each episode.

Now click the link and go "Exploring Stamps."


--Larry