Wednesday, 12 December 2018

5d Missing Phosphor

A while ago I mentioned that I took receipt of several pre decimal Machin booklets and a couple of them had a hidden surprise. One such booklet was The 10/- Shackelton booklet XP10 from the Explorers series, which had a pane of 5d Machin stamps OCP/ PVA with the phosphor omitted.

Three of the stamps were trimmed along the perforations on the top row and the three along the bottom row had perfect  perforations. As this was the case I decided to split the pane and sell off  the perfect duplicates. One has been sold.

Of the other two one of which is listed on eBay at the moment, I have put it up starting at 1.95 as it is a difficult stamp to obtain as a perfect example, which is nicely centred and has the added bonus of  perfect perforations.

You are welcome to bid on this eBay item, or alternatively be the first to email me direct at for a chance to buy the second remaining copy at the buy it now price of 1.95 + postage.

This will be 58p UK, 75p Europe or 1.00p rest of the world.

If you visit my eBay site please check out my other lots as there are also a few Christmas bargains listed.

As for the three stamps with trimmed perfs at the top (still collectible) these will go to the second person, third and fourth person to email me at reduced buy it now  price of just 75p each. Postage will be the same as above. You may request more than one copy of the trimmed variety if you wish, postage will be combined.

If you are unfortunate and do not wish to receive a trimmed copy please state this in your email.

I will send pay pal payment details to you and what order your email is in which will determine what stamp(s) you will receive as soon as I know your whereabouts in the world.

I know this is a bit of a lottery but here goes, I hope you have good luck, Have a wonderful Christmas Holiday and peaceful new year..

 Please do not forget to add your postal address address in your email.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Harry Potter

Sorry it has been a few weeks since I was here last. This is due to the fact I am tied up being a house husband and looking after my wife who is in poor health.

The latest Machin news has already been posted on line by several people already, but just to keep the blog up to date with pictures and a little bit of background information I will add some of it here.

The Harry Potter mixed retail booklet was issued on 16th October. The 4 x 1st class Machins have the codes MCIL / M18L which are not new having been released previously this year in several retail custom booklets. I am not going into the wavy line substrates as in my mind this does not make them different stamps but different booklets.

On 4th December there will be a Harry Potter Prestige Booklet containing a mixed Machin pane of 8 stamps (pane 3) and a central label. Values are 2 x £1.25p, 2 x 1p , 2 x 50p and 2 x 20p. All are new stamps having not been seen before with the code MPIL / M18L.

I am not up to date with counter sheets but I have heard that the Walsall printings of the  remaining counter RSFsheet values are said to be officially issued on 4th December. I may have this wrong but if I remember rightly the 1st class 100gr and 1st 500gr  have already been recorded as issued and sold on post outlets in September and October of 2018. So are they really new issues?

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

UPDATED Pre Decimal Booklets Pt 3

Continuing  the series we look at the first 2/- Pre Decimal Machin Booklets:  PVA gum

The date of the first known 2/- Pre Decimal Machin booklet is listed as May 1968. These have a yellowish orange cover and were printed by Harrison's.

These booklets contain 2 panes.

Pane 1: 2 x 1D olive and 2 x 3D violet horizontally se-tenant.

The panes are listed by Gibbons as SG UB5, The 1D values on the left and the 3D on the right.

A second  pane is also listed. SG UB5A. The make up of SG UB5A show the values reversed 1D on the right 3d on the left. These values have 2 phosphor bars.

Pane two is listed as SG UB10 and is made up of 4 x 4D sepia stamps with a centre phosphor bar.


Catalogue numbers and dates on the rear of the booklets are.

NP27 May 1968
NP28 July 1968
NP29 Aug 1968

The covers changed colour in September 1968 to light grey. More about  these in Pt 4.