Wednesday, 13 July 2016

FA2 10p Booklet With Doctor Blade Flaws


A few years ago I purchased a colllection of 10p booklets with spectacular light green doctor blade flaws running horizontaly across the top of the 1/2p values.

Although doctor blade flaws are not catalogued they are highly collectable and add a little something extra to other variations of these booklets they also look stunning when mounted on album pages.

Recently I have sold a couple on eBay and they were greatfully recieved by the new owners who informed me they were very pleased with their purchase.

If you would like the opportunity of of owning a complete error booklet with a triple light green flaw I have another listed (pic left ) which finishes in a few days time.

This auction for the previous item has now finished, but I have listed another with free postage and packing 

The auction is for a complete 10p booklet with error of print in the form of a nice horizontal flaw in the form of a light green line in the same colour that is used to print the 6p values. The middle of both 1/2p Machins is affected. The booklet is SGFA2 perf E1 inscribed March 1976.

The flaw I am told occurs as a result of either a faulty doctor blade or  more realisticly a bit of grit deposited itself on the blade from the 6p cylinder during the  printing process.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

2016 Concise Catalogue

Priced at £34.95. 

The 2016 Concise lists and prices all stamps of Great Britain from 1840 to March 2016. The stamp designs are as previous publications illustrated in full colour.

This is not just a catalogue for the Machin collector as the range of information includes all earlier issues and variations. First day covers are listed and priced, (PHQ) Cards, packs, booklets, Gutter Pairs and “Traffic light” Gutter Pairs are listed and priced. 

Prestige Booklet panes are also included along with diagrams for Machin decimal booklets to March 2016, all booklets are priced. 

A new section with recently discovered errors, is now included and a comprehensive update of all new Machin issues. This includes known booklets with security backing paper.

Post & Go stamps are fully listed with helpful background information and comprehensive notes on the various machines, inscription types, date codes and errors.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

June 2016 More News

Hardly a week has passed since the June Machin News Post and we have much more to report. It seems that the development of the once humble Machin definitive is never ending, or should I say for ever changing!

Over the past few months specialist collectors have been examining their stamps in detail, something I have admit I do not do as often as I should. Perhaps this is to do with the fact that I no longer purchase (collect) self adhesives in volume. Anyway back to the specialists that do.

It seems as though they have discovered a new type of phosphor. Compared to earlier phosphor compounds this new variety is a lot duller under certain types of UV light. There is nothing concrete yet as the experts are still examining certain issues and making inquiries, but is quite possible that a new phosphor is about to be unveiled. Douglas Mayall,s notation of A2B phosphor could have a successor with the code A3B if the results are positive.

Custom Booklets

Another custom booklet will be issued on August 16 2016. This will be entitled Landscape Gardens and contain 2 x 1st class Capability Brown special issues and 4x Amethyst purple 1st class Machins. The codes will be the same as the previous booklet (Beatrix Potter). It may pay to check the phosphor just in case it is of the new dull type.

New Type Face

Reported by Ian the type face on booklet covers and business sheets is about to change. His observations state that the first one will be issued in August on 28th July 2016. This will be a booklet of 6 x 1st class (Red). The cover will show a padlock design. More important to collectors of the actual stamps, these will be new and have a new code M16L / MSIL. Again check the phosphor against previous issues. More booklets will follow later in the year.

To finish. How to determine International Security Printings / Walsall  from Cartor. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) numbers are different. Walsall - C023216. Cartors is C100572.

 De La Rue and Enschede also have their own FSC numbers. I will make inquiries and find out what they are.

De La Rue - C020244
Enschede -   C017480