Thursday, 30 November 2017
On the 12th December 2017 you will be able to purchase the new Star Wars prestige booklet. There is only one page of interest to Machin collectors so if you do not collect special issues this may be an expensive addition to your portfolio. There are three new Machins with code M17L / MPIL if you count the 1st class (deeper red). There have been sugestions that this is a lighter depper red than the Machin 1st class anniversary prestige booklet stamps with the same code, so I am presuming it will be catalogued as "new" by specialists. Mind you not every specialised catalogue describes shades. So do not quote me on this.
I quite like the pane, there are two of each value that make up the design and a central label showing the two robot charictors from the film.The other two stamp values are 2nd class and £1.40.
If you do not collect prestige booklets and just want one single of each value I suggest you purchase them via an online dealer or auction seller they will work out much cheeper.
Thursday, 9 November 2017
I often get into arguments (or should I call them heated discussions) with other collectors, take this debate for an instance.
Many catalogues and dealers refer the discount backing printing on certain stamps as under prints but actually they are overprinted on the layer of gum. I feel to save confusion and separate these issues from overprints we should call them gum overprints. But this would entail all current catalogues and dealers lists to be re-printed.
Due to the amount of work involved I can not for the life of me see that this would happen. But just for the record I will still persist to call them gum overprints.
One person wrote to me suggesting these were very rare. I reminded him "If you collect used stamps these overprints get washed away with the gum during soaking, so yes they may be rare to collectors of used stamps." for clarity as mint stamps they are affordable and widely available.
Now to my second argument. I will take the 17p value gum overprinted double lined star with a wallpaper pattern to get the point across. These stamps (this stamp) can be sourced from booklets Pillar Box and the Pond life series 1 and 2.
If we look at the image above it clearly shows two different versions of the same stamp (there are others), admittedly they are only different from the gum side but they ARE quite different so should they not be catalogued as different stamps?
left over paper stocks of the single star type were also used for the printing of the 12p values in sheet form, these appeared as a multiple star laid out on the whole sheet. Several versions of the overprint occur on the stamps akin to a multiple watermark. Again these are quite different when one compares them. Different stamps?
Lets get the party (argument) started and have your views.
Thursday, 19 October 2017
There is not much happening on the Machin scene at the moment, some say it has been a quiet year regarding new issues.
Ealier Last Month I mentioned two Star Wars custom booklets that were due to be released on 12th October. I now have the images and stamp details for these issues.
The Machin 1st class stamps are of the deeper shade of red (which seems to be the norm now). The codes are the same as previous 2017 custom booklets MCIL / M17L so these will not be classed as new stamps. However the the wavy line backing substrate does have the reversed / upright /inverted text format. I believe this is the the only custom booklet to date to use this.
I dare say all future custom booklets will follow suit.
Me personally I do not think it alters the stamp in any way as it is not part of the stamp design but collectors of booklets like any small deviation from the norm and will no doubt be searching for normal upright booklets among the packs.