Friday, 6 May 2022

 Over the past few months I have been very busy supplying collectors across the globe both privately and via auction sites with quality Machins. It was not until I went through my vast collection of cylinder blocks and booklets that I realised that I had literally tons of duplicates. Some of which are (were) quite rare or difficult to find. A few of them I had to re classify such as GA cylinder blocks with Jet phosphor, these were marked up simply a Gum Arabic.

Admittingly catalogues have got more detailed over the years so these issues were easily missed. The moral is,  everyone can miss identify or make mistakes. Some of these issues have been sitting around in stock books since the early 70s un noticed. I am now in the process of re examining all my early material. Machin Pre decimal booklets and 10p booklets. The Pre decimal and "post boxes and uniforms" are a challenge as a lot of the individual panes were added and issued in error. OCP instead of FCP, PVA gum instead of PVAD etc. 

I may even add a few more just to see if I can find some more. No doubt about it I am still a sucker for Machins. The image (lot) above was found on eBay so I just automatically put in a bid. Even if I do not win,  it is still a thrill of a chase all over again. 

Enjoy your stamps


Monday, 7 February 2022

First day Covers


Do people still buy and collect first day covers?

 Chugging through eBay last week I find that there are tons for sale and the majority are not attracting any bids. The lots that do get bids are selling quite cheaply.

It makes me have food for thought as cover producers are still advertising their wares (be it the more modern issues). The cover below showing the latest Windsor postmark showing Machin definitives with datamatrix codes is offered for £25.00.  

I am not saying this is expensive, as the producers have to do a lot of work in creating the design and they still have to make a worthwhile profit. Saying this I for one would not buy it. I have been taken for a ride in the past with covers. After selling my collection for far less than it cost me to accumulate I vowed to myself I would not make the same mistake twice.

This is my personal view and I do not mean to disrespect anyone that does still buy, collect and produce them. After all we are are all different in our needs, wants and habits and it is still a free country. 

Monday, 1 November 2021

Enschede 2 mm Varnish Under The Phosphor


Due to several complexities collecting and identifying the Enschede issues with varnish under the phosphor strips poses a problem for many people. Dated marginal stamps can help solve this problem as the stamps are catalogued and described in specialist lists.

This week a selection of Enschede dated pairs is now trending on that auction site we all love to hate.

AY, A2Y, A3Y and A2B phosphors are listed. I see a couple with 4 mm varnish but most of them are 2 mm. Blue, cream and white gums are also listed. All of individual pairs in the lots have been identified in the description of the listings which helps to make the Machin collectors life just that little bit easier.

This pic is just one of several lots that are available.