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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : Scott Manuals - A to Z - Is that EVERYTHING?

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JohnnyRockets
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21 Jun 2018
10:06:07am
Hi all,

If a person was to buy all the Scott Manuals from A-Z, does this represent most, if not all stamps in the world?

Thanks! Happy


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michael78651
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21 Jun 2018
10:15:50am
re: Scott Manuals - A to Z - Is that EVERYTHING?

It will not include world-wide revenues that were not also valid for postage, it excludes most local stamps, it excludes many minor varieties, it excludes several "countries" that are dubious in their validity as a country.

You can say the same thing about Gibbons.

Michel tends to list more stamps than the other two general catalogs named above.

None, however, could be considered "complete".

The most comprehensive catalogs, of course, will be the specialized catalogs.

It all depends on what you want to collect.

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JohnnyRockets
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21 Jun 2018
10:23:12am
re: Scott Manuals - A to Z - Is that EVERYTHING?

Hi!

Okay great. I do have the A-Z volumes and it sounds like most of what I need will be in there.

As you allude to, "complete" is probably a "dangerous" (my words here) term to use in this context.

I got a great deal on the Scott volumes, so I snatched them up.

They make for a "large" addition to any bookshelf!!! LOL!!!


Really appreciate it.


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21 Jun 2018
10:50:14am
re: Scott Manuals - A to Z - Is that EVERYTHING?

It is what it is. Scott describes it's own rules for what stamps it features. It features postage stamps issued by actual countries that were used for postage.

There are some stamps issued by some countries that are not listed because Scott does not believe they were used for postage. Some people contend with Scott on how it makes the decision on whether certain stamps were used for postage on mail items.

Also keep in mind that the catalog only focuses on postage stamps. It does not include revenue stamps, cinderellas, or any other type of stamp.


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21 Jun 2018
11:44:40am

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re: Scott Manuals - A to Z - Is that EVERYTHING?

JR,

everyone has explained this well, but i'll a teeny bit more.

there are SPECIALIZED catalogues for individual countries (these are NOT Scott or Michel or Gibbons, although they, too have specialized catalogues for certain countries, or reqions).

They will list more stamps and varities than Scott, Michel, etc.

Scott avoids many stamps issued by companies on behalf of countries, where those stamps were mostly for currency, not postal need. They also avoid stamps of real places, like Staffa, that issues stamps but don't get used for postage. The Middle East contributes lots of stamps that Scott doesn't list.

And, then what does one do with things like Christmas seals? Scott lists them until 1977, but only nationals, no locals, and ignores things like Easter seals, Boys Town, etc.


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21 Jun 2018
11:47:48am

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re: Scott Manuals - A to Z - Is that EVERYTHING?

i wrote this more for completeness in answering your question. it helps to point that it will be impossible to ever LIST everything, much less collect everything

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21 Jun 2018
12:48:02pm
re: Scott Manuals - A to Z - Is that EVERYTHING?

I would hate to have to make shelf space for a catalog that included everything! (or pay for it for that matter!) When I come across something not in my Scott, I turn to Google and SOR. They haven't failed me yet!

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JohnnyRockets
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21 Jun 2018
02:45:09pm
re: Scott Manuals - A to Z - Is that EVERYTHING?

Hi Everyone!

Great helps here, I really appreciate it.


@UPSGuy62,

I like your outlook and that is probably the one that I will largely adhere to.


@Amsd/Smauggie,

Thank you for the clarifications. I guess it just underlines the difficulty (impossibility) of getting it "all in one place".



Thanks to all,



JR

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smauggie
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21 Jun 2018
03:03:31pm
re: Scott Manuals - A to Z - Is that EVERYTHING?

Johnny, you never know where your philatelic adventure will take you.

Some day you may find some area of philately just fascinating and you will want to acquire the specialized philatelic literature that will help you study that field.

That is, at least, how it has worked out for me.

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JohnnyRockets
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21 Jun 2018
03:10:42pm
re: Scott Manuals - A to Z - Is that EVERYTHING?

Hi Smauggie,

Couldn't agree more!


JR Happy

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