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rrraphy
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01 Jan 2019
01:50:18pm
I am starting this thread to share, and ask you to share your best acquisition of 2018. It is for me Portugal Scott # 87 (circa 1893) because it has taken me a long time to find one I liked and could buy at a reasonable price. I wanted it cancelled, but I just compromised and won this MNH beauty, which finally completes this relatively difficult page for Portugal.
Here is the completed page, at last!
rrr...

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01 Jan 2019
02:33:13pm
re: Your best philathelic aquisition of 2018

For me it has to be a collection of National Air Mail Week cachets and covers from Minnesota.


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01 Jan 2019
03:27:37pm
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Nice stamps rrraphy

A couple of months ago ,I bought 3 pounds of Germany off paper, both mint and used at my local club meeting.

There were a lot of nice items from West Germany, DDR, some German states, and occupied territories, mostly WW II. There were some nice items that could either be for trade or for my albums. I almost finished with them now but have a few hundred to go. One good item I could add to my German album was an early used airmail stamps with a CV of $45.00. That plus numerous stamps from the $3.00 - $12.00 range were included.

All the best for 2019.

Chimo

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01 Jan 2019
07:49:15pm
re: Your best philathelic aquisition of 2018

A 1972 edition of the SG Commonwealth catalogue, it cost me $12 in a used bookshop.

Between the pages, I found a four-margin Penny Black with a red Maltese Cross cancel.




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01 Jan 2019
08:09:39pm
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A recent purchase, and one that I find very interesting. Major-General Charles George Gordon. In this case the 50th anniversary of his death in Khartoum, a violent one.

He was also known as Chinese Gordon, Gordon Pasha, and Gordon of Khartoum.

A British military man, he became Governor-General of Sudan after commencing service with the Khedive of Egypt in 1873. He returned to England in 1880, but returned to Sudan after a revolt led by the Mahdi, Muhammad Ahmed in 1884 with orders to evacuate civilians and depart with them - the British government realizing the cost would be too great to defend Khartoum. Gordon and Ahmed engaged each other by letters, each encouraging the other to renounce their respective religion - to no avail. Gordon evacuated the civilians, but took it upon himself to stay, with a handful of military, to stage a defense of Khartoum. Prime minister Gladstone reluctantly sent a relief force, which arrived two days late. The city had fallen and Gordon was killed. And thus began his martyrdom.

Queen Victoria was furious this great defender of the faith had not gotten relief in time, and PM Gladstone was roundly vilified. Soon pictures of Gordon would be on the walls of countless British homes, homages to the defender of British and Christian values (if you have seen the Masterpiece Theater presentation of Sherlock Holmes (1980s version) you will have seen a painting on Holmes' wall of Gordon sporting a fez). As the biographies have been written, Gordon appears somewhere between Saint and semi-lunatic. Most agree he had a death wish, riding into battles in the forefront, equipped with only a rattan cane. But opinions differ. A movie was made in 1966 starring Charlton Heston as Gordon.

The more I read about Gordon, the more I am inclined to like him.

This set purchased on eBay for $88 usd -- including postage. Alas, I did not find these stamps tucked away in a 1972 SG Commonwealth catalogue purchased at a used bookstore. Happy


PS -- a fez is always red, no other color. Except perhaps, in the stamps above.

Happy New Year!
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02 Jan 2019
02:04:21am
re: Your best philathelic aquisition of 2018

Close between the item I posted in the 'Recent Acquisition' and the one below.

A Proof sheet of 32 labels for the 1958 Story of Stamps Exhibition held at De La Rue House in London. Printed on pink proofing paper on both sides. The issued labels were printed on white paper in varying shades of green.
At the same auction I won a Proof sheet of the latter also !!Big Grin

To my knowledge, this was the first Stamp exhibition held in the UK with an emphasis on Young Collectors and Youth.

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Tom in Exton, PA
02 Jan 2019
03:56:01pm
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This pair of covers! I bought these together and didn't pay an outrageous price. US Number 1 and 2 on cover.

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pigdoc
03 Jan 2019
12:58:20pm
re: Your best philathelic aquisition of 2018

AWESOME covers, Tom!
What a GREAT snag.
(I'm envious)

-Paul

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pigdoc
03 Jan 2019
02:19:00pm
re: Your best philathelic aquisition of 2018

This thread motivated me to critically examine my 2018 acquisitions. First thing I noticed is that 2018 was a year of massive increase in my collection. Most of this expansion was in postal history, with roughly equal parts in Aviation Pioneers, US General, and Air Mail of about 100 items in each category. But, I did add 71 stamp lots to the collection, too, including these 3 classics, to pull forward the theme that Tom started:
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On the left is #79, the all-over grilled issue. In the middle is #102, the 1875 re-issue without grill. On the right is CSA #5, one of the hardest-to-find.

Of the US classics, the only stamps left on my want list are #2 and #39, the first 90c blue Washington.

There were many (to me) marvelous acquisitions on the postal history side, particularly in Aviation Pioneers, but this one has to take the cake:
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I paid a paltry $40 for this piece. More description on its significance, in this thread:

Early postal history of aviation

I have REALLY enjoyed my first full year on SOR, especially the access to the expertise and critical review resident in its members. Thanks to all for your input and support!

-Paul


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04 Jan 2019
12:30:56pm
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Italian States, Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II ½gr orange, plate II on Napoli paper (Pos. 80), nice four margin example tied by neat Horseshoe cancel on small cover fragment with 1859 "Messina" straight line postmark, very fine and attractive; 1979 Enzo Diena certificate and 2017 Vaccari certificate. Sassone No. 2a; Sassone cat. val. €8,500 ($10,460). Auctioned by Schuyler-Rumsey, San Francisco.

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05 Jan 2019
12:59:47pm
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Eric (Winedrinker), I really appreciate the Sudan set. Not an easy one to find, and I am still missing quite a few in my collection. Interesting information about "Gordon Pasha".
Stamps do tell interesting stories if one digs deep enough. Thanks for the history background. rrr...

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05 Jan 2019
02:41:00pm
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A few miles from my house stands Gordon's School which which was founded as a national memorial for General Gordon.

The school grounds include a large statue of Gordon on a camel. Happy

This once stood in Khartoum but was brought back to the UK after Sudan became independent.

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06 Jan 2019
03:09:05am
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My best (philatelic) acquisition of the year'

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Actually it was a gift from one of my children
who grew tired of hearing the anguished stream
of profanity laced bellowing from my end of the
house as I tried to write notes or letters.
Big keys for fat naturopathically challenged
fingers, color coded functions for half blind
eyes and disposal of the numeric keypad I never
use anyway.

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08 Jan 2019
01:48:26am
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I have thought about this for the last week or so and I think this might be the best addition to my collection for 2018. It's from Peru 1899, Scott No. 159. I had only ever seen a couple of them so I had pretty much lost hope in getting one. Since Peru is one of my most favorite countries, it was a great day when I snagged this key stamp.

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Nikhil
08 Jan 2019
07:23:59am
re: Your best philathelic aquisition of 2018

AntoniuRa- I too have that Peru stamp. Are there some varities of that stamp? Always looking to learn more.

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08 Jan 2019
09:41:59pm
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Nikhil, The only variety that I am aware of is the postage due stamp below, Scott No. J36. At the time No. 159 was issued it was the highest face value postage stamp that Peru had ever issued. It would be nearly forty years before another 10 soles value stamp would be issued. It was probably rarely used resulting in a large overstock of the stamp. On the other hand there was probably a shortage of 5 centavo postage due stamps resulting in No. 159 being overprinted to fill the need for the 5 centavo postage due stamp. There is a huge difference in catalog value between the two stamps. No.159 catalogs for $600.00 and J36 catalogs for only $1.50

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Nikhil
09 Jan 2019
11:12:45am
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Oh thanks. I have the overprinted stamp.

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rrraphy
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09 Jan 2019
03:18:07pm
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Tough stamp to get Mitch. Big gaps still in my collection, as I have just began work on Peru. Early Peru seems hard to come by, and there are several quite expensive stamps (the first 20 stamps of Peru can set you back a few pennies)! I should go look at your pages to see how far you have gotten in your collection!
Been working on Latin America in 2018 and expect to continue in 2019...that is my current focus, and luckily for me I have enough minimum priced stamp needs to keep me busy without breaking the bank.
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09 Jan 2019
05:34:54pm

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All great, Mitchs' used Peru is a beaut and i appreciate rrr's page of early Portugal !

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17 Jan 2019
03:22:48pm
re: Your best philathelic aquisition of 2018

No real purchases for me, except a few supplies. I spent 2018 just organizing, updating, and getting stuff into albums, as well as selling off some accumulation stuff.

Heck, I even went to the APS Show in Birmingham in February and spent all my time helping my daughters buy stuff, but maybe spent $10 on myself.

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18 Jan 2019
07:35:02am
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This turned out to be a great purchase
at a recent auction.

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The bag shown on top was pretty good
with lots of blocks and mini sheetlets
from philatelic parcels from Australia,
that oten required $40.00 to $65.00 in
postage, so there are many $5.oo and
$10.00 stamps, Canadian, Aussie,
Keeling and Christmas Islands. It took
me three nights soaking just to clean
those wrapping paper items.
There is another envelope of similar
material on smaller cut out pages..
I thought it was about the size of two
plastic shoeboxes.
But no, it was the size of a full twelve
quart Canadian Club carton and it was
stuffed, with issues that if auctioned
off in our auction would bring more than
ten dollars apiece, really stuffed and
heavy generating $67.00 in postage.
So, no, there are none of the high ticket
items to show off or brag about, however
it looks like I will be busy for several
months of stamping all night.

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This picture only shows about one third
of this type material. Lots of strips
of four or five full sets of stamps
were used as postage and usually having
decent cancellations..
The three Ambassador Albums I tossed aside
thinking that they would be "The usual
common junk" however, after a week of
cleaning the blocks and better high value
dollar items I took a quick look at them
and spent the entire evening just turning
pages. While some higher catalogue material
had been removed at some point, what
remained in two of them alone made me very
happy. There are pages and pages of decent
sets of well mounted stamps. And after all
that I am still finding worthwhile issues
in a second bag, that I only ran my fat,
grubby fingers through.


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18 Jan 2019
08:59:49am

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AAAHHH!

The joy of mixed boxes!!

It is my addiction!!

They can be hard work sorting and soaking but the enjoyment can be tremendous!


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19 Jan 2019
03:50:53pm
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"... They can be hard work sorting and soaking ..."

From the immortal pen of Mark Twain, through the words of
white washing entrepreneur, Tom Sawyer;

" .... Work is what you have to do. ..."

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