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Rob1956
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08 Apr 2019
06:45:15am
I met Geoff Kellow today and bought both books, he said that he just received the new editions only minutes before and that the books I have are the first to be bought, so for the next few days I'm going to be the only person to have these books.

They are in colour and instead of the B5 format it is now in A4, and talk about supersizing. I asked Geoff why so big, he explained that there was a great waste of paper as the printing paper were all A3 and recutting then to be B5 left a lot of wastage that was being paid for.

So to limit wastage the books will now be issued in A4 format, saving thousands of dollars in wastage.

The KGVI catalogue is the same size in B5 and A4 format.

The new A4 format alongside the former B5 black and white issue.

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08 Apr 2019
07:46:46am
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I much prefer A4 format Happy

Can you post a pic of a random illustrated page please Rob?

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Horamakhet
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08 Apr 2019
09:29:46am
re: The new ACSC and it's BIG

Hi Rob

I spoke to Geoff today and ordered my copies as well.

Can hardly wait till they arrive, which will hopefully be this week, but knowing how slow Australia Post is, it will probably be next week.

The size looks so much better, and the added colour will be fantastic

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Rob1956
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08 Apr 2019
10:33:31am
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Hi Dave

Here is an image of random pages from the 2019 edition of KGVI and the pre-decimal QEII

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Rob1956
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08 Apr 2019
10:42:00am
re: The new ACSC and it's BIG

Hi Horamakhet

You're very lucky to get him, he is a very difficult person to get hold of; my fiancee contacted him so we went to see him at the Connaught in the CBD, I thought the books were already published as they were advertised on the Brusden-White website which is normally the case, but the books weren't ready until today.

When we went to pick up the books, Geoff said that the very first consignment of catalogues only arrived minutes before we rang him, when Geoff handed me the catalogues he said I was the very first to buy them.

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Rob1956
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08 Apr 2019
04:57:16pm
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I have noticed there have been some changes with the contents, some of the ACSC numbers have changed and some of the shades recorded in the 2015 edition are no longer in the 2019 edition.

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Horamakhet
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08 Apr 2019
05:17:47pm
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Hi Rob

Those examples you have shown have really got me excited.

I can see months and years of work, checking and rechecking varieties.

Geoff rang me, as I had left my details on the Brunsden-white site, so it was a pleasent surprise to hear from him. We had a brief talk, as I know he is very busy.

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Rob1956
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08 Apr 2019
06:37:32pm
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Hi Franz

It is a major improvement to the catalogues, and I have noticed some of my rare stamps have increased in catalogue value, for instance, my block of 20 1938 Sesquicentennial stamps with the 3 major varieties and a scarce variety jumped from $2,650 to $3,570, an increase of $920, some remained the same value.

I was not impressed that none of my unlisted rarities were listed in the new catalogue, even though I was told they would be. Geoff gave his reason why he didn't add the 1938 ½d very early cracked plate, which was understandable; he couldn't find any information on it no matter how much research he had done, as far as he is concerned, that particular cracked plate should not exist, but it does.

So he is going to personally write it up in the ACCC bulletin for help (that is quite an honour as he only writes about stamps of importance).

But with the others, I will speak about them when he comes back from England, one in particular which amuses me a little, is my very thin £2 Coat-of-Arms with roller flaw (catalogue number 271da), it is authenticated by Chris Ceremuga as being very rare and only 2 in existence.

I showed it to Geoff, he agreed it was as it says on the certificate, and it will be recorded in the 2019 issue, well it was mentioned, but it was not what I expected, here is what it says.

Variety "da" can also be expected to occur, but does not seem to have been reported Confused Confused Confused

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08 Apr 2019
08:18:23pm
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Hi Rob

A pity about your varieties, with something as important as your discoveries they need to be added to such an important reference work. At least here on the forum, we have an inkling of what may be lurking out there, and of course we can then be very envious.

With such information available, it helps us all to be on the lookout for more of such items, but usually such rarities very very rarely turn up. Sometimes it is 50 or more years before something major turns up. But I can always hope.

With your collection the amount of years and effort that you have put into it, is well worth what you have found.

I am only beginning to scratch the surface of serious collecting, and that was due to your sound advice to concentrate on MNH copies.

Reading your posts is like reading a well regarded authority on the subject, which you definitely are, and I am sure everyone on the forum is thankful for your sharing of information and expertise.

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Horamakhet

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09 Apr 2019
07:52:34am
re: The new ACSC and it's BIG

Hi Horamakhet

It is a little frustrating but what can one do but wait until the next issue is published, it is difficult to calculate when the 5th edition will be available. The first edition was in 1995; the second edition was 11 years later in 2006; the third edition was 9 years later in 2015, and the fourth edition, 4 years later in 2019.

So the fifth edition might be published sometime in the next 4 to 11 years time. It has taken me 43 years (since 1976) specialising my collection to what it is today, collecting rare cracked plates, shades, thin papers, specimens, errors, proofs, major varieties etc., etc., all in mint unhinged condition and 99% in well centred to perfectly centred stamps with no pulled perfs and perfect gum from Victoria to Elizabeth II.

The 1% is from stamps that are only known to be off-centre as shown in some of the rare thins and errors.

I’m patient, but how the ACSC is prepared should be overhauled so new discoveries are added when they are made available to the editors.

Nevertheless, the new 2019 ACSC is a marvellous book and I am still finding great interest perusing the contents of both catalogues; Geoff did a tremendous job revamping the catalogue to what it is today, making it truly the best stamp catalogue Australia has to offer to the international collector of Australian stamps.; the colour makes the catalogue stand out, and although it is much larger than the former catalogue; the content is far more superior, you will see what I mean when you get the catalogues.

A few alterations in the ACSC numbers and a few shades are no longer mentioned, especially my rare 1949 dull yellow-orange ½d kangaroo (aka mellow-yellow), of which only 160 are known to exist, it is now catalogued as a bright orange-yellow (it actually is a dull yellow orange), at least it went up $75.

There have been many amendments to the new catalogue and there is a shift in format from the B5 to the A4; Geoff was able to add more information and the new addition of Postage Dues and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands into a book with lesser pages; this is compensated by the larger length and width of the pages.

I was very fortunate to be the first to buy the catalogues and experience the new size, colour and text format and able to relay what is and isn’t in the book.

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"I am only beginning to scratch the surface of serious collecting, and that was due to your sound advice to concentrate on MNH copies.

Reading your posts is like reading a well regarded authority on the subject, which you definitely are, and I am sure everyone on the forum is thankful for your sharing of information and expertise. "



Ah shucks! You’re making me blush. The best part about building up a wealth of information is to share it amongst other collectors, and to provide assistance to members who would like to know what they have.

Being a 43 year specialised collector I built up a library of books and journals as well as having stamps I can compare to collectors wanting me to identify varieties and the stamp itself.

The only real payment in this hobby is the satisfaction of making a fellow collector satisfied and happy, especially if what they have actually has an attractive catalogue value.

Rob


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