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jbaxter5256
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28 Apr 2019
11:54:11am
Received a new old stock Scott Hingeless album for Finland copyright 1972 and will be starting a new collection: Big Grin Often, I have had some stamps for a country as I start a collection but in this case I have almost nothing that is not spoken for in other albums so this will be a start from zero collection. I looked on eBay for some available starter collections but have decided that I will not take the easy way out of building on a prior collection and do everything from scratch and see how it grows. Album has spaces for 760 stamps with Scott mounts in place covering regular issues, semi-postal stamps, air post stamps, military stamps occupation stamps for Karelia, and occupation stamps for Russia. It should be an interesting diversion and springboard for learning more about the history of an area for which I know virtually nothing.

I have started my process of learning about the stamps of Finland by checking out Jim Jackson's posts on his http://bigblue1840-1940.blogspot.com/ web site and with a cursory review of the catalog entries in the Scott catalog.

So, an adventure begins!
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jbaxter5256
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28 Apr 2019
06:54:41pm
re: Finland - Adventure in Northern Europe

Although I did not expect to find much, I went through some feeder albums that I had purchased over the past two years for my International collection and found 18 unused stamps to add to the Finland album so it is no longer completely barren. So. the current status is 18 of 760 stamps. Blushing

Interestingly I found another country, Finland, to add to the list of countries for which no pages were present in my 2006 purchase of a Minkus Supreme Global based collection with which I have been working off and on for over a decade without noticing that the country was missing from the album. The bulk of the collection has been moved into other albums but I continue to pull stamps from it as other collecting interests develop. It continues to be a useful source!

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ikeyPikey
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28 Apr 2019
11:41:53pm
re: Finland - Adventure in Northern Europe

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If I were collecting Suomi/Finland on more than my catch-as-catch-can basis, I'd work a trade with Keijo:

http://www.stampcollectingblog.com/stamp-exchange

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"When I launched SCB on cold January winters night in 2009, my opening words were somewhat plain and simple “I know first posts always suck, so I’m not going to give any BIG promises or pages of text here. This blog is about life of a casual stamp collector living in middle of nowhere. It’s about a hobby I love and feel passionate. Welcome, feel free to participate and enjoy.” Ever since I have written roughly 600 blog entries (with over 300,000 words and thousands of images) on stamps and life of a stamp collector. How can a single casual collector have got so much to say is one of those mysteries I have pondered at times."



Happy tenth, Keijo, and many more!

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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rrraphy
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29 Apr 2019
12:06:01pm
re: Finland - Adventure in Northern Europe

Interesting coincidence, Jerrel. I too have started working on Finland, 3 months ago. I initially had decided to leave Scandinavian coutries out of my target range, but a good deal came by (too good to pass), and I acquired a collection with pages to 1980...so here I am... (now the question is..if Finland, why not the rest of Scandinavia? Rolling On The Floor Laughing
I also had a few envelopes of stamps to help populate the many holes I acquired and gave me extra duplicates...(maybe an Approval book later). But there were two or three good Approval books that were activated recently that helped me a lot! So I will wait a little before putting one together.
Fairly easy collecting as (except for a few) there are reasonably priced and readily available.
rrr...

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Strider
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30 Apr 2019
04:13:00am
re: Finland - Adventure in Northern Europe

I've collected Finland for a few years. I like to get a catalogue so I can see what's what, and somewhere along the way I acquired a specialist Finnish catalogue - it's called Norma or Suomen Postimerkit. My edition is 1968. It's very informative about the BOB stuff - Aunus, North Ingermanland, Kerelia and East Karelia and some local town post issues. I haven't compared it to Facit.

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jbaxter5256
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05 May 2019
10:05:52pm
re: Finland - Adventure in Northern Europe

Added three new stamps for Finland to bring me to 21 of 760 stamps.

New stamps are Scott #'s 84, 89 and 97. New mint stamps were located in a 1928 edition International Junior Postage Stamp Album that I received this week to use for additions to my 1930 edition International album which is slowly progressing (but not for Finland this week Happy ).

Here is a list of the previous 18 stamps I have added so far: Scott #'s 111, 129, 131, 132, 178, 385, B114, B115, B116, B132, B133, B134, N22, N23, N24, N25, N26, and N27.

Still debating on what to do about earlier issues but so far only adding unused stamps. Yes, hinged are included.

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jbaxter5256
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08 May 2019
10:54:27pm
re: Finland - Adventure in Northern Europe

Added 45 new stamps to bring me to 66 of 760 stamps.

New stamps are Scott #'s B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B9, B10, B11, B12, B13, B14, C4, N1, N2, N3, N4, N5, N6, N7, N16, N17, N18, N19, N20, N21, NB1, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 128, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, and 142.

The album is slowly starting to look a bit less barren with these additions.

Continuing to read the Prisoners of Geography book by Tim Marshall. I am starting the section on the Democratic Republic of the Congo next. It was amazing to learn just how big Africa is despite its appearance on a Mercator projection map. It is bigger than the USA, India, China, and more all put together yet looks just a bit larger than South America on a Mercator projection world map!

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jbaxter5256
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18 May 2019
03:22:58am
re: Finland - Adventure in Northern Europe

Acquired a mint packet of stamps for Finland and, after adding stamps from it to my Finland collection, now have 223 of 760 stamps.

More interesting additions include Scott #'s 80, 81, 158, 161, 180, 181, 175B, 224-226, 239-242, 245, 246-248, 251, 262, 265, 267, 279, 297-299, 311, 342-344, 347-348, 322, B1, and M5 plus many others.

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jbaxter5256
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29 May 2019
03:34:00am
re: Finland - Adventure in Northern Europe

Added 66 new stamps to bring me to 289 of 760 stamps in the album. New stamps were found here on Stamporama's approvals.

New issues include B98, B99, B100, 249, 250, M3, M6, 77, 83, 85, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 95, 100, 103, 108, 117, 127, 130, 133, 145, 146, 153, 222, 253, 268, 302, 303, 319, 332, 333, 334, 362, 414, 416, 427, 165A, 165B, 173B, 173C, 176A, 219, 219A, 219B, 313, 314, 351, 353, 361, 373, 374, 419, 424, 430, 436, 437, 441, 481, 485, 507, 508, and 509.

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Tobben63
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01 Jun 2019
06:35:12pm
re: Finland - Adventure in Northern Europe

I see that I have 840 used Finish stamps on my swap list,swap list!
https://colnect.com/en/stamps/list/country/2635-Finland/swap_list/Tobben63

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jbaxter5256
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10 Jun 2019
10:43:14pm
re: Finland - Adventure in Northern Europe

Added 2 new mint stamps to bring me to 291 of 760 stamps in the album.

New issues were Scott #'s 237 and 238. Recognized that I needed the two issues as they were the issues without the overprints for Karelia. I could have added a lot more issues but didn't have the album with me for verification and I haven't reached the stage where I know the missing issues. Happy Pricing was great at 20% of Scott and nice stamps so I will make sure I have the album with me for the upcoming July show in case the dealer is there and hasn't sold all of the Finland issues. Nail Biting

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jbaxter5256
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21 Jul 2019
01:12:02am
re: Finland - Adventure in Northern Europe

Spent the entire day today at the Evergreen Stamp Club summer stamp show and made many acquisitions from a u-pick album for the Finland album plus went through almost every dealer at the show's displayed stock looking for more moderately priced items to add to the collection.

Added 29 stamps by going through dealer stock items. New stamps added were Scott #'s 46, 49, 153-154, 182-183, 214, 379, 471-473, 254-256, 98, C3, 195-196, 207-209, 415, 113, B166-B168, B171-B172, and B175.

Added 102 stamps from the u-pick album. New stamps added were Scott #'s 227, 229, 232, 223, 266, 269, 276, 277, 284, 288, 289, 301, 326, 324, 331, 312, 340, 346, 314A, 365, 371, 378, 381, 383, 387, 386, 397, 431, 432, 435, B49, B50, B51, B52, B53, B54, B57, B69, B70, B71, B72, B73, B82, B85, B102, B103, B106, B111, B112, B120, B121, B122, B124, B125, B129, B130, B131, B135, B136, B137, B138, B141, B145, B146, B147, B148, B149, B150, B151, B152, B153, B156, B159, B160, B161, B162, B163, B164, B165, B169, B170, B173, B174, B176, B177, B178, B179, B180, B181, B182, B183, B184, B185, B186, B187, B188, B189, B190, B191, B192, B193, and C2. These stamp purchases were from the dealer that I mentioned in my June 10th posting. I have picked up several items from him for the Smithsonian album this past year both at stamp shows and online through Hipstamp.

Nine additional stamps were added from recent purchases from Stamporama approvals and auctions.

Current count in the album is up to 431 of 760 stamps. While several other stamps were seen in various dealer's stocks, costs exceeded my budget for today with a few items being priced above the Scott catalog which was unexpected and a bit of a shock as many of the un-purchased items were definitely not in VF or better condition and had some fairly significant hinge remnant issues. There were two really nice stamps that were very interesting at the last dealer from whom purchases were made but at $56 and $80 each they will require a future purchase if they remain available and a review of pricing and budget allows. They were Scott #'s 45 and 56 and were truly exceptional XF, NH stamps.


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