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Harvey
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21 Jul 2021
12:50:51pm
This is probably of interest to almost no one, but "what the heck?". I dropped out of collecting for a while during and after university but eventually the interest returned with a vengeance. With most countries I instituted a cut off date. Canada was the only country I really wanted to keep current so I kept picking up the year books. Later I discovered how useless these books were. I was missing hundreds of stamps, especially coils and definitives. All they really seemed to care about were the pretty stamps, basic touristy stuff! So I instituted a 1988 cutoff since I had album supplements to then. I still pick up the year books which on their own makes a very attractive collection. Now I have to sort through, and figure out, a whole slew of definitives, which is a big chore. Canada is very annoying in the number of small changes to these stamps, all of which show up in the album, of course. Again, this post is of very little use to anyone unless you also noticed how useless the year books are!
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sheepshanks
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21 Jul 2021
01:09:18pm
re: Just a comment about my Canada collection

I'll agree with your sentiments. I'm currently albuming (is that a word?spellcheck thinks not)my horde of common used Canadian stamps and the definitives are an absolute pain, compounded by my 2014 Scott referencing the wrong image type in places.
I have not attempted to differentiate the various taggings but am doing so with coils booklets and perf variations.
I also found that working with an old Darnell catalogue helped as they do at least illustrate each stamp. I'm using Steiner pages for the collection with a cut off of 1993.
Just as well the weather is rotten at present with smoke cutting visibility to a hundred yards at times, though beginning to clear now.

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wigalso
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21 Jul 2021
02:08:45pm
re: Just a comment about my Canada collection

Such a major problem to have! That is identifying Canadian definitives.

You could use a copy of Unitrades's specialized catalogue! If you have the desire for an older 2011 issue, I'd be pleased to provide it ... just would need postage cost. Send me a StampoRama message.

Like you, I do try to keep up with definitives and their varieties ... sheet, mini sheet, coil or booklet. The only variety in the Annual Book are the die-cut issues that I find of any interest. Die-cuts also show up in the quarterly packs!

Happy searching,
Wig

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Harvey
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21 Jul 2021
03:35:56pm
re: Just a comment about my Canada collection

I do have the Canada Unitrade Specialized catalog. The only problem is that there are so damn many different difinitives with minor differences that have different Scott numbers that I'm afraid to start. I am determined to fill the pages in my album and I'm pretty sure I have most of the stamps I need - it's just a frightening prospect!! I know other countries are probably worse but as I get older my patience seems to be going away. It's not the older stuff that's a problem, I'm complete from #34 to the missing difinitives. Sooner or later I'll get to it, I hope!

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wigalso
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21 Jul 2021
08:38:33pm
re: Just a comment about my Canada collection

You say "Sooner or later I'll get to it, I hope!"

Is that not a standard comment from most of us collectors!!! I know I can apply it to myself, LOL. I've many collection in different stages of being organized ... some still in envelopes to some organized, identified & labeled in Stock Books.

I do enjoy all my collections.

Wig

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22 Jul 2021
07:14:34am
re: Just a comment about my Canada collection

Harvey,

Your beginning is like many of us. We started young, stopped collecting for school and a career, and then returned. I had switched to British empire and set a cut of 1978-1980 (Silver Jubilee, start of Diana and Disney).

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Harvey
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22 Jul 2021
08:05:42am
re: Just a comment about my Canada collection

I do enjoy almost all of the process of stamp collecting. It's just that as I get a bit older I start to lose patience with things like watermarks, perforations and colour shades and I have to be in the right mood to tackle them. I have a few more regular(?) Canadian stamps to put in my album from 1980 - 1988 and then I will start on figuring out which, if any, difinitives I need. Then I can get back to the parts of my Canadian collection I enjoy more - the older material. Stamp collecting is like anything else, some parts are a little more enjoyable than others. The parts we like a bit less become much more enjoyable when they are completed!! I remember playing around with some of the earlier Canadian difinitives and messing with Winnipeg and Ottawa tagging, it wasn't always a huge amount of fun but it was satisfying when you figured it all out.

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pigdoc
22 Jul 2021
09:56:39am
re: Just a comment about my Canada collection

I stopped buying Norway, Sweden, and Denmark yearsets about 15 years ago. Looking back from where I sit now, I realize that I was starting then to transition away from that 'space-filling' mentality that grips us all early on.

I still get very interested in the esoterica of stamps in their own right, but now it's driven not by empty spaces, but by study of the production, printing, and distribution vagaries that are inherent, especially to the earliest issues.

By far, what dominates my collecting urges now is the history. I'll read a book about Caribbean maritime commerce, or early US airmail, or transatlantic airmail, or a railroad branch line that I grew up next to, and I get super-motivated to find the physical residue of that long-gone commerce. Doesn't always have to be stamps or covers, either. Last year, I took a day to find Yeatman Station, which I could locate fairly precisely by geographic features. It's out in the middle of a forest, along a greenway and an abandoned road, but it's been bulldozed. I came home with a pocket full of glass and metal bits, coal cinders, and the like...I could almost hear the steam whistles echoing through the trees...

By the way, the yearsets are for sale! What do you need? {PM me.}
-Paul


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Harvey
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22 Jul 2021
12:22:39pm
re: Just a comment about my Canada collection

I don't think I have a space filling mentality. I already have most of the stamps and common sense pushes me to find out what they are so I can fill the "damn spaces". I have all the year books from where I stop (1988) to the present (2020). One would think I could then fill in the albums to the present. That doesn't work because many stamps are missing from the year books. That's why I instituted a cut off date and keep buying the year books so I have all the gorgeous commemoratives that Canada issues, for some unknown reason, every year. When I manage to figure out the definitives I can then concentrate on the earlier parts of my collection. My Russia and Poland collections have cut offs of 1985 and most of the last 30 years is complete. My US cutoff is 1977 and I am complete after about 1925. All other countries I collect have a 1955 cut off and in most cases I have stamps from the 1950's to locate. I do enjoy the earlier stamps much more but am determined to try to get to the cutoff, otherwise why have one?

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Harvey
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25 Aug 2021
03:47:15pm
re: Just a comment about my Canada collection

I have my newer (from about 1980 to 1988) Canada stamps pretty well organized in my Harris album and all I am missing are a couple douzen perf. varieties of some difinitives and some booklet pane singles. I am curious if anyone out there has tried to fill this sort of gap before and could offer some advice. When I mentioned it to my regular family of dealers, that I have been using since 1972, they both said "good luck" and cringed. I really would like to fill these gaps, but since even figuring out Scott numbers is difficult for some of them, I doubt if it will be easy. And before someone suggests I just forget about it, I really would like to fill those annoying gaps!! Any advise?
I also took all my post 1988 Canada material and put it in three stock books. It really makes for an attractive "collection". I guess I never realized how many stamps were issued!

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Bobstamp
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25 Aug 2021
11:42:33pm
re: Just a comment about my Canada collection

As a "re-born" collector in the early 1980s, I decided to collect that stamps of my adopted country, Canada; my wife and I had emigrated from the United States in 1969 and soon realized that we never again wanted to live in the U.S. What better way, I reasoned, to learn about the history of my adopted country.

I bought an album (I don't recall the brand) and enthusiastically began filling it with used stamps. My enthusiasm began to fade when I realized that I didn't really like some of the stamps that I was buying. My enthusiasm came to an end when I was faced with completing a page of modern postage due stamps — ugly red things with no value as far as I was concerned. And that was the end of my desire for a "complete"* Canada collection.

I didn't give up on albums, though. I bought lighthouse albums for Ireland, Denmark, and Norway. I shouldn't have, for the same reason that I gave up on my Canada album. It didn't take long to realize that I didn't like all of those Danish and Norwegian stamps, and didn't like having to order new issues and new pages every year. So I sold those two small collections, but kept the Ireland collection, and continued to build it with both used and mint stamps — until it became too expensive to maintain, and too "risky" — one of my purchases of an annual collection included a "Love" stamp. Oh...my...god! Really? A "Love" stamp? For the luv of…! Not long after that, I sold that collection too (although I did keep a few of my favourite stamps, including the country's single set of airmail stamps.

None of my collecting up to the point was fruitless. I learned a lot about stamps in my collections, and about the countries that had produced them. But, in addition to finding album stuffing to be a rather boring occupation, I had been introduced to cover collecting. Even a postage due stamp on cover is more interesting than the same stamp off a cover. And some covers are virtual history lessons and museums combined in one envelope and, if one is really lucky, in the letters that some covers enclose.

I have become a "worldwide collector" in that I collect stamps (and covers) for several thematic collections, including the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War (I am a Vietnam vet), commercial aviation of the 1930s-1960s, and astronomy.

I do have a Lighthouse U.S. album, which stops at 1947, but I haven't added a stamp to it in years. I still buy stamps regularly, but they go into stock books, and from the stock books they may end up in my scanner; my web pages are liberally sprinkled with images of my stamps, covers, and postcards. Not infrequently, you'll see examples from my collections here in the Stamporama discussions. I have also displayed much of my collection in five or six philatelic exhibits which I have mounted for the VANPEX, the annual show put on by my stamp club, the British Columbia Philatelic Society.

Bob


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