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General Philatelic/Gen. Discussion : January American Philatelist issue devoted to stamp catalogs

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philb
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13 Jan 2022
11:07:49am

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This is a really interesting issue devoted to stamp catalogs of the world. If you are a U.S. stamp collector you have the Specialized catalog to work with. When i was actively collecting Argentina i could not find philatelic information in the English language. I think the January issue is a good read. It looks like membership has leveled off at 27,000.
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13 Jan 2022
11:18:09am
re: January American Philatelist issue devoted to stamp catalogs

When I was a member of APS, membership was exactly double that

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13 Jan 2022
12:26:55pm

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re: January American Philatelist issue devoted to stamp catalogs

I remembers, and Linns weekly used to brag about 90 thousand plus readers !

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14 Jan 2022
05:17:12am
re: January American Philatelist issue devoted to stamp catalogs

I have started reading the latest AP issue on catalogs but have not read the articles in detail yet, They had articles written by the catalog makers Scott, Y&T, and Michel but noted SG would be in an issue of the APRL publication. I do not subscribe to the APRL.

The regular APRL column in the same issue had a request for a number of catalogs, Since they requested some recent editions, it sounds like they rely more on donations for these rather than outright purchase.

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Calstamp
14 Jan 2022
07:39:30pm
re: January American Philatelist issue devoted to stamp catalogs


Al.

Read that article as well. Found it confusing. A major philatelic library is not able to secure periodic catalogue donations from respective publishers?

Would think catalogues are among the most utilized library resources.

If catalogue publishers are concerned donation of one copy to APRL
will negatively impact their sales, that is not very positive.

By contrast have purchased several specialty catalogues subsequent to reviewing library copy.

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24 Jan 2022
12:16:38pm
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" ... mBy contrast have purchased several specialty catalogues
subsequent to reviewing library copy...

Of course. There must be many specialty books or catalogs we
are not aware of, and once we have the opportunity to view
some pages from or at, a library, can't wait to buy our own
copy.
Withholding a copy from someplace like the APRL strikes me as
"penny wise and pound foolish."

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24 Jan 2022
03:16:44pm
re: January American Philatelist issue devoted to stamp catalogs

I am reading the article now. I think the information about Scott is a bit outdated, and, as the author said, Scott is coming out with many new catalog items in the near future. Scott just released a new United Nations Specialized Catalogue. Scott did not say if this means the UN will be removed from the US Specialized, but I bet it will be. Scott is releasing many single country catalogues as well. They are sort of going the route of Michel and Gibbons.

I peeked ahead in the article, and there is a large section listing and discussing many specialty catalogues from around the world. This issue will be a great one to keep as a desk reference should need for specialized information arise, for one will be able to know where to find it.

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24 Jan 2022
04:31:51pm
re: January American Philatelist issue devoted to stamp catalogs

I found the articles about the history of the various catalogs quite interesting and agree that this is a particularly interesting issue to keep in order to find information about various specialized catalogs that exist. There were several specialized catalogs of which I had never heard! Given that my most active collections tend to be more general world wide in scope this is understandable. I particularly liked the information about the Michel catalogs and the picture that was shared of their staff.

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25 Jan 2022
06:17:20am
re: January American Philatelist issue devoted to stamp catalogs

A specialty book author should send courtesy copies to libraries. When I edited a newsletter, I followed the practice of sending the newsletter to several libraries including one in the UK. In fact, the UK library contacted me about missing issues!

I liked Michel's comment that they felt their catalog was the most specialized of the general catalogs probably because they do not restrict themselves to a set of volumes.

For example, for the the Scott US Specialized they removed a couple sections and made available separately to keep weight down.

What you will not likely see is a discussion of sites like Colnect or stampworld.

Someone could revive or start on thread on your favorite specialty catalogs. It would help to have images and a brief review.




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