Monday, June 22, 2020
Rhonda Saks (August 6th 1949 - December 24th 1986)
10:21 am cdt
Remembering my wife.
I'll always hear her laughter and see her smile.
Friday, June 5, 2020
One of the Best Nights of My Life !
12:49 am cdt
Werner made feel like I was member of his family.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
The Stamp Catalog
2:39 pm cdt
Many countries have their own "national catalogs", typically put
out by a leading publisher or dealer in that country. Postal administrations may themselves put out catalogs, although they
tend to be aimed at less-experienced collectors, and rarely provide fully detailed stamp data. Some notable country catalogs
Edifil catalogs (Spain and its former colonies)
Facit (all countries of Scandinavia)
Hibernian Catalogue and Handbook (Ireland)
JB Catalogue of Malta Stamps and Postal History (Malta)
Ma catalog (China)
Chan catalog (China)
Yang catalog (China, published in
Phila India - Manik (India)
Sakura catalog (Japan)
The stamp catalog is your guide to the world.
Importantly, it will assist you in determining a monetary value
for your collection.
Monday, June 1, 2020
The Gold Plated 100 Dollar Bill
3:38 pm cdt
Isn't this a beauty ?
Click the money to find out why you shouldn't try to spend it
For the next few weeks I'll be talking
about the first day covers of ArtCraft along with everything else.
ArtCraft closed it's doors recently after 76 years of making philatelic history.
I'm predicting a sudden, salubrious escalation in the value
of the ArtCraft cachet, all ArtCraft first day covers and ArtCraft portrait cards.
Including those connected to the Postal Commemorative Society
Their departure signals the end of an extraordinarily crucial,
very important, highly significant and exceedingly meaningful period in philately
A mournful signal which will be heard around the world and
lamented throughout the multitude of collectors
and Sam August treasured their associations with the world's greatest philatelists
Leo's contributions to our hobby were significant enough
to earn the coveted Luft Award and a place in the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame.
ArtCraft has well-earned it's place in the great chronological
record in the history of philately.
raised ink, line-engraved intaglio printed cachets rank among the most aesthetic in the world.
ArtCraft cachets are not just beautiful.
They are works
of art that showcase the wonders of the world and illuminate the powers of human creativity and ingenuity.
The Coober Pedy Cover
One of the World's Great Philatelic Rarities
Could this become la pièce
de résistance de toute la modern Australian philatélie ?
Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia. The town is sometimes referred to as the "opal
capital of the world" because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there. Coober Pedy is renowned for its
below-ground residences,called "dugouts", which are built in this fashion due to the scorching daytime heat.
The name "Coober Pedy" comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means "white man's hole".
Opal was found in Coober Pedy on 1 February 1915; since then the town has been supplying most of the world's gem-quality
opal. Coober Pedy today relies as much on tourism as the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment
and sustainability. Coober Pedy has over 70 opal fields and is the largest opal mining area in the world.
Pedy - no village, no buildings, no roads, just desert, mountains dotted with boulders. A bizarre lunar landscape, but
for opal seekers is the most exciting place on earth, where again every day is the true challenge, happiness and luck just
a shovel width apart and where life is defined by two words: winners and losers. Coober Pedy, grab your hat, throw it
into the air and where it lands start digging !