China — On Oct. 10, 1945, China issued a six-stamp set (Scott 605-610) commemorating the anniversary of the Oct. 10, 1943, inauguration of Chiang Kai-shek as president. The design used for all six stamps features a portrait of Chiang in full military dress uniform alongside a Chinese Nationalist flag.
At the time the stamps were issued, China was still reeling from the effects of World War II, which began for China in 1937 and resulted in the deaths of an estimated 17 million to 22 million Chinese.
Additionally, the Chinese Nationalist government was still engaged in a civil war with the Chinese Communist Party that began in 1927. The Communists would win that war in 1950, with the Chinese Nationalists evacuating to the island of Taiwan, where they continue in power today as the Republic of China.
Collectors of China generally love flag stamps. This set also appeals to flags-on-stamps topical collectors.
The 2015 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue values the set in unused hinged condition at $11.95. I recently saw a mint never-hinged set sell in an online auction for more than $26, a sizeable premium over the Scott catalog value for a set in unused hinged condition.
I think this set is well worth buying in unused hinged condition at or near the Scott catalog value, and in mint never-hinged condition at around $25.
A Linn’s editor found this week’s recommended stamps on ZillionsOfStamps.com at the following prices: China, 605-610 — not found; United States, 635a — $10, plate number block of four, mint never-hinged, very fine.
Tip of the Week
United States — In 1926, the U.S. Post Office Department began producing definitive stamps with the same designs as the 1922 issue, but perforated gauge 11 by 10½ (Scott 632-642). The earlier variety (Scott 551-573) was perforated gauge 11.
The color for the major-number-listed 3¢ Abraham Lincoln stamp from the 1926 issue (Scott 635) is given as violet. A bright violet shade variety is listed as Scott 635a. The 2014 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values the bright violet variety at 30¢ in mint never-hinged condition.
Because of Lincoln promotions in connection with his 200th birthday, there was a time a few years ago when you could get more than $1 each for this stamp in mint never-hinged condition in quantity. I believe both the violet and the bright violet stamps are undervalued and should catalog at least $1.50 in mint never-hinged condition.
Mint panes with the majority of stamps in the grade of very fine are especially desirable.
If you can find this stamp offered at or near Scott catalog value, it is worth buying in quantity, as I believe that values will rise in the future. — H.G.
blogWhen this cover was listed on eBay in mid-September, it didn't take long for some knowledgeable collectors to recognize this piece of postal history for the gem that it is: an early trans-oceanic survey cover for a Pacific route that included Midway Island, which would become famous as the location of a pivotal 1942 naval battle during World War II. Read More ›
blogThis month marks my fifth anniversary writing the monthly auction report for Linn’s Stamp News. That’s 60 columns, totaling more than 100,000 words (enough for a decent-sized novel), all about our favorite hobby. Read More ›
blogIn mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show. Read More ›
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Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses current events that relate to the stamp hobby, including the relocation of a stamp show in Sweden due to the Syrian refugee crises, and new stamps honoring Pope Francis and the British monarchy.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke talks about a record fifth win for wildlife artist Joseph Hautman in the federal duck stamp art contest, and see the painting that will appear on next year’s federal duck stamp
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz questions Bolivia’s choice for the design of a 2013 stamp honoring the country’s efforts to protect its migrants in foreign lands.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses the discovery of the upright Jenny Invert pane received in an order from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Mo., and also reports on the Confederate Stamp Alliance.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.