US Stamps

By Donna Houseman

Scott United States Pocket Stamp Catalogue offers great convenience in a compact size

October 23, 2015 02:18 PM

The Scott catalog season draws to a close each year with Scott’s largest single-volume catalog, the Scott Classic Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940, and its smallest catalog, the Scott United States Pocket Stamp Catalogue.

The Scott U.S. Pocket catalog is smaller both in size and number of pages, but it packs a wallop of useful information within its pages.

The catalog is a simplified version of the listings for United States stamps found in Vol. 1 of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. Although the current catalog isn’t likely to fit into your pocket or purse, the format is handy and compact.

The pages measure about 4 inches by 7 inches. The hardback cover conveniently lays flat thanks to a durable wire-ring binding.

If you are looking for a catalog with simplified listings, the Scott U.S. Pocket catalog might be for you.

The catalog lists only U.S. stamps, including regular issues, semipostals, air post stamps, air post special delivery, special delivery, registration, certified mail, postage due stamps, U.S. Offices in China, Official stamps, newspaper stamps, parcel post stamps, computer-vended postage, personal computer postage, nonpersonalizable postage, carrier’s stamps and federal duck stamps.

Basic U.S. stamp designs are shown in full color.

Each listing offers the Scott catalog number, denomination, description, colors, color of stamp paper where applicable, unused value and used value. As with all Scott catalogs, values are listed for stamps in the grade of very fine.

Minor-lettered varieties that are shown in Vol. 1 of the Scott Standard catalog also appear in the Scott U.S. Pocket catalog, including blocks, strips and other multiples; perforation varieties; color-omitted and color-missing errors; and other printing errors.

The catalog is designed to be used as a quick reference guide or a handy checklist.

As with every Scott catalog, we encourage users to read the introduction before diving into the catalog listings.

One of the most important features of the introduction are the grading illustrations that show examples of stamps in the grade of very fine, positioned between stamps in the grades immediately below and above it: fine to very fine, and extremely fine.

A stamp’s grade describes the centering of the design within the stamp’s margins.

The 2016 Scott United States Pocket Stamp Catalogue will be published in mid-November.