Monday, October 29, 2007

Bulletins


One of the most fun areas to collect has been the stamp bulletins. These came out in several different formats over the years, and they are numbered, so it is relatively easy to tell what is missing.

The first format I started collecting was like this one to the left. It is a color folder that has pictures of the stamps on the front, and some description and issue details inside and on the back. These were issued starting in 1959, and appear to start only with #4. There are 3 issues with no number on the front, and I assume those were #1-3. I have not found any documentation to back this up, but no one I have talked to has ever seen #1-3. There is also a fourth issue with no number, that I believe is supposed to be #19.

There are also some varieties of these bulletins. Later issues came with both a blank front, and printed with the agency name, like this example here. I have several different agency names, not just the philatelic services one shown here.
These bulletins currently go through number 780, which was the August 2007 issues.
There are also a few errors that I have seen in these notices. Here is one such example:


Between the printing of the bulletin and the printing of the stamp, the value changed. Rather than issue a new bulletin with a new number, the same number was re-used. Thus, there are 2 bulletin #375's.






12 comments:

Mac Sunset said...

I would love to pick up a lot of these cheaply. The modern ones are perfect for using to create album text.

Adam said...

I have a ton of duplicates of these. They are also available for free from the Israel philatelic service if you ask for them as part of your new issue service. Even if you don't use the philatelic service for new issues, the person you get the new issues from will usually provide them if you ask. If you are interested in my duplicates, let me know, and we can work something out.

Anonymous said...

Do you still have any of these - Can I email you a list, and maybe if they are not too expensive, we could discuss a deal?

Anonymous said...

Another interesting printing error is the numbering of 340, 341 & 342 from July 1978. These were numbered incorrectly as 540, 541 & 542.

Adam said...

Sure, send me a list of what you need and I will see if I have any that you need.

Anonymous said...

Can you let me have your e-mail address and I'll send you a list.

Sonny

Adam said...

You can send it to caplans@sbcglobal.net

Mike Mehr said...

Update to Adam: I asked as a current subscriber to new issues if I could get any of the Info Folders from past years, and was told that they cannot provide them on request. So I guess this is not an option any more. This was from a person that I correspond with regularly about my subscription, and not a random query to customer support.

Mike Mehr said...

Update to Anonymous (Jan 21 2012 comment): You are talking about the Info Bulletins (SIP catalog terminology), which started with the early 1948 issues and stopped after #501 (New Year 1988) except for that anomalous numbering. In this post, Adam is showing pictures and talking about the Information Folders (started with 1959 New Year, and currently continuing). He does talk about the Bulletins on the next post (Bulletins 2), though. Confusing to me, so perhaps to others as well. It's an interesting related field of collecting that I have only recently become interested in.

Adam said...

I have a ton of duplicates if you are interested. Send me a want list and I will see what I can find for you.

Anonymous said...

Hello Just saw this blog thread. I recently came across hundres of the bulletins dating back to the beginning and running through about 2010 (800's) . Do you still have extras of these bulletins, as I am missing some and would like to send you a list of what I need. Also, do you know if there are any other articles and information about these bulletins? Thanks, Mattes

Adam said...

If you send me a list of what you need, I will see if I have them. I have a lot of duplicates. caplans@sbcglobal.net