Wednesday, December 24, 2008


I recently went through a batch of covers that I had in my to be inventoried pile. There were 40 or so covers that were grouped together as Phosphor varieties. I am not sure how close to first day of issue for the phosphor varieties each cover is. The closest thing I found to a list was in the Wallach definitive specialized catalog, but it only has listings through about 1980, and I have several covers with dates past that listed by Wallach. I even have a bunch of covers addressed to Dr. Wallach. Anyone know of a more comprehensive list then this catalog? Anyone interested in trading this type of material? I have a bunch of duplicates...

Monday, December 8, 2008

New ATM Stamps

It is that time of year again. Looks like Israel is issuing the 2008 Christmas ATM stamp today. According to my sources, it will be available with 3 different machine numbers. Machine 001 is the philatelic services machine, and all subscribers who get their stamps directly from the philatelic services will receive only that machine number. Machine number 010 is in Jerusalem and Machine 015 is in Nazareth. As has been my practice recently, I will get a single example from each machine (with the cheapest available rate - Inland Letter) and a corresponding FDC. Complete sets of 8 rates are beyond what I want to spend for these.

In additon, in two weeks there will be a new Massad sheet issued for Philately day. If this is anything like the last few, it will be a tete-beche sheet of 10. There are normally 2 different sheets, 1 with 10 copies of the inland letter rate stamp, and 1 with 10 different values. I believe there will also be a souvenir leaf issued for the occasion as well.