Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I am not really sure of the issue dates of the Moses Montefiore sheet. It is claimed by the seller on E-bay to be issued December 5th, 2007. He also claims an edition of 500. The Elvis sheet is one that I have never seen on e-bay, but did see it offered in Linn's, and on the seller's website. He claims an issue date of November, 2007 (no date listed) and a quantity of 1000. The Mickey Marcus sheet is one I have in my collection, and it was issued on June 11, 2010. I have seen no claims as to the number issued. None of these have the serial numbers on the right hand margin, like the Herzl or first Pope sheet, so I have no way of knowing for sure. I assume the Jerusalem 2010 sheet was issued on November 21st, 2010, the first day of the Jerusalem 2010 stamp show. I will know more about this sheet when my order arrives in a few weeks.
Monday, November 29, 2010
I just noticed a difference between some of my generic sheets that I hadn't spotted before. The sheet on the left here is the first printing of the With Love stamp, from July 17th, 2003. The FDC of the same printing date is on the right. But, instead of the price of 21.20NIS appearing above the top left label, there are some different marginal markings above the first 3 columns. I see the same thing on the Mazel Tov sheets from the same date. The Mazel Tov sheet from March 21st, 2006 has blank margins above the first 4 columns. The Good Luck sheet from December 1st, 2008 also has the margins above the first 4 columns blank, but has what appears to be the same information printed under the picture in the right column. Does anyone know if this was a seperate printing, or if it is a different pane position?
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Flowers. As far as I know, this is the first generic sheet offered by Israel. There were only printed twice. The first printing was February 4th, 2001. The second printing was July 8th, 2003. The second printing was done for Telabul, and has the smiling stamp logo in the blank spots. The second printing was offered for sale to philatelic service customers in bulletin #8. The first day for this was March 18, 2001 with the Telabul one being released on July 15, 2003.
The fifth member of this series is the With Love stamp. This has had three printings to date, with the first once again being July 17th, 2003. The second printing was December 5th, 2006. The third printing was December 1st, 2008. I have the first two printings, but do not yet have the third.
The last member of this set of 6 is the Good Luck stamp. It must have been very lucky for the Philatelic Service, since it has undergone nine separate printings. The first, like the other five members of this set was on July 17th, 2003. The second was October 21st, 2003. I have neither of these first two printings, the first I have in my collection is the third printing, from January 12th, 2004. The next three printings were all in December, 2006. The 1st, 2nd, and 5th were the dates. I am missing all 3, as well as the seventh printing from April 12th, 2007. This was followed with an eighth printing on my parents anniversary in 2008 (June 17th for those of you not related to me who are still reading this!). The ninth printing was December 1st, 2008. Hopefully, nine printings will be enough. I am missing 6 of the nine, so maybe the issue has not been that lucky for me.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
To start with, 3 new vending stamps with 11 different varieties. There will be the special SIMA label for the show, with two different machine numbers (001, and 061). The Christmas SIMA label will also be offered, apparently with 4 different machine numbers (001, 010, 015, and 062). And there will be a Massad sheet of 10 for each day of the show (available as 10 x 1.70 or a sheet of 10 different values).
Then, there is the new generic sheet. This is an Israel flag design. There is a normal sheet with 12 stamps, a smaller version with 8 stamps, and a special Latin America friendship version. I believe all 3 will have different printing dates, but I am not 100% sure. This is in addition to the recent Cabbage Head sheet (with its own printing date) and the Hanukkah sheet with a new printing date as well.
Next, we have the booklets. 2 new ones as far as I know. There will be a prestige booklet, not sure what the subject is. The second one is a flip book. It is 15 pages, and has the new animation stamps in a way that you can flip through the pages and see a cartoon.
Next comes the joint issue with Vatican city. This is a sheetlet of 4. In addition, there will be some other special sheets. A set of 3 decorative sheets of bible stories, plus a souvenir sheet. Plus, a re-issue of the 1NIS menorah definitives (3rd printing).
And finally, the special imperf souvenir sheet of the bible story stamps available in the show catalog.
I am not looking forward to the bill for these!
Monday, November 15, 2010
On a related note, I was looking up the Scott catalog numbers for some recent issues, and found that the June issues were not given catalog numbers. The April issues were, as were the August issues. Turns out that Scott gets its new issues direct from the philatelic service, and there account ran out of money, so they missed a shipment. Hopefully, they have that resolved and the numbers for the June issue will be in the December Linn's super issue. Since I had a quick response from the Scott's new issues editor, I asked about some other things that I noticed. The 40ag self adhesive definitive was not listed. They actually didn't know anything about the stamp. It was not included in their standing order since it was considered a reprint of the water activated gum stamp. When I pointed them to the bulletin where the issue was offered, they went to get a copy so they could list it. It should get a new catalog number shortly. The editor then asked me if I had a copy of the Gagea stamp without the oval (syncopated) perfs, and the Hyacinth stamp with oval perfs, since they had heard of these but didn't have them. I will be lending them these from my collection so they can be added to the catalog.