Stamp perforations and their types

stamp perforationsStamps are made up of different parts: the type of paper, the vignette, the denomination, etc. One of the most important things a collector needs to understand properly is stamp perforations, or “perfs” as they are commonly referred to. There are many different methods of postage stamp separation. This article will explain perforations to you.

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What does «stamp cachet» mean?

stamp cachet
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So what is a stamp cachet? Cachets represent a really fun part of stamp collecting. First of all, though, stamp collectors need to understand what a First Day Cover is (FDC) because cachets are almost always found on them.

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Identify different types of stamp grills

stamp grillAwhile ago in another article, we discussed what a stamp grill is. Now we will help you to identify different types of stamp grills that are known to exist.

First of all, just a quick reminder: stamp makers developed grills in order to prevent the reuse of stamps. The maker embossed the stamp with a special roller. The roller broke up and weakened the fibers in the stamp paper. The cancellation ink could now be absorbed into the paper more. If you tried to wash off the cancellation, the stamp would most likely tear where the grill mark was located because the paper was weaker.

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A stamp catalogue is a necessity!

There are many useful and necessary tools for stamp collectors, whether they be new to the hobby or more experienced. Just think of stamp tongs, mounts, hinges, stamp pages and albums. In my humble opinion, there is another absolutely necessary accessory to your stamp collecting pastime-a stamp catalogue. And I’m NOT just saying that to sell catalogues!

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How can I identify stamp colours?

How do I identify stamp colours?-Part TwoSo … how can you identify stamp colours? That is the question! The first article of this series dealt with why there are so many different stamp colours and why that can make colours hard to identify. The purpose of “How can I identify stamp colours?” is to help you identify stamp colours even without a universal do-it-all guide.

Here’s a quick recap of why colours are hard to identify:

  • Stamp colour age and change with time
  • The human eye sees colours differently from one person to the next
  • An abundance (overabundance?) of recognized shades and colours


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Why are there so many stamps colours?

How to identify stamp colors-image of a color wheel
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When I decided to write this article, I had no idea what I was getting into! Call me naive, but even though I had never seen a stamp colour guide personally, I kind of thought that a reliable one existed which I would recommend to all of you. NOT! So, why so many stamp colours and how can I identify stamp colours?

This first article in a series of two will start by helping us to understand why all these different shades came to exist.

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What is the definition of a stamp plate proof?

Canada #61P Proof Block Of Four
Canada #61P Proof Block of Four

What is the definition of a stamp plate proof? I’m often fascinated to see how many different items are considered collectibles in the philatelic world. Not just postage stamps, but souvenir sheets, booklets, first day covers and plate blocks too. Then there’s all the philatelic material that hasn’t necessarily been used for actual mail service: Cinderellas, labels, and SPECIMENs and die proofs. Add to that list plate proofs.

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What is a SPECIMEN stamp and should I collect them?

Canada Stamp #3Pi - Queen Victoria (1851) 12dWhat is a SPECIMEN stamp and should I collect them? Before I answer that question, let’s take a look at page 58 of the 2019 Unitrade specialized catalogue of Canadian stamps. There you will find all the listings for the 1897 Diamond Jubilee Issue. Canada Post issued this series of stamps to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s rule. Pay attention to one of the footnotes at the bottom of the page that deals with the value of the Jubliee Issue SPECIMEN stamps.

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