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My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 02 Jan 2012 08:34
by Canada stamper
I like to trade stamps, and I'd like to share some of the lovely stamps I've gotten (and will receive) from trading friends.

No agenda other than to share some nice pictures, find other collectors with similar interests, and maybe make some new trading friends!

I'll also try to post some of the stamps I send out as well. If you see anything you like, contact me as I may have more.

Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 02 Jan 2012 08:36
by Canada stamper
Here are some nice used Europa stamps I received a while back from a friend in New Zealand...

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There are some from difficult countries like Azerbaijan and Georgia!

Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 02 Jan 2012 09:36
by Canada stamper
Here are some stamps I'm packing up to send to Arie:

MNH Birds from Canada

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A few recent Cyprus I had lying around
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Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 02 Jan 2012 10:07
by Canada stamper
Here is the letter - ready to go except it needs an additional 1c postage. Hopefully it will arrive safely.

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Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 09 Jan 2012 14:54
by Canada stamper
A letter for Nasia in Cyprus...

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Lincoln's sparrows and baby Canada geese to accompany the birds inside...

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Hopefully they fly direct!

Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 09 Jan 2012 15:18
by muruk
You might be interested in our monthly cover exchange: http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=33485

Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 09 Jan 2012 15:50
by Canada stamper
Thanks, will check it out. I don't collect covers, but it seems like a great way to get some fun items. :)

Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 09 Jan 2012 18:52
by aethelwulf
The Azerbaijan are pretty obviously soaked off FDCs, but how else to get 'used' (more accurately, 'postmarked' or 'cancelled') stamps from a country like that? :!: I remember going through the price list of Swan Philatelic Imports, a major kiloware dealer in the USA, a few years ago, and for small places like Vatican City, they advised that their kiloware offerings were in fact mostly from clipped FDCs.

Do get into collecting covers; its the next step along the road of philately. Everyone starts as a collector, filling gaps in a printed album, or assembling stamps showing a thematic; then you move on to being a philatelist, adding postal history, imperfs, proofs and other printer/archive material.

Soaked off the envelope, used stamps are used stamps. You've neatly arranged the frankings on your letters, and things like the blocks of birds look quite nice on a neat small-size cover. I used to send covers to a UK collector franked with all the new issues in HK, and would delve into my box of stationery to find nice coloured/textured envelopes, it adds some 'spice' to the album page. 8)

Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 10 Jan 2012 00:21
by Canada stamper
aethelwulf wrote:The Azerbaijan are pretty obviously soaked off FDCs, but how else to get 'used' (more accurately, 'postmarked' or 'cancelled') stamps from a country like that? :!: I remember going through the price list of Swan Philatelic Imports, a major kiloware dealer in the USA, a few years ago, and for small places like Vatican City, they advised that their kiloware offerings were in fact mostly from clipped FDCs.

Do get into collecting covers; its the next step along the road of philately. Everyone starts as a collector, filling gaps in a printed album, or assembling stamps showing a thematic; then you move on to being a philatelist, adding postal history, imperfs, proofs and other printer/archive material.

Soaked off the envelope, used stamps are used stamps. You've neatly arranged the frankings on your letters, and things like the blocks of birds look quite nice on a neat small-size cover. I used to send covers to a UK collector franked with all the new issues in HK, and would delve into my box of stationery to find nice coloured/textured envelopes, it adds some 'spice' to the album page. 8)
I've received letters over the years franked with Europa stamps that I've been loathe to soak off the envelope. When I get a chance I'll scan some of them. I have been thinking about starting something new - this may be just the thing.

And you're right about the Azerbaijan Europa - in fact, many of my "used" Europa stamps from the smaller countries are CTO, it's otherwise almost impossible to find used stamps.

Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 21:11
by Catweazle
Canada stamper wrote:
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Some brilliant looking stamps here, and I especially love that Canadian sheet! 8)

Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 12 Jan 2012 02:11
by Canada stamper
Catweazle wrote:Some brilliant looking stamps here, and I especially love that Canadian sheet! 8)
The Wildlife Photography sheet is one of my favourites - Canada Post does manage to get it right sometimes! :)

Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 12 Jan 2012 14:39
by Canada stamper
When I got home from work today, Naomi was jumping up and down with excitement!

2 items for her in the mail today:

A hopping letter from muruk (muruk, I think you will laugh when you open Naomi's letter - you like the same kangaroos!)...

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with lots of critters inside...

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THANK YOU!! :D :D :D

Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 12 Jan 2012 14:42
by Canada stamper
And a dodo letter from Timbres...

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Also with lots of critters. Here are some of Naomi's favourites:

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THANK YOU THANK YOU :D :D :D

It took a lot of convincing to get her to bed tonight...

Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 12 Jan 2012 15:21
by Canada stamper
To follow up on some of the posts above, I dug around and found some covers that I've saved over the years that I liked for various reasons, some from traders and some from other sources. I'll post some of the nicer ones...

A dragon from China on a pre-printed envelope with additional stamps, and 3 different red hand chops - 1 for airmail, the other 2 for "printed matter"?? Sent to my dad in Canada.

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Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 12 Jan 2012 15:25
by Canada stamper
Here's a nice cover from Ukraine to Canada, with registered stickers from sending and receiving post offices...and trains!

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Sent to me by a stamp seller.

Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 12 Jan 2012 15:36
by Canada stamper
When I started this thread, it was intended to be related to stamp trading, but I think I'm going to go with Wikipedia's definition of "Trading Post":

Trading posts were also places for people to meet and exchange the news of the world or simply the news from their home country

So, it will be a thread for stamp trading and also for me to share some stamp news with you all that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with stamp trading... :)

Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 15 Jan 2012 06:33
by Canada stamper
Here's an interesting cover, sent within Quebec, Canada:

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These stamps were issued in 2003. Canada Post printed 50,000 sheets specifically for the Alaska cruise ship season. The sheet includes 10 self-adhesive die-cut stamps plus 3 non-postage labels. The white spaces on the stamps and labels could be personalized with a photo. The only place you could buy the sheets was on board a cruise ship (or ordered through Canada Post directly), where the staff would also produce your photo on the spot. The stamps were valid for postage anywhere in the world and sold for $12.50/sheet (international rate was $1.25 in 2003), or $19.95 personalized.

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Interestingly, this cover not only has the 2 postage stamps, but also the 3 non-postage labels, and all have been cancelled! You can distinguish the label from the stamp with the same design by the margin inscription "Postage Paid".

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Re: My Trading Post

Posted: 17 Jan 2012 13:14
by Canada stamper
Another letter in the mail today with stamps for Naomi, from lakatoi lover, among them these beautiful butterflies:

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Naomi is having loads of fun, and she will probably end up with some duplicates for trading eventually...

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A big THANKS :D :D :D

Re: "My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading"

Posted: 17 Jan 2012 17:52
by lakatoi lover
Hi Jean,

Good to see Naomi enjoying her new stamps. :D :D

Bill

Re: "My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading"

Posted: 17 Jan 2012 20:47
by muruk
Lovely cover from Naomi arrived today: :D :D :D :D :D

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But those Canadian Santas have absolutely no idea how to harness a Boomer for an Australian run: :shock: :shock: :shock:

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And a nice home-made card inside. Ya! I know that kangaroo: 8) 8)

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But I'm a bit worried about the way that beaver is eyeing off the kangaroo's tail ... especially with its teeth at the ready: :? :? :wink:

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This will all go in my Kangaroo collection ... very much appreciated.

Re: "My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading"

Posted: 18 Jan 2012 01:26
by Canada stamper
Hans - glad it arrived safely. I could have sworn the post office clerk missed the top stamp with her cancel, but she must have gone back after I left and cancelled it again carefully just on the edge.

And, based on that hat, I do believe that's meant to be an Australian Santa! :lol:

That beaver does have a hungry glint in his eye, doesn't he? Hadn't noticed that! :mrgreen:

Re: "My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading"

Posted: 18 Jan 2012 02:16
by aethelwulf
That's a pretty good 'Roo drawing on the cover, better than I can do. :roll:

My stockbook of HK duplicates is starting to get 'thin'; all the stamps I use on mail/parcels to relatives eventually float back to me, but I've been giving them away when I can. I'll see what I could dig up that's animalistic ( :lol: ); can't think of much that's been done here along those lines though. Trains, bridges...oh, birds! The long defin set is all birds.

Send me an email with your address and I'll send off some bits 'n bobs.

Re: "My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading"

Posted: 18 Jan 2012 05:08
by Canada stamper
Thanks aethelwulf, I'll send you an email.

Re: "My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading"

Posted: 20 Jan 2012 15:46
by Canada stamper
Nice registered letter arrived from arie yesterday:

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The planes delivered a super payload of Israel souvenir sheets. A few highlights:

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Thanks arie! :D

Re: "My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading"

Posted: 21 Jan 2012 21:29
by muruk
Looks like the mob became separated in the mail. The rest have now arrived:

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Thanks heaps.

The Polka Dot Roo on the return label also featured on a card inside ... very nice and much appreciated.

Re: "My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading"

Posted: 22 Jan 2012 01:48
by Canada stamper
Hans,

Glad to see it made its way eventually. :)

Jean

Re: "My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading"

Posted: 22 Jan 2012 01:55
by uncadonego

Re: "My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading"

Posted: 22 Jan 2012 05:51
by Canada stamper
uncadonego wrote:Has Naomi seen this thread?

http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=26539
Thanks to you and the many others on Stampboards who have posted very generous offers for young collectors. My earlier post requesting a swap for small packets of topicals for Naomi resulted in her receiving heaps of stamps which she is still sorting through. :) :) So I think she's good for now, will post again when she's looking for more... Thanks very much though!

Re: "My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading"

Posted: 24 Jan 2012 02:28
by uncadonego
Ok, but if anyone she trades with for her topicals wants any Canada used from any era or about 350 US from the 50's 60's and 70's, let me know via e-mail or on that thread. I don't care if she uses them for trading for topicals she wants. That's all just part of stamp collecting. Couldn't hurt to have a handy 1100 stamps for trading. :mrgreen:

Re: "My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading"

Posted: 24 Jan 2012 08:22
by lakatoi lover
Hi Jean,

Just a quick note to let you know Naomi's lovely letter arrived yesterday. :D

When I get a spare minute, I will scan it and post it here.

Cheers

Bill

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 26 Jan 2012 14:55
by Canada stamper
A few things to catch up on!

2 nice covers from nasia with Cyprus Europa stamps - scans posted at my Europa swap thread: https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=32685&p=2522173#p2522173

Packing up some coin stamps for pitronix:

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plus some Germany too:

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Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 26 Jan 2012 14:57
by Canada stamper
A nice packet of animal stamps arrived for Naomi from Singapore:

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Thanks sin! :D :D :D

I'm packing up your ROC stamps - also look for a thank you letter from Naomi in the envelope.

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 26 Jan 2012 15:03
by Canada stamper
Also a small package from hutch arrived in yesterday's mail - Naomi was delighted with the little album, thanks Anne! :D :D :D

Here are some contents (too many pages to scan them all! :) ):

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Naomi's going to be a busy beaver for a while!! Looks like I'm going to have to show her how to soak stamps! :)

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 26 Jan 2012 15:32
by Canada stamper
Here's the letter for pitronix, ready to get some nice hand cancels. :)

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A MNH coin block inside too.

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 26 Jan 2012 16:06
by Canada stamper
Last post for tonight. 101 ROC stamps for sin:

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Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 28 Jan 2012 19:58
by hutch
Got this lovely letter from Naomi. Good flags Naomi...better that I could draw!!!

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and this great stamp on her envelope!

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Have fun sorting out all the stamps you recieved Naomi! I'll put aside more to send you soon.

Anne

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 06 Feb 2012 14:38
by Canada stamper
Here's the cover that Naomi's animal stamp packet from sin came in:

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Some lovely recent Singapore stamps:

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Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 06 Feb 2012 14:52
by Canada stamper
Also some nice Europa items arrived from pitronix last week, posted at my Europa swap thread.

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 20 Feb 2012 13:33
by Canada stamper
Amazing cover from Timbres for Naomi, with a hand-drawn dog to go with the stamp - Thanks so much!!! :D :D :D :D :D

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Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 20:16
by hutch
Jean and Naomi, you need to frame that dog...Timbres might become famous one day!

Wish I could draw like that :mrgreen:

Have some more stamps to send you Naomi in the next couple of weeks.

Hope you are still having fun collecting stamps

Anne

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 23:28
by Canada stamper
hutch wrote:Jean and Naomi, you need to frame that dog...Timbres might become famous one day!
Absolutely!!
hutch wrote:Have some more stamps to send you Naomi in the next couple of weeks.

Hope you are still having fun collecting stamps

Anne
Thanks Anne,

Naomi has been sorting through all the stamps that everyone so kindly sent her. I bought her a big stock book and her own tongs, and she is organizing them by country. There are so many stamps, she's not even halfway through, so no hurry to send more, thanks.

We have also been soaking the ones that were on paper - those Australia ones are a bit tricky to get off, but we managed (except for one which we ripped, oops!! :cry: ). I had a couple of heart shaped self-adhesive from France that we tried to soak - those were nearly impossible. Anyone know a trick for those? I think we will leave any future ones on the paper.

Thanks again to everyone who sent Naomi stamps! :D :D :D

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:54
by Canada stamper
Here are some lovely used Art stamps from France that I received in a trade recently:

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I collect these both MNH and used - one of these days I'll get around to making some album pages to display these nicely.

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 07:56
by Canada stamper
Also got some used Europa stamps in the same swap:

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Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 00:46
by Canada stamper
Kudos to Canada Post for this letter received from uncadonego yesterday:

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Nice US rate stamp on the heavy envelope:

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Nice hand cancel and no annoying jet spray thanks to Canada Post's manual sorting! :) :)

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 23 Apr 2012 10:51
by Canada stamper
A pile of covers from uncadonego arrived ensemble last week:

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Thanks Don, and for the contents too! :D :D

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 23 Apr 2012 11:07
by Canada stamper
These came a while ago from a friend in Israel, but I'm just getting around to sorting them now - my "to do" pile is too large!! :)

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The apparent duplicates are perforated and die-cut versions of the same design.

The 4 stamps in the 6th row are from a sheet of 15 different stamps, issued Nov 2010 on the topic of Animation:

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Some of the stamps are easy to tell apart, but for some of them it's like the puzzles for kids where you have to find the small differences between the pictures... :?

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 08 May 2012 16:24
by Canada stamper
A nice and unexpected surprise from uncadonego arrived in today's mail:

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Thanks Don!! :D :D :D

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 11 May 2012 04:00
by nickmang
There are some very nice stamps in this collection.
I enjoyed looking at them.

Thanks for sharing

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 11 May 2012 04:15
by Canada stamper
nickmang wrote:There are some very nice stamps in this collection.
I enjoyed looking at them.

Thanks for sharing
Thanks nickmang, and welcome to Stampboards! I've had a blast since I joined, there's a wealth of information available and new stamp friends to be made! :D

Re: My Trading Post: Not Just For Trading

Posted: 22 May 2012 15:54
by Canada stamper
Received very nice Europa covers from HalfpennyYellow last week, and inside were these lovely stamps from Malta:

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Thanks very much Matthew!! :D :D