What is the best online global stamp catalogue?

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What is the best online global stamp catalogue?

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I’m collecting all of the stamps of the world issued in 1977, I’ve got North America and half of Europe so far.

Does anyone know of a free online resource to find all the countries that existed/issued that year and what was issued?

Once I get into Africa/Asia I’ll need to know who existed and what they issued!
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MarkG,

Online, probably the most comprehensive is Colnect https://colnect.com/en where you can search by many different criteria, including year. Some of the information is a little bit confusing or incomplete, but in general it is pretty good.

The only alternative to that is to visit your library and hope they have a copy of Stanley Gibbons Stamps of the World, all 6 or 7 volumes, depending on the issue year.

If you are only collecting stamps from 1977, an old copy of SoW would probably be a lot easier to use than Colnect.

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MarkG wrote: 07 May 2023 12:21 I’m collecting all of the stamps of the world issued in 1977, I’ve got North America and half of Europe so far.

Does anyone know of a free online resource to find all the countries that existed/issued that year and what was issued?

Once I get into Africa/Asia I’ll need to know who existed and what they issued!

Colnect is exactly the right steer when looking for stamps issued, categorised "by one of their many handles"

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Colnect - Top Navigation and search handles

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Extract of the Colnect navigation .... 1977, by Country

So you are looking for 9557 stamp entries, split over 289 issuing entities.

Try doing that with an SG "Stamps of the World" :D

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Brilliant, thank you!
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I agree that Colnect is a great resource !

I am just curious if anyone else is having problems with the site. Over the last several months - it has become unresponsive for me and just hangs and won't let me navigate it. Perhaps it is just me? Any ideas would be appreciate it.

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I will check out ColNet, haven't done that yet.

I have been using https://www.stampworld.com/ for years and been happy with them, though they do not refer to any Catalogue numbers like Scott ect..
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I sorted out my unresponsive issue. Its me not the site
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Colnect is a great site. Their listings are quite substantial, and their descriptions of each stamp are quite informative. Often times I can find stamps that are not listed in certain catalogues. And they also have listings for cinderellas as well.

It is my go to site when I have trouble finding stamps in catalogues.
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Thanks all. I can’t believe I had never seen it before. It’s a great resource and helping me with so much information already.
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Thank you for pointing out Colnect. I’ve been checking out stampworld lately (still a newbie) and their values are pretty close to Scott for the US stamps but they don’t have much info about each stamp. Colnect also places a convenient “sell this stamp” button next to each one, along with some ebay postings.
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Colnect also has a companion app, Stamp Identifier. This allows you to use your phone camera to scan a stamp, and identify it.

I wouldn't say it's 100% accurate - I've had some 'odd' results from it, but it's been useful for quickly identifying a large majority of stamps that I've pointed it at.
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For stamps from China (PRC), try xabusiness.com. Better than Colnect or Stampworld. But only for PRC stamps.
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For Italy, San Marino and Vatican I suggest
https://www.ibolli.it/index.php
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