I'm wanting a catalog of more than just "first cachets."
Still not cheap, as prices range from $49 to $149 per volume, but all are available at this link:
I picked up one of those volumes off Ebay for $19.99; that was the starting bid, and I was the only bidder, shipping was extra. I already had the selected volumes of the original
: those are reprints. The originals were issued in multiple volumes for each decade, typically 2 or 3 per decade, with the airmail covers in the final volume for each decade, so I just bought those. The originals are widely available on Ebay, and having acquired one of the reprints, I'm not convinced of their utility. The images are larger, but the originals are adequate. The reprints claim to have "updated pricing" but that consists of a single page with a table of multipliers along the lines of "if the original value was xxx, use yyy now;" very generic, and not really worth what they are asking for if purchased for valuation. But I'm simply interested in identifying cachet makers; I can form my own estimate of value from Bidstart and Ebay sales.
The Scott catalog you mention which is out of print is actually of no use for identifying cachet makers. Even if it were brought back in print, it wouldn't really be a catalog of cachets. Maybe I haven't been clear in expressing what I'm looking for. I have the 2002 edition of the Scott "catalog" and all it does is contain an entry for each US stamp
(like a...stamp catalog) with a generic valuation for a cover for that stamp, and then a "pricing multiplier" for various cachet makers. So again, the focus is on valuation, not identification.
Added later: It has occurred to me that the "base" Scott values for FDC's are contained in the annual US Specialized Catalog, and presumably updated. Even if the Mellone/Scott type of catalog is no longer being updated, one would only need the "pricing multiplier" from an earlier Mellone/Scott catalog, applied to the base values in the annual Specialized Catalog, to get estimates of current values. Still doesn't address the problem of identification.
It appears to me that there may well be no catalogs of cachets
for issues after the 1960's. I find that hard to believe, but I'm finding it harder to actually find anything later than the 1960's.
Thanks for trying, though.