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Watermarks On New South Wales Stamps - Share Your Research.

 
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Posted 06/01/2019   10:51 pm  Show Profile Check fairdinkumstamps's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add fairdinkumstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Purchasing of catalogues and other philatelic references is essential for the aquisition of the knowledge on this board and the support of catalogue publishers is critical for the continued wellbeing of the hobby.

Although there may be cases where people have spent more on reference material than the value of their collection, catalogues are indicative of the relative value of their stamps for resale so that collectors don't unknowingly give away high-value items for a song.

A specialised catalogue can pay for itself with the discovery of just one stamp, the value of which the collector may have otherwise been unaware of.
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Posted 06/02/2019   01:42 am  Show Profile Check fairdinkumstamps's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add fairdinkumstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Research update:



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Nice FDS

Your results have made me think I should have a second look at mine. Will double check and report back ASAP.
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Posted 10/14/2019   03:15 am  Show Profile Check fairdinkumstamps's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add fairdinkumstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Members are always welcome to add their own findings to these colonial watermark threads. I will update my spreadsheet if any new data is provided from your collections.

A sample of NSW Two Pence De La Rue stamps:

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Posted 10/14/2019   06:27 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add finches to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
FDStamps.

Quote; "A specialised catalogue can pay for itself with the discovery of just one stamp, the value of which the collector may have otherwise been unaware of."

*Agree with you 100%*.
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How many specialized catalogs should a world-wide collector or casual collector purchase?
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Posted 10/14/2019   07:57 am  Show Profile Check fairdinkumstamps's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add fairdinkumstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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How many specialized catalogs should a world-wide collector or casual collector purchase?


Specialised catalogues are especially useful when a collector has, or intends to have, a sufficient number of those stamps pertaining to the area of study to warrant the purchase. Alternatively, there may be an interest in learning more about the subject matter, regardless of the number of such stamps in one's collection.

There is, of course, no definitive answer to the question of who should buy or how many should be bought.

In terms of probability, the 'world-wide collector' who aims for one of each stamp is unlikely to need specialist literature beyond the purchase of an excellent catalogue to identify their stamps.

The presence of a large number of numeral postmarks in any colonial New South Wales or Victoria collection may prompt the philatelist to invest in one of Hugh Freeman's excellent books so that rarity and other information may be ascertained.

The casual collector may decide to buy a bulk lot of Australian KGV stamps or low denomination kangaroos - in either case the purchase of the relevant Australian Commonwealth Specialists' Catalogue may well turn out to be a very astute purchase.

There are no guarantees as to what lies within any lot or collection - the thrill is in the hunt and it helps to know what to hunt for!

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Hi fairdinkumstamps,
Understood, I agree that if a person desires to specialize in a area that purchasing catalogs is a good recommendation. But I would question the recommendation for many of the readership of this community.

No doubt that many folks are motivated by 'the hunt' but finding a 'treasure' is not something that we can guarantee and the large number of 'false positives' can lead to disappointment and frustration. The attributes we can ensure collectors can glean from our hobby are things like education, friendship, family time and the intrinsic creativity of creating a collection. These things are attainable by collectors of any means, any level of experience, any area of collecting interest.
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51 Studebaker,

This thread brings up another interesting point. How many collectors part with that 'special find'.
At this stage, I cannot...sad.
I feel I would be cutting off my little toe...so to speak. Often wondered if this 'deficiency' is unique to me being fully aware nothing is taken with us on departure.!!
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How many specialized catalogs should a world-wide collector or casual collector purchase?


Interesting question.........
Just appraised my Australian Catalogues.... lost count at 100
over 100 catalogues of Australian stamps.

Something (for me) comforting to have a really good library, no matter what pops up, we can generally nail it.
Most were given, donated, or purchased below $10, the heavy lifters are still absent, being the Brusden White Stationery Catalogue et al.

Also begs the question, where does a "catalogue" definition begin,
considering small 1-2 page dissertations on a particular issue printed in magazines over the years?

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