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Posted 10/07/2019   2:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add DaveG28 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've recently come to a new appreciation for the French stamps I have, meager as that accumulation may be. I have a handful from the 1960's and 1970's, and I love the multi-color printings and the engraving. After looking through catalogs, I'm starting to want to collect France from, maybe, 1930 to 1980, Mainly going after the commemoratives. After 1980, they seem to get away from the engraved stamps, and they start to lose me. This could be the first time I go after a country and actually limit the years I want to collect. I have a few stamps from French possessions from the same time period, and they are equally beautiful. I think those will be on my radar as well. I'm also considering a similar attack on USSR stamps, but that'll be a different discussion.


So, will such a French collection be easy to fill out? What can I expect to have trouble getting in that 1930-1980 time frame?
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Posted 10/07/2019   2:46 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
French stamps from that period are, in the main, plentiful and cheap. Most auctions will have a string of collections. Even the more expensive stamps aren't scarce. Enjoy.
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Posted 10/07/2019   2:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nothing easier France 1930-1980 (cheap USED).Mint;it can get expensive.Most collectors in this time frame only go for mint stamps.Blocks,special issues,stamps with selvage ..ect.
For instance you can find on e bay complete sets all mint (1938) for 140$,or (1939) for 85$,(1944) 25$.or (1947) 5$ So it all adds up... Airmails; some are expensive..
Depending on the condition,prices vary also. Some years are costly.
You also have some of the florescent paper stamps which are expensive mint.
This retailer will give you an idea:He's expensive though.
https://www.philatelie72.com/timbre...3-a-450-sc92
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Posted 10/07/2019   4:53 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As I mentioned, most auctions will have a wide range of collections - here's an example

https://www.warwickandwarwick.com/a...ns/catalogue

I'd work on roughly 10% of Gibbons or Yvert CV for most material - Scott's CVs are probably lower.
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Posted 10/07/2019   4:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'd start at the 1924 Olympics rather than 1930. If you're only collecting mint commemoratives then you'll avoid the high face value definitives and the 1936 airmails. If you're collecting used then the airmails are achievable.
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Posted 10/07/2019   7:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add poofo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have just started organizing my French accumulation as well, and think I'll probably shoot for 1933 to around 1950 -- that's the time range for most of my European collection. One question for the experts. For Germany and related things Michel's catalog has served me better than Scott. Is this the case with France too? i.e. Is it worth getting a Yvert et Tellier catalog?
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Posted 10/07/2019   11:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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What can I expect to have trouble getting in that 1930-1980 time frame?

Well-centered small-size commemoratives can be tough, like Scott #294. There are a number of souvenir sheets that are expensive and if you opt for the singles from them, those can be hard to find in the US. Stepping outside the commemoratives, some of the booklets or booklet panes can be very hard to find.

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Posted 10/08/2019   02:03 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
poofo - if you're getting a French catalogue, you should buy Maury (now published by Spink), rather than Yvert. It will give you more detailed information, and is excellent value.

If you want free pages for the entire French area, with catalogue numbers, you can find them here

http://www.album.france-timbres.net/
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Posted 10/08/2019   08:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DaveG28 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Bobby De La Rue: Ok, I like that idea, starting with the 1924 Olympics. And I do intend to collect used.
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Posted 10/08/2019   10:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add poofo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you GeoffHa! I just pre-ordered the Maury catalog coming out in November -- they have it on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Catalogue-Ti.../1912667142/
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Posted 10/08/2019   10:49 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Free, online Stamps of France
http://stampsmarter.com/features/FranceHome.html

Don
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Posted 10/09/2019   4:57 pm  Show Profile Check Stamps1962's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Stamps1962 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have several country collections, some of which I have not done much with recently. I began collecting France a decade or so ago,like the OP on here I was drawn to the attractive engraved issues. For the past couple years I have been using Yvert albums and these display well in those. I love the 'Art' issues and have a sub collection of those. French colonies are very nice to collect; much more interesting than British, colorful and more affordable.
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