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Posted 10/24/2019   3:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Jimbo to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've been collecting U.S. for years and--after considering adding new country for sometime--decided to collect Newfoundland stamps. I found a fairly comprehensive Newfoundland collection which I acquired to help jump-start my new interest.

This collection is in a Scott Specialty Album, but the stamps really need to be re-mounted. While the stamps are very nice, the album leaves a lot to be desired. Besides, I am looking forward to the decisions and process relating to a new album.

What do others recommend about an album for Newfoundland? Stay with Scott Specialty? Steiner pages? Other albums such Lighthouse Hingless or White Ace? Or design and print my own album? I know this is a clearly a matter of personal preference, but I am interested in what others who specialize in Newfoundland have found most attractive and the best to work with.

If I do decide to design and print my own, what resources are out there which I may consult and consider to help me in the design and layout? Such as online pdf files of other Newfoundland collections.

Secondly, what catalog(s) do Newfoundland specialists rely on? I found one eBook online by John Walsh entitled Walsh 2020 Newfoundland Specialized Stamp Catalogue. This seems comprehensive and definitive by its description. Is this recommended?

It appears that John Walsh may use a different numbering system than Scott, though I am not certain about that. I presume that the Scott numbering system is still the one to use.

What other literature or catalogs are also recommended?

I have relied on Scott Specialized Catalogue of U.S. Stamps for my U.S. collecting. I know there is not a similar volume from Scott for Newfoundland--but do people who collect Newfoundland at least get the volume of the Scott Standard Catalogue that includes Newfoundland?

Speaking of John Walsh--there is also an eBook consisting of the Newfoundland Specialized Album. I am wondering if this is the album which I might use. Has anyone used this or have any comments about it?

I'm excited about this new collection and I am especially interested in having an attractive album presentation and also learning a great deal about these stamps.
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Posted 10/24/2019   3:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Jimbo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I just spent some more time online and discovered Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps. This seems highly recommended. And it uses the Scott numbering system. It looks like the new 2020 edition comes out next month.
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Posted 10/24/2019   4:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add fredcdobbs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
When I jumped into NFLD I went with the Scott Canada Specialty volume 1, if you are just going with NFLD no need for post 1947, the volume 1 Canada stops at 1951. I use the Unitrade from 2000 something,not concerned with pricing just identification.Find an older Unitrade and save a few bucks.
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Posted 10/24/2019   5:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wert to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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It appears that John Walsh may use a different numbering system than Scott,

Correct Jimbo

Newfoundland is one of my collections that get my attention.
Also Tommy on here has a massive collection, and can help along with me.

Unitrade 2020 Specialized catalouge has Scott numbers and will help your NFLD stamp numbering...I am waiting for my 2020 Catalouge.

If you are creating sheets for collecting, you might want to use the NFLD emblem shown below.




You might want to start a sheet for forgeries also..Below is one of my sheets for an example.



Newfoundland is some times more involved than some Canadian stamp...Some stamps have up to 13 different perforations for just one stamp...

Hey JIMBO..Enjoy and post what ever you need help on...WELCOME to the forum.

Robert

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Posted 10/24/2019   5:29 pm  Show Profile Check Stamps1962's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Stamps1962 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
http://www.nfldstamps.com/

This is a link to a specialist dealer offering downloads of Newfoundland pages.
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Posted 10/24/2019   5:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not a specialist but have a moderate size Nfld collection, and use Lighthouse pages and a fairly recent Unitrade catalogue, and those meet my needs nicely. If you're truly looking to specialize the Walsh NSSC would be good to get.
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Posted 10/24/2019   6:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add archerg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If you enjoy a plunge into the "deep end of the pool" too, Walsh's NSSC will not disappoint.
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Posted 10/24/2019   10:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chasa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Newfoundland perfins and revenues are a great challenge - they did not have precancels.
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Posted 10/24/2019   10:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wert to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There were no precanceled stamps made with Newfoundland issues; however, Canadian precanceled stamps were available and used in Newfoundland.

Robert
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Posted 10/26/2019   12:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Jimbo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for everyone's advice.

I purchased and I am just now looking at the 2020 Newfoundland Specialized Stamp Catalogue by Walsh. It is amazing with the amount of information (856 pages!).

I decided to also purchase the Newfoundland Specialized Stamp Album 2014--again by John Walsh. I think I am going to design my own stamp album pages for Newfoundland and this Album by Walsh can be used as a resource. I do see that this Album uses the numbering system from the NSSC. I may additionally assign the Scott number to my own album.

I saw a comment by Tommy in a post--who I can see is a major collector of Newfoundland stamps--that Walsh's NSSC is the definitive book. I am glad I purchased it. In the same post, Tommy states that Unitrade is OK but filled with a lot of gaps. He compares the Unitrade catalog to a 1st grade history book and the Walsh catalog to university level.

As mentioned, the Unitrade catalogue does contain Scott numbers, which obviously will be helpful if for no other reason. Though I do see there is additional information in the Walsh NSSC about numbering comparison.

I also appreciate the Bibliography of books and resources listed in the NSSC.

I can see that my decision to collect Newfoundland has been an excellent one with many years of renewed interest in my stamp collecting endeavors.
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Posted 10/27/2019   3:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
jimbo: I missed the heart of the discussion. But want to congratulate in your selection of Newfoundland as a new country to explore.

Newfoundland; and Canada; are secondary interests of mine. My former world wide collection was based on the Parts I through V pages of the Scott Big Blue International album (1840-1965), that I bought around 1983-84. Part I has left a LOT to be desired due to leaving out spaces for so many stamps.

A few years ago, I remounted my entire Newfoundland collection onto blank, quadrille, International pages and placed years and Scott numbers in pencil. Blank pages can be an option for you if you get into shades and other varieties not covered in your printed pages.
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Posted 11/22/2019   11:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tommy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Jimbo,

Apologies for joining late. I only collect Newfoundland (since 1970) and do have a large collection; so I love your post. I am by no means special though, as there are many other experts like John Walsh--whom I know and spent time with recently.

I am biased but love Newfoundland as a collector because (A) the values seem to be growing and (B) rather than chase a broad horizon of countries and issues (which to me is shallow and hamster wheel never-ending imho only no disrespect), Newfoundland requires/leads you to go deep into the earth, the complexity.

Yes--the NSSC online PDF is the way to go. Unitrade is practically useless and forget Scott. I do have a Unitrade handy as the Scott #s track. Don't worry about the numbering because NFLD is dead country and so no more #s (I track both side by side)

In terms of physical mounting--I've explored multiple approaches in the late 1980s but I settled and strongly recommend the lighthouse pages, which have the double (front and back) clear pockets for each stamp. I think its pricey but best as both the front and back are protected and easily viewable. Lighthouse does not have all the issue varieties, so I have either added little pockets or have standard Lighthouse pages at the back. Keep in mind--I only use this for my best stamp exemplar (i keep all the other copies in a standard stock book). I have a near complete Lighthouse album for mint stamps (missing 6 uber expensive ones) I also have a similar Lighthouse album for all used stamps. So two. But I am obsessive. I posted somewhere on this board all my pages, so you can see them--I'll try and find it and re-link it.

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Posted 11/22/2019   11:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tommy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And there are also covers which is my current pursuit--focused mostly now on Winter First Flight Covers, if any one has some to share or sell...


Here is a pedestrian but interesting cover I picked up in Ottawa recently...

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First of all I hope I am on the right forum. I have been making my own pages with lighthouse blank pages, Word, and a HP wide ink jet printer with great results. I have spent a considerable amount of time, effort and money on Newfoundland and based my numbering on the Unitrade/Scott numbering system with the odd NSSC number thrown in for varieties not listed in Unitrade.

I had been using the 2006 NSSC volume and just (1 week ago) purchased the 2022 ebook along with the NSSC Newfoundland Stamp Album ($25 Canadian). I bought the stamp album for reference to see how it was set up (very nice).

It's back to the drawing board for my stamp pages now as the NSSC is so much more detailed. It has encouraged me to get into the perforation variations with the 1930's and up issues. As well, I did not know that the 1919 Caribou issue came in two different perforations.

Most (read all) stamp auctions do not differentiate these stamps by perforation. So I am not sure how I will be able to fill these spaces without time, trial and expensive error.

I really like the way the emphasis of the NSSC Stamp Album and Catalogue is on dates of the issue. It will take a few months of labour but the finished product will be better. I believe the NSSC Stamp Album was created in 2014 and there have been some new updates in the NSS Catalogue since then so I will have to make sure I add any new varieties that have come to light since 2014. Once I get enough posts in and learn how to scan I will share some of the results with you. Really enjoy reading other collectors stories and questions.
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