With more than 15,000 value changes and hundreds of new listings, the 2015 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers is clearly the best single volume reference for classic-era stamps.
• The number of value changes is more than double last year’s total.
• Extensive value activity is recorded for a number of countries, including Italy, Russia and Germany.
• The British Guiana 1¢ Magenta (Scott 13), often called the world’s rarest stamp, is valued for the first time in more than three decades.
• The Colombia Cubiertas are listed and valued for the first time since the 1941 edition of the Scott catalog.
• Listings for treaty port stamps have been expanded to include Hong Kong for the first time.
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Almost 12,000 value changes are recorded in Volume 1, with more than 2,600 of these changes seen in the United States and United Nations listings. In the U.S. Postage section, there are scattered changes, both up and down.
There were 1,200 changes for the U.N listings, with a significant number of increases concentrated among modern issues.
Other countries with significant value activity include the Bahamas, Benin and Bermuda. There are also several notable new listings incorporated in the U.S. listings, including a die-cutting-omitted error of the 23¢ Wilma Rudolph booklet pane of 10, Scott 3436c, and imperforate pair listings for the 1940 Stock Transfer stamps, Scott RD67a-RD85a.
Thousands of value changes were made in Volume 2, with robust activity in both Canada and China. Classic era and superior quality stamps pushed values up in Canada, where more than 1,300 changes were recorded. In China, over 3,500 values changed.
More than 1,000 changes were made in Colombia. Other countries with significant activity included Cambodia, Estonia and French Guinea.
There are a number of new listings in Volume 2. A total of 49 sets and souvenir sheets in the Democratic Republic of Congo are now described and valued in footnotes accompanying the listings for the normal, perforated stamps.
Significant value activity was recorded in Germany, Great Britain and Italy. More than 3,200 value changes were made in Germany. Substantial increases were seen in the early booklet panes, semipostal and air post sections.
In Great Britain, more than 1,000 value changes were made and almost 2,300 changes are seen in Italy. Other countries with significant activity include Iceland, Iran and Israel. On the editorial side, set, never-hinged totals have been added to selected early listings in Great Britain. In Iran, a scarce new error has been added to the 1941 Coat of Arms Official stamps, Scott O58-O71.
NEW HOT ITEM! More than 11,000 value changes were made in Volume 4, which includes countries of the world J-M. Leading the way was Japan, where more than 2,400 changes were made. Other countries with a notable number of changes include Mongolia, with 2,125; approximately 1,450 in Luxembourg, 929 in Jamaica, and more than 1,000 in Latvia.
There are thousands of additional value changes, as well as a host of editorial improvements in Volume 4, so order your copy now.
More than 13,000 value changes were recorded in Volume 5, which includes countries of the world N-Sam. A thorough review of Russia resulted in more than 6,000 value changes. Values are generally up for issues from the 1930s into the 1960s. Other countries with significant value activity include Rwanda, St. Kitts, and Samoa. In St. Kitt’s more than 850 changes were made, with increases for issues from 2001 to 2010. More than 1,500 changes were made in Samoa, with substantial increases for classic issues.
More than 10,000 value changes were made in Volume 6, which includes countries of the world from San Marino through Zululand. In general, the market remains stable, with classic issues and stamps from the last decade rising in value.
There were a large number of changes for several African nations - Somalia and Swaziland had almost 800 each. There was also extensive activity in South America with 1,550 value changes in Venezuela and more than 1,300 in Vanuatu.