From Scott’s Writing by Jay Bigalke
Another catalog season is upon us as we continue the journey of the 154 year history of Scott Catalogs. The 2023 volumes are the 179th edition of the Scott Catalog of standard postage stamps. Volume 1A includes listings for the United States, United Nations, and countries around the world from Aden to Australia. Lists for Austria through the B countries of the world can be found in Vol. 1B.
Because Vol. 1B is a sequel to the first part of Vol. 1 catalogue, the introductory pages are not repeated in each volume this year.
The time we were working on this year’s catalog continued to be interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As for new issues, stamps from some locations proved more difficult than usual to obtain with transportation problems around the world. However, the editors of the Scott Catalog have worked tirelessly to stay as up-to-date as possible.
As was the case for the Scott 2022 Specialized catalog of United States stamps and envelopes, current auction results, dealer price lists and Scott Catalog Advisor comments indicate a stable market that is broadly in line with Scott Catalog values. As always, there are exceptions which are noted by new values in Vol. American Sections 1A. Exceptions are usually for rare items that don’t appear on the market often.
In the classic period, the unique 1852 1¢ blue type IV printed on both sides error (Scott 9a) sold at auction in 2021, and it did not reach its previous Scott value of $50,000. Losing 20% of its previous value, it is now valued at $40,000.
Other values scattered throughout the classical period generally change by very small amounts, some higher and some somewhat lower. One of the winners is the unused 30¢ orange “F” grill (Scott 100), which goes from $9,000 in 2022 to $12,500 in 2023. Some issues of 1880s banknotes, hard to find in very good condition, see slightly higher values assigned.
In Air Post listings, some of the modern errors, both imperfs and omitted colors, have new lower values.
Some modern new issues, especially the forever setenant issues, continue to experience dramatic increases, even though some of them may only be a few years old. Some of this activity could be caused by dealers not stocking as many new shows as they have in the past, combined with an increase in demand for some shows.
An example is the 2018 O Beautiful forever 20 stamp pane (Scott 5298), which went from $30 value to $35 unused. This component was assessed in Vol. 1A catalog at $22, so this one goes up pretty quickly.
On the editorial side for the United States, the 2022 Vol. 1A lists three varieties of double paper 1873-1879, but the 2022 U.S. Specialty Catalog lists 14 of these rare to rare important experimental prints. The other 11 varieties of this type, between Scott 156a and 191a, have been added to Vol. 1A in the form of minor inscriptions in letters.
In the more modern era, three new varieties of shadows have been added to Washington-Franklin problems. These are Scott 442a, the 1914 2¢ lake reel with horizontal perfs; 474a, the 1916 12¢ copper-red foil stamp; and 512c, the 1917 12¢ burgundy red foil stamp. These last two stamps shouldn’t be hard to find hidden in dealer inventory.
An important new discovery is the unperforated variety of the 1923 2¢ carmine leaf stamp from the Bureau’s fourth issue. We thought it existed, but we hadn’t seen it for decades. The sheet containing 13 imperf pairs plus partially perf varieties finally surfaced in 2021, and the imperf pairs are now listed as Scott 554e.
In Officials, seven double paper issues from the same period as postage double paper issues are now listed as literate minors. These start with Scott O49b and end with O82a.
In the Confederate States, a new major issue, Scott 55X2A, was added for the Marion, Virginia, 10¢ black on blue paper stamp. At that time, this article is unique.
Parcel post stamps for Algeria have been added for the first time to Vol. 1 catalog. These stamps, Scott Q1-Q225, include almost six pages of listings and were a serious undertaking to organize and list. Algerian stamp values were also reviewed and a mix of increases and decreases noted.
Bolivia was reviewed with approximately 150 value changes. There have been many increases for footnote sheets.
Albania stamps have been thoroughly researched and over 800 value changes have been made. A number of changes were slight increases.
Belarus received a review with approximately 850 value changes made. Slight increases were noted for unused issues and decreases were made for a number of used stamps that had previously been listed at the same value as an unused stamp.
Other countries reviewed include Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.
Many other countries have received notices which are not mentioned in this letter. We encourage you to pay close attention to the list of additions, deletions and changes to issues in this volume.
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