From Scott Editors by Jay Bigalke
Another catalog season is upon us as we continue the journey of the 153 year history of Scott catalogs. Volumes 2022 are the 178th edition of The Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog. Volume 6A includes lists for the countries of the world from San (San Marino) to Tete. The lists of Thai countries (Thailand) to Z of the world can be found in volume 6B.
This year’s covers feature the 1930’s Fantasy of Flight Spanish postal stamp (Scott C25) from the Goya 14-stamp issue on Vol. Catalog 6A and the 1938 Vatican City stamp of the Statue of Saint Peter of 25 centsimo (C1) from a set of eight stamps on Vol. 6B.
Because Vol. 6B is a continuation of the first part of Vol. 6 catalog, the introductory pages are not repeated in each volume this year.
Much of this year’s catalog review took place throughout 2020 and into 2021. The world has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the effects of it have affected the world of stamps in several ways. Some collectors have returned to collecting, auction houses have seen their achievements increase, traditional in-person stamp exhibitions have taken a hiatus, and collectors have turned to online shopping.
Some of these situations have impacted valuation decisions this year and may lead to further changes as we continue our reviews for the next catalog season.
In Vol. 6, important additions have been made to the Sharjah stamp lists. In addition, stamps from South Kasai and Viet Cong are listed for the first time.
For the Sharjah Truce State, new images and listings have been added for hundreds of stamps. The new numbers cover Scott 97-434 in the regular postage section, C34-C108 for airmail stamps and J1-J4 for postage stamps. This continues a large multi-year project to add stamps and values ââfor these areas.
The Kasai region seceded from the Republic of Congo on August 9, 1960, but established nations did not recognize it as an independent state. South Kasai returned to the Republic of Congo in October 1962. During secession, South Kasai stamps were tolerated in international mail, but the government which authorized them received no diplomatic recognition. There are 29 important new listings now provided for South Kasai stamps.
The Viet Cong stamp issues of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF) and the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) are also listed for the first time. A total of 70 major Scott catalog numbers have been assigned to these stamp issues.
North Vietnam and Democratic Republic of Vietnam stamps have been closely scrutinized for this catalog, and nearly 1000 value changes have been made. Many of the changes were slight increases, but some items have decreased. One notable item was an 80 dong Turtles souvenir sheet from 1989 (Scott 1971) which declined in value from $ 6 to $ 15 in unused condition. The same souvenir sheet, but not serrated, went from $ 17 to $ 25 unused. Many new lists of non-perforated items have been added in Vietnam.
Almost 500 value changes were made to the stamps of the Turks and Caicos Islands after a line-by-line examination. A mixture of increases and decreases was noted. Some of the increases achieved reflect the current strength of the pound.
Vanuatu stamps have been revised and around 400 value changes have been made. A number of early stamp issues have declined slightly, while a few modern items have seen an increase. The 2006 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) souvenir sheet of eight with four designs (Scott 908) went from $ 13.50 in unused and used condition to $ 15 back and forth.
Uganda stamps have been revised with just over 400 value changes made. The colorful set of 12 Independent State of Uganda stamps from 1962 (Scott 83-94) increased in value from $ 18.55 to $ 20 in unused condition. A used set is valued at $ 27.
In-depth reviews were provided for two South American countries: Uruguay with almost 3,000 value changes and Venezuela with around 2,700 changes. For both countries, modern emissions have seen a number of increases in value. The 2004 Uruguay Lighthouse four stamp block (Scott 2061) has been reduced from $ 5.50 to $ 6.50 in unused condition. The sheet of 10 2001 Venezuelan Christmas stamps (1625) increased to $ 32.50 from $ 24 in unused condition.
Almost 700 value changes were made to Vatican City stamps, which have undergone a complete overhaul. Editorial notes have been updated where appropriate with additional notes added as necessary.
Many other countries have received notices that are not mentioned in this letter.
We encourage you to pay close attention to the list of additions, deletions and changes to numbers in this volume. We also suggest that you read the introduction to the catalog in Vol. 6A, which includes a wealth of useful information.
Finally, the new Scott Sstamp Illustrated identifier, formerly included as an illustrated identifier in each volume of the Scott Standard Catalog, is now a separate publication.
The 6 inch by 9 inch soft cover booklet will make it easy to identify stamps while viewing Scott catalog listings without having to go back and forth.
To purchase Scott 2022 catalogs, call Amos Media at 800-572-6885 or visit online.
Scott 2022 eCatalogs are also available online.
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