Get a nice COVER or POSTCARD from PORTUGAL....


I can send you a nice surprise cover or postcard to your home address.

You can pay by paypal or cash in an envelope.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Having just spent 8 hours flying Sydney Manila (about 6200 miles) I thought I would put the journey time into perspective and show this cover for the flight from Manila to San Francisco (8200 miles) which was with stops at Guam, Wake Island, Midway Island and Honolulu before reaching San Francisco, a journey time of about 6 days and with 60 hours flying time or there abouts, compared to about 12 hours today, in one flight. This was Pan Am’s Martin M-130 flying boat, better known as the China Clipper. The cover shows the special stamps issued by the Philippines Post Office; the 10c Fort Santiago stamp and the 30c Blood Compact issue with overprint PI – US Initial Flight December 1935. There was a special cachet, as shown on the left hand side of the cover, for mail carried on the flight from Manila to San Francisco, and this was on 74,719 pieces of mail. Enjoy your flying and your stamps. Michael

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Euro 2016 Portugal winner's s/s

Hello fellow collectors,

Long time no see... but from now on I promise to update my blog more frequently! :)

Portugal win Euro 2016:
Portugal            1- 0           France

and Portuguese Postal Administration issued a s/s to commemorate this achievement!

This issue is already OUT OF STOCK! :(

FDC '06:
Parabéns Portugal: Campeão da Europa 2016

Do you collect Soccer themes?

Please let us know!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014

 begins on
Thursday, June 12
and ends on
Sunday, July 13

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

perhaps you will enjoy seeing this. From a large letter I received today. Very nice I think Michael where you can fill some gaps in your collection at an affordable price please and enjoy looking

Monday, December 16, 2013

Hello, A Christmas stamp tonight, from Canada because I like it. And, it was another I found while sorting through some stock over the past few days. Issued in 1996, SG 1711, one of a set of three. Of course it reminds me how much I miss the snow. Not!!!! And, it also reminds me to tell you that I now have over 8000 lots in my Bidstart store including this and the others from the issue. I know I bore you telling you about my Bidstart store but how else am I to let you know, especially if you have some gaps in your collection that you want to fill. This last post for a few days I think as have a few busy evenings ahead then flying back to Sydney for Christmas. Will write from there and hopefully pick up the new Australia Christmas stamps while there. Maybe even the Christmas Island issue. Maybe even as a prize for Christmas :-) Best wishes to all and thanks for reading my blog this past year. Michael and if you want to look at the Bidstart store offers just visit and chose the country you are looking for.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

This was always such an active blog. Sorry I have not written recently. Here something for you to enjoy I hope. A cover from my Aviation collection In 1928, Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm arrived in the United States and began to search for an aircraft. Famed Australian polar explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins sold them a Fokker F.VII/3m monoplane, which they named the Southern Cross. At 8:54 a.m. on 31 May 1928,[9] Kingsford Smith and his 4-man crew left Oakland, California, to attempt the first trans-Pacific flight to Australia. The flight was in three stages. The first, from Oakland to Wheeler Army Airfield,[11] Hawaii was 3,870 kilometres (2,400 mi), taking an uneventful 27 hours 25 minutes (87.54mph). They took off from Barking Sands on Mana, Kauai, since the runway at Wheeler was not long enough. They headed for Suva, Fiji, 5,077 kilometres (3,155 mi) away, taking 34 hours 30 minutes (91.45mph). This was the most demanding portion of the journey, as they flew through a massive lightning storm near the equator. The third leg was the shortest, 2,709 kilometres (1,683 mi) in 20 hours (84.15mph), and crossed the Australian coastline near Ballina before turning north to fly 170 kilometres (110 mi) to Brisbane, where they landed at 10.50 a.m. on 9 June. The total flight distance was approximately 11,566 kilometres (7,187 mi) I have some covers in my Bidstart Store and will soon be loading more. Also if you collect Great Britain please have a look at the Store. Some great stamps there, nice quality, well described and at competitive prices. And finally, My cddstamps December Newsletter has been issued. For a free copy just email me at Best wishes.. Michael

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Indonesia and Japan

Hello Fellow Collectors,

Today I'm showing you 2 very nice covers. Hope you like them!

1st cover is from Indonesia!

And the 2nd is from Japan! 

If you guys have any details about the stamps please let me know! Thank you!

Happy collecting!!!