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.

If interested just email me at

Friday, August 31, 2007

Israel Cover

Envelope addressed to me

This envelope arrived with stamps from Israel, one of my favourite countries in the world and of which I still need thousands more stamps lol!

The definitive set on here depict the months of the Hebrew Calendar

Day Of Issue:

100 Years Etosha National Park

I thought I would start off by posting a mini sheet and single set of the Etosha National Park which celebrates 100 years as a National Game Park this year. It was declared a Park in 1907 and every year, thousands of people visit there to watch the wild animals in their natural habitat.

  • It covers an area of 22 270 square km.
  • 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish make their home in this amazing park.

Etosha, means "Great White Place", and is dominated by a massive mineral pan that is part of the Kalahari Basin. The Etosha Pan covers around 25% of the National Park. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River. However the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried up. The pan fills only if the rains are heavy and only holds water for a short time.

This temporary water at Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds including large flocks of flamingos. The perennial springs along the edges of the Pan draw large herds of wildlife and flocks of birds.

A San legend tells of how a village was raided and everyone but the women were slaughtered. One woman was so upset about the death of her family she cried until her tears formed a massive lake. When the lake dried up nothing was left apart from a huge white pan.

This is the single set to commemorate Etosha 100 years.

Diana - 10 Years

I remember too well the morning when i heard of her death. I was standing in my kitchen when the news came through. Strange how one seems to think that people like Diana are immortal - silly really - she was human like us - had her good points and her faults.

I post a minisheet that was issued by Namibia 10 years ago.

Wishing you all a good week ahead and happy blogging!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Princess Diana

The People's Princess
(1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997)

Tomorrow... 31st August... will be the 10th Anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, the most famous public person of our time.

For sure not everyone in the world loves her but one thing is certain... no one is indifferent to her and her work in charity projects. Who doesn't remember her pictures in a minefield in Angola, in a ballistic helmet and flak jacket?

For her charity work and for being a mind changer I pay her my tribute today.

I leave you here one image of the set that will be issued tomorrow. It's from a British overseas territory - Gibraltar. For being in black and white I think it's an even more attractive stamp set. I hope you like it!

How many countries in the world do you think will issue Diana stamps tomorrow? Do you consider all these issues to be "speculative stamps"? Or maybe not? Please give me your opinion...
Bye for now!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

From France

From Paris!

Today I'm only posting to thank Rute for the beautiful Postcard she sent me from Paris! I can't believe that she visited so many places in just a single day! WOW!!!

Rute... If you're reading this... Continue having fun for both of us!


Thank you!
(Wish I was there!)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Wakayama - Japan

Hello! Today I'll show you one postcard I've received from Japan. It was sent from Wakayama (the capital city of Wakayama Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan) and it depicts the Kinkakuji Temple... What is that? you may ask... Well... it was originally built in 1397 to serve as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu... Wikipedia is really a friendly and powerful tool, isn't it?... If you want you can read more here.

On the back there were 2 stamps that I think are simple but very nice. Very much Japanese-like, don't you agree?

Just to let you know that this isn't a postcard blog per se but if I find something interesting I'll show it to you all, agree?

Bye for now!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Queen of the Caribees

Today I've received some stamps topic WWF from the country called Queen of the Caribees also known as Nevis. (yes... I also collect that topic! If you have some to trade or sell please let me know...)

Did you know that it is an island shaped like a sombrero?

Bellow you can see the nice cover where the stamps were sent in:

It's the 1st time I see a single stamp from the caribbean of such a high value! 20ECD... almost 6 euro! Have many stamps like this in your country? I sure don't!

And today was full of 1st times... since it's also the 1st time I see the text "Received in Taped Condition" on a cover... is it very common on the covers you receive?

Ohhh... It would be so good to right now be in the Caribbean! Wouldn't it?

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Winner of the Edible mushroom S/S prize

Contest Prize Winner

Announcing the winner of the Edible Mushroom S/S ....

The correct answer is:
Ray Burris

Swantje ... you are the winner!


Tell us where are you from? Are you a baseball fan?

Friday, August 24, 2007

FDCs from Slovenia

Today in my mailbox ... from Slovenia

They're 3 FDCs issued this year 2007...
Thank you Tina!

Hope you like them...

1st FDC: 24 January - Greeting Stamp - Love

2nd FDC:
25 May - Fauna - Butterflies

3rd FDC: 25 May - Slovene Mythology - Elves

Hmm... Elves?!?... Don't they always make you remember Snow White?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Edible mushroom

Contest Prize

Today it's 22nd August... yes... I know that you know today's date! But what you probably don't know is that it's the 57th anniversary of a famous US apiphobic and if you're a baseball fan... than this is one very easy contest! One hint... he was also a pitcher with a 15 year career. Easy isn't it? Well... maybe not... you tell me!

For the 1st correct answer to this email I will send for free the above stamps. They were issued by Romanian Post on 1994 about Edible Mushrooms.

If you are a fan of mushrooms... you can see here amazing photos!

You know what they say... a mushroom a day keeps the doctor away! eheh

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Misguided Postman

From Malta

Hello fellow collectors... what do you think of this cover?

1st: the postman missed the stamps when doing the cancellation ... well... I guess it's a light cancel isn't it? LOL! That's what the sender asked for "PLEASE CANCEL LIGHTLY"!

2nd: the same or probably another postman seeing the stamps without any cancellation mark decided to use the famous "Rollerball pen" type of cancellation...

My question is... does something similar to this happens in your country?

Monday, August 20, 2007

Portuguese Autopsy

The Philatelic Autopsy: Season 1 Episode 2

Country of origin: Portugal

Stamps: No. 4 . Currency: Euro

1st Row:
Left Stamp:
Issued 7 Jul. 2006 in a set of 5 stamps about the 50th Anniversary of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Depicts a painting of the italian early Renaissance Painter Domenico Ghirlandaio (Florence, 1449 - Florence, 1494) named Portrait of a Young Woman.

Right Stamp: Issued 11 Oct. 2005. It belongs to a 4v set on Social communication. This one is about the internet.

2nd Row:
Left Stamp:
Depicts the "Entrudo" (local Carnival) at Lazarim, Lamego and was issued 17 Feb. 2005 in a 5v stamp set.

Right Stamp: Issued for the commemoration of the 50 Years UNO membership. Shows Einstein and at its upper left corner the symbol of the 2005 World Year of Physics. It was issued in a set of 4 stamps and the year was 2005.

Cancellation: Aboboda. Date: 2007-06-25 (also shown on registration label).

Postal Tariff: 0.30+0.74+0.10+0.74 = 1.88 Euro. Correct postage for registered mail within Portugal (50g to 100g).

Hope you have enjoyed episode 2 of my autopsy series!
Take care!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sri Lanka: 2007 Seashells

World Biodiversity Day

This year Sri Lanka celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity 22 May issuing 1 S/S on seashells (4 stamps)... seashell shaped... interesting, isn't it?

Bellow you can see one postally used cover with one of the stamps from the above S/S.

This stamp depicts the Aquatile hairy triton (Cymatium aquatile) ... if interested you can even buy one online or simply see some pictures (here) even though it's not from Sri Lanka but from Mozambique...

See you in the internet sea where we swim everyday!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Winner of the opening ceremony's prize

Hello... How have you all been?

Yes, I'm completely fine after my friend's birthday party... ehehe

As promised in the opening ceremony post (here) I'm announcing the winner of the 1984 - Olympic Games canceled S/S.... sound of drummers rumble... Emmanuel from Nigeria.


Here is the winning text he wrote me
(sorry but I had to cut some parts since it was too big!)


"I started collecting stamps in 1987, while still in junior secondary school. [...] I soon became familiar with the post office, where I could once in a while obtain as many stamps as my pocket would permit. As time went on, I was peeling off stamps from old letters, documents and whatever I could find just to build up a collection. It became quite sizeable, but I must say my ignorance at that time cost me far too much. My thinking then was to paste the stamps in a diary which I did, then I learnt that this act alone had made them valueless. Today I use those diaries as book as demonstration books to introduce the hobby to enthusiasts and for possible exchange.
In 1995, I learnt about the Calabar Philatelic Club meeting which I attended and officially registered as a collector.
My journey has been both exciting as well as exasperating- excitement at finding other collectors wants for exchange and exasperation at failing to meet some collection targets. [...] Learning about the stories behind the stamps and waiting for unknown opportunities is also great. These can be many or once in a blue moon. Stamps have made me well informed, much of the information I have acquired has come from stamps, and there is much more to learn.
During the years when NIPOST hiked postage in my country, it became difficult keeping up with the volume of mail. But today, things are looking up again. The Internet has been a veritable tool box to find, interact with and exchange or swap stamps and other philatelic materials with other collectors. [...] That said, just being a collector is not enough, be an informed one- properly educated on the nitty gritty of stamps, the items that matter and above all how to detect fake or bogus ones. Join the family of collectors.
Philately will cost you because you will need to subscribe to magazines that give adequate information. In 1999 during my youth service, I founded the first NYSC philatelic club in the history of
Nigeria at Katsina State.
Stamps have taken me to new frontiers and I am embracing it with a renewed vigor. [...]
Friends, do not wait on the sidelines to get involved. The King of Hobbies is a world waiting to be discovered. In it, you will find what makes royalty of ordinary people. Today, stamps are a money making venture if well developed and are well ranked in the area of tourism being good ambassadors to introduce the Countries they represent. "

The author can be contacted for possible stamps exchange at the address

Contributor: Emmanuel B Effa


(the email was published by author's request)

Friday, August 17, 2007

Compact Disk... Can you live without it?

25th Anniversary of the Compact Disk
( AKA the CD)

Today I'm leaving for a friend's birthday gathering... you can bet it will be great! Would you care to join me?

But before I go... let me tell you that today is the 25th anniversary of the creation of the CD. The 1st CD was released to the market from the Phillips Germany factory near Hannover on August 17, 1982... who could imagine that those so familiar vinyl records would be killed by the CD format?

A long time has passed... will this format reach his 50th Anniversary? Others have appeared... like the DVD and now the Blue Ray and HD-DVD (with a fierce fight for market leadership!) and yes... you can tell me... CD is also comatose because now we have digital music on MP3 but then I ask you who doesn't love to hear their favorite songs on a nice CD on their home stereo? Well... I sure do!

And what about the stamps... know any worldwide issues about CDs on stamps? I think probably there are some... Have any? Send me some images and there will be some surprise for you in the mail!

Have a great day... and stay tunned!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Hungarian Autopsy

Here is a cover that I've received today...
Follow me on what I like to call...

The Philatelic Autopsy

Country of origin: Hungary

Stamps: No. 2 . Currency: Hungarian forint (HUF)

Left Stamp: Depicts Gabriel Bethlen and was issued on year 2000 belonging to a 2 s/s set about Hungarian history. Since 1 February 1998 his picture is also on the Two Thousand Forint banknote.

Right Stamp: Issued 18 March 2004 in a set of 2 stamps about WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN HUNGARY. Depicts the Hortobágy that since 1973 it's Hungary’s first national park and is the largest protected area in the country and in 1999 joined the World Heritage sites.

Cancellation: Debrecen, second largest city in Hungary. Date: 2007-08-13

Postal Tariff: 50+170 = 220 HUF. Since 1 January 2007 Priority Mail from Hungary to European Countries is 210 HUF so it travelled with extra 10 HUF postage.

Hope you enjoyed this autopsy!
Take care!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Joint Issue Portugal-Peru

Stronger bonds between Portugal and Peru

On 10th Aug. Portuguese Post Office issued one stamp depicting the architect and painter Raul Maria Pereira (Sabrosa, Portugal 1877-1933 Lima). This year is his 130 anniversary.

On the background of the stamp you can see the "Casa de Correos y Telégrafos" (Post Office House) located in Lima, Peru designed by him.

Technical details of the issue:

facial value: € 0,75
size: 30,6x40 mm

I'm planning on making a joint FDC Portugal-Peru so if you can send me unused FDC of the Peruan issue please email me and I'll return with the Portuguese FDC. Thank you.

One curiosity... Sabrosa is also the birthplace of explorer Ferdinand Magellan... His maritime voyage became known as the first successful attempt at circumnavigation of the Earth. And even stranger... "Sabrosa" is also track 8 on the Beastie Boys' 1994 album Ill Communication... Well... I don't like that much of them but who doesn't know their songs?!? Barbara Ann, Good Vibrations, Surfin'USA, California Girls... and may others!! Do people still listen to their music?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Post Office clerks

Why are some Post Office clerks so bloody annoying?

Today I went to my local Post Office to have some of my covers hand cancelled… you know how we philatelists like our stamps with nice cancellations… an there they refused to do it… why?, you ask… and so did I… I was told that from now on the stamps couldn’t be hand cancelled only done mechanically… by those machines that we all know that gives us some badly chapped cancellations… I reluctantly accepted it but of course filled my complaint… I only hope that it was just a bad day for the clerk and if not at least that this measure doesn’t spread nationally. Does this also happen in your country?

But let us forget bad things… that can kill stamp collecting… and talk about some nice things… About yesterday’s topic… Postage & Revenue … I thank all fellow collectors that sent me emails about it… so what was that cover?

GB Postal Stationery - Facial Value 2 1/2 d - Issued 1982
With 2 other stamps performing a total postage of 7 1/2d

Departure Date: London 29 Dec. 1899
Arrival Date: Hamburg 30 Dec. 1899

1 single day... London-Hamburg! WOW!!!!

Thank you Allan for the great explanation on the above Postal Stationery that you have left on Comments section... that was one priceless history lesson on classic GB philately... thank you!

Time for me to go and have dinner... Talk to you later... Lets see what you have to say about all this...

Meghdoot Cards

In response to the topic on the Meghdoot cards, I would like to add that I find these cards very attractive. I have chatted with Raghavendra in our chat room at and in the past bought some of these cards from him. Well, over 100 of them actually .

The question was raised, does Portugal issue this type of card? Well, I can't answer for Portugal, but, one thing that comes to mind when I see these Meghdoot cards is Belgium. Belgium produces cards that are called "Publibel" cards and they have advertising on the left side of them where the right side is left for postage, very similar to the Meghdoot cards. There is a specialized catalogue for the Publibel cards but it is expensive but worth it.

My questions to Raghavendra are : How long has India been producing these cards? Is there a specialized catalogue that lists these and other India postal stationery?

I find these cards quite interesting to say the least.

Happy collecting

Larry Matthews
If it is full of holes, keep it, it might be a perfin.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Postage & Revenue

Hello fellow collectors!

Today I have only this cover to show you...

I won't post anything about its background nor its stamps... Lets just take some free time to enjoy it and I'll be waiting for your comments... Is it a good item? Don't like the stamps but love the cancellation? Or vice-versa? Or both? Let us all know... if you are too shy and prefer emailing... is the route to take!

See you soon!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Nigeria Forgeries


As this is my first post in this blog I'm happy to show your readers 2 covers from Nigeria that I've received recently. The stamps are forgeries (color xerox copies) but this didn't prevent them from having circulated.



PS. It's good to know that you've finally received this huge stamp lot. I'm sure it contains something interesting for all of you.

200Kg of stamps

Good morning to you all...

Today I'm here to let you know about yesterday's adventure... I and some other philatelists from a national stamp club bought 200Kg of stamps in one lot.... yes you heard it right... 200Kg (more kg or less kg!) of must be wondering how crazy these guys are, aren't you? Well... I can assure you that we are that crazy when it's about stamps!

Inventory of the lot!

  1. 140 stamp albums
  2. 530 'ERSTTAGSBLATT' collection each bearing the stamp issue, cancelled by a special First Day of Issue cancellation
  3. 800 covers including FDCs
  4. Postal Stationery

So what does it have to do with me not having posted yesterday?!? It's quite simple... yesterday we all got together to split the lot between all of us! Can you imagine how difficult it is to split such a big lot? None the less we managed it and in the end the smaller lots looked like this:

Mine is the one marked 1 in the image above. I don't even know for sure what's in there since I didn't have the time to calmly go through it ... but there is lots of stamps and other stamps related items so count with other posts in the future about this lot with offers for trade, selling and also for sure give aways!

One special thank you to the colleague and friend that offered his home, food and of course wine giving us the change to pass another day celebrating this great hobby that's stamp collecting!

Now... off I go diving in my stamp box... see you soon!

Friday, August 10, 2007

United Countries of Harry Potter

As promised here is the next cover I've received today...

On this cover you can see one S/S from France - "Harry Potter" - Fête du Timbre 2007

Personally I like this S/S... I've never read any of the books' series because they just aren't my cup of tea... apologies to the fans! But i surely understand all the fuss around them... you can see all the madness of the book release day here ... I saw one or another Harry Potter cinema movie and they were good...

But lets get back to the stamps... There's a world fever for Harry in some Postal Offices around the globe... Another blogger and philatelist friend
*cddstamps* already talked about what happened in the UK with orders for over 300,000 issues... which is a major profit for their Postal Office. The same thing happened in France with stamps, booklets, M/S and S/S issued... like I said before personally I like the S/S above... but some questions arise:

1. Did the collectors buy these stamps because their countries' post office released them to make some easy profit and since they collect all their countries' stamps these ones ought to be bought?


2. Did the Post Offices issue these sets to fulfill the need of the fans and collectors of Harry Potter to have an extra item in their collections without thinking of company profits?

What do you, my readers, have to say about this? Am I being too naive or simply showing to be the Harry Potter fan I didn't know I was?

Please post some comments... or if you prefer just email me... I wonder how many Harry issues are out there... starting to get an headache just thinking about that! eheh

Goodnight and see you tomorrow in another stamp trip around the world!!!

Union of Myanmar

Hello... another day demands another post, right?

Today I've received some letters in my mailbox... I've decided to start with one from Myanmar (Former Burma). What do you think?

1. 50th Anniv. Armed Forces 1v. Year 1995

2. Independence Anniversary 1v. Year 2000

3. Musical Instruments 6v. Year 1998.

More news later! Take care!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Blog Updates

To all of my philatelic readers... Good Afternoon...

Since I'm a new blogger I will always try to update this blog often.

blog news:

1. Joined MyBlogLog ... hope to see you there and if you like my blog please join the community!

2. Joined Top Stamps Site Click Logo bellow To MAKE This The * Top Five * Stamp Websites... if you think it's that good...

Top Stamp List

If you are an experienced blogger and think I should join other websites/communities please let me know by email and maybe there is also a gift for you.

PS. Don't forget that The opening ceremony gift contest [1984 - Olympic Games S/S] ends 12 Jul 07... don't waste any time and email me ASAP.

Bellow you can see a video clip of the song 'Collection of Stamps' by the group I'm From Barcelona... know the band? I sure didn't!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

August on Montserrat


2001, October 10. Definitive Stamps. Fruit.
90c Pomegranate (Punica granatum)


Inside the above cover I've received the new issue bulletin of Montserrat and August will be a month with some nice issues:

- August 31st will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Diana and will be issued one sheetlet and one souvenir sheet.

- August 8th Turtles of Montserrat will be featured on a set of a sheetlet of 4 stamps and a souvenir sheet.

MEGHDOOT Postal Stationery

Indian MEGHDOOT Postal Stationery

Above you can see an image of an Indian MEGHDOOT Postal Stationery on women's health that I've received today in the mail.

1st MEGHDOOT Postal Stationery was issued on 02.09.2002 depicting Rajinikanth (Indian Movie Actor). Have you ever seen any of his movies? If so, let me know!


1. It's priced at 25 Paisa, half the regular postal card price.

2. Half of the space available on front of the card is available for advertisement (images with 4 colors).

3. The price of the advertisement is Rs. 200 per card.

Very interesting don't you think?

I just wonder...

Why doesn't Portugal have similar Postal Stationery fees?

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Rocket Mail

Here are 2 postal cards from Germany with the German Space Society Deutsche Raumfahrtgesellschaft e.V. (DRG) address on them.

This is an area that I don't know much... and not understanding German doesn't help, right? Would be great to receive your opinions about the cards... you know the email Thank you.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Space Russian Stamps/FDCs

In my previous post I talked about a Russian cover and I remembered that I'm missing some 2007 Russian space related items so if you are a Russian collector you may also be the one to help me -

I'm looking for the following:

The 50th anniversary of "Plesetsk" cosmodrome

50th Anniversary of Space Age
Only FDC

Thank you!

Russian Cover

175th Birth Anniversary of
P. P. Chistjakov

Here is one very beautiful cover that I've received from Russia. I really like these stamps. They belong to a set issued 11th May 2007.

7.00 (R). multicoloured. Portrait of P. P. Chistjakov,
(by I. E. Repin 1878).

7.00 (R). multicoloured. Portrait of P. P. Chistjakov,
(by V. A. Serov 1881).

Bellow there's an interesting cancellation that I don't have any information about... If you are Russian and know anything about it please email me at and I'll publish more details here. Thank you!

New 7 Wonders of the World

NEW 7 Wonders of the World

Issue Date:

Facial Values:
Souvenir Sheet 2.95 Euro

The New 7 Wonders of the World have been announced during the Official Declaration ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 07.07.07.

More details at:

Portugal New Stamp Issue - Mafra


Issue Date:

Facial Values:
Stamps 0.30; 0.45; 0.61; 0.75; 1.00; 2.00
Souvenir Sheet 1,25

Tapada Nacional de Mafra (From Wikipedia)

"The Tapada Nacional de Mafra was created in Mafra, Portugal, during the reign of king João V, following the building of the Mafra National Palace, as a park for royal and court recreation.

Covering over 8 square kilometres, the park holds different species of deer, wild boar, foxes, birds of prey and many others coexisting in an unusually rich and diversified natural habitat. A favourite of the Portuguese monarchy for hunting and other leisure pursuits, the Tapada de Mafra took on a noble connotation that has done much to aid its preservation and continuity.

Its natural heritage ensures it is an excellent location for environmental awareness and education programmes. The Tapada is also open for walking, mountain biking, horse riding, archery and crossbow shooting activities."

The opening ceremony


First of all let me welcome all the Posters of the blog because without them there can be no real blog. At time they will talk about their countries’ stamps.

And now a special welcome to all stamp collectors who I hope will enjoy this blog and return often for news.

To you all: Thank you.

And whats an opening ceremony without a prize?

1984 - Olympic Games canceled S/S

To the best email stating the reasons for wanting to receive the above S/S will have his text published on the blog and receive the s/s free of charge. Don't forget your mail address. (ends 12 Jul 07).

Blog Founder : Jose
( )

Collects MNH stamps, FDCs and MCs: topics SPACE/COSMOS and WWF