From Scott’s Writing by Jay Bigalke
The Scott 2022 Classic Specialized Catalog of Stamps and Letters 1840-1940widely recognized as the best single-volume catalog for stamps of the classical era in the world, celebrates its 28th edition this year.
Although the catalog is usually released in November, it will now be released on December 1 due to a supply chain issue with hardcover material.
Many significant value and editorial changes enhance this latest edition of the Scott Classic Specialized catalog.
We acknowledge the tireless efforts of Scott’s Managing Editor, Donna Houseman, who is the Managing Editor of the Scott Classic Specialized Catalog. Houseman was assisted by Bill Jones, a former associate editor for Scott. Together they have delivered many updated values and significant editorial enhancements throughout the Scott Classic Specialized 2022 catalog.
Since the publication of the first edition, Special Editorial Consultant Sergio Sismondo has worked diligently each year to help editors expand the editorial content and values listed in the Scott Classic Specialized Catalog, and this year was no exception.
We also thank our many advisers who each year offer improvements to make this catalog an invaluable reference work for classic stamps around the world.
An abundance of editorial additions can be found throughout the catalog. Various footnotes and footnotes have been clarified or expanded to further explain complicated listings, and other footnotes have been carefully reviewed to ensure accuracy.
What sets the Scott Classic Specialized catalog apart from the Scott’s six-volume Catalog of standard postage stamps are the thousands of non-hinge ads, cover ads, varieties, pre-stamp postal markings and precursor ads, local stamps and other important features.
New cover ads have been added for Alexandretta, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the Protectorate of Somaliland. Coverage lists have been added for the first time for Syria and Zululand.
Postage stamps for Algeria were added for the first time.
Editorial notes have been added in Andorra for authorized but not issued stamps. Look for these notes after Scott 12 and C1.
Australian states came under scrutiny with thousands of value changes made, including a mix of increases and decreases across all issues. For New South Wales there were around 1,100 changes, and Queensland had just under 600 changes.
South Australia saw around 575 changes and Tasmania had around 250.
Victoria’s stamps showed strength and many values increased among the approximately 650 changes made.
Finally, Western Australia recorded about 300 value changes with mixed highs and lows.
Cameroon stamps have been carefully examined and approximately 20 value changes have been made.
For British East Africa in the section India Stamps Used in British East Africa, new listings, Scott A9-A12, have been added.
Carolina Islands stamp values have been reviewed and value changes have been made to nearly every major stamp listed for this country in the Scott Classic Specialized Catalog. The majority of the changes made reflected slight decreases.
About 50 value changes were made to China stamps. Among the mix of increases and decreases was a slight increase for the 1912 President Yuan Shih-kah set of 12 stamps (Scott 190-201), which went from $1,183 in unused condition to 1 $279.
A handful of changes were made in Costa Rica and Ecuador, and Uruguay saw nearly 400 changes. For Uruguay, there have been more decreases than increases. In general, Latin America continues to be popular with collectors, and the lack of value changes for other countries in this area reflects this.
For France, an important editorial addition for this year was the addition of two local stamps like Scott L1 and L2. Both were issued by the Chamber of Commerce. The first was issued during a postal strike and the second during the German occupation.
German regions – including German East Africa, German New Guinea, German South West Africa, Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Samoa and many more – have come under close scrutiny.
UK offices abroad have been extensively reviewed and nearly 900 value changes have been made. Among the increases was the 1943 East African Forces set of nine stamps (Scott 1-9) which went from $27.80 in unused condition to $51.90.
Additionally, Indian treaty statements were reviewed with approximately 1,500 value changes recorded.
Local British inland mail stamps have been added to the Madagascar listings.
Saudi Arabia stamps saw major increases and new minor listings were added. About 100 value changes have been made.
Unhinged values have been added or updated for Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Italian Foreign Offices, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Somali Coast, Somaliland Protectorate, Vatican City, and other countries.
To purchase the Scott 2022 catalogs, contact your preferred retailer or call Amos Media at 800-572-6885. Also visit Amos Advantage online.
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