From Scott’s Writing by Jay Bigalke
Many significant value and editorial changes improve the historic 100th edition of the Scott Specialized catalog of United States stamps and envelopes. Before turning our attention to specific examples, we salute Scott’s Editor Emeritus, James E. Kloetzel, for working tirelessly through the thousands of value changes and hundreds of editorial changes. Kloetzel and the rest of Scott’s editors have been busy adding and expanding listings and making significant improvements to the entire catalog.
There were slightly more value changes for the U.S. stamps than in the 2021 edition. Strong online sales over the past year showed that values were holding up well for most areas of the catalog, with considerable force in 20th century issues.
A similar strength was also noted for the se-tenant stamp issues of the last 10 years. Once the dealer’s initial supply of certain shows dried up, values rose. In some cases, the catalog value is many times the face value.
Various classics used show modest gains, such as Scott 7, 9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 25, 28, 38, 62B, 68, 71, and 77, and several of the grilled numbers, including 118 and 120. Two notable used stamps that show increased values of 10% are the 1857 1¢ type Ia perforated issue (19) and the 90¢ high denomination 1869 pictorial issue (122).
In the 20th century, there are many, mostly unused, stamps that are gaining in value, including Scott 328-330, many Washington-Franklin reels, and 548-550. A big winner is the pair of 1908 Horizontally Perforated 2¢ Spools (321), which went from $600,000 unused last year to $1 million in the 2022 U.S. Specialized catalog. This pair is fine-very fine, the highest quality known for Scott 321, and it appears to be the best known pair of this very difficult problem.
Baseline values hold, and changing values are extremely small increments. The exception appears to be modern federal duck stamps which have seen strong gains over the past year.
In the Essays section, many increases in value are seen, and a number of essays that had been rated with a dash in 2021 now have assigned values. There is a similar pattern in the Evidence section. There are many value changes in the Seals section of the post, as these seals have been thoroughly reviewed for 2022. Most of the value changes are small to large increases, with some decreases.
Two exceptional wrapped postage auctions were conducted in 2021, resulting in significantly more value changes in this section than usual. Some modest decreases in values resulted, but there were many smaller to very large increases.
Unmatched values for the Danish West Indies have been added this year, and the entire Danish West Indies section has been thoroughly reviewed. It is important to read the introduction to this section for the quality of the assessed stamps.
The error buffer market continues to be quite active and a number of values have been updated on this front.
Many important editorial improvements have been made to the 2022 US Specialized catalog. New high quality images can be seen almost everywhere in the listings. Almost all postage issues from 1995 to date are represented now.
Two sections that were previously in the Scott US Specialized have been removed. As a separate book, the Definitive Issues ID means collectors don’t have to switch between sections. The Scott Stamp Values section was previously a separate publication and is returning to this format.
Five new or corrected dates have been introduced for the oldest documented uses, and numerous footnotes have been added, clarified or expanded to make the understanding of lists and values even clearer.
Many inquiries regarding solid glass values are received by Scott catalog editors each year. We started adding these values to the catalog and have completed this project for postage issues from the mid 1970’s to present.
A special Dan Undersander item appears in the Stamped Envelopes and Wraps section of this catalog. The article focuses on modern US envelopes that have received minor new listings due to differences in design quality.
Another special feature, by Gregg Greenwald, can be found in the Narcotics Tax Stamps section. The listings for these stamps have been improved after new research has uncovered new varieties that have been hidden in plain sight for years.
In the official stamps section, the seven double paper printings have been upgraded to minor letters to match the treatment of these interesting and important printings in the 1873 large banknote listings.
The Essays section has been extensively reviewed this year. The interesting history of Scott’s 212 trials expands and corrects the previous listings considerably, with much more information and much more imagery presented. The Reverend Stephen Knapp is the authority on these trials, and his special article should not be missed.
The seals section of the post office has undergone extensive review, with considerable work done by Councilor Bill Barlow. Particular attention has been paid to OX and LOX issues, with new minor listings for blocks of four, added panes and covers, and new and improved explanatory notes. Of particular interest is the discovery and addition of a new Sea Post seal (Scott OXSP2). This New York-Hamburg seal completes the set of two stamps with the previously listed New York-Bremen (OXSP1) seal.
Many new test pads have been discovered over the past year, and these are now listed in the 2022 US Specialized catalog. The discovery of new test stamps has become a regular occurrence in recent years.
The Confederate States lists include two new major postmaster provisionals for Huntsville, Texas, along with mostly minor additional corrections and new explanatory notes.
To purchase Scott’s 2022 catalogs, call Amos Media at 800-572-6885 or visit online.
Scott 2022 e-catalogs are available online. The digital version of the US Specialized catalog may be delayed a few weeks from the October 1 print release date.
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