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What’s new for Volume 2 of the Scott Standard Catalog 2022?

From Scott’s Writing by Jay Bigalke

Another catalog season is upon us as we continue the journey of the 153-year history of Scott Catalogs. The 2022 volumes are the 178th edition of the Scott Catalog of standard postage stamps. Volume 2A includes listings for countries around the world from Cambodia to Curacao. Lists of Cyprus through the F countries of the world can be found in Vol. 2B.

Because Vol. 2B is a sequel to the first part of Vol. 2 catalogue, the introductory pages are not repeated in each volume this year.

Much of this year’s catalog overhaul took place throughout 2020 and into 2021. The world has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the effects of it have hit the world of stamp in multiple ways. Some collectors have returned to collecting, auction houses have seen their achievements increase, traditional in-person stamp shows have taken a break, and collectors have turned to buying online. Some of these situations impacted valuation decisions this year and may lead to further changes as we continue our reviews.

One of the significant updates to this volume is the addition of Carpatho-Ukraine stamps. A total of 110 new major Scott numbers have been added. Carpatho-Ukraine was an autonomous region established in December 1938 within the Second Czechoslovak Republic and proclaimed an independent republic in March 1939. The Czechoslovak government-in-exile was established in Khust in late 1944 and began issuing overprinted Hungarian stamps and surcharged in February 1945. The Soviet National Council of Carpatho-Ukraine (NZRU) issued three sets of definitive stamps in 1945. Carpatho-Ukraine was ceded to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1946.

For the Carpatho-Ukraine section, we would like to acknowledge the contributions of Jay T. Carrigan (1939-2015) and thank Ingert Kuzych and Mark Stelmacovich for their research and assistance with this section which took years to prepare.

Canada and the provinces were scrutinized, and about 100 changes were made. Due to the pandemic, fewer auctions of Canadian equipment have taken place compared to previous years. For Newfoundland, two new listings (Scott 26a and 48c) were added for cover values ​​where the major number stamp was used as a half (bisect) on the cover.

Chile was reviewed and approximately 300 value changes, mostly increases, were made. One of the increases was for the February 1985 issue of Flora and Fauna. This block of 12 ten-peso stamps (Scott 686) increased in used condition from $12.50 to $20. The values ​​of similar stamps issued in subsequent years also increased slightly.

China, the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the People’s Republic of China were closely scrutinized for this volume with 80, 1,300 and 700 value changes respectively. For the People’s Republic of China, a number of post-2000 stamp issues with miniature sheets were annotated and rated for the first time.

There were 75 value changes for Colombia stamps, many of which were increases. Some more modern materials prove difficult to find as collectors work to complete collections.

Costa Rica has had about 750 changes. Many of the value changes for post-1996 issues were small increases. For example, the 2017 Four Bug Sheet (Scott 687) went from $8.75 to $9.75 in unused condition.

For Denmark, approximately 75 value changes were made. One of the big updates for this country was the addition of phosphorus-tagged varieties as minor lists. About 60 new minor letter lists have been added for stamps issued with and without labeling. Some values ​​have also been changed to reflect the distinction between plain and fluorescent papers. A full list of issues added can be found on the Issue Additions, Deletions and Changes page in this volume.

A thorough review of the Equator resulted in over 1,500 value changes, with a mix of decreases and increases throughout. New overprint varieties have been added for one official number and two postage tax numbers: Scott O137a, RA1a and RA31b. Additionally, values ​​have been added for coat of arms overprints (Scott 113 and 114). These two stamps are each valued at $100 in used condition, and Scott 113 is valued at $100 in mint condition. A dash remains for the mint value of Scott 114. These new values ​​are in italics to indicate that the stamps rarely trade.

Many other countries have received notices which are not mentioned in this letter. We encourage you to pay close attention to the list of additions, deletions and changes to issues in this volume. We also suggest that you read the catalog introduction, which contains a wealth of useful information.

Finally, the new Scott Illustrated Stamp Identifier, formerly included as an illustrated identifier in every volume of the Scott Standard Catalog, is now a separate publication. The 6 inch by 9 inch softcover booklet will make it easy to identify stamps when viewing Scott catalog listings without having to go back and forth.

To purchase Scott 2022 catalogs and ID, call Amos Media at 800-572-6885 or visit Amos Advantage online. Scott 2022 e-catalogs are also available online.

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