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 4A includes listings for countries around the world from Jamaica to Luxembourg.
Lists of Macau through Mozambique countries of the world can be found in Vol. 4B.
This year’s covers feature the Liberia 1921 25¢ Leopard stamp (Scott 188, from an issue of 12 that shows scenes, animals and people) on Vol. 4A catalog and the Mexico 1940 10 centavo Man at Helm stamp (766, from a set of stamps marking the inauguration of President Manuel Avila Camacho) on vol. 4B.
Because Vol. 4B is a sequel to the first part of Vol. 4 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 have impacted grading decisions this year and may lead to further changes as we continue our reviews for the next catalog season.
For countries included in Vol. 4 catalogs, we have taken a more conservative approach to the number of value changes, although a lot of time has been spent reviewing countries.
For Liberia, about 50 value changes, mostly increases, have been made. Both 1996 butterfly sheets of 12 stamps (Scott 1207-1208) have increased in value in new and used condition. The 20¢ sheet (1207) went from $5.50 to $7.50, and the 25¢ sheet (1208) went from $6.50 to $8.
A number of editorial footnotes have been added to mark the existence of unperforated examples; values were also included when publishers had sufficient market data.
An example is the 2005 Rotary International Centennial set of four stamps from Liberia (Scott 2371-2374) which exists without perforation and has a value of $20. This same set with normal perforations went from a $5 list value to $6 unused and used.
The handful of value changes for Macedonia was a combination of increases and decreases.
One of the slight increases was for the 2005 Hans Christian Andersen 12 denar stamp (Scott 348) which went from 90¢ to $1.35 unused and unused.
A database error in the 2021 edition placed all values of Macedonia Scott 1-126 in italics. The error has been corrected for this edition.
Nearly 200 value changes have been made for Mexico.
Hingeless values were first added to stamps issued from 1941 to 1944.
A number of minor listings for Mexico have also been added for stamps that exist as pairs or multiples with a label where previously only a pair or a pair plus a label was listed.
For example, the 1984 waterfowl stamp previously had a listing for a pair plus a label (Scott 1347a). For this new edition, Scott 1347a has become 1347b, and the new Scott 1347a is a pair of stamps without a label.
The difference in value between a pair and a tagged pair is quite significant for many of these updated listings.
For the example described, a pair is valued at $2.50 and the pair plus tag at $5.
Consult the list of additions, deletions and modifications of numbers for the announcements concerned.
Several minor issue lists have been added in Macau for stamps with different perforation caliber measurements. These lists first appeared in the Scott 2021 Classic Specialized Catalog of Stamps and Letters 1840-1940.
For the Scott 2022 catalogs, the Scott editors paid particular attention to the German colonies.
For this volume, Kiauchau, the Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands were reviewed, with approximately 100 value changes made for each.
Value changes reflected a mix of increases and decreases.
One of the increases for the Marshall Islands was the 5-mark Kaiser’s Yacht “Hohenzollern” (Scott 25) stamp, which went from $140 in unused condition to $150. Used value, which is italicized due to limited market data, fell slightly from $500 to $450.
The Marshall Islands 13 stamp set (Scott 13-25) which includes the 5m stamp went from $167.80 to $179.35 in unused condition.
Many other countries have received notices that are not mentioned in this column.
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 introduction to the catalog in Vol. 4A, which includes an abundance of useful information.
Finally, the new Scott SID stamp shownformerly 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’s 2022 catalogs, call Amos Media at 800-572-6885 or visit online.
Scott 2022 e-catalogs are available online.
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