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What’s new for Volume 5 of the Scott Standard 2022 Catalog?

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 5A includes listings for countries around the world from Namibia to the Philippines. Lists for the Pitcairn Islands via Samoa are in Volume 5B.

Because Vol. 5B is a sequel to the first part of Vol. 5 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.

Nicaragua has come under intense scrutiny this catalog season and nearly 3,000 value changes have been made throughout. A significant number of changes reflected augmentations and the strength of more modern items. The 1994 sheet of 16 Dinosaurs stamps (Scott 2041) was reduced from $9.50 to $16 in unused condition, and the 2019 Managua 200th Anniversary sheet of eight was reduced to $12 from $8.25 unused.

A few sets of stamps issued in 1990 during a period of monetary reform were previously listed and illustrated in the catalog with values, but without catalog numbers. Issues have been reserved and added for this year’s catalogue. Additionally, a number of previously footnoted items have been located and listed in the Scott New Issues Update section posted in Linn Stamp News. These listings now appear in the catalog.

Panama was reviewed with approximately 1,250 value changes made. Most of these changes were slight increases. For example, the 1967 Famous Artists Six-Sheet Set (Scott 479F-479K) went from $57 unused to $96. Additionally, footnotes have been added to indicate the existence of unpunched examples for selected questions; these notes also provide values. Non-hinged values ​​were also added for stamps issued between the late 1930s and mid-1940s.

Nearly 2,600 value changes were made for Paraguay stamps. There were many increases, and some of them were quite dramatic. For example, the 1968 Currier and Ives 50 Guarani souvenir sheet (Scott 1108) of a series of stamps featuring paintings went from $15 to $50 in new and used condition. A number of stamp illustrations have been updated to replace examples overprinted “MUESTRA”, which is Spanish for specimen.

Peru stamps also saw many increases in value, with nearly 2,000 value changes made in total. An example of a single stamp issue that went up is the 1989 100-inti Express Mail Service stamp (Scott 956) that went from 45¢ to 85¢ in unused condition.

Many minor numbers for various Portuguese colonies which were first listed in the Scott 2021 Classic Specialized Catalog of Stamps and Letters 1840-1940 are now included in the Scott Standard Catalog 2022. The List of Additions, Deletions and Changes to Numbers in this volume provides more information on the new listings.

The Philippines was thoroughly reviewed and approximately 2,800 value changes were made. The changes largely reflected the strength of the Philippine stamp market, with small increases noted for many issues. The 1951 set of three Liberty Holding Declaration of Human Rights stamps (Scott 572-574) dropped from $3.20 to $3.75 in unused condition. A significant number of minor issue lists have been added for souvenir sheets, and these new issues are provided in the list of issue changes.

A line-by-line review of Pakistan took place and nearly 900 value changes, a mixture of increases and decreases, were made. Some of the changes reflect a slight increase in the strength of the British pound.

About 70 value changes were made to the Nyasaland protectorate and a handful of changes were made to the stamps of Oman.

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. 5A, which includes an abundance of useful information.

Finally, the new Scott SID stamp shownformerly included as an illustrated identifier in each 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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