Stamp News July 2003
Woodchip-Free Zon e
Frugal but nevertheless fun
This month I have selected some stamp issues of the early 1990s . Modern stamps which are common mint (less so used) but take some finding commercially used on cover during their respective contemporary periods of issue . Frugal yet worthy Philatelic items which still embrace the thrill-of-the-chase.
Item 1. 1990 Animals of the High Country 80c used 4 May 1990 for uncommon concessional Zone 5 Greetings card airmail rate (to wife of fellow Stamp News columnist Sel Pfeffer!). The regular airmail rate was $1.10. Value : $12 (off cover $1.50).
Item 2. 1990 Anzac Tradition $1.10 used 10 May 1990 to uprate Postage paid (41c) P.S.E. for Certified mail service. A more unusual use of this stamp which was primarily for aforementioned Zone 5 regular airmail rate. Value : $10 (off cover $1.80).
Item 3. 1990 ‘Heidelberg & Heritage’ booklet stamp 28c. This odd denomination owes its existence to a need to ‘round off’ the face value of the booklet to a convenient sum (in this instance $2) for dispensing via vending machines. It is uncommon on cover and usually comes duly uprated with 15c Living Together stamp to make the 43c letter rate. Very occasionally one sees it as a single franking due to oversight (or perhaps out of frustration!) by the sender, which should of course be taxed by the Post Office which was not done here. Value : $15 (off cover $1.60).
Item 4. 1991 Australia Day 90c used 7 Feb 1991 for hard-to-find Zone 5 concessional airmail Postcard rate (regular airmail rate by then increased to $1.20). Value : $12 (off cover $1.40).
Item 5. 1991 Golden days of Radio 85c used 19 Jul 1991 for 2nd weight step for non-standard interstate airmail letter rate. Due to larger dimensions of articles usually found in such use survival rate of covers is not high. Value : $10 (off cover $1.40).
Item 6. 1991 Pets 70c used 13 Nov 1991 for non-standard rate for interstate letters by surface mail. Another low survival rate item due to oversize. Value : $8 (off cover $1).
Item 7. 1992 Boxlink stamp used 16 Aug 1993 cancelled by the special timeclock datestamp intended for this original service. A seemingly good idea (costing 38c rather than regular 45c) which nevertheless was short-lived, ceasing at end of 1994. Examples used on cover are not plentiful. Value : $15 (off cover $1.50).
Rod Perry has been a philatelic trader since 1962 and a regular Stamp News advertiser since the 1960s. He founded Rodney A Perry Auction Galleries (now Millennium Philatelic Auctions) in 1971. As a collector he has exhibited nationally and internationally. Rod prefers his used stamps on cover and likens taking a stamp off its original cover to converting a tree to woodchips.