The year 2020 was anything but normal as we all know. Frankly, I was distracted from the hobby for most of the period, with the disruption in our usual lives because of COVID.
The reader will note, though, that it didn't prevent Bud and I (Jim) from publishing some 60 blog posts this year. 😎
Still, I did achieve the goal of adding ~50 stamps roughly per month to my collection. The total for the year was 613 new stamps for Deep Blue (Steiner pages), with 85 of them also having a space in Big Blue.
Recall, I collect 1840-1940 WW & 1840-1952 British Commonwealth. The easy pickings are long over, as I have some 51,000 stamps out of 83,000+ major number Scott catalogue possibilities for the era (61%). For specifics, see this post.
How did I do it? Well, as you probably guessed, it was not though browsing Dealer's tables at stamp shows (The shows were cancelled), or through Club stamp auctions (No club meetings).
And, although my plan was to target missing stamps through want lists, I mostly didn't do that either, save for the first and second issues of Hungary.
No, I mostly resorted to my tried and true habit of obtaining country collections/accumulations/albums, and using them as feeders for my main collection.
For fun, let's look at what happened month by month. As there too many stamp images to present in one blog post, I will cover January-July here, with the next post looking at August-December.
(Hungary 18, Southern Rhodesia 24, Tripolitania 8, Japan 1)
The Hungary accumulation will be addressed next month. The majority of the stamps this month (Southern Rhodesia, Tripolitania) were from a selection I obtained from a local dealer a year ago, and now being worked up.
These stamps were on horizontally laid paper."