A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzabar


A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzibar... Now what is between? For the world wide classical era philatelist and stamp collector, a country specific philatelic survey is offered by the blog author, Jim Jackson, with two albums: Big Blue, aka Scott International Part 1 (checklists available), and Deep Blue, aka William Steiner's Stamp Album Web PDF pages. Interested? So into the Blues...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Most Expensive Stamps- Haiti to Latvia

Hawaii 1871 Scott 34 18c dull rose "Mataio Kekuanaoa"
On the "Most Expensive List" for Big Blue 
Big Blue Picture
I am approaching the end of the Part IA2 checklist segment for Big Blue, and it is time to summarize the "Most expensive stamps" that cross the $35 threshold in the album.

Fortunately, I already compiled a post for the Part IA2 segment Falkland Islands-Guinea, so I need not repeat that listing. The remainder of Part IA2 -Haiti to Latvia- will be addressed here..

As a reminder..

Previous "Most Expensive" ($35 threshold) lists can be found at:

Most Expensive stamps Part IA1: Aden-Ethiopia


The Canada list (29 eligible):


For the list here, 76 stamps crossed the threshold, with Italy accounting for 31 of them.

Statistics....

• Countries that placed NO stamps on the "Most Expensive" list, AND also had no stamps valued between $10-$34+:

Hatay
Honduras 
Horta
Inhambane
Iraq
Ivory Coast
Jordan
Jugoslavia 
Kiauchau
Lagos

Yugoslavia, with 338 spaces, and Honduras, with 211 spaces, had no required stamps valued @$10+.

 Countries that have stamps valued at $10-$34+, but no stamps placed on the "Most Expensive" list:

Haiti (3)
Hejaz (Saudi Arabia) (2)
Hungary (8) 
Indochina (1)
Inini (2)
Ireland (3)
Italian States- Roman States (1)
Jamaica (1)
Karelia (6)
Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika (2)
Kionga (4)
Korea (9)
Labuan (7)
Latakia (3)

Hungary, with 822 spaces, had only 8 stamps valued over $10. Remarkable.

Recall, any stamp valued  >$10 are listed in the individual country posts.

• Countries that are on the "Most Expensive" list ($35 threshold), with the total number of stamps valued @ $35 and greater, - and then the number of stamps that are valued between $10-$34+:

Hawaii (2,9)
Hong Kong (3, 9)
Iceland (12,31)
India (2,12)
Iran (Persia) (15,46)
Italian Colonies (4,19)
Italian East Africa (1,2)
Italian States- Sardinia (1,3)
Italy (31,91)
Japan (4,23)
Kuwait (1,5)

Comments...
• One would think a philatelic "hot" country like India would have more than 2 stamps on the "Most Expensive" list.
• Persia has 15 on the list and 61 total. The problem (or is it advantage?) with Persia is one can often fill these expensive spaces with forgeries. ;-)
• Italy, with 122 total, is quite expensive to fill for the BB collector.

• Those countries that are not on the lists, because they are not in the current Big Blue. These were dropped in the '69 edition.

Hamburg (0,5)
Hanover (1,3))
Hejaz (Saudi Arabia)- the section cut in ’69 (0,3)
Heligoland (1,6)
Ionian Islands (0,1)
Italian States (These States were cut in the ’69)
a) Modena (1.3)
b) Parma (0,2)
c) Romagna (0,1)
d) Tuscany (2,0)
e) Two Sicilies (2,3)

Expensive stamps of note that were cut include the Tuscany 1852 Scott 1 1q black ($2,500 used), and the 1860 Scott 17 1c brown lilac ($1,000 no gum), the Two Sicilies 1859 Scott 10 1/2g orange ($200 no gum), and the Heligoland 1877 Scott 20a 3pf green & bright red  ($175).

The List....

I am going to be a bit lazy here (compared to previous "Most Expensive" posts), and lump the expensive stamps by country, and then by Scott number. This should make it easier to find in the catalogue. Each country ranking in the list will be determined by it's most expensive stamp in BB's album.

And, if I do not have a "Most Expensive" stamp image for a country, I will attempt to select a $10-$34 valuation stamp to show.

So here we go....  ;-)
 1904 Scott 91 5c orange & gray green "Edward VII"
Hong Kong (3) $300
1891 Scott 52 20c on 30c gray green ($125)
1891 Scott 54 50c on 48c lilac ($300 mint)
1911 Scott 98 20c olive green & violet ($50)
1890-91 Scott 65 20c on 30c brown "Humbert I"
Italy (31) $200
1863 Scott 22 15c blue ($35 no gum)
1877 Scott 38 2c on 5c lake ($40)
1879 (Scott 49) 30c brown ($120 no gum)
1879 (Scott 51) 2 l vermilion ($35 no gum)
1890-91 Scott 66 20c on 50c violet ($47+)
1910 Scott 116 15c scarlet ($55)
1910 Scott 117 5c claret ($140) !
1910 Scott 118 15c green ($200) !
1911 Scott 120 5c deep green ($35)
1911 Scott 122 15c slate ($35)
1912 Scott 125 15c dark brown ($50)
1932 Scott 287 1.75 l + 25c blue gray ($40)
1932 Scott 305 5 l + 2.50 l carmine rose ($40)
1935 Scott 353 1.75 l + 1 l red orange  ($35)
1935 Scott 354 2.75 l + 2 l olive black ($65)
1936 Scott 366 2.55 l + 1 l slate black ($40)
1937 Scott 374 1.75 l + 75c orange ($40)
1937 Scott 376 5 l + 3 l blue gray ($40)
1937 Scott 386 2.55 l + 1 l slate black ($40)
1927 Scott C11 80c on 1 l blue ($57+)
1930 Scott C25 7.70 l + 1.30 l violet brown ($57+)
1930 Scott C26 9 l + 2 l indigo ($65)
1934 (Scott C64) 5 l + 2.50 l olive green ($50)
1937 Scott C99 5 l + 1 l dull violet ($65)
1874-78 Italian Offices Abroad Scott 3 5c slate green ($47+)
1918-19 Offices in China (Peking) Scott 22 1/2c on 1c brown ($140) !
1918-19 Offices in China (Tiensin) Scott 15 1/2c on 1c brown ($140) !
1933 Aegean Islands air post Scott C22 10 l dark green ($60) !
1933 Aegean Islands air post (Scott C20) 3 l olive brown ($60) !
1933 Aegean Islands air post (Scott C21) 5 l deep violet ($60) 
1933 Aegean Islands air post (Scott C23) 12 l dark blue ($60) !
1902 Scott 183 2k deep green , overprinted
Iran (Persia) (15) $150
1886 Scott 65 5k dull violet ($35)
1899 Scott 150 10k deep blue ($100) !
1901 Scott 169 12c on 1k red ($100) !
1902 Scott 180 12c lake/green ($50) 
1902 Scott 183 2k deep green ($50)
1902 Scott 235 1c gray & buff ($150) !
1902 Scott 236 2c brown & buff ($150) !
1902 Scott 237 3c green & buff ($150) !
1902 Scott (238) 5c red & buff ($100) !
1902 Scott 317 2c brown & yellow ($60)
1903 Scott 366 12c on 10k rose red ($40)
1906 Scott 426 10c brown ($40)
1929 Scott 734 2k bright violet ($50)
1933-34 Scott 785 5r dark brown & red orange ($35)
1902 Scott O7 12c on 1k red ($40)
1872-73 Scott 10 1s blue, wove
"Imperial Crest and Branches of Kiri Tree"
Japan (4) $130
1925 Scott 193 20s  silver & gray green  ($35)
1927 Scott 200 6s carmine rose ($45)
1927 Scott 201 10s blue ($45) 
1936 Scott 229 10s dull green ($130)!
1930 Scott 157 20a rose red & salmon
"The Dash for Thing"
Iceland (12) $125
1882-98 Scott 17 20a blue ($60)
1882-98 Scott 18 40a red violet ($47+)
1930 Scott 157 20a rose red & salmon ($47+)
1932 Scott 175 75a greenish blue ($35)
1931-33 Scott 186 2k chocolate & dark green ($90)
1939 Scott 216 2k dark gray  ( $62+)
1940 (Scott 235 2k dark gray) overprinted "1940" ( $125)
1901 Scott Scott O11 4a gray ($40)
1928 Scott C2 50a gray & violet, overprinted ($70)
1930 Scott C6 35a olive green & brown ($55)
1930 Scott C7 50a deep green & deep blue ($55)
1930 Scott C8 1k olive green & dark red ($55)
1923-24 Scott 9 6a bister "George V"
Kuwait (1) $85
1939 (Scott 56) 10r rose carmine & dark violet ($85) !
1933 Scott 24 20c dull violet "Pack camel"
Italian Colonies (4) $72+
1934 Scott 48 1.25l blue ($55)
1934 Scott 49 5l brown ($72+)
1934 Scott C31 5l brown black ($52+)
1934 Scott C32 10l red orange ($52+)
1865-67 Scott 24 4a green "Victoria"
India (2) $47+
1904 Scott 73 5r violet & ultramarine ($40)
Jaipur 1931 Scott 28 2 1/2a rose & black ($47+)
1938 Scott 14 1.75 l orange "Statue of the Nile"
Italian East Africa (1) $47+
1938 Scott 17 3.70 l purple ($47+)
1862 Scott 14 80c orange yellow "Victor Emmanuel II"
Italian State- Sardinia (1) $42+
1861 Scott P2 2c black ($42+)
1866 Scott 32 5c blue "Kamehameha"
Hawaii (2) $37+
1871 Scott 34 18c dull rose   ($37+)
1893 Scott 71 18c dull rose, OP in black ($35)
1908 Austria "Offices in Turkey" Scott 49 1pi deep blue/blue
"Franz Josef"; Big Blue's mascot stamp 
Out of the Blue
From Haiti to Latvia, there are 76 stamps in Big Blue valued @ >$35, topped out by an 1891 Hong Kong Scott 54 50c on 48c lilac ($300 mint). And there are an additional 302 stamps valued between $10-$34.

But Big Blue also offers Yugoslavia (338 spaces) and Honduras (211 spaces) with no stamps valued > $10. And Hungary, with 822 spaces, only has 8 stamps valued between $10-$34.

So is the glass half empty or half full?

Preference for expensive stamps, or cheap to fill spaces?

Comments?


2 comments:

  1. Typos: Helogoland, "counties" when you mean "countries" (just after the comment about Hungary and about plus $10 stamps being listed in country lists)

    and Italy Scott 65 is listed that way in the caption but in the list below the illustration you have it as Scott 66--which is correct??

    No need to post this unless it benefits you in the online rating systems.

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  2. Thanks Houghton- four eyes are better than two. ;-)

    The Italy 1890-91 Scott 65 20c on 50c brown (CV $10) is illustrated, but the Scott 66 20c 0n 50c violet (CV 47+) made the list. As I mentioned in the post, I will illustrate a CV $10=$34+ stamp for a country group if I have no CV $35+ stamp to show.

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