Wednesday, 13 September 2017


It has been one of those days today, this morning I fell out of bed still half asleep, put the coffee on and boiled my self an egg, I looked for the bread to make toast, I cut it into soldiers and dip (usually). No bread, so a soggy egg on its own is my start to the day.

The Mrs asks me to go to the shops to get some provisions and makes a list. I can understand we needed bread but Head & Shoulders shampoo!!.

I ask her what on earth do we need that for??

Let me explain.

I was cruising eBay sometime earlier and came across something that made me scratch my head, she thought I had dandruff (hence the shampoo)

This is what made me scratch, described as a mis perforated coil strip. Scratch, Scratch, Scratch the seller is asking £20.00 for it. More Scratching!!

Do not be fooled by these I have seen tons of them over the years, the extra perforations on each side are teeth marks from the vending machine, they are worth perhaps a pound each at the most.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Christmas Comes Early


Since the Anniversary Of The Machin we have not had a lot to write about. For those of us who collect new issues there have been a couple of reports of new stamps with a 17 code. Namely a 2nd class business sheet. I think a printing of a 2nd class large MFIL. Other than these it has been very quiet.

October will bring us a pair of retail booklets with the 40th anniversary of Star Wars 2 x different special issues will be included in each of the booklets. The 1st class definitives will not be new, but if you collect booklets these will on your shopping list.

In December (14th) christmas will come early in the shape of another prestige booklet this will also carry the theme of Star Wars and it will be packed with lots of new special issues and a few of the old Star Wars from the previous issue. There will be a mixed Machin pane with the code M17/MPIL.



I have been informed the Machins will be 4 x 1st class, 2 x 2nd class and 2 x £1.40p values. Not that inventive but 3 new Machins is 3 new Machins, the rest twenty six pages of Star Wars, YUK! 

Merry Christmas everyone & happy collecting

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Prestige Booklet 31/07 2017


On the 31st July a new prestige Booklet will be issued, but do not expect any Machin definitives. The last one issued for the 50th anniversary took care of our needs, so it may be nice to have a rest for a short time. At least it will allow us to save a few pounds ready for the next one.

This latest booklet only deals with special issues, not even a country definitive has been added to the fold which is a shame as some people do collect them as well as Machins. Below are some images of the cover and individual panes for those who may be interested







I am on holiday for three weeks, well my family is, they have arrived in mass so I will be busy for a while. During this time if I can post something that will be of interest I will, if not have a nice summer vacation your self . If you are not having a break dont work to hard and enjoy your stamps.