Monday, December 1, 2008

Gifts for the Philatelist In Your Life

The perfect gift for that
hard-to-buy-for someone!

This time of year, spouses, friends, and children never know what to get for the philatelist in their life. Most collectors are just too picky with centering, print quality and other stamp details to put that special stamp on their Christmas wishlist. So what's a person to do?

One gift that most stamp collectors will enjoy, and likely need, is an up-to-date set of stamp catalogues. The Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogues, published yearly, have a well-deserved reputation as being one of the best catalogues in the world. Thousands upon thousands of stamps grace their pages.

Artfully designed with full-color stamp images, the Scott catalogues are a delight for the world-wide collector. It is not an exaggeration to say that nearly very major postage stamp ever issued is covered in its pages. Plus, most entries contain helpful identifying features that include watermark, color, perforation, and printing information.

This year, there have been a significant number of price changes throughout the catalog, chiefly due to currency exchange rates, but also including major price movements of key stamp issues. Anyone trading or dealing in stamps needs to have the most recent stamp values at hand.

Starting December 1st, Stamps of Distinction blog now has a storefront through Amazon.com containing the full set of the 2009 Scott catalogues. Amazon's prices are remarkable and include free shipping (U.S. only) on purchases over $25 for in-stock items. You will find that almost every website that carries the catalogues require a hefty postage and handling cost that inflates the purported savings to a point that you might was well just buy the item at your local store (when you can find them). Not so with Amazon ... not only are the catalogs below the retail price, the free shipping saves you as much as $10 per catalogue over some mail-order bookstores. Plus, if you order quickly, Amazon will deliver the catalogues to your doorstep in time for Jolly Old St. Nick to find them and put them under the tree!