Mystic Heirloom Page 739 Hack!

Mystic sells a reasonably priced stamp album, for the same reason Amazon sells reasonably priced Kindles: to get you to buy more stuff from them.

When Mystic takes a sheet of se-tenants and breaks them up, they do not guarantee you will get se-tenants in Scott order number, an often times will sell se-tenants as strips rather than blocks of four, because this maximizes the number of se-tenants you can get out of a sheet of stamps. This makes good business sense.

When it came to Page 739, the Christmas booklet presented a real challenge. There are 4 different stamps, but the four stamps are not contiguous either as a horizontal strip or a block of 4. The only way to really get a strip of four, is to hop over the fold and get the fourth stamp. That wastes two columns of stamps. Here is what the booklet looks like:

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As you can see, there’s a lot of wasted stamps, and the “se-tenant” really isn’t a se-tenant, with you getting the fold in there. So, Mystic chose to sell these stamps as individual stamps, and made sure page 739 could accommodate how they sell the stamps.

Well, I wanted a strip of 4, with the fold in it, so I hacked the page to accomodate this.

Here’s what I did:

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If you like it, feel free to grab the pages from my Google Drive

Is there any interest in dynamic catalog numbers?

I may have found a way to read catalog numbers in from an external CSV file, allowing you to insert the catalog numbers of your choice into the stamp pages. This would take a rework of all the pages to make it work. But once done, you’d be able to use Scott, SG, MICHEL, UKRPOSHTA or any numbering system you want. You’d need to use Scribus and a third party tool to do it.

Mystic Heirloom Page 841 – Need Help!

Seems my Heiloom album is missing page 841. I called Mystic and they’re mailing me a new page 841. But it’s going to take “8-10 business days” to get to me.

If anyone has a scanner, if you could scan the page, front and back and get it to me, it would be much appreciated. That way I can at least start hacking pages now.

If you can’t scan, even a cell phone pic so I can read the text would be helpful.

At Last! Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2017 Stamp Album Supplement Released!

This supplement presented quite a few challenges and my time was limited. Here are some quick highlights:

  • There were 2 imperforate stamps issued by UKRPOSHTA: The 8th Definitive Series Miniature Sheet and the Christmas Stamp. The imperfs are on their own sheet, so you can simply remove them if you choose not to collect them.
  • The 9th Definitive Series made it debut in 2017, with 3 different microprint varieties.
  • The Europa booklet was a pain. I give you 3 different ways to mount it. You decide.

Here’s a picture of the first page to whet the appetite:

Click here to get to the files

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2016 Supplement Reissue

My fellow UPNS member Stepan Moskal is keeping me on my toes. It seems the second “Self-Stamp” issued by UKRPOSHTA is brown on color. And the description says it’s blue in color.

Here is the offending page:

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I’ve removed the files from Github and placed them on my Google Drive share where all the other supplements are moving slowly.

Click here to get to the files

NOTE: These files were created in Scribus 1.5.4. You will need to download the dev version of you want to edit the original files.