Page 771 is another one of those pages that has a Christmas booklet with stamps that are annoyingly not available as an easy block of four or a strip of four, without hopping the fold in the booklet.
So, I made a place to put a strip of four that crosses over the fold in the booklet.
Here is what I did:
Get it from my Google Drive Here
And the hacking continues. Modified Page 741 to keep the coil strip together. Here’s what I did:
Files are on my Google Drive
Well, I accidentally had the header for Page 739/740 say 1998 Commemoratives instead of 1995 Commemoratives. The file has been updated. I just overwrote the old one. Old link still works and will give you the new file.
All you need is:
- PMGS SAPG for Scribus
This great program will let you hack together pages pretty quickly with minimal effort. I use is for most of my pages.
PMGS SAPG for Scribus
He has number of YouTube videos up showing you how to use his software to make your own pages.
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:
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:
If you like it, feel free to grab the pages from my Google Drive
I made one small change to the supplement. The 2017 Europa booklet stamp boxes were too small vertically. The stamps require a 52mm mount. I just overwrote the original file, so the old download link will still work for everyone.
Mystic decided to set up the tropical bird se-tenant as a strip of 4. Most people I know collect a block of 4. That’s the way my local stamp store sells them too.
So I hacked the page to make it so.
Download available on my Google Drive
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.
It seems Scribus 1.4.7 was released in April
Go get it here
This is going to be the last release in the 1.4.x series. All further development is going into the 1.5.x branch to get it ready for stable release as 1.6.
I can’t wait for 1.6 to come out.
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.