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Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 1997 Supplement Re-Release

When I first began working on the Tryzub Ukrainian stamp album, I was trying to crank through supplements as quickly as possible. This caused me release supplements with best guesses to what the stamp box size should be.

The halfway through the process, I got a MICHEL license to use their catalog numbers, which made me have to redo a lot of old supplements very quickly.

In all that rushing, I never ordered stamps from 1997.

I corrected that 2 weeks ago, and I finally sat down to put stamps in mounts and get the mounts on pages. And I learned that the boxes on the pages were a hot mess. Some stamps fit inside the boxes, and others did not.

So I redid the whole supplement this afternoon. The only thing new is the size of the stamp boxes. MICHEL numbers and descriptions are the same. If you’re happy with the way things are mounted, then there is no reason to download this and remount.

I overwrote the original file on my Google Drive with the new one.

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Dealing With Mounts

When you’re bored on Easter morning, then you go nuts on your blog.

Some tips on dealing with stamp mounts this morning…

Cutting stamp mounts with scissors is not a good idea. It’s almost impossible to get a good straight cut. Showgard sells a mount guillotine, which is expensive. You can use a hobby knife and a ruler to get a straight edge. But the most convenient thing I have found is to use a Fiskars SureCut Portable Trimmer with Recycled Cutline.

This is only $13.95 on Amazon, and has served me well for 5 years now.

Glueing mounts to pages is something else I have “hacked.” The back of the mount has a moisture activated glue that will stick to the page. This has 2 slight issues: the moisture used to activate the glue might get into the mount and get on the stamp, and the paper you’re mounting the stamp to might curl.

My local stamp store recommends people use an Uhu/Elmers glue stick to mount my stamps. They are 100% moisture free and have a very high pH, so they’re acid-free. And they won’t curl your page.

I used this method for years with outstanding success. But I wanted something easier to use. So, I discovered these: Tombow Mono Adhesive Dispenser.

You just flip up the tab on the bottom, run it along the length of the page, and then push your mount on the page.

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Your Friend, The Hawid Glue Pen

If you’re a collector of non-mainstream countries, such as Ukraine, you may notice that stamp mounts are not available in every size you need. So, more often than not, you end up with a miniature sheet that’s rattling around in a mount that’s too big.

Well, this is where the Hawid Glue Pen comes to the rescue. It lets you take an oversized mount and make it smaller. You open the mount and run the Glue Pen along the length of the mount, close it, apply pressure and then trim the excess mount you don’t need. With some practice, you’ll be able to get a perfect mount every time.

One word of caution. You’re going to really manhandle your mounts. And mounts pick up oils off your fingers like crazy. So, I strongly suggest you wash your hands before you use the Hawid Glue Pen. I shortened two mounts this morning, and got fingerprints all over them, inside and out and spent another 10-15 minutes cleaning them with Windex and paper towels. You don’t want to go there, if you can avoid it.

You also want to get a mount that’s close to what you need in size. You’re shortening one side of the mount., so the split in the back will no longer be in the middle of the mount. If you use a mount that’s too big, then one flap could become tiny and not hold the stamp in securely.

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FINALLY!!! The Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2020 Supplement Is DONE!

Happy Easter! Христос Воскрес!

At long last, I finished the Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2020 supplement. A couple of notes about the supplement:

  1. I changed the way I buy stamps. Instead of getting them from UKRPOSHTA, I bought them from an eBay seller. Because of this, I only had one EUROPA booklet. So, I only made one EUROPA booklet sheet. It’s designed the way I wanted to mount my booklet. If you want a different booklet sheet, look at the notes in the supplement.
  2. MICHEL stamp numbering for Ukraine 2020 stops in November with stamp 1917. EVERY NUMBER AFTER THAT IS MY BEST GUESS AS TO WHAT THE NUMBERS WILL BE. I will release an updated supplement when MICHEL finishes their 2020 numbering. Either hold off mounting anything after 1917, or be prepared to remount stamps.

Here is a screenshot of one page:

As usual, all pages are on my Google Drive.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5nZhycYzltRfmNNU1lDNjVWa2dtZVRmUDJHX0VYYVdzem5fcldJSE1UTGZ5SmhhNlFwWDQ

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Challenge #3

I got all the stamps scanned in last night. God bless my wife for putting up with that.

But now a new challenge presents itself. Michel hasn’t finished assigning catalog numbers to the 2020 stamps. So, I did a “best guess” on what the numbers are going to be. I’m going to make some stamp pages this weekend. Once the supplement is done, there may be revisions, if my stamp numbers don’t match up what Michel comes up with.

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Challenges…

The 2020 Ukrainian stamps are here, and they’re all in mounts. There were miniature sheets I did not have mounts for. This would normally cause a week delay, since I would need to order mounts from globalstamps.com.

Conveniently, I have a stamp and coin collecting store that’s a 5 minute drive from my house AND my son works there. So, I placed an order and asked my son to bring them home. The owner texts me and tells me he’s out of all the sizes I need. But I am welcome to come in and look through his “loose mounts.”

I drive over. He hands me a box and 30 minuter later I find almost perfect fits, and paid the man $3.00 for the 4 mounts that I bought and went home.

Challenge 1 overcome.

Challenge 2 is upon me now. Most of the sites I use to get stamp images are really behind on their Ukrainian stamps. So, I’m going to need to scan the stamps myself. I’ll try to see what I can get done tonight. I was debating going without images completely, but I think that might be an utter failure, since the stamps are in Cyrillic and my pages are not.

The stamps are in mounts, and I can measure them now. That’s progress. As long as the “honey do” list is short this evening, I’ll be scanning stamps.

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My 2020 Ukrainian Stamps Arrive Tomorrow

Rather than order from Ukrposhta, like I normally do, I bought the stamps from an eBay seller in Ukraine. They got here IN A WEEK. In the middle of a pandemic. That’s impressive. Looks like I am going to have a busy week ahead of me.

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Updates On Upcoming Releases

As the pandemic continues, it’s wearing on me emotionally. My younger son turned 18 and is lamenting that his senior prom will not happen, and he basically lost half his junior year and most of his senior year to a virus.

And my parents, 92 and 78, FINALLY, got their first shot of the Moderna vaccine last week. Trying to get them set up for vaccination appointments took up way more time than expected, because they live in a rural area that doesn’t have a ready supply of vaccines.

My wife is still not 100% over her COVID-19 recovery, from when the whole family got COVID-19 back in December, and had it ruin Christmas for us. She’s still tired a lot and is experiencing some brain fog.

So, I have been a little pandemic pre-occupied, which is eating into my free time.

Having said that, here are some updates:

Mystic Hacking

I don’t see myself doing any more of these. I have hacked everything through the year 2003, I believe. Anything after that is just too much work. I may do a page or two on request. But getting 2003-2020 done would be a major undertaking. If I catch up on other stuff I may revisit it.

Community US Stamp Album

I got halfway through the 2005 supplement. I’m pulling descriptions from the US Postal Bulletin. And for 2005, I am really NOT happy with the descriptions. So, I replaced the Postal Bulletin ones by using Wikipedia, and I am not thrilled with those either. So, this is going to take some manual editing on my part. I would LOVE to crowdsource the description writing, so we could all collaborate on the descriptions. But I am picky and don’t want to offend anyone by correcting their submission. I bought a lifetime subscription to ProWritingAid.com and use that for all my grammar checking.

It’s also a challenge to figure out all the definite varieties issued each year. That eats up the biggest chunk of time.

Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album

Back in the first week of January, I put together an order on ukrposhta.ua of all the 2020 stamps. I left it in my cart and did not order it because I was waiting for payday. Of course the first week in January I was still on the mend from COVID-19, and was only functional for a few hours before I needed to take a break. So, like many things that week, it slipped my mind, and they never got ordered. I’m going to place an order this week. The pandemic is adding 1-2 weeks of shipping time to stamps from Ukraine. So, instead of the usual 2 weeks, it now takes a month to get stamps in from Ukraine. Luckily, I can start on descriptions and layout waiting for stamps to arrive. I just can’t test-fit stuff till stamps get here.

Something That Makes My Stamp Collecting Life Easier

Just 5 minutes from my house, there is a great “collectibles” store. The gentleman sells, stamps, coins, paper money, sports cards, and collectible card games such as Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, etc.

He has a very good selection of stamp mounts. So, if I get a stamp that needs a mount size I don’t have, I can usually get what I need after a 5 minute drive. But, even better, my son works there! So, I can text him my order, and he comes home with the mounts I need. This has significantly sped up the publications for me.

Stuff I Want To Do In The Future

I want to get the website off of WordPress. WordPress is a great publishing platform, but I don’t want to have to deal with the WordPress update cycle for a site as simple as my own. I want to switch to using Hugo for creating my web pages. That would require a teardown of the site and recreation. Which really wouldn’t be that bad. There’s a lot of OLD cruft here that really isn’t needed anymore.

I also want to get back into Ireland. I made one page of Irish stamps (my wife is Irish, and I thought she would like it), and then I went on to the most dreaded of topics, the Bird Definitives. I was so frustrated with figuring out all the varieties that I joined the Eire Philatelic Association to recruit help. They told me that the Bird Definitives are a huge PITA, and the different catalogs don’t even agree on them. So, I shelved the idea.

I really want to get to where I am cranking out just 3 supplements a year: Ukraine, US and Ireland. That’s going to take a while to get there.

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Community US Stamp Album 2004 Supplement Released!

Well, it took some time to straighten out all the definitive varieties, but it’s finally done! The 2004 supplement is up on my Google Drive.

Here’s a screen shot:

As usual, files are on my Google Drive:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sz9OHKT-TfNWOnOr2bu4YZpUI38k_973

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Community 2003 US Stamp Album “Errata”

Learned there is one small problem with the pages I just released. The copy I released has the Scott numbers hidden. Well, when you do that, then that leaves people REALLY confused when they look at 4 definitives that look exactly the same with no explanation of what each stamp is. So I did this:

I replaced the original file with this one. Same link downloads the new version.