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Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2022 Supplement Re-release

Michel finally released a catalog number for the November Self-stamp (A 2062). I updated the pages and replaced the existing 7-zip file with a new one with the same name. Grab the update from Google Drive.

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A Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album Experimental Redesign

This is something I am playing with now. Even if I choose to go this route, I will NEVER abandon the previous design. With PostmasterGS’ excellent tool for Scribus, it’s very easy for me to keep both designs going forever.

Here is what is in the new redesign:

  1. The pages are now the same size as the Scott National Album: 10×1½.
  2. The font is now Lexend across the entire album, using different weights and italics
  3. I moved the descriptions to the back of the previous page, so when the binder lays open, you see the stamps on the right and the descriptions on the left.
  4. There is no border

So, why did I make these changes?

  1. Scott size pages let you hold more stamps, and I really like Scott binders.
  2. I discovered the font Lexend a few weeks ago. It’s specifically designed to help you read better. Tests show people read as much as 20% faster using Lexend. It also helps people with reading disabilities, such as dyslexia. I find the font WAY EASIER to read. I’m using it everywhere now. Check out https://www.lexend.com. This website now uses Lexend.
  3. Moving the descriptions to the left helped me make a more balanced stamp layout. It will also allow me to make longer descriptions.
  4. I try to maximize the number of stamps on a page, and the border kept getting in the way on some pages. So, I just removed it. And I liked it.

Now, I know there is a huge barrier to entry here with the page sizes. You need to own a printer that can do 11×17 pages, which is pricey. But that’s’ why I said the old pages will never go away.

So, here is screenshot of what two facing pages look like:

And here is where you can grab this experimental PDF to check it out.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13qBKBnHbhR2-pF_-pLewWGZrigJSNysN/view?usp=drive_link

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So, Andy. It’s now the end of March, where the **** are the 2023 Ukraine Pages?

Well, there are a few things going on here:

  1. I’m still waiting on MICHEL to assign catalog numbers to all of 2023.
  2. I’m a little distracted by other hobbies now. I’ve always been a fan of Role Playing Games (such as Dungeons and Dragons) and am currently obsessed with an RPG called Cyberpunk RED.
  3. I’m going in for carpel tunnel surgery on April 4th, so that will slow me down.
  4. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the 2023 Ukrainian stamps. A lot of stamps about the war (understandable). But there is far less to learn about the Ukrainian culture when so much of the 2023 output is about the War.

That being said, I sat down and worked on stamp descriptions over the last 2 days. The number of stamps issued in 2023 is far less than 2022. So, hopefully things will go faster.

I’m also tinkering with doing Scott size pages and using a new font. I definitely have ADD with my stamp pages. I’m always trying to tweak things and make them look better.

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My 2023 Ukrainian Stamps Arrives Yesterday

Time to get busy writing stamp descriptions.

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MICHEL assigned a catalog number to the second 2022 Self Stamp

I sent MICHEL’s editor an email about the second self-stamp, along with scans that Ukrposhta provided me. They assigned it a catalog number and will publish it their next issue of their Rundschau magazine.

So, expect an update to the 2022 supplement soon.

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Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 1994 Reissue

I just figured out that I messed up the definitive stamps. That’s the only page that has changed:

Files are on my Google Drive:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5nZhycYzltRfmNNU1lDNjVWa2dtZVRmUDJHX0VYYVdzem5fcldJSE1UTGZ5SmhhNlFwWDQ?resourcekey=0-3eyZIovFL3Z5GX4toYyquQ

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Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2022 Supplement

The Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2022 is ready with some minor caveats.

This supplement is PARTIALLY INCOMPLETE because of the following:

  1. The second Self-Stamp, released on November 18, 2022 does not have a MICHEL catalog number assigned yet
  2. The Bakhmut and Kremenchuk 2022 definitives also do not have a MICHEL catalog number. But since these stamps are a previous design with just the year microprint changed, I
    have a really good guess as to what the number is going to be, so I inserted my best-guess number.

As usual, there are US Letter and A4 sized pages. But this year, I have been experimenting with Scott Nation size paper, which is 10″x11½”. With these pages I completely changed the layout and the fonts. This is more a “technical preview” than anything else.

If you do choose to print these out, you will need to use 10″x11½” paper. If you try to “shrink to fit” in your print dialog box, the boxes will be the wrong wise and the stamps will not fit.

The regular page looks like this:

The Scott size pages look like this:

The Scott-sized pages are obviously bigger, so they fit more stamps.

As usual the 7-zip file with all the stuff you need to print or hack the pages can be found on my Google Drive:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5nZhycYzltRfmNNU1lDNjVWa2dtZVRmUDJHX0VYYVdzem5fcldJSE1UTGZ5SmhhNlFwWDQ?resourcekey=0-3eyZIovFL3Z5GX4toYyquQ&usp=sharing

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2022 Ukrainian Stamp Album Supplement Chugging Along…

I am working on the supplement as we speak. The big holdup for me is that Ukrposhta released two self-stamps in 2022. MICHEL assigned a catalog number for the first stamp released on July 5, 2022.

But the second self-stamp, released on November 18, 2022 does not have a MICHEL number.

Since MICHEL skipped right past it in their numbering system, I can’t even guess what the MICHEL number will be.

For now, it’s going in without a catalog number, and I will release an updated page when this gets an official catalog number.

I sent an email to the editor of the MICHEL catalog a few weeks ago, but have not gotten a reply yet.

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Ukraine 2022 is a Bit of a Mess

I got my 2022 stamps in from BeeUkrainian on eBay. I put most of them in mounts this evening and tried to write down stamp names and MICHEL numbers.

And, the mess begins…

  1. Ukraine withdrew all stamps for sale that had a V or Z on it due to the war.
  2. There are stamps that were supposed to come out in February, and never got released, for obvious reasons.
  3. MICHEL still has not issued stamp numbers for all the 2022 releases.
  4. There are stamps in my year set that MICHEL has not assigned a number to, and I can’t find them on Colnect. The stamp obviously exists, since I’m holding them in my hands now. But I have no idea when they came out.
  5. Ukrposhta has completely changed their postal mini-market. I can no longer see every stamp they issued along with the release date. Now I can only see what they have in stock for sale, and I can’t see release dates.

So, even thought I really want to get these pages done, I have a LOT of homework to do here.

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“Russian Warship, Go F*** Yourself!” Stamp Page

Better late than never! I finally finished the “Russian Warship Go F*** Yourself!” stamp page, and here is what it looks like.

As usual, the 7zip file is on my Google Drive here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5nZhycYzltRfmNNU1lDNjVWa2dtZVRmUDJHX0VYYVdzem5fcldJSE1UTGZ5SmhhNlFwWDQ?resourcekey=0-3eyZIovFL3Z5GX4toYyquQ&usp=sharing

Please read page 4 for printing instructions.