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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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Colored Paper Shortage

I recently bought a new printer and wanted to get some cream colored paper to print stamp pages on it. Well, cream colored paper was in pretty short supply.

I tracked down a local printer and asked them about getting cream colored paper. The guy told me all the paper mills are only cranking out white paper now, and have been for the last 2 years. The only cream colored paper is what’s in the supply chain. Soon as that runs out, wholesalers and retailers can’t get any more right now.

If you use some kind of color paper to print stamp pages, I recommend you track some down and buy an extra ream or two to get you “over the hump” until companies start cranking out colored paper again.

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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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A Simple Border I Put Together

Here is a simple border I hacked together that I hope people can use for their stamp pages:

At the link below you can download the Scribus file, a PDF, an SVG and a JPG file.

I designed the page US Letter with 15 mm borders on all sides.

This border DOES NOT scale well. If you need to rescale it, I STRONGLY SUGGEST you open the Scribus file, ungroup the border and resize each of the 3 boxes that make up the border to the size you need. That will give you the best results.

If you want to recreate the border on your own, here is what I did:

  • The outer box has a 0.1 mm line width
  • The middle box is 2mm smaller on each side than the outer box. Its line width is 0.75 mm and is 50% grey
  • The inner box has a 0.1mm line width and is 2mm smaller on all sides than the middle box.
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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:

Please read page 4 for printing instructions.

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My Ukrainian Ebay Seller is Back, and He Gave Me a Great Deal on the Moskva Stamps

Soon as they come in, I’ll make pages ASAP. I know some people are only collecting this one stamp, so let’s make them happy.

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Flags of our Nation Update

WAY BACK in 2012, I posted some pages for the Stamps of our Nation coil stamps. Well, those stamps only included the first 5 sets of stamps, because they had not released the 6th set it, and I didn’t know there was going to be a 6th set.

So I have corrected that problem with a new release that includes all 6 sets of stamps.

You can find it on my Google Drive here:

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Russian Warship, Go F*** Yourself! Stamp

There seems to be a lot of interest in this stamp, for obvious reasons.

If people want me to make sheets of just the F and W stamps with and without the Moskva, I need some help.

Please place the stamps in a mount and give me the exact measurements of the mount and I can put a sheet together.

For the stamps without the Moskva, I would want the stamp with the label still attached.

I can do pages for full sheets also, if you stick the full sheets in a mount and measure the mount.

I don’t have these stamps and there are a LOT of forgeries. From what I gather, these stamps were ONLY available gummed and perforated. So, if you have self-adhesive stamps, you have fakes. I am trying to get more details on this. There are a few websites that talk about forgeries, but don’t tell you what to look out for.


What’s Been Happening at Stamphacks

I’ve totally abandoned the idea of making the larger Scott size pages. I liked the idea, but it was so limiting in terms of binder and paper choices.

The 2022 Ukraine pages are done, so now I can focus on the Community US Stamp album.

While working on this album I discovered a few things:My choice of font (Source Sans 3), seems to be very finicky. On some printers it looks great, on other printers it looks horrible. The font depends on your printer driver, and which PDF viewing app you use to print, and which setting you pick. The output looked great for me on my Brother laser printer. But when I printed in on my Epson Inkjet, it looked horrible. Then I used Foxit Reader on my Mac and it helped a little. Then I used Foxit Reader and tried the “best” setting on the Epson printer driver and suddenly things looked almost as good as the laser printer.

This is making me change things. Since I am redoing all the pages to make them match the new format, I changed fonts. Going forward all pages will be available in Source Sans 3 and in Neue Haas Unica. You pick which font you want.

And for people printing double-sided pages to put into page protectors, there will be a “double-sided” PDF available. You can slide these into a page protector, or use some glassine interleaves in your albums.

I want to finish all the pages and release them all at once, so this is going to take a little bit.

On a personal note, I have stopped using cover stock/cardstock. I can’t get the rollers of the printer to grab this paper reliably and feed it through the printer. So, I was getting inconsistent results. Sometimes everything would be skewed ever so slightly left or right, and other times things would be a little lower or higher on the page than I expected.

So, I just bought some 28 lb (70 lb text) paper and use that. So far, so good.


The Best Quality Print Output

I’m extremely picky about the quality of the pages that I print, and I thought I would pass on some tips and tricks I have discovered.

First tip is paper quality.

If you’re on a laser printer, your options for paper are limitless. You can print on almost anything and it will look crisp and clean. But if you’re printing on thicker paper, make sure you set your printer driver to the thicker or thickest setting for paper type. This will make the fuser a LOT hotter and will make sure the toner sticks to the page. I’ve printed on cardstock with the default settings and have been able to scratch the toner off the page. Of course, using a hotter setting will cause the paper to curl more when it comes out of the printer.

Inkjet printers can be a bit trickier. You need a coated paper so the ink doesn’t bleed into the paper fiber and feather, giving your text a slightly fuzzy look. There are lots of paper that specifically says “Inkjet” on it, and will usually give you good results. But I have used paper that says it’s for inkjet and laser, and the inkjet results have been less than stellar on it.

Something else I discovered today is that, on an inkjet, when you print something out and choose “Black and White” or “Greyscale” in your print dialog, things look a lot better, because the printer then only uses the black ink cartridge.

I have an Epson EcoTank ET-2750, and when I print without the “Black and White” setting, the text and stamp images have an ever so slight blue hue to them. The “Black and White” page is just super dark black. The difference to my eyes was pretty dramatic.

But I am picky.

Something else I learned today is that a lot of “tank” printers will use pigmented ink for the black color and dye inks for the other colors. Well, pigmented inks don’t absorb into the page. They stay on top of the page. So, paper you thought you couldn’t use on an inkjet, such as 100% cotton paper, might work just fine if you print in black and white or greyscale.

And the last thing that can affect print quality is the PDF viewer you are using. I’m on a Mac and always used Preview to print my PDFs. Well, for some reason, Preview stopped printing the images on my stamp pages. So, I installed Foxit PDF Reader. That printed the images, and I thought the text looked better. I reported the problem to Apple and forgot about it. Well, Apple has issued 3 updates to MacOS since I reported the problem, so I gave Preview another try tonight. And it printed the images and the text quality looked just as good as Foxit PDF Reader.

Get some paper, some PDF readers and experiment to see what looks best for you.