We are pleased to announce the first comprehensive illustrated postmark catalog of US Navy ships in Haitian waters.
Volume 4 of Cartes Postales Haïtiennes - Winter 2010 was reprinted and revised. This issue of the journal contains articles about Allen & Ginter trade cards, Künzli postcards, the various Miesler card types, Bohl and Koch, Stöwer’s series on the German ultimatum to Haiti in 1897, Zieher’s varieties, Madsen building updates and Weibel types. This second edition is now available. See our order page to obtain a copy or copies.
For those who have inquired about purchasing copies of Cartes Postales Haïtiennes Vol. 5 – Winter 2011, they will have to wait a little longer. As soon as we have enough requests, we will proceed in making a second printing of Volume 5.
Due to the demand for the 1st issue of our journal, a second printing has been completed in the new perfect-bound format. If you want to purchase a copy of the January 2013 issue, please go to our order page.
This full sheet of the 3 cents stamp is a newly recorded variation of the Estimé-Salomon specimens of 1949. The security punch hole is in the lower left corner of the stamp, as oppose to the sheet reported on February 27th 2013, which has the security hole in the upper center of the stamp. This sheet is in the collection of Stéphane Hillairet from France. (click image to see full size)
Another Haitian philatelic item gets back to planet Earth after experiencing some astronomical sale prices. The laws of supply and demand do eventually take hold over speculation or collectors irrational behavior. Scott 857a had some amazing sales in 2011 and 2012. Several online souvenir sheets sold between $250 and $400 ! This recent sale which had bids from at least 3 bidders saw the souvenir sheet sell at $20.56 (click on price for auction page), only an 8% to 5% value of the 2012 prices.
The common mistake that some collectors make is that because they see that a price in a catalogue has an “–”, they think the item is rare or has a high price. They should read the preface of the Scott catalogue and other catalogues, where it states that it only means that not enough information is available to give a decent or reliable quote for the item. Again, a stamp not being quoted has nothing to do with actual rarity.
Maybe this latest sale will make buyers think twice before paying or offering high prices for common items.