Costa Rica Stamps – 1911 Stamp With Folded Paper

The 1911 issue again! This time is a 1 céntimo surcharge over the 50 céntimos telegraphic stamp (better known and the boat issue) with folded paper. This time is not a 1911 issue’s error directly. Why? Because this error is on the base stamp -the telegraphic seal-.

How do these errors happen? Basically, they happen because the paper is folded by the time the stamp gets printed and being ignored during the quality inspection. This is called natural folded paper.

Stamp With Folded Paper

Once the stamp is printed (the telegraphic stamp on this occasion), the paper is straightened up and then the unprinted area gets exposed. In this item is obvious hoe the base stamp and the surcharge are impacted by the folded paper.

This kind of error is very rare mainly because stamps must go through examination after being printed. This stamp is even rarer because the base stamp could have been used and not surcharged…by the way, we’re glad this didn’t happen.

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Costa Rica Stamps – New Error Reported: Flag Without Upper Blue Stripe

Better known as the “flags issue”, this is the commemorative issue for the 1941 Central American and Caribbean Soccer Championship, with Scott numbers 201-208. It consists of the base engraved in different colors and then the flags from the participant countries were lithographed.

There are several errors and varieties known for this issue, for example, shifted colors, ink excess, and mirror impressions. But until now there were no known errors of color from a flag being partially removed. Sounds weird, of course, it does! And it happened on the 5 céntimos stamp. Specifically on position number 94. The stamp, for any configuration reason in the final die, has the Costa Rica flag without the upper blue stripe.

Flag Without Upper Blue Stripe

Is this error constant? Very good question! From what I was able to investigate (with the available panes) is that on the panes from the other values this error is not present, but this doesn’t discard it to be present on more 5 céntimos panes. If you have material from this issue, I’d appreciate to let me know if you find this error.

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Make sure to review our tips for stamp collecting in the XXI century.

To keep your stamps and postcards safe from stains and getting damaged we recommend Lighthouse stock books.

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Stamp Magnifying Lamp Desk Clamp-Mount 90 SMD LED Adjustable Spring-Arm

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Manual perforation measurement gauge which has a really low price.

Electronic perforation measurement gauge, that has a higher price but is easier to measure perforations.

Postcard with Mixed Franking 1910 Issue and 1911 Surcharge/Overprint

Postcards with mixed franking from this period are really hard to find.

Some time ago I was lucky enough to find an amazing postcard with mixed franking from the 1910 issue, one surcharge and one overprint from 1911.

It’s very common to find postcards with either stamps from the 1910 issue or with 1911 overprints. However, postcards with 1911 surcharges or mixed franking are very elusive.

In this case, I’m talking about a postcard sent from San Jose to Milan, Italy on November 23rd, 1911. It has a hand stamp that reads via New Orleans. The postcard depicts a view from San Jose’s central avenue (avenida central).

postcard with mixed franking
postcard with mixed franking

The stamps used on this postcard are: Scott 69, 1910’s issue 1 centimo stamp; Scott 80, 1911 overprint over 1907’s 2 centimos stamp and Scott 86, 2 centimos surcharge over 10 centimos telegraph stamp.

Make sure sure to visit the ultimate stamp collecting supplies list.

Make sure to review our tips for stamp collecting in the XXI century.

To keep your stamps and postcards safe from stains and getting damaged we recommend Lighthouse stock books.

Stamp Magnifying Microscope: Celestron 5 MP Handheld Digital Microscope 

Stamp Magnifying Lamp Desk Clamp-Mount 90 SMD LED Adjustable Spring-Arm

Make sure to view these amazing full stamp pane protective storage bags.

Manual perforation measurement gauge which has a really low price.

Electronic perforation measurement gauge, that has a higher price, but is easier measure perforations.

Costa Rica Stamps: Air Mail Surcharges With Fallen Bar

Errors are a consistent part of surcharges and overprints in Costa Rica’s philately. Fallen bars being an interesting variation. Keep on reading to find more about the airmail surcharges with fallen bars.

As a consequence of a lack of 15 cent stamps, on June 1st, 1947, the government approved the surcharge (in black and red) of the values from the 1945-6 presidents issue. The surcharge is quite simple. It reads ₡0.15 over the original stamp value.

As in most Costa Rican surcharges and overprints, there are errors.

For this issue, we can say that there are 2 main errors. The first one: inverted surcharges. The second one (and the one we’ll discuss here): the fallen bar.

fallen bar

This fallen bar is not hard to see at plain sight. This error reads “l₡0.15”. It is located in position number 45 in the pane and appears in all values. According to different reports, 1,000 of these were printed on each value. And are still quite difficult to obtain.

These have been found postally used, even rarer!

Make sure sure to visit the ultimate stamp collecting supplies list.

Make sure to review our tips for stamp collecting in the XXI century.

To keep your stamps and postcards safe from stains and getting damaged we recommend Lighthouse stock books.

Stamp Magnifying Microscope: Celestron 5 MP Handheld Digital Microscope 

Stamp Magnifying Lamp Desk Clamp-Mount 90 SMD LED Adjustable Spring-Arm

Make sure to view these amazing full stamp pane protective storage bags.

Manual perforation measurement gauge which has a really low price.

Electronic perforation measurement gauge, that has a higher price, but is easier measure perforations.

Tips For Stamp Collecting In The XXI Century

Unlike what many people believe, technology has come to help philately and here are our tips for stamp collecting in the XXI century.

The intention of sharing these tips for stamp collecting in the 21st century is to help make this hobby even more entertaining and at the same time take it to an even higher level of specialization.

One of the advantages – and disadvantages at the same time – that philately has as a hobby is that it has been in existence for more than 150 years and for most of the time it did not have drastic changes, until the arrival of technology (internet and email).

For a long time, mail was the most popular way of communication (long distance and business) both for having had a channel and improved processes through 2 centuries (XIX and XX).

Philately was for a long time a way of easy access to different areas of general culture such as politics, geography, history, art and sciences among others.

As expected, with internet making its entrance – and access to a long distance communication becoming almost immediately and free – the use of mail suffered a great impact and philately was not far behind.

We can quickly name other aspects that affected philately as a hobby:

• Access to long distance communication immediately.

• The low cost of electronic communication.

• The desire for immediate gratification and adoption of technology as a hobby by the new generations.

Although the entrance of technology to the field of hobbies affected philately, it was not all bad news. And we are here to see the positive side and use technology to improve and strengthen philately as much as possible.

1. More access to philatelic material. before the Internet, if we wanted to buy stamps, it could only be done in local stores and if you were lucky, you would receive auction catalogs by mail. Nowadays, curiously thanks to the same factor that affected philately – Internet -, we have access to thousands of pages where we can buy philately. Among the largest we can quote eBay, Delcampe and Amazon. And if you search in detail, you can find first-class material at a great price.

2. Buy accessories online. If it was previously difficult to find philatelic material locally, finding accessories was quite a challenge. As with the stamps, today we have access to hundreds of accessories at unbeatable prices. For example: Amazon has a wide variety of accessories. Also you can visit the Ultimate Stamp Collecting Supplies List.

3. Technological tools to study material. A few years ago, philatelic tools were quite rudimentary: magnifying glasses to see errors, manual perforation gauges and liquids to see watermarks among others. Nowadays it is quite different, thanks to technology. For example:

a. Instead of having to use magnifying glasses to see details on stamps, you can use digital microscopes or special smart phone lenses. This facilitates the observation of details without having to be holding the magnifying lens all the time. As easy as taking a picture and then observing the details on the screen.

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Smart phone lens

                    b. To measure the perforations in stamps, the giant of philatelic supplies SAFE created the Perfotronic 2. It is an electronic device that can measure the perforations of a stamp with accuracy of 1/100 mm. Practically total accuracy when measuring perforations. And best of all, the handling and possibility of material damage is reduced.

                    c. Last but not least, is the SAFE watermark detector. Best of all: it does not use liquid watermark detector. Everything done electronically. Like the Perfotronic 2, it significantly reduces material handling and in this case there is no need to treat stamps with chemicals.

SAFE Watermark Detector

4. Sell remnants to have extra money to buy more material. It is no secret that when you collect stamps, you get duplicate material or material that you simply do not need. The interesting thing about all this is that there is always going to be someone who needs it. Whether through direct contact via email, philatelic forums or electronic auctions, you can sell that material and get more funds to do what we all want: buy more philatelic material!

5. Showcase your collections before exhibitions. THIS IS THE BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY FOR PHILATELY! Sorry to use capital letters, but I’m very excited about this point. For all those who participate in both national and international exhibitions, this tip is soon to become an almost mandatory practice for its effectiveness and ease for both, the collector and the judge. What is it about? Very easy, after completing the assembly of the collection, it is scanned (digitized) and published on a web page. The link is shared with the judges (or with the organizing committee to redirect them to the judges) so that they can study or analyze the collection before the exhibition. It is no secret to anyone that during the exhibitions the time of a judge or team of judges to assess the collections is quite reduced. By sending the collections in advance to the judges, we guarantee that during the event, when qualifying the collections, they will arrive with all the information we want them to have. And so, have a fair and supported qualification. Now, the ideal is to have a web site on web hosting provider (space on the internet) that is accessible and easy to use. That’s why I recommend A2 Hosting. This company offers packages at reasonable prices. The software to create and edit the web site is free (and the most used in the world). For more information about the plans, click here.

6. Have a blog to explain the rarity and importance of the material that is included in the collections. Linked to the previous point, having a blog (or digital diary) helps us to better explain our collections. We can go deeper into why a piece is considered rare; what are the varieties and errors of a stamp; the story behind an issue or a piece of postal history and any other features that we want to highlight from our collection. The blog can be held within the same web hosting of the previous point, so we recommend the same provider.

7. Digital collections. This is a trend that is growing rapidly in the philatelic world. It is quite simple and consists in collecting digital images instead of physical material. Although currently it does not have the general approval of the philatelic world, it is gaining more and more followers. Digital collections can be had locally on your computer or online on a web page. If so, as in points 5 and 6, we recommend the same provider.

8. Forums to request or exchange information. It has happened to all of us that at some point we have or get material that we do not know enough about. In the past it was quite complicated because if you did not know an expert on the subject, that doubt was almost impossible to solve. Thanks to the Internet, today everything is solved by going to forums such as StampCommunity, raising our question in the indicated sub-forum and in a matter of hours we will have several answers.

Clearly there can be many more tips for stamp collecting in the 21st century. The previously shared tips are those that we have used or heard before. If you have other advice, please share it in the comments section.