The 2018 edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Scott catalogs. The title pages of this volume and other volumes in the 2018 Scott Standard catalog state that this is the 174th edition of the catalogs (and it is). In September 1868, John Walter Scott published his first stamp catalog. The catalog, titled A Descriptive Catalogue of America and Foreign Postage Stamps, Issued from 1840 to Date, is considered to be the first Scott stamp catalog.
The Scott catalog has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a 24-page bound pamphlet. The Scott Standard catalog lists more than 700,000 stamps from more than 600 stamp-issuing entities. Because the catalog volumes had grown so large that they were literally bursting at the seams, each 2018 Scott Standard catalog has been split into two volumes, A and B.
All told, more than 15,000 value changes are recorded in the combined Volumes 6A and 6B of the 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue.
Straits Settlements received a review that results in increases among the classic issues, some of which are significant. The 1867 12¢-on-4-anna surcharged stamp (Scott 7) of the first issue jumps from $1,400 unused to $1,600. The used value remains at $325. The 1904 $100 dull violet and green on yellow paper (128B) skyrockets from $17,500 unused to $22,000.Little activity is seen among the issues of Japan, but a review of the listings resulted in more than 200 value changes, mostly among regular-issue stamps from 1871 to 1950 and back-of-the-book stamps. The market for stamps of Japan has softened in recent years because of the weak yen, but most stamps have held their own in value.
For the 2018 edition, more than 1,700 value changes are recorded for Tanzania. Declines on the order of 10 percent are seen, beginning with issues of the mid-1980s and continuing well into 1999. These changes are due mainly to currency adjustments reflecting a stronger dollar against other major currencies, primarily the British pound and the euro.
Value increases are seen among a few of the issues of the 1960s and 1970s. The 1967-71 Fish set of 16 (Scott 19-34) in mint never-hinged condition advances from $20.95 in 2017 to $25.10 this year.
Mostly increases are found among the more than 70 value changes for Turkey. The 1916 1-piaster ultramarine semipostal stamp with inverted overprint (Scott B34a) doubles in value, from $5 mint and used to $10 both ways. New values have been added for the imperforate varieties of the 1909 newspaper stamps. The imperforate 5-piaster ocher with blue overprint (P61a) is valued at $20 unused and used. The imperforate 20pa carmine rose with blue overprint (P63a) is valued at $80 unused and used. Values for both newspaper stamps are in italics to indicate that these stamps are seldom traded and difficult to value.
Virgin Islands received a thorough review, resulting in more than 900 value changes. More robust value increases are found among the classic issues. The 1878 1-penny green (Scott 9) jumps from $80 unused to $95, and from $90 used to $115. An overall weakening of values occurs for stamps issued from 1977 to 1988. A stronger market exists for the stamps issued from 2008 onward.
Chalky paper varieties of the Virgin Islands 1938 King George VI issue are listed as Scott 76a-86a.
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