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2020 Scott Specialized eCatalogue of United States

United States Stamps and Covers
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2020 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers

Many important value and editorial changes enhance the 98th edition of the Scott U.S. Specialized catalog.

Before we turn our attention to the many value changes and editorial enhancements made in the 2020 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers, the Scott editors salute Scott editor emeritus James E. Kloetzel for working tirelessly on the thousands of value changes and hundreds of editorial changes. Kloetzel and the rest of the Scott editors have been busy adding and expanding listings and making significant improvements throughout the catalog.

Similar to the 2019 U.S. Specialized catalog, editorial enhancements somewhat overshadow value changes. Value changes from No. 1 through No. 771 are somewhat more than normally seen, though the overall trend is quite neutral. When the U.S. value changes in Volume 1A of the 2020 Standard catalog are brought forward, and the new 2020 U.S. Specialized value changes are added, the total is 2,680, about the same as in the 2019 U.S. Specialized catalog.

There are also many value changes found in the listings for 19th- and 20th-century stamps. An important stamp, the 2¢ George Washington coil stamp (Scott 321) pair in unused condition, jumps to $600,000 from $450,000 in the 2020 Vol. 1A catalog.

Overall, however, the story is steady as she goes, with very few significant increases or decreases in values.

The Columbia SCADTA consular overprint values should be studied closely, because it has been clarified that values are for stamps and covers that are actually very fine examples without the oftentimes tropicalized perforations or spotting.

Value changes made for this catalog also reflect a somewhat softening of high-value parcel post stamps (Scott Q1-Q12) and plate blocks.

It has been noted that modern stamped envelopes properly used in the time period of validity of the issued denominations (which is what Scott values reflect) are getting extremely hard to find, and values for many of these used envelopes rise in value, often significantly. These values may continue to rise in value in the future. For example, modern commemorative-themed envelopes such as the 2001 34¢ Community Colleges (Scott U648) previously had a value for a used entire at 40¢. The new value is $2.

For collectors who have been waiting to buy large die proofs of the private-die proprietary stamps, we are afraid that the ship has sailed. Values increase about 20 percent across the board for Nos. ROTC1a through RU16P1.

Also featured in this edition of the Scott U.S. Specialized catalog is the 24th edition of Scott Stamp Values: U.S. Specialized by Grade. The supplement can be easily located in this catalog by the yellow-tipped pages. Scott Stamp Values lists values for sound stamps in eight different grades. Numerical grades are assigned to the verbal grades commonly used.

Editorial enhancements

Editorial enhancements in the 2020 U.S. Specialized catalog are prolific.

Special Feature articles are included in this catalog for two important editorial enhancements.

After long research and documented proof, the Scott U.S. Specialized catalog now lists the “special” booklet paper stamps of 1928. This includes varieties from No. 563b through QE3b, 11 stamps in all. These listings will appear only in the U.S. Specialized catalog.

The second Special Feature provides details about the new “on cover” listings for the Kansas-Nebraska overprint issues of 1929 (Scott 658-679).

A significant number of new essays were added to the catalog, and approximately 100 images of essays have been updated from black-and-white to color. Collectors of essays will also be happy to know that the 1869 safety paper essays have been renumbered in a way that makes sense, including the addition of one type that was not before noted. Thank you to Scott Trepel and John Zuckerman of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries for the excellent research behind these changes.

Long-delayed listings of Christmas seals for the years 1980 to 2018 have been added. The Christmas seal listings sound like a routine matter, but they are everything but. I encourage you to look at this section closely. Values for early errors, covers and earliest documented uses were also are added, plus new early major varieties.

The number of new postal counterfeits discovered since the 2019 U.S. Specialized catalog was published comes as no surprise, considering their prevalence in different online marketplaces. For those collectors looking to tell the differences between these counterfeits and their genuine versions, this section in the 2020 U.S. Specialized catalog is the reference tool for you.

Released October 2019.

Includes new stamp listings through the August 2019 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Catalogue Update.

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