Monthly Archives: June 2013

Value for money workshop

29th May 2013 –
14 persons were present including Matt. from Kalamunda.
Presentations were by John McP., Mike A. and Brian A.
John spoke about using the 3 most popular catalogues ie Gibbons, Michel and Scott and the variations in their pricing. Also using specialist ones like Brusden White. He also described how he set his selling prices as a proportion of catalogue price according to factors like the era of issue if mint, lightly hinged higher if older issues or mint unhinged for modern stock etc.
Mike spoke of buying collections, particularly on the web, where the main value to you may only be in a few stamps however if  you are astute and knowledgeable you could defray the cost of purchase by onselling the balance of the stamps. Bargains could sometimes be found because it wasn't a specialised area for the vendor.

Brian made the point that whilst some covers sold at very high prices at some high profile dealers' auctions, it was often possible to pick up amazing items in junkboxes at stampfairs and similar shows. Dealers often didn't have the time to price some (to them) unfamiliar material.  Brian went on to emphasise this point by showing a large numbers of covers including ones showng the use of the correct stamps to reflect the postal rates of particular eras.

Brian has kindly submitted his notes. Value_for_money_Workshop_May_2013-SEC

Please note the contents of Brian's notes and the information given above are copyright and no permission is given to copy, print or use the information without written permission from Stirling Philatelic Society Committee, which may be obtained through the webmaster.

Judges and Exhibitor Training Workshop

On Sunday 30th June the Western Australian Philatelic Council will be conducting a Judges and Exhibitor Training Workshop between the hours of 9am and 4pm. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge but if you would like to attend please send Ross Wood an email to or phone 92943356 as he needs to know the numbers so he can prepare the number of course notes and know how many people to cater for with morning and afternoon tea or coffee.

The workshop this year is not aimed at the absolute beginner in the art of displaying and exhibiting as it was last year but will include the new "Topical" class that is being organised for the Swan River Stamp Show at the University of Western Australia on the 19th and 20th October, 2013. This  class will enable those of you that collect just stamps to enter the exhibition.

The workshop is aimed at enabling those that wish to become judges how the marks are determined from the material shown. It is good for all exhibitors to know how the marks are determined as well as this will ensure that you as an exhibitor have done your best with the material that you have to gain the maximum number of marks.

All classes will be covered, though more emphasis will be placed on the more popular classes of Traditional, Postal History (including marcophily and the new social division), Postal Stationery and Aerophilately. There are new rules in the Postal Stationery class as well as  the changes to Traditonal and Postal History classes that were changed over the last few years and these will be discussed in detail.

Though morning and afternoon teas will be provided it is a Bring Your Own lunch. It is also important that you take along a display or some material that you believe could be made into a display or exhibit. A large number of course notes will be provided and Ross cannot guarantee to cover every detail of every of class but you will be provided with this material so that you will be able to use it for later study. If you have specific enquiries contact Ross beforehand.

If you are interested in exhibiting you are urged to attend so you can gain the best possible marks, if you wish to become a judge then this course will ensure that you have the necessary background to fulfil this wish.