And the lucky Winner is…..

And the lucky Winner is…..

The 700,000 views giveaway ended at 10:25 pm with 31 participants. A randomly picked Random Number Generator was used between 1 to 31 and the result is:

Do message me at sky52200myfdc@gmail.com to give me your address.

Do not forget tomorrow’s Miniature Sheet issue!

sky52200

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Crossed 700,000 views and a giveaway!

Crossed 700,000 views and a giveaway!

Oh, dear, I overlooked the view count. I know myfdc was reaching 700,000 views and today when I checked it has crossed 702,000 views!

When myfdc first started out it was just to catalogue down the concordant FDCs of Malaysia. I have slowly added sections on Exhibition Covers, Commemoratives, Flight Covers and so on. There is also a section or specialised Articles on topics that appeal to certain specialised collectors. There is even a section on “Errors” though I have not had time to update it for quite some time.

I have put tags for the following thematic collectors: Birds, Unusual, Insects, Pitcher Plant, Trains, Animals, World Post Day, Joint Issue and so on. I have noticed the bird and pitcher plant collectors are much more active.

I have added an option to help non-Malaysian collectors buy the new issues (or back issue) via sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

If you have any further ideas for improvement, just drop me a note. I do look into them and all it takes is a bit of time, patience and will to start.

What is coming up? I am building a Malaysia First Day Cover Market Guidance. I went out to check out the pricing at the last PSM Stamp Fair and it came quite close. It will take time to build this section and I hope this will help the FDC collectors.

Back to our little fun. It is always fun to have a small celebration and giveaway. Since it has been a very busy month on philately, I will keep it simple. I do not have time to put up a really nice quiz.

Here is what I will do: I will mail out a MS FDC of the 150 Years Sarawak Stamps on 18 July 2019. If I happen to be busy on that day ad could not go to the GPO, I will send the next issue’s FDC.

Anyway, here is how I will select the lucky person. I sort of noticed a Facebook stamp group that gives away random stuff using a random number generator. So here is how it goes:

  1. This is open for anyone anywhere in the world.
  2. Put a number in sequence in the Comment below.
  3. First person, put 1, followed by the second person 2, and third person 3… and so on.
  4. One person can put one number.
  5. Multiple entry by the same person will be disqualified.
  6. In case there is a person who cannot count and put the same numbers (perhaps both were typing at the same time…. unlikely on a blog), the first person who put the number will be valid.
  7. If a number is skipped by a mathematically challenged person, just continue with the next number our champion number counter put.
  8. Continue the number sequence.
  9. On 17 July 2019 night, when I am free, I will run a random number generator and pick a lucky number.
  10. I will contact the lucky pick to get your address. Please do not put your address in your comment. Just a number.
  11. If you do not respond, I will contact the second person and so on.

No need to chase me, it is a giveaway, so chill out.

Simple right?

Oooo, yes, where to post your number? Below this posting and NOT on myfdc Malaysia FB nor anywhere else.

Many thanks for reading myfdc!

Good luck!

sky52200

Towards 600,000 views

Towards 600,000 views

myfdc will be hitting the 600k viewers milestone! The unexpected interest in Mickey Mouse and Orchids accelerated the views. By the end of today, it should be 598,000 and it is expected to cross the 600,000 by the end of this week!

myfdc is a self funded website that focus on Malaysia First Day Covers and of course stamps and Miniature Sheets (MS). myfdc consists of various kind sharing contributors (it is not possible for me to be everywhere) to ensure the news can be obtained in an orderly manner. In order to ensure accuracy, the facts are checked first. This may cause a delay in the news BUT you will not get “fake news” 🙂

myfdc has been updated to have a quick link to the Facebook edition (for quick news). You can access via this link: https://www.facebook.com/MYFDCMalaysia/

The FB site has over 1,010 Followers compared to the website with slightly over 411 Followers. Most of them are dealers and resellers who want to get ahead of the collectors.

Many thanks for your continued readership. Okay, I have been running this everytime myfdc is reaching a milestone. The lucky one who hits the 600,000 view mark.

Now:

  1. Do not ask me how the numbers come out in the display. Ask WordPress. I have no clue and no time to track the number of view change.
  2. It is very luck based, so if someone logs in and clicks through and the system does not refresh, then nothing much I can do as I am not running the counter.

This is how it works in case this is the first time you are participating.

1. Scroll  and LOOK at the right side bar to check which viewer you are.

2. If you are the 600,000th viewer, take a screenshot (*just like the sample image without the red box and red arrow) and email to me at sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

3. If you are viewer 599,995 to 599,999 or 600,001 to 600,005, take a screenshot. You will also be given a prize.

You will not regret it.

Simple…. I hope…..

By the way, I will be running sales on FB and eBay as well as a few other activities as soon as I can figure out what to do. A quiz will be coming up as well. Meanwhile, feel free to send me ideas 🙂

Here is how you can also be contributing, send your suggestions for news, make concordant covers, send news and events in your area (only for non-commercial activities of stamp associations, school stamp clubs, etc.), provide updates in your area during issue day, etc.

Thank you very much for your support, comments and ideas!

Hope to see you at a million views!

sky52200

Towards Half a Million Views!

Towards Half a Million Views!

YES!

myfdc will be hitting the half a million viewers milestone! It seems to be such a far away milestone for something as mundane as stamp collection confined to a scope of Malaysia to ever to be reached. Let’s face it, stamp collecting blogs are by far not the highest viral site in the world. Sensational news, porn and cats tops the hits.

Thus, it is with great anticipation that myfdc will hit 500,000 views sometime in the middle of April or sooner. All thanks to the readers, visitors and the spammers. When myfdc started out, in 2012 it was hardly 5 views a day. In the first full year in 2013, there were about 39,000 views. Today the average view per year breached 145,000. All these thanks to your support.

myfdc is a self funded website that focus on Malaysia First Day Covers and of course stamps and Miniature Sheets (MS). myfdc consists of various contributors to ensure the news can be obtained in an orderly manner. In order to ensure accuracy, the facts are checked first. This may cause a delay in the news BUT you will not get “fake news” 🙂

A Facebook site was also set up on 12 April 2015 to provide quick information when it is not possible for me to sit and type out a proper article. You can access via this link: https://www.facebook.com/MYFDCMalaysia/

The FB site has over 780 Followers compared to the website with slightly over 350 Followers.

myfdc has also help out the next generation who no longer wanted to collect FDCs by outplacing or buying up the family collection. myfdc offers a fair market price – very much higher than dealer prices – as I will also need to pay market price if I am to acquire in the open market.

Financing of myfdc comes from the sale of my surplus. My main areas of interest are concordant cancellations, first flight, commemorative covers and special postmarks. Mint stamps and MS are incidental to my collection as I usually paste these to make covers.

Concordancy has been in existence since covers started. It was initially ad-hoc. Someone thought of a matching postmark and thus concordancy was “born”. It gained considerable momentum back in the 1960s only to see it wane and return in the 1990s. This again waned and returned after the 2010s. How long will this concordant cycle last?

Perhaps the continuity of concordancy is the availability of early information for planning, a supportive Pos Malaysia and a wider network of cooperative concordanists.

May I take this chance to record my appreciation to the many stamp association contacts, collectors both young and young at heart and Pos Malaysia’s media team for the support to ensure timely news can be delivered.

Now for a bit of fun. I would like to run another round of excitement. How does it sound to be the 500,000th viewer?

This is how it works in case this is the first time you are participating.

1. Scroll  and look at the right side to check which viewer you are.

2. If you are the 500,000th viewer, take a screenshot and email to me at sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

3. If you are viewer 499,000 or 501,000, take a screenshot. You will also be given a prize.

3. I will send you a gift. You will not regret it.

If you are an existing overseas reader or customer, I will send you for free.

Simple…. I hope…..

By the way, I will be running sales on FB and eBay as well as a few other activities as soon as I can figure out what to do. A quiz will be coming up as well. Meanwhile, feel free to send me ideas 🙂

Here is how you can also be contributing, send your suggestions for news, make concordant covers, send news and events in your area (only for non-commercial activities of stamp associations, school stamp clubs, etc.), provide updates in your area during issue day, etc.

Thank you very much for your support, comments and ideas!

Hope to see you at a million views!

sky52200

Winner of Towards 260,000 views

Winner of Towards 260,000 views

myfdc crossed the 255,000 views mark and by end of today will be hitting over 256,000 views. The new Malaysian Calligraphy issue was a big boost with slightly over 500 views!

The winner with an impressive 27 marks is CK Tan from Klang. He wins the SM Stamp Catalogue. Thank you for taking part and reading myfdc.

This time the quiz generated a lot of interest but translated into only a single entry! Maybe not many are keen to do some reading preferring to just look at a photo and LIKE rather than the context behind the issue.

Hopefully I can round up more interesting items and quiz for 300,000 views. That will be some time away.

The hardest to answer are:

1. Fake FDCs of the early 2000 are usually detected based on the <type> cancellation.

The fake FDCs can be detected by the inkjet cancellation. Pos Malaysia has not issued any FDC inkjet cancellations. Pos Malaysia did issue differing size of cancellations. These are documented in the section: https://myfdc.me/errors-and-unissued/

2. Where is the first underwater postbox by Pos Malaysia located? Trick question.

The first underwater postbox by Pos Malaysia was actually installed in Pulau Redang but no special cachet. The first underwater postbox installed by a private operator is in Pulau Mataking! They have a private cancellation.

sky52200

Towards 260,000 views

Towards 260,000 views

Time flies when you are chasing one stamp issue after another in between a full time job. I am not a trader nor do I have a shop. So I am not be able to provide large supplies or to be able to answer your questions with the speed of light. All items are my spares or stuff I accumulated here and there.

myfdc strives to provide the information that you want, hopefully as early as possible. This site is independent. The information provided is “as is” so that you can make your own judgement.

http://www.myfdc.wordpress.com is funded personally with inputs from kind collectors, friends and strangers who are willing to share useful information. I think as a collector you will understand that many times, we need sufficient information in a timely manner to plan for an upcoming issue. I know your frustration when you get the information late or at the last minute. It felt like someone telling me about a great sale after the sale is over. Keep the information flowing and timely. By information, it does not just mean the photo but also a bit about the design and right now…the designer. I welcome anyone to connect via this website.

The cost of running a full fledged site is not cheap; neither does the webhost share any advertising revenue from the pop-ups that appear. Thus funding comes from my extra covers and if you are interested: in sponsoring posts / event coverage.

I missed the 250,000th view milestone which I have been looking forward. It has been almost 4 years now. So in return, let’s have some fun for the 260,000th view. There is a change in format. Rather than trying to hit the 259999th, 260000th or 260001th view, all you have to do now is answer 26 questions.

  1. Any reader may join from anywhere in the world.
  2. Shipping cost of prizes will be born by me via normal mail.
  3. Send your answers from now until midnight Monday 20 June 2016 (that is when I expect to hit 255,000).
  4. Questions 1 to 23 carries 1 mark.
  5. Question 24 and 25 carry 2 marks.
  6. Question 26 carries 3 marks.
  7. Winners will be ranked by the marks scored.
  8. For any ties, the first person with the score will be selected.
  9. Send your answers via email to the official myfdc email. That (the email address) you need to find out. That is the tie breaker!
  10. Answers on the “Comment” box will not be accepted.
  11. Leave your name and address in the email to send you the prize.
  12. Your shortened name will be published with the score after I finish tabulating the winners list.
  13. Anything not sure, simple, I will decide.

Prizes:

  1. First: A copy of SM Stamps Catalogue of Malaysia from SM Stamps
  2. Second: A National Laureate 2016 FDC autographed by the designer and cancelled in MAEPS from Sukastamp
  3. Third: World Post Day MCMC Postcard / Maxicard cancelled in Shah Alam – scarce
  4. Consolation 4th and 5th: A pair of Postbox 2016 postcards (one pair per winner)

If you do not know what is the prize, you must be new or has been out of touch. So no photos; go do some reading.

Here are the questions:

  1. Which is the first blog post to break the 1000 views in a day?
  2. What is a concordant First Day Cover?
  3. What is the first issue with an error for Malaysia?
  4. What was the error in question 4?
  5. What is the first overprint stamp issue in Malaysia?
  6. What is the last day that the Malaysia stamps and Singapore stamps can be cross used?
  7. What is the first Conference cancellation in Malaysia??
  8. What is the last known Conference cancellation in Malaysia?
  9. Which town is “Y” connected by Wearnes Air Service when the service began on 28 June 1937: Singapore – Kuala Lumpur – “Y” – Penang?
  10. What is the first OFFICIAL Flight Cover issued in Malaysia?
  11. When was the first Lunar New Year stamps issued in Malaysia?
  12. Which year did the first Lunar New Year Setemku came out?
  13. How many PSEs were issued for the Proclamation of Kota Kinabalu as a City?
  14. Where was the first special postbox with special cachet location?
  15. Which year did the Battle of Penang happen in World War 1?
  16. What is the title of the last commemorative stamp issue in North Borneo?
  17. When was the QE 2 Coronation stamps issued in Sarawak?
  18. How many types of stamps did Vietnam post issued for the ASEAN Community Joint Issue 2015?
  19. Fake FDCs of the early 2000 are usually detected based on the <type> cancellation.
  20. The famous spelling error on a private cover misspelt Merdeka as <misspelt name>.
  21. The first non-independence (Merdeka) stamp to be issued on independence day is <issue name>.
  22. Where is the first underwater postbox by Pos Malaysia located? Trick question.
  23. Which month and year did myfdc started? 2 marks
  24. The 6th Philatelic and Numismatic Exhibition organised by the Sarawak Philatelic and Numismatic Society was held in <location> and <location>. 2 marks
  25. The Tri-Nation Exhibition is now known as <exhibition name> when <country name> joined the exhibition. 2 marks
  26. Name 2 locations (there are actually 3 locations) where rafting competitions are held in Sarawak. 2 marks

Total 30 marks

Good luck and happy reading!

Catch you again in 300,000th view!

sky52200