Your Thoughts and Feedback on Price List of Concordant FDCs and Normal FDCs

Your Thoughts and Feedback on Price List of Concordant FDCs and Normal FDCs

I would like to get your thoughts on feedback on publishing (FREE and Online) the price list of Malaysia First Day Cover covering both Concordant and normal cancellations.

As you know, myfdc is tailored to concordant FDCs, i.e. First Day Covers with cancellations matching the theme or name. The other common FDCs are non-concordant.

Here is the overall idea:

  1. It will be FREE!
  2. It is an online list of FDCs issued by Pos Malaysia.
  3. It will cover only official envelopes issued by the postal authority. At this moment, the private covers are very subjective to attach a price. Maybe someday.
  4. Information includes: Date – Title – Reasonable Market Price for *Full Concordant – **Limited Concordant – ***Normal
  5. Market Price will be based on a good condition – minimal toning – no tears – unaddressed (those after 1980)
  6. Updates will be provided as and when I am free to do so.
  7. The scope will NOT cover mint stamps, MS, special sheets, postal stationery, presentation packs and folders.

*Full concordant is that all the stamps and MS are concordantly cancelled. It could be in more than 1 envelope.

**Limited Concordant is the cancellation matches one of the stamps / MS.

***Normal – Non-concordant – any cancellation on the FDC.

This will enable a quick access to check online in your mobile phone at any time.

Timeframe: Whenever I am free, I will type out a year.

I will not be able to take photos of the non-concordant covers as these are not what I collect, nor are they worth the time. They are pretty common.

Use of the price will be at your own responsibility whether you are a buyer or seller. The actual condition and clarity of the postmark is a major factor.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas?

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Tomorrow’s Adventure: Bee Hunting

Tomorrow’s Adventure: Bee Hunting

Here is a reminder for tomorrow: 09 April 2019 Honey Bees in Malaysia issue!

This is already garnering high hits.

Stay tuned for a bee hunt road trip tomorrow.

Those interested to order, please message sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

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Quantities for the Honey Bees in Malaysia Stamp Issue

Quantities for the Honey Bees in Malaysia Stamp Issue

In today’s Media Preview (05 April 2019), Pos Malaysia provided additional information on the quantities for this issue.

1. Stamps: 200,000 pieces of stamps per design

2. Miniature Sheet: 22,000 pieces

3. Envelopes: 27,000 pieces

4. Empty Folders: 1,600 pieces

The designer is Mr KY Lim from Reign Associates.

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Next issue: 09 April 2019 Honey Bees in Malaysia

Next issue: 09 April 2019 Honey Bees in Malaysia

A poster was displayed at the Fournation Stamp Exhibition 2019 with the theme Honey Bees in Malaysia. The official notification came out today from Pos Malaysia and it will be released on 09 April 2019.

The poster featured the stamps in a Honey Comb design (hexagonal) with the Miniature Sheet featured in an awesome die cut of a honey bee. I am sure the “unusual” stamp and MS collectors will be very pleased with the design of this issue.

The poster gave information on the stamp issue as follows:

  1. 60 sen stamp : Giant Honey Bee (Apis dorsata)
  2. 60 sen stamp: Eastern Honey Bee (Apis cerana)
  3. 60 sen stamp: Black Dwarf Honey Bee (Apis andreniformis)
  4. RM 4.00 Miniature Sheet: Stingless Honey Bee (Heterotrigona itama)
  5. 50 sen empty envelope featuring the Stingless Honey Bee Hive
  6. RM 6.00 empty folder

This is indeed a very attractive design. Here is the price list.

Meanwhile, why not visit Bee Farms? Here is one in Air Keroh: http://beefarm.com.my/museum.php

Or learn about Stingless Honey Bee from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu: https://www.kelulut.com.my/hubungi-kami/

Or the inventor of Mustafa – Hive from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian: http://www.kk.usm.my/index.php/en/news/854-penyelidikan-lebah-kelulut-usm-bantu-tingkatkan-ekonomi-golongan-terkebawah

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Release of the Wild Orchids State Definitives 2017

Release of the Wild Orchids State Definitives 2017

Today’s final issue of the year saw the regulars at an early hour. The front liners were queuing to make FDCs (many to realise that there is only the KL cancellation – guess they are not reading myfdc – or they would have already download the forms).

Then there are those who want to try their luck to get Perlis – the most speculative state for stamps and philatelic. Recently an eBay item with 175th anniversary of UPU posted cover ended at astronomical price only to see it reappear by the same seller days later. Guess 2 hardcores were slugging it out and maybe a joy bidder helping the speculation.¬†As I mentioned earlier, the Philatelic Bureaus will only sell loose for the respective states and it is anyone’s guess where is “Perlis” in Perlis?

Anyway, with the same number printed and not much stocks in Kangar, we can only speculate on the speculation!

The crowd thinned out by noon. There were ample stocks. I guess a lesson learned for the next state series (hopefully someone will dig up myfdc to read) is to pre-pack 14 states rather than doing it on issue day.

The KL General Post Office did that and the transactions were faster.

There was also a Christmas Setem Ku on sale today. Not many realise it or are not interested.

Mint stocks were ample even until the closing bell.

So what was I up to? Buying up and tearing up my Federal Territory MS to make Definitive transition covers. I matched the face values of the existing Garden Flowers micro-text series released this year with the Orchids. This year the Garden Flowers state series was only printed for the Federal Territory. Just so happen that the stamps were released towards the end of 2018. This Federal Territory definitive then transitions into the Wild Orchids definitive. I do not expect to see the post office sheets of the new definitives anytime soon. So the Federal Territory Garden Flowers should bloom for a while.

Thus, this was the only chance to make the concordant Federal Territory “transition” cover as it is the first day of issue plus it is in Kuala Lumpur which is one of the 3 Federal Territories.

Here are some of my handiwork:

It took a month of preparation for the harder to find corner margins. As usual, spares are available.

I am now left with lots of 05 sen and 10 sen. ūüôā

Meanwhile, back to the question on where you can get Perlis?

The local post offices are your best bet. However, this time, there is not much demand for Perlis.

I will skip. I am a covers guy. Enjoy the queue.

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Important Information: Media Preview of Wild Orchids Definitive

Important Information: Media Preview of Wild Orchids Definitive

To cap off the year’s media preview, the long awaited Wild Orchids State Definitive was previewed this morning. The date of sale is on 04 December 2018. Recall that the Orchid National Definitive was issued on 21 February 2017.

Here are the technical details:

The Wild Orchids are found in Peninsular Malaysia with only the 30 sen Phalus subtrilobus and 40 sen Dendrobium macrophyllum var. ternatense are found in Mount Kinabalu.

The Wild Orchids featured are:

  1. 5 sen: Bulbophyllum virescens (Bulbophyllum Orchid)
  2. 10 sen: Corybas carinatus (Helmet Orchid)
  3. 20 sen: Vanill a griffithii (Vanilla Orchid)
  4. 30 sen: Phaius subtrilobus (Almost Three Lobed Phalus)
  5. 40 sen: Dendrobium macrophyllum var. ternatense (Large-leaved Dendrobium)
  6. 50 sen: Aneotochilus reinwardtii (Jewel Orchid)

I need you to take down notes as you read as it is a bit complicated. Let’s start off with the quantities:

  1. Perforated Miniature Sheets of RM 1.55: 20,000 pieces for EACH state design
  2. Imperforated Miniature Sheets of RM 5.00: 17,000 pieces for EACH state design
  3. Empty folders of RM 8.00: 1,600 pieces
  4. Blank envelopes of 50 sen: 30,000 pieces

Based on the quantities, it is quite moderate. Here are the visuals:

The folder is a special design with 2 pockets to keep all the 14 MS FDC x 2 types and 4 plastic sleeves to keep the MS in an overlapping row.

Here are the Pos Malaysia sales arrangements:

A. SODA Members:

  1. FDC: Only Kuala Lumpur cancellation on perforated MS
  2. Mint: 14 states perforated MS

B. SODA Order Form or Eziemall:

  1. Perforated MS FDC with matching cancellations
  2. Imperforate MS FDC with matching cancellations

These (SODA Order Form and Eziemall) are the ONLY easy way to obtain ALL the 14 states matching cancellation on FDC!

C. Counter (Philatelic Bureau HQ and Branches):

  1. FDC: Only your state Philatelic Bureau cancellation
  2. Mint: Perforated and Imperforated MS in a set of 14 states
  3. Mint loose: Your own state MS will be offered

Normal Post Offices: 14 mint MS (perforated) in a set

So, on that day, do inform me what is the actual arrangement.

The other good news is the designer, Mr KY Lim, Reign Associates is expected to come and autograph the products.

Foreign orders for MINT complete sets are accepted at sky52200myfdc@gmail.com and will be supplied on a paid basis. Order will be refunded if the issue is cancelled or sold out.

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SODA Order Forms for Definitive, Thailand 2018 and Stamp Week 2018

SODA Order Forms for Definitive, Thailand 2018 and Stamp Week 2018

Here are the various SODA Order Forms:

  1. 14 States Definitive with special matching cancellations:
  2. Thailand 2018 ETS MS Overprint and Exhibition Cover:   
  3. Stamp Week 20128 with all daily cancellations on 7 covers  

Start by downloading. Then print fill and scan and email or fax.

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