Next Issue: 24 April 2018 Malaysian Citrus

Next Issue: 24 April 2018 Malaysian Citrus

The next issue is planned to be released on 24 April 2018 with the theme of Malaysian Citrus. The issue will comprise of:

1. 3 types of 60 sen stamps featuring:

(a) Calamondin (Limau Kasturi) (Citrus microcarpa), it is also called Calamansi / Kalamansi

(b) Kaffir Lime (Limau Purut) (Citrus hystrix)

(c) Key Lime (Limau Nipis) (Citrus x aurantiifolia a citrus hybrid of Citrus micrantha x Citrus medica

2. RM 6.00 Miniature Sheet featuring the Pomelo (Limau Bali) (Citrus maxima / Citrus grandis) with a die-cut of the pomelo and gloss varnish

3. RM 6.00 empty folder

4. 50 sen empty envelope

The design is MR KY Lim from Reign Associates.

In Malaysia, pomelos are largely grown in Tambun and Ampang in Perak. There are 2 possible matching locations:

(1) Pejabat Pos Mini Taman Cempaka which is the nearest to Tambun since the Pejabat Pos Mini Tambun is closed.

(2) Pejabat Pos Kampung Rapat is nearest to the famous Hentian Limau Tambun stalls.

Thus the MS FDC will be nicely tied with a pictorial Ipoh chop and a CDS either in Kampung Rapat or Taman Cempaka.

(3) Those in the Klang Valley can also do a pseudo-concordancy with AMPANG to mimick the Ampang in Perak!

The 3 stamps will be nicely tied with Merlimau even if there is no “limau” in Merlimau!

Other than citrus, I guess you now know there is an Ampang in Perak!

Updated 20 April 2018:

Today is the media preview for the Malaysian Citrus stamp issue.

The following are the quantities for the Malaysian Citrus:

  1. Stamps: 200,000 pieces of each design
  2. MS: 25,000 pieces
  3. Empty Folder: 1,800 pieces
  4. Empty Envelope: 28,000 pieces

The MS is rather small, thus a combo FDC can be easily made.

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Almost there!

Almost there!

499,722 was what I saw when I started writing this! The sudden surge in views on Monday and today moved myfdc closer to the half a million milestone which will be reached by tomorrow.

Just scroll down to have a look at the middle of the right side to see what is your “view” and take a screenshot if you are anywhere between 499,995 to 500,005 and email me the screenshot at sky52200myfdc@gmail.com with your physical mail address and I will send you your philatelic gift.

I ran an earlier offer for myfdc Malaysia Facebook. I am currently running an offer at: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=sky52200&item=362290036397&_osacat=0&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xoffer.TRS0&_nkw=offer&_sacat=0

Stay tuned for more fun!

Thank you for reading and sending your suggestions!

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Updated: Media Preview for Musical Instruments of Malaysia Series 2

Updated: Media Preview for Musical Instruments of Malaysia Series 2

The next issue will be released on 10 April 2018. The theme is Musical Instruments of Malaysia Series 2. Series 1 was issued back in 07 March 1987. That is over 31 years ago! I guess you never know when the next series will be issued 🙂

This issue will comprise of 60 sen stamps (2 types) and 80 sen (2 types), a RM 5.00 Miniature Sheet (gloss varnish on the musical instruments) and a Folder. The SODA version of the FDC looks great!

The musical instruments featured are:

  1. 60 sen stamp: Sitar (200,000 pieces)
  2. 60 sen stamp: Pipa (200,000 pieces)
  3. 80 sen stamp: Sape (Sapeh) (200,000 pieces)
  4. 80 sen stamp: Sundatang (200,000 pieces)
  5. RM 5.oo MS: Ghazal troupe with Gambus, Biola (Viola), Tabla and Harmonium (25,000 pieces)
  6. 50 sen envelope: Kreb (Krem) (28,000 pieces)
  7. RM 6.00 Empty folders (1,800 pieces)

The concordant cancellations are Brickfields, Lubok China, Kuching / Miri, Kudat and Johor Bahru / Muar / Batu Pahat.

This issue is designed by Reign Associates.

Updated 06 April 2018:

A media preview was held on 06 April 2018. The additional information provided are the quantities of issue for each item which I have updated above.

Do not forget to join our bit of fun for http://www.myfdc.wordpress.com reaching 500,000 views which is anticipated mid April 2018. It is currently about 498,000 views now. Right now, there is a sale on Facebook for 50 old FDCs starting from RM 5.00 for Malaysian addresses, check them out at:

Keep a look out for campaigns on eBay soon.

I will keep you posted.

Thank you for your support.

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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!

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March 2018: Updated Malaysia Stamp Issue Schedule 2018

March 2018: Updated Malaysia Stamp Issue Schedule 2018

Here is the updated Malaysia Stamp Issue Schedule. As usual, take note of the next issue which is Musical Instruments of Malaysia – Series 2.

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Next issue: 20 March 2018 Electric Train Service (ETS)

Next issue: 20 March 2018 Electric Train Service (ETS)

The next issue is on the Electric Train Service provided by Keretapi Tanah Melayu. The products are:

  1. 60 sen featuring ETS Class 91 and Ipoh Railway Station – 200,000 pieces
  2. 60 sen featuring ETS Class 92 and Seremban  Railway Sation – 200,000 pieces
  3. 80 sen featuring ETS Class 93 and Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station – 200,000 pieces
  4. RM 6.00 MS featuring ETS Class 93 with the route (Padang Besar – Arau – Alor Setar – Sungai Petani – Parit Buntar – Taiping – Kuala Kangsar – Ipoh – Tanjung Malim – KL Sentral – Bandar Tasek Selatan – Kajang – Seremban – Pulau Sebang / Tampin – Gemas) – 30,000 pieces
  5. Blank envelopes – 28,000 pieces
  6. Empty folders with the route shown on the inside of the folder – 1,800 pieces

The Miniature Sheet is a trained shaped die-cut with spot varnish. This should appeal to the unusual stamp collector.

The designer, KY Lim from Reign Associates have been invited to autograph this issue.

Anyone interested to take the route for another epic philatelic journey?

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