3. Demonstrate the use of one of the standard catalogs.  Show what you look for.  Explain why marked prices vary so much from catalog price for both mint and used stamps.

TOGO, 1961

ZUMSTEIN EUROPE
CZECHOSLOVAKIA (1918) #3

"Prijezd Presidenta Masaryka" red overprint in use only Dec. 21, 1918, the day of President Masaryk's return to his homeland.  600 overprinted, most not used and destroyed. (APS cert)

GREAT BRITAIN, 1957

GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH MUSCAT (1957) #77 var. 35

Called the "solid pearl" variety.  Seen as a filled in circle at the upper right of the crown.

LIBERIA, 1979

MICHEL EASTERN EUROPEAN MACEDONIA (1944) #7

Overprint and surcharge on Scout stamp of Bulgaria (1942).

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CZECHOSLOVAKIA

HIGGINS AND GAGE WORLD POSTAL STATIONARY CATALOG
CZECHOSLOVAKIA (1936) #59a (9)
Postal card #9 of a set of 20.  Shows Boy Scouts holding back the crowd.

4. Explain the meaning of "good condition" of a stamp.  Show one stamp that is well centered, fully perforated, clearly canceled, clean, and undamaged by tears or thin spots.  Tell how this affects the stamp value.  Tell what country's stamps you consider especially attractive.  Why?

ROMANIA, 1932

ROMANIA, 1932
Three examples ranging from extra fine to barely fine centering.

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GREAT BRITAIN, 1957

GREAT BRITAIN, 1957
"good condition" used, also perfined BTH.


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