My First Kiloware

Last month I wrote about Kiloware. Well, the bug bit me and I went ahead and bought kiloware of 1 KG Australian Stamps from eBay. I was quite excited at the prospect of getting so many stamps together and waiting eagerly for my parcel.

When I got my parcel, I couldn’t wait to open it up. The stamps were peaking at my from inside the transparent polythene bag, screaming to be set free.

I opened the bag and immediately spread them all out. Thankfully I used a newspaper to spread them out as I realized later that the stamps had quite a bit of dust and dirt.
After the initial euphoria, I sat staring at pile of stamps wondering how to sort them out. There were many beautiful stamps but I was quite flummoxed at the number of stamps to be sorted, not to mention removing the paper from the stamps.

Not knowing enough about Australian stamps was only compounding the task at hand. And so I have begun first sorting them out. I have started sorting them by their denomination as I believe that will be a good indication of their issue time. I am also sorting the definitive stamps separately, whichever ones I can guess are definitives. The large number of duplicates was a good way to identify definitives.

My euphoria of receiving a large pile of stamps is gone and I am not staring at huge task of sorting out the stamps.

If you are going to buy kiloware, first I would recommend buying a country that you are familiar with. I bought Australia because that was one of the very few countries kiloware on sale. And perhaps it is better to buy smaller lots instead of buying KGs. Also be prepared for getting a LOT of duplicates. That’s what I have, a lot of duplicate Australian stamps. Wanna swap? Drop me a line.

Stamp Stock Books: Black or White

Recently I asked in a Facebook group whether other collectors preferred black or white stamp stock books.

I got an overwhelming response favouring Black stock books. Most collectors preferred black stock books because the details of the stamps show up better and the colours are more distinct. Some felt perforations are clearly visible on black stock sheets. Some felt white is more susceptible to insects, dust and stains.

Ray Petersen explained in detail

I have always preferred black (also for individual mounts). But when I was preparing a few pages for an exhibit recently – my first attempt ever at making exhibit pages – and I asked for advice, a suggestion was made that I use clear mounts because the black backgrounds on black mounts distract the viewer’s eye from the image on the stamp.

Ultimately I went with clear, and was happy with the result. I have to say, that because I was exhibiting (and also collect) cinderella stamps – the image is far more important than the actual piece of paper. Things that make black a more attractive choice, such as showing off the borders, perforations, etc., are better suited to a study or research project. But when it comes to displaying the stamps – the image is the thing and nothing should compete with that.

This advice totally changed my perspective on the black vs clear (or white), at least for display purposes.