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Modern Stamps 1940 - Present / Exporta inflation covers...
« on: February 26, 2017, 03:19:15 PM »
I have 8 covers from the inflationary period in the mid-late 1990's. They are mostly 1996 to 1998 vintage. If some one would like them, I'd be happy to mail them to you. Please message me or send me an email. I'll hang on to them through next weekend (3/5/17) before otherwise disposing of them. First responsive response gets them. Thanks!

General Discussion / Free auction catalogs...
« on: January 02, 2017, 04:48:45 PM »
I have 10 catalogs from Follansbee's auctions: Sale 10 (1998) through Sale 20 (2008) - missing Sale 17 in 2005. If anyone would like them, they're yours if you reimburse me for postage (Media Mail - estimate it to be a 6# parcel @ $5.00 to continental US). Respond here or message me if you'd like them. I'll wait until 1/8/17 before disposing of them otherwise.
Mike Trimble

All: I cleared out my father's house in LA last year, and shipped his collection/accumulation to my home. Finally went through it all in cursory fashion, and now know what it contains. Amidst all of the boxes I shipped, I found the following Mexico (and other) references that I'd like to sell/move/trade:
  Introduction to the Stamps of Mexico (paperback) by Dale Pulver
  Like new condition. Don’t think it has ever been cracked open.

A Catalogue of the Stamps of Mexico 1856-1900 (paperback) by Nicholas Follansbee
  Like new condition with errata. Don’t think it has ever been cracked open.
Focus on Forgeries, Revised Expanded Edition (paperback) by Varro E Tyler
  New in original shrink wrap.

Germany 1872-1900 (hardback) by Darryl Hinton-Blaker
Like new condition with errata. Dust cover almost pristine. Was in the original shipping box when I moved it last May.
Philately of the Third Reich (hardback) by Alf Harper
  Like new condition. Dust cover almost pristine.
  Not looking to make money on these, would just like them to go to a good appreciative home. If someone wanted to trade for revolutionary stamps/covers, Exportas, postal stationery, etc - or reimburse shipping costs, we can come to real easy terms! Photograph available via email.
Private message me or shoot me an email to discuss.~~~~~~~
On a related note, going through all of that material kind of burned me out on my collection for the near term. It has also motivated me to narrow my collecting focus and parse my material down as well. Looking to liquidate Dad's material and gain a chunk of floor space back, and then maybe tune up my collection(s)...


Mike Trimble

General Discussion / More philatelic reference material available
« on: June 22, 2014, 10:24:09 PM »
I also have the following duplicate publications available:
Introduction to the Stamps of Mexico, by Dale Pulver (1992) - in like new condition.
A catalogue of the Stamps of Mexico 1856-1900, by Nicholas Follansbee (1998) - also in like new condition (with errata).
Both are paperbacks, and came from my father's library. It doesn't look like he ever opened them to glance through them - they are in virtually pristine condition. For the Pulver reference, I would like to recoup shipping costs. For the Follansbee reference, I'd like to trade for stamps or covers.  I collect 5c Centenario issues (and overprint varieties) on cover, postal cards from Adres Barral to foreign destinations, and Exporta stamps. Also collect Missouri postal history, postal history of British Aden (and forerunners), and general pre-1940 foreign stamps. If interested in either tome, send me a message to discuss. Can send pictures if desired.
Mike Trimble

General Discussion / 18 years of Mexicana issues available...
« on: June 16, 2014, 09:19:27 PM »
I have an almost complete set of Mexicana going back to 1996. Just finished clearing out my dad's house in CA (including his stamp collection), and shipped WAY too much stuff to myself.  After dealing with his hoard, I have decided I need to cut back on my end and will no longer save back issues. Need to make room for my vastly expanded philatelic library :)
I am looking for payment for shipping - or perhaps a trade for one or two Revolutionary covers? I assume the back issues can be shipped at the Media Mail rate.
Been a while since I posted anything here, and don't remember if  members can message me or access my email address. I will make it a point to check back in for a week or so to see if there is any interest - or alternatively feel free to use my email address in the membership directory.
Mike Trimble

Postal Stationary / Barral postal card on eBay...
« on: December 31, 2010, 01:30:05 PM »
To Montivideo, Uruguay. I am suspicious of the sellers from Argentina though...

General Discussion / Mexico or Mexico, MO?
« on: May 25, 2010, 09:44:31 PM »
Missouri has more than its fair share of plagerized town names, including several towns named after other countries. Among these is the county seat of Audrain County located some 100 miles northwest of St. Louis: Mexico. The town population is about 11,000, and it serves a mostly rural and agricultural populace.
The link below is to a 1934 cover listed on eBay, sent from Morges, Switzerland to "Mexico/USA". It was originally misrouted to the D.F. post office, as evidenced by the CDS on the reverse. Based on the penmanship, I believe it also received the "Missouri" and "Estats-Unio" additions to the address there. Looks like it finally made it to its intended recipient without any additional handstamps or markings.
A brief search of Jim Forte's post office database yields current or former Mexico post office names in the states of Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The earliest of these was opened in Miflin County, Pennsylvania in 1815 (it closed in 1831). There are also several other name variants.
I collect Missouri postal history in addition to my Mexico and other philatelic addictions. Alas I don't collect this period or part of the state. However I thought the cover provided an interesting link and twist on Mexico and Missouri collecting. Hope you enjoy it too!
Mike Trimble
St. louis

1856 -1861 Issues / Fake???
« on: April 02, 2010, 11:22:04 PM »
Stumbled across this on Stamp Auction Network:
It is Lot 431 in Modern Stamps, Inc. Sale - 392. I don't collect this issue, but follow some of the posts on this board.  Stamp looks bad to me. Opinions?

General Discussion / Pre-stamp colonial (?) letters up for auction...
« on: December 25, 2009, 02:54:01 PM »
Was perusing portions of the Risvold collection up for auction at Spink/Shreve (January 27-29, 2010).  There is a TON of early US fur trade material for sale, and a few earlier covers. The US portion is substantial and noteworthy, but I also stumbled across a pair of Mexico colonial letters (1820's) to "Chiguagua".
I can't get the catalog/descriptions on the Spink/Shreve's site to load on my computer (is it on there site yet, or is it an issue w/ my computer?), but you can read descriptions and view them on Stamp Auction Network here:
Look at Lots  17 & 18. If you like US history (postal and otherwise), the rest of the material is fabulous too!
Merry Christmas / Feliz Navidad from Missouri!!!
(where we have a light dusting of snow)
Mike Trimble

Postal Stationary / Postal cards from Andres Barral
« on: November 07, 2009, 12:21:33 PM »
One of my Mexico collecting areas includes postal stationery from 1900-1925. I mostly collect postal cards with a focus on destinations. I have several examples mailed by Andres Barral - similar to this example currently on eBay:
I have seen cards sent by him to the far corners of the globe - excepting portions of Asia and Africa. Can someone tell me what his line of business was?  Thanks!
Mike Trimble

General Discussion / To trim, or not to trim...
« on: June 25, 2009, 09:52:58 PM »
...that is the question.  Attached is a picture of a decent inflation cover mailed to Guantanamo. It was opened roughly on the left side, but there is plenty of room to trim off the end and square things up without damaging the addressee text.
So would you trim it, or not?  How about if this was a $500 cover?  What thought process would you use to arrive at a decision???
Mike Trimble

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