Monday, September 21, 2015


This January-December 1980 edition of the Philippine Philatelic News made me aware of errors, freaks and oddities for the first time.

Shortly after perusing it in the early 1980's I lost no time at all searching for EFOs in my small collection of Philippine Republic stamps.

Hooray! I found one.

It was a major color shift on one of the three values in the "Marcos Shouting" issue.

And, now armed with the knowledge of what to look for in an error, I did find one in the P2 value of the 1982 Bataan Day specimen stamp -- the handstamp SPECIMEN was omitted (only the control number and deleting bars of the denomination were present).

I still have the color shift. The error I sold to a Philippine specialist.

The former is unlisted by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak, Linda Stanfield and Mario Que, authors of the article, who state that "The listing we have come up with are what the authors have actually seen for they are either from their own personal collections or in the collections of other collectors."

As my collection grew in the 1990's, I did find more color shifts and shifted overprints, all unlisted in this work, of the same time frame (1946-1979) studied by the three catalogers. But, so far, no more errors.

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