The third Fair in five weeks. I was able to buy some Irish sets. They are shown in photograph (below). Some other stamps bought yesterday are already on envelopes and will be posted in Dublin in late November.
This leaves me with just twenty four mint and/or used sets of Irish stamps to complete my Wants List 2001-to date. For the most part, they are booklet and/or self-adhesive stamps or miniature sheets. Hopefully I will complete this Wants List by either Easter 2016 or my 64th birthday (10th May 2016).
Of course this only brings me to the point I was in 2001 when I took a twelve year break from Stamp Collecting. There is a Wants List of “high value” stamps but to be frank, I think there are some stamps that I wont ever obtain but as these are overprints which started life as “British” stamps, I am not overly concerned that I will never be totally “complete”. Completion is always the philatelic dream but I think collections are always meant to be a work in progress.
Another purchase yesterday….around two hundred stamps on paper …for £2.50. Most are from Africa and the Middle East.
Most of these stamps have now been soaked off paper and mounted in albums. To some extent, this is real “traditional”….even “juvenile” collecting. It is a simple pleasure. As I have always said, my World collection is pretty small (currently around 12,500) and I welcome the opportunity to add a lot of countries. I have recently arranged trades with collectors in Belgium and the Philippines and will try and arrange more in Canada and United States over the next few days.