The editors surveyed a rather slow market and found almost 13,408 value changes for Vol. 1 of the 2017 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, which provides listings for the United States, United Nations and countries of the world, A-B. In the Postage section, which most catalogue users focus on, there are approximately 1,000 value changes. Value changes in classic 19th-century United States stamps, Scott 1-293, are few, with generally very small decreases. Among the exceptions are No. 90, the 1867 12¢ E grill, which rises to $5,000 unused with gum and $2,000 unused without gum, from $4,750 and $1,900, respectively, in the 2016 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog. Scott 100, the 1867 30¢ F grill, a very difficult stamp to find in the grade of very fine, jumps to $9,500 unused with gum and $3,500 unused without gum, from $8,500 and $3,250 last year. Scattered value changes can be found for 20th-century United States stamps to No.771 in the Postage section. More changes occur for stamps from Scott 772 to the present period, but no real trends are evident. More increases than decreases can be found in this period. Changes are few in the United States Semipostals through Locals back-of-the-book sections of Vol. 1. For stamped envelopes and wrappers, the recent trend of lower values continues, but on a scattered number of issues. An unused cut square of the 1884 2¢ brown on fawn, Scott U272, has been located. The value for an unused example previously was blank, indicating no examples had been recorded. The new discovery is valued at $7,000 unused. The used value remains at $2,000.
Mostly increases in values are found in Confederate States of America, with a sprinkling of decreases. U.S. possessions have mixed increases and decreases in values, with Ryukyu Islands seeing general decreases in earlier issues.
Albania, with a total of 3,488 value changes, topped all other countries for the number of value changes in Vol. 1 of the 2017 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. The weak euro and an abundance of stamps available on the market has resulted in many decreases for stamps issued from 1940 to 1990. From 1990 on, value changes are mixed. In Canal Zone, the variety of No. 12 with “PANAAM” at right, previously an unlettered minor listing in the Scott U.S. Specialized catalog, has been raised to lettered status as No. 12f.
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