Showing posts with label philately. Show all posts
Showing posts with label philately. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Having some fun with Open AI ChatGPT and asking it some philately and stamp collecting related questions

explain in Shakespearean prose why philately is the best hobby


ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence tool that provides a conversational interface that allows you to ask questions in natural language. The system then responds with an answer within seconds. ChatGPT was launched in November 2022 and reached 1 million users only 5 days after its initial launch.

I decided to take it for a spin and ask a few questions

Explain in Shakespearean prose why philately is the best hobby

Oh fair and noble pastime, how dost thou grace the idle hours of man! 

Thy name, dear Philately, doth bring to mind images of quaint and ancient stamps, each bearing the visage of kings and queens long since passed. 

Thy pursuit doth require both keen wit and patient diligence, for the collector must needs seek out each rare and precious specimen with all the fervor of a hunter in pursuit of his quarry. 

And when at last the coveted item is obtained, the collector doth experience a sense of triumph and satisfaction that rivals even the greatest victories of yore. 

Truly, Philately is the very embodiment of the virtues of industry and perseverance, and is thus deserving of the title "best hobby."

That was pretty awesome  :-)

What is the rarest stamp in the world

The rarest stamp in the world is considered to be the British Guiana 1c magenta, which was issued in 1856. Only one example of the stamp is known to exist, and it has been sold at auction for as much as $9.5 million.

Pretty standard answer

Who has the most extensive stamp collection in the world

It is difficult to determine who currently holds the title for having the most extensive stamp collection in the world as collections and their ownership can change over time. However, some of the most famous and extensive stamp collections in history include those of King George V of the United Kingdom, the du Pont family in the United States, and the Royal Philatelic Collection of the British Royal Family.

I am surprised it didn't mention Philipp von Ferrary, his collection included the unique Treskilling Yellow of Sweden and the 1856 one-cent "Black on Magenta" of British Guiana.

What are the  most popular topical collection ideas for stamp collecting

Some popular topical areas for stamp collecting include:

  • stamps featuring animals or plants
  • stamps depicting famous people or historical figures
  • stamps related to a particular country or region
  • stamps issued for a specific event or celebration
  • stamps featuring transportation themes (such as trains, ships, or airplanes)
  • stamps with a specific theme such as space, sports, music, movies, etc.
  • stamps from a certain era or historical period.
  • stamps with certain design elements such as se-tenant, booklet panes, etc.

It's worth noting that people collects stamps for many reasons, and what's popular can vary widely depending on the collector's personal interests and collecting goals.

Another standard answer you would expect

What is the best way to remove hinges from stamps?

There are a few methods for removing hinges from stamps, but one of the most effective is to use a hinge pick. A hinge pick is a small tool with a pointed end that is used to gently lift the hinge off of the stamp. You can also use tweezers or a small screwdriver to remove the hinges, but be careful not to damage the stamp. Additionally, some people recommend using water or a small amount of stamp hinge remover to soften the hinges before trying to remove them.

What are some of the best stamp catalogs and why?

Some of the most highly regarded stamp catalogs include the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, the Stanley Gibbons Commonwealth and British Empire Catalogue, and the Michel Europa-Katalog. These catalogs are considered to be some of the best because they are comprehensive, regularly updated, and widely used by stamp collectors and dealers. The Scott catalog is known for its detailed listings and accurate valuations of stamps from the United States and other countries. The Stanley Gibbons catalog is considered the standard for stamps from the British Commonwealth, and the Michel catalog is a popular choice for stamps from Europe.

For me of course Michel is number 1  :-)

What is the difference between philately and stamp collecting

Philately is the study of stamps and postal history, while stamp collecting is the hobby of collecting stamps. In other words, stamp collecting is a subset of philately. Philatelists study stamps not just for their monetary value, but also for their historical and cultural significance. They may also collect other postal-related items such as postmarks, postal stationery, and covers (envelopes or postcards that have been used and have stamps affixed to them).

what is the difference between philately and stamp collecting

What is the difference between lithography and letterpress print

Lithography and letterpress printing are two different techniques used to print text and images on paper.

Lithography is a printing process that uses a flat surface, such as a metal plate or a stone, and a chemical process to transfer an image onto paper. The image is drawn or painted onto the plate with a greasy substance, such as a wax crayon or ink, and then the plate is washed with a water-based solution. The greasy image repels the water and attracts the ink, which is then transferred onto the paper. This method is often used to print large runs of high-quality images and text.

Letterpress printing, on the other hand, uses raised type or blocks to create an impression on paper. The type or blocks are pressed into the paper, leaving an indented image or text. This method is often used for printing small runs of text, such as books and invitations, and is considered a more traditional method of printing.

What are some of the most desirable stamps a collector should have in the collection

Some of the most desirable stamps for collectors include:

  1. The Penny Black: the world's first adhesive postage stamp, issued by the United Kingdom in 1840.
  2. The Inverted Jenny: a United States stamp from 1918 featuring an upside-down image of an airplane.
  3. The Treskilling Yellow: a Swedish stamp from 1855 that is considered one of the rarest in the world.
  4. The Mauritius "Post Office" stamps: a set of stamps issued on the island of Mauritius in 1847, considered to be one of the first postage stamp issues in the world.
  5. The Chinese "Red Revenues": a set of stamps issued by China in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, known for their intricate designs and vibrant colors.
  6. The British Guiana 1c magenta: the world’s rarest stamp, it was printed in 1856 in very limited quantities and only one specimen is known to exist.

These are just a few examples, and the value and desirability of stamps can vary greatly depending on factors such as rarity, condition, and historical significance.

What are some different kind of perforation in philately

There are several different types of perforation in philately, including:

  • Line perforation: This is the most common type of perforation, where the holes are arranged in straight lines around the stamp.
  • Comb perforation: This type of perforation is similar to line perforation, but the holes are arranged in a comb-like pattern.
  • Grid perforation: This type of perforation is similar to line perforation, but the holes are arranged in a grid pattern.
  • Roulette perforation: This type of perforation is characterized by a series of parallel lines that are cut into the stamp paper instead of holes being punched out.
  • Serpentine perforation: This type of perforation is characterized by a series of wavy lines.
  • Spiral perforation: This type of perforation is characterized by a series of spiral-shaped holes around the stamp.
  • Double perforation: This type of perforation is characterized by two sets of perforations, one inside the other.
  • Imperforate: This type of stamps have no perforation and have to be cut or separated by hand

The type of perforation used on a stamp can be used to help identify and authenticate the stamp.

There you have it some fun with ChatGPT 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Stamp swap sets

I did a couple of stamp swaps recently and enjoyed the stamps I received, the people that received the stamps from me were also very happy.

I decided to put together a bunch of lots with about 100 stamps each.  You can see the descriptions and pictures for these below

Just direct message me on twitter: with the lot that you are interested in

I am interested in the following

  • Netherlands 1990 and later
  • Great Britain any period
  • Germany 2001 and later
  • France 1980 and later
  • Greece 1970 and later
  • Europa CEPT any period
  • Japan any period
  • Stamps on Stamps.. any period from Europe, Japan, America (North and South)

All the stamps I offer are in good condition, I ask that the stamps you offer are the same, the lots I have are all 100 stamps or so, I ask that your lot is the same.

Here are the lots I have available for now, more will be coming soon


A collection with some mint blocks and stamps, all stamps are shown in the picture below

DDR01  Gone

Small collection of East German stamps

DDR02   Gone

Another small collection of East German stamps


Small collection of dutch stamps These are shown on 2 images


Small collection of dutch stamps


Small collection of Austrian stamps


Another small collection of Austrian stamps


Small collection of Romanian stamps


Small collection of Bulgarian and Czechoslovakian stamps, some older stamps in this lot