The 2018 edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Scott catalogs. The title pages of this volume and other volumes in the 2018 Scott Standard catalog state that this is the 174th edition of the catalogs (and it is). In September 1868, John Walter Scott published his first stamp catalog. The catalog, titled A Descriptive Catalogue of America and Foreign Postage Stamps, Issued from 1840 to Date, is considered to be the first Scott stamp catalog.
The Scott catalog has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a 24-page bound pamphlet. The Scott Standard catalog lists more than 700,000 stamps from more than 600 stamp-issuing entities. Because the catalog volumes had grown so large that they were literally bursting at the seams, each 2018 Scott Standard catalog has been split into two volumes, A and B.
All told, almost 9,000 value changes are recorded in the combined Volumes 3A and 3B of the 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue.
Volume 3A (Countries G)
Renewed interest in the classic stamps of Gambia, particularly in rare items, results in upward movement of values for several early issues. Gambia Scott 1, the 1869 Queen Victoria 4-penny pale brown from the first-issue Cameo series, jumps from $550 unused in Vol. 3 of the 2017 Scott Standard catalog to $575 in the 2018 edition. Modern issues of The Gambia reflect a weaker market.
German Offices Abroad received a thorough vetting this year. The market reflects an expanded interest in German Offices in China. Among the Tientsin handstamped issues, the 1900 3-pfennig brown (Scott 17) jumps from $575 unused to $600, and from $750 used to $800. The 50pf purple and black on salmon paper (22) soars from $15,000 unused to $16,000.
Volume 3B (Countries H-I)
The Central American country of Honduras received a thorough review this year, which resulted in 71 value changes. Many increases can be found among the airmail issues. The 1972 set of four overprinted airmail stamps honoring the 50th anniversary of the Masonic Grand Lodge in Honduras (Scott C501-C504) moves upward in value, from $11.70 mint to $20, and from $9.15 used to $11.50.
Activity in Italian States stamps is reflected in more than 650 value changes combined for the various states. Numerous illustrations of Trieste Zone A stamps of Italy overprinted “A.M.G./F.T.T.” for use by the Allied Military Government of the United States and Great Britain have been added to the listings.