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, more than 20,200 value changes are recorded in the combined Volumes 2A and 2B of the 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue.
An ongoing Scott project is to include listings for complete booklets among the Canada listings. The 2016 Vol. 2 included the booklets from 1995 to the present. In the 2017 catalog, these booklet listings were expanded to include the 1992-1994 booklets, Nos. 1403b to 1536A. The 2018 Vol. 2A expands the listings even further, adding values for complete booklets from 1900 to 1935 (No. 77b through No. 219a).
Almost 350 value changes were made among the classic issues of China. Value changes for stamps from 1878 through the early 1900s reflect a strong market, with many increases in values, some substantial. The 1897 10-cent-on-12c (Scott 45) soars from $35,000 unused to $50,000, and from $2,750 used to $2,850. The early issues of the Republic of China (Taiwan) show a general uptick in values in the 2018 Vol. 2A. The issues of the People’s Republic of China continue to show strength, but the stamps no longer are setting record prices.
A full line-by-line review of Cook Islands results in more than 1,400 value changes.
A thorough vetting of Faroe Islands resulted in more than 1,300 value changes. Almost 4,900 value changes were made among the listings of France stamps. The 2006 Marianne stamps (type of 2005) in sheets of 15 show significant gains. Scott 3211 jumps from $50 both mint and used to $70 both ways, while No. 3211N soars from $100 mint to $250.
A thorough vetting of Faroe Islands resulted in more than 1,300 value changes. Mostly increases are found among the value changes for stamps of East Africa and Uganda Protectorates. Many of the changes reflect an increase of 10 percent to 15 percent.