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.
The editors surveyed a rather slow market for Vol. 1A of the 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, which provides listings for the United States, United Nations and countries of the world, A-Australia. Among the U.S. 20th-century coils, used singles of Nos. 349 and 352 show increases, and the scarce 2¢ coil (388) climbs slightly, to $1,400 unused, from $1,350 in the 2017 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers.
In addition to the many updated notes of clarification throughout the listings, new listings for U.S. error stamps have been added. Perhaps the most interesting is No. 5036b, the imperforate error of the 2016 Quilled Paper Heart stamp. This stamp was issued in imperforate press sheets, but all of those were printed from Plate S11111. A later printing was printed from plate B11111, and it is from this printing that the imperforate errors come. But in order to differentiate the error stamps from the more commonly issued imperforates, examples of the error must be collected with the B11111 selvage attached.
Much new work has been done on the Computer Vended Postage section, mostly in clarifying listings and footnotes. In the Hunting Permit Stamps section, a footnote has been added after No. RW13 explaining that the previously listed No. RW13a shade variety was deleted because it has been determined that it is a chemically induced changeling.
Elsewhere in Vol. 1A, take note of the substantial increases in used condition for the 26 stamps of Aguera. The 1920 10-peseta orange, for example, advances from $100 in the 2017 catalog to $125 this year.
Angola received a thorough review this year, resulting in almost 2,700 value changes, which reflect mostly downward movement. Scattered increases can be found among the scarce issues and varieties. The 1-angolar air post stamp (Scott C10) soars from $11.50 unused to $16 but decreases from $7 used to $5.25.
Vol. 1B of the 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue provides listings of countries of the world from Australia through B countries (Bushire). A concentrated review of Bangladesh yielded slightly more than 1,200 value changes. In general, stamps issued through 2005 show declines in value. After that, however, dramatic gains in value are seen. The 2011 souvenir sheet of five celebrating the 40th anniversary of independence, Scott 782, skyrockets from $1.75 mint and used in the 2017 catalog to $7.50 both ways this year. The 2007 issue honoring 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Scott 724, shows a $10 jump in value, from $20 mint and used last year to $30 in the 2018 catalog.
More than 405 value changes occur in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our vetting results in mostly decreases of 10 percent to 30 percent. Among the few increases are the values for the 1906 issue with perforation gauge 9½ in never-hinged condition. Declines also are reflected among the more than 2,500 value changes for stamps of Bosnia and the Bosnian Croat and Serbia administrations.
A bump in collector interest for Barbuda prompted the editors to do a careful review, which resulted in somewhat more than 2,000 value changes. Almost without exception, these changes are declines on the order of 10 percent to 25 percent.