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Qatar’s 2021 stamps – footie, & more footie

Qatar’s 2021 stamps – footie, & more footie

If you're a football fan, Qatar's 2021 stamps are made to order. They will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the Qatar Post's offerings reflect this. As of July, 3 stamp sets have been released with 2 dedicated to football. I expect next year will be all about the...

Wallis and Futuna stamps

Wallis and Futuna stamps

Wallis and Futuna stamps have a few great designs to look at.  Familiar French designers, like illustrator and engraver Jean-Jacques Mahuteau, have a hand in Wallis stamps, so the designs might feel familiar. Mahuteau created what I think was on of the best Year of...

Cool! Uruguay’s 2021 stamps

Cool! Uruguay’s 2021 stamps

Uruguay's 2021 stamps and cancels are interesting. I like a country that offers lots of cancels to chase and Uruguay scratches that itch. Not only does Correo Uruguayo issue a postmark for each stamp, they have a couple of special cancels. Cataloging them was fun ūüėé....

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Macau’s Chapas S√≠nicas stamps WIN!

Macau’s Chapas S√≠nicas stamps WIN!

Macau's Chapas Sínicas stamps received high honours this year from the German Design Council. Each year the GDC issue awards in a number of categories ranging from architecture to documents. It's an fascinating competition to watch because of the diverse topics...

Tokyo Olympics stamps for 2020/21

Tokyo Olympics stamps for 2020/21

Tokyo Olympics stamps were scattered over a 2 year period, thanks to the pandemic postponement. The Olympics are alternately labeled 2020 and 2021. For clarity, I tried to use 2020 throughout this article. In about 40 years, I'll bet there will be mild confusion among...

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