The Stanley Gibbons Collect British Stamps has been the standard guide for collectors of Great Britain ever since the first edition was published in September 1967.
It provides a straightforward, easy-to-use work of reference, with every stamp design illustrated in colour and clear, uncomplicated listings ideally suited to the newer collector, while at the same time providing a handy checklist for the most advanced philatelist - small wonder that over four million copies have been sold to collectors around the world.
The Stanley Gibbons Collect British Stamps appears in the autumn of each year: for a more detailed listing, the Great Britain Concise Catalogue is published in the spring, incorporating many additional features and is ideal for the collector who needs more information about GB stamps.
Scope. Stanley Gibbons Collect British Stamps comprises:
This all colour catalogue provides a simplified listing of every British stamp from the Penny Black to the end of 2018, with all commemorative designs illustrated for ease of use. With fully updated listing of the popular Post & Go stamps and a fully priced list of Royal Mail Philatelic, Numismatic and Medallic covers.
With the renumbering of the Security Machins and the extensive repricing of Elizabethan issues, this is an edition which no GB collector can do without.
- All stamps with different watermark (wmk) or perforation (perf).
- Visible plate number on Victorian issues.
- Graphite-lined and phosphor issues, including variations in the numbers of phosphor bands
- First Day Covers for the Definitives from 1936, Regionals and all Special issues.
- Presentation, Gift and Souvenir packs.
- Post Office yearbooks and year packs.
- Regional issues and War Occupation stamps of Guernsey and Jersey
- Postage Due and Official stamps.
- Post Office Picture Cards (PHQ cards)
- Commemorative gutter pairs and 'Traffic Light' gutter pairs listed as mint sets
- Royal Mail Postage Labels prices as sets and P.O. First Day Cover
- Royal Mail Post & Go Stamps
- The introduction includes a full design index for commemorative issues, a Great Britain's collector glossary and articles giving helpful advice on a range of collecting topics.
New for this edition
- A thorough review of all prices has been carried out, with a number of increases since the 2016 edition.
- Issues of 2017 have been added and the listings of earlier issues carefully checked and updated.
- Post & Go stamps fully updated with the help of John M Deering
- Provides a straightforward simplified, richly illustrated listing of every Great Britain stamp from the famous Penny Black up to the end of 2018.
- Your complete introduction to GB stamp collecting.
- All commemorative designs illustrated.
- A handy self-contained reference guide for the collector.
- A helpful introduction with advice on how to build a collection, choose an album and mount stamps, survey guide to philatelic accessories and the Stanley Gibbons numbering system.
- Stanley Gibbons prices are recognised everywhere as the standard guide to stamp values.
- Watermark and perforation differences included.
- Post Office year books, PHQ cards, postage dues, official stamps, commemorative and traffic light gutter pairs and much more.
- Design index for commemorative issues from 1924 to aid stamp identification.
- Quick-reference listing of all Prestige Stamp Booklets, 1969-2018.
- Regional stamps of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales included.
- Pre-postal independence issues of Isle of Man (1958-71), Guernsey (1941-69) and Jersey (1941-69), including the war time occupation issues of Guernsey and Jersey.
- First day covers for definitives from 1936, regionals and all special issues listed and priced.
- Visible plate numbers on the Victorian issues are listed.
- Graphite lined and phosphor issues are included.
- New for this edition:
- Complete listings of all 2018 issues.
- Prices have been carefully reviewed throughout. There are increases in all sections, but also a large number of reductions, bringing catalogue prices into line with today’s competitive market.
- The ‘Security’ Machins (with ‘U’ number prefixes) have been completely renumbered in order to remove suffix letters and to minimise future changes. A complete listing, cross-referencing former and new numbers is provided.
DETAILED CONTENTS/COUNTRIES COVERED:
- Great Britain, 1840–2018
- Regional Issues:
- Northern Ireland
- Isle of Man, 1958–71
- Channel Islands
- General Issue, 1948
- Guernsey, 1941–69
- Jersey, 1941–69
- Postage Due Stamps
- Royal Mail Postage Labels
- Official Stamps
- Post & Go Stamps
- Philatelic, Numismatic and Philatelic Medallic Covers issued by Royal Mail
- Quick-reference priced listing of Prestige Stamp Booklets
The Differences between Stanley Gibbons Collect British Stamps and the Great Britain Concise catalogues
For the Great Britain collector who wishes to economise and yet keep in touch with the latest market values of his stamps, Stanley Gibbons publish three admirable ‘mini-catalogues’ or checklists – the Great Britain Concise Stamp Catalogue, Collect British Stamps and Collect Channel Islands and Isle of Man Stamps. These show all the new issues and latest prices since previous editions. All stamps are illustrated in colour and first day covers, presentation packs, officials and postage dues are included; the Great Britain Concise and Collect Channel Islands and Isle of Man Stamps also include stamp booklets. Many GB collectors take an interest in varieties of watermark – inverted, reversed and sideways, etc – and the Concise includes these in its listings, as well as missing colours, imperforate errors and phosphor omitted varieties. These catalogues are published annually.
The Stanley Gibbons Collect British Stamps and the Great Britain Concise catalogues list and price the stamps of Great Britain. They include all definitive's (the every day stamp,) commemorative and special issues, regional's, postage dues, officials and Post & Go stamps.
For the general GB collector, the Stanley Gibbons Collect British Stamps catalogue is perfectly adequate, with a straightforward and easy to use format and for what the Collect may not contain, the Concise can make up for.
The Concise includes errors, inverted watermarks, booklets and booklet panes, major plate flaws, 'Specimen' overprints, 'Smiler's' sheets, telegraph stamps, printer and designer information, postal fiscals, detailed Machin and Post & Go listings and much more background information.
Prices are reviewed for both catalogues every year, and a collector who wants to keep up to date with the current market would benefit from having both.
Stanley Gibbons Collect British Stamp catalogues are released in the winter of each year and you can purchase the latest one here.
The Great Britain Concise catalogues are released in the Spring of each year, which you can purchase the latest edition of here.
About Stanley Gibbons Catalogues
Stanley Gibbons is the world’s longest established rare stamp merchant. The world-famous Gibbons Catalogue was first published by Edward Stanley Gibbons in 1865 and sold for 2d., post free. The main catalogue now comprises several parts and is intended for the more advanced collector. Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840–1952 includes all stamps of this area from the earliest issues up to the end of George VI’s reign and additionally lists and illustrates many of the better varieties popular with collectors. A series of single country or limited area catalogues covers Commonwealth countries from their first issues to date. Of the remaining parts, ten are devoted to European countries and eleven to ‘overseas’ countries. Thematic Catalogues are also published covering stamps featuring Aircraft; Birds; Butterflies and Insects; Chess; Fish; Fungi; Mammals; Motor Vehicles; Railways; Shells and Ships. Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840–1952 and Stamps of the World are published, fully updated, each year, new editions of the others are published as required.
About Stamp Catalogs
The stamp catalogue, basically a dealer’s price-list, is a most essential work of reference for the stamp collector. It provides complete, detailed lists of all the postage stamps issued by every country in the world from the earliest days, with information about dates of issue, commemorative events, face values, colours and designs, and – if it is a fairly new catalogue – the current prices of the stamps, unused and postally used. For the beginner and general collector the most useful catalogue is the Stanley Gibbons Simplified Catalogue of Stamps of the World published in five volumes. This catalogue contains all the details – except perforations, watermarks, designers, printers and varieties – the average collector needs for every country.