Post by guyana1230 on Aug 30, 2017 12:14:46 GMT -5
I have always kept CTO's in my collection until I find a genuinely used copy to replace it. However, as I collect any/all stamps from Guyana there are some CTO's in that collection that will never get replaced as there is no evidence of some of the issues listed by Scott as ever being used in the postal sense of the word. At the end of the day though it is down to personal choice and which countries you collect
Since I mainly collect pre-1950, US, Canada, Mexico and Colombia, I dont come across to many CTO's. If I do and I need it to fill in an empty spot in my album, I will keep it. Other than that, I will use it for trade, giveaways or as prizes for the monthly lottery that I run here.
I had a lot of these through Stanley Gibbons packets of stamps 30 years ago. I didn't like licking hinges but licking stamps I think might have been nicer so I licked them into my world builder albums back then. With the gum gone if you soak them off the page again, could you get away with not calling them CTO?
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Post by zepherusbane on Aug 30, 2017 20:32:49 GMT -5
I keep one copy of each stamp whether they are CTO or not, I will put them in my albums until I find a real postally used copy (if they exist). I don't go out of my way to find them and would not purposely buy them today (although when I was young I would buy them in those review packets that used to be so common). I guess I mostly follow the same process as guyana1230 mentioned.
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I currently am only collecting worldwide up to 1953-54 so I do not have to deal with many CTO's at this point. I intend to expand my collection to 1970 in the future, at that point I will place them in my albums until a mint or postally used example presents itself. For some countries (Guyana, East Germany, The Soviet Union) CTO's are much more common or the only game in town. I purposely decided to stop my collection at 1970 as it afforded me a selection of post colonial / newly emerging countries but limited somewhat the amount of CTO's, souvenir sheets and made for collectors only (Disney, Elvis etc.) stamps I would have to deal with as they do not (to me) have the historical interest of stamps which where actually met for use by the countries who issued them.
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Post by mourningdoves on Sept 1, 2017 22:11:41 GMT -5
Depends what I'm collecting them for. My collection is fragmented along various lines, reflecting my divided, tormented soul . I've dabbled in postal history and still have a long-range goal of organizing the many place-name postmarks I've accumulated, both on pieces and on the stamps themselves. And I still have a preference for postally used over mint. But increasingly, I'm interested in the people and events behind the stamps - not only "Who are these guys?" but the way stamps reflect a nation's self-image and the way it wants to be perceived externally. For those purposes, a CTO that a Serious Philatelist™ would call a hunk o' junk can make me aware of...
the back roads and byways of Orthodox Christian iconography;
the abundance of wacky, inspired graphic artists in Poland and Czechia;
writers and composers I've never heard of, some of whom are amazing;
and obscure historical events that somebody wants to commemorate.
The thing about CTOs is that they look like CTOs. It's like they are shouting out their fundamental illegitimacy for all the world to hear. But once I started thinking about it, I realized that they aren't really any more "illegitimate" than, say, most colonial issues, or stamps from places like Northern Epirus or North Ingermanland that existed primarily to say to the world, "Here we are!", or stamps that aren't available in local post offices in the country where they were issued. And I like a lot of those things! And so do most of us!
Me, as a thematic collector, I cherish them... You can imagine, that butterflies issues are mostly CTO, especially in period of Comunism and "the wall", when stamps were issued in high nominal, basically just for collectors...
I collect all - preferablly used - but I try to get so called 3 lined issue (used/mint/cto)
I was once offered a near complete collection of postally used Poland (no CTOs!). A lot of people don't realize how hard it is to get a near complete postally used post-WWII collection for some countries like Poland, East Germany, Hungary... It was quite impressive, but I wasn't focusing on that area at the time so I passed on it.
I will usually include them in collections I am already building. To the un-trained eye it makes my collection look that more impressive. Though I confess I still have trouble affixing a hinge to that shiny pristine glue on the back of CTOs.
I started collecting a few years ago when H.E. Harris was big in the stamp business. I think I got his address off the back of a comic book. I used to get approvals. Short sets from all the countries that issued CTOs at the time. I was happy to get anything. Not all were CTO but a lot were. I still have some of them. I will replace it if I get a properly used example, otherwise it stays. I want a space filled, I don't care if it's Mint, Used or CTO. If you were going to be a real stickler and not have anything to dowith CTO material, you would not have a single First Day Cover in your collection. Those are CTOs of the highest order. (or lowest) I have great collections of a few of the communist countries (ex now) and they will never be replaced with postally used.
Post by biglavalamp on Jan 16, 2018 16:21:46 GMT -5
If it looks like a stamp...smells like a stamp...and feels like a stamp...you don,t have to actually eat it to know its a stamp....(ammended famous naughty quote by Seth Eisenberg....naughty word sh*t replaced by stamp)
If I like the CTO,s and there relevant to my collections I keep them.
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