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This is a new feature at StampAuctionNetwork where we bring you editorial content from various independent authors.

Ukraine's turbulent history, in stamps by Matthew Healey

Ukraine, thanks to its location and natural riches, has been at the core of many of Europe’s conflicts for the last 110 years. Not surprisingly, much of its troubled history can be read in its stamps, both official and unofficial. From time to time, an auction pops up with a good selection of some of these historic issues. Oldlouis, based in North Carolina, offers two such sessions this month as part of its three-week series of sales focused on Central and Eastern Europe.

The first Ukraine sale takes place Aug. 20 at 2pm EDT with over 300 lots covering issues of the People’s Republic of 1917-1920, Western Ukraine, and various occupations, as well as cinderellas issued in the Ukrainian diaspora; the second sale is on Aug. 23 at noon and consists of nearly 500 lots of provisional Trident overprints, issued in 1918 during the early days of Ukrainian independence from Imperial Russia. There is no video to accompany this article.

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What's in store in Sacramento by Matthew Healey

There are three Rumsey auctions lined up for Great American Stamp Show Aug. 25-28. It’s actually one big, four-day sale of about 2,000 U.S. and worldwide lots, and two more specialized sales on the side, both of better U.S. stamps and covers.

I expect to devote at least three further posts to these auctions: two looking at highlights from different sections, and one looking at the wealth of background data offered by StampAuctionNetwork to help bidders make informed calls about which lots to pursue and how aggressively to pursue them. For the 15 minute review using the screening tool watch the video provided by Tom Droege.

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America's ersatz empire on sale by Matthew Healey

IN THE AFTERMATH of the 1898 Spanish-American war, the United States found itself suddenly in possession of several overseas territories and no clear idea what to do with them: Puerto Rico, Guam, the Philippines and (temporarily) Cuba.

Around the same time, work was rapidly proceeding on the construction of a canal across the isthmus that connected North and South America, and the U.S. took control of a strip of territory in what was then the Colombian department of Panama.

Updated with prices realized from the Kelleher sale of the Jack Shartsis collection of Canal Zone and Philippines. Video contains provenance and census info on a couple stamps from the article.

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It’s a topsy-turvy world, all right by Matthew Healey

The Cherrystone sale coming up on Aug. 9-10 features a number of inverted-center errors from around the world, including some that are very seldom seen. Each is known in fewer than 50-100 examples. Let’s take a closer look at three of them, using data on past sales here at SAN and recalling the stories behind each one: Italy’s 1928 30-centesimi Emanuele Filiberto (Scott 203a) with full OG; Hungary’s 1921 5000-korona Madonna and Child (386a) unused; and Argentina’s 1899 5-peso Liberty Seated (140a), also unused.

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Could this sheet be unique? by Matthew Healey

Lot 1426 in the Stanley Gibbons auction happening July 26-28 is a full mint sheet of 20 of Great Britain’s 1867-74 Queen Victoria 5-shilling rose, Plate 2, with all the marginal inscriptions and large part original gum. Each stamp bears a small Specimen overprint. Aside from a few trivial creases and minor separation of the perfs, it’s stunningly beautiful.

Mint stamps of early Queen Victoria are rare. Mint multiples are even rarer. Full mint sheets, even when covered in Specimen handstamps, are the stuff of dreams.

Gibbons says this sheet has lain in one family’s collection for 62 years, almost an entire lifetime. While mint specimen sheets of the 5s Plate 1 are not unheard of, even great collectors like Reginald M. Phillips and Marcus Samuel had only blocks of Plate 2, not a full sheet.

So just how rare is this sheet? After doing a little research, it appears it may in fact be unique.

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Matthew Healey is a freelance philatelic writer who loves classic stamps and postal history, with an emphasis on Great Britain and its current and former realms. He contributes regularly to Linn's Stamp News and has also appeared in the American Philatelist, the Collectors Club Philatelist and The New York Times. Follow his stamp auction newsletter at matthewhealey.substack.com