SCOTT OR GIBBONS ?


FOR BRITISH COMMONWEALTH STAMP COLLECTORS WHO ARE LOOKING TO BUY THE BEST CATALOG AVAILABLE, PLEASE COMPARE BETWEEN THE 2 MAJOR STAMP CATALOG PUBLISHERS IN THE CHART BELOW.
(Editor's note: I have no vested interest in either company)

 
 SCOTT
 GIBBONS
Countries covered
Whole world
Great Britain & British Commonwealth
Number of volumes
 6
2
Inverted watermarks listed
No
Yes
(almost completed)
All watermark varieties listed KG5 & earlier
No
Yes
All booklets listed
Some
All, except GB
All perforation varieties listed
No
Yes
All GB phosphor varieties listed
No
Yes
All discernable color shades listed
No
Yes
All discernable errors listed, including those printed on the gummed side
No
Yes
All overprint varieties listed
No
Yes
Covers valued to 1940
No
(unless you buy a 7th catalog)
Yes
Accurate dates of issue listed
Not always
Yes
Official perfins listed
No
Yes
Same Country split up into different volumes due to country name change
(e.g. Vanuatu and New Hebrides)
Often split up
(a great inconvenience)
Together in the
same place under
the current name
of the country
Catalog prices in
 US$
 £
Language used
English
 English
Hard cover to volumes
 No (soft)
Yes
Covers resistant to creases, dogears
scratches etc.
No
Yes
List Price (complete set of volumes)
$270
$116
Street Price (complete set of volumes)
 about $240
$116
Shipping included
No (weighs
22 lbs to ship)
No
BEST VALUE FOR THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH COLLECTOR
 NO !
 YES !
 Address Scott Publishing Company
911 Vandemark Road
Sidney OH 45365-0828
U.S.A.
Stanley Gibbons Publications
5 Parkside, Christchurch Road
Ringwood Hants
England BH24 35H
Phone Number 937-498-0802 011-44-125-472363
E-mail [email protected]
amospress.com
[email protected]
stanleygibbons.co.uk
Website URL http://www.
amosadvantage.com/
scottonline
http://www.
stanleygibbons.com

One negative comment about Stanley Gibbons though. They don't use GB stamps on their packages, expect a boring meter label.


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