Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

No Interest in Auctions

January 4th, 2015

Stamp AuctionA new topic has sprung up on the stamp collecting forums, that being stamp auctions.  There have been a number of notable auctions of late, selling off the collections of well-known philatelists and people have been talking about them and how actions operate in general.

Personally, I’ve never been a fan of auctions at all, be it the in-person, online or even eBay for my stamps.  Not that you asked but it’s my blog and I’m going to tell you why anyhow.

Are Stamp Expos Necessary?

November 9th, 2014

Stamp ShowThere aren’t a lot of stamp collecting podcasts but I’ve been listening to a new one called Stamp Show Here Today.  They had an episode recently about the 2014 SESCAL stamp show and how it seems that people are starting to go back to some of these shows, following a mass exodus with the advent of the Internet because it’s cheaper and easier to just buy something online than it is to travel to a show and dig through dealer boxes.

Guess I Won’t Go Back There Again

October 21st, 2014

Collectors+Gather+Strand+Stamp+Show+6WpgeiG1IZwlI suppose I’m lucky that I live in an area where there are a couple of stamp shops, or at least they pretend to be stamp shops.  I haven’t walked into any of them recently because I haven’t really collected stamps in a while, but since I’ve gone a little nutty of late and gotten a considerable number, I was running low on a couple sizes of stamp mounts, I figured I might as well stop in and see what I could see.

Now I wish I hadn’t.

Bringing Back Memories: Linn’s Stamp News

October 18th, 2014

lsn-headI was talking to a friend today and he brought up something he read in Linn’s Stamp News and that brought back a lot of memories.  See, I used to subscribe for years and years and years to Linn’s, back when it was a weekly full-size newspaper and I actually gave a damn about modern stamp issues.  I still have a couple of boxes out in the garage filled with back issues.  I used to love going over the pages every single week, but that was before the dark times, before the Internet, which largely killed it, and the enjoyment I got from it.

Collect What You Like

October 14th, 2014

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Recently, I was involved in a discussion about what kind of stamps people collect.  I’m someone who collects mint stamps almost exclusively, others enjoy used stamps.  Some people like complete covers and documents, others like just stamps.  It really doesn’t matter what you collect so long as you collect what you like, but there are people who get really upset if everyone doesn’t do what they want to do, like it’s a personal affront to their collecting.

The Post Office Doesn’t Care

October 11th, 2014

Uncancelled Stamps

Recently, I got an order of stamps from a new dealer who was recommended to me and while I’m extremely pleased with the stamps that I got, I was about to throw away the envelope and I noticed that the stamps hadn’t been cancelled by the Post Office.  For an organization that is in perpetual need of money and has to keep raising rates, apparently they don’t care about doing the easiest part of their job, keeping people from re-using stamps.

The Waning and Waxing of Collecting

October 4th, 2014

nationalI guess my collecting goes in cycles.  I didn’t realize until a day or two ago that I’ve kind of wandered away from collecting stamps, until I got an e-mail from Delcampe saying they hadn’t seen me for a while and wanted to know what was wrong.  Well, nothing was wrong, stamp collecting just faded from my radar for a while.  It wasn’t because I disliked it, I wasn’t tired of it, I just… lost focus and interest.

And that’s not really a bad thing, I don’t think.

Your Stamps Are Worth Nothing

May 18th, 2014

kilo1Nothing drives me quite so crazy as the never-ending flood of people showing up in stamp collecting forums thinking that this cache of stamps their father or grandfather left them is going to be worth a mint.  It drives me crazy for two reasons, first that these people expect that they can show up in a forum, having never participated or shown an interest in the subject matter before and expect that the forum participants will drop everything they’re doing and research values for them and secondly, that these people expect that just because something is old (and maybe not even that), it’s got to be worth a lot of money and a windfall for their wallet.

Both of these are wrong.

Why I’m So Negative: The Hobby Edition

May 9th, 2014

Being Negative

I posted something on negativity over on my other blog but I thought I needed to touch on it again here with regard to hobbies.

Without going into the same spiel, I want to say that no matter how much you enjoy a thing, whether it’s a political position or a hobby or anything else, it can always be improved.  Nothing is ever perfect and it’s only by examining it critically and rationally, with an eye toward making it better that we actually can make it better.  Far too many people want to pretend that there just is nothing bad, everything is great, the world is perfect and can’t be made any better so let’s not even mention the bad, it doesn’t exist.

I point out a lot of places where hobbies can, and in my opinion should, be made better but I’m always met with resistance by people who are ultimately fanatics. Fanaticism is, like it or not, the downfall of most hobbies.  So long as you are a fanatic, utterly obsessed with your hobby, you’ve lost any objectivity when it comes to quality. If you love Star Wars and will buy anything that someone stamps a Star Wars logo on, regardless of quality or price, you are part of the problem.  If you can’t talk about the issues with a particular franchise because your emotions are clouded with your overwhelming love for that franchise, you are part of the problem.

There are lots of people who are part of the problem.

With action figures, there are lots of people who can’t be bothered with the problems that have existed for years, such as piss-poor case packs, bad quality sculpts, cheap paint applications and an ever-decreasing complexity.  Just keep those hunks of badly-formed plastic coming or they’ll go into withdrawal!

How about stamps?  Get them by the ton, even if you don’t need them and don’t have the time to look at them!  Shove them into albums!  Mindlessly support the post office because you can’t imagine new stamps not coming out every five minutes!  Buy, buy, buy, buy, buy and then buy some more.  That way you can sit around and whine that you can’t recoup on your “investment”.

With board games, it doesn’t matter if the same game has been released a dozen times before with a different name, you have to keep buying!  Buy buy buy!  Buy everything Kickstarter has to offer at the highest level of commitment so you can have those useless extras that you’ll never look at again!

Birds, let your emotions rule the roost!  Don’t worry about what you can afford, don’t worry about what you can reasonably maintain, fill the house from top to bottom with as many birds as you can get, bankrupt yourself with bird toys, fill every second of  your day with baking bird bread and other treats, then complain that you’re totally overwhelmed!  But wait, there’s another bird in need on Craigslist!  Get it!

These are all problems, yet most people just don’t want to talk about them.  They want to pretend everything is great, the world is wonderful and nothing could possibly improve their fandoms.  People need to be realistic when it comes to their fun and it’s an unfortunate reality that most simply are not.  It’s why I don’t fit in anywhere because I am a realistic person and most fanboys hate the realistic.  They want to live in a fantasy.  That’s not me.

I guess I have to continue being negative because that’s the only way things improve.

Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.