C & H Stamps
Dealer Member APS, Member CZSG, USPPS, ICC
2016 -- OUR 37th Year!!
NEW as of 3/8/16: I apologize that several pages are unreadable; the formatting got screwed up. I’m working to correct them. NEW 48 corner block VF/F/VF (see immediately below)! Added mint 1 and 2 ex-Gibbs. Did some list cleanup to remove sold items; was able to add two lovely 58s (one mint and one used.). Added 94 F+ OG with large margins; also added 67 F+ OG (looks NH). We bought a number of unusual and rare items from the Donald Kuske collection and the collection of Irwin Gibbs, one of the most important researchers and exhibitors of CZ postal stationery. It will take awhile, but we’ll get to listing many items. Added a 46 on cover, another #1 (mint SE), 58 F/VF, great 54 almost VF NH, 89 F/VF+ mint and mint 3 without gum, 67 F+ LC and 54 & 57 VG mint and 97 F/VF NH. Added a whole bunch of stuff: 59 almost VF mint, 64 F/VF+ to VF OG, and 67 F NC; more first issues (#1-3) used and mint! New mint J7 F+ OG, and 80 VF centered with a bend. Added J10 VF OG, 19 NH, 99 VF NH, 52a (see “Varieties” below), 20 NH, 84.1a (narrow spacing) in strip and block, as well as J17b (see “Postage Dues”) as well as 9b and 12b and 19 Panama 15/16 mm long (see Varieties below) and J18 corner block with initials! We acquired the CZ stock of Conroy Philatelic, the #2 (to us) CZ dealer; we wish to thank Judy Conroy, and are excited to offer a wider stock to our customers. We have THE MOST CZ specimens anywhere – see “Officials” page!! CZ UX6 used (see just below), 39c mint pane! Any stamp can be scanned and emailed/sent to you; this is easier than my learning html!
We wish to highlight these 4 rarities:
CZ 48 incredible upper right corner block, VF or F/VF, rich deep color and centering, left 2 stamps NH, waxy gum and with a very tiny tropical stain on upper right stamp, lovely piece http://canalzonestamps.com/images/cz48lock.jpg $900
CZ UX6, the 1c embossed post card from 1924 (the only
embossed postal card ever issued by the US!), extremely fine mint copy of this
seldom offered card. It is a hard item to scan, since the scanner tries to
darken it, so I apologize for the light color. Rest assured this card is
strongly printed and in beautiful condition. Undercatalogued
at $1050 in “usual” condition, which this is not! http://canalzonestamps.com/images/czux6mint.jpg $1085
CZ UX6, the 1c embossed post card from 1924 (the only embossed postal card ever issued by the US!), extremely fine mint copy of this seldom offered card. It is a hard item to scan, since the scanner tries to darken it, so I apologize for the light color. Rest assured this card is strongly printed and in beautiful condition. Undercatalogued at $1050 in “usual” condition, which this is not! http://canalzonestamps.com/images/czux6mint.jpg $1085
UX6, the 1c embossed post card, USED from Gatun 11/14/24 on a printed International Association of Machinists’ meeting notice card, extremely fine example of this scarce used card, as with scans of this card, the “stains” on the front are NOT stains but a spot gum mark (on the left) and a very light finger mark with postmark ink (below the “stamp”), really a beautiful card and rarely seen http://canalzonestamps.com/images/czux6used.jpg $1000
94 used block of 5! Yes, this is a used block of 4 with an additional stamp attached on the lower right -- it has straight edges at the bottom, heavy cancel, the perfs touch at right, there are a few creases, a few missed perfs – in general, it’s pretty tough, BUT…..it is very rare in such a multiple, and has a catalog value of $800+!! See scan at: http://canalzonestamps.com/images/cz94block.JPG $55 net
CZ UC1 first airmail envelope, first day cover 5/21/28 with pair of #72 and #103 (scarce used!) added, to Kelso, WA (backstamped Pasco WA 5/29/28). F/VF, small UL corner bend, rare and Scott $175, http://canalzonestamps.com/images/CZUC1fdc.JPG $90 net
Please note these ABBREVIATIONS are used in these lists:
gsk gum skip
NH never hinged
PLEASE NOTE WELL:
Please order by centering and condition. (ie: VF LC, or F/VF OG sm th). PLEASE GIVE ALTERNATE CHOICES (or email us first) since many items may be unique. Thank you!
Waxy gum? What’s with the wax!? The climate in
OUR STRICT CZ GRADING STANDARDS – view our scans to get a visual definition!
VF = PERFECT CENTERING – NOTHING LESS
F = off-center perfs that do not cut into design
F/VF = centered VF one direction & F in the other, (ie: Scott VF)
F+ is between F/VF and F (ie: our F+ = Scott F/VF). VG = perfs cut on 1 or 2 sides
If you want other dealers’ VF, then order F/VF! One reason we have so many “almost VF” is that it’s hard to find perfectly centered CZ!
Winter 2016 PRICELISTS:
CZ Officials and Airmail Officials – includes Official Seals (OXs) and CZ SPECIMENS!!
CZ Postal Stationery, Last Day Covers and CTC PanCanal FDCs – includes CZ POSTAL STATIONERY!
Pricelists updated through 2/20/16
SECONDS!!!!! Yes, we have seconds (boy, do we have seconds!!) Should you like to fill a space with a stamp with slight faults, please write us.
Sheets? Yup, we got ‘em! Send your want list for our quotes. We also have many mint blocks, if you collect them
Certificates? Why does the stamp need one? The CZ first issue, CZ #1-3, were heavily forged, even during their period of use! Therefore, it is imperative that an authority – usually the American Philatelic Society (APS), Philatelic Foundation (PF) or Professional Stamp Expertisers (PSE) – certify the stamps; they issue certificates of genuineness that include a photo of the stamp, or buy with my gurantee and then obtain a certificate. (2nd best are copies signed by Perry, Bartels and Colman, who used or sold them within days of issuance.) See comments on 1-3 fakes on the listing page. I have also seen a inaccurately identified #15 at auction WITH a cert at auction (June 2012), so watch it. CZ #46-8 and 67 are often hard to identify and certificates are a good idea; I don’t usually get certs for 46-8 and 67, but if you purchase one of these, you may submit them for certificates and, if not genuine, I will always refund the purchase price, cost of certificates and your postage paid to get the cert.
If you invest time and energy to build a strong CZ collection, you should also invest time to learn more about CZ stamps and postal history through the great organizations that research and publish information on it all! We strongly encourage customers to join the Canal Zone Study Group. Its resources are a great way to learn about CZ collecting. Write us for an application, or visit their website:
The US Possessions Philatelic Society (USPPS) is active in other Possessions with many of the same CZSG researchers. Write us also for info on the USPPS.
This website is dedicated to my father Howard, who passed away in 2002. We both cofounded C&H Stamps in 1979, and he was an important participant in CZ postal history and philatelic research. We still miss him greatly.
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