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Having just got the April Pacifica off to the printers I thought I might spend a little of my spare time putting something on the Forum pages. Because my schedule is pretty full this will be my FIRST EVER attempt to put something on the Forum pages.
Stanley Gibbons will be publishing a second update to their specialised Western Pacific catalogue in November 2013.
I have been asked by them to update certain parts of that catalogue - particularly some of the Fiji issues.
Of great concern is the re-listing and updating of the Fiji Definitive Overprints, and I hope around June 2013 to be in a position to supply them with an updated listing which will cover the following:-
a) All new issues since the previous 2009 catalogue.
b) Details of all errors/varieties for all issues. On this subject Gibbons are adamant that they are not prepared to include what they term as "Printers Waste" in any listing, I am therefore approaching this by trying to include in my submission all "non-standard" items (ie errors/varieties and other "funnies") where I have evidence of them being postally used, giving the total number of examples recorded in each case.
c) I have discussed with Gibbons at some length the problems of adding to the existing listing (with them only having a single catalogue number for the whole range and then adding letter suffixes to distinguish different values as they appear). I believe that I have now convinced them that they need to start over again, and that to this end they will remove the previous listing and create a new listing (in similar style to that which they use currently to list the GB Machin definitives), possibly with a letter prefix, and positioned at the end of the Fiji catalogue.
d) The listing that I am compiling is an Xcel spreadsheet, and anyone who wants a sight of it should contact me (preferably at editor.pisc.org.uk) and I will oblige.
Finally there is also a good chance that we can (with John Ray & Paul Xavier's assistance get the Architecture definitive series relisted giving all different year identities a separate identification. If with John's help we can get some idea of quantities issued for each printing it may be possible to get catalogue values which more accurately reflect scarcity.
Best Wishes to all readers.
Bryan Jones (I haven't had time yet to find a photo to add).