A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzabar


A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzibar... Now what is between? For the world wide classical era philatelist and stamp collector, a country specific philatelic survey is offered with two albums: Big Blue, aka Scott International Part 1 (checklists available), and Deep Blue, aka William Steiner's Stamp Album Web PDF pages. Interested? So into the Blues...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Canal Zone - Bud's Big Blue

1924 Scott 74 & 1927 Scott 103 dark blue 
"Theodore Roosevelt"; Type A & Type B Overprint
A Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
Bully for the Canal Zone!

One might have thought Teddy Roosevelt would have figured more prominently in early Canal Zone stamps than he has; there’s only one likeness of him among BB’s selections, and it’s an overprinted US definitive. True, there are two iterations (see above); different overprints.

Beginning in 1928 several lesser lights got immortalized on CZ stamps, some of whom have yet to earn even brief Wikipedia bios. Sad. Teddy had to wait until 1946 for proper commemoration. The US pre-depression political climate had shifted against him, probably rendering any postal recognition repugnant. No stamp glory. His cousin, a noted philatelist with the same last name, may have authorized the 1946 stamp.

So much for the rant.

I enjoy close study of the 1939 “before and after” anniversary series. It shows how the canal transformed Panama’s topography.

 I also like the classic palindrome.

Census: 104 in BB spaces, 1 tip-in, 18 on supplement page.

Jim's Observations
Interesting area and history; at least for the U.S. collector.

A bit on the expensive side also. The overprinted 1924-25 "Canal Zone" J14 U.S. 10c deep claret postage due is $50. 

On the other hand, Big Blue didn't include the 1933 and 1939 overprinted U.S. stamps (Scott 115 3c deep violet, Scott 118 1/2c red orange, Scott 119 1 1/2 bister brown ) for CV <$1. 

A curious omission for a U.S. customer based album.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Most Expensive Big Blue Stamps - Reunion to Zululand

Romania 1866 Scott 29 2pa black/yellow  "Prince Carol"
Big Blue Picture
We have reached the end of the Part IB2 "Reunion to Zululand" segment for Big Blue, and it is time to summarize the "Most expensive stamps" that cross the $35 threshold for this section.

In addition, as we have completed the review of  the "Most Expensive" stamp lists for all of Big Blue. Therefore, some overall summary lists will be presented.


A perspective....

Consider there are ~ 8340 spaces in the `69 BB (and later editions) for Part IB2- “Reunion-Zululand”.  How many are “Expensive” (CV $10-$34+) or “Most Expensive” (CV >$35)?

“Expensive”: 377 spaces ( 4.5%)

“Most Expensive”: 69 spaces ( 0.8%)

The corollary is that 94.7% of the stamp spaces in BB for this section are CV <$1- <$10. That should be quite encouraging for WW classical collectors if one’s goal is to fill the album for a not large expense.

The lists I will present here are...
A ) Bakers Dozen most expensive stamp spaces Reunion to Zululand
B) The counties in Part IB2 that had NO stamp spaces with CV > $10
C) The countries in Part IB2 with stamp spaces requiring CV $10- $34+ ("Expensive stamps")
D) The countries in Part IB2 with stamp spaces requiring CV $35+ ("Most Expensive stamps")
E) The "Most Expensive" Stamp List (>$35) for Reunion to Zululand

General BB lists..
F) CV $200+ or greater from Aden to Zululand (Includes United States and Canada): The Top Twenty-Six Most Expensive Stamps in Big Blue
G) CV $100+ stamps (From Aden to Zululand) in Big Blue (93 stamps)

Appendix..
H) "The Rules"
I) Counties "dropped" from the 1940s editions BB in the '69 and later editions (and therefore not counted) in Part IB2, and countries not covered.
J) Links to the previously published "Most Expensive" lists for other parts of BB

Note: The "CV" prices listed here are "ballpark", as they reflect the catalogue CV from several years ago.

Spanish Sahara 1924 Scott 12 10p claret "Tuareg and Camel"
A) Bakers Dozen most expensive BB stamps Reunion to Zululand
San Marino 1932 Scott 150 5l olive green ($340) 
Switzerland 1858-62 Scott 35 2r gray ($275)
Syria 1923 Scott 106c 25c on 10c green (error surcharge) CV $240
Spain 1938 Scott 613 5p dark brown ($200)
San Marino 1932 Scott 136 1.25l dark blue ($190)
Wurttemberg 1863 (Scott 39) 9kr yellow brown ($160)
Salvador  1897 Scott (F1) 10c dark blue- wmked 117 ( $125)
Spanish Sahara 1929 Scott 12 10p claret ($105)
San Marino 1932 Scott 137 1.75l dark brown ($105) 
San Marino 1935 Scott 180 1.75l brown orange ($100)
Uganda 1898 Scott 76 5r brown ($90)
Zululand 1896 (Scott 21) 2sh6p green & black ($90)
Somalia 1930 Scott B32 5l + 1.50l red & green ($87.50)

Comment: San Marino! Who knew? Four stamps (CV $100- $340) land on the list, including the most expensive of all for Part IB2 - the 1932 Scott 150 5l olive green "Garibaldi's Arrival at San Marino" (CV $340). Perhaps it is somewhat fittingly appropriate, as I've long lamented the fact that BB, for a "representational" album, is too generous with expensive stamp spaces within the Italian sphere. And many collectors think that the Italian sphere CV in Scott is too high, and do not reflect reality. No other country has more than one stamp on this list, not even Switzerland or Spain.

Note the Syria "error" stamp, which some knowledgeable people believe is the "rarest" stamp with a space in BB, comes in third @ $240 on the list.

Note the countries that did not make the list: Sweden, Tibet, Vatican City, and the Australian States ( South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia).


Thurn and Taxis 51 15kr lilac
B) Countries that placed NO stamps on the "Most Expensive" list, AND also had no stamps valued between $10-$34+: 29 countries
Rio de Oro
Rouad
Ruanda-Urundi
St. Christopher
St. Thomas & Prince Is
St. Vincent
Schleswig
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Southern Nigeria
South Russia
Spanish Guinea
Spanish Morocco
Straits Settlements 
Swaziland
Tanganyika
Tete
Thurn and Taxis
Timor
Tobago
Transcaucasian F.R.
Trinidad
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey in Asia
Turks & Caicos Is.
Ukraine
Upper Silesia
Yemen
Zambezia

Comment: Thurn and Taxis is a bit of a happy surprise. Serbia with 104 spaces did not have any expensive stamps either. Early Trinidad for the specialist is expensive, but BB's selection is not.

Do not equate "inexpensive' with "common" or "easily obtainable".. As an example, Spanish Morocco and Spanish Guinea have 238 spaces in BB. I still have 87 of the spaces on my want list. ;-)


Russia 1875 Scott 30 20k blue & orange "Arms"
C) Countries that have stamps valued at $10-$34+, but no stamps placed on the "Most Expensive" list: 36 countries
Reunion (4)
Russia (31)
St. Helena (3)
St. Kitts-Nevis (1)
St. Lucia (2)
Ste. Marie de Madag. (3)
Samoa (1)
Sarawak (5)
Saxony (2)
Senegal (3)
Senegambia & Niger (3)
Shanghai (2)
Somali Coast (1)
Somaliland Prot. (2)
South Africa (2)
Southern Rhodesia (5)
South West Africa (1)
Sudan (1)
Surinam (8)
Tahiti (3)
Tannu Tuva (6)
Thailand (Siam) (7)
Togo (1)
Tonga (5)
Transvaal (1)
Tripolitania (23)
Tunisia (3)
Turkey (9)
Ubangi-Shari (1)
Upper Volta (2)
Uruguay (2)
Venezuela (11)
Virgin Islands (1)
Wallis & Futuna Is. (3)
Western Ukraine (2)
Zanzibar (5)

Comment: Russia, with 617 spaces, has 31 spaces with CV $10+-$34, but surprisingly, no "Most Expensive" stamps. Turkey, with 394 spaces, only has 9 spaces requiring an "Expensive",stamp. There are no "Most Expensive" stamps needed. Uruguay and Venezuela, with 549 combined spaces, only have 13 "Expensive" stamp spaces.

Yes, WW collecting (and the fun!) can be friendly to the wallet!

Tibet 1912-50 Scott 5 1f vermilion "Lion"
D) Countries with >$35 valuation "Most Expensive" spaces in BB: 25 countries
(Spaces with >$35; Spaces with $10-$34+; Highest CV)

Rhodesia (2,5) ($42+)
Romania (6,12) ($60)
Saar (1,5) ($47+)
St. Pierre & Miquelon (1,18) ($45)
Salvador (1,10) ($125)
San Marino (9,18) ($340)
Seychelles (2,2) ($70)
Somalia (8,30) ($87)
South Australia (1,4) ($45)
Spain (7,33) ($200)
Spanish Sahara (1,1) ($105)
Sweden (2,5) ($35)
Switzerland (8,17) ($275)
Syria (1,1) ($240)
Tasmania (1,8) ($35)
Thrace (1,0) $35
Tibet (5,5) ($55)
Turks Islands (1,0) ($35)
Uganda (2,4) ($90)
Upper Senegal & Niger (1,5) ($40)
Vatican City (5,11) ($60)
Victoria (1,10) ($42+)
Western Australia (1,3) ($37)
Wurttemberg (4,3) ($160)
Zululand (2,5) ($90)

Comment: San Marino and Somalia, both Italian sphere countries, have (9,18) and (8,30) "Expensive" and "Most Expensive" spaces respectively. Tibet (5,5) is pricey, and unfortunately, subject to forgeries. Spain (7,33) has the most in total, while San Marino has the highest number (9) of "Most Expensive" spaces, even beating out Switzerland (8).

E) The "Most Expensive" List (>$35) for Reunion to Zululand
The list is ordered alphabetically by country . For each country, a stamp scan heads the grouping. The stamp scan for a country might be from the "Most Expensive" list, or the "Expensive" list. If I have none of the above, I will simply choose a stamp from my collection. ;-)

Note the listing here gives the number of "Most Expensive" stamps (>$35), then the number of expensive stamps ($10-$34+) for each country respectively. The highest price stamp space for the country is also listed.

Recall, any stamp valued  @ CV $10, but less than CV $34, is listed in the individual country posts.

1910 Scott 108 6p claret & brown
"Queen Mary and King George"
Rhodesia (2,5) ($42+)
1910 Scott 105 3p olive yellow & violet ($42+)
1910 (Scott 107) 5p olive green & brown ($37+)

1872 Scott 59 50b rose/pale rose "Prince Carol"
Romania (6,12) ($60)
1865 Scott 26 2pa orange ($60)
1865 Scott 23 5pa blue ($45)
1865 Scott 64 (TI) or Scott 65(TII) 20pa red ($35)
1866 Scott 29 2pa black/yellow ($35)
1872 Scott 59 50b rose/pale rose ($42+)
1879 Scott 72 50b bister/yellowish ($35) 

1922 Scott O15 1fr brown red, Blue Overprint
Saar (1,5) ($47+)
1932 (Scott C4) 5fr dark brown ($47+)

1892 Scott 46 1c on 5c green/greenish
St. Pierre & Miquelon (1,18) ($45)
1932 Scott J31 3fr dark brown & black ($45)

1867 Scott 4 4r bister "Volcano San Miguel"
Salvador (1,10) ($125)
1897 Scott (F1) 10c dark blue- wmked 117 ( $125)

1929 Scott 127 2.50 l carmine rose & ultramarine
"Government Palace"
San Marino (9,18) ($340)
1932 Scott 136 1.25l dark blue ($190) !!!!
1932 Scott 137 1.75l dark brown ($105) !
1932 Scott 138 2.75l dark violet ($60)
1932 Scott 149 2.75l brown orange ($60)
1932 Scott 150 5l olive green ($340) 
1935 Scott 179 1.50l dark brown ($70)
1935 Scott 180 1.75l brown orange ($100) !
1931 Scott (C5) 2.60l prussian blue ($65)
1931 Scott (C6) 3l dark gray ($55)

1903 Scott 38 2c red brown & green
"King Edward VII"
Seychelles (2,2) ($70)
1939 Scott 142 75c gray blue ($45)
1938 Scott 144 1r yellow green ($70)

1926 Scott 72 10c on 1a rose red
Somalia (8,30) ($87)
1926 Scott 90 75c dark red & rose ($47.50)
1930 Scott 102 50c bright violet ($47.50)
1916 Scott B4 20c on 15c +5c slate ($55)
1930 Scott B32 5l + 1.50l red & green ($87.50)
1909-19 Scott J15 30c buff & magenta ($55)
1909-19 (Scott J16) 40c buff & magenta ($55)
1926 Scott Q27 20c black ($72.50)
1926 Scott Q28 25c red ($72.50)

1876 Scott 71 8p on 9p bister brown
South Australia (1,4) ($45)
1870 Scott 29 1p grayish green ($45)

1865 Scott 69 12c blue & rose
Spain (7,33) ($200)
1856 Scott 44 2c blue green ($42.50)
1931 Scott 510 50c dark orange ($40)
1938 Scott 613 5p dark brown ($200) !
1938 Scott 671 1p brown & yellow ($80)
1926 Scott B8 30c blue green ($40)
1927 Scott B22 10c green ($62.50)
1930 Scott E6 20c brown orange ($55)

1924 Scott 12 10p claret "Tuareg and Camel"
Spanish Sahara (1,1) ($105)
1929 Scott 12 10p claret ($105)

1858 Scott 12 50o rose "Coat of Arms"
Sweden (2,5) ($35)
1858 Scott 10 24o orange ($35)
1858 (Scott 11) 30o brown ($35)

1862 Scott 47 40c green "Helvetia"
Switzerland (8,17) ($275)
1858-62 Scott 35 2r gray ($275) !
1855-57 Scott 25 5r dark brown ($40)
1862-64 Scott 46 30c vermilion ($47.50)
1862-64 Scott 47 40c green ($65)
1882-89 Scott 75 15c yellow ($40)
1882 Scott 84 40c gray ($50)
1938 Scott 246 10fr green/greenish ($35)
1929 Scott C14 dull green, yellow green, & blue ($57.50)

1923 Scott 106c 25c on 10c green (error surcharge)
Image Scan from "Filling Spaces" blogsite (with permission)
Syria (1,1) ($240)
1923 Scott 106c 25c on 10c green (error surcharge) CV $240

1857 Scott 13 4p pale blue "Victoria"
Tasmania (1,8) ($35)
1892 (Scott 82) 2sh6p brown & blue ($35)

1919 Scott N12 25s indigo & black
Bulgarian 1911-19 Stamps Overprinted
Thrace (1,0) $35
1920 Scott N29C 30 l rose ($35)

1912-50 Scott 2 1/3t blue "Lion"
Tibet (5,5) ($55)
1912-50 Scott 1 1/6 t green ($40)
1912-50 Scott 2 1/3 t blue ($40)
1912-50 Scott 3 1/2 t violet ($40)
1912-50 Scott 4 2/3 t carmine ($50)
1912-50 Scott 5 1 t vermilion ($55)

1889 Scott 45 1p carmine lake "Victoria"
Turks Islands (1,0) ($35)
1883 Scott 44 1p orange brown ($35)

1898 Scott 74 8a olive gray
Uganda (2,4) ($90)
1898 Scott 75 1r ultramarine ($55)
1898 Scott 76 5r brown ($90)

1914 Scott 29 15c blue & olive brown
"Camel with Rider"
Upper Senegal & Niger (1,5) ($40)
1906 Scott J7 1fr black/pinkish ($40)

1933 Scott 31 2.75 l dark violet & black
"Pope Pius XI"
Vatican City (5,11) ($60)
1933 Scott 31 2.75 l dark violet & black ($60)
1935 Scott 44 75c rose red ($60)
1935 Scott 45 80c dark brown ($42+)
1935 Scott 46 1/25 l dark blue ($52+)
1936 Scott 51 75c rose red ($47+)

1863 Scott 80 1sh blue/blue
Victoria (1,10) ($42+)
1856 Scott 29 1p green ($42+)

1865 Scott 33 6p violet "Swan"
Western Australia (1,3) ($37)
1888 Scott 61 4p red brown ($37+)

1863 Scott 37 6kr blue "Coat of Arms"
Wurttemberg (4,3) ($160)
1857 (Scott 10) 6kr green ($60))
1861 (Scott 26) 6kr green ($60)
1863 Scott 37 6kr blue ($52+)
1863 (Scott 39) 9kr yellow brown ($160)

1894 Scott 16 3p lilac & brown
Zululand (2,5) ($90)
1894 Scott 20 1sh green ($45)
1896 (Scott 21) 2sh6p green & black ($90)

1847 Scott 2 10c black/bluish "Washington"
F) The Top Twenty-Six Most Expensive Stamps in Big Blue from Aden through Zululand, including the United States and Canada (CV 200+ or greater)
1) U.S. 1847 Scott 2 10c black/bluish ($1,000)
2) U.S. 1893 (Scott 241) $1 salmon ($650)
3) China Scott 78 1c on 3c red ($500)
4) France (Scott 7) 40c orange/yellowish Type I ($475)
4) U.S. 1863 Scott 76 5c brown ($475)
6) U.S. 1847 Scott 1 5c red brown/bluish ($425)
7) San Marino 1932 Scott 150 5l olive green ($340) 
8) Hong Kong 1891 Scott 54 50c on 48c lilac ($300)
8) U.S. 1867 Scott 98 15c black ($300)
10) U.S. 1867 Scott 97 12c black ($275)
10) Switzerland 1858-62 Scott 35 2r gray ($275)
12) U.S. 1867 Scott 96 10c yellow green ($260)
13) Great Britain 1884 Scott 105 6p green ($250) 
13) U.S. 1869 (Scott 119) 15c brown & blue, Type II ($250)
15) Syria 1923 Scott 106c 25c on 10c green (error surcharge) CV $240
16) Canada 1852-57 Scott 4 Three pence red "Beaver" ($225)
16) Great Britain 1902-11 Scott 140 5sh carmine rose ($225)
16) U.S. 1869 Scott 115 6c ultramarine ($225)
19) U.S. 1870 Scott 151 12c dull violet ($220)
19) U.S. 1870 Scott 152 15c bright orange ($220)
21) Cape of Good Hope 1863-64 Scott 12 1p dark carmine ($210)
21) U.S. 1870 Scott 134 1c ultramarine ($210)
21) U.S, 1898 Scott 291 50c sage green ($210)
24) Italy 1910 Scott 118 15c green ($200) 
24) U.S. 1893 Scott 240 50c slate blue ($200)
24) Spain 1938 Scott 613 5p dark brown ($200)

Comments: These are the BB showcase stamps. Of the 26 stamps on the list, 14 are from the U.S. There are eleven other countries represented, and save for Great Britain, with just one stamp. Great Britain has two stamps.

1840 Great Britain Scott 1 1p black
G) CV $100+ stamps (From Aden to Zululand) in Big Blue (93 stamps)

Austria
$105 1854 Scott 1d  1kr yellow "Coat of Arms" Imperf

Canada
Scott 4 1852-57 Three pence red "Beaver" ($225)
Scott 17 red lilac ($140+) 
Scott 22 1c brown red ($100+)
Scott 27 6c dark brown ($120+)
Scott 28 12 1/2c blue ($100+)
Scott 46 20c vermilion ($100+)
Scott 50 1/2c black ($110+)
(Scott 55) 6c yellow brown ($170+) 
(Scott 57) 10c brown violet ($110+)
Scott 84 20c olive green ($100+)
Scott 100 7c olive green ($100+)
(Scott 101) 10c dark violet ($120+)
Scott 95  50c purple ($170+)

Cape of Good Hope
$210 Mint 1863-64 Scott 12 1p dark carmine

China
$250 Scott 78 1c on 3c red
( Update note: now valued @ $500 in 2014 catalogue!)

Confederate States
$125 1862 A1 design Scott 4 5c blue "Jefferson Davis"

Crete
$125 mint/$130 used 1909 Scott 97 5l on 20l carmine rose

Denmark
$100 Mint 1905-06 Scott 68 50o dull violet “King Christian IX”

France
(Scott 7) 40c orange/yellowish Type I $475
(B7) 35c + 25c slate & violet "Trench of Bayonets" $125
(B8) 50c + 50c  pale brown & dark brown "Lion of Belfort" $180
(B27) 1.50fr + 8.50fr dull blue "Industry and Agriculture" $150

Great Britain
Scott 1 1p black $320 or 1841 Scott 3 1p red ($20+) 
(Not required to put in the Penny Black, as the Penny Red is a choice also.)
1884 Scott 105 6p green ($250) 
1902-11 Scott 139 2sh 6p lilac ($150)
1902-11 Scott 140 5sh carmine rose ($225)
1883 Scott 96 2sh 6p lilac ($150) 

Guam
(Scott 7) 8c violet brown ($125 mint)

Hong Kong 
1891 Scott 52 20c on 30c gray green ($125)
1891 Scott 54 50c on 48c lilac ($300 mint)

Iceland
1940 (Scott 235 2k dark gray) overprinted "1940" ( $125)

Iran (Persia)* Watch out for counterfeits!
1899 Scott 150 10k deep blue ($100)  
1901 Scott 169 12c on 1k red ($100) 
1902 Scott 236 2c brown & buff ($150) 
1902 Scott 237 3c green & buff ($150) 
1902 Scott (238) 5c red & buff ($100) 

Italy
1910 Scott 117 5c claret ($140) 
1910 Scott 118 15c green ($200) 
1918-19 Offices in China (Peking) Scott 22 1/2c on 1c brown ($140) 
1918-19 Offices in China (Tiensin) Scott 15 1/2c on 1c brown ($140) 

Japan
1936 Scott 229 10s dull green ($130)!

Libya
        1929 Scott B22 5 l + 1 l purple & black ($125) 
        1934-35 Scott C18 25 l + 3 l orange brown ($125)
        1932 Scott B47 10 l + 2 l brown violet ($105) 
        1932 Scott C7 5 l + 2 l carmine ($105
        1934-35 Scott C16 5 l + 1 l deep green ($105)
        1934-35 Scott C17 10 l + 2 l dull violet ($105)

      Mauritius
          Mauritius 1891 Scott 85 2c on 17c rose ($125!)

       Nepal
       Nepal 1881 Scott 5 2a purple Imperf ($150)

      Newfoundland
         Newfoundland 1857 Scott 1 1p brown violet ($120)

      Salvador
      1897 Scott (F1) 10c dark blue- wmked 117 ( $125)


San Marino 

1932 Scott 136 1.25l dark blue ($190) 
1932 Scott 137 1.75l dark brown ($105) 
1932 Scott 150 5l olive green ($340) 
1935 Scott 180 1.75l brown orange ($100)

Spain
Spain 1938 Scott 613 5p dark brown ($200)

Spanish Sahara

Spanish Sahara 1929 Scott 12 10p claret ($105)

Switzerland

Switzerland 1858-62 Scott 35 2r gray ($275)

Syria
Syria 1923 Scott 106c 25c on 10c green (error surcharge) CV $240

United States
1847 Scott 2 10c black/bluish ($1,000)
1893 (Scott 241) $1 salmon ($650)
1863 Scott 76 5c brown ($475)
1847 Scott 1 5c red brown/bluish ($425)
1867 Scott 98 15c black ($300)
1867 Scott 97 12c black ($275)
1867 Scott 96 10c yellow green ($260)
1869 (Scott 119) 15c brown & blue, Type II ($250)
1869 Scott 115 6c ultramarine ($225)
1870 Scott 151 12c dull violet ($220)
1870 Scott 152 15c bright orange ($220)
1870 Scott 134 1c ultramarine ($210)
1898 Scott 291 50c sage green ($210)
1893 Scott 240 50c slate blue ($200)
1855 (Scott 14 or 15) 10c green Type II or III ($160)
1873 Scott 163 15c yellow orange ($160)
1894 Scott 260 50c orange ($160)
1935 Scott RW2 $1 rose lake ($160)
1869 Scott 112 1c buff ($150)
1890 Scott 229 90c orange ($150)
1869 Scott 116 10c yellow ($140)
 1869 Scott 117 12c green ($140)
 1873 Scott 162 12c black violet ($140)
 1873 Scott 165 30 gray black ($140)
 1888 Scott 217 30c orange brown ($120)
 1881 Scott 208 6c rose ($110)
 1852 Scott 9 1c blue, Type IV ($100)
  1871 Scott 149 7c vermilion ($100)
  1879 Scott 190 30c full black ($100)
  1893 Scott 239 30c orange brown ($100)
  1895 Scott 276 $1 black, Type I ($100)
  1909 Scott 342 $1 violet brown ($100)


Wurttemberg
Wurttemberg 1863 (Scott 39) 9kr yellow brown ($160)

Comment: Of the 93 stamps on the list, the U.S. leads with 32, then Canada with 13. France (4), Great Britain (5), Iran (5), Italy (4), Libya (6), and San Marino (4) are the next countries with the highest count. 

The Iran (Persia) stamps are marred by reprints/counterfeits, and I would be surprised if most collectors even have genuines in their album. Don't pay high prices unless accompanied by a reliable certificate!

Appendix

H) “The Rules”

A) The Country has to be on the roster of the "69" or "97 Big Blue. Those countries that are found in the '47/'41 editions, but not in the '69/'97 editions are not included on the list.

B) The stamp will need to be actually the least expensive choice that works for the space provided by Big Blue. Yes there are quite expensive stamps that can be put in Big Blue, but if a cheaper stamp definitely works within the "intentions" of the space, the more expensive stamp doesn't count.

C) In some case a "most expensive stamp" choice is forced by a blank space. The "least expensive" one is chosen that fits the criteria of the space.

I) a) Countries found in the 40s BB editions, but dropped in later editions. 
Saseno (0,6)
Schleswig-Holstein -Actually, has never had spaces in BB
Siberia (1,4) ($35) -actually Czech Legion Post stamps
White Russia (0,0)

I) b) Countries not covered here
Saudi Arabia - under Hejaz
The "Italian States" were covered earlier

J) Previous "Most Expensive" list
United States
Lebanon to Quelimane
Haiti to Latvia
Falkland Islands to Guinea
Aden to Ethiopia
Canada (scroll down)

Vatican City 1935 Scott 46 1.25 l dark blue
"Pope Gregory IX Promulgating Decretals"
Out of the Blue
If the CV for the BB stamps featured in this post is discouraging, don't despair!

Remember, 95% of the stamp spaces in BB should be able to be filled for much less than these prices. And these are "retail" prices - the actual price, in many cases, will quite a bit less.

Note: All of the stamp scans for this blog post are mine, except for the Syria 1923 Scott 106c 25c on 10c green (error surcharge). Thanks to Bob of  "Filling Spaces" blogsite fame for the use of his scan image. 

Comments appreciated!