Saturday, December 18, 2010

Unlisted Booklet - #BK215Ba

Dear Reader,
We are seeking further information on BK215Ba - the Unitrade Catalogue lists this as coming with UPC Bar Code 01718 6. SPC, C paper designation, open cover. In a collection of booklets we found one of the listed as above booklets but also one exactly the same except sealed. Same UPC bar code. Have any of you found sealed copies with this bar code?
Seasons Greetings,
John Talman

Friday, October 15, 2010

Unitrade Catalogue of Canadian Stamps 2011 Edition Just In!

Dear Collector,

The brand new Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps (2011 Edition) is now available.

This is a full colour, spiral-bound book, measuring 8 1/2” X 11” and includes Canada, British Columbia and Vancouver Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and PEI. This catalogue features the Scott numbering system with prices in Canadian dollars and is a must for collectors of Canadian stamps.

The cost for this book is $42.95 plus shipping. Canadian buyers will be required to pay sales tax. Please contact us with your address and we will send you an invoice for the total in US or Canadian funds.

We accept payment by Canadian and US cheques/money orders, VISA, and Paypal. Please let me know if you would like a Paypal invoice for this.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this offer. You may also wish to have a look at the Private Treaty section of our web site at: We have added many new offers recently.

Thank you!

Best Regards,
John Talman
John H. Talman Ltd.

John H. Talman Ltd.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Canada Post Limited Edition Souvenir Stamp Pack - Capex 78

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We recently came across this scarce Canada Post Limited Edition - Souvenir Stamp Pack. Unlisted in the Unitrade Catalogue and apparently given to Capex 78 Organizing Committee as a gift. We don't know the current value, perhaps you could tell us what you think!

John Talman
John H. Talman Ltd.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Our Customer Writes...

We recently received a note from one of our loyal eBay buyers:

Q: Hi John, thanks for everything thankyou very much , seems i owe you some more money , wish i was richer would buy all your stamps , When i was 6 , i went by bus to Downtown Vancouver to the stamp shops , must have been around 6 of them , best days of my life , anyways thanks John

To which we replied:

Hi, Enjoyed your note! Thank you very much! My parents had a used book store when I was a kid and we attracted a few stamp collectors as customers. One of them, a guy named Bob Libby taught me a lot about stamp collecting. The store was near Dundas and Ossington in downtown Toronto and many days or nights I would take a long walk and look in the many store windows that held a few stamps for sale. I had a paper route and would also caddy at golf clubs, thus I had a few spare bucks to spend on stamps. After all, stamps are not a matter of life or death, they are far more important than that!
All the best,
John Talman

Always good to hear from you!

John Talman
John H. Talman Ltd.

Update, September 17, 2010
our customer replies:

Hi John
thats amazing , I hunted for golf balls and sold them to the golfers for 10c each, also I had a paper route too , 86 papers each night 6 days aweek the old paper shack best times
thanks John ,

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bricklin SV-1 Sports Car - On a Canadian Stamp!

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Between 1974 and 1976 this futuristic sports car was built in New Brunswick. Canada issued a stamp in 1996 showing this car (see Scott #1605Y or Unitrade #1605Y).

An August 4, 2009 press release announced a new musical recounting the story of Bricklin - Brickin: The Musical. We understand the play is now taking place in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The artistic team contacted us and asked for a quantity of the Bricklin stamp and we were able to oblige. We wish them good luck!

John Talman

Follow up August 12, 2010: the Globe and Mail has an article about the Bricklin here:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Muhammad Ali Letter Sells At Auction

An interesting article I found in the paper:
John Talman
John H. Talman Ltd.

Friday, May 14, 2010

An Interesting Article About Stamp Collecting in The Independent

A friend of mine now living in the UK sent me a link to a good article about stamp collecting in the newspaper The Independent: here

Friday, May 7, 2010

Canada 1942 20c Corvette Stamp

Take a close look at Canada's Scott/Unitrade #260. It shows a Corvette being built in a shipyard. The Corvette were considered to be the warhorse of the Second World War. Canada's Naval Memorial is the Corvette HMCS Sackville, berthed in Halifax, and is probably the last of these ships. This year National Defense issued a Candian Naval Centennial calendar (1910-2010). A great write up on Corvette's is found on the May page. A wonderful calendar to have!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Canadian Christopher Plummer Nominated for an Academy Award

Canadian actor Christopher Plummer was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance as Russian writer Leo Tolstoy in the film The Last Station.

Plummer is the great grandson of Sir John Abbott, past Prime Minister of Canada.

In 1952 Canada issued a stamp to honour Sir John Abbott (Unitrade #318) We have these, and others from the Prime Ministers series in stock. The price for a plate block is $1.50 per block of four (plate one and plate two available) and a single stamp is $0.25.

John Talman

Monday, January 18, 2010

A New Poem

On December 31, 2009 my wife Jean and I were out for New Years Eve. During the evening we were joined at our table by several people including an old friend of mine - Gordon Arthur Casey, a young man in his 80s. Casey was in the RCNVR during the Second World War serving from August 14, 1941 until August 22, 1945. Though he had many adventures during that time, one of his stories about trucking after the war captured my imagination. On January 1, 2010 I sat down and wrote this poem regarding one of his international trucking experiences. Hope you enjoy it - my friend Casey did.

Casey and the Drive to New Jersey

The trip was most uncertain with a load so big and wide
On highways long and narrow but the truckers must decide

It’s a long way from Ontario to New Jersey and a drive thru Province and State
If the trip could not be made some costly changes would make the buyer wait

One solution might be cutting the load in two
But at a cost of many thousands it made favour with but few

The rules can change along the way and the authorities can cause you grief
A driver with huge driving skill, gift of gab and energy would give some relief

The company felt only one man could do the chore
Casey was his name and he was always successful on all his drives before

One warning truck in front and one behind,
plus enough papers and permits to blow your mind

The big load left with Casey in control of it
Thru Customs and borders where one would hardly think it would fit

In the States Highway Patrol checked him out
But smooth talking Casey got rid of their doubt

Ten miles from the New Jersey border with all going well
One last officer questioned its size and all hope fell

Poor Casey was ordered to enter a truck inspection station
While he only wanted to go onto his destination

But Casey is a lucky man the load on the truck was too big to enter
It would have to be left on the highway outside the center

Officer he strongly argued if something happens to this load out here you will be responsible
A valuable load, so close to the border, please let us continue, you can make it possible
The officer was shaken by possibility of liability he might be taking
Casey get your load across that line before I change the decision I am making
Casey wasted no time in covering the miles
You can believe at the final destination he brought a few smiles

They say all is well
That ends well

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Martha Stewart Recommends Stamps!

On her popular website Martha Stewart Wedding, Martha Stewart recommends using vintage or themed stamps on wedding invitations and reply cards:

Many women have been dropping by our shop looking for stamps as a special touch for their invitations!

John Talman

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Millie the Cursing Macaw

A fun story about Millie, the bilingual parrot...

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John Talman

John H. Talman Ltd.

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