🇹🇴🇨🇰 In Blog 1620 I listed numerous stamps issued by the US-based “Boutique philatelic agency”, Philatelic Collector Inc., in the name of its two client postal administrations, those of the Cook Islands and Tonga. The items were on themes relating to various types of wildlife from around the world. The given dates of issue for these products are 28 January 2020 (Tonga and Niuafo’ou Tonga), 13 January (Cook Islands and Cook Islands Rarotonga) and 15 January (Cook Islands Aititaki and Cook Islands Penrhyn).
The agency has now placed on its internet site a second set of similarly themed stamps for all the philatelic entities in the original issue and they are also said to have been issued on the same respective dates of issue as the first issues. Each entity has its name inscribed on 4 stamps, 1 miniature sheet containing all 4 stamps and a second miniature sheet containing 8 stamps (2 of each stamp). All the stamps have high to very high face values. Rating for all items:- 000.
Tonga - Whales and dolphins of the world Part 2 - total cost - US$246.60c
Niuafo’ou Tonga - Whales and dolphins of the World (part 2) - total cost - US$246.60c
Cook Islands - Butterflies of the world Part 2 - total cost - US$230
Cook Islands Aitutaki - Turtles of the world Part 2 - total cost - US$230
Cook Islands Penrhyn - Butterflies of the world Part 2 - total cost - US$230
Cook Islands Rarotonga - Turtles of the world Part 2 - total cost US$230.
For anyone keen to buy all the items shown above the total cost will be US$1413.20c. I understand that these island territories may well be concentrating on parcel post services and Express Mail Services now and therefore do require high value definitives but they do not need those high values to be sold in various formats - sheet stamps and miniature sheets containing 1 or 2 sets. Oh, and by the way, if you want to have all these items in imperforate form Philatelic Collector will be glad to supply them and that way you can spend almost US$3000 in one fell swoop.
How much longer can this go on? Are there really people out there prepared to buy this stuff? Yes, apparently or else the agency wouldn’t produce it.