Before you continue reading this introduction do first the following: Turn off your mobile phone, leave notice that you will not be taking any phone calls or must not be disturbed, prepare your favorite drink, finish all chores first and even go to the john.
the above because this is a massive collection (476 images in 102 html
pages). It is by far the most comprehensive collection of the Spanish Philippines
Surcharge Era. Believe me when I say that this is a collection that can
not and will not be duplicated, ever! And for you to understand it as a
whole, learn about the period it represent and above all enjoy, YOU
MUST ALLOCATE THE TIME AS THIS MUST BE VIEWED IN ONE SITTING.
Perhaps it was pre-destined that with utmost pleasure I present to you today ATTY. RICHARD MIGGINS complete collection of the PHILIPPINES, ERRORS AND VARIETIES ON STAMPS OF THE SURCHARGE ERA, 1881 - 1888. One year ago today I uploaded the first part of this collection (Surcharge Types 1 to 3) and followed it up two months later with Surcharge Type 5 to half of Type 7. Today it is complete!
I have been waiting a long time to say this: STEP ASIDE ISBELLA. IT'S NOW THE TURN OF ALFONSO XII TO BE ON THE SPOT LIGHT. Seriously, when the subject matter is on Spanish Philippines it is always focused on the first issue or the Isabellas in general. There is little talk about the succeeding issues to a point as if they didn't exist at all. This collection will give you another topic to talk about. You will understand why I say that the Surcharge Era is far more difficult than the Isabella period. The Isabellas are just more expensive but we all know that price is not and must not be used as the absolute scale in measuring importance and even rarity. In my lifetime I have seen several outstanding Isabella collections and to me the best so far is the Cuesta collection which was on display at the 2006 Washington exhibit. I cannot count the number of covers that passed through my hands or have seen on the 1854 issues and Habilitados. With the Surcharge Era less than 10 covers have passed through me.
The stamp pieces in this collection are not just outstanding. They are magnificent to the nth degree. Many of the unique items not just in singles but in multiples. The few covers in this collection is not its weakness but a testament to their scarcity and / or rarity. In fact, this is the largest gathering of Surcharge Era covers that I have seen.
I want to say more about this collection but I leave it to you to discover for yourself on why I call this a dream collection. I thank David Chiong for calling my attention to this collection. We must all thank Rick Miggins for taking the time to produce digital copies (not at all cheap) and for allowing the Philippine Philatelist to document the collection for the benefit of the entire collecting community.
I must repeat
what I said last September 30, 2005:
Rick, for and behalf o the entire Philippine collecting community, thank you very much for sharing with us (to be more precise collectors from 37 countries who view this site regularly) your beautiful collection.
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