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At the store where I usually buy Hot Wheels they have a stand for them with a hidden storage space at the base. This is where the store employees hide the good stuff for “collectors.” I and my daughter recently found a few Batmobiles hidden there. I got these two at a 10% discount. This Batman Arkham Asylum Batmobile is in matte black and this Batman Live Batmobile is in metalflake dark blue. I already have Batman Arkham Asylum Batmoblies from 2011 and from 2013 (both in black), and Batman Live Batmobiles in satin black and in black.

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I just recently purchased a Hot Wheels The Simpsons Family Car at a 10% discount. It’s really nice and simple, although the chrome plastic bottom has a cheap look. A quick internet search reveals at least two versions of the card. Mine has no label for the vehicle on the front and on the back of the card; the other version has the label “The Simpsons Family Car.”

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Some time ago, I bought The Error World by Simon Garfield (Faber and Faber, 2008) at a BOOKSALE outlet and I guess it is the reason that I’ve been into stamps lately. (Click on the pictures to see higher resolution versions of them.)

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seoul88 Another theme I’m thinking of collecting (aside from stamps on stamps, or more precisely, Philippine stamps about Philippine stamps) is imperforates. I already blogged about a few of my imperforate souvenir sheets. Shown above are two more which I recently purchased at the Naga City post office for 22 pesos each.

The ones shown on the left were purchased in 1988 from a Burger Machine outlet near my friend Patrick’s house. We used to buy new stamps there when we started collecting. I think these were the first imperforates I had ever seen in person.

All three sets of stamps have perforated versions, but I don’t know which versions had higher production numbers.

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I was preparing to write a blog post on imperforate stamps when I stumbled upon a site where I learned that an error version of the stamps in the first day cover shown above existed. I was surprised to discover that I had a copy of the error. Can you spot the error below?

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Today, the Ateneo de Naga University Press officially started to sell the philatelic items I described in a previous blog post. I bought this souvenir folder for 500 pesos.
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snail1Today, as part of the outreach activities of Ateneo de Naga University in celebration of Ignatius day, I took part in some tree planting in Panicuason, Naga City. We planted saplings at a high location (either a hill side or a mountain side), and I was surprised to find this land snail shell having a diameter of around 8.5 cm. (It was filled with soil when I found it.)

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When I went to the Naga City post office last week to look at the philatelic items for sale, I was pleasantly surprised by this Jose Rizal @ 150 souvenir sheet first day cover. At 7.25 by 9.5 inches, it is the largest first day cover I have ever seen. (Click on the image to see a higher resolution version.)
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A few days ago, I went to the Naga City post office to mail a package. I passed by the office of the post master to see if they had any philatelic items for sale. They had a lot of souvenir sheets and first day covers, all at very reasonable prices. I had to limit my purchases; I read in a book that if one is to be a collector and not just an accumulator, one has to choose a very narrow theme. Right now I’m thinking of limiting my philatelic collection to “Philippine stamps about Philippine stamps.”

I bought this “2014 National Stamp Collecting Month (November) 160 Years First Philippine Stamps 1854-2014” sheet of sixteen 10-peso stamps for 160 pesos. (Unfortunately, the souvenir sheet of four 20-peso stamps was sold out. This is quite unfortunate; only 5,000 souvenir sheets were made and I think they had embossing.)

I was surprised to learn (from the Philippine Postal Corporation website) that “[t]he Philippines was the first country in Asia to issue postage stamps.” More information about the first Philippine postage stamps can be found here.

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I am not a Star Wars fan. (I’m more of an ST:TNG guy.) I also seldom buy non-mainline Hot Wheels. But this Hot Wheels Star Wars Character Car: C-3PO is so stunning that my wife and daughter let me buy it.
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