The latest edition of the annual Scott stamp catalog celebrates its 150th anniversary. All six of the 2018 Scott Standard volumes have already been released. However, as always, the publishers saved the best for last, promising a “completely remastered” Classic Specialized Catalog of Stamps & Covers 1840-1940 in November.
With over 4,000 new values, hundreds of new variety series, countless editorial enhancements, and a brand new design, the 2018 Specialized volume should be well worth the wait. Below, you’ll find all the latest information regarding official announcements, leaked details, pricing & discounts and more.
Everything We Know About The Remastered 2018 Catalog
For the first time in 150 years, the six Standard Catalog volumes are divided into two books each, for a total of 12 tomes. As always, each volume features a few thousand collectible listings from its designated countries. Yet, thanks to the expanded anniversary format, editors were able to include more detail and enhanced imagery.
Though the first specialty Scott stamp catalog was published just 23 years ago, the latest version was remastered to commemorate Scott’s 150th anniversary. As such, you can expect some major structure & quality enhancements. In essence, the Classic Specialized tome is a really in-depth collector’s handbook focused on the initial rise of philately. So it’s safe to assume that it will shine a spotlight on 19th-century Brittain and King George VI.
Here are a few specific details confirmed by the publisher:
- New shading will be added to the earliest varieties (1840-1870).
- The Classic France section will be expanded with new varieties, particularly the Napoleon II series.
- Rare stamps and covers from the German state of Wurttemberg – starting from Scott O33 – will be featured for the first time.
- Numerous Canadian Airmail minors will be added to semi-official listings.
- Fiume will be expanded with another major listing.
- New Zeland varieties will be vetted heavily and expanded.
Where to Find a 2018 Classic Specialized Scott Stamp Catalog
Even though the anniversary edition catalogs are actual collectibles, they will most likely be available online all year long. That being said, unless you preorder your copy on the publisher’s website, you may end up overpaying. Plus, chances are that you’ll have to deal with resellers and their unpredictable shipping times.
Unfortunately, the new extended design and editorial enhancements come with a new set of price tags. Each two-part volume of the 2018 Scott Standard Catalog is priced at $135. That cost also applies to the U.S. Specialized edition, which is set to be released in October. Meanwhile, the Classic Specialized volume is a bit more expensive, at $175.
You can pre-order both specialized tomes on the publisher’s website. It’s the only sure-fire way to ensure safe and prompt delivery of physical 2018 Scott catalogs.
Discounts & Promos
First off, you can always opt out for a digital version. The complete digital volumes are only about 30% less expensive, but you can purchase specific sections for as little as $3. For more details, visit Scott’s e-book site.
Alternatively, you can save up to $35 per tome by signing up for an Amos Advantage account. Amos is the company that published Scott catalogs. Just subscribe to one of their other publications, and you’ll be eligible for guaranteed discounts. There’s no contract – you can unsubscribe anytime.
Noone who is truly passionate about philately should miss out on the anniversary Scott stamp catalog. And if the first 12 tomes are any indication, the 2018 Classic Specialized edition should exceed all expectations. On the other hand, if you just want to keep track of the November release, there’s no need to shell out $175 for a pre-order. Instead, sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on the latest philatelic news.