Review of the Latest Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) 2022-2023

Catalogues and books

Well, with the latest Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) for 2022-2023, it is “Back to the Future” or as the saying goes: “Old is New Again”. With the help of a fellow Korea Stamp Society (KSS) member living in Korea, Tony Michell, I was finally able to obtain a copy of the 2022-2023 edition of the KPSC, through a Korean stamp dealer. Unfortunately this dealer does not have more of these editions to sell to KSS members, but may be able to sell editions of newer KPSC editions when they next are issued for sale.

For those who follow the numbering system of the KPSC, and still have old KPSC catalogues before the 2019 edition, it is great news. In 2019 KPSC they went with a new numbering system that combined many of the old categories like, commemoratives, airmails, semi-postals, etc., into a one series numbering system, and put the definitives in the back of the catalogue with the prefix “R” before the numbers. There were many KSS members who did not like this system and did not understand why the KPSC changed their system. It appears there were many stamp collectors in South Korea who also did not like that new 2019 KPSC numbering system, as the 2022-2023 edition went back to the old system with the definitive in the front of the other categories.

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5 thoughts on “Review of the Latest Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) 2022-2023

  1. Hi Florian, as much as you would think so, there doesn’t seem to be much interest by Korean dealers or bookshops selling outside of Korea. The dealer I bought this from, said when he next one come out for 2024 he will consider selling to KSS members. Bob

    1. Hi Fred, I received my copy, but this is not the Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC). There is another company that produces a Korean catalogue which is called “The Catalogue of Korean Postage Stamp”. I have purchased some of these in the past. It uses a different type of numbering system. It can be useful. It has catalogue numbers and values for some Korean revenue stamps, which the KPSC doesn’t use, for example. Bob

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