Penny Black First Issues Collectors Club of stamps and philatelic material

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The First Issues Collectors Club promotes the collection of and research on the first postage stamp issued by any nation, province, city, army or other entity.

This series of pages is FICC' s central purpose: documenting all the first issues. The catalog entries link to pages giving further details.

An additional listing system by category, for example South America or Portuguese Colonies.

Journal - This is published quarterly. Here is a recent example and here is an index for all issues.

Pieces too long for the Journal are published in part on paper and then shown in full on the web site.

Auctions have been suspended as at July 2023. It is hoped that they will resume in due course. 

A companion site with help on identifying genuine and forged first issues.

Starting a collection
Describes some of the different approaches to collecting first issues.


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Page created 2 May 2015 Page updated 10-Jul-2023