Win a *MILLION* stamps to celebrate our ONE MILLIONTH post!
Well I fib - it is not a "million" stamps. But I can assure you it is over 100,000 stamps, and someone reading this WILL own them, post free
in the next few weeks! We are fast zooming in on our ONE MILLIONTH POST, and our 5,000th member for that matter.
To celebrate this astounding milestone, I was thinking aloud among the Volunteer Moderator Group as to what we could do, and fromdownunder
(Norm) mentioned he still had "The Box"
sitting on his floor he was wondering what to do with. "The Box"
was a large carton filled with off-paper stamps Norm had accumulated over the years. As many know, Norm
is one of a near extinct breed - the true "Whole World" collector. His aim I think he once posted, is to try and collect one example of EVERY simplified stamp from EVERY country.
So when buying collections and mixed lots and stockbooks etc, Norm took out and kept the ones he did not have already, and in general I gather the balance then were tossed into "The Box". And "The Box"
over time got larger, and larger, and larger .........
Anyway, I did a deal with him, and Norm was happy with the outcome, and mailed it up, and that box will soon be someone else's
What is in there? Well even Norm did not really know, as he'd been assembling it for many years and had lost track.
All I can say was that when spread out on the bed as you can see, it was several inches thick
in places with stamps, and off paper stamps are incredibly dense - a small handful is way over 1000 stamps.
The vast majority looked used to me but I did see some mint, even MUH imprint blocks among it.
Taking a look at them when spread out on my bed to photograph, I'd state the obvious that Australia and AAT and earlier "States" component was a lot stronger than you'd get, if an American or a British collector had assembled them, for obvious locale reasons.
There looked to be HUNDREDS of Australia KGV heads spread around there .. with lots of 1d reds etc sighted. Norm
said he thinks a complete KGV used booklet pane went into "The Box"
at some point at the time he added all the other KGV heads.
I also saw quite a few Kangaroos
- and even noted several 2/- 3rd watermarks, which of course are $35 stamps EACH these days.
As you can see from the photo, I saw things like postally used GB blocks of 10
of the Â£5 Machins, and blocks of other different Â£5 types, and even some of the seldom seen massive Â£10
GB "Britannia" mega high values.
They are all in "The Box",
along with higher face values from Australia, NZ, USA, Hong Kong, Canada - and you name it!
And I saw Cinderellas, and revenues, and fiscals, when nosing around in it, and when popping stamps back into "The Box". So I thought I'd kick off the 2010 Financial Year with a giveaway from me, as a personal "thank you" to all our members for their ongoing support of stampboards
I'll have a word to our good friends at Australia Post, and see if they might be able to find a few extra goodies we can add to the Prize Pot. Watch this space. BELOW AND ABOVE ARE MANY PHOTOS OF THE ACTUAL PRIZE YOU WILL WIN! Every stamp collector's dream ... a BED full of stamps! (Many more photos below)
Norm had stamps in here from the mid 19th Century, right up to a few years back it seems.
And as is very plainly evident these are NOT
just all common letter rate stamps. It is a genuine mixed lot. Looking though it spread on the bed I saw all kinds of better stamps in there - from all over the place. From Queen Victoria issues onwards.
The number of stamps here will be massive .... to WIN you need to guess closer than anyone else, HOW many there are here!
And OK it will NOT
be anything remotely like a "million" stamps - that much is very obvious and is a term of speech - but boy there really are a LOT
of stamps here!
We spread the carton out on a large sized bed as you can see, and even then they were MANY stamps deep in places
.. often several inches deep. Firstly the rules (and they are pretty thorough so please read them all) :
1. The VERY many 1000s of stamps in the photos above and below have been carefully counted by Moderator MargoZ.
The exact number of stamps counted has been emailed to senior member GJ50.
Gary is a leading figure in organised philately here, and is Immediate Past-President of the Australian Philatelic Federation, (APF) and is a Vice-President of the huge "Australia 2013" International. Gary has agreed to a strict vow of secrecy until the competition closes, and kindly agreed to record the figure.
2. For obvious reasons we cannot tell you the WEIGHT
of this lot - although clearly, it is VERY
many kilos - a huge "Lighthouse" factory carton, that houses 2 boxes of 10 large stockbooks to be exact. Margo
is shown holding it here on the bedroom deck.
3. At 9pm on the day we reach our one Millionth
Stampboards post, the competition will close. REPEAT - At 9pm AEDST
(Sydney time) on that day the competition will be deemed closed. Any number posted on the competition thread after that point will be void. All
members are eligible to post.
4. As soon as practical after that time, GJ50
will post the winning number of stamps in the competition thread (this may not be immediate though, depending on the time of day or night the actual post is made - so please be patient.) Or
or Glen Stephens
are up and about, they'll post the number, and ask GJ50
to verify it later on.
5. Neither MargoZ
, nor Glen Stephens
will be eligible to enter the competition. After all, Norm does not want "The Box"
6. The winner of this competition will be the first member to post the exact number of stamps shown in the photos here, as counted by Margo
7. Should there be more than one exact number posted, the earliest
post with the exact number will win.
8. If the exact number is not posted, then the closest number either above or below the exact number will win.
9. In the event that there is a tie with rule 8, then rule 7 will be used to decide a winner. i.e. if the actual number of stamps is 232675 and member "A" guesses 232671 on July 6, and Member "B" guess 232679 on July 8 ... despite them both being only 4 numbers off, Member "A" wins - being first to post from these 2 members.
10. Members may have as MANY
guesses as they wish. You can post 50 guesses in a row of 50 posts if you wish. Or 500 guesses in a row. There is no restriction. You can post commentary and humour as well in your post, as long as there is a guess number in there somewhere!
11. Members do not need to post in any order
. i.e. one member can guess at 90021, and the next member can guess at 192065 and the next member at 243689. That is fine ... the powerful search function on http://www.stampboards.com
the close time, determines who got the exact number, or the closest number to it. If you really think there are about xxx,000 stamps here for instance, you can cover a lot of numbers either side if you wish, via many separate posts.
12. However only ONE
number guess per post. If you want to pick 25 numbers you need to make 25 separate posts etc, so our winner checking will be quick and easy. NO
edits are permitted - if you make an error, make a new post - any post showing an edit code is Disqualified.
13. Do NOT use commas or spaces on ANY GUESS
so that checking the winner will be possible via the search facility. If your guess is 225037 stamps do NOT type it as 225,037 or 225 037 - you MUST enter it simply as 225027 - OK? NO spaces or commas, or that post is INVALID.
14. The prize is all
the stamps you see in these photos below. I'll mail these Registered, post free anywhere in the world, via secure post.
If an overseas winner prevails, no problems - even though shipping will be several $100s to some countries. The deal is the recipient mails me back the FRANKING I use, via secure post - as I will use things worth near face value when cancelled. As you can imagine this carton is VERY heavy.
15. This competition is meant to be FUN
, and a test of your stamp guessing skills. All current members may enter, and you can make as many posts as you wish. One competition last year we had saw a "clever" young USA member set up a automated "posting bot" which was of course cheating, and not in the spirit of the game - or this board. His number actually won, but as he was suspended for LIFE
had determined this cheating, the next closest member's guess was the winner. The old adage "Cheats Never Prosper"
was proven most prophetic in this case.
16. The winner will get a special 10 Carat diamond bauble next to their handle - "I was Poster number 1 million"
- I'll see if we can do the same for those members logged on at that momentous minute we cross the million post mark.
17. The judge's (i.e. Glen Stephens
) decision is absolutely final.
And I will ask that fromdownunder
assist with adjudication and monitoring the thread, as it is his much beloved "The Box"
involved. So do not break any Rules, as upsetting Norm
is never wise policy!
This pile of stamps on the bed was inches thick in much of it. Indeed it took us ages to get the stamps all BACK in the carton!
And a guide as to just how incredibly dense off paper stamps are, this ONE SMALL HANDFUL Margo
lifted up here above we counted, and there were 1342 stamps just there
. The double handful she is cascading onto the bed, would be about 5000-7000 stamps alone I'd guess
Remember in the event of a tie of the 2 guesses being the closest, the FIRST to post wins out
, so start NOW! Repeat - earliest
or closest guess wins in the event of a tie.
Do not bother checking if someone else has posted the same number .. too bad. This thread will get to 50,000 posts pretty readily I have no doubt, so just post a guess and move onto the next one. So what are you waiting for folks, start posting the total number of stamps you think are in this pile, right here on this thread, right now And Remember rule 9 above .. the FIRST person to post will win, if we get 2 tied numbers or 2 close-by numbers. So post early, and post often. If your other stamp friends have NOT yet joined the members we have from well over 90 different countries .. email them this thread link and suggest they join up NOW - and they may WIN a bed full of stamps!
We are fast zooming up on 5,000 members, so please help us get there faster, by simply sending this link - http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=20112
- to some stamp friends! They might well win "The Box"
-- shipped FREE to them anywhere on the globe!
Sign your partner up - or the kids .. it is all great fun.
And remember, for each posting barrier you cross, you get a different colour star - for 50, 100, 250, 500, 750 posts etc .. all outlined in detail here - so a great chance to sneak up a level pretty fast! http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1532&start=0 And finally, UN-CHECK this box when making each post, or you'll get a lot of email arriving!
= = = = = = UPDATE RE MAJOR NEW PRIZE!
Well I did say I'd ask our great friends at Australia Post if they might have a really 'out of the box' prize to offer the runner up for this huge MILLION POST milestone
here, and they really outdid themselves!
Bureau Manager Noel Leahy
today kindly offered us one of these superb productions shown below, that only 300 were ever issued Worldwide, as you can see. He had kept a couple aside for such an occasion.
Retail of these Deluxe folders was $A750 each as you can see! The same deal applies with postage as with the Carton of stamps .. I will mail it insured post anywhere on earth free of cost to you.
The runner up (hence winner) will be the person who posted the correct number .. but later than someone else did.
OR, if no-one got correct number but guessed 3 numbers away, and 2 persons did so, the earliest post wins and the other post gets this magic prize.
A really magnificent prize, and many thanks to Noel and John for their continued support of stampboards.
So post your guesses folks .. as many as you wish - the rules are above. Remember the FIRST
to post the number wins if two members get it, so post early - and post often!