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PeterG.. Lovely blocks.
Neat and clean.

I like. :)
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Another of today's buys... Scott #254, the 4c First Bureau issue on a registered cover from Chicago, Illinois to Budapest, Hungary.

Appears to be a 1c overpayment of a 3x 5c rate plus 8c registry fee.

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From Burma 1946 "Interim Government" overprint, showing Bird in Cloud flaw on top left stamp
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Not very well centered, but still all in all a nice block of 6 - USA SC#114 - 1869 Locomotive with G grill

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These are two nice blocks that I am studying.

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Full sheet 1½ Die 1 Red - ACSC 89 Electro 24 Perforated OS and CTO.

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Block of 30 1½ Die 1 Red - ACSC 89 Electro's 25-28.
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Canada, Endangered Wildlife, 12 cent, Peregrine Falcon, 1978, Sct# 752

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Canada, Viola canadensis, issued on 16th August 1979, 15 ct, Wildflowers of Canada Series.

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Canada, 14 ct, 1978, red, Queen Elizabeth II.

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US, Rural America, Angus Cattle, 8 ct, issued October 5th 1973, Scott #1504

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This used block of 36 is from the 1896 halfpenny surcharge issue of the Orange Free State.

It is the bottom 6 rows of a lower left pane. Towards the end of the printing the print quality on this pane started to fail, and it being something of a rush job a handstamp was made up and the two left-hand rows were overprinted individually by hand, forming double prints.

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New acquisition - SG 228; ½d orange wallaroo; no watermark; dry ink variety; MUH block of 4

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This lot was a recent auction pick-up...

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Nice acquisition danski99.
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I just bought this... Block of 10, postally used. US Scott 222, 4c "Small Banknote" issue of 1890.

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Rob1956 wrote:Nice acquisition danski99.
Cheers Rob. Got most of them figured out. Cost me Under £30 the lot, and if I'm right the cat value as singles is around £700, so can't complain.

The carmine-rose blocks, based on perfs and watermarks, appear to be SG117 and SG117a... but there are two definite shades, and I only have one listed. Could of course be some fading to the lighter ones, but I'm not sure, as they have been very well preserved. Maybe a more specialist catalogue would shed more light...

The SG172s have sideways watermark - which I take to be standard - and then upright inverted watermark, which I don't see listed. I know that little regard was given to watermark position on a lot of these issues, so I don't suppose there is anything special there... but would be pleased if any WA gurus can tell me different!

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Thanks for your response danski99. £30 for those swans is a very good price, considering that all your swans are in blocks of 4. I have a price book that was given to me by the stamp specialist I purchase my stamps from, it's 7 years old and I was told to use the prices as an estimate and the images to identify what I want, and to disregard the old prices, obviously the pricing will be higher.

In the old pricing there is approximately AU$540 in that little haul (remember that this price is going back 7 years) and these are for the average WA swans and overprints, but when you factor in various types of watermarks and shades, then the price will obviously get higher (hinge marks will also have an effect on the price of the stamp; and with some issues it can be nearly impossible to locate one not being hinged). And unlisted varieties make the collection much more interesting.
The SG172s have sideways watermark - which I take to be standard - and then upright inverted watermark, which I don't see listed.
None of my catalogues list a SG172s WA Swan with a sideways watermark, though one catalogue does mention a SG172a overprint with an upright watermark for only a few dollars in mint condition.
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Fine block of Transvaal stamps with V.R.I overprint. Rather unusual type of Middelburg Tvl canceller.

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I just bought this FDC of the ½d Wallaroo with first perf 13½ x 14 from a specialist. It has a block of 4 'roos with imprint. This is an image send to me, I'll be receiving the actual item next week and I will scan it in detail.

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Here, a block of six Orange Free State 6ds, with a very fine Fauresmith boxed octagon cancel from 1893.

This was advertised as being SG7, bright carmine, but cannot be, as that was not printed until 1894, so that makes this the 1891 rose-carmine, which is the scarcest of the four listed colour varieties.

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It does have a crease, not very visible in the flat scan above. It is odd, as it hasn't cracked the printing, and manifests as a raised ridge with a corresponding groove on the back of the stamps. I'm wondering if it may be a pre-printing paper flaw.

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As promised I have now received the FDC and here is the proper scan. Perforation 13½ x 14.

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1949 ½d Wallaroo. Lower left corner imprint block of 4. coil perforation. MUH

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Bought this nice plate block of 2c Washington's (Scott 554) with the Large 5 Pointed Star.

Love these little pieces that really liven up you collection, and are reasonably priced when you can get them...

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S.G Australia 224c 5 with 3 singles on piece.

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Very interesting group of £1 stamps you have there amfhf1.
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As I recently acquired these from the boss I thought it only right to show them here;

PNG 1960 Postage Dues in corner blocks of 4 from 1d to 3/-;

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Here's a block I quite like, it was a bonus when I was buying some tasmanian pictorials. I've always liked bi-colours.

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The spot on the figure 1 on the southwest stamp must be a scanner artifact, sorry.
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Here's another one

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Very nice Ken, especially the plate number on the bottom block.

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Nova Scotia 1860 Queen Victoria 1 cent inscription block of 4

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Well Jon, if you like plate numbers, here's another one!

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Nova Scotia 1860 Queen Victoria 1 cent inscription block of 4
Really very nice. It's hard to get well centred copies of these, I think they made the design (lovely as it is) a little too large for the stamp.

Still, it's nice to pick up something so attractive at the price these tend to make. I just nabbed myself the 5c Blue mint on FleaBay yesterday finally.
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satsuma wrote:Well Jon, if you like plate numbers, here's another one!

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South Africa block of 54 used 10 Oct 1946 Johannesburg Stanley Gibbons D32

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Found this block from Poland again today

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1938 ½d block of 4 with cracked plate variety.
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My blocks seems to be getting bigger :lol:
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PeterG wrote:and another Transvaal from the 1904-09 series

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I was wondering if You maybe selling these nice Transvaal blocks or maybe do You have some double for selling?
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Transvaal SG271 10s - black and purple/red
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Wow!!
Rene and Kushti, you folks have some amazing OFS and Transvaal blocks.

Thank you for sharing.

PS.. If they were ever for sale I'd definitely be interested.

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A client from Scandinavia flew in yesterday and sold me these below .... THIS how to collect Roos!

Incredibly fresh and all **MUH** original gum, and perfs and centering totally unheard of for any 1913 issue. (Small mark on LH selvedge is a hinge mark, where owner had thankfully affixed block to page by the folded back selvedge, and NOT on the stamps!)

A few wise souls bought panes of the 1d red Kangaroo as that was issued FIRST, but no-one seemed to bother with this cousin. It is “SG #1” for Australia, and is as fresh as if printed last week.

A near quarter sheet of 24 is a true showpiece. Centering on these is all over the place generally, and perfs are ALWAYS ripped out or short - even on a block of 4 - or pair, as in your example!

If you stood at a PO counter in 1913 you could not have selected a better centred multiple. Double lined watermark letters down left hand margin “POSTA(GE)”, and complete double lined interpanneau gutter lines at right.

The $7½ Million Arthur Gray Roo collection had only one multiple larger than this one - badly centred, defective, and hinged. I know, as he bought that off me as I recall, as he loved blocks. :lol: :lol:

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Lovely block Glen.

Truely, never seen one of these before.

Amazing show piece.
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a pair of Charles van Diemen Local Posts from Hamburg (Germany).

Google.de mentions Charles van Diemen operated from 1857 to 1874 and it is not certain but these blocks likely date from 1864, representing the firm's only adhesive "stamps."
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Here's a neat block of 1895 from the Transvaal.
Cancel is Johannesburg dated 15 Feb 1896

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Whoever was at the post office made damn sure these were all cancelled individually.
There are 16 cancels in total for a block of 15.. amazing!
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Here's a block I got on a parcel last year.

2015 International Letter Writing Week
10 * 130 yen
10 * 90 yen
3 * 110 yen
plus 5 yen definitive

Total 2535 yen - about A$29.50

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This 3d Bahamas "War Tax" block from 1917 struck my fancy in spite of the blotchy selvedge and less than perfect centering. For nearly a century old it has held up OK.

I always like control blocks from the British Commonwealth!
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Likely "printer's waste" from Spain, this 1873 block from "Back of the Book" still caught my eye.....actually made me dizzy trying to read it:-)
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jimwentzell, using my 3D glasses I managed to figure it out. :D

An interesting block nevertheless.
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Block of 4 x 1/- telegraph stamps, Kroonstad April 17th 1900.

During the Boer War, after the British captured the capital of the Orange Free State in March, the Boers made Kroonstad their temporary capital. It also fell after less than two months, making this block an unusual find and a little piece of history.

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