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Here is one picked up recently.

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Michel 151 FA CV €175 used, cost about €0.5, postage as part of a larger lot €2.

Can you see the flaw?

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Flaw, no extension of right leg of ´M`.

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Normal ´M`.

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Great pick up John.

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Thanks Darren.

It´s the old story. Some sellers piling in cheap looking stamps without time to look at them in detail or without necessary knowledge.

Anyway I have four of these now!! Got this in a cheap deal. Makes up a little for all my bad deals.

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It's been a while since I had anything worth sharing, mostly as I largely withdrew from buying random stuff about a year ago. But recently, I've dipped my toe back in the water and three unusual items have come up which I thought I'd share.

First up, we have a really nice selection of Britannia's from both Trinidad and Barbados.

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Finally here and sorted, there's about £250 worth of catalogue value here and a number of pairs, which are uncommon to find. Ironically, all of them are on paper and if only one of them was on cover, the single cover would be worth way more than the stamps combined. A lesson the late Rod Perry would nod at I am sure.

This lot was £5.77 + postage :mrgreen:

Then I took a punt on this item for just £5;

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A little scruffy perhaps but unusual in that this stamp should be perforated. It's Barbados SG43, a fairly common stamp and most people would look and assume with these thin margins, that it has trimmed perforations, which could be correct. The bit that troubled me though was the amount of paper left in the top left margin, which would show evidence of perforations if they had existed.

Anyway, as its priced £1,000 for an imperforate pair, and is known as a used single (though not mentioned in Part 1), I thought it worth a punt. Either to demonstrate how a stamp can be altered to look like something it isn't, or to get a cert and add to the collection.

And finally, a crazy stamp that finally arrived today after enlisting the help of Philexx, who was amazing.

A huge £7.50 bid got me this stamp and what attracted me was the fact that the seller, in the description, said they didn't know what perf it was.

Postage turned out to be another £10, which I thought a bit steep until I got a message form the seller who was based in Moscow! They had a problem; there were no mail services to the UK direct from Moscow. They asked if there was any other address I could have it sent and after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, we agreed that Germany was feasible.

Enter Philexx as a knight in shining armour....

At this stage, even though they issued me a tracking number I still had my doubts. After all the tracking number made no sense as it didn't say which service it was with. I had resigned myself to having to make a Paypal claim when lo and behold, it turned up in Germany in this envelope;

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Repackaged by Philexx, it arrived with me today and it looks like this;
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And there's good and bad news.

The good news is my first hunch was right. Irrespective of perforation, I had noticed that it carried one of the original bootheel cancels, which had to place it to a date before 1863 when they were replaced.

The original low res scan meant I couldn't see what the perf was but I could see that it was definitely a pin perf (they are all pre-1863), so took the punt. And the good news is that it is pin perf 14, deep blue, SG15 which catalogues at £180 for a used copy, and as few survived in any sort of reasonable state, this one, on the face of it, looks to be a better copy.

The bad news is that ironically, there is a tiny pinhole in it, hidden by the poor original scan.

The bright side, however, is, even in the damaged state, it is still a valuable stamp as it shows really well how to spot a pin perf stamp. If you look at the left-hand margin you can see the tiny pin holes, characteristic of this issue, and on the right-hand side, what they usually look like after separation, and the reason they stopped using pin perf machines :!:

All this fun for under £20 and people still ask what I see in stamp collecting..... :roll:

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Yet another mint example of SG110b 6d Die 2b mint - unpriced in SG. Unfortunately it has a small rust spot but otherwise as good a copy as you could wish. The vendor throught it was Die 2b but described it as Die 2 as the frame break over ST was inked over. Sadly I was the underbidder at £89 but as I already have 2 I wasn't going to go mad and the eventual purchaser has a bargain even with the small rust spot. Used is catalogued at £750.

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Robert,

That looks to be an inclusion (odd coloured wood fibre) as opposed to a rust spot.
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That was my thought too. What does it look like from the rear?
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No sign of the rust spot on the back. The vendor was selling several NWPI issues all of which were as perfect in centreing and condition as you would ever see.

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A recent purchase.
Turks and Caicos Islands 1917 SG 140 1d red.
The overprint is 5mm to the left of the normal overlapping two stamps.
On the first printings the first stamp of the sixth row the "X" of TAX is damaged and looks like a reversed "K", visible on this block. No catalog value for that but it is mentioned.

Would this be considered a double overprint?
If considered a double overprint then a single is cataloged at £180,00.
Considering I paid £3.99 for the block, whether a bargain or not, it still is a neat looking item indeed.
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Nice one, Spartacus. The perfs and centering look sweet to me.

We've heard lots about the Australian Kangaroo and Map issues as used blocks, but I found this GB 1841 (?) Penny Red block for about £20. No idea what it's worth really because I haven't yet stepped out to embark in the plating of such stamps, but I'm certainly happy despite the faults. What are your thoughts?

Actually it arouses my curiosity. I wonder what it was used to mail – perhaps a parcel and, if so, what was in said parcel? Ah, if only stamps could talk!

Any idea what town that numeral is from?
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Catweazle wrote:
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Any idea what town that numeral is from?
575 was used at Norwich, Norfolk and that style (with a shorter top bar) was first used in July 1850.

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CMJ wrote:
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Catweazle wrote:
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Any idea what town that numeral is from?
575 was used at Norwich, Norfolk and that style (with a shorter top bar) was first used in July 1850.

Chris.

Aha, Arthur Ransome country (when not the Lake District). I know it well!

This listing was advertised as 1841, but who knows where they got that one from.

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Catweazle wrote:
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This listing was advertised as 1841, but who knows where they got that one from.
The generic "name" for the imperforate 1d red is normally "1841". Even when the plate number is known, virtually everyone still calls them 1841 1d reds.

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Catweazle wrote:
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No idea what it's worth really because I haven't yet stepped out to embark in the plating of such stamps, but I'm certainly happy despite the faults.


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I am fairly sure it is from plate 161.

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Thanks folks, really appreciated your answers, great to know!

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This lot was listed at £90, post free, Buy it Now. Seemed rude not to do so.

Give or take a bit, CV is £4,750.

As they were displayed in the listing:


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Having been through them to ID (Catalogue numbers are Gibbons):


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Very nice, well spotted!

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Amazing, I am glad you were not rude :D
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The Pom,

Great buy, well worth it!

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A few 1d Red roos with varieties. Not all are correct, but having been through them, the CV of the ACSC listed positions is over $A1,800.

Cost - $A75.


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Noice. 8-)

The Pom certainly has an eye for bargains.

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The Pom wrote:
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A few 1d Red roos with varieties. Not all are correct, but having been through them, the CV of the ACSC listed positions is over $A1,800.

Cost - $A75.
Very nice find.

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A little bargain picked up on weekend. From johnrcrow thread priced at €30 unused, I bought it for $1.50. Not sure if price same in used condition

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Happy with this Roo block – not four, but six 1/-

I paid $26 without looking at the ACSC. Seemed fair to me, despite the faults and very smudgy looking cancels.

What's that postmark – Surrey Hills, NSW perhaps? Can you make out the date?

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Catweazle wrote:
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Happy with this Roo block – not four, but six 1/-

I paid $26 without looking at the ACSC. Seemed fair to me, despite the faults and very smudgy looking cancels.

What's that postmark – Surrey Hills, NSW perhaps? Can you make out the date?


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Second watermark, with variety "Retouched first A of AUSTRALIA & heavy coastline to WA"

CV $A500, cost £18.50 including post.


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£10 + post for this lot.

The good stamp is the 5d Brown single line perf bright chestnut on rough paper, CV £180. It can be plated as 1L45 by the broken shading line by the base of the right wattles & the notch inside the right frame right of 5d.


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Not so much a bargain (although it was) more a misdescription by 'Status'.


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Interesting to note the cover/front was described as having SG105 5d, SG109 3d and SG115 2/-. For readers of this Board it will be obvious that the 3d is Die 2 and very scarce on cover. The addressee, Mr Gillies (mis-spelt on the envelope) was a well known NSW solicitor and early collector of NWPI. It was Gillies, through his Government contacts, who forced Harrison to release the numbers of NWPI stamps printed. Harrison did this under great protest and 'missed' a few printings. His argument was that the information was restricted and answering correspondence from collectors was keeping him from his job. His view was that philatelists should be swatted like flies.
All this for £50. Dated the 21st July 1923 and probably fulfilling an order for stamps from Rabaul. The front is cut down, removing the regsitration label from the left hand side.
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I omitted to say it was on ebay as a 'Buy it Now'.

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A lovely, used block of eight. Not used in period – this looks to be 1945. Where from, can you identify it? With a hinge on the reverse. But, I'm happy with it. Can you find me another for less than AUD$60?

2/- Kangaroo Used Block of 8
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Seems like we're all finding bargains on kangaroos out there these days. Surely others have made other nice purchases from elsewhere too?

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CofA, 1945 is within period.

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MJ's pet wrote:
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CofA, 1945 is within period.
Ah, useful, thank you!

C of A in 1945 – duh!

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MJ's pet wrote:
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CofA, 1945 is within period.
Last printing January 1944.

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...remaining in use until stocks exhausted. The redrawn Die printing was issued in Dec 1945 with the last of these in Jan 1947.

One stamp that was around a long time from April 1935. Still, not too many blocks of 8 about.

The cancel looks like "Air Force P.O. No. 2x" (twenty something) cancelled 21-4-1945

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Part of a home made album page headed 'Australia' with 18 NWPI units and just 3 modern and worthless Australia. I have separated the 3d's. the top row of which is 3rd watermark and the bottom row is first watermark interestingly all cancelled to order at Herbertshohe on the 16th March 1916 (as were the remaining NWPI stamps apart from 2 cancelled at Rabaul, again on the same day in 1918, including a Die 2).
Note the Die 2 3d's. The 1st watermark Die 2 3d is catalogued at £550, the third watermark Die 2 is at £170.

The die 2's are perfectly centred and undamaged. One 1st watermark die 1 has a missing corner perf.
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A real bargain. I have just bought the sister page with similar Herbertshohe cancellations which has at least one other Die 2 3d, Watermark unknown and 4 6d's which may be first watermark and a definite Die 2 1d......we shall see. I haven't checked the 4d's and 5d's for varieties yet.

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...remaining in use until stocks exhausted. The redrawn Die printing was issued in Dec 1945 with the last of these in Jan 1947.

One stamp that was around a long time from April 1935. Still, not too many blocks of 8 about.

The cancel looks like "Air Force P.O. No. 2x" (twenty something) cancelled 21-4-1945
Now that's intriguing. I'll have to research this and find out where they were stationed on that date. Some interesting history here, for sure.

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Picked up this nice looking block of 10 UM.
North Borneo, Red Cross surcharge, 1918 24c + 2c Mauve.
SG226, catalog value is £22 for a single.
Total value is £220 not adding a premium for being a block.
I would think it's a reasonable bargain considering I purchased the entire block for £19.00.
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Today I received a lot that I won on Ebay for 29,50 euro. It is a bit of a messy lot of Belgium, but it contains a few items that I am missing from my country. So we are getting closer again to get a complete Belgian collection (apart from the precanceled before 1938)
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Especially the first card is what I wanted to have. the tête-bêche gutter pair, it was the only one that I was missing.

But more importantly, from the stamps with advertisment tab, I am missing the key item valued at 845 euro for MNH, and it turns out to be MNH! This one is truly very scarce. It is the second stamp on the second line. I was also missing the same advertisment on the 50c (last stamp). The 60c Persil on the top row is also missing. So I basically added 1300 euro value to my collection. And all the others will go on my Colnect swaplist (first checking variants and cancels off course). The 40c version are all 470 each!

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These 'croissance' advertisments stamps must have been some kind of error I think, as they were replaced with the same design but with 'enfants' instead of croissance. Note the catalogue value of the 70c. It is also very high.
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Very nice :mrgreen:
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Found in a biscuit tin of off-paper Australia which arrived yesterday, so cost less than a penny.

BW95(u)O Cracked electro through right wattles to L of AUSTRALIA.

CV is $600. :)


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Found in a biscuit tin of off-paper Australia which arrived yesterday, so cost less than a penny.

BW95(u)O Cracked electro through right wattles to L of AUSTRALIA.

CV is $600. :)



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AHH ! The famous biscuit tin ! :lol: :lol:
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Ubobo.R.O. wrote:
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AHH ! The famous biscuit tin ! :lol: :lol:
Indeed! The biscuit tin is the source of all that is rare & valuable in the world of stamps. Not only that. but it was accompanied by that other well-known treasure trove - the cigar box! :D



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Well done! I had a cheeky bid on that lot too. :lol:

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Goodwin wrote:
31 Mar 2021 18:59
Well done! I had a cheeky bid on that lot too. :lol:
Thanks. I'll have to let you know if I find anything else good in there, just to increase the jealousy factor! :)
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Does bargains found in a box on the attic also count?

Today between the many boxes containing car racing magazines, there was apparently also a box with a lot of philatelic stuff. I had no idea I had this box. I discovered the following pages.
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Now I have something to try to complete, but I learned that plate 77 is probably a no go. Are there any special plate numbers / cancels I have?

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While back I picked up a copy of The Courier a Guide to Circular Date stamps on the Tasmanian Pictorial issues 1899 -1913 I can while away the time looking at lots on eBay and as they say knowledge is power. A some what blurred Mills Reef cds 2a was my reward rated RRRR Plus
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aerogi wrote:
17 Apr 2021 20:49

Now I have something to try to complete, but I learned that plate 77 is probably a no go. Are there any special plate numbers / cancels I have?
I like those pages and the Penny Red's should be fairly easy to complete. As a relative guide to which are worth more, I know that Rushstamps have a list of these in their latest Express magazine.

Best of luck completing them!

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JonEboy wrote:
21 Apr 2021 22:07
aerogi wrote:
17 Apr 2021 20:49

Now I have something to try to complete, but I learned that plate 77 is probably a no go. Are there any special plate numbers / cancels I have?
I like those pages and the Penny Red's should be fairly easy to complete. As a relative guide to which are worth more, I know that Rushstamps have a list of these in their latest Express magazine.

Best of luck completing them!

Jon
Plate 225 is the key item (apart from 77 of course!).

For the ½d "Bantam", Plate 9 is key.

In each case, expect to pay £100 to £200 for a good example. Tatty ones can be found for much less, of course. :idea:

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I picked up this KGV 4d lemon yellow with inverted watermak on Ebay the other day for $20.50 including postage.

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ACSC 110Ca. Catalogue Value $1500.

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