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Just came across this thread.

and dropping by to say congrats to winners MrSamoa and Monty.

I think MrSamoa will need a new apartment to keep these stamps :P

one would have never imagined getting this much of stamps as gift..!! hats off to those who made this possible. This is first time I'm seeing a bed full of stamps..

the best part is by Margo for counting the stamps.. how did you do it..!! :twisted:
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Grant, your kidding!
It was over...over a million posts ago! :D
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Just now noticed that we have crossed two million posts already.... Was there any contest for that??? I also do not see anybody with tag I WAS ONLINE FOR 2 MILLIONTH POST!!! Do enlighten me
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Congrats to the winners! More than enough stamps there to cover a car (just make it something better than the old beetle that was covered!).

Now that this has closed, was this lot ever accurately weighed? (Weight of just the stamps). I've been trying to build up some accurate data of my own versions of the "box" with singles on paper, off paper, Australia, World (on paper I close crop to generally 5mm or less).

Most people quote all sorts of wild estimates but I'm trying to work out a few reasonably accurate figures for bulk stamps and the standard deviation. This lot would make a great data set if an accurate weight is known to go with the total.

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This stuff was all off paper. All I recall was that when I shot it off to Glen, the weight I was charged for by AP was between 10 - 11 Kilos. I suppose I could have asked and/or checked the electronic scale they used, but it never occured to me that this might be important, so I didn't.

IIRC, I also had a few pages of newspaper right at the top to "stuff" the box so as to reduce movement of the stamps whilst in transit.

There was also quite a few mint stamps in this lot, as well as hinged used. While individually, this does not mean much, when we are talking about 108,347 stamps, the weight difference can be significact, even if only smally (is that even a word?) significant

For off paper, around 10,000 stamps per kilo is the accepted trade figure. For on paper, and of course, depends largely on the amount of paper, and even "newer" v "older material", "small" v "large" stamps.

I believe that 3,500-4,500 per Kilo for on paper is roughly correct, depending on the above.

For a mixture of both on/off, you would have to pretty much know the proportion of on as against off paper to hazard a guess.

Or you could always send them to Margo, who would just love to count them. :D

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Thanks for the reply. Shame it wasn't accurately weighed :) I was fed up once with all the "wild" figures people tried to quote regarding bulk stamps to make a sale. It's pretty clear if they try to quote an off-paper yield for an on-paper lot with massive excess paper.

I'll continue to weigh and count my own as I sort (I use lab scales to a 0.1g accuracy and have to weigh in lots of around 200g). Out of interest 45,437 decimal Australian on paper close cropped to 5mm is 7,212.7g (6,299.58 stamps per kilo).

This contains a proper mix from 1966 to present, sheet+peel'n'stick, common+scarce, high face values, foils, holograms etc. I'm only interested in soaking any that I have a gap in my collection for (or to replace a poor specimen in my collection) so beyond that it goes in the box...

I can't be bothered to try to separate "sellers" and one day this lot will make someone happy I hope. I haven't got high enough figures yet for off paper or world with similar mix variety to quote those yet.

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Thanks for your contribution clydet.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this contest was completed and won close to 2 years ago, so you are a bit late.

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Darn .. hasn't someone won this carton of stamps yet. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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I know who won it :lol:
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An I know who counted it :lol:
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And I know the original owner.

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Who won?
I would suggest they offer the rest, after taking what they want, as a prize for another contest!

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Mr Samoa won, Ram but I think it will take him the next 25 years to sort through it :lol:
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MargoZ wrote:Mr Samoa won, Ram but I think it will take him the next 25 years to sort through it :lol:
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

And, congratulations, although belated, to Mr Samoa!

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And, how many stamps were there in it?

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108,347 was the winning number.
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Allanswood wrote:108,347 was the winning number.
I couldnt have guessed. I would have thought there were plenty more in that box. Looked like it would hold at least half a million.

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The rumour about the average IQ in Queensland has been confirmed beyond doubt. :idea:

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Global Administrator wrote:The rumour about the average IQ in Queensland has been confirmed beyond doubt. :idea:

VOTE FOR CLIVE PALMER .. Wendy Deng was a Commie Spy.
For the benefit of those outside Australia, please tell us more about the rumor!

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Ram wrote:For the benefit of those outside Australia, please tell us more about the rumor!
I think that it was Glen's way of suggesting that posting in a competition that finished over three years ago is not the most productive use of one's time.

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Me thinketh he meaneth the spy bit.
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Allanswood wrote:108,347 was the winning number.
We moved the bed yesterday, and found 2 more stamps that had fallen down the back - do I need to mail them to Mr Samoa in New York? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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I was looking for a cool promotion here, and Moderator 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 very happy with the outcome, and he mailed it up, and that box will soon be someone else's "Box"! :lol:

What is in there? Well even Norm did not really know, as he'd been assembling it for decades, 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 £5 Machins, and blocks of other different £5 types, and even some of the seldom seen massive £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".

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.

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.
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Well done - thanks John!
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Send me airline tickets and I'll pick them up :lol:
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Was looking for something else on ''search'' and found this - a reminder of a fun few weeks! :lol: :lol:

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It certainly was fun for me!
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