It is all all happening in APRIL 2019 here on stampboards.
Stampboards celebrates Birthday 12 in April, and it will reach member number 20,000, and pass message number 6 MILLION, and also reach the 80,000 different topics milepost. All in that same month, and all huge achievements that no-one ever dreamed of, at its inception in 2007. 8)
A hard working team of volunteers has worked for a year, and managed to convert the near one MILLION stamp images there, to be hosted on the large stampboards servers in the USA, via the hard work of member CMJ in the UK. In the past, stamp images were added that were hosted by a bunch of free image hosting sites, personal sites, work sites etc, which often vanished overnight - and so sadly, did the pix.
SO I have decided during the month of April, seeing we reach so many milestones, to have a MEGA giveaway running all month.
This page will go LIVE on April 1 so bookmark it, and start entering then - unlimited entries. So BOOKMARK this link to this page, and pass it on to all your stamp friends - there are $1000s of prizes being given away. I'll add a link to the other prizes soon.
Just the first prize is SG Cat £1,500 = $A3,000. This 1840 Penny Black pair has the corner letters SA and SB as you can see - the SB is for STAMPBOARDS! You can see our logo below has an "SB" corner letter 1d Black. 8)
An English member donated the main prize, as a “Thank You” to stampboards for the benefit he has derived from it, and has asked to stay anonymous. I thank him.
There are many other prizes being pledged as I type this, and the list is growing nicely. This link is where all the action will take place all through pass it on to all your stamp buddies! And DO urge them to join as members - we have less than 200 more to get to reach 20,000.
That member purchased this fresh 4 margin pair from the leading UK dealer in 1d Blacks, and it is on his dealer card, typed with full details: “SG Spec, AS41a” etc. He sought one with the corner letters of “S.B.” for StampBoards of course. The unit on left has strong re-entries in both top corner stars, as can be seen in detail in photo above.
Used PAIRS of any 1d Black are very scarce, as of course all POs had the 2d Blue issued same date, on hand for that rate. The SG Specialised cat values a used pair from Plate 6 at £1,250 (and a used block 4 at £25,000!) A pair lettered SA/SB, with the Re-Entry is probably unique, and of course SG do not list that, but they rate the re-entry at 20% more than a normal, so clearly a £1,500+ type multiple.
For many readers, such a valuable pair in excellent fault free 4 margin condition, would be the most valuable stamp item in the collection, so well worth adding a few 100 entries during April - https://tinyurl.com/WIN1dPair Someone certainly will win it on April 30! A lot of fun too, and a mass of other generous prizes on offer too.
Please add to the fun, and donate a prize that will be awarded to those runners up to the 1d Black superb used pair, main prize. EVERYONE reading this has some stamp bits and pieces laying about they do not collect or are duplicates etc. Round them up, do a scan, and add them here. You agree to mail your prize free, to whomever wins it, no matter where they reside, and exchange addresses etc. Each donation will be numbered - Prize 4, Prize 12, Prize 46, etc, and at end April it will be clear which member won which prize etc.
So all through April please feel free to add up a giveaway to the conga line of others. Any member can of course offer more than one prize - be great if that occurred. Clearly there is no minimum monetary value specified here, but to be realistic lets ask that you offer prizes that are worth about $US10, to be sensible about it.
Prizes can be of course from ANY country, ANY era, ANY topic, mint or used, or covers etc. So have a clean up of your spares and duplicates. ''The more the merrier!'' as the saying goes.