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I posted this earlier in the bargains topic, but as I will probably have lots of questions and remarks, Norvic suggested to open a separate thread where I will post many pictures from this fantastic lot.

It includes many harder to find recent postally used items from mostly African countries. But besides that it also includes many stamps which are considered Agency / Stamperija issues, like this one:

1997 Mali stamps Star Wars
1997 Mali stamps Star Wars

I stumbled upon it on Ebay, and got it for a very good price


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It includes also some nice letters and a small album with Swaziland stamps.
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top left franked with imperforate issues.

Off course I will keep the letters as is.
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Also interesting, perhaps not that recent, but some good additions to my collection.
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The Togo block (2010) is another example of something that is considered Agency issue (at least in Colnect) but I have it postally used with a nice round cancel in the middle. Also only the Michel codes are shown. Not sure if it listed by other catalogs or not.
2010 Togo Football team Michel TG 3569-3572KB
2010 Togo Football team Michel TG 3569-3572KB

Another example are the se tenant strip of 3 from Mali (1997) on top.

The Tanzania stamps from 2006 however I had on my wishlist, as I think these are not concidered as agency issues. And according to colnect, seems quite rare or at least hard to find as almost nobody has them.
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1992 Sierra Leone stamps <br />Prehistoric Animals
1992 Sierra Leone stamps
Prehistoric Animals
Cameroon stamps franking
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Mali stamps franking
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1996 Benin stamps African-Buffalo-Syncerus-caffer postally used
1996 Benin stamps African-Buffalo-Syncerus-caffer postally used
1996 Benin stamps African-Buffalo-Syncerus-caffer
1996 Benin stamps African-Buffalo-Syncerus-caffer
this is a typical example of very common stamps with silly CTO cancels (or MNH), but now I have a block of 4 used.
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A great purchase aerogi!
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Some more Star Wars on top.
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The train stamps comes from this block:
1997 Mali stamps <br />Swiss Railroad, 150th anniv.
1997 Mali stamps
Swiss Railroad, 150th anniv.
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the 1000F items are valued at €15 in stampworld. And I like the cancels on the Benin stamps.
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that's it for the moment. I will post more soon.
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Nice buy.

Do you keep everything on paper or are you soaking them?
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JKA wrote: 12 Apr 2023 23:18 Nice buy.

Do you keep everything on paper or are you soaking them?
the letters I will certainly keep. And a number of items that are on paper but again wit nice complete cancels on stamp + paper I will also keep I think. The souvenir sheet from Tanzania for example I will certainly keep as is, but maybe just cut it a bit nicer.
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I'm not sure I have ever handled a stamp from Burkina Faso.

And i noticed Angola there! Most unusual.
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You must have been delighted when you opened the box and starting sifting through the treasures within aerogi; what a good find.

It will keep you busy for a while :lol: :lol: :lol:
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As someone who specializes in collecting post-independence Africa in postally used condition I must say: WOW, great find!

Actualy I had given up on Ebay, but this does defy expectations. Probably I should consider browsing it again :?
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davidb wrote: 13 Apr 2023 05:02 As someone who specializes in collecting post-independence Africa in postally used condition I must say: WOW, great find!

Actualy I had given up on Ebay, but this does defy expectations. Probably I should consider browsing it again :?
I must admit I was very surprised with the final bid. I had a maximum bid well over €250 as I absoluly wanted this lot.
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aerogi wrote: 13 Apr 2023 06:17
davidb wrote: 13 Apr 2023 05:02 As someone who specializes in collecting post-independence Africa in postally used condition I must say: WOW, great find!

Actualy I had given up on Ebay, but this does defy expectations. Probably I should consider browsing it again :?
I must admit I was very surprised with the final bid. I had a maximum bid well over €250 as I absoluly wanted this lot.

Its brilliant when that happens.... and then "you doubt whats coming, at that price" ("Vendor voiding").

Then it arrives, and its "happy days" again.

The icing on the cake happens when you have taken everything you want out of it (for collecting, or swaps)...

...You'll still probably end up with 3kg+ to sell (at 30 Euro / kilo), meaning you could end up with double your money "in the stamp kitty", and a huge gap filled in your goals for the year :D

Well done.

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Beautiful stuff there aerogi, and definitely will give us some good evidence to re-evaluate some of the listings at Colnect regarding Agency Issue status
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aerogi wrote: 13 Apr 2023 06:17 I must admit I was very surprised with the final bid. I had a maximum bid well over €250 as I absoluly wanted this lot.
Congratulations!

Maybe someone else out there is still cursing his internet provider for loss of connection that didn't allow a last second high bid. Who knows? It happened to me when I bought something I wanted for a low bid. Then the rival bidder, someone I knew personally, contacted me and said how lucky I was for his last minute internet trouble.

In any case, looks like a great buy!
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I think 80%-85% are African countries, mostly former French colonies. But also a good amount of Lesotho, Swaziland and Ghana. The other 15-20% is mostly Asia with a lot of Pakistan, India, Nepal. From America there are also nice items in this lot: 2006-2007 El Salvador en 2000s Panama.
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Not sure what to do with these. THere are a number of these kinds of franking, mostly for Zaïre / Congo DR. Must have to do with inflation I think?
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The 200F Niger items have this remark in colnect
Rare commercial covers exist with this issue on them.
a pity it is not the complete cover. I think I will leave this one as it is and not soaking it off.

the 300F stamps from Mali has a 100% score, meaning nobody has it, but many collectors have it on their wishlist.... :D
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What an eye-opener!

We are so used to thinking that many of these issues are never found or used in their country of origin that seeing a pile like this comes as something of a shock. And there are so many countries represented.

Out of curiosity, do most seem to come from the same addressee? If so, who?

By the way the stamps are arranged and applied, they certainly don't look like philatelic mail - and yet there are minisheets, se-tenant blocks etc. Most curious. What a marvellous buy!
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Bill H UK wrote: 13 Apr 2023 18:33 What an eye-opener!

We are so used to thinking that many of these issues are never found or used in their country of origin that seeing a pile like this comes as something of a shock. And there are so many countries represented.

Out of curiosity, do most seem to come from the same addressee? If so, who?

By the way the stamps are arranged and applied, they certainly don't look like philatelic mail - and yet there are minisheets, se-tenant blocks etc. Most curious. What a marvellous buy!
Many items (not all though) are addressed to a welfare organisation in Germany: Bread for the world.
https://www.brot-fuer-die-welt.de/

They come from all over the world, but seems mostly from the 'poor' countries, also from Latin America and some Asian countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh.

They don't look philatelic to me, or they would have put 'nicer' on the envelopes I think.

It is for me also a bit of a surprise, as many of these items I had on my 'ignore' list in Colnect as I assumed they probably don't exist postally used.
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The fact that the stamps come from mail addressed to a charity and are from countries where the charity would be expected to be active would seem to prove pretty conclusively that these are genuinely and commercially postal used stamps with no "philatelic" tinge at all.

Conclusion: you've not just struck philatelic gold, you've struck the mother lode aerogi !
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DJCMH wrote: 13 Apr 2023 15:28 Beautiful stuff there aerogi, and definitely will give us some good evidence to re-evaluate some of the listings at Colnect regarding Agency Issue status
Yeah, I have been thinking of that too. It will be an interesting 'excercice' and discussion I think. The Butterflies and car stamps from Central African Republic in the picture below are considered as 'agency' in Colnect.
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and on top they have superb cancels and also an item I will leave as it is and not soak it off.
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This is an example send to this charity From the Central African Republic. also on the picture I posted with the Zaïre overlapping stamps has this address.
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I have better examples I will post later on
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I have acquired quite a lot of similar material in kiloware over the years and can confirm that in regular commercial mail usage from these countries what you see here is typical -- minisheets, stamps cut from minisheets, lots of overlapped stamps etc etc.

But I've never found a quantity like this (4kg+) all at once! Your 250 euro bid would have been good value for money, let alone 48 euro.
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aerogi wrote: 13 Apr 2023 18:54
Bill H UK wrote: 13 Apr 2023 18:33 What an eye-opener!

We are so used to thinking that many of these issues are never found or used in their country of origin that seeing a pile like this comes as something of a shock. And there are so many countries represented.

Out of curiosity, do most seem to come from the same addressee? If so, who?

By the way the stamps are arranged and applied, they certainly don't look like philatelic mail - and yet there are minisheets, se-tenant blocks etc. Most curious. What a marvellous buy!
Many items (not all though) are addressed to a welfare organisation in Germany: Bread for the world.
https://www.brot-fuer-die-welt.de/

They come from all over the world, but seems mostly from the 'poor' countries, also from Latin America and some Asian countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh.

They don't look philatelic to me, or they would have put 'nicer' on the envelopes I think.

It is for me also a bit of a surprise, as many of these items I had on my 'ignore' list in Colnect as I assumed they probably don't exist postally used.
On the other hand some have a PHILATELIE postmark, so someone has taken the trouble to get stamps properly postmarked. It may be the only place to buy these stamps as well!


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I'd settle for that, rather than a black felt-tip squiggle :lol:

(But yes, there must be something in that...)
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:lol: I reckon there's some really amazing stuff there. We're all involved in this!
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Agreed. I've never seen anything like it.

Who would have thought that agency junk that we'd not look twice at mint or CTO would be so fascinating when actually used! :D
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Another set "Botanical gardens of the World - Munich Botanical Garden" from Sierra Leone I can remove from my Colnect ignore list and put on my wish / collection list.


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ierra Leone Colnect Agency issue Botanical gardens of the world
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What an amazing find, I'd be thrilled with that lot and for such a low price too.

Thanks for sharing the pics.
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Amazing buy Aerogi - a lot of fun to the had there at a very small price !!

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Two items I have trouble to find catalog number.

They are not in colnect or stampworld, and they are too recent for my YT catalogs or in the case of the Senegal stamp I just can't seem to find it.

The Senegal stamp was issued in 1988 and in 1989 there has been an overprint with 555F. But can't find it with this overprint +25.
Senegal stamp Enda Center
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1989 Senegal YT SN821 stamp Enda Center – Surcharged
1989 Senegal YT SN821 stamp Enda Center – Surcharged


The Togo stamp I have no idea. Togo (Stamperija) issued in 2010-2012 a bunch of minisheets with 4 stamps. But can't find it.
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It is not by Stamperija cfr the imprint at the bottom
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Here some info about the Senegal stamp
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Wow! Impressive variety there.
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aerogi wrote: 13 Apr 2023 18:21 Image

Not sure what to do with these. THere are a number of these kinds of franking, mostly for Zaïre / Congo DR. Must have to do with inflation I think?
When inflation rises faster than they can overprint stamps. Overlapping the stamps saves space when you have to use so many.
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yellowduck wrote: 14 Apr 2023 04:22
aerogi wrote: 13 Apr 2023 18:21 Image

Not sure what to do with these. THere are a number of these kinds of franking, mostly for Zaïre / Congo DR. Must have to do with inflation I think?
When inflation rises faster than they can overprint stamps. Overlapping the stamps saves space when you have to use so many.
And/or when the post office runs out of high(er) value stamps - happens quite often in rural post offices in Africa.
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Letter from Zaïre with 1996 stamps Olympics
Letter from Zaïre with 1996 stamps Olympics
strange they didn't put the face values 35000 or 50000 on the envelope, but maybe as mentioned they ran out of the high face values at the post office.

someone can give an explanation on the label added by Deutsche Post?
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This is the first (and only) letter I have now in my collection with imperforate versions of the original stamps.

Very happy with this one as it is quite unique I think.
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Another 'first' for me. The stamps on the right are known to be produced in big volumes, and similar issues have been produced for other countries. All of these I have are CTO canceled.

Nice to find out they actually exist in used condition.
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1997 Mali letter with year of the ox issue
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I think the Chinese collectors would be interested in this one, as it contains the 1997 issue 'year of the ox' from Mali.
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aerogi wrote: 14 Apr 2023 18:51 Image

strange they didn't put the face values 35000 or 50000 on the envelope, but maybe as mentioned they ran out of the high face values at the post office.

someone can give an explanation on the label added by Deutsche Post?
Use of the incorrect postcode causes delivery delay.
It looks like they used a bank sort code and a fax number instead of a postcode!
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steevh wrote: 14 Apr 2023 19:17
Use of the incorrect postcode causes delivery delay.
It looks like they used a bank sort code and a fax number instead of a postcode!
off course! :mrgreen:
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a bit of a messy desk... :mrgreen:
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aerogi wrote: 14 Apr 2023 19:31 Image

a bit of a messy desk... :mrgreen:

Nah,

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It might get messy, but its going to take a lot to wipe that smile off your face :mrgreen:


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a 100 euro item added to my collection! I know catalog value is way too high, but with a nice cancel, and off course will leave as it is and not soak it
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