Superb NEW edition being printed now, and for the first time - in full colour!
Totally updating Hugh’s opus original 421 page work published by RPSV - 17 years back.
This new edition by Hugh Freeman, APR, updates the earlier edition published by The Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria Inc in 2001, with details of all new discoveries since, and totally updated rarity ratings.
The great achievement is Hugh's herculean effort to succeed in illustrating actual strikes of near every different numeral obliterator, resulting in over 98% of all numerals being illustrated in colour. The result is an indispensable reference for all collectors of this popular area.
Quality hardbound with Dust Jacket, this huge work weighs in at 492 pages in colour - a huge increases on the 420 pages of the inaugural Edition, showing just how many new illustrations have been added.
That original book was issued at $150 when the cost of a First Class stamp was just 45¢, (now $1.50) so today's $A195 retail is DARN good value. Unlike ALL others, I use SUPERB CTO franking protected under plastic, meaning your shipping is "Free" essentially.
Victoria numeral cancels can fetch $2,000+
Just ONE find like those, once in your lifetime, and you could buy an entire suitcase of these books! Value of either of those 2 stamps without those cancels - about 2¢ apiece! The sort of thing you might find in any junk lot, or kiddies album sitting un-noticed. IF you own this book.
For any reader looking for an exciting new challenge, this is one to take up. These postmarks are found in 99% of cases on cheap letter rate stamps. They also are widely found on Australian Kangaroo and KGV stamps up until 1917, when the PO reprimanded Postmasters (again) for still using them, but they were in fact used right up until 1935.
Many common 1d stamps have cancels that sell for $100s. Victoria issued 2100 numeral postmarkers, between #1 (Melbourne) and #2100 (King Valley - issued November 1906). Of these 2100 numbers - despite an army of collectors scouring the earth over several generations - some 51 numbers have NEVER been sighted.
Many numbers of course exist in a myriad of styles, variants, designs and sub-types. All are clearly illustrated and rarity rated in this book. Even some from Melbourne #1 that most of us would regard as "common as muck" are rated "RRRR" as they are unusual designs or sub-types.
Hugh Freeman certainly has had a mass of material to sift through in his decades long search. I first met him 40 years back when he ran Status Stamp Auctions along with Barry Cooper. He had owned Auctions in Sydney well before that time as well. Hugh later went on to manage Stanley Gibbons Auctions in Australia for many years.
Despite handling probably many millions of stamps from Victoria, the fact several dozens of numbers still are unseen to Hugh Freeman and other specialists, offers a challenge to all readers of this article.
Hugh used to run large ads in overseas magazines advertising to buy the elusive numerals he still sought. I recall seeing his ads in Stanley Gibbons “Part 1” catalogues for this material.
This book illustrates around 2,000 actual cancels on stamps and covers in full colour - not drawings as some other state handbooks have used. Reproduction quality of illustrations is quite superb, and the detail and background to the listings is exhaustive. All cancels are rated in 8 specific rarity classes - or "non-rated" meaning they are reasonably to very common.
EVERY dealer in the world should own this book, and it goes without saying ALL collectors of Victoria need to have one too. Stumble across even one half decent cancel, just once in your lifetime, and it is more than paid for.
Buy direct from me at normal issue price, get superb franking, and best of all get your book FIRST - I get my stock before ANY other dealer. Bring printed now as I type this October 30 - Indeed the actual book is all completed, but printer had an issue with the quality of the outer dust jackets, and they are being re-done, and the books are in my hands this week by courier. This is only $US130 as I type this.
I have 2 cartons of pre-orders already - this has been a MUCH anticipated new work! "Knowledge Is Power" as I type rather often.
High resolution CD Rom of the many 100s of NSW cancels pages catalogue, exactly as it appears in the 100s of pages printed version, with all colour photos etc. If you add one to an order for this new Victoria Numerals Book $190, I’ll do BOTH for $A220 saving you $A10! If you want BOTH for $A220 use Stock code 637BN.
For overseas members, to find out the approx cost in YOUR currency, click here - https://www.xe.com - the $A has CRASHED lately, and for USA buyers etc, my prices are REALLY cheap in your money!
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - don't like it - mail it back within 48 hours of receiving it. No-one ever has yet.
Remember, adding another lot of mine (posted by either Admin, GlenStephens or Global Administrator or ozstamps) here (or on my website https://glenstephens.com/rarity.html ) for sale in general adds ZERO to your shipping cost, so have a good look at what is on offer here, in case something else appeals:
And "lay-by/layaway" is always possible - email me with any queries to glen [at] glenstephens.com - OR "trade-ins" always possible! If you have a pile of surplus stuff, I may well be happy to offset that against this item, see: https://tinyurl.com/GlenBuy
As most know - I do NO fairs or shows, have NO shop, and do NOT bother with ebay or any other auctions. I buy endless bulk lots from Estates, and distress sales etc, in this massive city of 6 million, with no other real stamp buyers, and offer it here at *NETT* prices for fast turnover. NO "20%-25% Buyer Fees" and “3% credit card fees” to add to my *NETT* prices, as in auction!
Many similar mouth-watering NETT price offers are being loaded weekly onto - https://tinyurl.com/GlenRare and https://tinyurl.com/GlenSpec
Unless noted by me, all stampboards lots priced $A100 and under are generally mailed Unregistered and untracked at *YOUR* total risk, unless YOU specifically note otherwise on order form. I can often send them tracked mail - no compo cover on those. 1,000s of my transactions here for 10 years have been safe by normal post.
Orders over $100 are normally sent Registered (PO cover is to $A100 only sadly) - cost is extra $A4 local, and minimum $A16 (~$US12) extra foreign, depending on weight. Only YOU know if your street or Apartment address is secure - a large packet covered in pretty stamps left outside, just might tempt passers-by? Only YOU know that, I do not. Mail contractors these days are often lazy, and leave packets on top of mailboxes etc in view of public, and/or out in wet weather etc. PO Boxes are FAR safer.
"All Risk" Insurance is always possible if required as well, and is cheap at $A2 per $100 covered - and all are strongly advised to use this, and I will, unless asked not to. Full detail on all of this - https://tinyurl.com/Glen2-15 It is like Travel Insurance - decline that when booking your ticket, and THEN tell Qantas you really meant to take it 3 weeks back, and you now need to cancel your ticket with no nasty penalty please, and see how you go with THAT one!
As per stampboard convention - this lot is offered exclusively first to board members - and on no other sales venue.
For members who make a BANK TRANSFER or Money Order etc, you WILL generally get your goods faster, as it saves me some hassle - but you MUST email me the confirmation number etc - many "forget"!