Genuine Gandhi FDC are getting over $US6,000 each on ebay even in appalling condition as this one below was, but still got $US6,100. (And note, the one below is GENUINE
, no doubt about that.)
The fakers will now emerge, with those kind of current high prices, and buyers should be careful to ONLY buy covers where close up scans of the cancels
are shown by sellers.
The fake cancels look pretty crudely made to any experienced eye, but newbie buyers, seeking only "bargains" sadly do not realise that.
And fake or
genuine ugly tatty covers such as this below will be impossible to sell in 10 years for even HALF what a nicer one will bring.
The Indian market is in a juvenile emerging stage right now, and will mature and be stronger than ever, in 10 years.
Everyone there now is chasing 'bargains" and ignoring QUALITY. Very short sighted.
In 10 years when the buyers are accustomed to western standards of stamp quality, a tatty cover like this below will not be saleable, for even a fraction of a flat clean one IMHO. "Quality is remembered, long after the price is forgotten"
The above cover has just sold on eBay (lot #250903649911) for US$6,100
(approx A$6,195); bidding started at US$9.95 for the cover, which was
offered by a 5-star, 100% feedback-rated California, USA dealer as under:
It was described thus:
"Rarely seen complete set of 4 stamps on first-day cover postmarked Bombay
15 August 1948 sent to Hungary with Budapest August 22 receiving mark on
the back. Cover has many creases as it is a large envelope that went though
the mail system, but all the stamps are OK."
Demand for Indian stamps is heating up, especially for classics such as the
1948 Gandhi set. Though attractive in its own way, the cover above is hardly
pristine - and as with recent realisations for Chinese stamps, it seems that
condition is of less importance to would-be buyers than relative scarcity.
The fact that this cover was sent by one Popatlal G. Gandhi from Bombay may
also have had something to do with its perceived value. I've Googled and Wiki'd
the name but can't find any reference to this sender as being of the same family.