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Catweazle wrote:I would really love to be able to make out the date on this one. Ebay listing suggests 1940, and that it may possibly be related to the Battle of Narvik where a British Contingent was posted. Any thoughts on this one?
This is Finland not Norway, and rather more unusual than a Narvik item, I think (that was a full scale task force more than a contingent). It's apparently from a member of the volunteer International Brigades who went to help defend Finland from the USSR invasion in 1939.
Sold for GBP £87.02 -- not surprisingly for what must be a rare item.

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Some very nice early USA airmails "on piece" being offered at $50.00 starting bid on eBay. It ends Tuesday Sept. 29th and I'm hoping no-one will bite.
If you are not the seller, I am not sure how posting your find here helps your case.

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Catweazle wrote:I would really love to be able to make out the date on this one. Ebay listing suggests 1940, and that it may possibly be related to the Battle of Narvik where a British Contingent was posted. Any thoughts on this one?
This is Finland not Norway, and rather more unusual than a Narvik item, I think (that was a full scale task force more than a contingent). It's apparently from a member of the volunteer International Brigades who went to help defend Finland from the USSR invasion in 1939.
Sold for GBP £87.02 -- not surprisingly for what must be a rare item.
Wow - I always love these sorts of things that have a story behind them. If only stamps could talk!

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Catweazle wrote:Wow - I always love these sorts of things that have a story behind them. If only stamps could talk!
There are other documents and sound recordings that do talk ...

I went to Bletchley Park and mentioned the fog that covered the allied troop ships so that Scharnhorst and Gneissenau couldn't see them. The guide said "yes, there are many such stories, all for us none for them".

I started to research here, I should continue.

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jimwentzell wrote:
Some very nice early USA airmails "on piece" being offered at $50.00 starting bid on eBay. It ends Tuesday Sept. 29th and I'm hoping no-one will bite.
If you are not the seller, I am not sure how posting your find here helps your case.

Jules...

The item I showed was owned by a friend of mine who sells on eBay (GASTAMPMAN) his unsold eBay lots get offered at our local club meets, often at a big discount.

I was hoping that the partial front would not sell, but if I recall correctly it sold last month for about US$75, about twice what I would have been pleased to pay for it.

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Hi all, I found this O.His.M.S on line and find it interesting. I know nothing about these but I will grab them if at a bargain price, this is pretty low at around $12.00.

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What do you think, should I ignore it or grab it?

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I know nothing about this cover other than it is quite attractive and the markings mostly quite readable. For twelve bucks, I would buy it.

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Attractive in a way I suppose. I have plenty of time to decide on this one.

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Micky,

At first sight I'd be tempted to pass on that one mainly on account of condition - creases top left and bottom right, looks like a bit missing bottom centre, and a poorly-struck postmark.

Granted, there can't be that many OHMS items from Turks and Caicos, but I bet 99.9% of them came from the office of the Postmaster, and contained mint stamps being sent to collectors. :idea:

Having said all of the above, it does have a certain charm and 12 bucks would hardly buy a bottle of cheap wine these days, so....

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Oh I just googled Mr Mansback and your right he was a collector or dealer.

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These German Local Posts were hinged, then "favour-canceled" but still look appealing to me.....even though some have fallen by the wayside.

Present highest bidder is at US$5.00 with three days to go.

39 "stamps" for about the price of breakfast......hmmm, I just might snipe it now!

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But don't jump in and waste 50 bucks without researching them further. :idea:
C'mon Gav, whats $50 for a laser scan or photocopy to some folks?

Talk about classic Bunny Bait. :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:
Micky wrote:I guess I will take a gamble and buy 1. Maybe more will come to light with a better scan.
I had to find out what they were, so I bought the cheapest one for $25 (no breakfast in town this Sunday :lol: )
Yes it looks to be a Photo, has a gloss to it. As I don't have the real one to compare, this one measures top/bottom frame 26mm and side frame 31mm. The glue on the back is all brown. Anyway you can pick on me now Glen I will survive :roll: and avoid the others.

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What's a current price for the 1997 Don Bradman PNC with a $5 coin? I have been offered at a price of US$7.50. Thanks.

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These have been selling for $10 Au on ebay Australia so that is about the going price.
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traralgon3844 - Thanks very much. I'll try to bargain for a better price.

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The Should I buy it or run away thread.

Well I don't know anything about USA covers, stamps and Piano's :lol:

A first Day cover from the USA with Steinway & Sons advertising and NY 1937 meter and addressed to Mr Leopold Junior at the same address :? going for $85, that's about $80 to much in my books BUT! is it worth the time?

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Hi Looking at purchasing this stamp. Asking $2100

ACSC 17(1)ha - substituted cliche - Die IIA

The lines on the back are light creases that do not show through on the front.

Your thoughts please.

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I can see why you hesitate and the answer is a question or two .
How much do you want it?

When were you last offered another ?

Whatever the catalogue value of this I'd say $2000 was too much.
Badly centred.
Ragged perfs.
a small tear at the top
and 3 Creases !!!

Any other stamp in that condition is worth 5-10 % of catalogue.

But then I don't collect Australia, so what would I know?
whatever it is -------it's better than a poke in eye with a wet umbrella !

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I concur.

Take a look at this thread, top post http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=25115&start=150 and it seems that a realistic value is around $675 based on February 2015 figures.

With the creases and tear I'd save my cash.

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vikingeck wrote:I can see why you hesitate and the answer is a question or two .
How much do you want it?

When were you last offered another ?

Whatever the catalogue value of this I'd say $2000 was too much.
Badly centred.
Ragged perfs.
a small tear at the top
and 3 Creases !!!

Any other stamp in that condition is worth 5-10 % of catalogue.

But then I don't collect Australia, so what would I know?
JonEboy wrote:I concur.

Take a look at this thread, top post http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=25115&start=150 and it seems that a realistic value is around $675 based on February 2015 figures.

With the creases and tear I'd save my cash.

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Thank you Vikingeck, It's interesting to note that I was so interested in wanting the stamp that I failed to stand back and see what it actually looked like and the condition it was in.

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Jon, Thanks for the link I will read it cover to cover and get a better understanding of what I should be looking for, for the money.

Thanks again both of you.

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By US Standards that has VG centering which usually corresponds to 25% of Catalog, if that. And then you've got a bunch of creases.

If cat is $4,500 then this is, IMO, a $2-300 stamp.

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billw2 wrote:By US Standards that has VG centering.
Who'd've known that the US abbreviation for "Bl**dy Awful" was VG?

But aside from that, I think Bill's valuation is probably about right.

If I was to spend £1000 / A$2000 on a stamp, I'd pick one that was better looking than that. :idea:

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billw2 wrote:By US Standards that has VG centering.
Who'd've known that the US abbreviation for "Bl**dy Awful" was VG?

But aside from that, I think Bill's valuation is probably about right.

If I was to spend £1000 / A$2000 on a stamp, I'd pick one that was better looking than that. :idea:
Never understood it.

Same with coins.. Poor, Fair, Good, Very Good, Fine, Very Fine, Extremely Fine, Almost Uncirculated, Uncirculated, etc.

Good, VG = Heavily worn. To me Good means, well, it's in good condition.

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TonyL wrote:Hi Looking at purchasing this stamp. Asking $2100

ACSC 17(1)ha - substituted cliche - Die IIA

The lines on the back are light creases that do not show through on the front.

Your thoughts please.

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A superb example of appalling value for money.

This is a poor example of a considerably overrated variety.

They turn up very regularly, and new finds are frequent.

There's a whole thread on SB devoted to them.

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Hi, everyone. I just found this one KGVI India 25Rs stamp in MNH condition. Is it worth $250 ? If yes, what would be your top price for this stamp ?

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Looks nice , well centred, but $250 is too much I think .

The catalogue ( 4 years back I'll confess) was £140, about $200 at today's rates.
whatever it is -------it's better than a poke in eye with a wet umbrella !

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If I was paying a premium for that being in unhinged mint condition, I'd certainly be asking to see a scan of the reverse. :idea:

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digeriukas wrote:Hi, everyone. I just found this one KGVI India 25Rs stamp in MNH condition. Is it worth $250 ? If yes, what would be your top price for this stamp ?

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Does it have the usual ugly brown 'India' Gum?

Is is regummed?

Would you have a clue if it was?

If you do not know answer to any of the above, how on EARTH do we? :roll: :roll:
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Rod Perry wrote:
TonyL wrote:Hi Looking at purchasing this stamp. Asking $2100

ACSC 17(1)ha - substituted cliche - Die IIA

The lines on the back are light creases that do not show through on the front.

Your thoughts please.

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A superb example of appalling value for money.

This is a poor example of a considerably overrated variety.

They turn up very regularly, and new finds are frequent.

There's a whole thread on SB devoted to them.

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Agree.

$2,100 is INSANE for that total dog copy, even in the Wacko Lemming world of Ebay Bunnies!

Amazing that anyone could have considered it 'value' for even a millisecond.
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digeriukas wrote:Hi, everyone. I just found this one KGVI India 25Rs stamp in MNH condition. Is it worth $250 ? If yes, what would be your top price for this stamp ?

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Does it have the usual ugly brown 'India' Gum?

Is is regummed?

Would you have a clue if it was?

If you do not know answer to any of the above, how on EARTH do we? :roll: :roll:
Again, I am no expert on Commonwealth stuff but were that a US stamp those perf tips scream "regum" to me.

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Global Administrator wrote:
digeriukas wrote:Hi, everyone. I just found this one KGVI India 25Rs stamp in MNH condition. Is it worth $250 ? If yes, what would be your top price for this stamp ?

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Does it have the usual ugly brown 'India' Gum?

Is is regummed?

Would you have a clue if it was?

If you do not know answer to any of the above, how on EARTH do we? :roll: :roll:
Seller finally sent me pictures of the back of two india 25rs stamps (there are two for sale). What do you think ?

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Found this interesting one online, going for $38. Unfortunately there is no reverse scan.

1890 PENNY POST JUBILEE

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And this one on the same website.
Selling for $15

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Don't know about the first one, but I've seen several of the second one on offer on ebay for 99p / 99c start. Search the GB Stamps category with something slightly vague like "1890 jubilee" and you'll see what I mean...

Also, does it mention whether it includes the insert? Sometimes you can get both together; others list them separately (sometime calling the Insert a "Postcard".

Personally, I'd look at those and snipe a couple with a cheeky low bid and keep my fingers crossed before paying $15 for that one :idea:

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Seller finally sent me pictures of the back of two India 25rs stamps (there are two for sale). What do you think ?
The India both look fine.

HOWEVER seller is asking near full 2017 Gibbons.

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gavin-h wrote:Don't know about the first one, but I've seen several of the second one on offer on ebay for 99p / 99c start. Search the GB Stamps category with something slightly vague like "1890 jubilee" and you'll see what I mean...

Also, does it mention whether it includes the insert? Sometimes you can get both together; others list them separately (sometime calling the Insert a "Postcard".

Personally, I'd look at those and snipe a couple with a cheeky low bid and keep my fingers crossed before paying $15 for that one :idea:
Well I will keep clear of the second one then, and have a Google search for the other.

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Micky wrote:
gavin-h wrote:Don't know about the first one, but I've seen several of the second one on offer on ebay for 99p / 99c start. Search the GB Stamps category with something slightly vague like "1890 jubilee" and you'll see what I mean...

Also, does it mention whether it includes the insert? Sometimes you can get both together; others list them separately (sometime calling the Insert a "Postcard".

Personally, I'd look at those and snipe a couple with a cheeky low bid and keep my fingers crossed before paying $15 for that one :idea:
Well I will keep clear of the second one then, and have a Google search for the other.

Thanks Gavin-h
The first one looks to be priced about double what you'd expect to be able to get one for -- there seem to be a fair few of these cards about. And the Jubilee envelope is often available cheaply, as Gavin says, and the condition this one is in doesn't look that great.

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Been a while since I've been around here! Saw this postcard listed at $80... Just noticed the Nazi swastika cancel which I hadn't seen previously. Most interesting, very keen no matter what price I'd have to pay now. Although any thoughts on this one nonetheless? I had thought Denmark wasn't invaded until 1940, but perhaps I'd better check up on my history.

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Then also wondering about this one listed for $130.

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And again this one for around $130:

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Can't help with value, but the swastika marking is censor mark which reads "Gepruft / Oberkommando der Wehrmacht". :idea:

What is strange is that the address of Klampenborg is a suburb of Copenhagen, which would not have been occupied by the Nazis until 1940.

The Angmagssalik marking was applied in Greenland (now called Tasiilaq) and is (presumably) a routing mark, not an arrival mark.

Unless you can see the reverse, and that shows evidence of arrival in Denmark post-dating the Nazi occupation, I'd be cautious with this one as it's possible that it was "enhanced" later. :idea:

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Letters to/from Greenland and Denmark was done roughly "as the winter permitted it" between March and November - if the letter was from a small bygd then it would have been required to be sailed to the main departure ports and then (if it got there in time) transported to Denmark - in March (1940) the ships were stopped by the british and transported to England, AFAIK they were released in June (1940) and that could explain the censorship.

Altho in Danish and in a poor format a well written article. http://www.tidsskriftetgronland.dk/archive/1996-7-Artikel02.txt

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Members a little advise on this one.

Looking to buy this Proof copy of a NSW 8 Pence "One Hundred Years". I normally do not collect Australian States and have very little information available to me to make an educated decision on whether to buy or not.

The seller is asking $470.00AU for this item.

Item is clean and in Good condition Unhinged with no creases.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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TonyL wrote:Members a little advise on this one.

Looking to buy this Proof copy of a NSW 8 Pence "One Hundred Years". I normally do not collect Australian States and have very little information available to me to make an educated decision on whether to buy or not.

The seller is asking $470.00AU for this item.

Item is clean and in Good condition Unhinged with no creases.

Any advice would be appreciated.
Hutson's book, "The Stamps of NSW," says of these:
Proofs and essays: Die proofs of all values are stated to exist but I have seen none which can definitely said to be die proofs, except the one penny and twopence in the Royal Collection. I have proofs of all values in black and in many colours, but I am inclined to think that they are all plate proofs or colour trials, with one doubtful exception of the five shilling.
The "proofs of all values" he mentions are stamp-sized plate proofs, not large-format die proofs like the one you illustrated.

So, looking at Wilson's book on the Royal Collection, I see that the NSW die proofs of the era are on white glazed paper. Your guy doesn't seem to be either white or glazed.

So I don't know what that is, but I'm really suspicious.

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Dear TonyL

It is not a proof. It is a facsimile. This item comes from the series below and was issued in 1949

'Les Oiseaux et le Timbre-poste' by "Helio-Vaugirard" (1949). Author G Duprat. 119 pages.

It has had the imprint trimmed off the bottom. An example with imprint showing the other half of the watermark (Velocraphe ZRC) sold in the last Millenium auction for approximately A$66.

So A$470 is very steep.
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Thanks Greg and Helmick,

Your assistance with this was greatly appreciated, I will be sure to send on the info to the dealer. Saved me some $$$$$. :D

Thanks again,

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#1

Found this Japanese cover from 2007. It doesn't fit my collection but I'm wondering if there is resale value. Should I grab it for $1? Or is it too modern to be worth anything?

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#2 I found a collection of 625 different unaddressed USA first day covers ranging from the 1940s-the 2000s with a majority of them being from around the 1980s. That's less than $0.20 a cover.

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Regarding number 1

Obviously philatelic. The four park stamps would have been 40+ years old then, the other two marginally newer.

It doesn't look to have ever been in postal transit. Chiba would handle huge volumes of mail yet the postmark is unbelievably light for standard processing.

Are there any backstamps? If not it was probably enclosed in an outer envelope or was totally per favor.

If you want it for yourself $1 sounds a reasonable price - if you want to make a killing, unless you have ebay bunnies queued up outside your door - forget it.

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Butterfly88 wrote:#2 I found a collection of 625 different unaddressed USA first day covers ranging from the 1940s-the 2000s with a majority of them being from around the 1980s. That's less than $0.20 a cover.
I think the fact that nobody else has snapped these up tells you all you really need to know. :idea:

If you like them and want to collect modern FDCs for the eye-appeal - or even to remove the stamps and make a "fine used" collection - then a fair buy for yourself, but as satsuma said about the Japan cover, don't expect to make a killing.

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Thank you both!

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DarrenK wrote:This Berlin overprint set is listed up as:

"Germany Berlin, 1949, Michel # 21/34 complete mint MH, cleanly / lightly hinged, all signed by Schlegel. Highly sought after set. Very fine. CATALOGUE VALUE 550 €"

Having a close look at the overprints and comparing to others I have I don't think they are genuine. There are a lot of inconsistencies with the thickness and shapes, particularly some of the "B"s. The 2, 10, 15 and 20Pf are all cheap so unlikely to be faked while the 1Mk and 2Mk are €300 and €140 each.
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I have decided not to bid but would welcome others thoughts.

Thank you.
All the Schlegel stamps I have are set much lower on the stamps.
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A higher position of the mark of a BPP's expert (on a genuine stamp) signals lower quality.

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ivqii wrote:
Joy Daschaudhuri wrote:
vikingeck wrote: Come on Joy ------------This is still an English language site, the cover is addressed English Style so what justification is there for writing "Moskva Rossija"?
I think I had described in detail my approach to Anglicized toponomy.
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