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PBR wrote:A higher position of the mark of a BPP's expert (on a genuine stamp) signals lower quality.

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I suspect that even though this 5/- Roo has a broken ear ACSC 44(V)u the perforations would render it pretty low value wise. AU$42 is this too high or are they plentiful with better perfs ?
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Saw this posted on eBay today... I'm much more skeptical of buying anything on eBay than I used to, but the Bluenose (Canada Scott 158) is one of my favorites, and if I can snag it on the cheaper side... what do you all think? It's not in PERFECT condition, but for this beauty? I don't mind.

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For the Bluenose: Fairly good centering (a bit low, F-VF). But, a short perf on left side of stamp. And is that a thin to the right of the hinge (there's a white-ish spot)?

What's the asking price for it? Like the USA Zeppelins--iconic stamp, but not scarce.
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connorjordan1995 wrote:Saw this posted on eBay today... I'm much more skeptical of buying anything on eBay than I used to, but the Bluenose (Canada Scott 158) is one of my favorites, and if I can snag it on the cheaper side... what do you all think? It's not in PERFECT condition, but for this beauty? I don't mind.

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Be patient. That stamp is also a favorite of mine. I searched ebay listings for a year and finally got a nice one (no hinge remnants, no pulled perfs, decent centering, which seems typical for the issue) for about $15 with shipping. It took a year, but as stated they're iconic and common, of course mine is used with a nice cancel - but that's what I wanted.
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makielb wrote:Be patient. That stamp is also a favorite of mine. I searched ebay listings for a year and finally got a nice one (no hinge remnants, no pulled perfs, decent centering, which seems typical for the issue) for about $15 with shipping. It took a year, but as stated they're iconic and common, of course mine is used with a nice cancel - but that's what I wanted.
Yep, I'm trying be patient. There are about two days left on the auction, and I'm currently winning, but I'm not prepared to go much higher than it's at right now. I'm not worried about it though, because it is a common stamp. It's just soooooo attractive! :-)
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Good luck Connor, at the current price C$20 it's probably oK .

But it does have a thin and possibly a crease visible from the front so like you I'd hesitate about going further.
Don't let your enthusiasm tempt you to chase it. The faults will always be there in the background to haunt you .
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vikingeck wrote:Good luck Connor, at the current price C$20 it's probably oK .

But it does have a thin and possibly a crease visible from the front so like you I'd hesitate about going further.
Don't let your enthusiasm tempt you to chase it. The faults will always be there in the background to haunt you .
My thoughts exactly! I'm just keeping an eye on it. I've never had trouble finding a Bluenose for sale on eBay. ;-)
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Here's a complete contrast to many previous items. This one is just bizarre, it's obviously philatelic but I am wondering why it was even created. I just spotted it as the auction ended - no bids but I'm tempted to email the seller for a 2nd chance.

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seller - Dorel / DD Covers
lot - 162448281330
URL - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Papua-New-Guinea-BIRD-aerogramme-r ... 2448281330

Firstly we have a Papua New Guinea aerogramme with a 1994 'first day of issue' postmark. Should aerogrammes qualify for that postmark? Regardless, there's no address so it clearly wasn't actually posted anywhere. But then in 2002 someone affixed two North Korean stamps from 1992, one South Korean stamp from 1986 and two South Korean stamps from 1999, got it multiply postmarked in Seoul - even over the NK stamps and PNG aerogramme 'stamp' - and addressed it to Arizona.

Like I said, just bizarre.

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Advise please, I have come across this item for sale.

First Day Cover of the full set of B.C.O.F. stamps
Asking price is AU$580.00

Envelope has been opened across the top. But appears flat and clean with no creases or tears.

ACSC Cat [at] $1,500 (J7y)

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Any advise would be appreciated.

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GrahamR wrote:Here's a complete contrast to many previous items. This one is just bizarre, it's obviously philatelic but I am wondering why it was even created. I just spotted it as the auction ended - no bids but I'm tempted to email the seller for a 2nd chance.

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lot - 162448281330
URL - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Papua-New-Guinea-BIRD-aerogramme-r ... 2448281330

Firstly we have a Papua New Guinea aerogramme with a 1994 'first day of issue' postmark. Should aerogrammes qualify for that postmark? Regardless, there's no address so it clearly wasn't actually posted anywhere. But then in 2002 someone affixed two North Korean stamps from 1992, one South Korean stamp from 1986 and two South Korean stamps from 1999, got it multiply postmarked in Seoul - even over the NK stamps and PNG aerogramme 'stamp' - and addressed it to Arizona.

Like I said, just bizarre.
Bought originally as a fancy bird aerogramme, then posted much later to the USA address bottom right?

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I don't know much about Australian state stamps.But this SA one caught my eye stamp is a bit of a dog but the overprint is interesting current bid is US $11-00 is it worth going after?
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snowy12 wrote:I don't know much about Australian state stamps.But this SA one caught my eye stamp is a bit of a dog but the overprint is interesting current bid is US $11-00 is it worth going after?
The overprint is for a SA government department...they did OS overprints, then also a bunch of others for various branches. Some of these have high catalogue values, but its a specialised area.
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Afternoon, sorry for the poor screen shot. I found this New Zealand now a closed post office cover 18 June 1895 I think, 2 CD strikes at Pigeon Bay. Creased as you can see, no idea of reverse though.

Selling for $49 US, I might be able to get it down a tiny bit. What do you think? Not on feE-bay.

Limiting my buys at 1 decent cover a month, saving for a new laptop :D

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snowy12 wrote:I don't know much about Australian state stamps.But this SA one caught my eye stamp is a bit of a dog but the overprint is interesting current bid is US $11-00 is it worth going after?

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Hi all, found a couple nice US flag type postmarks going for about $25, one is very early. I have read this type of postmark started in 1894, so it looks like the last one is one to get hold of.

What do you think?

Somerville 1916.

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El Paso, Texas 1916

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Eire. PA 1985
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2 corrections Micky,

the last one is ERIE not EIRE and the year is 1895 not 1985

It seems used as an Arrival mark on the card from New York , that might be a bit more unusual.

Worth $25 ? Hmmm...... the first two pretty standard, could be picked up for $3-4 here in a dealer's box , not sure about the 3rd.
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JohnB wrote:
GrahamR wrote:Here's a complete contrast to many previous items. This one is just bizarre, it's obviously philatelic but I am wondering why it was even created. I just spotted it as the auction ended - no bids but I'm tempted to email the seller for a 2nd chance.

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seller - Dorel / DD Covers
lot - 162448281330
URL - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Papua-New-Guinea-BIRD-aerogramme-r ... 2448281330

Firstly we have a Papua New Guinea aerogramme with a 1994 'first day of issue' postmark. Should aerogrammes qualify for that postmark? Regardless, there's no address so it clearly wasn't actually posted anywhere. But then in 2002 someone affixed two North Korean stamps from 1992, one South Korean stamp from 1986 and two South Korean stamps from 1999, got it multiply postmarked in Seoul - even over the NK stamps and PNG aerogramme 'stamp' - and addressed it to Arizona.

Like I said, just bizarre.
Bought originally as a fancy bird aerogramme, then posted much later to the USA address bottom right?

This seller offers many philatelically inspired "creations" like this one. Can't figure out what the intention is, though: Serious aerogramme collectors won't touch, also serious thematic collectors won't, I suppose.

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vikingeck wrote:2 corrections Micky,

the last one is ERIE not EIRE and the year is 1895 not 1985

It seems used as an Arrival mark on the card from New York , that might be a bit more unusual.

Worth $25 ? Hmmm...... the first two pretty standard, could be picked up for $3-4 here in a dealer's box , not sure about the 3rd.
Funny, my Ipad self correct and I did not pick those errors up. I will put them on hold for now except the El Paso i will grab it for the $5 it has on it. The third will need more investigating. Thank you for your assistance.

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Evening all, can someone tell me if this old postcard with selvedge from India has any additional value. Dated 1905 on a stormy night in :?: sorry can't make the title out.

Going for $8.50

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Micky wrote:Evening all, can someone tell me if this old postcard with selvedge from India has any additional value. Dated 1905 on a stormy night in :?: sorry can't make the title out.

Going for $8.50

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Yes I am in a way, sadly due to limited funds. Only a couple times a year I stretch my wallet a little and buy something super nice for the collection.

I seen this and thought I'd ask anyway, I have a few odd ones saved for rainy day from same supplier, will ask again when I can work out Imgur on the IPad :oops:

Thanks for your opinion Rod, your wisdom is much appreciated.

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The only redeeming feature about it is the is the handwritten note at the base which translates to " Greetings from Aden ". Presumably the cancel is Aden as well. Even with that I think the price too high.

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Thank you David, I like the old picture myself but it's damaged so I will leave it alone, scratch it off the list.

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A cover with some history, General Sir William Birdwood. Dated 1917 to 19? and thanks to Wiki, I see he was given the status of General in October 1917.

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Selling online International site for $12.

Not a huge price for a little history, your thoughts?

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If I found it in a mixed lot I’d keep it, if I was selling i’d ask no more than £2 . I wouldn’t buy it because of the fault,

It has been readdressed to France with insufficient postage but some vandal has Removed the French postage due stamp.

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Lucky I asked here :D, maybe asking for half the asking price might be over doing it, see what happens as I do like it.

Thanks vikingeck for your helpful explanation.

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Micky,

If you like it, you like it and nobody can disagree with that. :idea:

If you want a little piece of history for 12 bucks, you just found it.

If you want an investment that will make you a few bob, sadly this isn't it.

Personally, if I collected either WW1 mail or items addressed to "known" people, I'd probably leave it and keep searching.

But, at the end of the day, the beauty of this hobby is that we all collect what we want (except those who spend thousands trying to impress a competition "judge", but that's a whole other thread...)

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Look at that string of letters after Birdwood's name. :shock: :lol:

Either the sender liked to indulge in a bit of pretentiousness, or they were writing to ask a favour and wanted to warm the receiver's heart with a bit of flattery.
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gavin-h wrote:Micky,

If you like it, you like it and nobody can disagree with that. :idea:

If you want a little piece of history for 12 bucks, you just found it.

If you want an investment that will make you a few bob, sadly this isn't it.

Personally, if I collected either WW1 mail or items addressed to "known" people, I'd probably leave it and keep searching.

But, at the end of the day, the beauty of this hobby is that we all collect what we want (except those who spend thousands trying to impress a competition "judge", but that's a whole other thread...)
You are so right Gavin, Collect what we want and of course what is affordable. And I got the cover down to $9 which is comfortable for me.

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Found some nice Greenland items online, I don't think I have seen any Greenland covers before. High Priced ones I will keep clear of but the overprints like many other countries look good on cover. What do you think, $11 & $16 an okay price on these?

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Back again, looking at buying this one, cover bit rough from 1896. S.S Origen on reverse and a No. 12 Oblitorator, maybe a posted at sea number? Selling for $US19

Sorry for the sellers scan.

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An interesting one from GB, $US20

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Many others to show, when I get time. Better ask before spend.

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First one yes. Second one no.
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Okay, I will add the yes to the list thank you Ubobo.R.O.

Any particular reason why yes to first? I mean I like it, but know nothing about it of course.

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Easily US$19.00 worth of fun researching the first cover.
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I like that answer :D

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Micky wrote:Found some nice Greenland items online, I don't think I have seen any Greenland covers before. High Priced ones I will keep clear of but the overprints like many other countries look good on cover. What do you think, $11 & $16 an okay price on these?

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#1 - this isn't a FDC - the stamps were issued 15.8.1950, except for the 30 blue which was 1953. Appears to be just a souvenir cover, vastly overpaid for a letter, vfu SKr195-ish (US$24).
#2 - registered but probably still overpaid, maybe not but an odd amount, 4k06. 50o is the best stamp at Skr110 (US$13.50), 15o stamp appears to have coffee stain on it.
#3 - TB FDC - single on FDC Skr55 (<US$7)
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Micky wrote:A cover with some history, General Sir William Birdwood. Dated 1917 to 19? and thanks to Wiki, I see he was given the status of General in October 1917.

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Selling online International site for $12.

Not a huge price for a little history, your thoughts?

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Indeed a piece of history. As acting Lieutenant-General, Birdwood commanded the Anzac Corps from the first landings in Gallipoli. He was very popular with the troops, spending much time in the frontline, chatting and solving problems on the spot. Re-organisation saw the creation of the Australian corps in 1918, comprising 5 divisions, and at his suggestion Australian Lieutenant-General John Monash became commander.

The letter is wrongly addressed: if it had just been addressed to Birdwood the military postal authorities would have got it to the correct destination............In my 'Happy 100th birthday thread' somewhere is a story of a mother in Nowra who wrote to him asking him to send her son back home for Christmas. He did reply, saying he wished he could. The lad had done his bit having enlisted at the beginning of the war...........if only more people would enlist.............
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Thank you norvic for the detailed comments on the Greenland lot, I did end up getting the last 3 for just being nice looking items, will keep eye out on the commercial ones and post here if I find one.


Thank you also to mobber, I haven't bought it yet it's on the list for 2018, Historic items matter as you have shown on your Birthday thread, fabulous reading.

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Back again, I might be the only one who needs this thread :oops:

A couple for the Postcard Collectors and Australian Postmarks.

First is an early Australian, with Victoria Duplex postmark - No 10 ??. Possibly 1908 going by the date on the left. A photo of 2 Missionaries a Reverend and his Wife? whom also sent the Postcard going by the signatures.
$US12
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Second one, is interesting because of the hand drawn village?
$US3 (cheap but still like to ask)
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Curious to know if there is any value in these.

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I don't have access to an Australian postal stationery catalogue to see if this is good value for $35? (image is best I can capture)

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Hi all, I don't seem to be having much time to look and purchase goods, but I found a nice item going for $75, with a 3d Roo & a strip of 3 4d Violet KGV (BW prices at $450 on cover), sadly the 3rd one is damaged, Registered Kalgoorlie W.A and a couple nice old seals on reverse. Unable to see flaws, except the flaw of a blurry scan.

What do you think?

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And this nice 1937 advertising one for $35

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And another one, with an interesting cd on reverse.
Around the $70 mark

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Out of Course???
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Bit expensive for my wallet, but could be something special.

More to come soon, if worth my while.

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Micky wrote:Hi all, I don't seem to be having much time to look and purchase goods, but I found a nice item going for $75, with a 3d Roo & a strip of 3 4d Violet KGV (BW prices at $450 on cover), sadly the 3rd one is damaged, Registered Kalgoorlie W.A and a couple nice old seals on reverse. Unable to see flaws, except the flaw of a blurry scan.

What do you think?

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I'll pay AU$200 if you win it, Micky.

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Thanks Rod, I'll do my best, it would be good to get a closer look of the stamps.

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adam78 wrote:I don't have access to an Australian postal stationery catalogue to see if this is good value for $35? (image is best I can capture)

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Anyone able to help?

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adam78 wrote:
adam78 wrote:I don't have access to an Australian postal stationery catalogue to see if this is good value for $35? (image is best I can capture)

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Anyone able to help?
On my screen, difficult to determine if black-brown or brown?

Minimum ACSC is $100 for former, $75 for latter.

If you are buying for your collection, fair value for money; if for resale, probably better value elsewhere.

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Thanks Rod, I'll let it lie.
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Going for $26. 5th Feb 13 date cancel. Thinking it's a nice item and worth the price?

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