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As has been documented before on Stampboards, this seller has a habit of buying plain (no cachet) FDCs, printing a suitable picture on them, and then listing them on ebay.

While such a practice is apparently acceptable in the USA, it is 100% frowned upon, to say the least, in Australia. Especially if you accidentally forget to declare the modern addition.

Unfortunately, there has been a slight outbreak of fail on this cover:

https://cgi.ebay.com.au/1955-Australia-Nurse-Medical-Cover_W0QQitemZ350303634860
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As he has chosen to illustrate Australia's nursing tradition with a picture of the actresses Hattie Jacques and Joan Hickson, taken from the British comedy film "Carry on Nurse", which came out in 1959, 4 years after the stamp was issued.

The original picture he has used is here:

https://www.britishpictures.com/photos/photo024.htm
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He has 2 other 1955 Nurse covers for sale at the minute. Both with recent additions, no doubt images from the web.
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He forgot the daffodil. :lol:
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Oh dear.

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Always on the lookout for Australian pre decimal First Day Covers.

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I smell a rat!
Then again all you have to do is smell the cover! :shock:
The ink will still have a tinge of just printed yesterday aroma!

He should have used Benny Hill instead of the Carry on bunch! :lol: :lol:

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This is FRAUD - pure and simple.

And knowing fraud.

Michael Hudson and Co have been flogging this created for collector this junk on ebay for years now. Selling worthless cr*p like this by the 1000s of pieces I feel sure.

He is a member of APTA and last time I heard their answer as to why he had not yet been expelled, that answer was "The collectors sadly do not complain to us, and hence we can't take action"

There are other threads here on his fakery along similar lines, with photos.

Over to the collectors. Add some ebay lot numbers here and maybe at last some action may occur.

Complain to ebay on that portal they have where fakes and forgeries need to be marked as such.

All done on his home ink jet printer it seems.

Last year we highlighted him placing central CTO mini sheets of Chad or somewhere (wholesale 10c a ton type items) on covers he created with a train design or whatever, and called them FDC, and got $10 each or so for them.

All of this breaches about three of the APTA 'Code Of Ethics' they regularly tell collectors all members allegedly adhere to. :shock:

Do a search here on his user name and you'll be amazed.

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This is from a thread from years back - seems his attitude to blatantly ripping off collectors has not changed one iota. :twisted:

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=3864
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What is the Board's view on these 'confections'? (They can be yours for just US$6 each!)
Interesting .. I see there common CTO sheets - wholesale a few cents each, are being licked on to envelopes laser printed in a design consistent to those offered elsewhere by sydneystampcentre and flogged to the bunnies in sets of 5 for $US30 a set to Churchill collectors.

Deliberate FRAUD is what I'd call it if the laser ink is not yet dry on the envelopes. :roll:
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I still believe all the above would likely breach many points of the member Code Of Ethics, that this seller is a member of.

A few emails to APTA should see the matter stopped DEAD in its tracks one would hope. ;)

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Listed here: https://cgi.ebay.com.au/1970-Australia-Captain-Cook-Mini-Sheet-Cover-B52-/120666126939

One of several Cook covers from this seller described only as 'nice item'. With no description other then the picture any buyer might think they are getting a FDC or something genuine from 1970.

Problem is, the image on the cover is from a Cook Islands series of Captain Cook coins issued in 2009, nor is the minisheet tied to the cover by the 1970 cancel.

See all the coin images here https://colnect.com/en/coins/list/country/1152-Cook_Islands/series/54535-Captain_James_Cook

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Is that even the Minature Sheet? From the scan, I can't see where the Mini sheet ends and the "cover starts. Usually you can actually see lines where the edge of the sheet would be.

It looks like a photocopy/doctored item which has simply been reproduced onto another medium.

Note that he does not even say that the Cooks are real stamps.

The header is:
1970 Australia Captain Cook Mini Sheet Cover B52
and the description is
Nice item
What in hell is B52 supoposed to mean?

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This sydneystampcentre is a long time con.

The First Day Of Issue of this sheet was April 26 -- this seems to be a CTO April 27 sheet .. otherwise worth $5, they have licked onto a recently printed "First Day Cover" to con some Bunny into paying $15 for it

I suggest concerned cover collectors report him to APTA . . it is the only language he will ever understand.

Their file on him must be a foot thick over the years for similar incidents.

"I will avoid misrepresentation and misleading advertising."

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The Pom wrote:More fail.
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Another giveaway is the use of the Courier typeface for 'First Day Cover' below the image. This font was designed by IBM in 1955, a year after the issue date.
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fromdownunder wrote:Is that even the Minature Sheet? From the scan, I can't see where the Mini sheet ends and the "cover starts. Usually you can actually see lines where the edge of the sheet would be.

It looks like a photocopy/doctored item which has simply been reproduced onto another medium.

Note that he does not even say that the Cooks are real stamps.

The header is:
1970 Australia Captain Cook Mini Sheet Cover B52
and the description is
Nice item
What in hell is B52 supoposed to mean?
I think I can see a difference in whiteness between the M/S area and the rest of the envelope...or maybe my eyes just want to see something there. A scan should show the edge of the sheet even if its white on white.

I hate eBay sellers who give a description that's basically a non-description like "nice item". Why bother typing anything then, just leave the box blank and let the scan speak for itself. (Of course on the other hand is the sellers who bog down the description box with endless endless 'fine print' drivel about everything under the sun, but that's another matter).

B52 is probably some sort of inventory code of the seller. I see a lot of eBay sellers put little stock codes in the headline of their items. I often have trouble saying everything I want to say in that headline box, and they have leftover space :?:
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https://cgi.ebay.com.au/1898-New-Zealand-Mount-Cook-Stamp-/120713210131 - $US190

https://cgi.ebay.com.au/1898-New-Zealand-Mount-Cook-Stamp-/120713210110 - $US160

https://cgi.ebay.com.au/1902-Great-Britain-KGV-ll-Stamp-111-/400128022158 - $US275

Buyable from any real dealer globally, in this 3rd rate condition for 10% of that.

This clown does not deserve to belong to ANY stamp dealer body.

Partly cleaned fiscals with amateur fake rubber cancels offered at these crazy prices -- high for genuine POSTAL used even.

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Love the price on stamp number three.Now if his dealer mark up is around industry average I may just have some junk to sell him :lol: :lol:
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At least his description of number three above is more descriptive: "Nice Item, 5 Shilling Carmine, Slightly Toned, See Scans"

Slightly toned? :lol:
Looks to me like it was found stuck to the sole of someone's shoe!

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peterh wrote:
At least his description of number three above is more descriptive: "Nice Item, 5 Shilling Carmine, Slightly Toned, See Scans"

Slightly toned? :lol:

Looks to me like it was found stuck to the sole of someone's shoe!


"Nice item" - this idiot sydneystampcentre does not mention the VERY obvious vertical crease, on 10 times standard retail "nice item". :twisted:

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Actually, it could be worth a real fortune as it depicts, according to the subject
line, King George the 7th... maybe one of the Royals we never knew about?
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peterh wrote:
At least his description of number three above is more descriptive: "Nice Item, 5 Shilling Carmine, Slightly Toned, See Scans"

Slightly toned? :lol:

Looks to me like it was found stuck to the sole of someone's shoe!


"Nice item" - this idiot sydneystampcentre does not mention the VERY obvious vertical crease, on 10 times standard retail "nice item". :twisted:
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Well spotted Brian. I was just about to snap it up but thought etiquette should allow you too as you found it first.
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Global Administrator wrote:He is a member of APTA and last time I heard their answer as to why he had not yet been expelled, that answer was "The collectors sadly do not complain to us, and hence we can't take action"
Get them on here!

They need to be more proactive and get off their ar5es and chase these frauds down.

THIS thread provides enough evidence to get Sydneystampcentre expelled from any respectable trade body, so they should stop procrastinating and take action before THEIR reputation is harmed. :idea:

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That Edward VII is one fugly stamp between the crease and the toning. And only $50 over Scott CV. :lol:

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https://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120712098782

This looks suss; no red lines.
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Doug remember to always add a PRICE .. that lot will scroll off in a week or so and no-one will have a clue of what it was.

My feeling is THAT is 100% kosher, and with 2 tiny offices, and many backstamps, is probably well worth the $15 asked!
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This 'sydneystampcentre' guy often puts up NZ 'health covers' on eBay.

None of the designs are listed in the 'Jones' Health FDC catalogue.

It's obvious the covers are fakes.

I was warned about him some years ago by a well-known NZ FDC collector.

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More naughtiness.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/120766095418
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The source of the photo he's printed on the cover: (5th picture down on the page).
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Post by Skippy »

Well done Pom !

Thank you for pointing these out, and finding the original photos as proof, amazing !

This really cheeses me off. :evil:

I collect kangaroo covers for the stamps, illustrations and cachets.

Part of the appeal is watching the changes in graphic styles over the years and how the kangaroo is portrayed.

Same would apply to other topics like "scouting" or "Capt Cook" if I were to collect those.

I would never have known these cachets/illustrations are modern add-ons. :(

I will very much keep my eyes open from now on :wink:

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Don't forget that the cover is postmarked in NSW but the photo is of a Victorian scouting group (not that that is obvious from the photograph), but all contributes to the 'falseness' of the cover.

Also the font used for 'First Day Cover' appears to be Verdana which Microsoft released in 1996. Bill Gates was only six at the time!
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Hanging's too good for them, I say.
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I've just sent an email to Michael Eastick (Acting President of APTA) outlining the issues raised in this topic and providing a link to this discussion.

I'm sure he will act on the concerns raised here.
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It is precisely the good dealers like Michael Eastick who have the most to lose from cretins like this.

If too many people get the impression that dishonesty is the rule rather than the exception amongst ebay (and other) dealers, how can there be any hope of attracting new people to the hobby?
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Sounds like that APTA become a joke, when you read this.

Already 3 codes of the APTA are broken:

I will refrain from dealing in stolen philatelic and counterfeit material, and give buyers of repaired, regummed, reperforated, reprinted or otherwise altered philatelic material a complete written statement showing in detail the nature of the changes and alterations in such material.

I will avoid misrepresentation and misleading advertising.

I will conduct myself so as not to bring discredit to the Association or to diminish the prestige of the membership therein.


No action taken to expel someone as collectors did not complain. How 19th century thinking.

One advice to the current APTA president:

Take action to members who are breaching the rules of your trade body before customers become victims!

In the time of internet, information about cons and other misleading dealings can be found on Forums including most times with proof.

Change the rules regarding to:

In the event of any dispute arising between a customer and myself or with any other member of the Association, I agree to abide by any ruling in connection with such dispute as shall be given by the National Committee for the time being of the Association.

Add a complain, pointing out form or something like that so that you can take action before harm is done. We don't talk about a mistake, but people who deliberate do things!

This should not be to difficult to chance if people realy want it.

As now APTA sounds like a big joke with negativity all around bringing honost dealers in doubt by the public. Breaching rules should not wait to been taken action to when a customer found out (s)he got conned!

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Today's fail.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2011-Australia-Flying-Boat-Aircra ... 0741372177
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If I was printing up a cover to illustrate a service designed to carry mails, passengers and a little light freight, I might use a picture of something like a Short S23 C Class Empire Flying Boat.

Mr Hudson, in his wisdom, has decided to use an image of a Royal Air Force Short Sunderland instead.
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The Short Sunderland was a rather heavily armed beast from WWII, which sported so many machine guns that the German U Boat crews nicknamed it the "Porcupine".

https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=319
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Not only that, the background is neither Rose Bay nor the northern side of the Harbour opposite RB.

That's a bit naughty when the cover is clearly labelled "Rose Bay Flying Boat".
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He's got a whole load of these "Rose Bay Flying Boat" covers listed at the minute.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2011-Australia-Flying-Boat-Aircra ... 0623062143

This one shows Sunderland T9048 evacuating RAF personnel from Kalamata, Greece in late April 1941.
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Any response from APTA yet?

Similar to an Ebay response ?

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lauriesienna wrote:
Any response from APTA yet?
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Arriving late to this thread...

Did no-one else spot that the two Rose Bay Flying Boat covers are "Fist Day"?

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The Viking wrote:Did no-one else spot that the two Rose Bay Flying Boat covers are "Fist Day"?
That made me laugh out loud - what a poor mistake to make :lol: :lol:

I'm guessing 'Fist Day' could come from disgruntled purchasers :D

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Just noticed this one when going through the South African listings!

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1876 South Africa Australia Scarce USA Stamp 146
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Another one from the Sydneystampcentre

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1982-Australia-Sydney-Harbour-Bri ... 708wt_1059
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Looks like this seller "sydneystampcentre" is accused at ongoing forgery - this time Australia Post cancels? -

http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=34922

APTA appear disinterested in one of their members offering deliberate forgeries for years .. has anyone contacted ebay and reported the listing as fakes?

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He had the two used 'cleaned fiscals' of the NZ 1898 5/- Mt Cook Pictorials back on eBay a while ago.

I asked if they were genuine used stamps.

Needless to say, I didn't get a reply!

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Good to see APTA have now addressed this issue of fake cachets being laser printed onto plain envelopes many decades later, and that action never being disclosed to buyers. -

The thread is –

http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=35072

Please add any relevant comments you may have there. The more comments there, and examples of what is in the market (some of these above for starters!) the happier APTA will feel that they have acted I'd guess. :idea:

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A Melbourne dealer told me on Saturday Michael Hudson "sydneystampcentre" had resigned from APTA this week.

Whether it was one step ahead of an summary execution, I do not know. Anyway good to see he is not in the trade body here - he may still be in NZSDA (he is a Kiwi) - someone might be able to check?

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Michael Hudson is not a member of the NZSDA and has not been for many years.

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He was at the Philas auction yesterday buying up things for stock.

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When one takes into consideration the items mentioned above, I have my doubts about this cover and many other similar covers Sydney Stamp Centre has listed at the moment.

At the time of posting there are 132 similar AAT cover all with the WWF logo included somewhere in the cachet. example below.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=%09+2007+WWF+Australia+A ... m270.l1313
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One wonders whether the WWF authorised these?

I could imagine getting plain covers done for a total cost of 55 cents per cover and printing whatever you liked on them.
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Pointless in reporting this dealer to APTA as the organisation is not for the collector, only for the the dealers.

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I think that the WWF would be very interested to see what has been produced and offered for sale here.

That may look like the offical Logo, however both the "Panda shape" and the lettering "WWF" are copyright and trademarked symbols and every WWF official cover that I have seen has the little © and ® included in the Logo. These do not.

Also each real cover says "Official". These do not.

Is this a case of making money out of a charity?
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He should be reported to Groth, WWF agents. They will soon jump on him.
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Yes I am sure Hans Groth office at WWF has a thick folder on Mr Hudson over the decades and hope they get a few complaints so they can fire up their lawyers. :idea:

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