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Thanks Chris. :)

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Have to agree Geordie boy with the top clipped off that is a badly damaged stamp. You will certainly find another with all its teeth and should be less than £10, with a reasonable one for £5-£6
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vikingeck wrote:Have to agree Geordie boy with the top clipped off that is a badly damaged stamp. You will certainly find another with all its teeth and should be less than £10, with a reasonable one for £5-£6
Thanks Alex, I will have a look around. :)

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vikingeck wrote:You will certainly find another with all its teeth and should be less than £10, with a reasonable one for £5-£6
I agree, look around, you will definitely find something better.

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Thank you Spartacus. Bit limited on Ebay, but I will keep looking.

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Geordie Boy wrote:Thank you Spartacus. Bit limited on Ebay, but I will keep looking.
Don't forget delcampe :!:

And, should you want 'the set' - there were two plates - 1 and 3 :D

Plate 3 is numbered in the latticework at the sides, similar to the 1d reds. Plate 1 isn't numbered.

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Should I purchase this 1919 Bradbury & Wilkinson Seahorses SG416 for £8?

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Geordie Boy wrote:Should I purchase this 1919 Bradbury & Wilkinson Seahorses SG416 for £8?

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It's probably just the image, but the colour seems faded a bit.
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Rob1956 wrote:
Geordie Boy wrote:Should I purchase this 1919 Bradbury & Wilkinson Seahorses SG416 for £8?

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No but I am going to ask for one. :)

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Ahoj Geordie Boy!

To ask for a view of the back is very sensible and it does look a little faded as aethelwulf says.

Take into account also that in the dealer's list that I mentioned above for establishing guide prices SG 416 is priced at 5.20 GBP for average used,

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honza wrote:Ahoj Geordie Boy!

To ask for a view of the back is very sensible and it does look a little faded as aethelwulf says.

Take into account also that in the dealer's list that I mentioned above for establishing guide prices SG 416 is priced at 5.20 GBP for average used,

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Thanks Honza, I forgot about that list.

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aethelwulf wrote:It's probably just the image, but the colour seems faded a bit.
I thought so too.

Also, centring is a bit high and left - I know these issues commonly are poorly centred, but personally I'd wait for a better centred example. :idea:

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Just seen this one for £30 SG SG409 (1915) on piece. Tear to bottom left corner but it looks like a nice cancel.

Arthur Ryan has just the stamp listed at £42 AVU...........but what do the good members on here think?


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Nice looking cancel, but it's still only a fiscal usage, and the stamp is a dog: lower left torn off as you mention but also other perfs missing at bottom, some light foxing.

I would say don't waste your money.

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Personally, I'd give it a miss for these reasons:

Missing corner, as you've already noted yourself.
Foxing / staining which will be difficult or impossible to remove.
Fiscal usage - attractive colour and "Dublin" may be seen by some as more desirable than an English cancel, but still worth less than postally used.

At a fiver or even a tenner, I might be tempted as part of a "usage" collection, but thirty is OTT for me.

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Again guys for this newbie your advice is invaluable. :D

This is one great forum.

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One more try.

How about this one. SG401 Waterlow for £34?

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This is giving me a grounding in what to look for. So any help would be great. :D

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I am trying to pick one example from each printing. If that makes sense.

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If anyone can help with this one SG478 10/-.

I can pick this up for £9.50. Listing has said very slight wrinkling.

Is it worth the £9.50. (looked at Authur Ryan and they go for between £9.50 and £12.50) looks like a nice cancel but I can not quite make it out?


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Geordie Boy, with respect but why on Earth would you contemplate buying anything that is wrinkled, torn, badly centred or otherwise damaged? There are thousands of excellent examples of these stamps out there - have a look at Delcampe for example. Damaged stamps (unless very rare) are essentially worthless.

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Parisboy wrote:Geordie Boy, with respect but why on Earth would you contemplate buying anything that is wrinkled, torn, badly centred or otherwise damaged? There are thousands of excellent examples of these stamps out there - have a look at Delcampe for example. Damaged stamps (unless very rare) are essentially worthless.

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Down to budget, I suppose ( that one was from Mark Bloxom Stamps, a very reputable dealer). But I have kept looking and found a better example (I hope) for slightly less than the cost of that one.

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Geordie Boy wrote:...looks like a nice cancel but I can not quite make it out?


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Geordie Boy wrote:But I have kept looking and found a better example (I hope) for slightly less than the cost of that one.

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Much nicer looking copy. 8)

And note the guide lines top left corner which can be used to determine it's position within the sheet or pane. :idea:

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Thanks Gavin.

Can you identify the cancel on my purchased version above.

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Looks like "London xxx" but can't make out what the "xxx" is.

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I know the infomation i am suppling here is vague, but can anyone help with more infomation on this booklet of imperf stamps.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GB-1969-Commemorative-booklet-10th ... 1387414464

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If it is the 10th anniversary it must be 1979 as the investiture was in 1969. I don't collect decimal only pre-decimal so I can't really help you I'm afraid. But I am sure somebody can. :mrgreen:

Are they a private printing from one of those places like Calf of Man?

I'd ask for a scan of the stamps if I were you, strange that he doesn't provide one.

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Geordie Boy wrote:I know the infomation i am suppling here is vague, but can anyone help with more infomation on this booklet of imperf stamps.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GB-1969-Commemorative-booklet-10th ... 1387414464
The seller has a number of these booklets for sale - and a bit of googling finds the same GB Imperf Booklets from Rush Stamps - https://lists.rushstamps.co.uk/re70/p107.pdf
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I'm none the wiser - never heard of them - but maybe this will ring a bell with somebody ...

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Dave, if you look at the top right of the image you posted, you'll see the "imperf stamps" on the Stamp Day Souvenir sheet.

It will be those in the booklet that Geordie Boy is asking about. :idea:

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The seller has just posted a picture of the stamps:

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Rushstamps has these down as legal tender looking at DaveR's excellent information. So why can I not find them listed anywhere? :? :(

I am wondering if they were never issued?

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They are the "stamps" that they impress on pre-payed envelopes. They are not stamps as most people understand them. A bit of a con really.

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Postal stationery had these imprints as Parisboy has indicated. They would appear to have postal validity as adhesive stamps, but I do not think they were ever well known and were not issued via normal Post offices . I'd avoid them as gimmicky dross! They appear to be privately produced collector bait >> AVOID!

Here's what they should look like !
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( Though legal in some countries such as Denmark, I think Postal Cut-outs stuck on letters are not allowed here >)
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These priced at $50 each approx. what do you think? Proofs or lemons or children sketches.

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I guess I will take a gamble and buy 1. Maybe more will come to light with a better scan.

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Micky, I'd be inclined to ask the seller for more details - what kind of paper are they printed on, how big are they, can you see scans of the reverse, etc.

Because if they're really proofs or "original art work" etc., they seem far too cheap - as in "too good to be true".

But if they're illustrations cut out from a book, they're far too expensive.

Read the seller's description - all of it - and ask more questions. Maybe copy/paste the description here, there may be something in there that gives us a clue.

But don't jump in and waste 50 bucks without researching them further. :idea:

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gavin-h wrote:
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.

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Geordie Boy wrote:The seller has just posted a picture of the stamps:

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Rushstamps has these down as legal tender looking at DaveR's excellent information. So why can I not find them listed anywhere? :? :(

I am wondering if they were never issued?
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Thanks Gavin, I will ask for more info but as he doesn't speak English I may get no response. I knew you would pick on me Glen, I'm not a bunny by the way, I have had some ripper buys from him.

$0.50 I believe.
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And this was about $15.00
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Plus a lot of KGV heads over the years from 40c to 60c average.

I will do right by you, I won't buy unless I can get more info and clearer scans.

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This beauty closes in just under eight days.

I know the condition isn't great--two damaged on right, but how common are QV blocks of eight on cover these days?!?

A supposedly reputable seller online based in Argentina. They state the catalog value is $6250 (does anyone have a SG cat val on these, on cover?)

My hard and fast rule I've always obeyed: never spend more than $100 on a cover or stamps online, sight unseen, from a buyer I don't totally trust or know a lot about.

Should I break my rule? (I probably won't; what good are rules if you don't stick to them!?!)
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I should clarify that I definitely won't break my self-imposed rule, as although there is "no reserve" I am sure the cover will go way over my budget.

Here is a link to a poll on the exact cover I just created (Guess the final selling price):

http://stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=65867
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Jim,

If this is SG97 (watermark Garter), the price for a single on cover is £180 according to my 2014 SG Concise.

If it is SG104 (watermark Spray of Rose), the price for a single on cover is £200.

There's also SG84 at £210 (small corner letters) or SG85 at £350 (small corner letters with hairlines) but I think they are less likely.

Multiplying any of those figures by 8 still doesn't get you anywhere near the $6250 quoted, but of course none of that takes account of the relative rarity of the multiple.

Also of interest to me is the addressee - Martinez Gassiot is a fine Port producer:

http://www.vintageport.se/house/Martinez.php

Now part of the Symington group, it was founded in 1790.

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Geordie Boy wrote:The seller has just posted a picture of the stamps:

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Rushstamps has these down as legal tender looking at DaveR's excellent information. So why can I not find them listed anywhere? :? :(

I am wondering if they were never issued?
They were produced by the Stamped to Order process on self-adhesive paper on the order of two dealers.

See the foot of this page from Mark Sergeant's website. Click on the icon in column 1 to see the images. There's also an article on MachinMania.

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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.

Note the pair of 24 cent Curtis Jenny airplane flying right-side up.

This is being offered by the same dealer who last week sold me some really nice Montserrat OHMS and other worldwide covers at a local stamp fair near Atlanta, Georgia. He did not accept my offer for the above piece; it was a bit less than his current starting bid. We'll see if he should have sold it to me last week :-)

There are some other rather scarce multiples on this piece for anyone interested.......
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What's that purple mark at the top, Jim? "RADNOR PA..."? As I'm in Radnorshire, it's intriguing..!

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well the date stamps which are not clear also read "RADNOR PA".

According to Wikipedia Radnor Township in Delaware county Pennsylvania Founded 1682 , population in 2010 around 32,000
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Thanks! So they do... I missed that entirely. I should have guessed it would be something like that...

In case it's of any interest, the original Radnor was either New Radnor (a little village that was the county town in 1547) or Old Radnor (an even smaller village, up in the hills, that is, as you might expect, even older!). Old Radnor has the distinction of housing the only mistletoe plant in the county, so far as I know. Now there's something you never knew. :mrgreen:

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It's hard to make out the year of all the duplex cancels on that US airmail parcel piece.

Interesting town name too, I hadn't noticed that!

I will be seeing my dealer friend next week (he's gastampman on eBay.) He'd just picked up a cache of covers from an antique dealer seconds before I passed his dealer table at a stamp fair last week.

Don (gastampman) really didn't want to let me see/buy ANY of his cover hoard from the antique dealer last week; I was begging him and nearly having to pry some out of his hands. It was fun discussing the merits of each cover viewing them for the first time, catalogues at the ready.

He promised me whatever he didn't sell on eBay he will reconsider my offers. My offers might be a little less generous next week too, I haven't told him that! :-) That's the downside/payback for being so stingy :-)

I mean, how can you show a good customer (I've bought casually at club meetings from him for nearly fifteen years!) some nice covers, then announce "I can't sell them to you I have to see what I'll get for them on eBay first!"

Just a ploy to get a better price from me, I'm sure :-) It worked, too!

I'll scan a few more I got from him in the resurrected "What I found at the stamp dealer's today!" thread here:

http://stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=9799&start=100
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There's no year date in that CDS. I'd assume early 1930s use or thereabouts.

Radnor is one of the affluent "Main Line" suburbs of Philadelphia.

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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?

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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.

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