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Malta FANTASY revenue stamp sells for $360 on eBay

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I had already posted this elsewhere, but I guess it's worth having its own thread as well. The following stamp just sold on eBay for an astonishing $360 (USD), which is about £265 or €300.
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/282944386118
The seller was feikpieter-0 from Zuidwolde, Drenthe, in the Netherlands. The item had a starting price of $10 or $100 Buy it Now. The item attracted 21 bids from a total of 4 bidders, and it was purchased by "j***4" (actual username not shown on eBay), well above the original BIN price.
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So what's the problem with this stamp? Well, it's not a Malta revenue stamp from the 1900s, but a fantasy stamp/cinderella probably produced by Scott Visnjic of Changhua City, Taiwan in the 2010s. As can be seen below, the Taiwanese seller sold an identical stamp last month (but described as a "high quality replica") for just $5.50:
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/401511527996

The design is based on Malta's 1908 5/- on 10/- revenue stamp, but it differs in that the original revenue is inscribed "MALTA POSTAGE" at the top, while the fantasy is inscribed just "MALTA" (like the 10/- postage stamps of 1919-22). Below is the actual revenue from my collection:
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This stamp usually sells for around £60-£100, depending on condition and other factors. Last March, the example below sold for £85 (about $115) on eBay:
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/362271454323

So the bidders on this item probably realized that it is different from the genuine stamp, and must have thought that it is an unrecorded design (which is extremely unlikely as Malta's revenues until the KEVII era are pretty well-documented). :roll:

When I saw that the item got a few bids, I had contacted the seller feikpieter-0 and told him that it is a fake, showing him links to Scott Visnjic's sale and Revenue Reverend's Malta listing (to show him that it is not an issued revenue). He replied, telling me that he bought it for €30 from a stamp collector in Holland, and he stated that he's not buying from that seller again. This was before the listing ended, so he was aware that it was a fantasy issue, and yet did not close or at least edit the listing. :evil:


The same seller had another Malta item originating from Scott Visnjic, a forgery of the 1886 postage 5/-, which sold for $10.50.
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/282944367686
Visnjic sold one recently for $4.25: https://www.ebay.com/itm/392005619426


feikpieter-0 also has another Visnjic fantasy issue which is currently for sale, this time purporting to be from Mauritius. It has two bids and it's currently at $1.25; the lot closes tomorrow:
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/282945774848
Visnjic sold one recently for $3.25: https://www.ebay.com/itm/392005623472

I also mentioned these last two in my message to him, yet he did not end the listings.
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Re: Malta FANTASY revenue stamp sells for $360 on eBay

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HalfpennyYellow wrote:The seller was feikpieter-0 from Zuidwolde, Drenthe, in the Netherlands. The item had a starting price of $10 or $100 Buy it Now. The item attracted 21 bids from a total of 4 bidders, and it was purchased by "j***4" (actual username not shown on eBay), well above the original BIN price.
When an auction listing has an BIN in addition to the bidding function, the BIN option will disappear once a bid is placed. So j***4 and others must not have seen the BIN price.
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aethelwulf wrote:When an auction listing has an BIN in addition to the bidding function, the BIN option will disappear once a bid is placed. So j***4 and others must not have seen the BIN price.
Actually j***4 did see the price, since they placed the first bid. Why would anyone place a $325 bid when they had the option to buy the item at $100?

Probably they thought that they would be able to win the stamp for less than $100, but it still doesn't make sense that the bid was as high as $325.

The bid history is as follows:
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Glen, if you're reading this maybe it can be included in your Stamp News column, since it seems to be a clear example of the so-called "eBay bunny madness". :roll: :lol:
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Re: Malta FANTASY revenue stamp sells for $360 on eBay

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HalfpennyYellow wrote:feikpieter-0 also has another Visnjic fantasy issue which is currently for sale, this time purporting to be from Mauritius. It has two bids and it's currently at $1.25; the lot closes tomorrow:
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/282945774848
Visnjic sold one recently for $3.25: https://www.ebay.com/itm/392005623472
This listing has just sold for $12.50. It must be mentioned that in the case of this lot he did mention that it might be a fantasy:
feikpieter-0 wrote:The Dodo 25 C Revenue Stamp of Mauritius
This is One of the most wanted stamps for Collectors in The World !
Or its just a fantasy Stamp from the Far East I heard !
Iam really not sure about the stamp hope the buyer knows !
See pictures to judge yourself !
Good luck with yours bids on this very nice stamp !
Note that in the other cases there was no such mention in the description:
feikpieter-0 wrote:Malta Revenue Stamp Overprint 5 Shilling over 10 Shillings 1900's A Very Rare Stamp High Value !
feikpieter-0 wrote:Malta 5 Shillings Stamp Mint 1886 Koningin Victoria Mich. Nr. 10 Cat. Waarde € 175 dus het is een rare dure postzegel!
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Re: Malta FANTASY revenue stamp sells for $360 on eBay

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An update to the above. The buyer of the Malta 5/- fantasy which sold for $360 gave the following feedback to the seller:
j***3 wrote:Lovely stamp. Seems uncatalogued at the moment.
However, I had also posted about this on the Malta Study Circle forum, and the buyer is a member there. He was able to return the item for a refund.
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Has anyone else noticed that the sellers ebay name is fake Peter. Says it all really.
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Re: Malta FANTASY revenue stamp sells for $360 on eBay

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HalfpennyYellow wrote:
Glen, if you're reading this maybe it can be included in your Stamp News column, since it seems to be a clear example of the so-called "eBay bunny madness". :roll: :lol:
Well first, these spivs need to be reported if NOT marking them as REPLICA on reverse and showing that indelible marking. These guys do not. Have folks here reported them?

Ebay have revamped the rules re forged and faked and replica and counterfeit stamps.

Sellers now MUST mark fakes indelibly on reverse, and load a photo of that marking into the lot description.

Alterations (that includes forged perfins, overprints and cancels) and repairs MUST be noted now if known to seller, and sellers offering conga lines of the same fakes clearly DO know!

https://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/currstamps.html#replica_stamps

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Also on EVERY ebay lot there is a “Report Item” icon – whether the sale is ended or not.

Reporting that via the simple drop-down options as shown below is a 5 second operation -
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If ebay gets 5 or 10 reports on any given items they WILL generally take notice. They usually warn the user and remove the lot. Sellers getting several such removed lots are in trouble.

Let’s use ‘people power’ to stop this material getting offered.

Everyone “hoping” others act, will get nothing done - like most things in life! It takes teamwork and a Community Spirit, and the dodgy and misleading lots will be FAR less.

ebay now have set up a fast new portal JUST to report suspected sellers of forged stamps at - https://www.tinyurl.com/ebayfakes - also found at - https://www.ebay.com/scw - there is space for 10,000 characters in your reply, so all the relevant info can be added. Unlike most ebay complaint forms that allow just 100 characters etc.

Please take a moment to do BOTH ….. do the “Report Item” drop-down, and give a summary on the link above.

Most likely they will go to 2 different ebay staffers, and that is double trouble for the fakers.

Some staffers ignore such stuff, others are more pro-active – it is a lottery.

However several reports on any single item can be seen by all staffers looking at it, and that generally gets some action.

Even if 4 staffers have ignored it, the 5th staffer might see 5 reports and decide to act etc. :mrgreen:

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Re: Malta FANTASY revenue stamp sells for $360 on eBay

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Another Visnjic Malta fantasy stamp sold for a ridiculously high price on eBay this week. The seller was societystreet (who has been mentioned multiple times here on SB for dubious listing practices). The fantasy stamp has the Nyasaland keytype design bearing the portrait of King George V, with a denomination of £1000. It sold for £100.95, attracting thirteen bids from six bidders.
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/202799015548
An identical stamp was sold by the same seller earlier this month for £67.90: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/202792799534

A similar stamp bearing the portrait of George VI and denominated £500 sold for £2: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/202753304751

Other fantasy stamps or forgeries from other countries were also sold by this seller. Items which got high prices include forgeries of India electric telegraph stamps and various Indian states postage issues.
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Hope these ebay spivs are being reported by many here, on the links outlined in post above?
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