I update this page each day or two. Glen.
The $A has dropped like a brick in recent weeks - now UNDER $US 70c. Yes, a $A1,000 item below costs under $US700. A SUPERB time for Americans to buy up! I am selling Gold Bullion Proof Coins below, in fancy wallets, at near 'MELT' price etc!
The Stanley Gibbons 1c British Guano marketing disaster saw only about 15% of the offering actually sold to collector coff 'investors' as can be seen here - www.tinyurl.com/GuanoMess - and their share price has now sunk to a penny or so this month, down from several POUNDS. They, (or the real true owners, Phoenix) are now stuck with it.
Ukraine as most know issued the absolutely iconic "Russian warship - go F*** yourself" stamp, depicting a Ukrainian Garrison soldier on Snake Island, that the warship later razed. And later issued one showing the ship sunk! Perversely the very same vessel, the PRIDE of the the Russian Fleet, 12,490-tonne 'Moskva' was sunk by two cheap Ukrainian Neptune missiles - the first major warship loss to enemy action anywhere for many decades.
Stamps really can carry strong political messages see - www.facebook.com/stampboards (add a 'LIKE' when in there please!)
The FDC of this stamp SIGNED by the prisoner swap Ukrainian marine who uttered the now legendary phrase just sold for near $A250,000 - and NEW Ukraine stamp are just out today - www.tinyurl.com/NewWarship - the new 'JOB DONE' stamp is just released - see above!
Please pass this link to your stamp club Editor and/or any local Media - this kind of timely and quirky thing getting wide press is GREAT for the hobby, AND greatly assists the support for Ukraine. .
Stockmarkets, oil markets, Gold price, and currency markets have been WILDLY erratic due to it all as we know this month - good stamps just keep sneaking up in value, despite all this turmoil. NEVER been a wiser time to buy. Pass this link onto your stamp friends - www.tinyurl.com/RarityGlen
And you can win $100s of stamp prizes - the Australian Football Tipping Competition is now launched - www.tinyurl.com/AFL2022
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=99301 - the very highly patronised Formula 1 comps are here now - SUPERB prizes - 4 margin 1840 2d Blue etc for a 10 second guess etc.
EVERY Australia Annual stamp yearbook since 1981 in stock - www.glenstephens.com/yearbook.html
HAGNER sheets and superb binders/slipcases CHEAP - www.glenstephens.com/hagner.html
Special offers are here - www.glenstephens.com/special.html
And 100s of lower priced stamp goodies are here NOW - www.tinyurl.com/StampDeals
And even more latest stamp gossip and breaking news is here - www.facebook.com/stampboards
GB 1840 2d Blue Imperf fine 4 margin with superb crisp strike of rare *RUBY ink* Maltese Cross, with Photo Cert: Lovely looking stamp, with 4 nice even margins, clean and fresh and bright, and totally free of the usual hinge remains and gook and gunk and aging associated with these 182 year old classics. The World's First stamp - literally, issued same day as 1d Black. Has detailed Mike Jackson (FRPSL) Expert Certificate, respected author on these issues, including the multi volume 'Encyclopaedia Of The Maltese Cross' (2006). Has his very detailed 2013 Colour Photo Certificate, stating it is: '1840 2d Blue lettered EA, Plate 1, cancelled by Ruby Ink Maltese Cross, and is genuine. SG Specialised Cat DS5uf.' Cat £7,000=$A15,000. UK retail is £2,295=$A4,600) for very same looker right now - see www.tinyurl.com/RubyMX plus 10% GST on the import! Bought well, so out it goes at heaps less - just $A3,250, or just $US2,275 as I type. ( Stock 835LG )
PITCAIRN Complete Coll from SG#1 in 1940 in Seven Seas Hingeless pages, Retail $1550, for just $A600: The set of hingeless pages and binder retails $275 EMPTY!! The stamps are retail $1,237 so total retail here is $1,506. Clean and very fresh quality lot. Near all MUH - few earlies MVLH. Collection is 100% complete from SG #1 to mid 1990s, at retail of those is $1237.10 all neatly erasable 4B pen tallied on each page for your very easy checking. LOTS more pages shown here - www.tinyurl.com/PitColn - Very clean Estate superb bargain to clear fast at $900 under retail! Buyer of this gets the bargain of the YEAR. In 1980 I ran 2 facing page ads as 'The Pitcairn King.' This tiny country with tiny print numbers was RED hot. The 1948 Silver Wedding sold for $750 a set and 10 set for $7000 - and they sold well. The 1949 UPU was $400 a set etc. This entire book costs way less than 1 set of those 2 sets! Just over $US400 as I type this! $A600 ( Stock 665WP )
Australia LOVELY Pre-Dec Coll 1927-1965 Ret $1,156 - $A399! Lovely clean looking mint and used lot on set of ‘Seven Seas’ Hingeless album pages – retail $100 new. SUPERIOR grade selected lot – MANY key pre-war items are superb CTO, as you can see on these images - www.tinyurl.com/Oz1927-65 - worth easily DOUBLE the usual good used grade. Half a dozen key items are worth my asking price alone! Juzwin retail as average used is $1,056, and $100 for the pages is thus an $1,156 collection. Estate bargain to clear FAST, priced at least $750 UNDER retail. Only about $US275 as I type this! $A399 (Stock 629RJ)
1918 5/- Kangaroo with solo cancel of 'HONOLULU HAWAII' (!!) - $A225: In 45 years of dealing never seen one before. One sometimes sees foreign cancels on letter rate stamps or postcards. They arrived in the mail and had dodged cancelling at origin, so the foreign clerk added one, so as the stamp could not be reused. AUCKLAND and LIVERPOOL are seen pretty often for example. Postcard and letters could be dropped into street mailboxes, and never went near a lodgment PO, so those were all uncancelled of course at origin. NOT so with parcel mail of course. 5/- in WWI was serious money. A few days pay. No airmail then, and a letter to USA was only 2½d, so this was 24 ties that, or the cost of a sea parcel to the USA. They needed to be dodged over a PO counter, and of course all DID get sending office cancels to ensure the mega face value stamps could not be re-used.
SG 42 £120=$A240, and ACSC 44a cat $250 used with ANY postmark! Indeed, even today after a century NO 5/- 3rd watermarks are recorded on parcel piece or cover. Never been seen or recorded. Even the far more common 5/- Small Multi is $1,200 thus on parcel piece. Has the usual Oval double ringed HONOLULU HAWAII used on USA registered mail. Clean and fresh and flat, and totally free of the usual gook and gunk and old hinges, and foxing found on these high values from WWI era. NEVER been on the market before. These cancels being RUBBER, distorted and contorted readily, especially in hot climates like HAWAII! Own something totally UNIQUE – for the cost of last year’s PO Executive year book! Insane. Only $US135 right now. $A225 (Stock 492JC )
Group of over a Century old Silver Stamp Boxes: These are amost NEVER seen out here, and most remain in the UK. All designed to safely store the UK 1d stamps of the era in a purse, fob or writing desk. Never owner these before in 45 years of dealing. A meaty KEVII - Edwardian era selection of 5 items, all with fob chain rings/loops. Comprising a single-size case in book form (27 x 33mm), in sterling silver, with 'Stamps' impressed on face, weight 14 grams, excellent condition overall. Also an envelope form shape case (30 x 23mm) with very attractive horizontal rolled-line pattern, not hallmarked, weight 7 grams.
Also circa 1910 Crisford & Norris single-size case in book form, engraved cross on the face highlighted in red enamel, weight 10 grams. Then a 1907 Vesta types case, 32 x 44mm, compressed, with small faults, engraved "WAJ" on front, weight 26 grams, hallmarked in Birmingham, with HINGED STAMP COMPARTMENT. Plus brass hinged stamp box (21 x 25mm) with GB Queen Victoria 1d coloured stamp replica design on face, weight 12 grams, small fob ring at top. Usual slight mixed condtion for 110 years old, but, generally quite fine (5 items) I've seen these get $250 EACH at auctions! This one is for sale now at $A245 - www.ebay.com.au/itm/303089169992 - DETAILED pix of them all here - www.tinyurl.com/StampBoxs Miniature and detailed antique hand made works of art, in silver bullion, for just $80 each! $A400 (Stock 592KQ)
Roo 1914 4d Orange Yellow superb appearance ‘OS NSW’: Brilliant looking unused example with unheard of perfs and centering for any 1913 Roo of any value. ACSC 15E, Cat $1500. In an official perfin rarer still. The stamp printers directed that the badly centered sheets of stamps, too poorly produced for sale to the public, be put aside, and be perforated “OS” or ‘OS NSW’ for these “nuisance” Free Government Official stamps. That makes CHOICE copies about one in a 100 of the higher 1913 values above 3d. And do note - all perforated officials sold by ME are genuine, from the massive H. F. McNess hoard I bought etc. Do not TOUCH 95% of what you see on ScamBay. Perf 'OS' on these is a ton scarcer than normal mint of course.
Deep rich colour, in this sought after shade, free of old hinged and the usual gook and gunk and aging, and and this one also this has exceptional perfs for any 1913 Roo - near all 1913 First Watermarks of any value, have pulled perfs on one or both sides, as you know, due to the long tenacious grain, and very fibrous paper which was never used for other printings, as the side perfs ripped out in near all 1913 issues. Check even your common 1d values - all have it generally. Dealers like Juzwin have always added a 100% Premium on pricelists for nicer centred copies, mint or used, on 1913 Official issues, making this a very pricey stamp! Bought well, so out it goes for $A425! ( Stock 294JX )
Shoebox GERMAN Post War commercial covers to Aust $A250 : mostly late 1950s-1960s airmail covers from a family correspondence. Heaps of them still have original letters inside – real Social History. Inward to Australia from West Germany many with 1954-60 Heuss, 1961-64 Famous Germans, or 1964-69 Architecture definitive frankings, and some useful commemorative frankings including Relief Fund issues. The Huess of course were sold in rolls at near all POs for convenience. So near all used multiples are vertical. ON or OFF cover! HORIZONTAL pairs came from sheet stock and were seldom used on cover, or saved thus. Also the higher values COMMEMS are seldom seen in PAIRS on covers. Faraway destinations like Australia is where they were warranted. HEAPS of pix here - www.tinyurl.com/GermanCovs - the Michel cover catalogue of course lists and prices all these usages. There are about 350 pieces here. The best 10% alone (35 covers) are cat Euro 370 in Michel = $A560 … too busy to look up any more! Total cat here thus must be about $2,000 I'd guess. Maybe more. $A250 (Stock 447VJ )
Cook Island MUH stamp collection in huge stockbook 1967 - to early 90s, SG $3,200 for $A700! Amazing lot in huge 64 page 'DAVO' European black page stockbook - retail $80 empty. Terrific collection with masses of mini sheets, sheetlets, and se-tenant pairs, and great designs -- lots of Royalty and overprints as can be seen. Much ‘NEVER’ seen material and only a few pages are shown here – www.tinyurl.com/CookMUH - Mega High values for the times, to LOTS of $9.20, $9.40, $9.60, $10, $14 and $18 face values etc. The latter is a $100 stamp on today’s buying power.
Some aging on some cheapie earlies, but all the rest look fine MUH. SG retail is £1,602 = $A3,200 plus the $80 album. First, no-one else on the planet has these offered all in one place, and second, sourcing them set by set will be near impossible, and will cost you a TON more than this. Many of these I have never set eyes on, in my lifetime. Well under a QUARTER retail ..... a fine pick-up, of a VERY seldom seen offered area, and era. MASSIVE face value alone. You will NOT see this run again in one place. Well under $US500 as I type this! $A700 (Stock 177BE)
Australia 1970 Definitives, rare Post Office Pack Cat $650, for just $A295: The *Gorilla* - the scarcest Australia face different PO pack by several miles, as it cost a FORTUNE back then. I see one each few years or so. This larger sized B5 pack has all the current Defins right up to the 1966 Navigator set 6, in a plastic Hagner type sheet inside. Add it up - FACE was $10.47 of the stamps here. ‘No big deal’ you might think today. Well near 50 years back that was huge. A First Class letter then cost 5c! (There are 2 different 5c Queens in here) so $10.47 bought you 210 x first class stamps. Today a First Class letter is $1.50, so 210 of those is $A315 in today’s money. Would YOU pay $A315 TODAY for a new issue Post Office pack? Of course not, and certainly almost no-one did in 1970, so they are super scarce, and retail MANY $100s despite being on sale nationally at capital city Philatelic Bureaux. The $4 King alone cost EIGHTY times the then 5c letter rate. So the pack was about $A315 type buying price, adjusted to today’s money. You are paying LESS than that! Little wonder almost none sold. ASC P7, Cat. $650 and seldom seen or offered ANYWHERE. Fresh and un-opened. $A295 (Stock 542JKL)
FIJI coll. 1878-1964, SG cat $1,030 for just $A195: Working again through the superb British Commonwealth collection I bought, all on expensive Stanley Gibbons ''Senator'' leaves. A summary of the other countries here, are shown on the yellow sheet above -- scanning them up this week when I get time. All the same sort of era coverage as this one, as the Barrister who formed this had. Nothing added to any of them for near 60 years. Let me know if any particular country there is of interest. Mostly mint, and a superb kick-off collection for this super popular and seldom offered area - a great deal of spaces already filled up here. Many key singles and scarce full sets here as can readily be seen, that usually are sold off separately. KGV fresh MUH plate block etc. Early QE2 set fresh M to £1 top value etc.
HEAPS more pix here - www.tinyurl.com/Coll-FIJI - SG cat is £530=$A1,050, and noted in pencil on each set, and page etc, for your easy checking. The very scarce 1940 Postage Dues shown above are near all fresh MUH margin copies, the selvedge is folded back underneath .. they alone are worth near all my modest asking price. The lowest stamp 1½d Red KGVI on that 1938 page is the rare Die 1 MLH ... not noted on the page. Formed in the UK, and migrated here with the family. Bound to be the odd blemish here and there, but mostly are very fine, and many are superb - the KGVI and later material looks great and fine and clean - these go back 145 years old, but priced to clear at a fraction of SG! $A195 (Stock 536AU )
NSW 1853 8d Dull Yellow imperf Diadem nicely used PAIR! A SINGLE of this stamp is scarce and pairs near unheard off, paying a strange 1/4d rate. With bold upright '107' Barred Numberal, rated 'Rare' by Freeman, from remote inland rural speck of 'DUNDEE' (population today 85!), which is 16 Km from 'Deepwater' according to Freeman - ad population of that today 220! Clean and fresh, and free of the usual gook and gunk and thins and tears and old hinges and foxing after 170 years. (Mark on lower margin is a dot of postmark ink, NOT a thin!) Guaranteed by me to be free of any usual repairs. SG 79 £1,300=A2,600 as 2 singles, with a common cancel. Clearly a UNIQUE pair, yet $2,000 UNDER SG cat! About $US410 as I type now! $A595 (Stock 459AK)
Australia Official PO FC 1970-1975 unaddressed hoard - Retail $1,533 for $A299! JUICY Estate hoard I bought today! Retail $1,533 – to clear at just $A299. There are 192 covers here - the 10 best ones are worth easily that! From the PO official issue number #1, the 1970 Expo. Includes the key 1970 Grasslands and 1970 Royal Visit and 1970 Cook set. Also 1971 Xmas, 1972 Primary Industry. 1972 Olympic, 1973 National development. 194 Paintings. Spares of many key sets even as you can see. All are official PO unaddressed covers – 192 of them! In 1970 Australia Post decided to tentatively enter the FDC market.
It was very low key, and it was not well promoted or publicised. For over 40 years private cachet makers had ruled supreme, and any collector with a 40 year run of ‘Wesley’ or ‘Royal’ or ‘Excelsior’ FDC saw no reason whatever to change. And they did not. Hence the PO sold virtually none of their new product! And the few PO ones that WERE sold, were largely addressed which are NOT popular. My long experiences is that private covers makers are FIFTY times more plentiful than PO FDC. As usual TOTALLY unpicked by me - what you see is 100% what was in the box! Deceased Owner was in Perth WA, so condition is clean and flat and fresh, as humidity is not known there - NOT often the case from coastal EASTERN Australia - trust me.
Decimal era FDC from the Australia regions, fall into several distinct bands -
1 - Official Post Office covers from 1970 are elusive when in totally unaddressed condition, as most are addressed and/or from private makers.
2 - Mid 1970s to late 1980s are incredibly abundant, as we had a massive "Stamp Boom" starting then, where investors jumped onto the scene, often buying 5 or 10 of each FDC.
A MASS of images here - www.tinyurl.com/oz70sFDC - The entire carton for just $A299 (Stock 726E)
Aust. 1988 Bicentenary - Leather boxed set of 25 Gold Stamp Ingots - $1,600 under issue cost!! A perfect opportunity for you to own a collection of Australian stamps, gleaming proof struck in solid silver and plated with 24 carat gold known as "The Australian Collection". The Australia Post Philatelic Manager fully endorsed and approved this set by mail, and waxed lyrical in a letter to collectors on what a lovely item it all was etc. The set comprises of 25 gold plated solid silver replica Australian stamps featuring 25 iconic Australian stamps issued over the past 140 years. It is a VERY large and impressive coffee table centre-piece. Each ingot is identical in exterior size to its original stamp but MUCH thicker of course. Highly polished Proof quality, hand struck in solid sterling silver, from precise dies, plated with 24 carat gold, and each is a substantial 2.2 mm thick as you can see in the MANY pix of them all here - www.tinyurl.com/Halmark
Comes with the large numbered Certificate of Authenticity, and all are placed in a handmade green soft quilted real leather Presentation Case with gold embossing, and gold edging highlights. And all inset in racing green felt, with precise rectangles recessed for each ingot to sit in securely. The leather and brass case would have cost $100+ to make, even then. Superb quality - a JOY to handle! AND the special large A4 sheet in full colour showing correct placement of all the ingots etc. Rear of all stamps are stamped with "The Australian Collection" and ".925 silver HF" to authenticate them. Stamps vary in size and weight of course, and are the same outer size as their original paper counterparts, but much thicker. Some as you can see like the Boer War Charity issue are massive. Even has the original ornate brass key - which is near ALWAYS missing as they get lost or broken after 34 years! And are impossible to source. ebay price is $4,300 WITHOUT the key! - www.ebay.ie/itm/202957349898 - My price is $3,425 LESS .. this poor schmuck must be one of the geniuses who paid $A2,465 - decades back.
In 1988 this set cost subscribers over $A2,465 - exactly $A98.60 an ingot. True! See original order form on link above. I bought it off someone who paid the $2,465 issue price. Aust. Leather set of 25 Gold Stamp Ingots - $1,600 under cost!! I am selling for $1,600 UNDER the price he paid. $A865 - All the ingots are in as new, polished proof grade, shiny mint condition. The leather box is in far better condition than most one sees. GOLD and SILVER right now are at near all-time record prices .. TREBLE what it was when these were issued at $A2,465 a box. The "MELT" value of these is very, very many $100s alone today! Weight of bullion ingots in here is near half a kilo! MANY pix of them all here - www.tinyurl.com/Halmark A STEAL at $1,600 UNDER issue price - $A875 ( Stock 624HB )
Australia 1937 10/- *Coronation ROBES* Fresh MUH Imprint Block 4 - $A225. Great perfs and colour fresh MUH original gum. SG 177, £200 = $A400 as 4 single stamps – Imprints of course are always a premium over singles. ACSC 214za - $A350. SUPERIOR perfs and centering for these - centering is often appalling. ‘BY AUTHORITY’ Imprints are of course higher cat than the far more common JOHN ASH version. This £2 face value, was near a couple of week’s gross wages at the tail end of the Great Depression - to anyone who HAD a job. Near all one sees are hinged. All stamps unhinged on this one – faint hinge trace on margin. Clean and fresh MUH block – these of course were on CHALK FACED paper and hence rust and gum tone very readily after 85 years, and the chalk layer is like a moisture magnet to humidity, hence the bad foxing one usually sees. $A225 (Stock 724LX)
Australia was the bread basket of the "Motherland" for much of this produce, which was freely available in Australian stores. Rationed goods in England that transported well - such as canned and dried fruit, chocolate biscuits, treacle, syrup, jellies, soap, sugar were cheap to buy here, and of course greatly sought after in Britain. An extensive "Food For Britain" campaign was mounted in the post-war years. The largest department stores like Myer were very active in selling these "ration busting hampers" packed full of local made goodies, that would survive a long 10,000 mile sea voyage. The Post Office offered a special low cost concession reduced rate, of 5/10d for 14 pound weight cartons of such goods. This was an INCREDIBLY low rate. A standard ½ oz airmail letter to the UK cost 1/6d - or more than 25% the cost of a heavy carton of food!
Myer Department Stores, and 2 others approached the Post Office to produce gummed labels that had an impressed stamp on them, so as to identify the sendings that attracted the new low postage rate, and save them time in affixing stamps, as no single stamps to that value ever existed. The Post Office did this, and as you can see the sideways 5/10d blue KGVI head stamp impression, was exactly in line with that design used on the widely used 2d pre-stamped envelopes, and the 5d Registered envelopes of the time. This is of course an OFFICIAL Australian Commonwealth Postal Stationery item, and is listed thus in the superb ACSC volume on them. KGVI Reign collectors globally seek these. A ton of extra detail on these labels here.
These special 5/10d labels only lasted in use for 3 years (until 1949) hence their great scarcity today. Even mint or used "cut outs" of the stamp area are scarce (I have a very fresh MVLH and FU of those with good margins for $A75 - stock 672KR)) and it is 30 years since I have handled a large full unused label like this one. These Food labels have sold for up to $A24,000 each (heavily creased!) at auction. ACSC Cat PL4A, $2,000, for just $A1,150. This is wildly under cat thus, as I stated above in print. Cat should be double on these. After 75 years, for a huge label, on very thin fragile paper - the best appearance you can buy - show me ANOTHER for sale, at ANY price GLOBALLY! $A1,150 (Stock 672KQ)
GB 1856 6d Embossed, QV cover, to father of Sir Daniel Cooper in NSW: Neatly address to ‘Thomas Cooper Esq, Waterloo Warehouse, Sydney NSW’. Waterloo Waterhouse was where the Cooper family were based in their wide-ranging shipping export of Wool and whale oil etc businesses. The family ploughed those profits into real Estate and ended up owing most of the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney in the 1820/30s! Daniel Copper built the magnificent Eastern Suburbs, 'Woollahra House' mega mansion. Addressee Thomas Cooper was the father of Sir Daniel Cooper – the very first eminent philatelist in Australia, first speaker of our Legislative Assembly, and the first President of the RPSL in London etc - www.tinyurl.com/Sir-Dan
Rod Perry gave a super detailed run down here of Cooper’s philatelic achievements – WELL worth a close read - www.tinyurl.com/CoopRod - In the first general meeting of the Philatelic Society, London on 29 May 1869 the first RPSL president, Sir Daniel Cooper, who had been a member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, which passed the statutes relating to the stamp issue, read a paper “On the Earliest Sydney Stamps and Proofs of the Sydney Views”. This is the first written reference ever traced to the now universal current use of the nickname ‘Sydney Views’ to our first stamps.
Cooper's superb Australian postage stamps collection, sold to Judge Frederick Philbrick in 1878 for £3,000 (the first four-figure price ever fetched for a stamp collection), became part of Ferrary's celebrated collection. ‘The Sir Daniel Cooper Lectures’, still sponsored by the Royal Philatelic Society, are in his honour. Attractive cover sent March 5, 1856 to Cooper, with a CTS GB 6d ‘Embossed’ tied by light ‘44’ oval numeral of WIMBLEDON. SG 60, cat £1,900=$A3,800 on cover. Fine red handstruck ‘4d’ on face as well. Good part of reverse absent, and facially most attractive, and VERY good condition for 166 years old, and with clear historical interest. All for the price of last year's Executive Year Album -- insane! $A275 (Stock 272EK)
Roo 1915 SECOND Watermark 2½d fresh Interpanneau Block 4 - 2 x MUH: The rather uncommon Bluish Indigo shade, on this Emergency WWI Printing on the KGV heads watermark paper. MVLH on top two stamps, and lower 2 are superb flat, super fresh *MUH*. ACSC 10b cat. $1,800 as 4 singles. Blocks of this Watermark are RARE. Nicely centred, with full perfs, and most attractive as you can see. Interpanneau pieces are highly sought and VERY scarce. Bought very well, so UNDER half Cat for 4 singles, at just - $A899 (Stock 782KQ)
KUT - EAST AFRICA AND UGANDA PROTECTORATES *Superb* Mega Face Value: 1912 KGV 100 Rupee, Deep Purple and Black on dark red security paper by De La Rue. Mega high value definitive overprinted 'SPECIMEN', very fine mint, vivid colour and 'unrubbed', and superb perfs and centering as you can see, especially for this issue, and razor sharp plate impression. SG 62s - absurdly undercatalogued at £750=$A1,500 for the usual cruddy grade, which are often bady foxed (common on this chalk faced paper, which absorbs moisture) and are mostly poorly centred. ''Show me another'' for sale GLOBALLY. This was a YEAR's wages for a working man there. Cat £9,500=$A18,000 mint, and £3,750 used, so this is the ONLY affordable way to secure this mega face value stamp, which was about £100 Sterling. Even ugly fiscal used sell for $500 apiece these days! Only a few 100 ever made for UPU distribution, and near all still reside in PO UPU stamp archive collections. An African KGV GEM piece, for just $A799 (Stock 482LQ)
GB 1988 £1.50 Caernarfon Castle greyish-rose shade, lower-right corner marginal block of 8, (4 x 2), with oblique strike of perforation comb at base, resulting in "Progressive narrowing of stamp size from left to right on the lower row, with perforations cutting into the design of lower-right unit" fresh MUH. (SG 1411 variety.)
The Value Imprint wording in lower margin is all INVERTED, which I suspect is not the case on the issued stamps - do not have a normal block to compare with! The entire strike of the lower edge of the comb perf row is way out of kilter as can be seen, and the inverted value imprint might be connected with the perf abberation - have no idea. However, may well be unique, and at just SIXTEEN bucks a stamp - a glass of wine at dinner costs that these days! $A160 (Stock 562JK)
2000 Olympics Australia Post “Golden Heroes” numbered book: Pristine condition - Australia Post issue price was $245.00 - 20 years back! This item was a very limited edition Australia Post production, issued early in 2001 to celebrate all the Gold Medal winners at the 2000 Olympics and Paralympics held in Sydney. Retail now $350+. Sold via ballot only, you had to write in to AP to receive one, and even then many people missed out. Limited edition - Only 1300 available to the public and each were individually numbered. In excellent condition, and comes with matching ornate slipcase as issued. Brass corners on album and matching slipcase. EXACTLY the same presentation as the “Engraved Proofs” slip-cased books that sell retail for $350 each. I have *NEVER* owned one of these in the 20 years since - they are truly SCARCE! Once sold I will not see another most likely. A TON more photos of it here - www.tinyurl.com/HeroesAP - $A295 (Stock 928GD)
India Pioneer Airmail Cover 1925 (Feb. 2) Rislapur - Calcutta cover: Carried on the RAF demonstration flight with quite superb strike of the large 'CALCUTTA-RISLAPUR DEMONSTRATION FLIGHT/CALCUTTA/[Plane]/1925' illustrated cachet in violet, and India KGV 1 Anna tied 'RISLAPUR/2FEB25' datestamp signed by Flight Lieutenant Gordon on the face at top right, and in unusually fine condition for anything a Century old connected with India! Addressed to Manager of the Imperial Bank Of India. One of only 89 covers carried. An Indian airmail all time classic, for not much more than recent Australia PO Year Books - crazy! $A399 (Stock 782KQ)
GB 1840 “Penny Black” SUPERB used - $A350: "The World's First Stamp" Even 2 or 3 margin, common plate number real roughies these days, can cost $100s, as many 1000's are sold to China each year by Gibbons and others, in a large consumer marketing drive, and prices are up. On sale for only 9 months, and then the 1d red Imperf took over in vast numbers. This one is Lettered "O.C." with a super lightly struck, Vermillion Red Maltese Cross cancel, as you will agree - so much nicer than a usual heavy BLACK MX as most 1d Backs have! Every collector wants a "Penny Black" on the frontispiece page of their album, no matter what country they collect. If your initials are “O.C.” - even better! SG #1G, with Red MX - “From £425” = $A850. 4 x SUPERB, wide, straight margins, clean and fresh and flat, and totally free of the usual hinges and gook and gunk and repairs and aging - and now 182 years old. This one is Plate #3, which is SG listed at 35% higher than the cheaper plates so this is a “From £575" = $A1,150 stamp. GREAT eye-appeal, as you can see for $800 less than Gibbons. (I always have several lower priced 1d Blacks on hand - please enquire!) Only $US250 as I type: $A350 (Stock 712KA)
Falklands Islands 1937 KGVI set 18 superb used $A275: All with genuine Port Stanley crisp cds cancels, on an expensive SG interleaved album page. In my long experience used Definitive sets are FIFTY times scarcer from really tiny islands like this, but the SG value for used in HALF the mint. SG £322 = $A640 for used - should easily be TWICE this figure. SHOW ME ANOTHER FULL SET IN GENUINE USED FOR SALE GLOBALLY! $A275 (Stock 656SQ)
Papua New Guinea PNG 1976 100 Kina superb Gold Proof Coin Bird Of Paradise Design near MELT price - $A850! All in a superb, Royal Blue wallet etc, superb for safe storage. Highly polished superb Proof finish struck coin, and the Proof is in a special protective holder, being the essential Certificate of Authenticity, to ensure perfect condition for decades. 1975 ONE HUNDRED KINA Proof Coin of PAPUA NEW GUINEA, minted by the Franklin Mint. Contents 900/1000 Fine Gold, Weight 9.57 grams, diameter 27.5mm – stated to be only 100 made in these special folders! This was the first Gold Proof coin issued by Papua New Guinea in 1974. It is legal tender of course. Ebay price for this identical coin is $A1,560 plus post – www.ebay.ie/itm/304171345224 - Save over $700 buying direct off me! Gold scrap value as I type this is $A2,700 an ounce as you can see, and it changes every minute of course - for every movement in AUD/USD, and for each variance in NY Gold Price. You are buying this for near SCRAP gold price basically. Check the $A price and bound to be much higher than this $A2,700 soon! - www.tinyurl.com/GoldAUD
Terrific deal, as Gold per ounce in AUD has soared in recent times due to the Ukraine conflict, AND the sinking $A, so if that that trend rolls onwards, you might have bought this gem at UNDER BULLION MELT price! – www.kitco.com/charts/popup/au24hr3day.html - I would not be at all surprised to see Gold pass the current $A2,700, given the strong finish in NYC. As Gold is super volatile this month, I reserve the right to alter the price here with NO notice, if no-one has typed "sold". A stack more images of these GOLD BULLION coins here - www.tinyurl.com/PNGCoins
Same Estate had the identical Deluxe Blue Folder Gold Coins from $100 BELIZE 1976, and Malaysia 1976 200 Ringitt, with inbuilt Certificate of Authenticity that I’ll also dump at about scrap value. Malaysia is 7.31 gram of 900 fine Gold, (price $A640 – Stock 583KX) and the superb Mayan design Belize is 6.21 Grams of 500 fine gold for $A300 (Stock 583KV) Save shipping costs and buy all 3 together = and save a further $40 at $A1,750 (Stock 583KQ) to save me some typing. See Estate Letter from this Belize coin a Cheap way to buy Gold Bullion in this rising market. It may well be the other 2 also had 100 folders issued? No idea. Common sense would dictate I put these under the bed for the future, as Gold in volatile times always does well, and Gold does not tarnish or rust or fox, but a dealer needs to move over stock. Bought these for $1,700 today on spec, so out they go.
KGV Heads - March 1937 usage of rare 1928 1/4d Greenish-Blue Small Multi perf 14: In combination with CofA Watermark 4d Greenish-Olive (2) & 2d red on inter-bank airmail cover to Germany, boxed 'LATE FEE' handstamp in violet, stamps tied by multiple LATE FEE/MELBOURNE datestamps. Totally commercial bank to bank cover. With the super scarce perf 14, (SG 93) Small Multi 1/4d, cat $1,500 on cover with the distinctive pointy perf tips. : Attractive franking, the 1/4d alone Cat $2,500 on cover in new ACSC. $A695 (Stock 482HQ)
USA 1870 90c Commodore Perry, 90c Red, top value SG £375 for $A150! Top value if this Definitive set, and most one sees are appalling to appalling minus grade! Nicer than usual, a ‘jumbo’ sized stamp, very well centred, with a short perf. A key stamp missing from near EVERY collection of USA. Neat socked-on-the-nose ‘MALTESE CROSS’ hand carved, cork fancy cancel. These were printed on what was essentially fancy blotting paper, very coarse, and MOST are now thinned from hinge removal over the past 150 years. Clean and flat and fresh, no hinges or gook or gunk, and NO usual THINS, tears, creases or foxing. SG 193 £375=$A750 for average used. Just $A150! (Stock 625QA)
Aust. KGVI Defins imprint blocks with ‘jazzed’ perfs in outer margins $A95: VERY cool looking pair of blocks, very fresh flat unused, showing extra strike, or ‘Jazzed’ perfs in outer margins, due to turnover of sheet corners during the comb perforating. The diagonal line in margin, that facilitated this seldom seen turnover error, is there to see, opened out after printer final guillotining down. Well centred and most attractive - VERY seldom seen, and I’ve seen these same perf freaks get 3 figure sums EACH. The pair of blocks for just $A95. (Stock 387KQ)
Western Australia 1854 1d Black Swan Imperf. Retail $A325 - $A175. Clean, fresh bright attractive copy, and best of all - totally free of creases, tears or toning etc so often seen on these 168 year old issues. Juzwin retail $325 for good used grade, which will be inferior to this one. NEAR HALF of Juzwin retail! Razor sharp crisp printing impression, as you can see, and near the lightest cancel you will ever see on these. 100% guaranteed by me to have NO faults or defects or repairs. Totally free of hinges and gunk and gook and aging, that nearly always hide thins and closed tears etc, on these golden oldies, repaired many times over 168 years. The best known "SG #1" from Australasia - and STILL very affordable - under the retail price of the current PO year album - literally! Believed to be the world's first BIRD stamp. Lovely light cancel – you will NEVER see lighter than these. SG 1, £275 = $550 Bought cheap in an estate, so out it goes today at about the retail price of the current PO Year Book. Absurd! Prices for WA imperf material have gone ballistic this year, and SG adjusted up - due to higher than full SG catalogue results at Corinphila Auctions etc. Nice colour, and crisp plate impression. Only about $US120 as I type this! $A175 (Stock 714AK)
German "Lighthouse" Deluxe 64 page stockbooks, Crocodile skin covers, *WAY UNDER RETAIL*!: 24 carat GOLD cornered stockbooks. CLASSY! For the collector who wants the VERY best for their stamps. "MILES under RETAIL" As you can see on link below, Australian recommended retail is $A98.60 each. My bulk buy price is near 30% UNDER that! Offered these in past years and was stampeded with orders. Made another huge bulk buy, so here we go AGAIN! Took 3 months to arrive from COVID Europe. Rich, attractively deep grained Crocodile skin style cover, in the 3 colours, with 24 carat GOLD plated corners for long life. The top of the range style, "DELUXE" - from the very top maker. The very classiest stockbooks I've ever sold or handled. Expensive Padded covers, DOUBLE glassine interleaving, quality double linen hinging for very long life and ease of use, and in rich, sumptuous, very realistic looking Crocodile skin grain, genuine leather covers as per many photos HERE. CLEAR strips, not glassine, so you can SEE your stamps - not the cheap cloudy glassine strips as used on many lower cost books, that obscure the stamp designs. TWICE as thick as most stockbooks sold, 64 pages in EACH. Popular BLACK pages, so all your stamps look superb. Six Books is a massive 384 storage pages.
That is around $1 a page - near HALF the $1.75 RRP price of a Hagner sheet even - and the classy Crocodile skin leather covers, and 24 Carat gold corners are a bonus. With Hagners, you need to then buy Binders at $30 each! Taking the price per page up to THREE times these. For foreign buyers, VERY cheap air shipping to you on cartons of 6 - ask me! The "Lighthouse" brand is the global market leader - the Mercedes Benz of all makers, and uses carefully selected board, with anti-fungal agents added into there, to keep YOUR stamps safe. Or buddy up with a friend or stamp club members, grab a carton, and share them around. THAT makes sense. Each book is factory clear shrink wrapped for gift giving, and secure moisture proof storage, if you do not use them all now. Or, if you prefer the thinner usual size 32 page Lighthouse stockbooks, my other offer is here - also great buying - - for either offer, LayBy/Layaway is also fine. (Note COVID currency/freight adjustment of 13% applies on ALL prices on there, these included.) Buy a box as a gift for yourself - $100 or so a month payment for a few months, and you will be set. ** For any overseas buyer I can offer VERY cheap shipping on these HEAVY boxes 6 - ask me **. Retail is $A600 a box - you save MEGA dollars a box! $A230 for 3 (Stock 482KX) or a carton of SIX for just $A400 (Stock 482KW)
Aust 2000s ‘Liquid Gold’ PO Pack Coll Ret $1600 - $700! The “LIQUID GOLD” era 2006 to 2013. As usual, TOTALLY unpicked by me - what you see is 100% what was in the box! Deceased Owner was in Perth WA, so condition is clean and flat and fresh, as humidity is not known there - NOT often the case from coastal EASTERN Australia - trust me. Lovely hoard "Liquid Gold" 2011-2015 Australasian First Day Covers! The Packs from 1990 onwards are 20 times harder to get than the 1980s era. FACT. Catalogue values for the 1990s Packs are high, as you can see in catalogues. ANYTHING after 2000 in Australian Packs is near impossible to source. Masses of collectors and dealers drew a line in the sand at this time, at that BIG round year figure, and said "that's it". Of course years on, they all regret it, and nearly all want and need those issues. Dealers did not stock them either, so sourcing them is near impossible - at any price. All the goodies are here as you can readily see from the photos - totally untouched and unpicked by me as always, for all the superb topicals and thematics etc.
135 different packs. COST ex PO of these from PO was $A801.10. Retail would be EASILY $1,600 if you could find a dealer with stock - and I honestly doubt you can, for this long run. HEAPS of images here - www.tinyurl.com/OzziePacks - All the issue formats are here - Mini Sheets, se-tenant blocks, se-tenant pairs and strips, and even the super popular "International" Stamps etc. ALL the topical/thematic goodies are in here for Australia. TOTALLY unpicked by me. Pop them on ebay one by one, and double or treble your money, on a free listing day perhaps? No-one has this era listed up - CHECK it! These Cost about $801 to buy ex the PO. WAY UNDER PO COST as you can see! Estate Super Deal. 135 x superb modern packs for JUST FIVE bucks apiece! $A700 (Stock 759QD)
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FOURTEEN Catalogues etc, inc NZ Campbell Paterson $A70 - From an 8 large removalists carton Estate lot I am sorting through this weekend. A terrific lot for the collector of this region. The huge and SUPER detailed NZ Campbell Paterson Specialised cat costs $275 for current Edition. And the quite massive hard cover SG Part 1, British Commonwealth is $225 for current Edition etc. Those 2 alone are easily worth the $75 asking price. Not all up to date, but superb references as the numbers and detail are the same, and perfect for most stamp dens, just to have them in there, at an attractive price. Australia, NZ, USA, Ireland, GB, Canada etc, and the essential Whyte Stamps Of IRELAND. And a super detailed old SG ''KGVI Reign'' catalogue with masses of detail etc found nowhere else etc. The 'Franklin's Guide To Rare Australia Stamps' - always sought. HEAPS of pix here - https://tinyurl.com/StampBooks Most appeared to me mid 1990s era, but noted an Australia colour cat from late 2012 etc. All for the cost of a coffee each! One parcel, which saves you money on shipping! $A65 (Stock 874CY)
1967 Niue 50c ‘Arms’ stamp, spectacular MISPERF - just $A100!: 1967 50c Pale Yellow-Green ARMS issue, on SIDEWAYS watermarked paper. Perf 14, MUH with spectacular variety 'Grossly Misplaced Perfs' MUH, SG 136 variation. The most striking mis-perforated stamp that I have EVER seen offered on any NZ ‘Arms’ stamp, that ordinarily are nicely centred. Now 55 years old, and both are fresh MUH. This was once a vertical pair as can be seen. The no margin example is $A100, (Stock 593KW) and the top sheet margin example is $A125, (593KX) or re-unite the BOTH and save $25 for - $A200 (Stock 593KZ)
Kangaroos, 1916, Third Watermark, 2/- Grey-Brown scarce and distinctive shade, Block 4 *MUH* in rare punctured 'OS': Almost certainly unique in MINT block. ACSC 37Hba, (SG O49) pretty block of 4 from the right of the sheet, with vertical watermark-line at right, well centred with good perfs for this WWI Emergency Print. Cat $13,000+ for 4 x MUH singles, plus the 30% ACSC premium for this very scarce and seldom seen and very distinctive shade = $A16,900. The ACSC prices are insane - hinged OS are 3 x normals, so each MUH should of course $10,000 PER single, as genuine *MUH* WWI material is 5 x hinged. Has 2015 Colour Photo Certificate - totally genuine perfin, and it also comes with my 105% guarantee that all stamps are genuine gum very fresh **MUH**. Never seen one before, and it will be unique thus. Mint BLOCKS of anything WWI perf 'OS' are super scarce as they were NEVER sold to the pubic. This was a week's wages then. Sold by mossgreen Public Auctions many year back for $5,380 when Roo prices were way lower. One for the bottom drawer. ACSC $16,900, and unique, but bought well, so offered for fast sale at $9,000 *under* the crazy low (right now!) ACSC price - $A7,950 (Stock 379JA)
Aust. 1938 Sydney Stamp Exhibition numbered IMPERF Sheet of 40. $A125: The year 1938 was the 150th Anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet, and, as part of the Celebrations, a Philatelic Exhibition was staged in Sydney from 4th to 6th March. A publicity label was produced to commemorate both events by the Exhibition Council Committee. This depicts the arrival of the Fleet into Farm Cove led by H.M.S. Sirius, and was printed in blue, black and red. Printed in sheets of 20, it was perforated 11 ad even those are not common after 84 years. This label is known imperf. In 40 years of stamp dealing I have NEVER seen a single imperf. And NEVER a complete mint sheet! Numbered 41 of the 50 done imperf, and signed by Hunter McRae, the Hon Sec of the Exhibition. Mint sheet, usual few gum blemishes after 84 years, but what a gem find in an Estate. Superb Hagner or album page size piece, and for an ebay re-seller a brilliant piece to break down into imperf PAIRS or BLOCKS. Hunter McRae was President of Sydney Philatelic Club and was also the Exhibition Secretary. $A125 (Stock 293TZ)
SAUDI ARABIA MUH hoard blocks 1960s-1980 Cat $A3,500 for $A750! WHAT a juicy hoard, from this super popular area. An immensely wealthy local population, who are very keen on stamps, and buying of them as New Issues has not been the case, until recent times. More pix and checklist here - www.tinyurl.com/SaudiMUH - These older issues ARE Liquid Gold. Inc 5 x scarce 1984 Solar Village Mini sheets, cat £100 each for starters! Full checklist above. Total SG Cat £1,766=$A3,500. Fresh MUH, bought as New issues. A goldmine lot for an ebay reseller at way under QUARTER cat, set by set, or in MUH blocks 4, which Saudis like enormously. No-one else has this material for sale - go check. Total £1,766 SG 2022 Catalogue - $A750 (Stock 746DC)
*40* x Australia 1984 SPECIMEN Paintings sets MUH - Face $680 for $A325! FORTY of the special deluxe Post Office packs from 1984, each containing $17 face value of fresh MUH paintings each - all in lavish Gold Embossed packs. The owner notes showed he had bought these as an ‘Investment’ in 1990 for around $1,000 the bundle of 40, off Max Stern. He had high hopes these would also get to the same $600 a set price of the 1963 “Specimen” sets of 4 of 30 years earlier! Condition looks nice and clean. I see quite a few of these stamps arriving used on parcels - not ‘supposed’ to occur, but it seems few notice these days at AP. I saw a mint single pack get $30 on ebay recently! Possibly a 'Paintings On Stamps' collector looking for something a little different? Bought well in Estate, so OUT they go at just $A8 each! $US200 or - $A325 (Stock 842KA)
GB 1867 9d PALE STRAW - FU: Plate 4, lettered BG, with Spray Of Roses watermark. SG #111, £300=$600 for average used, and SG says add another 75% for well centred centred neat used. Clean FU, well centred, good perfs, and crisp and far lighter cancel that usually seen on this surface printed era. The PALE STRAW shade is seldom seen (far less that 'Straw') and the mega heavy cancels generally obliterate them. Flat and fresh, and totally free of the usual old hinges, and gook and gunk and aging found on these 150 year old stamps. High cat - $A100 (Stock 476JB)
Australia 1945-1970 x 31 DIFFERENT mint Aerograms ACSC cat value $470 just $A150! Decent condition for this type of material, from 65 years back. ACSC #A3 to #A35 all different - DARN hard to source in a long run, and VERY cheap ex Estate! Heaps of pix here - www.tinyurl.com/AerosOz - Just a few dollars apiece, and seldom offered from this era. All in separate glassiness, from a Boston Estate. Watch this one sell FAST! $A150 (Stock 541VG)
Have stocks right here of all these superb titles below -- brilliant additions for any library. Buy yourself a USEFUL Gift!
My lifetime Stamp Manta is "Knowledge Is Power", and I HEAVILY support Philatelic Publishers. Just one modest find, using any of those books, will repay the cost right there, and a more decent find, just ONCE in your life, will repay the book price FIVE times over. A no brainer really!
Shipping cost is often around the SAME in Australia for 1 or 3 or 4 or 5 books! LayBy/Layaway is of course always available on all my stock. ALL are in stock here and now - NO other dealer in the country has stock of all these. NONE.
FULL COLOUR MID 2022 - ACSC "Australia KGV Reign" Cat, new *HUGE* 336 page new large A4 size - $A175 (Stock 345JR)
The superb, MASSIVE Hugh Freeman "Barred Numeral Cancels Of Victoria"NEW 2018 Vol #2. $A199
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=84178 (Stock code 274BN)
The Numeral Cancellations of New South Wales, 2nd Edition (2017), Hugh Freeman, APR - $A185
https://www.glenstephens.com/snjanuary18.html (Stock 782JQ)
Stanley Gibbons AUSTRALIA (and area) CURRENT ED - near 400 pages full colour - $A80 (Stock 736EQ)
Australia KGVI and QE2 Pre-Decimals - huge A4 full colour - the BOTH books for $A250 (Stock 892JC)
ACSC "KANGAROOS" 170 pages, Full Colour, new 2021 A4 large size. ESSENTIAL! $A139 (Stock 382KR)
New ACSC "Australia Postal Stationery" Catalogue - MASSIVE 484 huge pages colour - $A240
https://stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=80347 (Stock 782DV)
ACSC new “Decimals 1966-2021” 2 massive A4 Colour, 2021 Eds, 1,164 pages! $A340 - (Stock 482KC)
New SG *2022* Part One Commonwealth Catalogue" Cat ~800 pages - $A225 (Stock 579GR)
GB 1977 Silver Jubilee 8½d *TOTALLY IMPERFORATE* - Cat £1,200 for just $A600!: Fresh and superb example of this very rare error, of which owner note stated only one part sheet was ever discovered. Blue and metallic silver - a gorgeous looking pair visually - scans never show metallic ink well. Fresh flat MUH with good margins. SG 1033a, £1,200=$A2,400. One of the key QE2 era imperfs, and bought well so out it goes at about a QUARTER SG - $A600 (Stock 657BJ)
Official global *WWF* FDC collection x 144 Different - just $A100! All covers with large size reference cards with detailed info on each stamp and subject species. Good clean condition all through. Super popular subject globally, and they hold their value well. Wide range and these have high retail. ALL with descriptor cards outlining the species on the stamps - masses of pix here - www.tinyurl.com/WWFcovers - From a lovely range of countries, and covering a real good range of WWF subject matter. Birds, Butterflies and animals and Whales etc, etc. Beautiful custom designed engravings of the species on the stamp. As you can see these are all OFFICIAL WWF covers, and all fully endorsed thus. Many 'knock offs' are out there of course, on FakeBay etc, but these are all kosher. Cost very many $100s for original buyer to purchase years back. YOU are paying well under A70c apiece! About $US70 the LOT - $A100 (Stock 983QA)
Western Australia 1902 £1 Orange Queen Victoria VFU, only $A325!: SG 128. These were issued initially in the FEDERAL period, and these are fully Commonwealth Of Australia era stamps, not a "WA" stamp as such. The ACSC has for some years, fully catalogued and priced all such issues, and their prices will harden, as they truly are "Australian Commonwealth" stamps, not simply "State" stamps, as they were once wrongly regarded as. As is generally known, Australia became a " “Commonwealth” " on January 1, 1901 - the month that Queen Victoria died. For postal arrangements, the amalgamation of the six different state Post and Telegraph services was required. This occurred on March 1, 1901. That date can be regarded as the date after which any stamps issued, were done so by the Australian Commonwealth Postmaster-General's Department, not by the six “States”.
However, the “Post and Telegraph Act 1901” was not enacted into law until November 1, 1901. Interestingly enough, Colonial stamps were never demonetised, and most continued to be valid for use (in any State) after 1901 - indeed were fully legal on any Australian mail until February 14, 1968. Many collectors and dealers used them for normal mail to other collectors, as low values were very inexpensive for decades. For about a century “Australian” stamp issues were regarded as those commencing with the Kangaroo and Map series in 1913. The ground breaking ACSC catalogue (correctly) broadly defined them as any stamps issued since 1901. Curiously, despite Queen Victoria dying in January 1901, nearly all stamps on sale across Australia, until the Kangaroo series was issued in 1913, featured her image - which itself was over 70 years old.
I have NEVER understood why the next 2 monarchs were not depicted on the letter-rate stamps. This stamp was FIRST issued 2 years AFTER Queen Victoria died! Clean and fresh superb used, totally free of the usual faults, and tears and creases and thins. Superb appearance for a very heavy parcel post stamp. SUPERB perfs and centering. Was used for a heavy gold shipment from the Kalgoorlie Goldfields. This was over a week' wages. Has the crisp full face thimble cds “KALGOORLIE - JU 2 : 05 - W.A.” cds, yet priced at just one TENTH the price of a VFU 1913 £1 Kangaroo which replaced this, which had MANY times more copies sold!! A stamp for someone who demands the finest quality. $A325 (Stock 746LR)
Australia 1915 Second Watermark Roo Perf “OS” Fine Used - just $A299!: The priciest 5/- watermark by a long way. Clean fresh copy, excellent perfs and centering for these. With light dated clear dated Queensland 1917 cds, and not the usual huge smeary rubber thick lettered “Killers” used on Government parcels! This Second Watermark (emergency war-time use on the KGV watermark paper) was only on sale for a short time during WWI, before the Third watermark 5/- was issued. Only one printing of 679,920 were ever issued. Issued in the middle of WWI, as Germans were sinking merchant ships bringing the correct Roo watermark paper from the UK. Good centering is truly scarce on any early OS, as the Government printer deliberately put aside BAD centred sheets for puncturing for the “Free Government use” and most copies are SHOCKERS, as you would know if you have looked about.
These as we all know, usually have ugly “fluffy” perfs barely punched out, so this is miles superior to most, which also have centering all over the place. Deep rich, unfaded, GLOWING Chrome Yellow colour. Clean and flat and very fresh, with no typical aging, and totally free of usual thins, creases, hinges, gook or gunk on back, to hide faults. I keep EVERY Australian stamp in stock 1913-1980 and in FIVE grades for each, from Spacefiller to Superb Used, to suit EVERY budget. I have EASILY the world’s largest stock of used Roos, normal and “OS”. I have this exact stamp in stock from $150 to $500 in cost, depending on how fussy or non-fussy you are! Contact me re ALL your Australia USED gaps, pre 1980. Read up on Used Kangaroo Grading here - www.tinyurl.com/GlenJune19 I’ve seen similar looking copies of this get over $500 lately! SG #037. ACSC Cat 43a, $A700. Just $US225 right now. $A299 (Stock 284KQ)
Southern Africa FDC coll in 3 large FDC albums - $125 the lot: 3 x matched SG FDC albums – retail $50 each new = $150 EMPTY! Super attractive collection of 120 different FDC inc Mini Sheets and gorgeous sets of stamps, very seldom seen here. South Africa x 50 - SWA x 16 - Ciskei x 10 - Venda x 11 - Transkei x 19 - Bophuthatswana x 13. Heaps of images here - www.tinyurl.com/AfricaFDC Only about $1 per cover, PLUS the $150 of albums are 'Free'! An almost NEVER seen offered area out here, and the early issues are REALLY scarce. Bought well in an Estate of Southern Africa I am working through this week. $A125 (Stock 862XW)
The 1918 UNIQUE and record NWPI franking of 6 x 1d KGV overprints. A striking and very clean front to 'Mr. S. A. Whiteman, Kokopo', 29km from Rabaul, after whom the Whiteman Mountain Ranges was named. All tied by neat dated cds of RABAUL. Amazingly are all Type 'C' overprint setting. The Whiteman Mountains are situated in the heart of the main body of the island of New Britain. This range was virtually unknown prior to 1920 and was, in fact, named only in 1922. Mr. E. R. Stanley, geologist of the Commonwealth Scientific Expedition of that year, named the range for Mr. S. Whiteman, a merchant of Rabaul, who had in 1914 given information to Australian authorities which led to the capture of the German ship "Komet" which had been hiding in a small bay on the north coast of New Britain. The record franking of these rare stamps, overprinted in a Emergency shortage of 1d stamps. 99.99% that survived were MINT, or CTO with gum .. bought up by the soldiers stationed there, and remember, only a small number were ever made - indeed Buckley tells us only 1,032 of these were ever printed - www.tinyurl.com/NWPII - SG 100, £90=$A180 each as used OFF cover (£540) and SG on cover price is 'from x 4' = £2,160. Only a few on cover or piece have ever been recorded. Very clean and fresh. Bought well, so only $A575 for a unique showpiece! (Stock 582LX)
Luxembourg 1956 **RARE** Europa set 3, Hoard - Superb MUH: SG Cat £700=$A1,400, for well under 7% of SG! Bought a few sets very attractively in an Estate of an old French gentleman, who had bought them off leading dealer BEHR in Paris, as an Investment, some years back. This is the KEY set to the entire EUROPA Omnibus series, and has always been highly sought. Mint Unhinged, with guaranteed fresh original gum. This set is 66 years old now of course. One of the scarcest mint sets from post-war Europe, and the absolute KEY to any “EUROPA” Omnibus collection. Bright, well centred, with good perfs, and guaranteed original gum mint unhinged, and will look brilliant in any album, at WAY under 10% of SG. THREE sets of 3 for the “bottom drawer” - SG cat $A4,200, for just $A275 (Stock 568UR) One set 3, SG 607/609, cat £700=$A1,400 - JUST $A115!! (Stock 568UQ)
2000 "FOR VALOUR" $1 Victoria Cross PNC Retail $300, for $A150: The absolute key to any PNC collection. The ONLY way to source the Victoria Cross design $1 coin is by tearing open one of these. Coin dealers rip up 100s a year, and toss the stamps into the kiloware box. All collectors of face different Australia coins HAVE to have this one. In 10 years’ time a complete PNC such as this will be many times the cost of a coin as the PNCs will be near extinct - the conservative McDonald retail of the loose coin alone is $295 - the PNC is listed at $360.
ebay prices are around that $300 mark for this PNC as you can see. Bought cheap today to sell dirt cheap today. Clean condition - been in an album since bought from mint. Sharp perfect corners as you can see. This is "For Valour" PNC (Stock 284YQL) for $160. Also have the near as scarce 2000 Australian Legends "The Last Anzacs" PNC for $A75 - (Stock 284YRL) and the 2001 "Australia Army" PNC, Cat $100 for $A60 (Stock 284YTL) and the "Biggie" the 2002 "QE2 Coronation Accession Jubilee PNC" Ret $295 for $A145 (Stock 284YVL) AND all the other early PNCs in superb condition at cheap prices - enquire! $A150 (Stock 284YQL)
Roo - rare 1/- 1915 *SECOND* watermark perf 'OS' attractive used - $A225: The SECOND Watermark 1/- OS must have been a run of just a few 100 sheets – if that, as they are near never seen. Trust me. We know they did not even do the 2½d value in this watermark. Clean and flat and fresh, free of the usual hinges and gook and gunk, with unusually light cancel for WWI parcel post. The 1/- Green in Large and Small 'OS' FIRST watermarks there were very good stocks of .... one often sees them with 1915 and 1916 cancels, so why any SECOND were done is anyone’s guess. Lots of very strange things occurred in the middle of WWI as we know.
The 1/- THIRD wmk 'OS' is common. They were issued mid-1916. Most 1/- ‘OS’ are those, and the Small Multi where 'OS' are both same price as non OS used. Anyway 1/- Second Watermark are very rare. Those were the emergency printing on KGV head paper as the Germans were sinking shipping from UK. ACSC 31ba, Cat $425 for average used. I purchased ''Private Treaty'' from Harmers Of Sydney in 1979, for a very large sum, the massive H. F. McNess accumulation of used "OS" perfins. THIS stamp has been in there for 43 years at least. Herbert had been obsessed with accumulating these issues, and had stockbooks full, assembled over 60 years - in dry Perth – hence no foxing! I still have much of this stock.
This was at a time when perf "OS" were very poorly regarded by collectors and dealers and catalogues alike. Not me - I saw how wildly under-rated they were. Some still are. Stamps like 1918 5/- Third Watermark ''OS'' postally used are FIFTY times scarcer than non OS, yet cat price is LESS. Insane. No-one forges those! I still have multiple copies of items that most dealers have never seen or handled genuine examples of, like KGV 4d Lemon Yellow, ½d and 1/4d Small Multi perf 14, KGV No Wmk pair, Roo 2½d and 4d Yellow 1st Wmks etc. Forging them, on unregulated FakeBay, has become a problem in recent decades as we all know. Experts can pick them of course. MINE are genuine! Ask me for what you are missing. I generally have them in 5 condition grades, Spacefiller to SUPERB.
I was the person who got the £2 Small Multiple, perf “OS” Roo listed into the ACSC after 75 years, by proving beyond doubt two totally genuine copies did exist - ACSC said for decades they did not. One of which I bought from a WW2 assembled collection. (The used Arthur Gray copy, who owned the other, then sold for $A40,000 – cat is now $50,000.) These “OS” perfins (especially First Wmk) are usually HORRIBLE looking stamps. The stamp printer directed that badly centered sheets of stamps, too poorly produced for sale to the public, be put aside, and be perforated “OS” for these “nuisance” Free Government Official stamps. That makes CHOICE copies about one in a 100 of the higher 1913 values above 3d. And do note - all perf “OS” sold by ME are genuine, from the massive H. F. McNess hoard I bought etc. Do not TOUCH 95% of what you see on ScamBay. $A225 (Stock 395BF)
1960s Formular BANK Aeros - Northern Territory to GREECE! The three Formular Aerograms above were invoiced at about $A250 at public auction, over 20 years back by Rodney Perry Auctions. WHY??? Three Airletters/Aerograms from oz Banks to Greece. One from Tennant Creek, Northern Territory the others from Darwin - NT to Greece - what a combo! Decimal and pre-decimal - nice cut-off pairing. All with cool and colourful bank forms and receipts printed inside. They are the unstamped FORMULAR types. Why banks used those I have no clue. And WHY did they sell for that - way above estimate? This lot comes complete with the original sale invoice, and the Rod Perry original lot card. The 10d blue was ‘Approval Style 37’, and is not often seen - and that was not even illustrated in the Perry sale cat. Anyway with an estimate $150, clearly there was a bit of bidding, even then, to get it to where it was sold. Over a half Century old now. Many more pix and back and front and insides, and discussion here $A150 (Stock 315AJL)
Kangaroo 1913 2/- Brown CTO superb and fresh - $A225: CTO Kangaroo prices have gone insane in recent times - single stamps selling for up to SEVEN times the recent ACSC prices. So stamps like this one are worth grabbing NOW = ACSC 35wb, $A300 as cheapest CTO date, in average grade - which most are, with pulled perfs, and bad centering etc. First Watermark - Superbly Fresh - been in Scotland all its life. I keep EVERY Australian stamp in stock 1913-1980 and in FIVE grades for each, from Spacefiller to Superb Used, to suit EVERY budget. I have EASILY the world’s largest stock of used Roos, normal and “OS”. I have this exact stamp in stock from $35 to $400 in cost, depending on how fussy or non-fussy you are! Contact me re your Australia USED gaps. Read up on Used Kangaroo Grading here. The reason Grange Hermitage red wine sells for $500 a bottle, and rough reds are always $5 a bottle, is the same as VFU stamps - some savvy folks in life recognise real quality - and will gladly pay a tad extra for it! $A225 (Stock 462KY)
Australia 1963 Navigators set 6 attractive *MUH* $A180 (*Or* Fine Used - $A140!) : If there is just ONE stamp absent from any QE2 collection of Australia it is the £2 Admiral King stamp. Every time. THE priciest Australian stamp post-war. A super high value issued late 1964, and replaced a year or later by the new Decimal $4 of same design, so a VERY short life. £2 Admiral King stamp and the ship “Mermaid” is the KEY post war stamp from Australia, and sells for far more USED than mint out of interest! £2 was 480 pence. The set 6 cost 1038 pence at the PO. A standard letter cost 5 pence (5d) then, until decimal currency in 1966, when it became 4c. So this cost 207.6 first class stamps. Taking today’s $1.50 first class letter rate as our guide, this was $A311 in today’s money, so you needed a BIG wage to warrant that high cost - way over a half Century back. You are paying about HALF the initial PO cost price essentially! (Clean *FU* cds set of 6, cat £120, is just $A140 - Stock 742JB – far SCARCER used than mint actually!) Quite nice centering for these, especially key values, clean and flat, with guaranteed original gum MUH. Retail $275, and out they go at $95 under retail - which is about $US130 as I type this. $A180 (Stock 742JA)
USA 1906 Liberty Head $2½ Dollars, Quarter Eagle Gold Coin $A570: A rare coin, and this is in barely circulated grade it looks like. Gold coins mark and scuff readily as it is so soft, but this looks very decent to me. No edge dings, and high points in LIBERTY wording look unworn etc. Not used to taking coin pix, and they do not seem to scan, and do not have a close up setting on my camera, or tripod, or correct lighting so this is as good as you get at 5pm! Has been part of a brooch etc, and if I had a solder gum - which I do not - I'd touch the small central mount solder with tip to liquefy it, to remove it cleanly: more pix here - www.tinyurl.com/GoldiesUSA Almost never seen in Australia, and when you buy ex USA you pay the quite outrageous $A60 ''Global Shipping'' rip-off fee, (no stamps used by them!) and eBay then automatically adds 10% GST onto the shipping, and onto these prices! And all these figures are in strong USD - add 25% to these to get into AUD! Click link above - $A570 (Stock 613LA)
WWI era Smyth Approval book of GB QV/KEVII Officials. SG $4,500 for $A235! Wonderful old relic and survivor that arrived today. A WWI era W. H. Smyth approval book. Smyth was the leading dealer here. He founded his business in 1890 and died in 1923. Stamps have been in this book untouched, for a Century or so. GB QV and KEVII in this Century year old stapled Approval book, that looks exactly like the 1913 2/- Kangaroo stamp Booklet style! Most are lovely clean and sound clean FU, and from this era will be genuine most likely as most faking took place in late 1930s. The spivs crudely fake things on ebay today in large numbers. Generally above average condition for these. SG Cat as you can see is £2,247 = $A4,500. HEAPS more pix here Bought well to sell fast at about 5% of SG - $A225 or just $US160. $A225 (Stock 625AK)
1989 Sports Definitives the SPECTACULAR miscut Booklet error!: 39c Fishing in $3.90 booklet, (Leigh-Mardon Scoresby printing on CPL paper Perf 13.33 x 13.60) with error of 'Misguillotined Booklet' resulting in the booklet pane having an astounding 'zig-zag' effect, with no stamps complete, as you can clearly see. Stamps 6 and 10 have 'AUSTRALIA' printed TWICE and stamp 9 has '39c' printed twice. Those 3 units I could offer separately at $400 apiece! ACSC 374cb, cat AU$2,000 and have never seen another. EVER. Only a few recorded. $A995 (Stock 482KQ)
ACSC "Postal Stationery" Catalogue - 484 pages, all in colour: Including Australian Territories, Latest Edition which updates the first edition of nine years back, incorporating a number of corrections and new discoveries. In particular, the Postal Cards up to 1936 have been extensively revised, and there are many additions to the listing of Lettercards. The decimal Stationery produced by the Note Printing Branch is included for the first time. All prices have been fully updated. In full colour, 484 x large A4 heavily illustrated pages, perfect bound. If you only buy one catalogue each decade, whether you are a dealer or a collector, or Auction, you MUST have this. Detailed review of the first edition was in "Stamp News" - and gives you an idea of detailed content in here. The most common innocuous looking thing on your desk might be valued at ten times the purchase price of this catalogue! I kid you not. Maybe 25 times.
There are HUNDREDS of items in here listed at between $5,000 and $15,000 EACH. EVERY item is illustrated in colour (reduced in size of course) - a GODSEND for many of the earlier Registration envelopes etc. (Only about 4 pieces in the entire book, they were unable to get copies of to scan!) Very coolly, all down the outer spine is colour coded to go to Wrappers - go right to the BLUE tagged edges. For postcards go to PURPLE tags etc. A breeze to use quickly, as I need to do each day.
I HATED using the initial huge ring binder edition as time went on, as the printer punched the holes way too small in my view. Making finding any given section an annoying juggling act, risking damaging and tearing all earlier pages each time. This one is a BREEZE to use. For instance ALL the “View” Lettercards are now all illustrated and priced SEPARATELY - some 170 different! Some of these are worth a fortune, and dealers and collectors without this book have not got a CLUE as to what is scarce, and what is not. You will easily pay for this book with the first vaguely scarce view you pick up on ebay etc.
There are all the Aerograms illustrated - many quite valuable, all the wide range of Military material, WW2 Food Parcel labels (one is cat $10,000, and another $7,500!), and even all the myriad of different views on the initial 1911 “Coronation" set. All priced separately. The highest price in here I saw was $15,000 for a KGV low face value reply card, that I bet a lot of overseas (even local!) sellers would price at $20 retail and cross their fingers! It is huge - near 500 large A4 pages, on quality grade paper, in full colour - all proudly printed and produced here in Sydney Australia.
Edited by Dr. Geoff Kellow, the usual super high standard of original research work and fine attention to detail has taken place here. Geoff told me much of his original research on numbers printed of the early issues has never been published before the ACSC did these. Not only Australia is covered, but the “Territories” and that includes all the “Formular” Aerograms and airletters etc for the Territories. And all the Papua early issues, and GRI material, and PNG and Cocos and Christmas Islands etc. This is all listed and priced. Heaps more pix are here of contents etc $A240 (Stock 782DV)
Haiti 1975 Audubon Bird sets of *60* Diff MUH corner Blocks 4 = 240 MUH - $A75! Provenance - Bill Hornadge, from whom I bought these from before his death. You get SIXTY DIFFERENT stamps, each in a fresh MUH corner block 4. i.e. 240 stamps for just $A75. All clean and fresh MUH .. a few minor condition issues (now 50 years old!) - mainly on outer selvedges where some were lightly stuck in storage. These are seldom seen in MINT. Near all were CTO'd for cheap inclusions in the packet/approval trade. These are all fresh *MUH*. Big bonus. There are 15 different designs, and 4 different face values to each design - so 60 different stamps. MASSES of pix and the full background story here - www.tinyurl.com/1975Haiti PART sets of SINGLES sell for $A80 as you can see there - Even SINGLE *MUH* stamps go for $A9 posted - and you have 240 of them here. So a brilliant hoard for an ebay re-seller etc. Jean-Jacques Audubon was born April 26, 1785 Les Cayes, Saint-Domingue (later Haiti). $A75 the LOT - only $US55 - 240 MUH stamps (Stock 637AU)
Hutt River Province 1975 Mini Sheet #1 x **440** Retail $3,080 - just $A225!: These were issued in the Stamp Boom, and investors bought quantities of many things. These included - clearly! Someone decided to buy 440 of these attractive Miniature Sheets. Face value is $1.20 a sheet - so FACE alone is $528 alone. He could have bought a mint £2 Roo for that money 47 years back! And dealer retail is $7 a set = $3,080 as you can see here. Bought well to sell FAST, at a fraction of what he paid 47 years back, and you pay just 7% of current retail. Doing 100+ hour weeks now, and just no time to break these down as I really SHOULD! He had a few other issues in duplicate full PO sheets that he bought at the same time if anyone is interested, also at a low % of retail. Brilliant lot for someone on ebay to offer per sheet, or per 10 or per 100 (you have 440 sheets!) and make a real killing. This Hutt River material is enduringly popular. A few single sets sold for $510 on ebay - to many bidders.
Amazing find .. owner paid $3,200 for these in the 1980s according to his auction invoice. These are near FIFTY years old now of course. Hutt River's FIRST ever Mini Sheet. The Principality of Hutt River is situated some 600 km north of Perth, Western Australia and is an Independent Sovereign State having seceded from the Commonwealth of Australia on 21st April 1970. The Head of State was the late HRH Prince Leonard. His son, Graeme took over the reins of the Province. For many years until recently, he printed his own stamps, issued his own coins and notes, and also issued his own passports and bestowed Knighthoods to visitors from all over the world. Pay near 7% of current retail, and just 42% of face! $A225 (Stock 462BX)
Highly polished Deluxe Proof quality, hand struck in solid sterling silver, mirror finished plated with 24 Carat Gold, and each is a substantial 2.2 mm thick as you can see in photo. Quite a bit of “melt” value in the large chunk of thick Sterling Silver here alone. Rear of all ingots are stamped with "The Australian Collection" and ".925 Silver HF" to authenticate them. In 1988 - over 31 years back - these replicas cost subscribers exactly $A98.60 an ingot. True! See original receipt scanned on link nearby. These are brand new in the original secure and protective packaging. Each ingot is in a special clear moulded mount, inset into a large Racing Green solid card outer folder about the size of a FDC or PO pack. The ingots are thus still in as minted, highly polished mirror proof state, unscuffed or damaged. VERY few would have been retained thus after 30 years, as near all were inset into the fancy display box that came with the set. A bit like better Dinky Toys, or Barbie Dolls etc, in clean ORIGINAL un-opened packaging - worth MANY times the items if outside the packaging.
Easy to store in a #2 or #3 Hagner, or stockbook pages etc, or even stored flat in a large glassine etc. I bought a hoard off someone who paid $A98.60 each - receipt in link below. A first class letter costs 4 times more than it did in 1988, so this had a relativity value of $400 an ingot in today’s money. You are paying under 10% of that!! I have duplicates of near all the Bullion ingots in the collection, if you want more than one of all of these for the same stamp design, if they suit your collecting themes. Or for ebayer-selling etc. He has duplicates of many - this guy spent $10,000s on these! MASSES of pix and paperwork here - tinyurl.com/BullionStamp Each stamp design has a unique order code - click link for all details of those. ONE packaged ingot of your choice for $A45 (Stock 526AL) FIVE of YOUR choice stamp ingots for $A200 (Stock 526AK) TEN for $A350 (Stock 527AB) TWENTY ingots of YOUR choice for $A600 (Stock 527AC) or have ONE set only of 23 DIFFERENT Bullion ingot stamps for just $A700 (Stock 526AAC)
Australia 1959 3/- Waratah Flower presentation Die Proof: Most attractive imperforate Die Proof, in the issued colour, mounted in a sunken frame, and a superb looking piece as you can see. Only nine die proofs were ever prepared, and issued to a few VIP’s. One of which is in the Queen’s Royal Collection and another is in the Australia Post Archive collection etc. Others went to The Governor General of Australia, The Postmaster General, Director-General of the PMG, and so on. ACSC, 372DP(1), $A2,500. A superb buy, of a mega rare piece, yet at under HALF Cat - $A1,200 (Stock 693LQ)
Superb centred totally fresh **MUH** £2 Kangaroo imprint block 4 ex Arthur Gray: Where it was invoiced for $A60,375 plus 10% inward GST - 15 years back - and when the ACSC was near HALF today's rate! (My asking price is amazingly, under that Gray figure.) Later sold at Julian Sterling for $55,000 in 2014. Believed the only *MUH* block extant in private hands. HINGED blocks have sold for around this price. A less well centred block, THREE units hinged sold for $41,735 at Status, Feb 2017! ACSC 58z - Cat $75,000 for HINGED - noting only 5 blocks are in private hands. Has 'Open Mouth Kangaroo' variety on R55. Amazing centering for ANY imprint block, as LH units mostly poor centred. "Ex Gray" is the ultimate Provenance for any Kangaroo key piece when selling. Due to my fortunate purchase you are paying much LESS for it than it cost at Gray, 15 years back, when ACSC cat was $35,000 LESS! The ULTIMATE piece to place in the ''Bottom Drawer'', in this Zero interest rate climate. Payment arrangements over time never an issue. $A58,975 (Stock 624JK)
IRELAND - circa 1950 PO VIP Folder, to 10/- St. Patrick. $A180! Circa 1950 'Postage Stamps of Ireland' presentation Deluxe folder, bound decoratively with the Tri-Colour ribbon in colours of the Irish flag, produced by Department of Posts & Telegraphs, Dublin, containing Mint examples of the then current 1940s and early 1950s issues. Right up to the highest face value of Ireland Definitives, the St. Patrick set - - these of course are the EXPENSIVE 1940s versions - the far cheaper Chalk paper versions were not issued until 1967. MANY more pix here - www.tinyurl.com/EireUPU Like Australia and GB Books of this nature, these are likely to have been made for a UPU Conference, to be given to the small number of Delegates. Most were then placed in relevant PO Archives etc, or given the the nearest youngster relative to be decanted into his kiddie album! VERY few survive intact after 72 years. The loose stamps ALONE are cat £230=$A460! $A180 (Stock 482YQ)
NZ 1898 Pictorials 5/- Mount Cook SUPERB with corner diagonal line CTO Specimen cancel copy: This was a VIP Presentation example. This and various other stamps in the series etc were thus cancelled and made in to presentation sets. These were then given away to dignitaries and VIPs etc. I understand that these + SPECIMEN handstamps applied by the NZ PO are listed in the latest CP supplements, so presumably they are priced as well. No Watermark, perf 14.5, absolutely SUPERB USED with the corner diagonal CTO bar cancel. Perfect perfs and centering and colour and freshness of the recess printer plate, printed by Waterlow & Sons in London. Free of hinges, and gook and gunk and aging etc. My old CP has this at CPE 21e, as $1,500 as VFU, and CTO copies will be higher of course. More discussion on this here - www.tinyurl.com/5shMtCook $A550 (Stock 542AX)
QANTAS $2 Airbus A380 stamp, totally **IMPERFORATE** Block of 4 - just $A75!: Australia Post a few years back, released just 750 x IMPERFORATE uncut press sheets of these $2 stamps. Striking and varnished etc. You needed to phone a special '800' number after midday, and maximum order was a sheet a person, and they sold out within hours as you'd expect. All the $2 stamps depict the massive Qantas Airbus A380. Qantas staffers and aviation collectors keenly seek this sheet, as do the 1000s of pure “A380” theme collectors. Each press sheet was foil numbered in lower right margin, and also comes with a hand numbered PO Certificate Of Guarantee that only 750 sheets in TOTAL were ever sold, including all left and right panes.
Indeed there were only 375 left pane, and 375 x right pane ... both sheets of 12 are marked and numbered thus lower left. This is a Qantas Airbus A380 issue and that is a red hot theme, even for non stamp collectors. And it is fully imperforate. It is an 100% OFFICIAL PO issue, and one of the very smallest issues in the post war era. It was VERY limited, and has remained RED hot - just like the stamp border colour! I obtained a few by paying folks $100 cash profit to sit on the phone for hours re-dialling until they got through. THERE WAS *NO* OTHER SOURCE FOR THESE! Price per IMPERF mini sheet is from $A75 - full details here - with a LOT more photos of all the options and choices on these, even full uncut press sheets 12 available for $A500 - www.tinyurl.com/QantasStamp - $A75 (Stock 482YL)
Editions complete – Book #1, to 2000 - 22% off - *$A425 UNDER retail*!
Australia Post charges $35 more for each Leather album over the regular Year Books, due to the far higher cost of making leather covers etc in short runs. So retail of each is accordingly much higher - add that extra cost up over 15 books! Numbers produced are a small FRACTION of normal books, so re-sale value stays very strong. Sitting in a neat row on a loungeroom bookshelf these look super classy - like a set of Law Books or Encyclopedia Britannia etc! They come out each year in exact same design, so you can readily keep up to date.
The presentation of the stamps and the artwork and detail on the pages in these books is an absolute credit to Australia Post. High gloss varnished paper, and double facing pages of info on EVERY stamp issue. Laden with photos and factual background information. For collectors with younger children or Grandchildren, this is a goldmine for their education and general knowledge. Or a family heirloom collection to keep up to date. The 2000 regular Year Book surprised everyone by having in it, the Australia Sydney Olympic Gold Medal winner sheetlet of 16. You could obtain this sheet NO other way. That sheetlet alone retails for $100 from many dealers. The 1988 LEATHER book has always been near impossible to source etc. Full retail list of ALL these superb books here
I have ALWAYS have the largest stock of Year Books in Australia - true. No other dealer comes ever close. I buy more estates than anyone else it seems, and also folks come to me when selling these books, as they know I will buy them cash. And I thus MUST on-sell them as cheaply as I can, to MOVE all this stock, or I will drown in it! Bought this nice clean collection CHEAP today in an Estate, so OUT they go. This is a lovely clean collection of EVERY Black Leather Year Book issued from 1986 (Leather Book Number #1) right up to the scarce 2000. FIFTEEN matched leather books. A large wine carton FULL.
My normal discount retail on these 15 books, as you can see from link above, is $A2,175. (All the later year Leather Books are in stock of course. I can do a similar bulk discount deal for 2001-2020 etc, or for any other single years you are missing - ask me for my rock bottom price!) A superb gift idea perhaps for someone? As always on pricier lots, happy to do a time payment or LayBy system etc - 4 monthly payments of around $425 and these are yours! To clear this Estate lot fast, out they go for $425 UNDER my retail - a super bargain figure for this ONE discounted set of 15 - 22% off retail at just - $A1,695 (Stock 451WX)
New Zealand £30 to £50 ‘Arms’ stamps (5) superb used for $A110! What a superb quintet. Clean and very fresh and flat, with no usual hinges or gook or gunk or ageing etc. These generally are seen with colourless crimp cancels, and ugly audit multiple punched audit cancels as well, and often pen or crayon cancels on top of that. NONE OF THOSE ON THIS LOVELY SET. Neat dated steel cds cancels and excellent and colour and appearance, as you can see. SHOW ME ANOTHER SET FOR SALE GLOBALLY AT ANY PRICE! Very Rarely seen. From a wonderful collection of these I am breaking down, whenever I get a moment. Have many other values up to £300, all well priced! $A110 (Stock 672JV)
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Australia 1932 5/- Sydney Harbour Bridge stamp, Superb VFU: The most iconic stamp from this country, and missing from 95% of collections. It was printed on what was essentially very coarse hand-towel type blotting paper, and perforated with blunt nails. This was the absolute height of the Great Depression, and even the Government Printer was economising. The coarse paper means a large number are thinned - try and carefully peel an old hinge off these, and you WILL thin them! And the perfs, as all will know are often terrible and ripped out, and “fluffy” and poorly punched. They were perforated with the single line machine rather like a fancy treadle sewing machine one line at a time, then sheet rotated 90 degrees, and the other sides done. Hence wide margin centering is not common at all. A beauty - clean and perfect with superb perfs and centering for these “terrors”. Yes these do sell a little lower at times BUT that is due to the inferior centering and reverses etc. Buy top quality for - $A265 (Stock 912AX)
Hong Kong, 2007 “PRESTIGE ANNUAL STAMP ALBUM” $A110: An overlarge, hard slip cased, classy looking album. Far larger than any Australia Annual album. Totally unopened and pristine. Cost price was $HK490 = $A90+ with note on back from PO to that effect. There is a somewhat similar design cover one from 2007, that cost less at PO. Even they are not common, and retail for well over $A100. After a 15 minute search I could not see one offered anywhere, for any price, at any time. Check for yourself - these must have had a tiny number done? Bought from an ExPat banker then working in HK, for whom cost was never an object! A really superb deal for someone. $A110 (Stock 397KQ)
1918 10/- Kangaroo Grey and Bright Aniline Pink, Superb Used: This WWI 10/- Roo is REALLY hard to source in VFU grade. It was a fortune back then, and was used on very heavy parcels, and the stamps got banged and bashed about and damaged - near all my used stock is defective. These are MANY times scarcer than the 20 year later 10/- CofA watermark Roos. A beauty, with ‘SYDNEY - 20’ GPO cancel, totally clean of the Roo, and totally superior perfs and centering for any Third Watermark 10/-. Clean and fresh, and free of the usual hinges and gook and gunk and aging of a Century old stamp. Deep, vibrant, glowing colour as you can see. SG 43a, £325=$A650 as the cheapest shade. I have Australia’s best range of Australian Kangaroo stamps. Mint and Used - all watermarks, all values to £2, and in all condition grades, from SUPERB to SPACEFILLERS. I have THIS stamp in 5 grades used. Whatever grade you seek, whatever your budget, I can assist, at great prices - contact me with your Want List! About good as you will get anywhere for this WWI toughie - $A400 (Stock 425AX)
1995 Australian National Trust, $1 and $2 single colour *Plate Proofs Set*, superb MUH: Matched MUH examples, both totally in Deep Olive Green, with huge side margins. (PO sheets were of 50 stamps, with narrow side margins) Superb Plate Proofs, with a pair of MUH issued bi-colour normals for easy comparison. Have never had these before, and at just $475 for a set of superb fresh Raised print intaglio Plate Proofs, impossible to go wrong! This set marked the return of sheet feed, raised print recess INTAGLIO stamps, printed by Note Printing Australia after a long absence of this superb high quality technology. No proofs of kind survived of the 45c values in this set. This is it. ACSC 1841/2PP(1), cat $A800. All the 4 stamps shown here, superb MUH original gum, truly GORGEOUS group as you can see - for just - $A495 (Stock 374JQ)
Australia - price *Reduced* $A200 this month!
The quite magnificent official Australia Post produced coffee table book: Compiled by Richard Breckon, the respected PO Archivist, and the PO Art Team. Brass cornered, beautifully gold deeply embossed leatherette cover, gilt edged outer leaf edges, with matching marbled heavy slipcase. Issued in a VERY limited Edition for “Australia 99”. I am advised only a few 100 copies were ever made, and were a near instant sell-out, even at the very high issue price. Three similar later books were issued - “Royalty”, 32 Die Proofs (Stock 428YR) Blue book “Federation”, 30 Die Proofs (Stock 428YU) and Green Book ”Transportation”, 32 Die Proofs (Stock 428YX) were also sold in FAR lower numbers - $A400 EACH book, or all 3 for $A1,100. (Stock 428YZ). Being quite recent, they almost NEVER come on the market - no-one wants to let them go! HEAPS more pix of them here
Semi opaque interleaved pages with designs printed on them. On real heavyweight grade archival weight paper. Varnished glazed paper for effect in parts. The photos here really do not begin to convey the lavishness and class of this book. My guess is the book and slipcase cost well over $100 to make - 20 years back. Shows masses of issued designs and superlative background info. A4, similar in size to a Leather PO Year Book. Also contains 28 different Official correct size recess printed, Intaglio DIE PROOFS in black from the original steel Master Dies. From 1913 1d Engraved KGV, to 1965 Anzac. Inc most early commems - like Harbour Bridge, Jubilee, Canberra, Hermes, Sturt, SesquiCentenary etc. Also high value Definitives like the £1 Robes and Arms, 7/6d Cook &c. All this at around $10 an official Die Proof, in a superb album! And NONE obtainable any other way than via these books.
The Die Proofs sold separately would realise DOUBLE what the entire book is selling for here. The KGV 1d Engraved, or Ł£1 Robes could very easily bring $50 to $100 each on their own if sold separately as official PO issued Steel Die Proofs. ALL of these are now fully listed and pieced in the Brusden White ACSC catalogue - Cat $700 as loose proofs alone! A magnificent book for ANY collector to own. Words cannot describe the lavish production and contents and luxury "feel" .... EVERY person - dealer or collector - who has seen it here on the office desk picked it up, and said "WOW"! Gary Watson's Prestige Philately got $437 for a book in a Public Auction. They called them "without doubt the BEST product released by Australia Post in recent decades”. Just bought 3 in an estate, and have reduced the price of last two by $200, from $495 to just $295 each! Buy yourself a classy GIFT you'll always love handling and looking at: $A295 (Stock 428YT)
Australia KGV 1931 CofA Watermark, 2d red *POSTAL FORGERY*: One of the very few forgeries ever made to defraud the Australian Post Office. They were made to post out Irish Sweepstakes Lottery tickets, in the Great Depression, and a collector, Dr. E. C. Black tipped off police when he received one. Those Irish Jokes are real - these dopes added their sender address to all envelopes!! The perpetrators were caught, bought to trial, convicted - and sent to prison for 12 months, the ACSC notes tell us. A few mint copies reached collectors from official sources. A few “used” ones exist from the trial, that have pen cross cancels and look terrible. This is fresh unused, with EXCEPTIONAL perfs for these - many of which are woeful as research will show you. ACSC 103cc, Cat $1,250 - way back in 2007! (See note on these after SG 138.) As nice an example as you’ll EVER see after 90 years - check the horrible looking photo example in ACSC! 105% Guaranteed of course. $A595 (Stock 482KQ)
Adelaide 2016 $1.00 set 6 Mint, CTO in week of issue, or on “Last Day Cover” $A295: The early 2016 Emergency issue of the ADELAIDE CPS set has caused a global sensation, and the set of 6 x 30˘ is fully listed in Gibbons, and is priced at $A4,500 a set 6 in Renniks, and $2,500 in new Seven Seas “ASC” Cat. (My price is $A1,995 a set of 6) The ‘$1.00’ value in same design issued around the same time is - so far, very oddly, largely overlooked. Only a small number were sold mint, and I’ve yet to see a single postally used copy of those, despite that being the then new postal letter rate. For many collectors the ONLY cost acceptable way to fill up these 6 spaces on the Hingeless Stanley Gibbons, or other printed pages globally, will be with a set of “$1.00”, so demand will keep increasing. And prices too. A ton more discussion of this exciting new issue here
I managed to have serviced just SIX Last Day Covers as shown here. On Official PO cover, with the pictorial Adelaide Philatelic Sales Centre “Clocktower” pictorial cancel. Superb item, and stars of the future, at just $A285 apiece. ONE left now – (Stock 571GZ) I doubt more than 25 exist globally of these. I have one FDC with the ALBINO GHOST print for $A375 (Stock 571GR) No mail orders were accepted for FDC, no credit cards accepted, hence very few secured them in person. The CPS machine went back to MEL on that same day for scrapping by an angry PO - gone forever. So a double piece of Philatelic History. Set of 6 x $1 MUH - $A65 (Stock 571GX) or 10 sets MUH $A450 (Stock 571GU) or one of a tiny number made of LAST DAY COVERS illustrated above just: $A295 (Stock 571GZ)
NEW Editions of Brusden White *ACSC* KGVI and QE2 Pre-Decimal in COLOUR: Just printed mid-April. In Full colour for the first time, and in the new large A4/Quarto type size for the first time too. Lots more data, and superb Dr Geoff Kellow research, and the KGVI includes all the BCOF issues of course. All Proofs and essays and trials, and errors and imprints, and plate numbers, and the usual vat amount of ACSC data found NOWHERE else. These new editions supersede and update the previous 2015 editions, and are in full colour for the first time, and in the new large A4 format, means tons more info is in each book. The listings have been fully revised, with some additions and corrections, and with additional illustrations.
Two on-cover prices are now provided for every stamp - for solo usage, and for other uses of each stamp. With prices that will gob-smack you! The relevant Postage Due issues have also been included in each volume - a HUGE plus. QE2 includes Australian Antarctic Territory and Cocos (Keeling) Islands issues. For most buyers, purchasing both together add zero extra post cost over a single copy - so get yours NOW. As I have typed a million times - “Knowledge Is Power” and using these just ONCE, can easily pay for themselves. A solo use on cover of a very common stamp, now Cat $500, will in fact pay for these TWO times over! King George VI is 232 x A4 pages. $A120 (Stock 892JA) and Queen Elizabeth 2 is 276 large A4 pages, price $A125 (Stock 892JB) Or buy the both TOGETHER and pay $15 less at just: $A230 (Stock 892JC)
Current market leading NZ Len Jury mass selling catalogue is $17,500 a set of 5, FDC at $25,000, and coil or booklet 45c singles $2,500 each. MY price is $A1,500 a single (Stock 583AB) 45c self-adhesive booklet stamp neatly cut from the block, or $A2,750 (Stock 583AC) a horizontal pair. (45c Coil stamps the same prices - Coil strip of FOUR for $A5,000 - Stock 583AH) Or $A5,000 a booklet block of 4 (Stock 583AD) - if a block is still intact of course when you order! (A block of 4 is a booklet “pane” - each booklet has 2 panes of 4, and a pair.) Or the complete booklet of 10 for $A11,000. (One only booklet on hand - Stock 583AE)
These figures are miles lower than NZ retail which is high as tiny supply rapidly shrinks, and news of their existence slowly spreads overseas. "Linn's Stamp News" carried my story on these front page in colour. And best of all, the NZ dollar has strengthened a lot against $A in recent months. A Len Jury auction in Auckland saw a set of 5 of these sell for $14,900 on a $13,500 estimate, and a later Mowbrays NZ sale had a set 5 invoiced at $14,562. In 2016 a set 5 was invoiced at NZ’s largest stamp Auction for $11,500. Forget Auction prices - I have a full set of 5 for sale MUH at $A8,500 a set 5 (Stock 583EF) or $A30,000 for matched MUH blocks 4. (Stock 583EG)
If you buy them off me, as an Australian resident, you avoid a certain 10% GST impost upon arrival from NZ as a highly insured item, versus ordering locally, and avoid the nasty new 3-4% "overseas use surcharge" + bad exchange rate your credit card bank will certainly levy. Likewise for NZ buyers, I mail in such a way Registered as to cause no 15% GST and Customs “interest” there on entry. My copies are IN-STOCK, and ready to mail now. NZ Buyers can pay into my NZ account if they choose, to save card and Forex fees.
Remember only 39 mint sets of 5 of these were EVER sold, and a few booklets and coil stamps, and NZ Post has confirmed that in writing, and confirmed these were a fully legit PO issue - see article below. Each stamp in each set is FAR scarcer than the 1906 1d "Claret" Christchurch, which have fetched up to $NZ22,500 each at public auction. See recent strong sales and that stamp’s history here These Kapa Haka are Classics of the future. For FAR more details of them all here A full set of 5 from me costs only $A8,500 (Stock 583EF) - or just $A1,700 apiece!
Complete Set Australia Post Year Albums 1983-2003 - $1,000 *UNDER* Retail !!: Red Hot Estate special. All TWENTY ONE albums. The FACE value of the stamps inside is $842.27. You are paying WAY UNDER UNDER ACTUAL FACE! ALL are 100% valid for global postage if you ever need to use them. You are basically buying $100 bills for less than $100! I just bought TWENTY sets of 21, off a guy who bought them for an “investment”, so have slashed over $1000 off my usual selling price, to see them clear FAST.
The issue price from PO was $1,103! You are paying $300 UNDER PO cost, and $1,000 less than retail. One of each year Australia Post books here, from the 1983 book, and ALL have a matching coloured, hard slipcase, to prevent dust and moisture entering the book. My discount Retail is $1,810 as per link below. Save $1000 off retail! All the LATER Year Books and the Black “Leather” cover ones are always in stock - I have the WORLD’S BIGGEST YEARBOOK STOCK - also keenly priced cheap, and all are offered singly, if you only need certain issues, here $A800 (Stock 735ET)
1993 GB 24p Machin stamp *POSTAL FORGERY* in MUH blocks, $A4 each! I bought a couple of sheets of these 25 years back, when they first surfaced in the UK, being sold to Indian and similar family owned small corner stores and supermarkets, who retailed stamps for normal letters. A UK dealer, Bushell & Wright, was too scared to offer them in the UK, in case Scotland Yard paid him a visit. So he did a deal with me, and I sold them here for about $A40 per stamp - and I mailed a lot of them back to the UK! Sterling was VERY high back then of course, and UK retail there was £20 which was about $A50 a stamp then - literally.
The dealers in UK got a Barrister's written opinion (copy of which I can enclose for you with your order!) that him owning or selling these above face value created no offence under current British Law in his view. Just as well - the forgers were caught and got prison sentences of up to 12 years each - far more detail here. These forgeries are listed in SG, under Cat X969. Single current Machins from Kiloware are getting $A325 each on ebay as I report below, so Machins are back in the news BIG time. These were the FIRST Postal Forgeries ever to appear in the UK for over a Century, since the QV 1/- "Stock Exchange Forgeries" of the early 1870s. SG lists those forgeries between £850-£4,000 EACH used.
Large UK dealers currently sell blocks of 8 of these same 24p Machin Forgery stamps for £77.50 ($A150 plus post!) or about $A20 apiece, as you can see. I have one even larger block on hand at $A4 a stamp, if anyone is interested in breaking it down on ebay etc for a far greater profit - click link above. Keep a single, or block of 4 for yourself from the above lots, and sell the others on ebay etc, to get yours FREE! You may even come out in front money wise, and still keep yours free. Illustrated MUH block 10, is just 30% of UK dealer price - $A65 (Stock 619TQ) or a MUH block of 20, perfect for any album page, for a QUARTER of UK retail - $A100 (Stock 619TR)
Kangaroo 1913 5/- Grey and Yellow fresh CTO, $A225: CTO Kangaroo prices have gone insane in recent times - single stamps selling for up to SEVEN times the recent ACSC prices. So higher value stamps like this one are worth grabbing NOW = SG 13, £225 = $A450 for average used. With the lovely crisp gloss ink PO CTO cancel of “MELBOURNE - DEC 3 - 13” Superior perfs and centering for any 1913 CTO, as you can see, which often are ripped out and perfs touching. Nice rich glowing original Chrome colour, and fresh and clean, and totally free of hinges and gook and gunk etc - so usual on these with original gum. I keep EVERY Australian stamp in stock 1913-1980 and in FIVE grades for each, from Spacefiller to Superb Used, to suit EVERY budget. I have EASILY the world’s largest stock of used Roos, normal and “OS”. I have this exact stamp in stock from $150 to $400 in cost, depending on how fussy or non-fussy you are! Contact me re your Australia USED gaps. Read up on Used Kangaroo Grading here The reason Grange Hermitage red wine sells for $500 a bottle, and rough reds are always $5 a bottle, is the same as VFU stamps - some savvy folks in life recognise real quality - and will gladly pay a little more for it! - $A325 (Stock 836KF)
FAROE ISLANDS MUH Corner Plate Blocks 4 collection - $A99: What a deal! Faroe Islands were THE hottest thing on the stamp planet in the early 1980s. Prices were TEN times today’s level - indeed the deceased owner paid Max Stern $750 PER set of blocks for these, his invoice showed. He bought 10 such sets and the invoice was generously rounded down to $A7,000. We have 41 Top left numbered Plate number blocks here - 161 x Fresh flat MUH stamps at about SIXTY CENTS OZZIE a stamp! The 1975 Defins (issue #1) were a really expensive set, and those were about $100 a single set on their own back in the day. LOTS of photos of them all here
The VERY first 11 Faroes issues are here in corner Plate Blocks 4. Includes the super high face value 1979 25 Krona Ram - a real FORTUNE back 40 years ago! The CURRENT SG cat as 4 MUH is £202=$A400 valued as single sets and clearly, matched Top Left corner Plate blocks is a nice premium added on top of that. YOU pay just $A99 the LOT! Beautiful steel engraved recess printed, line engraved gems ..... most seem to be engraved by the Master of the genre - Czeslaw SLANIA. The original buyer got TEN sets of matched blocks 4 for his $7,000. Superb lot to offer per set of blocks on ebay etc, or break into singles etc. Bought VERY well from Estate so OUT they go at a silly low price - Two sets blocks - $A179 (Stock 287LQ ) One set $A99 (Stock 287LR)
Solomon Islands 1991 **UNISSUED** stamp - fully SG + Scott noted - Cat $525, for just *$A70* each MUH!: 1991 Health Campaign, 65¢ UNISSUED value, depicting “Less Healthier Food” at left. A set of 5 stamps were printed by Walsall Security Printers in the UK, on the usual CA sideways watermarked paper. On arrival of stock in the Solomons, it was decided not to issue this 65¢ value, as it was noted the more correct English term was of course - “Less Healthy Food”. In error however, a small number of sheets were delivered to some remote Post Offices, and they were certainly used on commercial mail, and several clearly dated used in period pieces and stamps are recorded, from charity kiloware. Full story here Used singles have fetched up to $760 each at auction. I have 4 of them on piece, plus another Dolphin stamp, all with a clear “LATA - March 12 - 1992” cds, dated part envelope to North America - see pic above. This unique used multiple is just $A500 = $US310 (Stock 362C) The last 2 loose singles Auctioned by Status Auctions got $670 and $760 each they confirm - see Scott 693a, listed at $US350 = $A575 a mint single. I was sold a block 6 fresh MUH, and I can sell a MUH margin Block 4, Scott cat $US1,400 (= $A2,300), for just $A280 (Stock 362JA) or a MUH single as pictured above, Scott Cat $A525, is just ~$US55 or: $A90 (Stock 362JB)
18 Carat Solid Gold and Sterling Silver German OTTO HUTT Fountain Pen, brand new: **$A250 off**! I made a big wholesale buy from local Agent, Renniks/Lighthouse, to celebrate this exciting new product range, (established 100 years), and can offer to clients for $A255 off, at just $A999! All German made, top end quality. The superb gift for a partner, the Boss, someone special, or YOURSELF! In stunning award winning Italian made gift/storage box, with slide out drawers, with polishing cloth, and Deluxe leather carry case, extra ink cartridges, and ink converter etc. A hand numbered and timeless pen, for those who like the VERY finest things in life. VERY expensive 18 carat solid GOLD nib - this is their TOP of the range pen. This exact same pen was advertised in the current Australia Post Philatelic “Impressions” Deluxe catalogue, page 41, for $A1,254, and totally sold out fast - see here and here - full details of these pens on those links. Comes with the popular Medium thickness nib.
Save $250 on the nib pen at $A999 - indeed that is only $US700! (Stock 386LW) The similar design Platinum/Sterling Silver body, with roller ball tip, also superb gift boxed (see PO link), is discounted $A150, and is only $US600 - $A850 (Stock 386LX)
Rare ‘Emergency Overprints’:
Papua New Guinea 1994 "Emergency Overprints" stamp sets 11 or 20: I have always had the largest stock of these overprints in the world. Buy DIRECT from the original "source"! Thousands of collectors NEED this set to complete their collections, as all album pages on the planet have spaces for them. Only 45,000 sets were ever printed, NONE were ever sold by the agents, the Papua New Guinea Bureau, or even Australia Post. Nearly all were used up on genuine commercial mail. Not discovered by the stamp world until months after all the key values were all used up on mail! I first reported their existence to the stamp world. "Set of 11" - SG # 730/740. Michel # 714 -724. Scott # 860/871. ASC Cat $A420, for the basic set 11 alone.
Definitive sets like the 1967 Anguilla overprints set 16 are already cat at £25,000 mint in Stanley Gibbons - and Anguilla has NOTHING like even 1% of the global collector following of PNG - think about it! This PNG set has a LONG way to go yet - that seems very clear. For very detailed and comprehensive background on this issue, with all numbers printed etc - see my special page on these issues: www.tinyurl.com/1994PNG WEB SPECIAL - set of 11 (ASC Cat $420!) for just $A200 ~$US120 (Stock 928XG) or Fine Used set 11 for $A140 (Stock 928XH) Complete Set 20 as illustrated for $A300 ~$US180 (Stock 928XL) or the Set of 20 Fine Used for just $A185 (Stock 928XP)
Finally - all the 1994 "Emergency" sets I sell are of course guaranteed 100% genuine. You may ask for my Photo Certificate Of Genuineness on my security watermarked colour letterhead for this set of 11 or 20, mint or used, dated and signed, illustrating in full colour the exact set I mail you. If required, this CERTIFICATE costs you an extra $A70 (Stock 928ZW) on top of price of the stamps, largely to cover the considerable time and messing around of individually preparing each one, typing, and scanning etc.
This is substantially cheaper than sending it to the R.P.S. in London etc, which takes half a year to get back, and also incurs substantial Registered airmail cost to you - in both directions. And quite frankly, the RPSL would not have a clue about these issues. 'Too Modern, Old Chap' they would sniff! Years down the track when the set sells for a multiple of what it does now, such a certificate Guaranteeing these came from original PNG sources in 1994/5 will add FAR more than $A70 to the extra price you obtain when selling. (Stock 928ZW)
For well over 40 years, I have held the largest stock of used Australia KGV heads and Kangaroos in the world. From poor to superb. Many collectors find it really tough to sort and source these by watermark, and shades, and Dies accurately. In the early 1980's I ran dozens of full page ads in the 2 local magazines listing EVERY key Australian stamp in 5 different grades from "Spacefiller" to "Superb". Even the 1913 Mega Scarce £2 Roo. Not one dealer has done that kind of ad - before or since.
My grading is precise, my stock is enormous, and I have assisted many THOUSANDS of collectors complete their sets of these difficult issues. From budget conscious pensioners filling 5 albums for their grandchildren, where space-fillers of scarcer values will suffice absolutely perfectly, to multi-millionaires who want and buy the BEST - from cars and houses .... to their stamps! You may not be able to afford to LIVE as well as Hugh Morgan or Sir Ron Brierley does, or drive a Bentley like they do, but your used Roos can look JUST as nice!
If you want a complete set of "Melbourne Dec 3, 1913" half circle gloss black cancels on First Watermark - I can supply them. If you want the full gum corner CTO from later Specimen packs I can help. (All these are now listed in the ACSC as CTO, and priced accordingly, per type.) If you want just lovely postally Superb Used like those in the photo nearby - I have always been the #1 choice to buy from. I have 1000's just like them. https://www.glenstephens.com/snaugust20.html] Read my recent stamp column about WHY you should collect USED stamps in this country.
Unlike mint, used stamps do not tone or rust nearly as fast - and are readily ‘cleaned’ if they do! And unlike mint - no-one goes about regumming used Kangaroos!! And when it comes to filling gaps in high value Roos, opting for USED, even lovely copies, will cost you a TINY FRACTION of what mint hinged will. So it is VERY possible to fully complete your used Roo collection. Mint hinged will cost you $30,000. USED are a tiny fraction of that, as you can see below.
I purchased Private Treaty from Harmers Of Sydney in 1979, the massive H .F. McNess accumulation of used "OS" perfins. He was obsessed with accumulating these issues, and had books full. I still have much of this stock. This was at a time when perf "OS" were poorly regarded by collectors and dealers alike. Not me. I still have multiple copies of items that most dealers have never seen or handled genuine examples of, like - 4d Lemon Yellow, ½d and 1/4d Small Multi perf 14, KGV No Wmk pair, Roo 2½d and 4d Yellow 1st Wmks etc.
I was the person who got the £2 Small Multiple perf “OS” Roo listed into the ACSC after 75 years, by proving beyond doubt 2 totally genuine copies did exist. One of which I bought from a WW2 assembled collection. (The used Arthur Gray copy, who owned the other, then sold for $A40,000.) These “OS” perfins (especially First Wmk) are usually HORRIBLE looking stamps.
The stamp printer directed that badly centered sheets of stamps, too poorly produced for sale to the public, be put aside, and be perforated “OS” for these “nuisance” Free Government Official stamps. That makes CHOICE copies about one in a 100 of the higher 1913 values above 3d. And do note - all perf “OS” sold by ME are genuine, from the massive H.F. McNess hoard I bought etc. Do not TOUCH 90% of what you see on eBay. Read the ENDLESS eBay fakes exposes here.
Australian dealers in general are pretty lazy and slap-dash and vague with used stamp terminology. The Term “FU” is applied to ANYTHING, with any cancel, most times! Loosely translated it means “NOT MINT.” Convenient for them - yes. Accurate - NO! Entire price lists headed “Fine Used” exist. However they often mean if you order “FU” and the dealer has a single copy in stock that is truly graded AVERAGE used, you’ll be cheerily supplied with that unless you complain - end of story. As for private sellers on ScamBay ... “rust and toning and foxing - what's that”?? Is a 3 mm tear, pinhole, or bad corner crease worth mentioning - of COURSE not! "Is that a paper thin, or the watermark - let’s say watermark" as it will sell for more. "What is re-perfing?" - they do not know (or care), and you do not know. The Blind leading the Blind in many cases.
I have FIVE specific USED grades in my stock - from Spacefiller Grade, to Superb Used Grade. You pay for, and GET exactly WHAT grade suits your collection best. Warning - the very TOP grade “SUPERB USED” sets are incredibly tough to assemble, as you might imagine, and are priced accordingly, and can take quite a time to assemble and ship. Ask FIRST. The other 4 grades below are good to go right now, when you order. For MOST buyers, “Clean Good Used” is actually perfect. Better than MOST dealer’s “VFU” grading!
"Instant Kangaroo Collection”: I’ve assembled full sets of 34 different Roos in EVERY Watermark. 1st and 2nd Wmks to 1/-, 3rd Wmk to BOTH 2/- colours, Small Multi Wmk to 2/-, CofA Wmk to 5/-, and even both the 6d “OS” overprints - which are actually VERY scarce used, but are needed for EVERY printed album. Melbourne retail for these same 34 stamps in normal used condition is over $A950. ACSC cat is way higher. Buy just the EXACT grade that suits your budget, and collecting requirements as follows: (Order as stock number 245RU and specify GRADE.)
Spacefillers - $A225 Average Used - $A400 Nice Good Used - $A575 Clean FU - $A900 Or for the perfectionist - hand selected Superb Used complete set of 34: $1,450. And I also have great stocks of the higher face values than these - and the best stock in Australia of Perforated “OS” Roos - all GUARANTEED GENUINE unlike the ebay Forgery Factory. Also I have great stock of the Stanley Gibbons listed watermark errors, perfs, shades, Dies, and SG listed printing varieties etc. Please enquire. - (Order as stock number 245RV and specify your wanted GRADE.)
Roo "Upgrade" Kit: Add the real key values to the Roo set above. Add the 1913 2/- First Watermark, the 2/- Second Watermark, and both the scarce 5/- Third Watermark, and Small Multiple Watermarks. And last but not least, add the 10/- CofA to your page. These five scarce stamps are missing from near all collections. The 10/- Roo is going up in price strongly each year. ACSC Cat for “normal” average used grade for just these 5, in very cheapest shades is $1,350! So the attractive Good Used set at $675 is HALF CAT.
My price for these 5 ''Upgrade'' stamps: Spacefillers - $A325 Average Used - $A500 Nice Good Used - $A675 Clean FU - $A950 Or for the perfectionist - a hand selected SUPERB Used complete set of 5: $A1,500 - (Order as stock number 245RW - and specify your wanted GRADE.)
This offering above is just a tiny "taste". READ up on my used GRADING - www.tinyurl.com/GlensVFU The prices on this page for these collections supersede any of my other prices on the web. I will gladly price ANY used single stamp you need, and naturally all the later issues. Whether KGV Heads sets of 72, 5/- Bridges, Kookaburra Mini Sheets, £1 Thin paper Robes, £2 Navigators etc. I have them ALL in 5 condition grades. I stock Australia 100% complete, 1913-1985, in used condition. And I have all these above in MINT of course … and MUH. Let me quote you! Glen
A True “Modern RARITY” set has JUST been issued: Australian domestic postage letter rates were hiked outrageously by 40% on January 4 here. The entire country is on holiday then, and the increase was bungled big-time by head office. No-one there had the brains to reprint up front, a ton of 30¢ Crocodile definitive values to have on hand as “make-up” in each state, to up-rate all current 70¢ stamps, to the new $1 rate. The Australia Post Distributor of Stamps in Adelaide totally ran out of 30¢ stamps the first day the letter rate increased to $1 - on Monday, 4 January 2016. To alleviate this shortfall and appease angry clients holding 70¢ stocks, the Adelaide GPO frantically printed up a very small Emergency issue of 30¢ Counter-Printed peel and stick Stamps. (“CPS”) Only a few 1000 sets were made.
They used a 22 year old “CPS” (Counter Printed Stamp) machine, that was only used once a year for the small stamp show souvenir stamps etc. Adelaide is the only state to have retained one. (All states got one in 1994!) Distribution of these Emergency 30¢ stamps began on 5th January to dozens of suburban Adelaide POs urgently seeking 30¢ values. So the earliest potential sale date was 6th January as offices received them, and started selling their stock. Supplies of 30¢ Crocodile stamps were back in the stocks of the Adelaide Distributor Of Stamps from Melbourne, by Friday 8th January, and NO more 30¢ counter-printed stamps were produced - and this has been confirmed by AP. At no time in history has any CPS machine been used for other than current letter rate I understand. This set was a “First” in very many ways.
There was zero advance notice given of these 30¢ Emergency issues, and no philatelic stocks were put aside, or sold to ANYONE. No FDC sets exist. A sharp eyed Adelaide collector noticed them at his local PO, and “the hunt was on”! This is the very first time since Federation in 1901 that the Australian Post Office has printed an Emergency postage stamp issue of any kind. Only a few 1000 sets were sold. It was 100% official, it was sold for face value at dozens of large POs for a couple of days, and they were widely used on commercial mail. Many genuine covers, and lots of postally used copies have turned up in Kiloware. They will be, and are now listed and priced thus, mint and used, in major catalogues at up to $A4,500 per set 6. The PNG items of exactly the same background are listed of course and at very HIGH prices globally, despite a huge 45,000 sets being produced and sold.
Stamp Dealer legend here Rodney Perry, has described this Adelaide Emergency 30¢ issue of 6 as a “Modern Rarity” several times, and I’d totally concur. More discussion on them here, with all the national Fairfax and News Limited media, news and radio story links on them. A 30c SINGLE stamp on a commercial cover to Melbourne sold for an unbelievable $1,700 to a medico with 67 frantic bids! A totally philatelic cover, non-mailed, sold for $1,880 - with 37 bids. A set a client bought off me for a few $100 this year, sold soon afterwards for $5,000.
The highest price I have seen actually OBTAINED for a set of 6 on ebay is $A8,990 - face value $1.80 - about 5,000 times face value. A standard set sold Feb 15 for $3,200 A mint £2 Kangaroo only costs that! I learned about this issue by chance at the very outset, and nabbed a handful of sets from my various long term collector contacts in my home town Adelaide, as I acted fast and paid HIGH! “Linn’s Stamp News” in the USA had this Front Page, and as their most viewed story that week - Gave an 11 minute interview with Radio 2GB - highest rating radio station in NSW by a margin of 30% and they featured on the lead story in a recent edition ion of the biggest selling German stamp magazine “BRIEFMARKEN SPIEGEL” and had a large piece in a recent “Gibbons Stamp Monthly”.
These ARE now fully catalogued in Gibbons, SG 4492/4497 and are listed at $4,500 a set 6 Mint, and $3,000 used (4242/4248) in the mass selling Renniks “Stamps Of Australia” catalogue. I have just a few complete sets of 6 MUH left for sale - just $A330 a stamp, for something that maybe 150 or so full mint sets exist of globally, as I type. I mailed a set on 6 covers to the Russian Air Force Base to the Commander of the orbiting “ISS” MIR Space Station, taken to him on a supply flight - he is a keen collector and ordered them! There are 2 underlying stamp design types - Type “A” and Type “B”. (Outlined on link above) Latter costs 15% more ($A2,300 - Stock 572GR) , or both sets 6 together, save $200, for $A4,100 (Stock 572GC) I have one flat joined strip of 6 - in scarce Type “B” luckily, for $A2,400 (Stock 571GK) A set 6 is only about $US1,500 a set as I type this (I accept PayPal in USD – ask me!), and is $1,000 or so LESS than some recent ebay sales, but only for those who act FAST: $A1,995 (Stock 572GY) Or, the identical designs set of 6 “$1.00 ADELAIDE 2016” that were also sold out fast, for $A75 a set 6 (Stock 571GX) or 10 sets 6 of those for dealers/investors for $A500 (Stock 571GW)
All payment details etc are on: www.tinyurl.com/GlenPay - NICE VFU franking is used whenever possible, when I mail (depending on how busy PO counter is!) and I ALWAYS use stamps of some kind locally : see member pix of some of that franking here - www.tinyurl.com/GlenCTO COMBINED POSTAGE is fine - save big money when buying more than 1 lot at once! For overseas members, to find out the approx goods cost in YOUR currency, click here - www.xe.com - the $A has CRASHED lately, and for USA buyers etc, my prices are REALLY cheap in your money! MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - don't like it - mail it back within 48 hours of receiving it. No-one ever has yet.
Remember, adding another lot of mine (posted by either Admin, GlenStephens or Global Administrator or ozstamps) here (or on my website www.glenstephens.com/rarity.html ) for sale, in general adds ZERO to your shipping cost, so have a good look at what is on offer on the pages here, in case something else appeals. And "lay-by/layaway" is always possible - email me with any queries to ozstamps [at] g mail dot com - OR "trade-ins" always possible! If you have a pile of surplus stuff, I may well be happy to offset that against this item, see: www.tinyurl.com/GlenBuy
As most know - I do NO fairs or shows, have NO shop, and do NOT bother with ebay or any other auctions. I buy endless bulk lots from Estates, and distress sales etc, in this massive city of 6 million, with no other real stamp buyers here, and offer it here at *NETT* prices for fast turnover. NO "20%-25% Buyer Fees" and “3% credit card fees” to add to my *NETT* prices, as in auction! ZERO extra charged to use any cards - and Amex is accepted too or PayPal in ANY currency. .
Many similar mouth-watering NETT price offers are being loaded weekly onto - www.tinyurl.com/GlenRare and www.tinyurl.com/StampDeals Unless noted by me, all stampboards lots priced *$A100 and under* are generally mailed Unregistered and untracked at *YOUR* total risk, unless YOU specifically note otherwise on order form. 1,000s of my transactions here for 15 years have been delivered safely by normal post.
Orders over $100 are ALWAYS sent Registered (but Max PO cover is for $A100 only sadly) - cost is extra $A4 local. Request this on order form if you require it, under $A100. Letter size FOREIGN sendings globally are usually only $4 untracked. Smallish large packet items FOREIGN up to 500g/1lb are normally sent in pre-paid Registered envelopes cost $17 total, near always dodging you inward VAT/GST Taxes/Fees!
"All Risk" Insurance is always possible if required as well, and is cheap at $A2 per $A100 covered locally, or $3 per $A100 overseas - and all buyers are strongly advised to use this, and I generally will add it automatically, unless asked not to. Full detail on all of this - www.tinyurl.com/Glen2-15 It is like Travel Insurance - decline that when booking your ticket, and THEN tell Qantas you really meant to take it out 3 weeks back, and ‘you now need to cancel your ticket, with no nasty penalty please’, and see how you get on with THAT one!
As per stampboard convention - this lot is offered exclusively first to board members - and on no other sales venue. For members who make a BANK TRANSFER or send cheque or Money Order etc, you WILL generally get your goods faster, as it saves me some hassle - but you MUST email me the confirmation number etc - many "forget"! Phone me anytime with any queries on these stamps - 0409 399 888
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