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A True “Modern RARITY” set has JUST been issued:  Australian 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 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, the Adelaide GPO frantically printed up a very small Emergency issue of 30¢ Counter-Printed peel and stick Stamps. (“CPS”)

They used a 22 year old “CPS” (Counter Printed Stamps) 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 a widespread range of suburban Adelaide POs urgently needing 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.  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.  It was 100% official, it was sold for face value at many large POs for a couple of days, and they were widely used on commercial mail.  Many genuine covers, and some kiloware used copies exist.  They should be listed and priced thus, mint and used, in all catalogues. The PNG items of exactly the same background are listed of course - tinyurl.com/PNGOPS and at very HIGH prices globally, despite a huge 45,000 sets being produced.        

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 -  tinyurl.com/2016set with detail of the first ebay sale of these being completed - tinyurl.com/SA30c  Which sold after 49 frantic bids, for a THEN pretty amazing $A1,051 last week.  Another set soon got $1,875 - tinyurl.com/Set30c  and strip 10 sold for $2,800 - tinyurl.com/Strip2800  And a 30c SINGLE stamp on a commercial cover to Melbourne sold Jan 31 for an unbelievable $1,700 to a medico - tinyurl.com/30cEnv  with 67 frantic bids!  Seller was paid immediately.  A totally philatelic cover, non mailed, sold for $1,880 Feb 6 – with 37 bids - tinyurl.com/1880CPS  A set a client bought for a few $100 2 weeks back just sold for $5,000 -  tinyurl.com/varsCPS   

The highest price I have seen actually OBTAINED for a set of 6 on ebay is $A8,990 -  tinyurl.com/CPS9000 -  face value $1.80 - about 5,0000 times face value A standard set sold Feb 15 for $3,200 - tinyurl.com/Set3200  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” had this as their most viewed story this week - tinyurl.com/Linns30c - so prices may go ballistic late February as a result, when the hard copy magazine is mailed, due to the very strong American greenback.  Gave an 11 minute interview with Radio 2GB – highest rating radio station in NSW by a margin of 30% - full tape here - www.2gb.com/audioplayer/152241 

These WILL be catalogued in SG as we learnt recently - tinyurl.com/AdelCPS  Plus many other catalogues. Prices could then end up anywhere.  I’ve heard about the odd stray mint singles, but not full sets from ANY other dealer source in this ENTIRE country - phone about by all means!  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 Commander of the orbiting “ISS” MIR Space Station, who is a keen collector and ordered them! There are 2 underlying stamp design types - Type “A” and Type “B”.  (Outlined on link above) Latter is 15% more, or both sets 6 together for $A4,100 (Stock 572GC) Price subject to change without notice on these. Until I email you as “order confirmed” it is NOT. A Red Hot, very fluid market. Only about $US1,675 as I type this (I accept paypal in USD), and at $1000 or so LESS than some recent ebay sales, but only for those who act FAST:  ($US1,500 right now) $A1,995 (Stock 572GY)

 

 

 

  GB 1891 £1 Queen Victoria FU, cat £800 for just $A450:  1891 £1 Green Queen Victoria VFU. Perfect centred.  Usual oval “Registered – 2 JUL 97 - London Chief Office E.C”. SG 212 Cat £800 = $A1600.  (Indeed for FU, SG says “add 50%”.) Clean and perfectly flat, totally free of hinges and gunk.  And also free of the thins, tears and creases, and short or ripped out perfs that bedevil these massive stamps, used on very heavy parcels, 120 years ago.  Reverse was covered with many heavy, old style hinges when I bought it, so soaked her and prayed, and this is as sound as a Bell!  Near EVERY GB collection is missing this stamp. Ugly roughies get $250 all day long, so a top end one, for under double that, is a real deal. $A450 (Stock number 618EX)  

 


 

1932 KGV 5d Overprinted “OS” Margin Block 8 full gum official CTO!  Striking LH marginal piece from rows 7 and 8, with minor plate vars.  Fresh full gum MUH.  Doubtless UNIQUE and any CTO multiple is of great scarcity. Light official “SYDNEY 16 MR : 33 - 22” cds.  CTO use outside of Melbourne was most unusual. Full gum and fresh, with lovely perfs and centering as you can see. SG #0132. The scarcest of all the OS overprints by far.  Bought very well, to sell at just over $35 apiece - for a UNIQUE piece. Only $US225. $A300 (Stock 276KE

 

 

 

Roo 1913 2/- Brown Kangaroo FIRST Watermark, attractive MLH:  A wildly under-rated stamp - 20 times scarcer than the 2/- Brown Third Wmk in MINT despite similar retail.  ACSC 35a $650 in cheapest shade.  Better than usual perfs and centering for this “terror” issue. SG 13 and most you see are TOTALLY stuffed and terrible centred. Mint light hinged - a decent collector grade stamp, at $400 UNDER cat!  $A250 (Stock 879WQ)

 

 


 

 

Great Britain 1840 "2d Pale Blue" - Fine Used example:   Deep Full Blue shade - I lightened off scan to show detail better. Has my written and signed Certificate of Genuineness it is Plate 1 and free of all back faults - and condition guarantees on these stamps are important.  It is 176 years old now, and vast numbers have been repaired and tampered with in that time. Clean and fresh. Bright colour, and razor-sharp impression. Totally free of the thins, creases, old hinges, and toning that be-devil this issue, and are on most examples.  "The World's First Stamp" and sourcing a nice one from day #1 is wise.

Even a 2 margin roughie these days can cost you $200.  This has just 4 margins - close to touching at NE corner as can be seen.  Lettered "L.I.." with light black Maltese Cross cancel as you can see. Every collector wants a "Penny Black" and “2d Blue” on the frontispiece page of their album, no matter what country they collect - if your initials are “L.I” - even better!  SG 4, £1,150 = $A2,300: $A375  (Stock 378RT)

 

 


 

 

1950 £2 “Arms” in an absolutely *SUPERB USED* block of 4:  Most readers know my view on postal used blocks of 4, and how they will all likely greatly increase in value in quite short order - tinyurl.com/Glen4-16 - most especially the high values.  Well this is the gem of them all!  Impossible to better.  Light central dated Sydney GPO postal cancel, and perfect perfs and centring and freshness.  Free of the hinges and gunk and gook, so often found on these.  And more important, totally free of the CREASES, wrinkles and edge tears etc one near always sees on any high face value postal multiple

66 years old this was a MASSIVE sum.  A first class letter was 3½d.  So £8 bought 548 of those stamps - or taking today’s $1.50 first class letter rate as a current yardstick, this parcel cost $A822.85 in today’s money relativity.  And to be a $822 parcel it would have been 20 kilos or so to Europe, and you can imagine the scuffing and damage potential on the franking!  I’ve had a few blocks of this in the past but none were anything remotely like perfect.  If this were the CofA £2 Roo from 10 years earlier, you are talking $5,000+ for a block 4. Think about it! 
$A275 (Stock 572KL)

 

 

 

Australia 1913 5/- Kangaroo First Watermark, Superb MVLH:  A pretty copy of an incredibly tough stamp to find in nice shape.  Any mint copies are elusive, and most of them are dreadful - bad perfs and/or centering, and rough gum and/or heavy hinges, after over 100 years. This is an most attractive copy, as you can see.  Good, rich deep CHROME yellow colour, and very clean MVLH, with no hinge remains – just 1 light hinge touch. This one has the nice flaw, “White Flaw In Bight” - ACSC 42(D)r $A1,750.  From the quite massive 3 Generation “Townsville Hoard” collection we flew back with in 2014, which was very heavy on the Kangaroo and KGV issues, in 8 huge removalist cartons -  www.tinyurl.com/StampHoards  Formed around issue time of the stamps, and that I am very slowly working through, and listing up a few stamps, whenever I get 10 minutes spare here and there.  None of it has EVER been on the stamp market before. $1,000 UNDER Cat - $A750 (Stock 834SG)

 

 


 

 

MALTA 1886 5/- Queen Victoria stamp Rose Red INVERTED Watermark, Superb:  This stamp is 130 years old.  However, it looks like it was printed last WEEK!  Incredibly fresh - been in Scotland all its life. Flat white original gum, with only a light hinge touch. These are huge stamps, and this one has great perfs and centering, as can be readily seen.  Even has that wonderful new stamp untouched “sheen” on face, a real gem. INVERTED Watermark. SG 30w - a gem stamp to sock away, even if you do not collect Malta!  If this were a 5/- Kangaroo with inverted wmk, you could add a zero to this -  $A200 (Stock 416KE)

 

 

 

2016 Australia BUTTERFLY numbered sheet Rare Day #8:  A modern Rarity, no doubt. Possibly 60 exist, globally.  These could only be bought at the New York Expo in June from the Australia Post stand.  Each day of the show, #1 to #8 had a classy foil numbered Butterfly sheet offered.  Tightly protected and restricted, and ONLY on sale each day. The sets of EIGHT I have one (1) set of – price $A1,100 (Stock 693GX) and the key to the set, Day #8 above is $A500 - one (1) only on hand. (Stock 693GY) Ebay prices are as I type are $A1,350 and $600 - a ton more detail and GLOBAL discussion here and as you can see these are sought WORLDWIDE, as Butterflies are a Red Hot topical everywhere  - tinyurl.com/BflySet - only $US375 now- $A500

 

 


 

 

Australia 1916 2/- Brown Kangaroo INVERTED WATERMARK:  An incredibly rare stamp.  ACSC lists Inverted Watermark stamp as 37a at $1,500 - and they often are in terrible shape from parcel use in WW1.  As an example, the only used copy in the Arthur Gray sale had short perfs, and a missing corner!  This is a 100 year old stamp, clean and flat and fresh, attractive used, with short perf at left.  Most of this watermark 2/- has “fluffy” perfs - this one is excellent as you can see. With very light cds cancel for a parcel usage 2/- … many have ugly smeared boxed grids, or machine rollers etc.  Better Kangaroos have gone totally GANG-BUSTERS lately the Hardy Kangaroo sale broke all records etc.  Rare pieces getting TREBLE the brand new ACSC even - http://tinyurl.com/HardyRoo  A pleasing looking stamp, at ONE THIRD the ACSC price - $A500 (Stock 692HJ)

 

 

 

 


 

1947 commercial cover, BCOF overprints to UK, including scarce 5/-:  With Aust Army P.O 214 cancels:  1947 Official crested embossed Coat Of Arms cover with 1946 BCOF issues -  two 1/-, and 2/- and 5/- overprints with Aust Army P.O 214 cancels, and violet registration handstamp and hand amended registration handstamp "AUST ARMY POSTAL SERVICE APO 214". All tied crisp "AUST ARMY PO 28 OC : 47". With same backstamp, also "No 8 AUST BASE PO 29 OC 47" and a seldom seen "RAFPOST JAPAN 322" cds of same date.   Sender on Backflap is shown as "A Hunt, UKLM, BCOF Tokyo". (Note no Military rank shown.) Between 1946 and 1952, prior to the Treaty of San Francisco, the UK Liaison Mission in Tokyo ("UKLM") acted as the role of a diplomatic mission in Japan.

They were NOT the Military however, and did not qualify for the Soldier concession air rate to UK of 6d an ounce, and the civilian AIRMAIL rate to UK was 3/- an ounce.  We have a 9/- franking, thus a 3oz (85 gram) or less letter, which ties in. In September 1946 the "APO 214" datestamp had been transferred to Britcom Sub-Base Area, Tokyo, replacing "452". The allocation of "214" to Tokyo lifted the status of the Australian office considerably.  Any BCOF stamps existing on covers are generally full sets on philatelic posted covers, and are often FDCs. Near all to Australia. To UK are scarce, and bearing a 5/- Robes, moreso. The SG cat of used stamps OFF cover is £295=$A600, and on commercial cover, a 300% premium. ACSC rates any 5/- on cover at $A700, and a 2/- at $A300, and 1/- at $150 etc.  $A500 (Stock 683TQ)

 

 

 

1918 2/- Brown Kangaroo stamp well centred Mint. Cat $A400 for $A225:  Far better centering than usually seen for these third watermark issues, and this has the clean-cut perfs - most of these are the later prints with the ugly “fluffy” or woolly perfs. Juzwin $375 for average centred and well centred adds 50%. Mint hinged, from an Estate I bought well this afternoon, and priced to sell this week! $A200 (Stock 613ER)

 

 



 

 

2005 Framed IMPERFORATE sheet 10 of Australia $5 "Treasures Of The Archives": Framed IMPERF sheet 10 of $5 Treasures Of The Archives: Features the NSW 1888 20/- (£1) "Lord Carrington" the highest face value postage stamp ever issued by New South Wales. It was replaced by the 1913 £1 Brown and Blue Kangaroo First Watermark.

Lord Carrington was the FIRST person to appear on any stamp from this region other than Royalty. Indeed few if any living persons other than Royalty had appeared globally on stamps at this time - 1888.  Stamp is MASSIVE - 105 x 70 mm. (About 4" x 3"!) Literally the size of many modern Mini Sheets. The sheet of 10 is about the same size as a regular sheet of 100 stamps.  Makes for a large and impressive wall hanging.

There were only 500 sheets ever sold by Australia Post, the framed and unframed combined. All were numbered in gold ink on lower left corner as illustrated. About 350 MUH sheets were sold by the phone ballot. The other 150 sheets were nicely framed with a brass plate as illustrated here. They sold quickly at $149 each.

NONE were sold to dealers or overseas agents - unless they phoned up and waited on the line like everyone else! I have not heard of one dealer who bought them from AP. I sourced a few sheets and frames and sold them off, for the full sheet of 10 for $A1,750 pretty fast.

I bought one back from an Estate today, superb and flat in the Deluxe frame and brass plaque. It will be shipped as you can see in a secure Blanket of Bubble Wrap, and all then packed in a large carton the correct size to protect in transit with a ton more packing and bubble wrap. Buy it at ONE THIRD his cost price at $A550!  Ready to hang in any stamp den, or keep stored away for re-sale in the future.  You are paying just $A55 an imperf sheet!  HEAPS more pix here - tinyurl.com/hd26lox  $A550 (Stock 892TX)

 

 



 

 

The Unique (?) use of 1929 10/- Small Multi Kangaroo on parcel piece - AND with ACSC variety:  Has not been offered on market by anyone else before, and even the new ACSC does NOT list existence of this SG 112 on parcel piece or fragment.  The 10/- CofA issued 5 months later IS listed at 6 times normal.  Notch on face (and missing ear!) So this is 49(v)j Cat $1,350 as used off piece - thus in theory this is $8,000 on parcel piece.  Also with 1932 1/- Lyre (Cat $40 each) and 3d S/Multi KGV head. Clean and fresh with NO rust or foxing or gunk.  The 10/- in an unusually deep aniline pink looking shade for these.  All posted over a gummed, bold type “CARRIAGE PAID” parcel label.  A couple of perf issues as typical on parcel post frankings, and a clearly dated “Late Fee 1 - 25 FEB:32 - Spencer Street- VIC” clearly proving it is this watermark - most attractive four colour franking.

In my long experience this S/Multi 10/- is TEN times scarcer than the preceding 3rd Wmk in used cond, due to very short issue period.  There were in fact only 240,000 of this printed, v/s over 1.2 million of the Third Watermark 10/-, yet current cat value is absurd at only double, with a higher than 5:1 issued ratio.  This was the 10/- stamp on national issue during the Great Depression, and few were put aside.  Indeed there was the exact same low print number of this, than of the super expensive 1913 £2 First Watermark Roo -  240,000 of both.  Exhibition item, at under the retail of the variety stamp OFF piece at: $A1,100  (Stock 813LD)

 

 

ITALY 1889 King Umberto 45c Dull Green MLH, Cat $5,500 for 7% of SG Cat!:  Bought cheap and have several other Mint Italy from his era also cheap if you have gaps.  MLH with  guaranteed ORIGINAL gum, and usual centering of this era.  Deep rich original colour, a bargain at 7% of SG.  SG #40 £2,500 = $A5,500.  Decent shape for 127 years old, and bought cheap to sell cheap, at about 7% of SG Cat!  Just $US280 as I type this. $A390  (Stock 634EK)

 


 

St. Helena 7/6d KGV Brownish Grey & Orange, VFU SG £1,900 - $A995:  Attractive example of this very scarce stamp, a late emergency 1937 printing in this distinctive deeper shade, just before the KGVI set was issued.  Clean and fresh, and perfect perfs and centering, as you can see. SG 111d - £1,200 mint, or £1,900 used, so Mint or Used are very seldom offered.  Expertised on reverse.  Offered on behalf of a client who had it on a Robson Lowe stockcard from decades back for £50 …. those were the days! $A995 (Stock 714KE)

 

 

  Juicy Switzerland Charity sets, Used Coll SG Cat $3,350. Just 20% of SG!: Swiss collection fine used on 8 pages total SG value £1523 = $A3350. The super popular Pro Patria and Pro Juventute sets, and they are GENUINE cancel used as you can see. Nice looking group and those I spot checked, were all clean VFU and fault free.

P
ro Juventute 1913 to 1996 near complete - SG value £1,015 = $A2,230, and National Fete Pro Patria 1976 to 1995 near complete - SG value £494 = $A1,085. A STACK of more photos here -   - Bought well so out they go at under 10% of SG. Indeed this price is around $US450 as I type this! $A650
 
 
 

 

 

 GB 1854 6d Embossed VFU, wide margins at sides, SG Cat $2,000, for just $A400!  A great looking copy as you can see - clean and fresh, and free of the usual toning and aging - this is 162 years old after all.  Free of hinges and gook and gunk and aging, so very common on these. Queen’s head is crisply and deeply embossed - often flattened out when soaking and drying etc. Light “387” numeral of Huddersfield.  These stamps were tediously HAND embossed/crimped onto stout paper, ONE stamp at a time, and placement of each image varied wildly on every sheet.  The unit at RH side as you can see was hand embossed OVER edge of this unit!  Bought well, so a lovely stamp, at about 20% of Gibbons!  SG 58, Cat £1,000 = $A2,000. $A400 (Stock 436XE)

 

 


 

 

Queensland 1860 1d Carmine Rose, Perkins Bacon London print.  Imperf, Large Star Watermark, SG #1:  Attractive used ~3½ margin, close to quite massive, with lightest cancel of usual “QL” concentric oval.  This had several old hinge remainders on it. So I soaked it with great trepidation, suspecting they were hiding a paper thin etc, or closed tears - as is so often the case on early imperfs that are 156 years old. Happily I can guarantee the buyer it is SUPERB and flat on the reverse.  AND I guarantee it is SG #1!  99% on ebay are simply the common later 1d perforated small star wmk, with scissor cut off perfs!  Value NIL. But the Bunnies gleefully BUY them as “SG #1”.

Guaranteed in writing to be totally free of hinges, repairs, thins, creases or gunk or toning.  Portion of the adjoining stamp at right.  MOST of these on the market are repaired, and one soaks these things with the GREATEST of trepidation!  I soaked a WA 6d Hillman Swan last month, and TWO of the margins simply floated away from the cunning repair done a century ago!  My $500 potentially stamp is now a $50 spacefiller.  SG #1 £800 = $A1,600. (I also have a couple of decent looking used 1860 6d Green imperfs, SG 3, an EVEN rarer stamp.)
$A375 (Order as stock number 359WQ)

 

 
 


 

 

Nauru 1916 “Seahorses” Complete Set of 3, MUH:  These are a TON better looking than usual. With these WWI issues, they often are perfs touching one side, and due to the very thick tough paper, perfs rip out EASILY.  All with Gum Arabic original gum, 100% guaranteed. The colours are amazing the 5/- looks like it was printed last week, NOT a century back – deep and vivid and truly glowing.  One of THE classic design sets of the entire 20th Century, and near 100 years old now. SG 21/23 £420 = $A850 – for hinged. Juzwin $1,100. $A650 (Stock 274KR)

 

 

 

 

Australia CLEAN Decimal MUH Collection in Seven Seas Album - $A275 the LOT!:  Clean looking lot in a red Seven Seas hingeless album - retail of that $150 ALONE! Looks complete to latter 80s and the FACE alone is $225. And that includes things retail 50 times face like the 1971 set 7, Block 7 and Block 25 - those 3 retail ALONE $200 or so! Bought from an Estate an hour back so OUT it goes at just $A275 - about HALF RETAIL of the stamps and book! HEAPS of pix at tinyurl.com/RedAust This is only about $US220 as I type this! $A275 (Stock 918SH)

 

 

 

1929 5/- Small Multi Wmk Kangaroo on UNIQUE 1930 Parcel label to Austria:  Amazing commercial piece to tiny village, Voeslau Austria (population today only 11,000) Also with the 6d and 2/- Small Multi (also scarce on parcel piece) a 1930 3d Sturt, and the scarce on piece 1927 2d Brown Small Multi perf 14  SG 89 £45 used, (ACSC Cat $350 on parcel piece alone.)  Franking 7/11d.

Containing Fabric samples from Monckton’s Sydney, to the Voeslauer Worsted Fabric Company. The 5/- (SG 111) is ACSC cat $A1,200 on parcel piece.  Usual Sydney parcel cancel .. piece on stout card, and a trifle wrinkled as normal but UNIQUE and rust/foxing free.  The 5/- is sound and Cat $225 used OFF piece! Exhibition piece with sender and destination so clear. $A475 (Stock 562JK)

 

 

  ITALY 1927 Rare 1.30 Lira Air x FIVE copies on OHMS Gov’t cover to South Africa:  One of the wonderful covers from the President Of South Africa, General Hertzog estate I bought this month, which has never been on the market in 80+ years. This is a large cover, in great shape, from the "Legation Of The Union Of South Africa" in Rome, to Pretoria, with a superb red wax seal to that effect, impressed with the South Africa Springbok Coat Of Arms on back flap. And Alexandra Egypt transit back-stamp of April 22 : 33.

Wonderful 22 Lira 25 cents, huge total franking, that includes 5 x scarce 1.20 Lira Brown stamps, SG 201, Cat £110 each used off cover (£550 = $A1,200) It is Scott C7 - $US125 each used off cover ($US625 = $A870), in 2015 cat. Sassone Cat 150E Euro used and "x 4 on cover" = $A900 for 1 stamp on cover!  It may well be FIVE copies are not recorded on 1 cover - and most certainly NOT to South Africa!  Noted on Face "Posta Aerea via Brindisi" and all stamps are tied by clear cds "POSTA AEREA - 20/4/33 - ROMA FERROVIA". And clear Alexandria Egypt transit cancel.  Only $US360 now - $A500 (Stock 496EJ)

 



 

 

  Complete Set Aust Post Year Albums 1981-2000 **WAY UNDER FACE**!   Estate special.  All TWENTY albums!  The FACE value of the stamps inside is $720.  You are paying $45 UNDER FACE!  ALL are valid for 100% postage if you ever need to use them. You are buying CASH essentially.  I just bought THIRTY sets of 20, off a guy who bought them for an “investment”, so have slashed my selling price. The issue price from PO was $964!  You are paying near $300 UNDER PO cost. Each Australia Post book from the debut 1981 book (issue number #1) and ALL have a matching coloured, hard slipcase to prevent dust and moisture entering the book.  Retail is $1,250. Save $575 off retail!  All the LATER books and Black “Leather” cover ones are all in stock - also dirt cheap, and all are offered singly at - http://tinyurl.com/yearbks  $A675 (Stock 735ER)  

 
 

 

 

Norfolk Island MUH coll 1947 to end 2000:  In 2 x Green leather look "Seven Seas" hingeless albums and pages.  A valuable lot, VERY sparse earlies, (but all the hingeless pages here for those) but from ~1970 Birds onwards, about 99% complete MUH, and these will get far more sought after from next month, as Norfolk becomes 100% "Australian" for the first time for postal purposes - exactly as Cocos and Christmas Islands are now. So prices will rise that is for sure, especially for nice clean MUH collection runs like this one.

All Australia Post standing order clients will now get Norfolk stamps for the first time, and of course many of them will opt to buy the older issues back to stamp #1. creating vast demand - see http://www.tinyurl.com/NorfolkPOfor details on the MASSIVE changes taking place from June 30.  The RETAIL values of the Decimal MUH alone are $947.50 and is lightly pencil noted on each page. So the stamps and albums retail about $A1,250.

MOST Norfolk collections one sees for sale, stop early 1980s, so this has 20 years and 100s more stamps than those. Indeed there are about SIX HUNDRED stamps and mini sheets here. Very big collection - you are paying around $3 a PAGE of stamps! 1990 to 2000 for Norfolk is "Liquid Gold" and that era ALONE is worth more than I am selling the entire lot for!  Not all pictured above of course, just a sampling of photos here. All in two matched “Seven Seas” hingeless album and pages - which also costs $300 alone new - http://tinyurl.com/Norf7-Seas

A little aging just starting on some page outers in volume 1, but the stamps looked all clean and fresh MUH when taking pix - I'd re-house them in a black page stockbook or Hagners personally, as Norfolk stamps look absolutely superb on black pages. Norfolk past 1990 is REALLY hard to source and this is a near complete run to end 2000.  A TON more pix here - tinyurl.com/MUH-Norf - Look at dealer prices EACH set in this era - you'll be shocked! $A445 (Stock 341LR)

 

 

 

 

 

Netherlands huge Registered & EXPRESS Airmail franking piece to CHINA, 1936:  Bought this stunning and clean piece from a collection formed by a chap who was manager of the Shanghai Museum in the pre-war 1930s. This piece is from the famous shipbuilder and Engineering company of Werf Gusto, located in the small town of Shiedam, Holland, well outside Amsterdam. Some stamps are cancelled at Amsterdam, the others at origin. WEIRD!

This was clearly off a large packet that was sent Registered, Airmail, and EXPRESS - the latter 2 services very expensive to China in 1936.  Likely they were Engineer plans etc. There are 2 sets of cancels - one from Shiedam, and the others on 5 stamps on left from Amsterdam Central Station - all on the same day.  Schiedam PO used a yellow 5 Guilder King high value as we can see (SG 224 £50=$A110), AND a 2 Guilder overprint on 10G - SG 237 Cat £170 = $A375 used - a very scarce stamp used off piece even!  Detailed discussion on this piece here - http://tinyurl.com/Shiedam - only $US155 = $A225 (Stock 294LR)
 

 
 

 

 Falkland Islands 2002 Queen Mother Bundle 100!:  A dealer bought a lot of these - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 2002 Memorial Miniature Sheets, for a promotion upon the Queen Mother’s Death, aged 101, and had a couple of bundles left over when stocktaking, so we did a stock swap. Superb and fresh MUH still in original Crown Agents sealed packs of 100.

SG MS936 Cat £10 each - £1,000 = $A2,200.  Face value is £2.15 = $A475 a bundle of 100.  (He had THREE bundles of 100, so if anyone wants all THREE the price drops to just $A800. (SG Cat $A6,600) – that is under 15% of SG!)  Superb re-seller line, as no-one else on ebay has these at ANY price!  One sealed bundle of 100 to clear at under 20% UNDER FACE - $A300. Just $US220 right now – $A300 (Stock 749LET)

 

 

 

Fresh West Germany 1949 to 1969 on SG leaves SG value $A3,850 - just 9% of SG!  All superb mint except 1949 Lubeck Marian church set, which is VFU. A very valuable collection from the PRICEY period for Germany. The country was rebuilding after the War, and stamps were not on anyone's mind really. Hence the high prices of many of these sets, especially the Charity premium ones - few had extra money to spend on such flippant things, when your town was being rebuilt etc. Lovely fresh looking lot with tiny little frugal quarter width thickness hinges applied at New Issue time, that will doubtless peel off leaving little or no mark at all on gum.

A ton more pix here -  tinyurl.com/GermanColl  Not all shown above of course. The collection has not been outside the hands of original collector buyer for half century.  All clean New Issue stock. Ignore the earlier pencil prices which were done years back in Dm, and were higher then of course it looks like! SG current Cat is £1,751 = $A3,850.  Bought cheap to sell at just 9% of Gibbons, for key material, in lovely clean condition. Terrific start off lot for someone, or a brilliant ebay prospect for someone on Free listing day!  Only $US250 as I type this! $A350 (Stock 538ED)
 

 
 


 

 

Japan 1919 First Tokyo-Osaka Air Mail set with Photo Certificate: 1919 1½s Pale Blue, and 3s Carmine, very lightly mounted and fine fresh bright mint, with 2002 Ceremuga Photo Certificate. Near 100 years old now, and WAY better than most I have seen. SG 196-197, cat £1025 = $A2,075. 99% of sets offered on ebay etc are forged, indeed near all on the global market are fakes - often very well done, so buying without a Cert is dumb, and is no “bargain”. $A650 (Stock 795RQL)

 

 

 

 


 

  Netherlands 1913 Centenary Set 13, Cat £1,325 ($A2,915) just $A600:  This is the complete set, attractive clean used. Same year and same importance as the 1913 Kangaroo set - THOSE are $6,500 used, and these are just $600!  Michel 81-92 cat E1,100.  SG 214/222 £1,325 = $A2,915. Near 20% of SG, and only $US420 -  $A600 - (Stock 283LF)  

 


 

 

1932 5/- Sydney Harbour Bridge stamp Superb VFU:  The most iconic stamp from this country, and is missing from 95% of collections. It was printed on what was essentially coarse handtowel type 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, and the perfs, as all will know are often terrible and ripped out. They were perforated with the single line machine  like a fancy treadle sewing machine  1 line at a time then sheet rotated 90 degrees and the other sides done. Hence wide margin centring is not common at all. A beauty  clean and perfect with superb perfs and centering.  Yes these do sell a little lower at times BUT that is due to the inferior centering and reverse etc. $A265 (Stock 912AX)

 

 




 

Portugal 1945/1946 Lisbon Castle Mini Sheets Fresh MUH - SG £275 ($A600) for $A235:  The superb looking Portuguese Castles 1E.75 Miniature Sheet. SG #996a, fresh MUH, Cat £275 = $A600.  Well centred and fresh and seldom offered in this region at ANY price. Especially MUH examples. An absolute key post war issue, and missing from near all collections. $A235 (Stock 682GQ)

 

 

 
 

  GB 1865 1/- Green fresh unused. SG Cat $6,250, for just $850: Very Fresh unused, with deep vivid original colour - amazing really after 150 years of issue.  Entirely free of the hinges and gook and gunk that one usually encounters on stamps of this advanced age.  Clean and flat, crisp bright impression, and no usual thins or creases or toning etc.  SG 101, Plate 4 Cat £2,850 = $A6,250.  Bought cheap to clear fast for Easter at just 15% of Gibbons! Only ~$US600. $A850 (Stock 492EK)    


 

 

  Australia 1954 3d Red Cross stamp, Matched Plate Number '2' and '3' blocks 6 MUH:  SG #276, lower right corner MUH blocks of 6, with Plate Nos '2' and '3' on outer margins. ACSC #312z. Really scarce .. near all were guillotined off when trimming down the sheets.  MANY times scarcer than current ACSC prices would suggest.  I see one block each few years. (12) Both fresh MUH, gum wrinkle on 1 stamp. $A200 (Order as stock number 143EY)  

 

 

 


 


 

Australia 1979 $5 McMahons Point stamp hoard x 400 SUPERB Used!:  Bought these off my old collector mate, who socked them away as his "Superannuation".  He went through 100 bundles of 100 (10,000) at the time, to select the 400 BEST copies to salt away, in a neat little plastic storage box.  $5 was a super high value, being 25 times the 20c letter rate then - i.e. a $25 relative value stamp today, and were used on LARGE parcels.  $5 back then, was a cross country parcel.  He worked in a Sydney Bank head office, so had access to large numbers of these, and he placed aside these, the finest copies. MOST of these elsewhere are defective - heavy cancels, tears, creases etc, or scuffing, which shows readily on this pale color stamp.

He seems to have kept only CRISP STEEL TOWN CANCELS as you can see. Depicts the famous Sir Arthur Streeton painting "McMahon's Point, Sydney".  Nearly all very crisp cds, selected from 10,000 bulk copies 37 years back.  A superb lot.  Offer on ebay per 5 or 10, and scan each one, and be amazed at what they get.  Still a scarce high value. SG 567, £800 = $1,650, and virtually never seen in this grade.  Just 62c each.  Seven Seas ASC Cat #724 Retail = $A1,400.  Just 15% of Gibbons.  Many more pix here -  tinyurl.com/5Streeton  About $US200 as I type this! $A275 (Stock 147MP)

 

 

 

 

Large Aust FDC Coll x 400 -1977-1994 Cost $660 ex PO. HUGE cat, just $A275:  Totally unpicked by me as usual - ALL the topical/thematic goodies are in here. Mini sheets, lots of se-tenant strips of 5, and joined pairs etc. And these often sell for $5 - $10 or more a set fine used. Many folks forget how HIGH the USED sets are priced in SG from this era.  A TON more detailed photos here - tinyurl.com/HoardFDC

Usual odd age blemish etc here and there, due to 35 year old age, but a darn good lot at this price, and remember even if you choose to soak off the odd one for “VFU”, they are still great value. An Estate buy of these FDC/PSE bought as new issues from PO in this period and an INSTANT collection for someone, or an ebay sellers delight.

On ebay, results are often superb on these, when offered singly or in groups of each year etc, when they have a free listing day. An Orchid set with SG cat $A15 often gets $5 to $7 from topical collectors, or 5 times your cost etc. Maybe keep the better sets for yourself, and sell off the others, so as you get the ones you retain totally FREE?

The Post Office charged 40c above face for each cover, so a $5 stamp on FDC cost $A5.40 to buy etc - 35 years back. You are paying about $400 LESS than these cost from the PO! There are covers like the $20 1990 Painting - retail $30 alone on FDC. You are paying just 68c for it, and the 2 x different $10 Painting Defins - 68c each.  Indeed this price is just $US200 when typed. $A275 (Stock 425HZ)

 

 

 

 

 

1993 GB 24p Machin stamp *POSTAL FORGERY* in MUH blocks, $A5 each!  I bought a couple of sheets of these nearly 20 years back when they first surfaced in the UK, 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-$50 per stamp as I recall. Sterling was VERY high back then of course, and UK retail was £20 which was about $A45 a stamp then - literally.

The dealers got a Barrister's written opinion (copy of which I can enclose for you!) that him owning or selling these above face value created no offence under 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 - tinyurl.com/24Machin  Forgeries 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 -  tinyurl.com/Nov12SN

Large UK dealers currently sell blocks of 8 of these same 24p Machin Forgery stamps for £77.50 ($A170 plus $20 post!) or about $A24 apiece, as you can see - tinyurl.com/Forged24p  I have one even larger block on hand at $A5 a stamp, if anyone is interested in breaking it down on ebay etc for a far greater profit.  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 as per photo, is ONE THIRD UK dealer price - $A70 or a MUH block of 20, perfect for any album page, for a QUARTER of UK retail -  $A120 (Order as stock number 619TQ)

 

 

 

  Australia 1970 Definitives Post Office Pack:  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 Hagner type sheet inside.  The $4 King alone cost EIGHTY times the then 5c letter rate, i.e. a $56 stamp alone in buying power, on today’s 70c rate yardstick. So the pack was about $A150 type buying price, adjusted to today’s money.  Little wonder almost none sold! ASC P7 Cat. $450 and seldom seen. Fresh and un-opened. $A300 - (Order as stock number 439ZB)  

 

 

 

Australia Booklets 1967 to 1995 x 340 - face value $A690, just $600!:  Fabulous hoard from an Estate I bought today. From a couple of nice 1967 50c QE2 though to 1995. Complete checklist enclosed. (On second thought I removed the 1971/2 PNG as they are not related to oz and they are offered separately.) Not all pictured of course. Condition a tad mixed here and there but these go back near 50 years.  HUGE retail - about $2,000. Brilliant ebay re-seller. Some of the Stamp Club books are $25 each with tiny face etc. Heaps pix here - tinyurl.com/BkltOz  $A625 (Stock 677NV)

 

 
 


The Engraved Stamps Of The Commonwealth Of
Australia - price *Reduced* $A200 this month!

 

  The quite magnificent official Australia Post produced coffee table book. Compiled by Richard Breckon. 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 d only a few 100 copies were ever made, and were a near instant sell-out .... even at the very high issue price.  Being so recent they almost NEVER come on the market - no-one wants to let them go!

Semi opaque interleaved pages with designs on them. Real heavyweight grade archival weight paper. Varnished glazed paper for effect in parts. The photos 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.  Shows masses of issued designs and superlative background info.  Similar in size to a Leather PO Year Book.

Also contains
28 different Official correct size recess printed DIE PROOFS in black from the original 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!  And NOT obtainable any other way than via this book.

The Die Proofs sold separately would realise FAR more than the entire book is selling for here.  The KGV 1d Engraved, or 1 Robes could very easily bring $50 to $100 each on their own if sold separately as official PO issued Die Proofs.

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 set in a Public Auction. They called them "without doubt the BEST product released by Australia post in recent decades.  Bought 3 in an estate, and have reduced the price of last 2 from $500 to just $300 each!  Buy yourself a classy GIFT you'll always love handling and looking at  $A300  - (Order as stock number 428YS)
 

 
 

  Kangaroo 1913 2/- Brown CTO perfect centred and SUPERB, $A250:  CTO Kangaroo prices have gone insane in recent times - as you can see on link here, single stamps selling for up to SEVEN times the recent ACSC prices – tinyurl.com/k3rq5yq  So stamps like this are worth grabbing NOW = ACSC 35wb $A300 as cheapest CTO date in average grade. This one clearly a premium looker - centering and perfs are GENERALLY appalling on this 1913 issue. Perfectly centred, and brilliant perfs for any 1913 CTO, as you can see and deep rich original Chocolate colour. 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 recognise real quality - and will gladly pay for it! Only $US175 right now - $A250 (Stock 582QC)    

 

 

 

 

Sealed printer bundle *500* x Liberia, Diana IMPERF stamp Miniature Sheets, just 7½% of Scott!:  The superb looking IMPERFORATE Diana Of Wales Memorial Miniature sheets at just 7.5% of Scott Catalogue price.  A most attractive Memorial Issue, to mark her tragic death in 1997. Classy Burgundy and Grey colour, and dignified and elegant design, and a top quantity production, printed by global leading stamp security printers, Helio Courvoisier in Switzerland in fully cello sealed printer bundle from them.  Superb for easy storage.

These are NOT common at all. Owner had a note that only 2,000 Imperfs were ever produced, so these were bought as an investment at the time. 500 x Fresh MUH souvenir sheets - Scott #1342 $US2,000 = $A2,750.  Bought cheap today - to clear at just 7½% of Scott catalogue. Superb ebay re-seller, as NO-ONE has this one on ebay worldwide. The only ones I can see offered globally right now are $A8 apiece from a UK dealer: tinyurl.com/DiImperf

These are costing you just 40¢ Australian apiece! And under 30¢ American. Ask just $A4 - $US3 each and you get TEN times your outlay. Ask $A2 and you get 5 times your outlay. All Diana Death Memorial material is keenly sought to this day, and is often bought by non-stamp folks - they just chase DIANA material, full stop. Around $US150 - $A200 (Stock 462TX)

 

 

 

 

Rare hoard pioneer HUTT COIN Co. PNC's 1970. Retail $1,150++. $A275:  Hutt PNCs x 4 all complete, and 2 x very attractive and DIFFERENT 1975 Tonga, with all 5 diff stamps on each but no coins.  Also, the large size NZ 1970 Capt Cook with missing central coin element, but with the 4 stamps from Mini Sheet as shown by inscription on top margin. (7 pieces) The latter not fine, but had an Edition of only 50, so probably a $500+ item if complete.

One of the NZ is even signed by James Berry, the famous designer of many NZ stamps. In general not in too bad shape for near half a century old. Much discussion on these here - tinyurl.com/HutPNCs  These covers often sell for many $100s each, being near 50 years old, and our and NZ PIONEER PNCs.  Three of them are $A400 and $A260 EACH right now - or about $1,150 for those 4 complete ones alone - see all current links to those here, and a ton more photos - tinyurl.com/HutPNC - all my 7 pieces for just $A275 (Stock 982CV)

 

 
 

 

The superb and massive Hugh Freeman “Numeral Cancels Of Victoria” Book:  As readers know, my long time mantra is “KNOWLEDGE IS POWER”   Well here is a book that EVERY collector and dealer should have.  Spot a scarce numeral cancel on a common 1d Vic stamp just ONCE in your lifetime, and you'll pay for this book MANY times over, on that ONE stamp! I use this book ALL the time.  It is a SUPERB work.  It could not be more highly recommended by me.  BRAND new hard cover book .. and at issue price due to a fortunate buy, in dust cover. 420 pages.  They list all the Vic number cancels recorded on Roos and KGV heads. (There are more than you imagine - and most were done against instructions!)

They lists all the COLOUR strikes of these cancels when known, and when used.  This book in 5 or 10 years’ time will be VERY saleable - indeed I can almost bet you'll get well over $150 for it down the track.  History shows all these well written, out of print books on popular subjects, done in limited runs, hold and generally increase their value. The much thinner modern era Robert Gibbs "GRI" book sold for $A750 at a recent Prestige sale, (many times issue price) so superb content hardcover books in a small print run always do very well long term.  I have sold about 40 of the Arthur Gray "Kangaroos" auction catalogues for $A250 each.  And that was a FREE auction cat, printed in MANY times the numbers this was.

More photos and detail on this book is here:
 http://uehaih.notlong.com  Read my detailed “Stamp News” review of this superb work when issued - http://aceizo.notlong.com $A150 (Stock number 411KT) My recent ‘Stamp News’ column on the superb books on the postmarks of Victoria and Bernie Manning’s new SECOND EDITION “Queensland cancels” have created a STAMPEDE of orders!  Collector and dealers worldwide have lined up for these.  Find ONE better type numeral cancel on a common 1d state stamp, or 1d KGV or 1d Roo, and you’ll pay for the book TWICE or TREBLE over.  Add $A40 for a CD Rom of the huge Hugh Freeman “The Numeral Cancellations of New South Wales (Stock 637KT) - a book that sells for $400 already - adds zero to your mail cost.

 

 

 


 

Tonga 1893 “GFB” Officials, Set of 5 genuine USED:  King George 1, full set used with genuine contemporary cancels. “Gaue Faka Buleage” = “On Government Service”. SG 01/05 Cat £500 = $A1000 – price in there is unchanged for 10 years and way overdue for a rise. A trifle aged, mentioned for strict accuracy ,but 123 years old, and far better than most I have seen of this rare set. $A300 (Stock 273XR)

 

  

 


 

  Official WWF slip-cased leather FDC album, at *HALF* cost!:  Superb OFFICIAL production, in official Panda logo embossed black leather binder with matching slipcase.  The Australia agents mail these to clients in "Chapters" each month. Each 'Chapter' is of one animal or bird and comes with all written up detail and all official FDC and MUH stamps as you can see. This person has the full run of 12 Chapters which as can be seen are debited at $36.85 = $A442.20. The album I assume was extra cost on top of that.

A ton of extra pix of these here -  tinyurl.com/WWFset : comes complete with Official welcome letter from the WWF Patron, The Duke Of Edinburgh on Buckingham Palace stationary. Bought cheap, so I can sell for HALF the purchase cost - just $225!  WWF is about THE hottest stamp topical on earth, and these of course are all 105% OFFICIAL emissions. Good condition. 12 Chapters = 12 x MUH sets, and 52 x FDCs - all in great condition. $A225 (Stock 206CH)

 

 

 

 

PNG *MUH* stamp collection, from SG#1 in Seven Seas Hingeless album. Ret $1,300: $A500:  Maroon Seven Seas hingeless album of PNG 1952 to 1993 MUH. Bought from an Estate today in a clean looking classy maroon Seven Seas Album on Hingeless album 1952 SG #1 to end 1993, in a matching slipcase. Retail of pages alone  plus binder is $300 as you can see - http://sevenseas.com.au/catalog/?id=139

Postage Stamps 100% complete in MUH, and when spot checked whilst taking pix, looked a nice clean lot to me. Noted the odd tiny trivial age marks on a few page outers, mentioned for 100% accuracy. Retail of stamps over $1,000, and books and pages $300 = $1,300. Only a few sample pages shown above. 100s of MUH stamps = 100% complete from SG#1. Tons of pix here - tinyurl.com/PNGMUH To clear from Estate today at $500 the LOT - save $800! $A500 (Stock 446SW)

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur Gray “KGV Era” hard cover ‘Leather’ Auction Cat:  THE finest stamp auction catalogue ever produced for an Australian stamp collection. Indeed probably for any stamp collection, globally. Hard cover, rich burgundy, deep grain “leather” look cover, with the $190,000 pair of unissued 1914 stamps ‘sunken’ into front cover. 270 large A4 pages, in superb colour, with many photos on each page. 100s are supersized of the rare plate varieties, and flaws offered etc. An essential KGV heads and Commems reference, that you’ll consult regularly. The super-sized sharp scans of the KGV head flaws, and the commemorative flaws, and re-entries etc, are an essential reference. Lots more discussion on the Gray sale here with pix - tinyurl.com/KGVsGray

I have a few copies left and my offer comes complete with full prices realised list from this $ Millions sale, AND a copy of the official typed mossgreen A4 “Errata” sheet tabled in room on day of sale, AND better still, the 16 page, full colour detailed A4 booklet summarising the $7 million Arthur Grey “Kangaroo” sale in New York I attended, AND even a copy of the ornate A4 pre-sale Dinner Menu. AND The “Part 2” Gray KGV Cat.  Has the wonderful 11 page detailed preamble by Dr. Geoff Kellow, outlining all the famous early collections, collectors, and summary of the Australian stamp printers, and essential background to the KGV and early stamp issues. You ALSO get the matched Deluxe Cat for “Gray KGV Part 2”.  Only a few sets left, then you’ll pay for this set, the $300 that the Gray “Kangaroo” catalogue etc now fetches on the secondary market! $A195 (Stock 746SY)
 

 

 


 

  1914 “Wizard Stone” Flight postcard:  A rare survivor of this American pioneer “Barnstormer” dare-devil Aviator. The usual 1d Kangaroo franking cancelled on reverse, and addressed to Lindfield NSW. Unusually fresh and attractive, as you can see. Message reads to a Miss R. Percy - "May this message gather blessings in its flight to bestow them upon you. Frank. 20/5/14"  Stone’s mechanic was Bert Hinkler, a young Australian aviation enthusiast, who later became a famous solo long-distance flyer and was depicted on a stamp in 1978.

The few others I’ve seen of these were in appalling shape after 100+ years. Our SECOND Aerophilatelic item. Eustis AAMC Catalogue number #2. Right after the 1914 Maurice Guillaux postcard of June 14 - Cat $17,500. Indeed this Wizard Stone flight was scheduled to precede the Guillaux flight in May 1914, but plane was damaged. PO had announced he would carry our first ever “Airmail”. Flight later reset to June 6, but plane crashed!  Cat $A800, way back in 2008, and in this exceptional shape, should be 4 figures. A piece of aviation history. $A600 (Stock 728JR)

 

 

CARTON of Lighthouse Stockbooks - $100 under retail! $A150:  Thick 48 page stockbooks by the CARTON - Super Special!  Bulk Buy of German quality THICK 48 page books - most sold here are 16 or 32 pages.  German made 48 page stockbooks by the Factory Carton; 5 per box; German quality; HUGE savings! Normal retail is $50+ per stockbook - so 5 books retails ~$A250.  Brand new condition, supplied in Factory cartons of five mixed colour covers as shipped in bulk by Lighthouse manufacturer in Germany.  The Stockbooks come in four different coloured authentic leather grained look covers: Black, Burgundy, Blue and Green (one colour is randomly duplicated in each carton of five stockbooks)

Five books is 240 storage pages. My price is just 60c a PAGE. A Hagner sheet costs $1.60 each, and THEN you need to buy a binder to store them in!  Each stockbook comprises 48 white pages (24 double sided). The expensive re-inforced double linen-hinged binding facilitates easy lie-flat use, and very long life.  Each page is made of acid-free archival paper, with nine glassine strips to safely hold your stamps; additionally there is double glassine interleaving between each page to further protect the contents. The FIVE stockbooks in each carton are capable of storing as many (or as few) as 25,000 overlapped stamps. MANY more pix here - tinyurl.com/48page  $A150 (Stock 952HT) or TWO cartons for $A280 (Stock 952HR)
 

 

 

 
 
 
  AAT *FULLY IMPERFORATE* Miniature Sheets - $A60 each:  In November 2013, Australia Post released just 250 x IMPERFORATE panes of 15 mini sheets of stamps. You needed to phone the special PO "800" number, or order online, and the strict maximum order was ONE sheet a person, and the sheets sold out in super-fast time, as you'd expect.

There will be near none in the secondary market, as collectors who ordered them for themselves will not be sellers - at any price. I'd guess there are easily 20,000 keen global collectors of AAT, but only 250 of these sheets to go around.  If 200 buyers hold on to their sheets for their collections, that leaves just FIFTY to service those 20,000 collectors worldwide.

99% of AAT collectors do not right now realise this IMPERF issue even exists. In the 57 years since AAT first issued stamps in 1957, I can't recall any other *AAT* imperforates sold by the PO. This is an Official Australia Post Australian Antarctic Territory issue, it is imperforate. It is limited, it is 100% OFFICIAL PO, and it was RED hot from Day #1.

Tons more photos, and sheet options (pairs and number and colour sheet margin blocks) here - http://tinyurl.com/AATimps - These prices are SUBJECT UNSOLD, and I reserve the right to amend them at ANY time based on demand from my ads.  An imperf mini sheet of 5 MUH or CTO is -
$A60  (Order as stock number 629KE) A superb cancelled Imperf AND perf sheet used on A4/Quarto cover to you or friends anywhere on the planet is just $A75 (Order as stock 629KO) or a complete imperf sheet 15 for $A375
(Stock 629KP)
 

 

 

 

Pitcairn Island. Complete country Mint, from SG#1 just $A375:  Pitcairn Island in maroon Hagner binder on 37 Hagners - these retail $80 alone!  Near complete mint from 1940 to late 1990s, current retail value $1,361, all noted on small removable stickers on pages as you can see. Back 20 years this same collection (less the newer issues of course!) cost a client $A1,250 from Richard Juzwin his invoice notes, so a steal at $A375!  Around a QUARTER RETAIL!  Earlies are MLH - all others MUH - all looked pretty fresh on a quick spot check when taking pix. TWO sets of some of the sought after modern issues.  Estate special - bought cheap to sell cheap FAST!  Only about $US262 as I type this! $A375 Stock 468JF

 

 

 

 

Bermuda 1920 2/- KGV,  VFU with *WATERMARKED REVERSED*,  Cat £2,500 for just $A1,500: One of the highest catalogued 20th Century Bermuda stamps - a true Classic from this super popular collecting area.  The reversed CA watermark shows perfectly and clearly and centrally on the reverse  as you can readily see, in the over-exposed image above of reverse, tweaked to highlight the CA letters. 

This is a huge bonus, as most reversed watermarks you need to peer and squint at, and still not be at all certain.  (SG of course lists all wmks as seen from the FRONT.)  Fine used and fresh - free of hinges, toning, thins and gunk, and beautifully centred.  With lightest face-free Parcel Post cds, and bright and attractive colour.  Be impossible to improve on this one methinks - for quality, appearance, or for price!  One THIRD of SG. SG 51bx £2,500 = $A5,500.  Just over $US1,000 -  $A1,500 (Stock 638HX)

 


 


 

 
 
  GB 1877 4d Pale Sage Green on neat cover to ARGENTINA! SG Cat £600+ - $A200:  A short lived pale color, and VERY covers seldom seen, hence the high SG price of From £600 = $A1,300  Better still, it is to ARGENTINA.  Clear “London May 3 1880” cancel, and endorsed by sender as “PER FRENCH MAIL”.  Neat corner sender dated chop in BLUE, of Kleinwort Cohen & Co London - later Kleinwort Benson, bankers.  Lovely clear arrival 8 sided double boxed (Paid) cancel: “ABANADO 28 MAY 1880”.  A worn Buenos Aires cds alongside for same May 28 date.  Amazingly fresh tion for6 years o SG 153, Plate 16, SG Cat $1,300, for just 15% of SG or $US145 - $A200 (Stock 928EJ)  

 

 

 


 

  LUXEMBURG 1956 Europa set 3 fresh MUH: One of the key Post-War sets from all of Europe. The key to all the EUROPA Omnibus issues, and fresh MUH. Bought from the Estate of an old French chap who had a lot of material like this from a New Issue supply. Clean and fresh MUH, deep bright colours, and well centred with great perfs as can be seen. SG 609.611 £465 = $A1,000+.  Less than a QUARTER Gibbons - indeed just $US165. $A235 (Stock 718DZ)    

 

  NSW 1894 1/- QV DLR Telegram Form, o/p SPECIMEN $A200:The very scarce 1/- black Queen Victoria value, showing the 1876 De La Rue design type.  Retail elsewhere $470 on these same form!  These NSW Telegraph/Telegram forms were issued in February 1894 121 years back.  1/- was for inland messages. The messages could not exceed ten words for the pre-paid 1/-.  Lovely item to display for the collector - fits superbly on a #1 Hagner Sheet, or album or stockbook page, and looks very attractive, as you can see. These were UPU distributed folded horizontally, to all the recipient UPU countries. These are on very fragile thin paper. Ive seen these in the past where foxing is very bad due to the cheap acidic paper used, and indeed separated in 2 pieces, and this is VERY clean and intact, I am pleased to say.$A200 (Stock 815LX)  

 

  Great Britain 1883 10/- Pale Blue, Queen Victoria FU, SG $1,650 - $275:  Bright and fresh and flat - nice colour. For these, truly excellent perfs and centering, and neat clear oval “Registered Threadneedle Street” cds. SG 183a £525 + 50% = £788 or $A1,650. Appalling copies of these are abundant. They were used on heavy parcels, and got knocked around heavily at the time, and the ugly black “Killer” cancels were so efficient, you can barely see the stamp design at times! TOTALLY free of hinges and gunk and gook on back as most have. 105% sound.  Was sold to my client as “Cobalt Blue” SG 183 cat £8,250, by a large dealer, but I can’t guarantee that shade so am offering conservatively as SG 183a - the colour is pretty close though - tinyurl.com/CobaltGB - $A295 (Stock 782GR)  

 

  Australia 1915 Second Watermark Roo Perf “OS” Fine Used WITH Var:  The priciest 5/- watermark by a long way.  Clean fresh copy, superb perfs and centering for these. With very attractive “Registered Perth” dated oval cds, and not the usual huge rubber thick lettered “Killers” used on Government parcels. SG 30. These as we all know, usually have ugly “fluffy” perfs barely punched out, and with centering all over the place. This Second Watermark (emergency war-time use on KGV watermark paper) was only on sale for a short time during WWI before the 3rd 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. Deep rich, unfaded, GLOWING Chrome Yellow colour. Impossible to improve on looking example for used.  Clean and flat and very fresh with no hinges, gook or gunk on back, to hide faults. I’ve seen similar looking copies of this get over $500 lately with NO Vars!  Has the true “Long Spencer Gulf” with solid yellow colour dot at very end of gulf as you can see. ACSC Cat 43(D)o, $A1,000. Just over $US350 right now.
$A500 (Stock 573HK)
 

 

 

 

 

NSW 1856 Small Diadems 1d QV Imperforate, Plate Proof pair:  In Reddish Chocolate, on ungummed blued paper from the superbly engraved Perkins Bacon & Co steel plates. Attractive marginal pair from the left of the sheet, the first unit with a small neat official triangular wedge at the base, as the usual audit check. Only a few proofs known in private hands, and an official 160 year old PLATE PROOF for about $200 is quite insane - last year’s Executive Post Office Year Book costs that!  I was tempted to cut into a 4 margin single, and a RH selvedge single at $250 each, but that would be philatelic vandalism, and I’ll leave the new owner to decide on that!  SG 107/9 Cat £650 as unused stamps, and Proofs are 100 times scarcer.

Blued paper is normal stamp paper that has either been treated, in the printing ink or paper finishing -  by a chemical named "prussiate of potash" (potassium cyanide!) It turns the paper a blue tone either lightly, or very dark - in patches.  It may have been sprayed on during printing, as paper was often dampened (wettened) to make the ink transfer better. It was thought that it helps "fix" the ink for superior printing results.  The same process has given us the "Ivory Head" stamps on 1d Red Brown GB of this era, where the image of what's on the front - like the QV - showing through the back of the stamp as a mirror image - a bit like a negative. Just over $US300 the pair.  $A425
(Stock 783BE)

 

 

 

  French Polynesia 50 y.o. MUH Coll Cat 525 Euro. $A195:  Juicy lot of 1950s/mid 1970s material. Fresh lot, a few gum issues on a few not high cat items, which are near all fine fresh MUH it seems on a spot check.  Michel 505 Euro, and Yvert 524.30 Euros = $A824. My price is less than QUARTER CAT.  This stuff is HOT and almost never offered - especially not at this price.  A ton more pix of these stamps here - tinyurl.com/FrPoly  Big sellers on ebay. $A195 (Stock 644HG)    

 

 
 

 

Lebanon 1983 Kahlil Gibran "The Prophet" Imperforate stamp mini sheet x 18, SG $1,750 - just $A200:  Most attractive - oddly my scanner does not show well at all, the bright and classy gold outer sheet borders, and borders on the stamps - the vagaries of technology - they just scan a flat dull beige brown, as can be seen above!  Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer member of the New York Pen League. He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book “The Prophet”, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose.

The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time. Ebay Retail $A85 - My price is 15% of that!  http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/400900408116 - catalogue notes say these were sold at £25 EACH as a New Issue = literally $A70 each back then. So not many were bought, as that was serious bucks back then. A great hoard of fresh flat Imperforate MUH sheets I bought – EIGHTEEN of them. SG MS1291 cat £45 each or £810. ($A1,750.) Bought well, so priced at near 10% of SG to clear - just $US140 as I type this, or less than $US8 apiece.  Ebay seller Gold Mine right here! $A200 (Stock 543LB)

 

 

 

New Zealand 1971 18c Maori Club MISSING BLACK – superb MUH Cat $850 - $A350:  One of the most spectacular Missing Colour errors you will EVER see. The Entire country name is absent as you can see!  CPC – 14X $850.  Will sell fast at $US250 or just $350 (Stock 452TG)

 

 

 

 

 

Cocos Island 1991 Provisional Overprints Set of 7  Fresh MUH set of 7, SG 234/239, and the very rare 1991 Coconut "Official" which as always, is CTO with full gum - and was never issued Mint. (SG 01) ASC 140a/148a $A352.  One of the priciest and most sought “Shell” stamp sets of the post war era - globally. ASC Retail $352.  I also have the scarce and huge $5 Aeroplane overprint MUH, (not illustrated) ASC 186a, cat $A110 retail for $A70  (Stock 107CR) or the set of 7 as per photo above - $A200 (Stock 107CQ)

 

 

GB Incredibly Fresh **MUH** 1879 2d Rosy Mauve QV with margin markings - $A250:  Scarce Plate 15 stamps, a real gem, from this corner in genuine MUH. 1879 Orbs Watermark, Plate 15. SG 51, £525 = $A1150 as hinged, overprinted CYPRUS, corner letters “A.L.” With a wonderful array of Circled “1” Control number, Crowned Vermillion Postage 2d audit handstamp, and “2d” Denomination marking on margin.  Also has slight double perfs on top 2 perfs all across, as can be seen by the larger top 2 holes on each row if you look closely. 

Also a double lined watermark down vertical selvedge, lettered MAD. The freshness is mind blowing for something 136 years old.  Been in the UK all its life until 2 weeks back, and indeed looks like it was printed 2 weeks back, it is so clean and fresh, with guaranteed ORIGINAL gum.  Light hinge in top margin only - stamp is absolutely pristine flat WHITE gum. Gibbons have one in their current retail list (with blemishes!) Lot 292, for TWICE this price!  Real Eye Candy at just - $A250 (Stock 294DX)    

 


 
 
  TASMANIA 1898 superb Mint 2d QV Pictorial View envelope:  The superb Waterlow & Sons London, printed classic, with detailed view by D.A. Warry of "On the North Esk Near Launceston".  In really excellent condition for 116 years old. Hinges on back from page mounting as usual, but clean and fresh and pristine and great appearance.  A popular and rare official Tasmania Post Office piece, of which only 312 were ever printed!  Only $US160.  $A225 (Stock 418EK)  



 

 

Victoria 1901 1/- QV, Re-Issue without "POSTAGE", The UNIQUE plate proof:  In Bright Orange, on ungummed unwatermarked paper, Line Perf 12.4.  Refer ACSC page 1/237, #V6PP(1), some scissor trimmed perfs and small damage at right etc when removed by Harrison from the proof sheet. Superb bright deep colour.  Clean and fresh and bright.  ACSC Cat $A1,500 for this example in 2004 - 11 years ago, and clearly higher now.  Being a 1901 issue, this is technically an AUSTRALIAN stamp of course.  A UNIQUE Commonwealth item, for under $A1,000!

ACSC confirms this 1/- Plate Proof is UNIQUE.  From the Estate of Ronald Harrison, Chief Engraver of the Commonwealth Stamp Printing Branch, and the collection of Max Watson, signatory of the RPSV Expert Committee Certificates. The ACSC states that only one example is recorded.  I confirm this is that exact stamp, Cat $1,500 in 2004.  The issued stamps were of course on “V over Crown” wmk paper, Comb Perf 12x12½.  Under $US700 as I type this. $A995 (Stock 692KW)
 


  1946 SUPERB Qantas Airletter Re-Opening England-Australia Air Service:  Absolutely amazingly fresh condition for something near 70 years old. The first Qantas flight to UK after the War.  Captains in various stages were Mills/Mant/Jackson. This cover flew the long multi-stop 10,000 mile “Kangaroo” route via Pakistan, in a “Lancaster” to Karachi, and the a BOAC flight to London. AAMC 1038A $225, and often are in dreadful condition. This airletter in this pristine shape, is most unusual and desirable. 7d KGVI Sydney cds “9 AP 46”. Pristine and SUPERB. $A200 (Stock number 348EX)  

 



 

 

 

N.Z. 2003 Xmas 40c “MISSING SILVER FERN” Variety, Ret $3,500 just $A300:  Really spectacular error. In a late printing of the self-adhesive coil rolls 100 of this stamp, someone, somehow, omitted the Silver Fern on 1 stamp in each roll on the printer plate. As it was a last printing, all collectors and New Issue dealers had bought their copies long ago, and this error largely seemed to pass without notice until way off sale.  A few used copies later turned up from folks searching mission kiloware, and even so, are $500 apiece, but MINT are really elusive.  A client who I understand worked at a PO or had a friend there, noticed them, and bought and paid face value for a few copies from the rolls on hand.  More than a decade on, 13 years in fact, to make sure no other small caches were tucked away, I’ve bought them.  The Silver Fern will be the new NZ flag design of course, so these have added zing!  See - tinyurl.com/KiwiFlag

The guy bought them in MUH strips 3 as you can see - showing the "Missing Fern" error superbly in the centre of each strip with a normal on either side. Campbell Paterson Cat SC45f(Y), $NZ1,750. Stanley Gibbons Cat SG 2649a. Retail elsewhere is $A3,500 for such strips of 3 - http://ow.ly/RT7ck -  or strips 6 for $A2,275 - tinyurl.com/FernNZ  which only have 1 error of course.  My lowball price is $A350 (Just $US240) for 1 strip 3 as shown, or $A1,500 ($A300 each) or $US1,035 = $US207 a strip!) for 5 strips 3 if anyone wants to play “ebay roulette” with these, or pop these in the ‘bottom drawer’ etc!  Remember, you are getting these in superb strips of 3 like the top pic. The single I cropped off the scan of the strip, simply to show more detail.  You can buy FIVE strips off me, for well under what dealers sell a single for on ebay!  A major error for as low as $US210 a strip! $A350 (Stock 692GL)

 

 

Papua New Guinea 1994
 Rare ‘Emergency Overprints’:

 

 
Papua New Guinea 1994 "Emergency Overprints" stamp set:  I do now have, and 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 make spaces for them. Only 45,000 sets were ever printed, NONE were sold by the agents, Papua New Guinea Bureau, or even Australia Post. Nearly all were used up on genuine commercial mail. Not discovered by 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.

Definitive sets like the 1967 Anguilla overprints are already cat at $18,000 in Stanley Gibbons ... and Anguilla has NOTHING like even 1% of the collector following of PNG I suspect. 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

Finally - all the 1994 "Emergency" sets I sell are of course guaranteed 100% genuine. You may ask for a Photo Certificate Of Genuineness on my security watermarked colour letterhead for this set of 11 or 20, dated and signed, illustrating in full colour the exact set I mail you. If required, this CERTIFICATE costs you an extra $A50 (stock 928ZV) on top of price of the stamps, largely to cover the considerable time and messing around of individually preparing each one, typing, and scanning &c.

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 RPS would not have a clue about these issues. 'Too Modern' they would sniff. Years down the track when the set sells for several times what it does now, such a certificate Guaranteeing these came from original PNG sources in 1994/5 will add FAR more than $A50 to the extra price you obtain when selling

 

 

This month's Special - I have ONE set of MUH blocks 4 of the rare set 11, discounted from $A1,250 to $A995 (Around $US725!) – Stock 928ZK  

 




 


 

 

Switzerland 1857, 1 Franc Lilac “Strubel” or “Rappen” Imperf – attractive used, just *15%* of SG!:  Early Swiss imperf issues are notorious for forgeries and faults and heavy repairs. This is 105% guaranteed genuine in all respects verified by a Swiss based expert dealer, and is free of hinges and gook and gunk, to hide the usual repairs of the past 160 years.  Best of all, it has a fully dated cancel that Swiss buyers LOVE, and always add a premium for “Glarus - 21 JULI - 57 – 9(A)M”.  Glarus is a small town of about 13,000 in east-central Switzerland. 1855-57 1 Franc Lilac, Scott 31, Cat $US1,000 specifically for 3 margins, and Scott notes fault free 4 margins copies sell well above catalogue. SG 38 £1,100 = $A2,400. These stamps had a horizontal silk security thread woven into the stamp paper, as an anti-forgery device.  (Just like the GB 1847 Embossed series) The first print had yellow silk threads which were hard to see, and they reverted to the more common BLACK thread we have here. Sound attractive example, SG 38 £1,100 = $A2,400 with clear cancel date, but only 15% of SG to clear. Just $US250. $A350 (Stock 682FW)

 



 

 


Australia Post Annual "Year Books" Black LEATHER "Executive" Edition complete - Book #1 to 2000  - $A575 under retail  ONE set only!  The "Leather" (Executive) books are VERY classy.  All have been Black genuine Leather covered, with brass corners, since the first issue in 1986, so they are a fully matched classy Black set. Covers are thickly padded and deeply gold inscribed on front and spine.  Each book has a matching gold embossed heavy slipcase .. see the main photo above - the 3 slipcases are standing at back.  These keep dust and moisture OUT of your stamp albums and are ESSENTIAL in this climate.

Australia Post charges $35 more for each Leather album over the regular Year Book, due to high cost of making leather covers etc.  So retail 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 lounge room bookshelf these look super classy - like a set of Law Books or Britannia's etc!  They come out each year in 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 in many shops. The 1988 LEATHER book has always been near impossible to source.  Full retail list of these superb books here - http://tinyurl.com/mgcqfbw

I have ALWAYS had the largest stock of Year Books in Sydney  probably Australia.  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.  And I thus MUST sell as cheaply as I can, to MOVE all this stock, or I will drown in it!  Bought this CHEAP today in an Estate, so OUT they go.

This is a lovely collection of EVERY leather book issued from 1986 (Leather Book Number #1) to 2000.  FIFTEEN matched books.   A large wine carton FULL.  My normal discount retail on these as you can see nearby is $A1,575.  (All later Leather books are in stock of course.)  A superb gift idea perhaps for someone?  To clear this Estate lot fast, out they go for $575 less than retail - a round figure per set of 15 -  $A995  (Order as stock code 451W)



 
 

 

Superb and Ornate NE Tasmania 1870 Share Certificate:  (Price Just Reduced By $200 - HALF price!)  I paid a lot of money for this one, as it is by FAR the most attractive and colorful share cert I have EVER seen from the Australasian area.  Mostly they were pretty boring and drab looking, but this is an absolute gem - a real ornate work of art, as can be seen, with gold leaf even!  On watermarked, deckle edge quality handmade paper.

"United Victorian & Tasmanian Quartz Mining Co" 1870 blue & gold 'Scrip Certificate' for 10 shares. Beautiful! This relates to the short-lived gold rush at Lyndhurst (then called Waterhouse) in NE Tasmania. Gold was discovered there in 1869.  The similar era and size, private Australian banknotes have gained in interest enormously in recent years, and sell into 5 figures.  Again, the most ornate, get the best prices in general. These are very akin to those private banknotes.

A near identical one - made out to same person even, with near identical share registry numbers, was offered at the nation's leading Numismatic auction Nobles and was invoiced after costs for $A815 - on a $250 estimate - http://ow.ly/AlvIE See large blow up of it on that site.  Save $515 buying from Stevo for a finer example!  Absolutely wonderful fresh condition for 145 years old, and no pinholes, as per the Nobles example. Just $US210. $A300 (Stock 527GD)

 

 

 


 

NZ 1993 $1.20 Dinosaur Stamp superb CTO, SG £3,125 ($A6,900) for just $A200!  Just 3% of Gibbons!  What an amazing hoard. A dealer bought a stack of sheets of these in 1993, all cancelled FDI at the Philatelic Bureau on October 1, 1993. He knew this Mauisarus stamp would be scarce, as it was a UNIQUE Dinosaur species from NZ (from 70 million years back) and as such had barely appeared on any other country stamp for that reason.  As there are masses of Dinosaur topical collectors globally, all after things they do not own, that was pretty cunning.  

His theory was perfect as the used stamp soon shot up in value  to more than mint in fact, and in the SG cat is SG 1766, Cat £2.50 each x 1,250++ units = £3,125 current cat = $A6,900.  Dealer laboriously tore them into singles and added one in each outgoing order as a thank you freebie for his buyers, with a little roneoed note inside as to what it was, and why it would stay scarce. Smart idea as a good client freebie for a low cost.  Would work just as well today actually, or offer them on ebay etc, for 10 - £25 ($A55) SG cat, superb FDI CTO, for $10 each lot etc. just 3% of Gibbons!  Just $US140 - $A200 (Stock 713LD)
   

 




 

 

VAN DIEMEN'S LAND (Tasmania) 1827, Bill of Exchange Cheque for £100 Sterling:  Issued in Hobart Town, 11th October 1827, Number 414, payable to Deputy Ass’t Comm(issariat) General Hall, and signed A. Moodie.  On “Magnay & Sons London” double lined watermarked paper, and signed “Geo Hall” on reverse. Almost identical to the Third Of Exchange example shown in Renniks on page 160, of same year, and has the same two Signatories even, with Renniks Cat $7,500 in VF, and this one is higher graded, XF at least. 105% original, and Guaranteed 105% Genuine.  Wonderful condition, and an early piece of our pioneer early history.

An incredibly early official monetary instrument from Tasmania, (indeed for Australia) and in SUPERB condition, especially for something from this region, 188 years old. Hobart was a truly tiny and remote settlement in 1827, and not even a city. Convicts had not yet streamed en-masse from the UK, and the infamous Port Arthur Prison was not even commenced until 1830.  She had no Registry of Deeds in which to record land dealings until 1827 when up by Governor Arthur, and financial arrangements were not much better, the tiny settlement was left to deal with such issues as best it could.

A bill of Exchange Cheque was an early form of Bank Draft. Indeed in early days of Tasmania, a de-facto currency for large sums, backed and guaranteed by His Majesty’s Treasury London, no less. The Bank Of Van Diemen’s Land was not even established until October 1827, when this was issued.  These were generally drawn in “sets” - the Original, the “Second" or duplicate of Exchange, and also a "Third Of Exchange", the most commonly seen. Each was drawn for the same amount, but was worded so that only one of a set of 3 was ever paid. In those days when sea-mails were slow and uncertain, each copy of the “set” was deliberately sent to the Drawer by a different set of ships and sea routes, and the first one to be received, was paid.

The sailing ships used to carry this “set” are noted by sender in Red at base of the Bill, and are by “Persian” (400 Tons) and “Lang” (556 tons). The return manifest of “Lang” in Jan 1828 under Capt Lusk included "431 bales wool, 193 casks whale oil, 696½ slabs and 190 bundles of whale bone, 90 tons mimosa bark and 55 planks cedar" (!)   Superb condition for something of this nature and age, and one of the very finest of the few survivors. Catalogued $A7,500+ and highly sought after. These appeal to a wide range of collectors - of Banknotes and cheques, early Australian historical documents, and early Tasmania etc. $A2.500 (Stock 693HQ)

 


 

Bahamas 1902/1910 6d Brown KEVII “Deformed E” Superb dated used:  One of the great plate varieties from this popular country. Variety shows beautifully clear of the postmark, as you can see.  Superb used - clean and fresh and bright and totally free of hinges, ad gunk and gook so common on stamps over a century old. Has a clear light cds of “NASSAU - AUG 09 – (BAHAMAS)” which is ESSENTIAL to see when buying a used copy as Mint are HALF the price of used, and crooks add vague fake corner cancels. For the USED collector, a dated cds is essential. SG 66a, Cat £300 = $A650. A fraction of SG, and under $US200 right now: $A275 (Stock 398RK)

 



 

 

New Zealand 2006 Kapa Haka “Unissued” set of 5:  Sold, advertised, mailed and charged to some standing order clients by NZ Post. But hastily withdrawn in panic at 11th hour, as some Maori activists did not like the design images.  39 mint sets of 5 were mailed and they are the rarest post-war issues for 100 years from NZ. (See note in SG “New Zealand” cat.) An affordable way to buy these is via the un-issued 45¢ "Poi" Maori dancer self-adhesive booklet stamps or the 45¢ coil version.  FAST ordering is recommended as when my small stock is gone, they can't be replaced.

Price is $A2,000 a single 45¢ self-adhesive booklet stamp neatly cut from the block, or $A3,950 a horizontal pair. (45¢ Coil stamps the same prices)  Or $A7,000 a booklet block of 4 - 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 $A14,000. (One only in stock.)

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.  I have several full sets of 5 for sale MUH at $A8,500 a set 5 or $A45,000 for a plate block 6.

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 interest there on entry.  My copies are IN-STOCK, and ready to mail now.

Remember only 39 mint sets of 5 of these were sold, and NZ Post has confirmed that in writing – 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.  A full set of 5 from me costs only $A8,500 – or just $A1,700 each.  Classics of the future.

For FAR more details of them all here: 
www.glenstephens.com/kapa_haka.html
 


 


 


 

 

SINGAPORE used coll, from SG 1 to 1990. SG £938 ($A2,060) for just $A400:  (Price Just Reduced By $100!!)  Handy lot, from KGVI Defins - sets to $5 in both perfs, to 1990.  Many key sets and Defins all through.  A lot more pages of these stamps shown here -  http://tinyurl.com/SINcoll  Correct SG cat is £938 = $A2,060 last year: higher in new cat for sure.  All on pages in side plastic protectors, in a red album.  Condition seems OK on a quick look, but being in protectors, hard to check them! Under 20% of SG Cat – just $US280 - $A400   (Stock 187QV)

 



 

Superb Used 1915 Second Watermark 2/- Kangaroo stamp:   Cost - what a few current “Year Books” are, from your local PO!  Madness.  What will THEY be worth in 10 years? This Second Watermark (emergency war-time use on KGV watermark paper) was only on sale for a short time during WW1 before the 3rd watermark 2/- brown was issued. Only one printing of 960,000 was made.  And most importantly, there are only 2 x genuine CTO 2/- copies known in the collector market - unlike the 1913 First Watermark 2/-, where literally 1,000s of CTO exist, for folks seeking an “attractive used” copy for the album.  

A very FU example of this same stamp sold recently at public auction here for near $A600. (Estimate $160) I sold it to that seller for about $200 only a few years back. 95% of those offered on ebay etc are NOT Second Watermark. I can pick these stamps at a glance from the front. They are always a paler brown like this - Thirds never are, and these always have clean cut perfs .. the cheap THIRD wmk never do. Clueless or conniving Ebay Bunny sellers know neither fact of course. This exact stamp was a recent “Tip Of The Month” - http://ow.ly/B4CfB  Crisp upright “SYDNEY SPECIAL - 2 JE : 16” cds.

Buying from me you get GUARANTEED Second Watermark, and a GUARANTEED grade .. 100% free of thins, tears, creases and foxing so normal on these 100 years old stamps. Clean and fresh and neatly cancelled, clear of main Roo design. 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 from $50 to $450 in cost. Contact me re your Australia USED gaps. The reason Grange Hermitage wine sells for $500 a bottle, and rough reds are always $5 a bottle, is the same as VFU stamps - some savvy folks recognise real quality - and will gladly pay for it!  $A395 (Stock 816RG)

 

 


 

 

QANTAS $2 Airbus A380 stamp, totally **IMPERFORATE** Block of 4 just $A40!: Australia Post released just 750 x IMPERFORATE uncut panes of mini sheets of 4 x $2 stamps. 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.

Each sheet is foil numbered in lower right margin, and also comes with a hand numbered PO Certificate Of Guarantee that only 750 panes in TOTAL were sold, including all left and right panes. Indeed there were only 375 left pane and 375 x right pane ... both panes of 12 sheets are marked 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 is limited, and has remained RED hot - just like the stamp border colour!  I obtained a few by paying folks $100 to sit on the phone for hours re-dialling until they got through!  Price per IMPERF pane is from $A40 full details here - with a LOT more photos of all the options and choices on these even full uncut sheets available for $A350 -  http://tinyurl.com/lspm4vf  $A40 (Order as stock number 433VN)

 


 
 

New Zealand – KGVI reign  £3½ and £4½ "Arms" issue for tiny % of SG!  £4,250 for $A495:   Clean Fine Used, with no faults or repairs or embossing.  Cancelled with non-postal dated cancels, that many dealers would simply sell as “FU”.   A stamp pair missing from nearly all KGVI collections, worldwide.  SG Cat F 209 - £2,250 and SG F167 £2,000  for $A275 each or the both for $A495.  The fiscal copies of these usually have multiple ugly auditor hole punches, and/or pen or crayon cancels and/or heavy embossing “crimps” – or all 3!  Pop them on ebay, and you never do know!  I have a couple of each.  Sold for just a few % of the Gibbons cat for postal used.  Or buy the SG cat £4,250 pair = $A9,350 at just $US345 - $A495 the PAIR  (Stock number 502GL)

 



 

Australia 1977 Silver Jubilee PLATE PROOF BLOCK 4 at Quarter Cat!   Always a fast seller.  These are official PO plate proofs, and like all the others have some creasing.  ACSC 766PP(1) Cat $500 per imperf PAIR or $1,000 a block 4.  Seemed a real shame to cut it into pairs but if you want a pair, I will do that for $A140 .. your choice or top or bottom.  $A250  - (Order as stock number 225RL)

  


 

 

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All prices are "nett" ... what you see is WHAT you pay. NO Nasty, nasty 15%-20% Auction house "Buyer's Commission" silly nonsense is later extorted from you!
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  This page features worldwide rare, unusual, and one-of-a-kind items of special interest. It is one of Australia's MOST visited stamp dealer web

pages. Check EVERY day, as you can see - new items are regularly added and the sold ones removed. Many large dealers buy from here regularly.

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A note about payment on these: Yes, these lots are expensive, but
"Lay-By" is available; E-mail, Phone, or Fax me to discuss it. I do NOT rip you off like auctions and add 15-20% to my prices. A $1,000 stamp is $1,000 - not $1,200.

 

 

 

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I charge NO nasty, nasty "Buyer's Commission" on stamps
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REMEMBER - WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS WHAT YOU PAY!

Most 4 figure items like these on this page only appear at public auction.  You THEN need to pay 15-20% extra on top of the hammer price - for the nasty, nasty "Buyer Commission".  As well the associated GST taxes, then added to that commission, and then GST added on the postage and handling and insurance etc.  AND then often another 3 on top of all that, to use a credit card like Amex or Diners!  So your invoice can often be 25% MORE than you bid.

These commissions pay for the MASSIVE overhead of the auctions. Their dozen or so staff, Director Fees, fancy rented buildings, Deluxe catalogues, and $2000 a page full colour ads in magazines all around the globe etc. I have none of this overhead.  I work on my own - from home. No rent, no staff, no fancy catalogues or $2000 ads. Just fast turnover and low prices, and a done on the CHEAP website as you can see!

All prices on this page are nett - NO extra taxes or commissions are added to the price.  KNOW in advance what you are up for!  And I NEVER charge buyers extra for using their credit card. NEVER.  That is absurd, and pure gouging, but the worlds leading auction houses seem to hate Amex cards as you will doubtless realise.

In my near 35 years full time selling stamps I have hardly auctioned one stamp.  I do not believe in it.  My huge website gets far more visitors than most large local auctions, and always has. Coming up to THREE MILLION visitors is living testament to that.  I am pleased to sell direct - at fair sensible prices, so you know EXACTLY where you stand. You buy direct off me, and YOU the customer get the savings.

And as many of my clients are overseas, remember EVERY price below is in AUSTRALIAN dollars.  For European buyers go check how cheap these "Pacific Peso" prices really are on: www.xe.com  And most importantly, the way I ship, you generally avoid the nasty UK 20% VAT - and the similar European and NZ and Canada import and GST taxes etc.

As with ALL my sales, payment is tailored to suit YOU.  If you see something for $A1,000 that will mean a divorce case if you buy it outright, I am happy to do a lay-by or layaway.  I can debit your credit card 4 debits of $250 or whatever suits. There is NO price penalty whatever for you to use this system - even if you use credit cards. Just let me know what suits.  Happy reading!  Glen 

 

 

 

 

 




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