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A True “Modern RARITY” set has JUST been issued:  Australian domestic postage letter rates were hiked outrageously by 40% on January 4 here.  The entire country is on holiday then, and the increase was bungled big-time by head office.  No-one there had the brains to reprint up front, a ton of 30¢ Crocodile definitive values to have on hand as “make-up” in each state, to up-rate all current 70¢ stamps, to the new $1 rate.  The Australia Post Distributor of Stamps in Adelaide totally ran out of 30¢ stamps the first day the letter rate increased to $1 - on Monday, 4 January 2016.  To alleviate this shortfall and appease angry clients holding 70¢ stocks, the Adelaide GPO frantically printed up a very small Emergency issue of 30¢ Counter-Printed peel and stick Stamps. (“CPS”)  Only a few 1000 sets were made.

They used a 22 year old “CPS” (Counter Printed Stamp) machine, that was only used once a year for the small stamp show souvenir stamps etc.  Adelaide is the only state to have retained one. (All states got one in 1994!)  Distribution of these Emergency 30¢ stamps began on 5th January to dozens of suburban Adelaide POs urgently seeking 30¢ values.  So the earliest potential sale date was 6th January as offices received them, and started selling their stock. Supplies of 30¢ Crocodile stamps were back in the stocks of the Adelaide Distributor Of Stamps from Melbourne, by Friday 8th January, and
NO more 30¢ counter-printed stamps were produced - and this has been confirmed by AP.  At no time in history has any CPS machine been used for other than current letter rate I understand. This set was a “First” in very many ways.   

There was zero advance notice given of these 30¢ Emergency issues, and no philatelic stocks were put aside, or sold to ANYONE.  No FDC sets exist.  A sharp eyed Adelaide collector noticed them at his local PO, and “the hunt was on”!  This is the very first time since Federation in 1901 that the Australian Post Office has printed an Emergency postage stamp issue of any kind.  Only a few 1000 sets were sold.  It was 100% official, it was sold for face value at dozens of large POs for a couple of days, and they were widely used on commercial mail.  Many genuine covers, and lots of postally used copies have turned up in Kiloware.  They will be, and are now listed and priced thus, mint and used, in major catalogues at up to $A4,500 per set 6.  The PNG items of exactly the same background are listed of course - tinyurl.com/PNGOPS and at very HIGH prices globally, despite a huge 45,000 sets being produced and sold.        

Stamp Dealer legend here Rodney Perry, has described this Adelaide Emergency 30¢ issue of 6 as a “Modern Rarity” several times, and I’d totally concur.  More discussion on them here, with all the national Fairfax and News Limited media, news and radio story links on them -  tinyurl.com/2016set  A 30c SINGLE stamp on a commercial cover to Melbourne sold for an unbelievable $1,700 to a medico - tinyurl.com/30cEnv  with 67 frantic bids!  A totally philatelic cover, non-mailed, sold for $1,880 - with 37 bids - tinyurl.com/1880CPS  A set a client bought off me for a few $100 this year, sold soon afterwards 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 5,000 times face valueA 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” in the USA had this Front Page, and as their most viewed story that week - tinyurl.com/Linns30c - 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  And they featured on the lead story in a recent edition ion of the biggest selling German stamp magazine “BRIEFMARKEN SPIEGEL” and had a large piece in a recent “Gibbons Stamp Monthly”.

These ARE now fully catalogued in Gibbons, SG 4492/4497 and are listed at $4,500 a set 6 Mint, and $3,000 used (4242/4248) in the mass selling Renniks “Stamps Of Australia” catalogue.  I have just a few complete sets of 6 MUH left for sale - just $A330 a stamp, for something that maybe 150 or so full mint sets exist of globally, as I type.  I mailed a set on 6 covers to the Russian Air Force Base to the Commander of the orbiting “ISS” MIR Space Station, taken to him on a supply flight - he is a keen collector and ordered them!  There are 2 underlying stamp design types - Type “A” and Type “B”.  (Outlined on link above)  Latter costs 15% more ($A2,300 - Stock 572GR) , or both sets 6 together, save $200, for $A4,100 (Stock 572GC)  I have one flat joined strip of 6 - in scarce Type “B” luckily, for $A2,400 (Stock 571GK)  A set 6 is only about $US1,500 a set as I type this (I accept paypal in USD – ask me!), and is $1,000 or so LESS than some recent ebay sales, but only for those who act FAST: $A1,995 (Stock 572GY)  Or, the identical designs set of 6 “$1.00 ADELAIDE 2016” that were also sold out fast, for $A75 a set 6 (Stock 571GX) or 10 sets 6 of those for dealers/investors for $A500 (Stock 571GY)

 

 


 

 

Australia 1929 5/- Kangaroo Small Multiple Watermark:  Bright and attractive in the deeper shade, Greyish Black and Yellow Orange. SG 111.  Wildly under-rated - sold during the Great Depression an mint copies were NOT put aside, as everyone was broke, and replaced soon after by the CofA.  Fresh mint and ACSC 45B, $A500.  Not in ACSC is the nice variety – Roo ear is outside map due to an upwards colour shift of the Vignette black plate - that is a free bonus!  I’ve witnessed such shifts get substantial premium amounts at Auction.  Anyway, priced here the same as a normal. $A300 (Stock 392LQ)

 

 
 


 

 

Papua New Guinea 1971 SHELLS Booklet x *50* Mint copies!  Estate buy today. Someone looks like they bought these near a Half Century ago, and they have only just now reached the market.  Pretty booklet, with marginal blocks 10 of the 1969 7c Shell Definitive stamp. SG SB3, Cat £650.  Pfeffer #3 cat $1,500.  Very seldom seen early booklet, and a great ebay re-seller etc, as both PNG and Shells are globally super popular.  Just $A5 each, or well under $US4 apiece - Cat £650, retail $1,500. $A250 (Stock 782RT)

 

 

 

1/- Kangaroo “OS” lovely centered John Ash Imprint Pair:  Superb appearance for ANY Roo imprint as can be readily seen, which normally have one stamp badly off-centred as we know, due to printer “aiming” at top left corner of sheet 120 with the perforating comb head.  FAR better centred than most, with excellent perfs. Clean and fresh MUH - hinge in margin only. 33(3)ze Cat $400 a pair HINGED, so MUH is about $900 adjusted up. Deep vivid colour, a steal for this grade at just - $A250 (Stock 683PQ)

 

 


 

Falkland Islands 1968 £1 “Yellow Orchid” top value stamp, Part Sheet 20, superb MUH:  A spectacular showpiece for a Falklands Collector, a QE2 Collector or an Orchid Collector.  Way back 50 years ago, £20 was a FORTUNE for a single new Issue piece and I doubt a larger multiple exists anywhere these days.  Perfect album page size, and a stunning ORCHID collectible corner block 20.  Falklands is one of THE most popular Commonwealth countries and the current SG value of this stamps has not changed in 30 years - I kid you not, and is long overdue for anyone who buys at today’s silly prices.  SG 245 Cat £240 - for the past 30 years literally! $A195 (Stock 476KC)  

 

 

 

Victoria 1975 $10 top value *Fish and Wildlife Hunting Permit Stamp* - “Fallow Deer”:  One of the best looking modern errors since the war.  Well centered MUH.  One sheet was discovered it is understood, and on 1 vertical row so 10 pairs could exist.  $20 was a fortune back 42 years back.  Fresh MUH with the matt gum as issued.  Perfect centering, and great visual appearance, and a fine item to add to any modern collection.  Australian States revenue issues are going INSANE in auction in recent times.  A 1d South Australia revenue sold at auction for $11,650 - www.glenstephens.com/snoctober07 and even a modern 1977 SA set sold at auction for over $2,500 - www.glenstephens.com/snfebruary08  One area to watch for future growth, and a visually striking stamp - $A185 (Stock 127RT)

 

 

 


 

  Great Britain 1929 £1 Black "PUC" well centered Mint:  The one stamp missing from near EVERY GB collection on earth!  In my view about the most attractive stamp design of the entire 20th century. From ANYWHERE. The pinnacle of the Bradbury Wilkinson stamp engraver's art.  A quite MASSIVE stamp, with a huge and ornate 3D ‘Crown Cypher’ watermark that is truly a work of art in itself.  This is the “5/- Bridge” of GB stamps, or the USA “Graf Zeppelin” issue etc.  EVERY collector wants one, and few secure one in their lifetime. Only 61,000 stamps were sold - far less than the 5/- Bridge stamp, and the UK had MANY times our population.

With quite good centring for this monster .. many are way off centre and/or mostly have one or more ripped out perfs due to the very soft fibrous paper - the perfs on this guy are as good as you’ll see anywhere. This was literally a week’s Gross wages for a working man, back then in the Depth of the Great Depression.  Anyone who DID have a job did not buy a mint stamp in the early 1930s, for a week’s wages at the PO!   Clean and fresh – has a typical heavy selvedge hinge, common in Depression Era on large size stamps to hold them in place!  Has a faint gum crease as often found on this biggie. SG 438 £750, although GB retail for decent looking copies is near full SG at times - this is one GB stamp that never trades at a large discount to catalogue. $A575 (Stock 731KX)

 

 
 

 

CANADA Lovely collection of Mint KGVI "G" & OHMS" Official Stamps SG £774. $A400:  Canada registered and officials. Correct SG £774. Nice lot on old SG pages from Estate - collection assembled 50 years back, and not touched single. Fresh MLH lot.  Current SG Cat £770 - pencil prices on pages are 4 years old, and lower.  A few used stamps here and there.  Many more pix here - tinyurl.com/CanadaOMHS – only around $US300 right now -  $A400 (Stock 326GC)

 

 

1883 5/- Deep Rose Queen Victoria super fresh MLH - Cat £1,100 for just $A650:  With Anchor watermark on white paper, super fresh MLH:  Corner letters MD, mint light hinged - no thins, tears or bends, a fresh and well centred example.  SG 180 - £1,100. These stamps are PLENTIFUL used, as that was the small packet rate to Australia.  But MINT is quite another thing altogether.  5/- was a TON of money 134 years back, and only the very wealthy bought Mint examples to collect. And most of those are now pretty stuffed after all this time.  Cat £1,100 = $A2,200 and super fresh.  Right now - only $US475. $A650 (Stock 837EQ)

 

 

 

GB specialised collection (KGV/KGVI) 1911 to 1951 on 8 Hagners - SG value £1305:  Mint, many key pieces MUH, and used with watermarks sideways and inverted etc.  A lot of the better Mint is fresh MUH like 1929 UPU set, (The hinged £1 PUC I’ve listed separately here) 1948 £1 Wedding etc, and many Defins etc.  50 instant ebay lots here for someone, or an "instant" collection!  A TON more pix here - http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=75001-  $A475 (Stock 539VA)

 

 

 

Singapore 1969 150th Anniversary “Founding Day” Miniature Sheet - the BIG DADDY, Cat £375 for $A290!   I see ONE of these each 10 years or so - incredibly scarce, only a small numbered printed. Fresh attractive MLH, all the stamps are totally fresh MUH of course.  Indeed the 6 stamps are perfectly centred as you can see – most sheets have off centred stamp units.  SG MS #127 cat £375 mint, and £400 used if anyone wants to CTO it!  The ONE item missing from every Singapore collection from the past 75 years. $A290 (Stock 834YW)

 

 
 

 

Australia £2 Black and Red Kangaroo.  Super Fresh MVLH:  The ONE stamp missing from near all Australia collections, is the “2 Pound Roo”.  They have never been cheap mint, and get dearer each year.  Indeed the value of these beats out inflation rate every year.  A ‘Blue Chip’ item for any collection. These £2 Mint Kangaroos have increased each year in value, since 1934!  This same Estate had all Roos and KGV mint, from the 1913 set to £2 etc - enquire.  Nearly every mint collection of Australian stamps is missing this £2 stamp

This was literally a fortnight’s Gross wages for a working man, back then in the Depth of the Great Depression here.  Anyone who DID have a job did not buy a mint stamp, for 2 or 3 weeks wages at the PO!  SG 138, £4,250=$A8,000.  Superbly “British Fresh” - looks like it was printed yesterday - not 83 years back. One very feint hinge touch mark, and NO hinge remains, and that is it.  Most of these have 2 or 3 ugly heavy hinges and remains by now. Brilliant, unusually deep and vivid colours, and crisp, razor sharp impression. Has the strange “Muzzled Roo” Var, Cat $7,500.  A very nice fresh bright example, at HALF SG cat - $A3,950 (Stock 642JX)

 

 

 

Nice looking Vatican Stamp Collection 1929-1960, Cat £1,900, just $A500:  A pretty collection on old SG leaves.  New onto the market from family of Stuart Gordon McFarlane, C.M.G. M.B.E.  McFarlane was Secretary to The Australia Treasury for a decade 1938 to 1948 - right during the WW2 era, and his signature was on billions of Australian banknotes. McFarlane was in the Department of Defence as Chief Inspector of Finances, and held the ranks during WWI of Major (1916) and Lieutenant Colonel (1917). He came into VERY nice stamps via his high Military contacts, and I bought sheets and blocks of MUH 1st wmk NWPI values to 1/-, KGV heads, and a page of totally genuine GRI overprints, issued during this time. Until recently these stamps had NEVER been on the stamp market since issue - up to 87 years ago, and the family were not interested in keeping them any longer.

I also bought general albums of his, and Switzerland and France.  I understand Mr McFarlane was a Catholic, hence his interest in stamps of this era. Nice looking Vatican Stamp Coll 1929-1960, Cat £1,900. $A500.  Near all MUH, many of the modern being MUH, hinged on margins bend back on album page.  Overall a lovely fresh attractive lot - a little minor aging on first page or so, but the value is in the very fresh mint material. Vatican 1929 to 1960 M & U, MLH x 17 pages SG value Cat £1,900.  A bargain at $500 - just a few of these would cost that on their own!  Sold 2 of the mega cat items but otherwise offered untouched.  MANY more pix here - tinyurl.com/VaticanColl - $A500
(Stock 421GP)

 

 

 

 

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. (Stock 942GW)
 

 

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  


 

 

SG "Part 1 - 2017” British Commonwealth Stamp Catalogue:  “FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING FOR 2 WEEKS ONLY.  SG cost in the UK is £86, plus $A60 air post to Australia, so ordering off me saves you money, and saves you a LOT of time!  As usual they are offered here first.  EVERY year, those who get theirs before anyone else locally, make money.  A huge A4 Catalogue, thick heavy outer covers, all professionally case bound, and over 700 pages of info here in full colour and low glare Brite-White paper. Prices have once again been very carefully reviewed and there are 10,000s of increases (and a few decreases) throughout the catalogue.

India and States are up again, as are Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and the continued demand for errors and varieties in all areas and periods, has resulted in some notable further rises. Major plate flaws are being added and priced all the time, as is shown in the page close up nearby. New varieties appear for this first time in this edition, some of which I suggested, such as the 1929 3d Airmail “Long Wing To Plane”. At £250 mint and £150 = $A300 used and find one of EITHER in a junk lot or club circuit book, and this catalogue is easily paid for - INSTANTLY!  Did you know the “Top Hat” flaw on the 6d Kookaburra is now cat £1,300 mint - up from £550 just 2 years back?  A very rare flaw, and very seldom offered.

Buy off someone using even last year’s Part 1 cat, and YOU win BIG time!  Or the “Man with Tail” on 1937 2d NSW is now £700 mint and £140 used. I found 2 used copies recently in a kid's collection - those 2 literally paid for this catalogue. Were you aware a ½d Orange Kangaroo Coil Block of 4 is now Cat in SG at £950 mint?  “Knowledge Is Power” - as I have typed here 1000 times!  Did you know the 1941 1/- Lyrebird with inverted watermark is Cat £5,000 mint, and £4,000 used - but just 10p in normal used etc?  The new 10th edition includes new watermark and perforation varieties in Australian States, and the recent discovery KGV 1d red with sideways watermark is listed for the first time in Part One - and with a price of £50,000, it's surely worth checking to see if you've got one! FREE GLOBAL AIR SHIPPING FOR 2 WEEKS ONLY”  These are REAL HEAVY – about 3 kilos. Normal shipping to USA/Canada from me etc is ~$100.  Under $US150 right now, mailed to your American door!  $A199 (Stock 845LQ)
 

 


 

 

British Indian Ocean Territory MUH stamp Coll in nice KaBe Album $A225:  Green KaBe German top quality hingeless album - retail $175 alone!  1968 to 2000. SG value of the stamp here £458 - ($A900) and a $175 album, so a $1,000++ type "instant" collection.  Virtually complete in stamps for the period - has empty pages for 1968 issues, but no stamps on those, right up to end 1999 issues. Only very few pages are shown here - tinyurl.com/BIOTcoll - to give you a brief overview, as getting dark here now at 8.15pm and camera reflecting too much on overhead lights! Full Definitive sets, Mini Sheets, and sheetlets of this super popular country that one NEVER sees offered! Pretty lot from Estate, odd very minor blemish sighted here and there, but priced to clear at just $225. When did you last see a collection of this area for sale??! $A225 (Stock 541BT)

 

 

 

 

Germany 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, 2 Mark complete stapled Booklet - PRISTINE!:  Michel #42.2, red cover, with a Deep Maroon sash diagonally across the front cover. Containing two x fresh unmounted MUH se-tenant panes of 10, comprising 3pf Gymnastics x 4, and 12pf Torch Relay x 4.  And 4pf Diving x 4 and 6pf Soccer x 4, all in MUH se-tenant pairs for each value in each pane.  Michel Cat €1,000 = $A1,500 for average books. This one in Pristine condition - as if printed and assembled yesterday - been in Germany near all its life.  Impossible to improve on grade.  Even the metal staples are pristine - an extraordinary grade for 81 years old.  Razor sharp corners, and original interleaving sheet, and postal rates both inner covers.

For the discerning stamp collector, for whom only the BEST quality will ever do.  The 1936 Berlin Olympics was Hitler’s Aryan Supremacy Propoganda stage to the world – torpedoed as we all now know by USA Negro Jesse Owens great Gold Medal successes!  The familiar Olxympic Rings logo being grabbed by the talons of the German Eagle on the front cover is very aggressive imagery, and something the IOC would NEVER allow today.  A very rarely offered booklet in any condition, much less this fine, and essential for all GERMANY collectors, AND of course the legions of Olympic/Sports Collectors.  Near a QUARTER Michel, and only $US440 as I type this - $A600 (Stock 936LT)  

 

 

 


 

 

2000 "FOR VALOUR" $1 Victoria Cross PNC Retail $300, for $A199:  The absolute key to any PNC collection.  The ONLY way to source the Victoria Cross design $1 coin is by tearing open one of these. Coin dealers rip up 100s a year, and toss the stamps into the kiloware box. All collectors of face different Australia coins HAVE to have this one. In 10 years’ time a complete PNC such as this will be many times the cost of a coin as the PNCS will be near extinct - the conservative McDonald retail of the loose coin alone is $295 - the PNC is listed at $360.

ebay prices are around that $300 mark for this PNC as you can see.  Bought cheap today to sell dirt cheap today.  Clean condition - been in an album since bought from mint. Sharp perfect corners as you can see. This is "For Valour" PNC (Stock 284YQ) for $199.  Also have the near as scarce 2000 Australian Legends "The Last Anzacs" PNC for $A85 - (Stock 284YR) and the 2001 "Australia Army" PNC, Cat $100 for $A60 (Stock 284YT) and the "Biggie" the 2002 "QE2 Coronation Accession Jubilee PNC" Ret $295 for $A185 (Stock 284YV) AND all the other early PNCs in superb condition at cheap prices - enquire! $A199 (Stock 284YQ)
 

 

  Germany 1935 'Ostropa' Souvenir Sheet, absolutely SUPERB condition!:  (Michel Block 3) with gum removed as always, due to it containing Sulphuric Acid!  Michel Cat €1,100 for 'no gum', and SG cat £1,300 for the same grade.  The Third Reich issued the “OSTROPA” Souvenir Sheet shown above on June 23, 1935, the first day of the Philatelic Exhibition. These Souvenir Sheets were provided with the purchase of an admission ticket to the exhibition, which was 1.70 Reichmarks.

The souvenir sheet is very deeply watermarked "OSTROPA - 1935" at the top and bottom edges as can be seen. The four perforated stamps in the middle of the sheet are perforated 14, and each one is then watermarked with an ornate double lined "cross".  This was the only time during the Hitler Third Reich, that Swastika watermarked paper was NOT used for a postage stamp issue.  For the discerning stamp collector, for whom only the BEST quality will ever do. You will NOT see a better example - anywhere, at any price.

The gum used for this “OSTROPA” souvenir sheet literally contained Sulphuric Acid.  Over time, this caused the stamp paper to stain a dark brown, and the acid then eventually slowly ate away at, and disintegrated the paper. If any sheets were left with original gum, it will have totally destroyed them by now.  Michel has a special note on this in their catalogs. They indicate that their MINT price for the souvenir sheet is for one that is "toned a light brown color" and that price is for "WITHOUT GUM".  The Scott Catalog has a similar notation. SG 576a, £1,300 for no gum, average grade, as always found.

The earlier in their life the gum was removed, obviously, the cleaner the sheet is today.  These are 82 years old now and this was an early soakee, thank goodness.  Have you ever soaked a huge piece of paper like this in hot water, with 4 perforated stamps in the centre?  The paper saturates, and becomes limp and mushy to handle, and it is near impossible to carefully remove all the gum without the stamps starting to perf separate, and then the sheet also dries “wobbily” and warped and with creases and bends. This one is a gem.  Best I have EVER seen. Perfectly flat, bright colours, totally unhinged, no usual perf separations on the stamps, and better still, clean and fresh - most are browned paper as Michel warns.  

The premiere philatelic event of 1935 was the “OSTROPA” Philatelic Exhibition in Königsberg, East Prussia. Königsberg was founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1255, and was the capital of East Prussia after 1772, and home of the Prussian Kings.  King Wilhelm I of Prussia was crowned there in 1861.  At the end of World War II, the city was annexed by the Soviet Union and renamed to Kaliningrad. German residents were expelled, and the city was re-populated by Soviet citizens. Though the Soviets built a modern city there, the ruins of the castle remained. In 1968, Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev ordered the ruins demolished, as a relic of "Prussian Militarism". Most of the treasures that were in the palace museum prior to the Soviet occupation, have never been recovered. Cat £1,300 for average grade - only about $US540 right now - $A750 (Stock 592QX)

 

 
 




 

Portugal 1945/1946 Lisbon Castle Mini Sheets Fresh MUH - SG £275 – REDUCED $50 to $A200:  The superb looking Portuguese Castles 1E.75 Miniature Sheet. SG #996a, fresh MUH, Cat £275. 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 Portugal collections. $A200 (Stock 682GQ)

 


 

 

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 good rise.  A trifle aged, mentioned for strict accuracy, but 124 years old, and far better than most I have seen of this rare set. $A300 (Stock 273XR)

 



 


 

 

1915 Second Watermark 2/- Pale Brown Kangaroo stamp with Major Cat Variety:   Cost - less than 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 WWI 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. This exact 2/- stamp was a recent “Tip Of The Month” - http://ow.ly/B4CfB  Attractive light blue REGISTERED cancel of SEP 1916.

Clearly showing the major Plate flaw of this issue “Vertical Flaw Thru S and P to map”.  Clean and fresh, and neatly and attractively cancelled in blue.  ACSC 36(2)j $600 for average used.  On the thinner paper as a free bonus, that ACSC lists 3 times higher in mint.  Has small natural paper fibre inclusion, but most pleasing appearance.  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!  $A325 (Stock 742HW)

 

 

 

 


 

 

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)
 

 
 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

GB 1865 1/- Green QV fresh unused. SG Cat $5,700, for just $800:  Very Fresh unused, with deep vivid original colour - amazing really after 150 years of issue.  Entirely free of the hinges, 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 = $A5,700.  Bought cheap to clear fast, at just 15% of Gibbons! Only ~$US600. $A800 (Stock 492EK)  

 

 

Australia RAM Proof Coin sets 1999-2006 (7 complete years) Retail $1,825, for just $A699:  Bought in a large Estate today. All in original outer colourful packing boxes from Royal Australia Mint. (RAM) And inside each box, are in the special sealed wallets etc, with the highly frosted mirror surface proof coins for each year. The deceased had them in the original shipping boxes from RAM, and had not even opened those!

I mention that, as some on the market after 15 years have been in dealer stock or at fairs and shows etc, and the outer boxes, being highly varnished, get easily scratched and scuffed and banged etc. OR some selling on ebay etc the seller has had a young family, and the kids have played with the sets and taken them to School "show and tell" sessions etc, and the packaging is STUFFED. You never get told that up front!  These are very sought after - much like Australia Post Year Books for the same years.

Buy at well about $1,100 off retail, as a Bargain for someone - These are POPULAR. The 2000 set alone is $100s. Note - in the 1980s to mid-1990s, a LOT more folks bought these and 1980s sets are pretty cheap. FAR more about. Then in 1999 RAM upped the purchase cost of the sets to $65 each, and many tossed in the towel. Guess what - that year sold badly! The lowest sales for the past 20 years.

Then the price was hiked to $80 a set in 2004, and that of course turned off MANY new issue buyers. NOW many have drifted back to seeking what they missed of course. Bit like PO Year Books for this era. SOMEONE will be paying LESS THAN $100 a set for these. All nice and fresh and mailed in a well packed carton. And I can mail it overseas, no issues. Only $US530 right now. $A699 (Stock 832HJ)

 

 

 

 

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 = $A1,900.  Face value is £2.15 each = $A410 a bundle of 100.  (He had THREE bundles of 100, so if anyone wants all THREE the price drops to just $A650. (SG Cat $A5,700) – 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 - $A250. Just $US163 right now – $A250 (Stock 749LET)

 

 

 


 

 

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)

 

 


 

  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 = $A900.  Less than a QUARTER Gibbons - indeed just $US160 right now! $A220 (Stock 718DZ)  


 

 

  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)  


 

GB 1902 KEVII 10d superb MVLH – near MUH, with SG listed “No Cross On Top Of Crown” Variety:  A scarce and popular error.  Dull Purple and Scarlet on the Chalky faced paper.  Fine MVLH … was described as MUH in collection, but I can see the faintest hinge touch - a shame as MUH is 2 times MVLH RETAIL!  Superb perfs and centering too as you can see, and deep bright original colours. SG 256a £450 for hinged. $A300 (Stock 765XE)

 

 

  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)    

 


 

 

Gibraltar 1925 £5 KGV Top Value o/p “SPECIMEN” Incredibly fresh MVLH:  One of the classic and most sought KGV Top values of the Commonwealth. Issued in 1925 on Chalky surfaced paper.  Two things usually occur with these “Chalkies” over 91 years. (1)  The gum browns or ‘tones’ as the chalk face paper absorbs moisture like a sponge, meaning paper is damp most months. (2) The Chalk facing sees rapid “Rubbing” if stamp is handled.  The ink sits on top of chalk, and smears and rubs readily with any kind of careless handling.  This was in one collection for all 91 years, and not handled.  One light hinge touch, and it is otherwise as issued. Clean and flat and bright. SG 108c £800 and the normal stamp is SG £1,600 mint. The “Specimens” are of course 100 times scarcer - Samuel p489 shows us only 411 were issued by UPU to members, in 137 strips of 3, and near all still remain in official Archive collections.  Maybe 50 are in collector hands, in often rough shape.  Arguably the finest copy existing.  Rich original colour, with perfs and centering and appearance you simply could NOT improve upon, as you can see: $A775 (Stock 476EK)  

 

 

 

   Australia 1999 "The Past" $10 Millennium Bi-Metal Proof Coin. About HALF retail at $A200:  In fancy hard velour outer, satin lined archive box, with numbered certificate, (#11,161) and with original RAM outer storage box. The key modern issue with high cat and high retail - offered on ebay as we speak for up to $795!  Bought in a large estate cheap, so out it goes at just $A200 (Stock 742KY)  

 

 


  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)  

 

 

 

GB "Prestige" Booklets 2006-2006 - 13 diff, SG £465 just $A275:  Wonderful fresh lot all bought as New Issues from the UK. In an 'as new' green "Leather" Lighthouse special Booklet album with matching slipcase - retail $75 alone!  WE all know what the Prestige books look like! Superb green "Leather" Lighthouse album and matching slipcase with the huge PRESTIGE BOOKLETS inside. Clean and fresh and as new, and costs $75 to buy!

2000 to 2006, 13 different booklets with empty pages at back. Cat SG 'Concise' £465 = $A950, DX25-36, and this era is red hot. A GIFT at $A300. (Code 476YK)  Masses of folks (and dealers!) ceased buying ANYTHING new after 2000, as it was a nice round figure. A decade on, they have changed their mind. A ton more pix here - tinyurl.com/PrestigeBk - $A300 (Stock 476YK)

 

 
 

 

Tasmania 1857 2d Imperf Chalon Rare NO WATERMARK – SG £950 for just $A300:  On the scarcest basic stamp of the Colony. Emergency print, always comes in this Dull Emerald Green colour and not the bright colour of the other 2 imperf with Star Watermark of double lined “2” watermark.  4 margins - close to touching to NE corner. NO thins or creases or tears of repairs as most of these have. Top margin a little uneven, but quite pleasing overall for something 159 years old. SG 20 £950 - bought from an Estate today so out it goes for just $A300 (Stock 471EK)

 

 

 


 

 

Ceylon KGVI 3¢ Green KGVI, Rare Perf 13 x 13½, Perfect Centred Marginal. SG £275 – Just $A195:  The key stamp to this very popular Definitive set.  The scarce initial low print, 1938 perf 13 x 13½.  Near all offered on clueless amateur dreamer sites like ebay, are the common perf 13, SG 387b cat £6½.  Most of these cowboys do not own a perforation gauge, much less know how to USE one!  They see a high cat value stamp, and decide they of curse MUST own that one.  The difference between 13.1 and 13.5 is tiny.  GUARANTEED 100% genuine by me.  Bright and MOST attractive for 80 years old - perfect perfs and centering.  With the usual ‘honeyed’ Gum Arabic original gum found on all the early 1938 Crown Agent emissions - has light hinge touch only.  LH margin copy with printed “target” guide marks in selvedge.  Deep original colours, and IMPOSSIBLE to improve upon perfs and centering, as you can see - for a stamp MOSTLY badly centred.  SG 387a, £275.  Priced to clear this week at only $US140 - $A195 (Stock 726RFf)

 

 



 

  Olympics Australia Post “Golden Heroes” numbered book 1,293 of 1,500:  Pristine condition - Australia Post issue price was $245.00 - 15 years back!  This item was a very limited edition Australia Post production, issued early in 2001 to celebrate Gold Medal winners at the 2000 Olympics and Paralympics held in Sydney.  Retail now $350+.  Sold via ballot only, you had to write in to AP to receive one, and even then many people missed out. Limited edition  - Only 1300 available to the public and each individually numbered. In excellent condition and comes with matching slipcase as issued. Brass corners on album and matching slipcase. EXACTLY the same presentation as the “Engraved Proofs” slip-cased books that sell retail for $350 each.  I have *NEVER* owned one of these in the 15 years since - they are truly SCARCE!  Once sold I will not see another most likely.  A TON more photos of it here - tinyurl.com/HeroesAP - $A350(Stock 928GD)  


 



 

 

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)

 

 

 


 

 

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)

 


 

 

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 $A3,500 a horizontal pair. (45¢ Coil stamps the same prices)  Or $A6,000 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 $A11,000. (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
 

 

 

 

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 only a few 100 copies were ever made, and were a near instant sell-out, even at the very high issue price.  Being fairly recent, they almost NEVER come on the market … no-one wants to let them go!

Semi opaque interleaved pages with designs printed 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.  A4, 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 under $10 an official Die Proof!  And NONE obtainable any other way than via this book.

The Die Proofs sold separately would realise DOUBLE what 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. 
ALL of them are now fully listed and pieced in the Brusden White ACSC catalogue - Cat $700 as loose proofs alone.  A magnificent book for ANY collector to own. Words cannot describe the lavish production and contents and luxury "feel" .... EVERY person - dealer or collector - who has seen it here on the office desk picked it up and said "WOW"!  Gary Watson's Prestige Philately got $437 for a book in a Public Auction.  They called them "without doubt the BEST product released by Australia post in recent decades”.  Bought 3 in an estate, and have reduced the price of last 2 from $450 to just $250 each!  Buy yourself a classy GIFT you'll always love handling and looking at: $A250 (Stock 428YT)
 

 

  Cocos Island 1991 Provisional Overprints Set of 7 (indeed EIGHT!)  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) or all EIGHT for a discount: $A250 (Stock 107CT)  

 

 


 

  Great Britain 1883 10/- Pale Blue, Queen Victoria FU, SG ~$1,600 just $275!:  Bright and fresh and flat – amazing for 133 years – and nice bright colour.  For these, truly excellent perfs and centering, and neat clear oval “Registered Threadneedle Street” cds. SG 183a £525 + 50% = £788 or $A1,600.  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 very conservatively as SG 183a - the colour is pretty close though, as you can see - tinyurl.com/CobaltGB - $A275 (Stock 782GR)  

 

 

 

Samoa Olympic Games Miniature Sheet *IMPERFORATE AT SIDE*!  1988 Seoul Olympic Games stamps, with the spectacular error on right hand side - totally imperforate on right.  Believed to be the ONLY example recorded - I have made extensive enquiries, and no others seem to be recorded. Purchased off Max Stern in the 1980s my client’s note says, for $400, and it was apparently found in Max’s New Issue stock.  So that is over $1,200 in today’s adjusted money, near 30 years on.  TOTALLY imperf - not even an ‘albino’ type impression of the perf pins, as often occurs on these kind of errors.

Superb piece for any collector of the popular “Olympics On Stamps” topical, which is a major theme globally. Or for collectors of Samoa, which lots of Australians keep, as Australia Post sold their New Issues for decades, nationally, at face value.  Very few issues in the modern era have Imperf at side errors, due to security printer controls. There are several from Australia in this era which sell for FIVE times this sum. The 24c ‘Tasmania Tiger’ Thylacine, ACSC 902b from Australia in this era, imperf 1 side, sells for $1,000s a single etc. $A400 (Stock 582LX)
 

 

 

 

 

Nauru MUH coll 1935 to end 1988, on Seven Seas Hingeless pages in Brown SS binder:  Nice clean lot - all stamps looked superb MUH when I spot checked them taking pix. Missing only a few of the recent common sets.  Album and pages retail $200 EMPTY as you can see - all pages from 1916 are here to add into, when budget allows! - http://sevenseas.com.au/catalog/index.php?id=139&limit=30  Stamps retail $400+, so about $600 retail here.  HALF retail to clear this week.  A HEAP more pix here - tinyurl.com/SSnauru  $A300 (Stock 647GF)

 

 

 

St. Helena 1985 Currency Banknote set 4 to £20, Superb Uncirculated. Retail $900 - $A250:  A quite superb set, bought as a New Issue from Max Stern 30 years back, when this face value was SERIOUS money!  The highest face value GB stamp ever issued then was £5, as a yardstick!  Retail price about $900 in this crisp flat uncirculated grade as you can see  - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/331979937982 http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/232092531178  http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/331979934272  http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/331979929576  Many more pix here - tinyurl.com/StHNote  Estate buy to clear at just $A250 (Stock 783GYL)

 

 


 

 

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)

 

 

 


 

 

QANTAS $2 Airbus A380 stamp, totally **IMPERFORATE** Block of 4 just $A60!:  Australia Post a few years back, released just 750 x IMPERFORATE uncut press sheets of these $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.  Qantas staffers and aviation collectors keenly seek this sheet as do the 1000s of pure “A380” theme collectors. 

Each press sheet was foil numbered in lower right margin, and also comes with a hand numbered PO Certificate Of Guarantee that only 750 sheets in TOTAL were sold, including all left and right panes. Indeed there were only 375 left pane and 375 x right pane ... both sheets of 12 are marked thus lower left.  This is a Qantas Airbus A380 issue and that is a red hot theme, even for non stamp collectors.  And it is fully imperforate.  It is an 100% OFFICIAL PO issue, and one of the very smallest issues in the post war era.

It was VERY limited, and has remained RED hot - just like the stamp border colour!  I obtained a few by paying folks $100 cash profit to sit on the phone for hours re-dialling until they got through.  Price per IMPERF mini sheet is from $A60 - full details here - with a LOT more photos of all the options and choices on these, even full uncut press sheets 12 available for $A425 -  http://tinyurl.com/lspm4vf  - I even have a few FDC of these at just $A80 - now THOSE are scarce!  $A60 (Stock 482YL)
 

  

 

 

 


 

  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)
 

 

 

 

Complete Set Australia Post Year Albums 1983-2003 - $1,000 *UNDER* Retail !!:  Red Hot Estate special.  All TWENTY ONE albums!  The FACE value of the stamps inside is $842.27 You are paying $100 UNDER FACE!   ALL are 100% valid for global postage if you ever need to use them.  You are basically buying $100 bills for $88!  I just bought THIRTY sets of 21, off a guy who bought them for an “investment”, so have slashed $1000 off my usual selling price. The issue price from PO was $1,103!  You are paying $360 UNDER PO cost, and $1,000 less than retail.  One of each year Australia Post books here from the 1983 book, and ALL have a matching coloured, hard slipcase, to prevent dust and moisture entering the book.  My discount Retail is $1,740 as per link below.  Save $1000 off retail!  All the LATER Year Books and the Black “Leather” cover ones are always in stock - I have the WORLD’S BIGGEST YEARBOOK STOCK - also keenly priced cheap, and all are offered singly, if you only need certain issues, at - http://tinyurl.com/yearbks  $A740 (Stock 735ET)

 

 

  Australia 1970 Definitives, rare 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 $120 stamp alone in buying power, on today’s $1.50 First Class letter rate yardstick. So the pack was about $A200 type buying price, adjusted to today’s money.  Little wonder almost none sold! ASC P7, Cat. $450 and seldom seen. Fresh and un-opened. $A250 (Stock 439ZB)  

 


 

 

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 Auction Catalogue.  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! $A175 (Stock 746SY)
 

 


 

 

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)
 

 

 

 


 

  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)  

 

 

 

Christmas Island 1982 27c Sailing Boat “MISSING VALUE”:  Have done extensive checking, and to the best of my knowledge this stamp has NEVER been offered anywhere before. The large font face value “27c” is totally missing, as is the wording along base of stamps, as is the wording along top of the error stamps - “25 Years Of The Boat Club” also missing!  All 3 were in one colour plate which has not printed.  SG 171, Scott #138 - purchased off Max Stern in the 1986, my client’s note says, for $1,000.  So that is over $3,000 in today’s adjusted money, 30 years on.  Superb piece for any collector of the popular “Boats On Stamps” topical or Christmas Island, which most Australians collect. My Guarantee this is a 100% genuine error and unaltered – and is fresh MUH original gum. I’ll split this into 2 singles - RH single stamp $A500 (Stock 472FG) or LH unit with colour dots $550 (Stock 472FH) (Update - RH unit now SOLD)

 

 

 

  St. Helena 7/6d KGV Brownish Grey & Orange, VFU SG £1,900. Just - $A995:  Attractive example of this very scarce stamp, a late emergency 1937 printing in this distinctive deeper shade, just before the KGVI set was issued.  Clean and fresh, and perfect perfs and centering, as you can see. SG 111d - £1,200 mint, or £1,900 ($A3,800) 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)  

 

 

 

NSW 1894 1/- QV, DLR Telegram Form, o/p “SPECIMEN” $A185: The very scarce 1/- black Queen Victoria value, showing the 1876 De La Rue design type.  Retail elsewhere $470 on this exact 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. I’ve seen these in the past where foxing is very bad, due to the cheap acidic paper used, and indeed some were separated in 2 pieces, and this one is VERY clean and intact, I am pleased to say: $A185 (Stock 815LX)

 

 

 

 

  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)  

  

 

 

 


 

 

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)

 

 

 

 


 

 

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 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 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.

 

 


 
 

 
 
 
 

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)

 

 


 


 

 
 

  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)  

 

 


 

  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)  


 

 


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)

 
 

 



 

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)

  

 

REALLY IMPORTANT - for regular visitors to this page (which changes weekly - sometimes daily) your computer generally "caches" the old version. Which means you only see today the PREVIOUS page content you already looked at - NOT the new lots.  Hitting "Refresh" does NOT in general update this page. To quickly get around this, press the "F5" key found along the top row of your keyboard.  BINGO - all the exciting new material will now load! Try it and see.   Also allow a while for the new lots to then load up.

 

 

All prices on EVERY list are weak Australian Dollars!!
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!
Buy with CONFIDENCE from Glen Stephens

 

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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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Full Time Stamp Dealer in Australia for 35 years. Life Member - American Stamp Dealers' Association. (ASDA - New York) Also Member - Philatelic Traders' Society

 (PTS London) and many other philatelic bodies.

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