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Kangaroo 1913 2/- *Dark* Brown, very fresh MVLH:  The scarce and seldom offered DARK Brown shade. Been in Europe near all its life, so has white fresh original gum, and very light hinge touch only. Deep bright vivid original colour as you can see, and with characteristic mottled or “speckled” print of the scarce dark shade.  Kangaroos have gone totally GANG-BUSTERS this year - their centenary - the Hardy Kangaroo sale broke all records in May – rare pieces getting TREBLE the brand new ACSC even - http://tinyurl.com/HardyRoo -  and even Hardy did not have a mint single of this stamp shade.  Superb condition on reverse.  Ripped out perfs are the usual issue with this fibrous paper, and this is perfect in that regard.  Lovely centered – unheard of on the 1913 issue. A copy for the collector who accepts ONLY the best.  ACSC 35b $1,000.  A near IMPOSSIBLE to improve upon example.  A GIFT at - $A625  (Order as stock number 672GW)

 

 

 

 

1929 Kangaroo Small Multiple Watermark, 1/- Deep Blue Green, Superb and Fresh:  A seldom encountered shade, especially in a block - the Deep Blue Green, ACSC 34c $A500, and quite a premium in Block 4 form. See many Third 1/- in mint blocks, but not this one.  Flat and fresh MVLH, and visually most attractive as you can see. Lovely piece to tuck away. $A250 (Stock 726EX)

 

 

 

 

Vatican 1952 Papal State Stamp Centenary MUH Miniature Sheet:  Have not had one of these in stock for 20 years -  it is a REALLY scarce issue!  Attractive MUH, with good centering and colour. The key to all Vatican collections. SG 2015 £400=$A775.  $A195 (Stock 782LQ)

 

 

 

 

1913 First Watermark 10/- Kangaroo “Specimen” Superb MLH:  For this stamp, a real GEM.  Specimens were carelessly hand-stamped, and carelessly separated, ripping out perfs on near all, on carelessly selected sheets, which were mostly terribly centred.  MOST examples are appalling.  Just 2169 were sold, over 100 years back, and most were given to kids as a sample set of current stamps. Those were mostly heavy hinged, very often licked tight to pages, or otherwise ruined or tossed away.  

This one is flat and attractive and bright. Fresh as a daisy, lightly hinged and with Expert handstamp on reverse. Great rich colour, and far superior perfs and centering to most, and a well-placed handstamp. Trust me, this is near as good as these get, and I’ve handled a lot of these over 35 years.  ACSC 47x, $A750 hinged $A675 (Order as stock number 371EJ)

 

 

 

 

Australia 1957 8d Postage Due Sheet of 120, Cat $A4,000 - just 15% of ACSC!  An almost certainly UNIQUE survivor. Literally one of Australia’s most under-rated post-war stamps. True. There were actually less of these printed than either of the 1913 10/-, £1, and £2 Kangaroos! And as these were used up pretty heavily by postmen in "taxing" unstamped standard letters at 8d, near all that exist are USED.

This was issued in April 1957, as a late addition to the 1946 CofA watermarked set, when postage went to 4d, and a Due was need for the Double Deficiency payment = 8d. Many dealers and collectors missed it then, as they already had the standard initial 1947 set, and Dues back 60 years ago were only a sideline interest to mainstream collectors. (The same as "Specimens" and CTOs on postage stamps - prices have gone up 100 times on those from that 1950s era!)

The Postage Dues very soon after went to NO WMK paper, and the 8d No Wmk was issued only months later in February 1958. So this stamp had a very short life of several months, and mint are SCARCE, and MUH blocks even more so. The well centred “Authority” Imprint block 4 alone is cat $A325, as clearly almost no-one bought any!

The MUH stamp are cat $A30 each c 120 - ACSC D137, and there are various plate varieties on this sheet are catalogued higher of course plus the Imprint. A full sheet MUH is most likely UNIQUE is my best guess. Have never seen another. With By Authority Imprint ACSC D137z, including varieties White Flaw on Top of '8' and White Flaw in Solid Shading Inside Top Loop of '8' etc.

A few natural gum skips as found on these issues, and stamps all attractive well centred fresh MUH - this series is prone to foxing and toning and this is unusually fresh for near 60 years old. Lies nice and flat, and comes with clear sheet protectors and correct size overlay bag, and 2 x specially cut thick backing board (see photo above) to allow stamp show display, or neat flat storage.  ACSC Cat is about $A4,000 with the base stamps $30 apiece, and imprint block $325, and plate vars etc. Bought well to sell fast, at about 15% of Cat – to break these up on ebay etc you’d make a killing I suspect, as ANY kind of MUH block is very scarce. $A600 (Stock 619EJ)

 

 


 


 

 

1893 NSW 4d Pale Dull Green Postage Due, P10 x 11.8, UNIQUE Commonwealth stamp:  Clean and fresh, with this very rare perforation. Pale Dull Green is the shade designation given in ACSC, and as such, this is of very good colour - these NSW Dues can fade to being near colourless with soaking or sun, being a rather fugitive green ink. A far weaker green than the later Federal issues used. Clean and fresh, and free of hinge remains and gunk, and the usual toning/foxing that bedevils this issue. Very few UNIQUE stamps from Australasia exist.  

ACSC states only 1 example of this error is known outside the famous “White Collection” in the NSW Mitchell Library.  New ACSC also says the recorded copies have the "NSW in concentric oval" cancel.  ACSC ND27 $A2,500.  Which actually seems on the low side for a unique piece.  No mint copies have ever been recorded, so this copy is it.  Not even Specimens or CTO exist. So if you yearn to own something which only 1 collector can own, at just 3 figures, here is your chance.  A Victoria stamp of same number recorded, just sold for $A26,795 - http://ow.ly/Bsp65 - and it has doubled in value in the past 8 years. There is a strong message there for the astute! $A995 (Stock 481KB)

 

 

Australia 99 scarce official perforated pair with GROSSLY misplaced perforationsSeldom seen on the market and what a spectacular pair for just $A250!   There is a detailed article of these errors here -  www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?p=360082 – where the full story of these, and photo of the machine that made them, and the OTHER sensational errors on these is outlined with many photos.  Also the same pair with PART perfs as shown above ( 3 different)  – also $A250 for that pair of sheets.  $A250 - (Order as stock number 785XR)

 

 

 

Great Britain 1840 "2d Blue" Imperf - Fine Used example:  A nice looking stamp. It is 174 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. "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 near 4 margins. Lettered "J. L." with an attractive Red 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 “JL” - even better!  Plate #1 pencil noted on back. SG 5, cat £1,000 with red MX = $A2000 – under 20% of SG! $A375  (Order as stock code 673LW)

 


 

 

1926 KGV 3d Blue Small Multiple Watermark Perf 14 – WATERMARK INVERTED:  – superb MUH:  Now 88 years old, and this looks like it was printed yesterday! Flat original gum MUH – 105% guaranteed by me. Top Shelf looks and condition for any KGV head, and for an INVERTED WMK a gem. The Small Multiple wmk perforation 14 for all values are near impossible to locate well centred mint or used. SG 90w is the basic number, and this “OS” copy is a lovely stamp. $A250 (Stock 728JQ)

 

 


 

 

“NAURU” overprint on 1916 2/6d Seahorse fine *MUH* original gum:  These are around 100 years old, and were issued in the midst of WWI.  Almost NONE exist in genuine MUH condition, as it was a lot of money so buyer got out their largest yellowest stamp hinge, licked it extra well and placed the stamp in place for KEEPS!  Fast Forward 100 years, and collectors now all have hingeless albums and all want “*MUH* for them.  So like 1913 Kangaroos, MUH is 4 times hinged, as it should be.  A genuine MUH 2/- Kangaroo of this era sells for $A2,500 - think about it!  Attractive stamp. $A200 (Order as stock code 392XR)

 

 

 

Charles/Diana 1981 Royal Wedding, AND Diana 21st Birthday MUH: Commemoration stamp sets in complete gutter blocks 10. Comp Omnibus from all the Crown Agent country Wedding - 22 countries for the Royal Wedding alone, and 17 for the Birthday.  Each Royal Wedding set consists of 3 gutter strips of 10 stamps from the 22 countries (660 stamps alone.) Each with the superb Prince Of Wales Heraldic artwork down the centre.

21st Birthday sets of 4 gutter strips of 10 stamps each from 17 countries total 680 stamps. So we have here 390 sets 4 of this super popular topical = 1340 MUH stamps. The Decorative gutters strips are highly collected as near all sales were in single units as the decorative gutter blocks were SUPER PRICEY to buy back 33 years back.

Buyer's invoice from Max Stern was in there for $A1,600 which for 390 sets of stamps is what was charged back then - a ton of face value here. Clean looking lots, and at just a DOLLAR A SET is my clearance buy of the month! That is LESS than $US1 a set.  A ton more photos here - http://tinyurl.com/DiStamp

Superb collection right here, as they are perfect Hagner or stockbook page size, or to list each country on ebay etc you'll be amazed. The SUPER popular countries are here - Ascension, St Helena, British Antarctic Territory, Falkland Dependencies, Hong Kong, Pitcairn, Norfolk, Tristan da Cunha, Fiji, Falklands etc. $A425 (Stock 684JG)

 


 

 

Thick Green Lighthouse padded black page stockbook: (Retail $60) Aitutaki MUH 1976 - 1995 SG value £951. Massive face values to $18 a stamps! Some superb sets you NEVER see offered .. especially the mid 80s to mid 90s where NO dealer or collector was buying them! Several of these sets are SG £95 EACH! FIFTY pix here - http://tinyurl.com/Aitiutak

Super attractive in a Deluxe album. Cat £951=$A1850. From Estate and priced to clear cheap at $A450. 100 Instant ebay lots ere - this stuff sells like CRAZY from this era due to high cat and lack of supply. Faint ageing here and there mentioned for accuracy, but a SUPER pretty lot at a QUARTER cat! $A450 (Stock 412TG)

 

 

 

 

Sand Cay WILLIS ISLAND (QLD) to “Buka Passage” New Guinea 1939:  FROM - "Willis Island Queensland 7 APR 1939 Radio Station" scalloped oval in Violet. And a straight line WILLIS ISLAND handstamp on face as well. With correct 2d KGVI stamp - normal domestic post rate applied to British New Guinea at this time.

The little sand cay is about 500 kms steaming east of Cairns, in the Coral Sea. Addressed to "Buka Passage, Bougainville New Guinea". The album page notes that cancel was used only until 1942.

On Burns Philip crested Belt and Buckle stationary - also with the Willis Island backstamp, so that points to it being 100% commercial. Via Burns Philp Line trading boat - S.S. Malaita - with MALAITA straight line hand-stamp, and also PAQUEBOT (Posted at sea) handstamp.

Stamp appears to have NOT been date-stamp cancelled at Willis Island, so it was cancelled on arrival at Buka Passage ..... that cds being "Buka Passage 3 JU 39 - New Guinea".

This was just before WW2 commenced, so is not a wartime cover. However the S.S. MALAITA soon became a troop and transport ship, and was later torpedoed by the Japanese. Auction price for identical cover is $A1000+.  MANY more pix, map and discussion on it here - http://tinyurl.com/BukaPass - $A500  (Order as stock number 271LR)

 

 

“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 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)

 


 

 

1935 Kangaroo £1 Grey, Good Used - Juzwin retail $400, for $A250:  100% free of the thins, tears, creases and foxing so normal on these 80 years old stamps used on heavy parcels. Clean and fresh, and cancelled with “AIR MAIL” cds. Juzwin retail $400 for exact same GU grade.  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”.  SG 137 £275 = $A550.  I have this exact stamp from $60 to $600 in cost. Contact me re your Australia pre-war USED gaps. $A250 (Stock number 683FR)

 

 

 

Hong Kong 1980 QE2 Fresh MUH Stamp Duty set to $1,200 face value!:  Amazing set to $1,200 – probably the highest HK face value known? Revenues from this region are Red Hot and often get huge prices at Auction.  All fresh MUH – Face is over $HK2,400 (Today = $A375) and someone will have paid that at the time to secure a full set. A bright colourful group, fresh and well centred MUH - and you can bet you will not see these again! Bought well so can offer at under face – one to tuck away: $A225 (Stock 941PE)

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 
 

1942 Australia Rare 1½d Queen Mother FDC - Just $800:  One of the most scarce KGVI era covers. Issued right in the middle of WW2, and most collectors were serving overseas. No pre-announcement of these at all, and only a few genuine covers are recorded.  ASC 22a $900 for a single on FDC – block 4 FDC are retail now $A2,750 - http://tinyurl.com/Block4FDC and are rare. Censored, to USA with letter inside to a friend noting it was a surprise new issue that day. Superbly clear Sydney cancel of December 1 1942 issue date. Much more discussion on it here - http://tinyurl.com/1942FDC Being a block is most uncommon, and a VERY clean cover, being overseas near all its 72 year life, and went 7,500 miles to SEA to USA right through a heated Pacific War! $A700 (Stock 629KQ)

 

 

 

1918 Kangaroo 5/- 3rd Watermark Grey and Pale Yellow,  Harrison Imprint Pair:   Most attractive with exceptional perfs for this "terror" which often has raggy and "fluffy" ones.  Has the constant flaw on RH stamp - "White Flaw Off NSW Coast". Clean and fresh with the lightest trace of a hinge touch - most unusual, as they generally have ugly and heavy yellow hinge gobs on the reverse!  Has a tiny margin split at base margin, around "E" of "Note" which you can see in photo, and mentioned for accuracy.  ACSC 44ze, Cat $3,000.  Note the VERY different placement of Kangaroo image on each stamp!  Dirt Cheap at $A1,650 (Order as stock number 728LT)

 

 


 

 

PITCAIRN MUH coll to 1995 in new Lighthouse stockbook $A225:  Brand New Blue Lighthouse black page Stockbook (retail $40 alone) of Pitcairn Island Decimal stamps, 1960s to mid-1990s MUH. Pretty lot as you can see from the few pages here - http://ow.ly/C2FrT  that show only a % of the collection. The QE2 earlies have high value (a few $100 here alone) then it got overbought in the early 80s, and then most gave up on it.

And Cat prices soared.  As the SG Cat value I quickly noted here shows. One sheet is cat £20 alone, and the 1988 Bi-Cent set is SG £44½ = $80 ALONE and so it goes on - with $10+ retail sets in great profusion, as NO dealer globally has stock of latter 80s and 90s. Defins to $5 face etc. Heaps more pix here - http://ow.ly/C2FrT Retail of this lot will be about $500. Bought cheap to sell dirt cheap! $A225 (Stock 324NH)

 

 

 

 

Victoria 1910 £1 KEVII Superb *FEDERAL MP* CTO cancel, “Nov 11:10”:  Kellow “Stamps Of Victoria” handbook page 336, tells us that Oct and Nov 1910 CTO cancelled Victoria stamps were given to each Federal MP, to mark the recent Federal Legislation, where all State stamps were now decreed truly COMMONWEALTH issues and totally interchangeable in all States.  There were 75 Federal MPs and 36 Senators. This presentation was the same as the “Dec 5 :13” cancel CTO set with exact same cancel given to all Federal MPs on issue of the Kangaroo series - the £1 of that being of identical scarcity, and given to the same persons in near all cases, and is ACSC  51wb, Cat $4,000.   Only a few of those survive, and ditto these. About 100 presented of each, and probably were given to the first youngster relative that came into sight, and are long lost to philately.

Superb used, free of hinges and gook and gunk these 100+ year issues usually exhibit.  ACSC V127D, the May 1910 printing, in Dull Rose, perf 12.4 (Kellow describes this print as “blunt teeth, small perf holes” on Crown over A watermark, with a printing of just 22,800 stamps, and cat $250 as normal used.  Clean and fresh, and totally free of any fault.  Line per 12.4, and very well centred - many are NOT!  The ONLY stamp design that any of the States issued to depict KEVII - oddly.  This is literally an AUSTRALIAN stamp given to all 100 or so Federal MPs, so few have survived. The £1 Kangaroo MP that soon followed this is cat $A4,000 with exact same CTO cancel cds, so today’s prices for this are quite insane. Show me another on offer GLOBALLY, at ANY price, anywhere!  $A750 (Stock 817LD)

 

 

 

 

Kangaroo £1 Grey on neat parcel fragment:  What a great looking piece. On stout card from a heavy parcel. Neat central “SHIP MAIL ROOM - MELBOURNE - 27 OC 35” cds. Along with a 1935 SA Centenary top value - also highly rated on piece, and a KGV 1d head. The £1 is FU – the SW corner is fine, has speck of cancel ink on it.  The ACSC values all high values Roos on parcel label, or parcel fragment, as covers do not exist. The £1 Grey is ACSC 54, Cat $4,000 thus, for the £1 alone. Back 80 years back these were near all soaked off piece, as that was the ‘fashion’, hence few survive. The first one I have owned for many years. Lovely corner cancel, and most attractive. (Crease on the no account 1d value) A very poorly centred, heavy cancelled 5/- CofA, a cheap stamp, was invoiced $A1,050 by Phoenix last month on a parcel label. On piece is red hot at present. $A900 (Order as stock code 245KT)

 

  


 

Ryukyu Islands, MUH stamp collection 1948-1972 cat £711=$A1,400 just $A375!:  Almost never seen out here in Australia, and a great and comprehensive lot at this low price - a heap MORE pix of these pretty stamps you are buying are here - http://ow.ly/C1uVX  Elusive material - now PRICE REDUCED to just - $A375  (Order as stock number  473JT)

 

 

 

Australia & AAT MUH stamps - $A1,000 face value for $A700!  Mostly in PO packs and collector blocks etc:  I buy a lot of this in deceased estates.  No photo needed, as each sending will vary - except I'll instead show the $100s of MONEY you save if you buy a large lot of this off me!  Perfect if you send a lot of ebay lots, or the bosses mail from work or a Charity etc. OR you want to sell these yourself on ebay etc, OR start a new collection - as the packs are generally all different!  Or I can send mostly MUH blocks of 4 or larger if you prefer.

For instance right now I can sell you $A500 face value for $A360 cash!  Or cheaper still ...... buy $A1,000 face value for just $A700 cash, all mint with gum.  I always have $10,000-$20,000 or so face on hand.  Larger discounts still, for orders above $1,000 face. If you just want 70c stamps for domestic mailing in sheets etc, I can help with those too. Tons more detail here - www.tinyurl.com/OzPost gummed face value for just $A700  (Order as stock number 748LT)
 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful postcard from the 1925 Wembley Exhibition in London: The 1d red KGV SG 432 postally used is rated higher than MUH even by SG, at £30 loose off card. Addressed overseas to NZ is a big bonus, and probably a $A50 postcard alone, with no Postage Due additions! Has the Wembley "Lion" design special machine cancel - "WEMBLEY PARK 1925" on the stamp, and a crisp "Empire Exhibition July 29 1925" Duplex to left.

Underpaid, so rated 1½d "Postage Due" via a manuscript "10" (UPU Centimes) in blue, Hexagonal "T" marking, and a large double circled "1½d" nicely tying the stamp. All nice enough, with a fine view on reverse of the large "New Zealand Pavilion" at the British Empire Exhibition.  NOW it gets interesting. Inscribed by recipient in pencil at top left "Received September 1st, 1925". And tied by clear "1 – SP - 25" cds at arrival office. Many more pix here inc close ups - http://ow.ly/BYlqp

You might imagine a ½d and 1d Postage Due, tied by arrival office of "St Alban's Christchurch" would add little. WRONG. (If they were SG D23/D24 you'd be right however!)  The ½d is the SG D26 on the white gum Jones Chalky paper, issued in May 1925. SG Cat "From x 6" on cover = £330 or $A600+.  How do we know is it the watermarked D26 from May 1925, not the cheaper No Watermark D27 issued July 1925, just 2 months later? As I carefully, with wetting fluid "lifted" the lower half of the stamp! That very clearly shows a watermark "43" and white gum. o we have a nice 1925 Wembley postcard to NZ ..... itself a very nice piece 'as is'. Underpaid, and payment collected via a Postage Due stamp that was in existence for a mere 2 months, and indeed the current SG value of that seems pretty light-on to me, and would there be another on cover anywhere - I doubt that.  All in all, a nice little unique piece, in VERY good condition for ~90 years old, that I added to stock today for just: $A200 (Stock 294RE)

 

 

 

 

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 = $A8,500 pair at just -  $A495 the PAIR  - (Order as stock number 502GL)

 

 


 

 

GB 1880 1d Venetian Red QV, complete Reconstructed Sheet 240, under 10% of SG!:  SG 166, current cat £15 apiece, Cat £3,600++ = $A7,000. Way UNDER 10% of Cat! Well, SG says add "75% for well centred lightly cancelled" to that price, (=£26.25 each) and HEAPS here are in that category as you can see, hence the correct SG is way over £3,600 or $A7,000.  I have never before owned a FULL sheet of these, and it would be totally impossible to do it today, 134 years since issue.

I see endless PART reconstructions of the latter QV issues, but they never get finished, due to lack of stock to source them from, and the mathematical hurdle to doing it. All neatly laid from every position in the mint PO sheet, from "AA" at top left, to "TL" at lower right. MILES above average for these, with numerous quite superb copies as you can see. A ton more pix here - http://ow.ly/BOifX

Condition looked unusually clean for age, having been in Northern Hemisphere ell its life. All nearly arranged on pages in a nice folder for simple storage. Easily flat postable anywhere on earth, for a very modest sum. Just $2.85 apiece .. it now costs around that to send a POSTCARD overseas from here ($A2.75 From Oct 4) - true!  $A685 (Stock 428BV)

 

 

 

 

Papua 1917 4d Lakatoi REGISTRATION ENVELOPE:  1917 Lakatoi 4d orange, on the remaindered NSW stock, printed in Australia. Re-enforced internal strong linen cloth lining, and with De La Rue London Imprint under flap on “saw-tooth” back. With red star obliteration on the reverse, as used for the contemporary Australian KGV issue, fine Mint.   ASC notes only 1,000 printed and it seems clear not all were sold.  Survivors these days, near 100 years on are truly few.  I’ve owned only 2 others in 35 years of dealing, and both were in appalling condition.  This is SUPERB – the “tick” mark lower right is a paper fibre inclusion, not a pen mark!  KGV era postal stationary is set to explode in price - http://tinyurl.com/MayGlen -  ASC Cat RE2 $900 – buy probably THE finest copy out there, for HALF cat: $A450 (Order as stock number 324QK)

 

 

 


 

 

2009 ‘Corrugated Landscape - 55c “Traditional House, Broken Hill NSW” IMPERFORATE booklet stamp on cover:  The only example I am aware of, reported on cover.  A true classic of the future.  A clear commercial cover from the Department Of Community Services.  Stamp and cover with usual mail centre ink jet cancel. Two sets of pink bar tracking numbers at base on either side, and another set on reverse. Sender has roughly torn out this stamp from an imperforate or part imperf booklet …. not recorded thus in SG or ACSC.  Margins all sides, some of them huge. SG 3259.  Regular stamp on cover enclosed for reference – see detail of both above. A classic of the future. $A375  (Order as stock number 529AM)

 

 

  ITALY mint stamp coll 1941-1968 Cat €7064 = $A10,850 - for $A700:  HUGE catalog value - a superb way to fill you post war album at about 7½% cat!  Most of earlies are "stuck" to the stack of large heavyweight and expensive (Retail $7 each - true!) Stanley Gibbons "Philatelic" brand absolute top end album pages, due to humidity where the book had been stored.

Those pages are overall a bit aged, so that would be a very wise move actually. There are a few age spots on the pages, and almost none on stamps, and if so, generally just one 1 or 2 perfs here and there, that will vanish in a hot water soak. A hot soak, and re-house, and you have a nice collection here.   A stack more photos herehttp://ow.ly/BgqRn Brilliant lot for ebay re-sellers etc at just 7½% of Michel Catalogue! $A700  (Stock 547BP)
 

 

 

  Cook Is 1913/19, 2d Torea Bird Part sheet 50, with Vars: $A265:  An amazing survivor for about 100 years old! A half sheet of 50, many MUH, and the sought after sheet number at base.  All on a ~100 year old SG original album leaf, with the neat original hand pen and ink annotations.  More pix here -  http://ow.ly/Bq8Qw  A little aging on reverse it appears, (I've not tried to remove hinges to look) but probably a unique large part sheet. A Hagner size or stockbook page piece, brilliant "BIRD" collector display gem or a NZ collector, or Cook Island collector.  SG 44 – cat £2,400 as used!  From Estate – just 5 bucks apiece - a coffee costs you that!  If these were a part sheet 50 x 2d Kangaroos from this same year, my price would be $5,000 – I kid you not.  Around FIVE bucks each.  $A270 (Stock 316EK)  


 

  1911 Sudan Camel Postman 10pi top Value “Army Service” Stamp FU:  Black and Mauve Star and Crescent watermark, with nice dated cds of Khartoum on top of the overprint.  Clean and fresh used with strong deep colour.  SG A13, Cat £700 = $A1400 - just 25% of SG  $A350  (Order as stock number 296GL)  

 

MALTA 1860s to 1960s M+U Coll. Cat £930 for $A400:  On a stack of old SG 'Senator' Leaves.  Not seen by anyone for 50 years.  Great starter lot of this wonderful country. Cat £930 = $A1800 as you can see, and condition a trifle mixed as always on large lots.  Ton more photos here -  http://tinyurl.com/MaltaColl  Will sell fast at just $400 or under QUARTER Gibbons. $A400 (Order as stock number 498FD)

 

 

 

 

INDIA Gwalior State 1938/48 KGVI Hi-Val, cross gutter MUH Block 16!:  A most spectacular and probably UNIQUE block. Fresh MUH – rare enough for something 76 years old. Gum on these if stored in India is deep brown – this is a beauty. All the interpanneau gutter lines, and not even a hinge touch.  SG 113 Cat £880=$A1700 as 16 mint singles. Scott #113 $US1,000. In my view, all India related high values in CLEAN condition and MUH, have a TON of future upside. These are just $A28 each!  My steak cost that tonight. $A450 (Order as stock number 936KT)

 

 


 

 

Hong Kong 1938 KGVI $5 Dull Lilac and Scarlet *MUH* Corner Block 6:  A MUH original gum corner block. Now 76 years old, and $30 back then was an absolute FORTUNE for a stamp block. Has the usual ‘honeyed’ gum Arabic, that occurred on ALL this issue, and the $10 of this set etc.  SG 160, £480 = $A900, and Asian buyers attach a LARGE premium to corner pieces of high values, as is well known. Bought cheap in an Estate today. $A300 (Stock code 284LR)

 


 

 

  New South Wales 1858 Charred cover Grafton to Throgmorton Street London! (Just reduced $100 in price!)!  Massive 8/- Franking, on a clearly very heavy letter, with EIGHT x 6d and 4 x 1/- imperf Diadems. A huge franking - the highest face value stamp issued by NSW at this time was this 1/-.  All tied by "90" sunburst cancels.  Grafton, Sydney and London backstamps, and impressive red wax seals on reverse.  Two of the stamps are "singed" at SW corner.  Certainly not in perfect shape as you can see! But for over 156 years old, a quaint and rare survivor, bearing an amazing franking, with high catalogue value as you can see. $A250  (Stock number 682PV)  

 

 

Switzerland 1936 “Pro Patria” Miniature Sheet - Superb Used:  Fresh and clean and flat, with well centred stamp impressions. Being large size, these often have creases or thins, or bent corners etc. Clean and fresh. “LUXUS”.  Michel Bloch #2 - 260 Euro, and SG 367 £300 = $A600. $A165  (Order as stock number 241LE)

 

 

 

 

ITALY 1889 King Umberto 45¢ Dull Green MLH Cat £2,500 for 10% 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. SG #40 £2,500 = $A5,000.  Decent shape for 125 years old, and bought cheap to sell cheap at LESS THAN 10% of SG Cat! $A450  (Stock 634EK)

 

 


 

 

Australia 1954 3½d 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)

 

 

 

 

Switzerland 1945 “PAX” High Value 5FR, in Superb U Block 4, under ¼ SG!:  Attractive clean used block 4, on the silk thread fibre “Granite” high security paper, with central “ZURICH 15 V 46” cds. Europe’s most expensive post war stamp I think, and in a postally used BLOCK is an absolute gem! SG 458 £1,800 = $A3,500 in latest 2014 SG cat.  Was used on a heavy parcel to Australia. Had lower margin on when I got it, but that was a little wrinkled from parcel transit so I removed it, but that is added to stockcard in case you want to hinge it back on!  USED Blocks in Swiss stamps are super keenly sought, and often vast premiums are paid for them over 4 singles. Bought well, so to clear at under a QUARTER SG cat, of 4 singles! $A800  (Stock code 722EX)

 

 

 

GB large FDC collection 1936 to 1975 - SG £2,550 = $A5,000 for just $A500!:  Large boxful. 1936 KEVII (Plain Reg'd) Nice pictorial 1937 cover, some good QE2 early Wildings. Good early commems (some phosphors even) and Large Machin Defins to £5 etc. Mostly cacheted official PO FDC. Many are PO unaddressed, some are Registered the others majority neatly typed to original buyer. Usual mixed condition ex estate, as these near all went through the 10,000 mile mail trip. SG cat lightly 3B Pencilled on each, and in 2005 that was £2,551 = $A5,000 today.  A TON more pix of them here -  http://ow.ly/AtNT7  Did a quick spot check in latest SG Concise and those I checked had gone up about 10%. So buy in one nice run for UNDER 10% of SG Cat! $A500  (Stock 635DF)

 

 


 

 

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 last month 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 140 years old – and no pinholes as per the Noble’s example. $A300 (Order as stock number 527GD)

 

 

 

 

Aust Booklets HOARD of 320, 1967-2002, SG £1407. $A600:  Bought this from an Estate, where owner has quietly bought up these popular items. The 1986/1987 Alpine Flowers and Aboriginal Craft sets are VERY high priced in SG as you can see as booklets or stamps, and USED.

The 5 different stamps in the Aboriginal craft set SG 1093/1097 are cat £8.75 mint and £14 USED, and the ONLY source of them is these booklet sets.  EVERY printed album on earth has spaces for these Aboriginal Craft stamps, the Alpine Flowers and Eucalyptus etc, and they are ALWAYS sought after.

These have always been big sellers on ebay, in stores, and to booklet collectors etc. The FACE value is $A542, and you are paying a shade over actual face - and these go back near 50 years! SG Cat is £1407 = $A2800. You are paying way under QUARTER GIBBONS!  Dozens of extra pix and checklist here - http://ow.ly/A8pDl  $A600 (Stock 314WD)

 

 

 

New South Wales Stamp Duty *IMPERFORATE* MUH Block - $25 each!:  1938 No Wmk, imperforate 3d Purple, corner block of eight, fresh unmounted mint.  A lovely eye-catching piece for any collection - and at only $A25 apiece!  Lovely shape for 76 years old, and it is believed only a part sheet was found.  Un-recorded in Elsmore and Barefoot. $A200 (Stock number 994XD)

 

 

 

 

NSW 1894 1/- QV DLR Telegram Form o/p “SPECIMEN” $A225:  The very scarce 1/- black Queen Victoria value, showing the 1876 De La Rue design type. Cost the buyer $470 as you can see! These NSW Telegraph/Telegram forms were issued in February 1894 – 120 years back. The 6d value was for city and suburban messages, and this 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 nicely on a #1 Hagner Sheet, or album or stockbook page, and looks very attractive on the face as you can see.

A little sensible hinge reinforcing as usual on reverse, as they were UPU distributed folded horizontally, to the recipient UPU countries, and these are on very fragile paper. I’ve seen these in the past where foxing is very bad due to the cheap acidic paper used, and this is VERY clean I am pleased to say. Previous buyer had paid a Melbourne dealer $470 .. still in that wrapper – see scan of his write-up. That seems manifestly excessive (Melbourne dealers are well known for that!) and I am happy to let it change hands at well under ONE HALF that bullish figure. I've seen the pair get over $700 at public auction so this is quite a deal - indeed I have the 6d for $A200 if you want to complete the set! $A225 (Stock 815LW)

 

 


 

 

SINGAPORE used coll, from SG 1 to 1990. SG £938 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 stamps shown here -  http://tinyurl.com/SINcoll   Correct SG cat is £938 = $A1,850 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 a QUARTER SG Cat -  $A400  (Order as stock number 187QV)

 

 

 

Australia MUH Blocks Coll.  Face over $A1,200, for just $A900: One Man's entire collection.  Looks to be all in full matched sets. Totally untouched by me. Sold as received. Gutter blocks and corner blocks and mini sheets. All MUH. Condition overall looked very good - odd little age mark here and there noticed, but well above average.  A TON more photos of them all here -  tinyurl.com/mjwt5ls

Some very good sets and items here as you can see. Even if you want to use on mail or ebay sendings etc, you save a cool $300!  For small packets and large letters etc these are perfect to use. Values to $5 and $10, but most are under $1 face value, hence easily usable. $A900 (Order as stock number 321VB)  

 

 

 


 

 

Complete IMPERF sheet 10 of $5 “Treasures Of The Archives”:  Features the NSW 1888 20/- (£1) "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. Stamp is MASSIVE - 105 x 70 mm. (About 4½" 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.

Just 500 of these sheets were issued IMPERFORATE by Australia Post.  They were sold via a telephone order allocation on January 10, 2006 - the first callers to phone after a certain hour could buy STRICTLY one sheet. There were only 500 sheets ever sold by Australia Post.  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 and special numbered AP Certificate - the same as illustrated here. They sold quickly at $149 each.

The fools GLUED down these 150 sheets with a strong adhesive "to keep them flat", so those 150 were destroyed as far as “MUH” was concerned. So we have about 350 MUH sheets of 10 remaining for the world. Of an official imperforate issue sold by Australia Post. Of a beautiful stamp topical. Demand of course was massive and most collectors who were successful in waiting on the phone for 40 minutes have no intention whatever of parting with their prize, no matter how high the price gets. A classic "supply and demand" squeeze!

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 bought a few sheets and sold them off as singles for $A215 and imperf pairs for $A400. And the full sheet of 10 for $A1,750.  I bought one back from an Estate today – superb and flat MUH, and in the special hard card storage envelope.  Buy it at HALF his cost price at $A875.  Each huge imperf costs you $87 each – you could double your money offering on Ebay etc I feel sure. $A875 (Order as stock number 852LH)
 

 


 

 

Nauru 2/6d and 5/- “Seahorse” stamps on superb 1918 CENSORED cover piece:  A beauty. “NAURU” overprints on GB stamps. Clean and fresh and attractive. Not a hint of the usual rust and foxing for something near a century old – was in Canada most of its life.  Faultless copies of both stamps, and both tied by crisp steel “P.O. PLEASANT ISLAND (NAURU) NOV 9 - 19”. With part of back flap and a part arrival cds on that, and blue Registered crayon lines.  SG 20 and 22, £270 = $A500 as used off over, and many times that ON cover or piece. (Bought a nice lot of all 10/- in all shades from SG 18, and mint and used and blocks, and some Seahorse covers) $A250  (Order as stock code 812GJ)

 

 

 

1971 Aboriginal Art 35c Grave Posts with ALL Black Printing ("35c AUSTRALIA") Omitted:  Only 1 row 10, of one pane was so affected. (Pierron #994Mca - £2,000). Fresh well centred MUH.  Sir Gawaine Baillie's example sold for $A2,070 – years back. Tom Pierron's example sold for £1,150.  One of the most visually striking of the Decimal missing colours. The country, value, and part of design are missing.  SG 497ab £2,500ACSC 570c $A2,500 – back in 2002.  Pay $500 LESS than the Baillie example obtained!  And $825 under the 10 year old ACSC retail. $A1,675  (Order as stock number 625KT)

 


 

Netherlands 1913 Centenary Set 13, Cat £1325 – just $A600:  This is the complete set of 13, attractive clean used.  The same year and same importance as the 1913 Kangaroo set – THOSE are over $6,000 used, and these are just $600!  Michel 81-92 cat E1,100.  SG 214/222 £1325 - $A2600, just -  $A600 - (Order as stock number 283LF)

 

 


 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

Johore 1904/12 $100 Sultan, Top Value, Superb Used Cat £950:  A super high value – far higher in face value than our £2 Kangaroo. And an outstanding example too.  Clean and attractive with fantastic perfs and centering and deep, rich, original unfaded colour, and light Johore cancel.  SG 77, £950 = $A1800.  Interest in top end stamps from British Asia is growing like topsy from the region, and this sort of piece will keep going up in SG I feel sure. $A500 (Stock 298ET)

 

 


 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

Queensland Railways 1962/63 10/- roulette, top value rarity rated “RRRR” - in fresh *MUH* pair:  (Price Just Reduced By $75!)  Top value of the entire pre-decimal series and to find it in a fresh *MUH* pair is quite a gem.  RSA Cat $500 as HINGED singles!   Coming up to 50 years old - would any other MUH copies exist?  Rarity rated RRRR – a gem to tuck away from this ever popular field - $A250  - (Order as stock number 355FR)

 

 

 

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)

 

Cocos Island 1991 Provisional overprint 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. One of the priciest and most sought “Shell” stamp sets of the post war era - globally. Retail $300. $A200 - (Order as stock number 107CQ)

 

 


 

 

 

 

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 $3000 UNDER PO cost. Each Australia Post book from the debut 1981 book (issue number #1) also has a matching coloured, hard slipcase to prevent dust and moisture entering the book.  Retail is $1,250. Save $575!  All the LATER books and leather ones are all in stock - also dirt cheap, and offered singly at - http://tinyurl.com/yearbks  $A675  - (Order as stock number 735ER)

 

 

 

GB 1877 4d Pale Sage Green on neat cover to ARGENTINA! SG Cat £600+ - $A225:  A short lived pale color, and covers seldom seen, hence the high SG price of “From £600” = $A1125.  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 condition for 134 years old.  SG 153, Plate 16, Cat $1,125, for just 20% of SG - $A225 (Stock number 928EJ)

 

 


 

 

SPECTACULAR WW1 4d Roo Large “OS” stamp, misdirected Registered “OHMS” cover:  Well this must be the grand-daddy of all re-directed and unclaimed covers! In middle of WW1 - 1916, and the Government Department sender in Perth has torn the 4d stamp before affixing it. This was the big issue with the LARGE ‘OS’ punctures - they were far too big, and tearing apart single stamps from the sheet mostly meant the stamps tore along the now fragile central paper weakened by the huge OS holes, and not along the perf lines.

So this stamp has been roughly licked onto envelope and the clear ‘PERTH 18 JY 16 WA’ cds clearly ties the torn bits to the cover! Amazing usage, and the first such genuine use I have owned for years, of a torn stamp being placed on cover like this.  And incredibly LATE use – the Small ‘OS’ was the standard issue from late 1913, so why a large OS was being used by a Government Dept. in latter 1916, from a capital city GPO, is quite a mystery. The 4d Orange KGV head perf "OS" was issued TWO YEARS before, for this exact purpose!

"UNCLAIMED", “Called For” and “DLO" (Dead Letter Office) handstamps, and all kinds of re-direction notations and comments, and additional relevant back-stamps on reverse. The MASSIVE Perth Red Registered label - all intact - these were short lived, and are highly sought on their own. ACSC 15ba $250 for a normal 4d large ‘OS’ on cover use, and this is a BEAUTY for any album page.  $A150 (Stock code 925JR)

 

 


 

  Greece 1906 Olympics High Values, perfect centred mint: Not often seen well centred, these as you can see are spot-on perfs and centering wise – far better than usual. Fresh Mint with hinge remainders. 3D and 5D - top 2 values on this long set – the £1 and £2 Kangaroos of this era. These are now 105 years old. I also have the Greece 1896 Olympic set USED to 5D, and the 10D used on its own, very cheap if anyone has gaps there! Michel 156/7 Cat E350. SG 195/6 £350. $A200 (Order as stock number 283LR)  


 

 

Tonga 1895 George II 2½d Rose block of 9:  SG 33.  Characteristic rough perforations, fresh and flat unused, Cat £261++ = $A500++.  BLOCKS from Tonga of this era are most elusive.  A block 4 of the 1897 ‘Inverted Centre’ of this same King recently sold for $A75,000 – despite being way off centred, and thinned on 2 stamps!  SG of that is only £24,000 - yet 3 bidders fought it out madly over the phone - http://tinyurl.com/MayGlen - so grab an issue from the same era for just - $A200 (Order as stock number 725GA)

 

 

BERLIN 1949 Buildings, Dm1 to Dm5, matching marginal blocks of 4 Genuine *MUH*:  Cat €2,280 (=$A3400) for just $A800!  All matched and well centred, and fresh MUH original gum, from the left of the sheets, all with the essential leading expert Herr Schlegel guarantee handstamps. Michel 57-60  Cat €2,280+ = $A3400. Superb! (4 blocks) - $A800 (Order as stock number 724LT)

 

 

 

 

Australia $2.60 Ashes Victory Stamp *SELF-STICK* official FDC:  I arranged for these official FDC of the $2.60 PEEL and STICK Ashes International Post. On the OFFICIAL PO FDC envelope. No standing orders were supplied to ANYONE for this peel and stick $2.60, but clearly they were obtainable to those determined enough!  Cricket covers are getting $1000s right now -  http://tinyurl.com/pvt6whm - and THAT cover had MORE sold than this one!

These have the attractive pictorial Australia Post Ashes FDI special cancel “The Urn Returns – First Day Of Issue - Sydney 20 Jan 2014”. No Post Office in the country had stock of these until a MONTH after issue, so doing your own FDC was basically impossible. The regular perforated 60c and $2.60 Ashes pair were readily obtainable of course. On this same design FDC envelope.

Being a CRICKET item this will have global appeal – British cricket collectors are large in number, and several 100s of those alone will all want one of these - and price is generally not an issue, they simply want completeness. And they want OFFICIAL. A cds from a small PO I could have created myself, but that is meaningless – an OFFICIAL GPO cancel is what keen collectors seek.

This is an incredibly scarce FDC, and only 43 were ever done as far as I know, and each is numbered under flap as “5/43” etc. I sourced 20 of those 43. Price is reflective of their scarcity. My stamps all have margins 4 sides as you can see – a tiny mini sheet basically.  The first “Ashes” PNC of which 8000 were issued, sell for $200 apiece. I repeat, Eight THOUSAND were sold!

$A40 each (Stock 592RD) TWO FDCs for $A70 (Stock 592RE)  FIVE for $A150 (Stock 592RF)

 

 

 


 

 

 

USA 1974 10c Kentucky Settlement, error "Dull Black colour omitted":  Scott 1542a, SG 1540a, fresh unmounted mint MUH. Perfectly centred as you can see, and with well centred normal stamp for comparison. Fort Harrod - Kentucky Settlement Centenary 1874. Scott Cat US$700 or SG £650=$A1,300. Very striking error and seldom offered. $A375 (Order as stock code 932LW)

 

 

 

TASMANIA 1898 superb mint 2d QV Pictorial View envelope:  The superb Waterlow 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. A popular and rare official Tasmania Post Office piece – only 312 ever printed! $A225 (Order as stock code 418EK)

 



 

 

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 = $A4,750.  $A1,500  - (Order as stock number 638HX)

 

        


 

 

GB 24p Machin stamp POSTAL FORGERY in MUH blocks. As low as $5 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 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.

He got a Barrister's written opinion that him owning or selling these above face value created no offence under British Law.  Just as well - the forgers were caught and got prison sentences of up to 12 years each - see detail on link below.  Single current Machins from Kiloware are getting $A325 each on ebay as I report below, so Machins are back in the news BIG time! - http://tinyurl.com/Nov12SN

UK dealers currently sell blocks of 8 of these same stamps for £77.50 ($A125) or over $A15 apiece, as you can see - http://tinyurl.com/Mach24p - see other blocks sizes and prices here - http://tinyurl.com/24PMach  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 keep yours free. Illustrated MUH block 10 as per photo, at under half dealer price - $A70  (Order as stock number 619TQ)

 

                                                  

 

 

Hong Kong 1938 $10 KGVI Green and Violet - Top Value of set:  One of the key and priciest KGVI stamps from the entire Commonwealth. The original 1938 issue, which only exists with streaky yellow gum arabic.  Mint lightly hinged.  Nice deep, vivid, original “unrubbed” colour as you can see.  SG 161, £700= $A1400.  A small FRACTION of Gibbons catalogue at: $A400 (Order as stock number 214TR)

 

 


 

 

Aust 1935 Silver Jubilee set 3 FU from Registered FDC: Clean and fresh from a Registered FDC .. the red Registered crayon is under left hand stamp. Clear “REGISTERED BRANCH – 2 MY 35 – LAUNCESTON” cds. This set normal used is uncommon, and even an un-cacheted FDC is a $550 piece - www.bit.do/jG2L - so a shame some goose trimmed this one off. Indeed this set goes up to $A1,100 on a plain FDC - www.bit.do/jG24 - $A125 (Order as stock number 438LT)

 

 

 

 

 

KUWAIT 1958-1969 Mint Stamp Coll on leaves. Cat £545, Reduced $50 to $A225:  A couple of no account sets are lightly stuck to these heavyweight pages due to humidity, but cat value of the used cat is often MORE than the mint if you float them off, and call them 'very fine used'. Coff.  Those huge, really heavy gauge Stanley Gibbons pages are a little aged here and there, so that would be a very wise move actually to re-house the entire lot in a stockbook and would yield a rather nice collection. A little mild perf toning now and again, but again, generally on the no account sets, and really luckily, most of what is here is on the pages, not any stamps!  Re-house them, and problem solved.

Most of these seem to be £5 to £10 sets, so clearly were missed by most as new issues, hence the good SG value today. A great way to pick them up in one hit. In 30 years of dealing, I have NEVER once before had a Kuwait collection for sale. Sets here up to very high SG cat - these generally in nice shape. Top end stuff you see photo'd in auction catalogues.  Attractive stamps, and VERY seldom offered in a large, near complete run.  Bought cheap, so out they go cheap as well to a new home!  A TON more photos here - http://tinyurl.com/KuwaitColl  $A225  (Order as stock number 497UT)

 

 


 

 

Western Australia 1854 4d Deep Dull Blue Swan – SG £850 - $A450:  The striking ‘Deep Dull Blue’ shade.  Attractive item. Sadly not the even pricier ‘Slate Blue’, but very scarce all the same! Indeed Prestige regards THIS shade as the scarcer of the 2 - tinyurl.com/pex33tz  SG 3d £850 = $A1,700.  Wildly misidentified on ebay etc of course, with the regular “Blue” being often sold as this very distinctive shade.  See examples of all shades here - tinyurl.com/o735vrr  Clean VFU, neat Perth “Mute” numeral, and clean and fresh and GUARANTEED by me to be free of toning, repairs, old paper hinges and foxing so common on these 160 year old classics. Margins all round – just touching at SW corner.  Swan sideways watermark shows clearly. The world’s earliest “Bird” stamp? $A450  (Order as stock number 639LE)

 

 

 

 

Hawaii 1864 set 5 Plate Proofs - Scott $US1,750 - $A350:  Bought these in a nice old collection. They are clean fresh plate proofs of the issued set of 5.  They are in amazingly fresh bright condition for 150 years old!  On thin ungummed paper, and look very clean. Scott is $US1,750 = $A1,925 in my 2014 specialised (Cat #30P3-34P3)  Under 20% of Scott. $A350  (Order as stock number 375JR)

 



 

 

LUXEMBOURG 1945 to 1968 Mint coll. Cat £2,243. $A400:  As usual due to the thick shiny gum used, some are 'stuck' to the large heavyweight and expensive (Ret $7 each - true!) Gibbons "Philatelic" brand top end pages, due to humidity. But luckily value of the used cat is often higher than mint if you float them off, and call them 'very fine used'. MANY more pix are here - http://tiny.cc/3bwv7w

Pop them all into a nice new "Lighthouse" stockbook, or on Hagners, and bingo - they'll look 10 times neater. Some modern sets are often not stuck, and are normal Mint. Current SG cat is about £2,243 = $A4,100+, and current SG cat values are noted next to each set for your convenience of checking. Attractive stamps, and VERY seldom offered in a large, near complete MINT run. Bought cheap, so out they go cheap as well to a new home – at UNDER 10% of SG!  $A400  (Order as stock number 214TS)

 

 

 

1944 Ascension Island 2/6d KGVI “DAVIT” Flaw – Cat £1,400 for just $A800:  One of the highest catalogued flaws in the KGVI era for the Commonwealth. Bright and fresh, and totally free of the gum aging so often seen on these. Faint hinge touch. SG 45ca Cat £1,400 = $A2,800. SG just purchased Murray Payne and you can GUARANTEE key KGVI errors will be hiked up in value next SG!  Bought attractively, so priced to clear fast! $A800 (Order as stock number 629RL)

 

 


 

 

NORFOLK ISLAND, 1971 Rose Window at St. Barnabas Chapel Proofs:  As a dealer for 35 years, I have NEVER even seen a set offered such as this from Norfolk. The spectacular 2002 Stephen Bradford and 2011 Eddie Garrard Norfolk Island collections did NOT have these. Presumed to be from the Printer Archive – Heraclio Fournier, Spain.  

I am not aware of any other stamp from Norfolk (or anyone locally) printer by Fournier. Fresh MUH progressive Colour Proofs, on same gummed paper as issued stamp, with matching perforated stamp. A spectacular looking album page.  At only $55 each, for almost certainly unique pieces - indeed each is HALF what the AP current PO year book costs! Insane. SG #125. $A500  (Order as stock number 672FT)

 


 

 

Tasmania Second Allocation “RRR” Scarce Cancel: '47' of Jerusalem Lower:  A superb strike of one of the scarcer Tassie cancels, tying 1d QV Sideface to a small piece.  Rarity Rated RRR.  Interest in the better cancels is stronger than ever in recent times.  A terrific strike of this “47” with 2 vertical bars at each side. $A200  (Order as stock number 742GW)

 




 

 

 
 

 

 

AAT *FULLY IMPERFORATE* Miniature Sheets - $A50 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 - $A50  (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 $A65 (Order as stock number 629KO)

 

 



 

 

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

 

 



 

 

New South wales “RRRRR” Top Level Rarity cancels:  The super new book on NSW cancels from Hugh Freeman has seen interest and demand for these EXPLODE globally.  We have seen Victoria, WA and Tassie cancels get 4 figures, and this SA one on a common stamp getting $A4,140 at auction http://tinyurl.com/SNFeb  the superb Freeman book is at  -   www.tinyurl.com/FreeNSW  Want a new collecting challenge – this could be the one!  ALL of these should be $750 cancels already – they are the top of the tree for NSW.

Anyway only the VERY rarest NSW cancels are Rated “RRRRR” and these are superb examples.  Prices for NSW are in their very infancy.  The very highest price recorded so far for a RRRRR is $A825 for an indistinct 971 of Mount Poole – i.e. -   http://tinyurl.com/FreemNSW  I have secured a few of these superb and rare cancels, and can offer at around HALF that price point due to buying attractively. I have a few complete CD Roms of that superb Freeman work for $A40 should anyone not have the book.

Will you ever see 2 good strikes of“1010” on piece with the also rare cds tie for a mere $A500 ever again – I do not think so!  These pieces would be 4 figures from the other states.  (A) “873” superb strike of WHEALBAH on pair 2d Blues. $A425 (Stock 518TW)   (B) “1533” of Acacia/Limestone on 2 x 2d and a 1d with the “Limestone” tie of Dec 4, 1901. $A475  (Stock 518TX)  (C) “1010” 2 lovely full strikes on 3 x 1d Red and 2d Blue Reg’d piece and “TIN TIN HULL - SP 1:99” cds $A500 (Stock 518TY)  Or SAVE $100 - the THREE for just $A1,300 (Stock 516TZ) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Local Richard Juzwin retail price is $A330. The Seven Seas Stamps "Australian Stamp Catalogue" (ASC) price for the set 11 is $A420. MUH set of 11 - my VERY special DISCOUNT price offer is: $A275. (Stock 928ZC)  Or MUH blocks of 4 (very rare) $A1,250. (Stock 928ZE) I also have the earlier and later overprints also at terrific discount prices.  For a complete set of TWENTY different overprints my discount price is $A335 (Stock 928ZJ) -  or that full set 20 in MUH blocks 4 for $A1,500. (Stock 928ZL)  These will never be cheaper.

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 $A45 to the extra price you obtain when selling.

 

 

Netherlands huge Registered & EXPRESS Airmail franking piece to China, 1936:  Bought this stunning and clean piece week, 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), AND a 2½ Guilder overprint on 10G - SG 237 Cat £170 used - a very scarce stamp used.  Detailed discussion on this piece here - http://tinyurl.com/Shiedam -  : $A275  (Order as stock number 294LR)

 

 

 

 

NZ 1993 $1.20 Dinosaur Stamp superb CTO, SG Cat. £3,125 for just $A250!  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. 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 - £25 SG cat, superb FDI CTO, for $10 each lot etc.  $A250 (Order as stock number 713LD)

 

 

 

PNG 1994 21t on 80t Land Shell "Emergency Overprint':

Corner blocks 4 from all 4 corners, of the rare 21t Land Shell.  Always around the scarcest of the entire set.  I bought a couple spare sheets of this in 1995 via my cunning "buying" ads in the national "Post-Courier" newspaper. These were mailed to me from a priest up in Goroka who had them in the parish postage folder. Needless to say the Church re-building fund got a sharp upward increase!  These I sold to the original buyer in 1995, and the 4 blocks still come complete with the lavish dated photo certificate I gave him way back then.

Read the quite detailed and FASCINATING story behind this rarest of all British Commonwealth post war sets - with dozens of other special offers of them - https://www.glenstephens.com//overprints.html

This still today is a very scarce stamp. SG #734 and current  SG Cat price is £40 each = $A70 a STAMP = $A1,120.  Here we have 16 stamps in matched corner imprint blocks. My usual price for a single is $60 so 16 singles is $960, making no allowance for the obvious premium that matched Imprint blocks like this must attract. Such an assembly must be virtually unique? Also the impeccable provenance and photo-certificate from 1995 will always be worth a premium too.  A real bottom drawer item - the lot for - $A600  (Order as stock number 443AT)
 

 

  
 

 

 

AITUTAKI - 1920 Pictorials - 2 x IMPERFORATE PAIRS - PRICE JUST REDUCED $50!:  Superb looking pair of these Perkins Bacon recess printed classics, in MUH original gum arabic.  HUGE margins as you can see.  Great looking specialist items, now 93 years old. (4)  SG 27/28. $A150  (Order as stock number 445FG)

 

   

 

 

Australia 1970 Captain Cook Full Set 12 Mini Sheets & PO covers - each with special 1970 Pictorial cancels:  A rare group.  The Post Office offered this special postmark service for special covers, and a few sets of those I see in my travels – near all on the PO “Long” cover – 9”x4”.  However you could also special order them on the mini sheets if you wanted.  Very few did so for some reason.  In 30+ years in stamps I've only handled a few sets .. and most were defective more or less in some aspects, due to their large size, and the fact these rust and bend readily. These are superb CTO full gum unhinged -- pristine as issued 42 years back. 

The special pictorial cancels as you can see start at Port Hicks Victoria on April 20, 1970 (first day of issue date!) and continue up the coast for 4 months to Thursday Island on August 17.   A wonderful lot for a Cook collector, or an Australia collector after something VERY different.  SG MS 465 - £120 as normal used.  Heck these are just over $15 each - that's around the price a NORMAL used MS will cost you!  ALSO I have the same set of 12 cancels on clean unaddressed official PO “Small Cook covers”.  Port Hicks being First Day Issue of course – rare on a “Small Cook” PO unaddressed cover.  Album mounting marks on back of some FDC, but facially very nice.   $A200 each set 12, or the both for $A350  (Order as stock number 519LY/519LZ)

 

  

 

 

Isle Of Man - both the 1973 Definitives Colour Outer Border Errors:   I bought pairs of these from a well known UK dealer.  Not really easy to tell apart unless you are experienced with them.  SG 17a and 18a.  Cat £150 each,  i.e. £300 for one of each or cat £600 for a pair of each.  He guarantees these are the correct SG listed items.  My price $A150 for one of each.  Or a joined pair of each as shown above, Cat £600 (=$A1,500) fresh MUH for -  $A250  - (Order as stock number 735LP)

 

  

 


 

West Germany - 1951 'Posthorn' 20Pf red from booklet sheet:  (Price Just Reduced By $100!)  Vertical se-tenant strip with green "X" label (at top),  Michel #S7, Cat €550 = $A1,125.  Excellent perfs and centering as you can see, and guaranteed original gum.  WAY under HALF Michel cat at - $A300 - (Order as stock number 535RR)

West Germany - 1951 'Posthorn' 6pf orange & 10pf green from booklet sheet:  (Price Just Reduced By $100!)  Se-tenant interpanneau horizontal strip of 4, separated by label with colour vertical bars & label with green "X", Michel #WZ4, Cat €550 = $A1,125.  Excellent perfs and centering as you can see, and guaranteed original gum.  Way under HALF Michel cat at - $A300  - (Order as stock number 536RR)

Buy both together (Cat a whopping €1,100, and save $100 more!  (Price Just Reduced By $200!)   $A500 - (Order as stock number 537RR)

 

                                                                                                                                                       

 



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Sydney's BIGGEST STAMP BUYER: Post me ANYTHING via Registered Mail for my same-day cheque.  Avoid copping the Now normal 45% Auction "Commissions" (20% Buyer + 15% Seller + GST, etc) AND their five-month delays!

 Read HERE for details.

"Lothlórien", 4 The Tor Walk, CASTLECRAG (Sydney), N.S.W. 2068 Australia

Phone 7 Days: (02) 9958-1333 PO Box 4007, Castlecrag. NSW. 2068

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