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1919 10/- Kangaroo Third Watermark “North West Pacific Islands” VFU:  Superb used, and a NWPI stamp VERY seldom seen. I’ve handled FAR less of these in 35 years than the far higher priced £1 Bi-Colour.  And the THIRD Wmk 10/- is twice as scarce (and retail) as the 1913 First Watermark oddly.  Vivid Aniline pink that looks far better “in the flesh” than my scan to be honest. Crisp compete cds - “RABAUL - 18 JL:21 - NEW BRITAIN”.  Most “used” stamps offered have spurious and vague corner cancels, used to “improve” toned mint or cleaned off fiscal Radio Station violet cancels.  Even fresh mint are retail HALF used.  As good as you’ll get with these. SG #112 £250 = $A550. Under $US190!  $A265 (Stock 586XE)






Australia 1932 5/- Bridge fresh Mint, only $A250!:  The stamp missing from 99% of Australian collections.  Came from England recently, where I imagine it has been for decades.  Clean fresh Mint hinged,  Perfs and centering better than usual for these - remember these were printed on what was essentially cheap coarse weave blotting paper and “fluffy” or “woolly” ugly perfs are the normal on these.  Printed at the height on the Great Depression, and these were single line perforated by hand - one row at a time up, then the sheets turned round 90° and ran through again, so centering was terrible.  SG 143, £425 = $A935.  Has a scuff or something at top margin, so priced at about HALF my usual mint price.  Bought cheap in a large collection lot, to sell in DAYS for just $US177 - i.e.: $A250 (Stock 825HT)





SG 1955 £1 Waterlow & Sons QE2 Windsor Castle top value:  Lovely fresh and super attractive well centred fresh MUH copy. With guide markings on SW margin.  Buyer paid Max Stern $200 for this some years back according to his invoice notes!  SG 539. Now 60 years old and well overdue for a price rise.  $A135 (Stock 461JR)





Australia 1916 2/- Deep Brown Kangaroo *INVERTED WATERMARK* Neatly Used:  An incredibly rare stamp - often in terrible shape from parcel use in middle of WW1.  As an example, the only used copy in Arthur Gray sale had short perfs and a missing corner.  This is a 99 year old stamp, clean and flat and fresh, attractive used with no hinge remains, or gook or gunk or faults etc.  This is the scarcer “Deep Brown”  a 70% pricier stamp than light usual shade.  ACSC lists Inverted Watermark stamp as 37a, at $1,500 in CHEAPEST shade, so this would be $1,500 + 70% = $A2,550

Most of this watermark 2/- (brown AND maroon) have “fluffy/woolly” perfs, and are very poor centred - this one is far better than usual as you can see.  With incredibly light cancel for a parcel usage 2/-, lovely light upright BLUE ink cds - “Registered : 23 JA 17” - Brisbane.  Better Kangaroos have gone totally GANG-BUSTERS in last 2 years - the Hardy Kangaroo sale broke all records.  Rare pieces are getting TREBLE the brand new ACSC even -  A pretty stamp. Cat $2,550 for average Used in this shade.  Just $US570 as I type this! $A800 (Stock 825RQ)





Australia KGV 1d Engraved Rare *FDC* to GERMANY, along with ½d and 1d Kangaroos!  Without doubt the premiere FDC of this country.  Only a few FDC of any kind are recorded of the 1913 1d Engraved, and those that survive are mostly in poor condition and/or are very tatty.  This appears to be the ONLY surviving 1d FDC of either issue mailed outside of Australia.  And not only bears the 1d Engraved KGV, but rather wonderfully, the ½d and 1d Kangaroos as well, to make up 2½d Foreign letter rate.  SG #1 and #2 are also on the same superb FDC!  All 3 stamps are tied by a superb strike of the Sydney “6.15PM : 9 DE 13” cds – First Day of national issue.  Addressed by the distinctive Fred Hagen violet ink typewriter ribbon, to a Building Inspector in Gelsenkirchen, in the North Rhine, Germany.  Been there most of its life, so condition amazing for 102 years old.  

Sydney Dealer Fred Hagen created all the 1d Engraved and 1d Kangaroo FDC’s.  At this time, interest in collecting FDC was practically non-existent.  Not just here, but globally.  Indeed no FDC of the sister issue, 6d Engraved Kookaburra exists, nor of most of the 1913 Kangaroos, even for most of the lower values.  Amazingly, almost no FDCs exist from the entire 33 year Kangaroo series, in any face value, or any watermark.  Hard to believe, but true.  Indeed among all the never ending myriad of colours, Dies and watermarks of the 5d, 6d, 9d and 1/- Kangaroos, 1913-1932, not ONE single FDC is recorded.  Not even in the Royal Collection, or the Australia Post Collections.

Hagen used the same staggered line typewriter technique on all, using his violet ink ribbon, and all had the decorative and scalloped edge Fred Hagen “1d Sydney View” flat sealing “wafer” on reverse, as this one does. (See photo)  Really lovely condition, even the 1d KGV stamp is attractive and well centred!  This exact same FDC was offered in Prestige Rarity Sale June 2009 (when+ ACSC was just $6,500) for $10,000 Estimate (plus 20%!)  See -  where it was described as - “It is some years since an example was last offered at auction. This is a much scarcer item than a First Day Cover of the Penny Kangaroo, examples of which have sold for more than $10,000.”

The ACSC is now up more than 15% from those days, being $7,500 on this FDC.  Exceptionally clean and flat condition for something over 100 years old from this region, with sharp corners, and no foxing and all sound on reverse.  Especially for a cover that travelled 10,000 miles by sea to Europe.  WAY superior condition to Arthur’s Gray single 1d Roo cover also from Hagen, Lot 81, that was invoiced $A12,750 - 8 years back!  A show stopper, for a top level Exhibit of either KGV heads, Kangaroos, or FDC, or “SG #1’s” etc.  ACSC 59ya $7,500, which is pretty silly, as no other has been auctioned for many years.  Unique as a 1d KGV FDC with Kangaroo franking as well, and also Unique to an overseas destination, and in absolutely superb condition.  Offered attractively priced on behalf of a client for a cash sale!  Just $US6,400 as I type this, and NO nasty 20% “Buyer Fee” to be added on top!  $A8,950 (Stock 682RT)





  Kangaroo 1913 10/- First Watermark:  Very nice looker for this 100+ year old Classic high value!  Usually perfs and centering are all over the shop on this one.  Mint VLH, with the original attractive colour.  As attractive as Lot 250 at Gray sale, which sold for this level, 8 years back.  Prices here have doubled since then on this value. First Watermark Roos are red-hot lately .. a £2 MUH, with the same number printed as this one, has sold for over $25,000!  SG 14.  There were LESS issued of this value than the 1913 £1 and £2 First Watermark Roos. ACSC $A2,000 for average centred.  SG #14 £900 = $A1935.  MOST attractive, as you can see.  $A1,250 (Stock 362LE)  



Aust Post Office packs LIQUID GOLD 2000s at 25% under PO Cost!:  Lovely hoard Liquid Gold circa 2000's era Australia Post Packs way UNDER PO cost. ANYTHING after 2000 in Australian PO PACKS is near impossible to source. Masses of collectors and dealers drew a line in the sand at this time and that nice round figure, and said "that's it". Of course 15 years on, they all regret it, and nearly all want those issues. Dealers did not stock them either, so sourcing them is near impossible at any price.

Lovely clean run, and owner was buying 4 of each for near all of them. PO cost was $A1,181, so a STEAL at $900. COST ex PO was about $A1,181. Retail would be EASILY $2500 if you could find a dealer with stock - and I honestly doubt you can these days. Bought cheap from an Estate this afternoon, so can offer at near 25% UNDER actual PO cost! Totally unpicked by me as usual: ALL the topical/thematic goodies are in here. Mini sheets, lots of se-tenant strips of 5, and joined pairs etc.

Spans from latter 1990s it looks like, until about 2005.  Australia and AAT etc. ALL valid for local mail.  Face value of stamps alone is $1,067.50 and some really tough sets here. Pop them on ebay one by one, and readily double your money. Almost no sellers have packs of this era for sale. A TON more photos on these here - This is only about $US650 as I type this - what a deal! $A900 (Stock 597JE)




GB 1880 2d Blue Plate 20, nice used BLOCK 4, SG £575 = $A1,210 - $A225:  Attractive looking BLOCK of SG 142, tied to small piece, by UPRIGHT dated NOV 18  1880 Duplex LS-4 of Lombard Street London.  Nice deep original colour. USED blocks are rare as a single 1/- stamp was used 99% of the time. SG Specialised cat J22m, for used block is 10 times a single = £575 ($A1,210). SG also says Add 100% for well centred lightly used and stamp 4 most certainly qualifies for that. $A225 (Stock 352JE)





1932 1/- Lyrebird OS superb CTO Block 4 with fresh full gum MUH:  AAn amazing block - 83 years old and full gum unhinged, incredibly fresh.  Neat central cds SYDNEY - 11 JE 33 - NSW cds. A RARE and wildly under-rated stamp and only 75,000 stamps were ever overprinted  same number of the 5/- Harbour Bridge of which 10,000s of CTO were never counted in number sold.  WHY is that one $250 used and this a quarter that price?  As it is heavily FORGED is why!  

The basic used 1/- Lyre stamp is retail just $1 apiece, and a bunch of fakers have make 1000s of used copies over the years and flogged them on ebay etc at $50 each.  A MUH 1/- Lyre is $100 and a block 4 is $400, so no-one wil be forging an OS overprint on those!  And this was a MUH block to start with of course. SG 0136.  Scott 014 $US210 ($A285) as 4 singles.  CTO blocks with full gum are RARE.  $A285 (Stock 392RV)






British Caribbean stamp collection most pre-war SG Cat $2,740, for just $A400!  British Caribbean on old leaves 1863 to 1977, but most pre-war. (Has a few Gilbert and Ellice in there too!) Correct current SG £1,273 = $A2,740. M & U Collection. Less than 15% of Gibbons catalogue!

Bahamas 1863 to 1953 - £297, Grenada 1875 to 1953 - £391, Gilbert & Ellice 1956 - £65, Jamaica 1860 to 1953 - £330, St Vincent 1892 to 1956 - £80,Turk & Caicos 1977 - £110  Meaty Estate lot. There are MANY things I could remove from here and offer for $50 or so apiece as you can see - often higher. Too busy right now to scratch myself, so out these go untouched, at UNDER 15% of SG.

Condition a bit varied as always on this material, but generally clean and decent looking, the ones I bothered to look at - all are in plastic outer sleeves so fiddly to look at for me, as I only spend 10 mins on these collections. Brilliant re-seller lot - 100 ebay lots here for $4 each.  A ton more photos of them here -  My price is just $US290 as I type this - or 185 quid. $A400 (Stock 948MK)





1918 £2 Black and Rose Kangaroo stamp rare THIRD Watermark:  In my 35 years as a dealer I can confirm this is the only ONE stamp missing from 99.9% of Australian collections I see. The later wmk £2 stamps are easy to source, and sell for a very small % of this guy.  Attractive used, with better than average perfs and centering for these “terrors” as you can see - they mostly have the real “fluffy/woolly” perfs that are barely punched out. “SYDNEY 19 AP : 20” dated cds, proving it is the very first print SG 45 - second print was June 1921 ACSC tells us.  

Best of all it is TOTALLY 105% sound - my written guarantee on that - NO thins, tears, creases or repairs or aging etc as usually found.  These were used on VERY heavy parcels near 100 years back, and near ALL have structural faults from scuffing and banging about on 10,000 miles sea parcel journeys to Europe and the Americas were such a huge face value was needed.  The only postal used example in Arthur Gray sale realised $A7,500.  Clean and fresh, and totally free of the hinges and gunk and gook one usually sees.  SG 45, £3,000 = $A6,450 - buy at WAY under HALF SG Cat - $A2,750 (Stock 481JX)





New Zealand 1940 *£1,000* Pink and Black “ARMS” Superb Used:  What a delightful looking piece. Clean and fresh, foxing free, and “unrubbed”.  NOT “hole punched”, embossed or pen or crayon cancelled as all others I have seen are - the auditors were understandably savage on audit punching values over £100 of course.  A GEM …. the highest face value of the entire KGVI British Commonwealth I understand.  The “Arms” are a super popular series globally, and this is your chance to add something really special to your pages!  Superb perfs and centering and colour, as you can see, and a neat dated cds. $A350 (Stock number 243ED)






Ascension Island First Day Cover Colls 1973 to 1991. SG Cat $1,360. $A400:  Ascension FDCs 1973 to 1991 x 115 different. SG Cat value £632 = $A1,360 as USED stamps - on FDC a large premium.  In two quality albums - retail $50 apiece. All Official PO unaddressed covers, the owner was getting direct from the Bureau.  My guess is FIVE HUNDRED mint sets of these exist for each FDC - few bothered with them, and The Crown Agents did not stock FDC generally, as "too hard" to order in from these remote island specks!

There are 115 FDC here. My price is a bit over 3 BUCKS A COVER. Mixed condition - some with traces of aging around stamp perfs etc. Mostly on cheaper sets actually. If soaked off as used, of course that will vanish.  To clear at about a QUARTER GIBBONS value of the used stamps - and the 2 albums retail $100 come "FREE"!  A TON more ix here -  Same estate also had near identical era FDC of St Helena, similar condition comments, also in 2 x quality albums retail $100. St Helena 1976 to 2000 - 103 covers - Cat as USED are £606.30 = $A1300. Also $A400 (Stock 948KR) or the BOTH collections for just $A750 (Stock 948KS)  The ASCENSION - $A400 (Just $US290! - Stock 948KT)





1913 5/- Kangaroo First Watermark stamp. Crisp CTO cancel:  CTO Kangaroo prices have gone insane the past few years -  as you can see on link here, single stamps selling for up to SEVEN times the most recent ACSC prices: - So top grade stamps like this are worth grabbing NOW.  ACSC 42wb $A300 as the VERY cheapest CTO type.  Juzwin retail $A300 for typical copies.  SG 13, £200 = $A430 for average used.  

This one far better than most, clean and fresh with NO hinges on reverse. Superb deep glowing Chrome Yellow original shade.  Clearly a premium looker for a 100+ year old high value stamp, and great perfs and centering for any 1913 CTO, as you can see, which often have many ripped out perfs due to the long fibre paper used on this issue.  Wildly under-valued by the market. There were less issued of this value than the 1913 £1 and £2 First Watermark Roos .. and for one of those, you can add a ZERO to this price - plus some! $A275 (Stock 214DZ)





Gibbons "Stamps Of The World" Cat 6 vols WAY under *HALF* Retail. 2 Sets Left!: Found a few boxes of these in my storage garage, and time to move them on at cost - if you can bear with being a year or so out of date, you save $250!  Brand new, in SG factory shipping box. The 2014 set is $A550 retail locally, with the strong Sterling. These are now in colour, on Brite-White paper stock, not the yellowed old paper and mono of just a few years back. There are around 6,800 huge pages and way over HALF MILLION stamps all priced here. There are over 165,000 stamp illustrations.  Just TWO sets left here! Tons more pix and info here - - $A250 (Stock 518DK)




South Australia £1 Blue Queen Victoria, SG Cat $1,075 for $A300:  An attractive example of this high value £1 Definitive.  The “lumpy” Perf 10, and as thus, is unusually nice looking - most have ripped out perfs due to that chunky gauge that was quickly changed to the much finer perf 12½.  Strong watermark “Crown Over SA” showing through as always on these.  Fresh mint with ORIGINAL gum. I see a TON less of these than the NSW/QLD/WA/VIC £1 Values, trust me. Great under-rated MINT - CTO are about for sure. SG 199, Cat £500 = $A1075.  If this were the later issued £1 Kangaroo - add a zero, literally!  $A325 (Stock 529EX)




1963 5d Green QE2 Imperforate Between Booklet panes, with Plate Number  - 2 - :  Now and again one sees things with the official CTO looking cancel, that may or may not have had any official history. The "G. P. O." cancel outer lettering on this is the same as used on the 1930s PO Specimen pack issues. Superb CTO with full unhinged gum – “28 OCT : 64”.  Being on an imperf between panes block, with plate number "- 2 -", if a collector had this done at issue time, the Philatelic Sales Bureau cancel would have been used.  Even so, it is the only used in period plate number piece I have ever sighted.  When the ACSC lists used blocks one day, as they surely will, this one will be hard to price!  A UNIQUE block for sure. $A225 (Stock 683HW)  





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

ACSC confirms this 1/- Plate Proof is UNIQUE.  From the Estate of Ronald Harrison, Chief Engraver of the Commonwealth Stamp Printing Branch, and the collection of Max Watson, signatory of the RPSV Expert Committee Certificates. The ACSC states that only one example is recorded.  I confirm this is that exact stamp, Cat $1,500 in 2004.  The issued stamps were of course on “V over Crown” wmk paper, Comb Perf 12x12½.  Just $US725 as I type this. $A995 (Stock 692KW)






Victoria £50 Dull Purple, Postal Fiscal super high value attractive unused:  Fresh and well centred with good perfs. “V over Crown” watermark upright. Expert handstamp on reverse, and pencil signed. From same old Estate lot as the nice CTO £100 of this design I offered here this week at same price, which came along with a strong Kangaroo collection I am working through. Sold “as is” and most attractive. Clean and flat, with no hinge remains to hide thins etc.  Looks fine to me under UV light examination - no faults or repairs etc. $A995 (Stock 682FQ)





Ceylon 1937 Coronation Stamps, 2.70 Rupees in AirMail booklet, *COMPLETE* Book of 30:  A very rare beast.  Been in Scotland most of its life - thank goodness, hence the lovely condition.  These large size books, with covers made of very coarse, cheap lightweight card or thick paper, are rare in any condition and tear, bend or damage and scuff super readily.  Even incomplete and damaged books, or just empty covers are hardly ever seen.  Has 3 COMPLETE MUH panes of 10 of the large 9c Green KGVI Coronation airmail value, plus all the many pages of waxed interleaving, and the complete pane of airmail labels, and postage rates at back etc. 100% ORIGINAL staple, which is not even rusted or corroded, after 78 years. Anything residing in that country for 5 or 10 years, is totally ruined by the high humidity.  I am flying there for Xmas this year so should take it with me?!  Clean and attractive as you can see.  SG #SB16, £1,300 = $A2,800. This is just $US725 as I type this. $A1,000 (Stock 692GQ)






Australia 1916 4d KGV *LIME Yellow* Rare Shade:  One of the very rarest - and trickiest -  shades in the Australia KGV heads.  Printed early 1916 in midst of WWI, and printer ink supplies were nearly all sourced from Germany in those days, so were in total chaos. Regular bulk supplies of any given color was impossible to guarantee, hence the VAST shade range (100s!) in the 1d Red KGVs, as any ink remotely “red looking” was purchased by Stamp Printer, and when that ran out, the next remotely “reddish” ink offered was secured.  Same with the 4d ‘Orange’ group, where ACSC list NINE main shades due to this WWI ink supply disaster.  From Lime Green, to Very Deep Orange - and a rainbow in between!  Incredibly rare stamp - even the multi-million dollar and legendary Arthur Gray International Large Gold Medal KGV Heads collection possessed NO used example - so own a FU stamp that even Arthur did not have!

For 35 years I have actively stockpiled USED Roos and KGV.  I have Australia’s largest stocks by far. All shades and all values - ask me!  I always really liked the 4d Lemon group, and bought all I saw. From the “Lemon” printing, a tiny % used a Lemon ink with lime green tinge, that is now in ACSC for past decade as “Lime Green”.  My great stamp friend, the late Simon Dunkerley discussed this unusual shade a lot, and we were responsible for getting this shade listed in the ACSC.  Cat is ACSC 110D, Cat $600 for typical average used cancel grade.  And in addition, the centering is GENERALLY terrible on 4d Lemons as all realise. The one shown is a GEM – darn hard to scan and capture the exact colour, but this is pretty close, and gives you the idea!

Remember most “4d Lemons” sold on venues like ebay are NOT of course, but just the common Orange Yellow.  And the stupid Scott listing of simply “Yellow” adds to the confusion.  The average ebayer would not know a true “Lime” if they tripped over it - they do not have 200 Lemons, and 1500 x 4d oranges to compare it to, as I do!  The “Lime” has a ‘citrus’ hue to it, as can be readily seen in daylight.  The nicest centred, lightest cancel, freshest one I have is shown here, and is priced high accordingly. The near transparent colour means ANY black cancel looks “heavy”.  4d was Registered mail rate to the entire British Empire, and this super pale stamp got scuffed and badly soiled on the 10,000 mile WWI trip to UK and Canada etc.  I have lovely VFU copies not quite up to this example for $A400 (Stock 639WT) and very attractive clean FU copies at HALF cat for $A300 (Stock 639WR). The quite superior one shown here, Cat $A600, is $A500 (Stock 639WS)  





ITALY 1889 King Umberto 45c Dull Green MLH, Cat £2,500 for 8% 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 = $A5,375.  Decent shape for 126 years old, and bought cheap to sell cheap at about 8% of SG Cat!  $A450  (Stock 634EK)




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)





  Greece 1906 Olympics High Values, perfect centred mint Under QUARTER SG!:  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 109 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 = $A750. (My price only $US145 as I type this!) $A200 (Order as stock number 283LR)  




Bermuda stamp collection 1903 to 1970 - SG Cat $690 for $A200:  All on 9 x quality SG interleaved album pages. SG Cat value £320 = $A690.  Lovely Mint and Used collection nucleus here - looked clean and fresh to me when taking photos, and the QE2 Defin is MUH etc. Seldom offered country locally. Just $US145 as I type this!  A heap more photos here - - $A200 (Stock 348MK)




Australian Postal Stationery collection in large blue "Cumberland" album:  Cat around $1,300, just $A400.  Lovely lot and almost never offered in one run like this. VERY hard to take photos in these shiny 'Cumberland' pages, but did my best!  "In the flesh" they actually looks FAR better than this, trust me.  My "Money Back Guarantee" on that!  In general, clean and fine and fresh, and near all mint. Not all shown of course. To piece these together chasing them 1 by 1, will take you a year, AND cost you a lot more than this!  DOUBLE this I am sure. A lot of this sells for near or above full catalogue, as it is so seldom offered.  Under $US290 as I type this! A STACK more pix here -  $A400 (Stock 547UG)




Ryukyu Islands, MUH stamp collection 1948-1972 cat £711 = $A1,500 just $A300!:  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 -  Elusive material - now PRICE REDUCED $150 to just 20% of SG, or $US215 - $A300  (Order as stock number 473JT)





Complete Set Aust Post Year Albums 1981-2000 **WAY UNDER FACE**!   Estate special.  All TWENTY albums!  The FACE value of the stamps inside is $720.  You are paying $45 UNDER FACE!  ALL are valid for 100% postage if you ever need to use them. You are buying CASH essentially.  I just bought THIRTY sets of 20, off a guy who bought them for an investment so have slashed my selling price. The issue price from PO was $964!  You are paying near $300 UNDER PO cost. Each Australia Post book from the debut 1981 book (issue number #1) 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 -  $A675 (Stock number 735ER)




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 -

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)






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 -  $A40 (Order as stock number 433VN)






Indonesia FDCs x 106, 2000-2012 SG $A600 as U stamps! $A300!  2000 onward is an IMPOSSIBLE era to source locally. Indonesia is in closer proximity to this country than New Zealand is. Bought here as New Issues by a client. Who ANYWHERE, would have 12 years of these for sale - and especially UNDER 3 BUCKS apiece!  A TON more pix here -

Superb topicals and from a country no-one here has stock of. SG Cat £285=$A600 as USED stamps (lightly pencilled on back of each, for ease of checking) and on FDC a lot higher obviously. TOTALLY untouched me as usual .... all different, and a really wonderful looking group. Only $US230 or so as I type this! $A300 (Stock 233BZ)






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





Huge Scott AUSTRALIA + AAT Decimal album 1966-2000 Coll. $US340: Green Scott binder and pages, Australia Decimal currency collection M & U 1966 to 2000 including AAT, the mint NH/MUH face value total is $338 alone!  PLUS many 100s of used as well here. The album is clean, and costs $150 alone big, heavy, very thick sucker, and update pages of course are freely available. The collector had it pretty complete in either mint or used. The MINT are all MUH/NH, and on black Scott mounts - the Face of those is $A338 ALONE - retail $650 or so. Then he also has many 100s of used as well, to high values and good pricey sets - retail of those another $400.  So $1000++ of stamps, and a $150 album = $1200 easily.  DOZENS more pix here -  This price is only about $US340 as I type this! $A460 (Stock 988CT)




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)






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 = $A630. $A165  (Order as stock number 241LE)



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 = $A1470 - just 25% of SG  $A350  (Order as stock number 296GL)




Aust Post Office packs LIQUID GOLD 2000s at 25% under PO Cost!  ANYTHING after 2000 in Australian PO PACKS is near impossible to source. Masses of collectors and dealers drew a line in the sand at this time and that nice round figure, and said "that's it". Of course 15 years on, they all regret it, and nearly all want those issues. Dealers did not stock them either, so sourcing them is near impossible at any price. Lovely clean run, and owner was buying 4 of each for near all of them. PO cost was $A1,181, so a STEAL at $900.  A STACK more pix here -

COST ex PO was about $A1,181. Retail would be EASILY $2500 if you could find a dealer with stock - and I honestly doubt you can these days. Bought cheap from an Estate this afternoon, so can offer at near 25% UNDER actual PO cost! Totally unpicked by me as usual ..... ALL the topical/thematic goodies are in here. Mini sheets, lots of se-tenant strips of 5, and joined pairs etc. From latter 1990s it looks like until about 2005. Face of stamps alone is $1067.50 and some really tough sets here. Pop them on ebay one by one, and readily double your money. Almost no sellers have packs of this era for sale. This is about $US700 as I type this - what a deal! $A900 (Stock




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 todays 70c rate yardstick. So the pack was about $A150 type buying price, adjusted to todays money. Little wonder almost none sold!  ASC P7 Cat. $450 and seldom seen. Fresh and un-opened. $A300 - (Order as stock number 439ZB)





GB Incredibly Fresh **MUH** 1879 2d Rosy Mauve QV with margin markings - $A250:  Probably unique Id imagine from this corner in genuine MUH. 1879 Orbs Watermark, Plate 15. SG 51 525 as hinged, overprinted CYPRUS, corner letters AL With a wonderful array of Circled 1 Control number, Crowned Vermillion Postage 2d audit handstamp, and 2d Denomination marking on margin. Also has slight double perfs on top 2 perfs all across, as can be seen by the larger top 2 holes on each row. 

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




1935 1/- Anzac - rare UNISSUED perf 13 x 12 - MUH  i.e. the same perf as the 2d: Not the usual lumpy single line perf 11 issued version shown above on the right side (included in the lot of course), but the fine comb perf 13, as found on all the 2d.  MUH, with far better than usual centering, from the single sheet found. ACSC 165pp, $A2,750. SG 155a £1,600 = $A3,360. Scott #151, $US3,500 = $A4,730. A superb acquisition on this, the CENTENARY of Gallipoli. One of the all-time classic stamps designs of this country.  More detail on the fascinating background to this expensive issue, is at  Under HALF SCOTT and many $100's under usual retail at: $A2,150 (Stock 728EK)





GB 1854 1/- green, Queen Victoria Embossed, Vertical *PAIR*:  Any multiple of this top value is rare. SG lists a block of 4 used at £7,000 = $A14,700, but not pairs.  Clean used pair where the silk vertical security thread has been hinge reinforced on back as they split the paper most times.  SG 55 Cat £2,000 = $A4,200 as 2 singles. If the lower stamp were cut off it would yield a superb margin example as you can see. And a darn nice top stamp as well.  These stamps were HAND crimp embossed on thick white paper, and getting 4 clear margins is really tough. Light cancel for these of Nov 24 : 54  161 years back!  Must be worth 10% MINIMUM of SG? $A400 (Stock 735KA)




Kangaroo 1917 10/- Kangaroo Deep Aniline shade, overprinted SPECIMEN:  Specimens on this Third Watermark are RARE. Only 2,575 were ever sold, and a large chunk of those have been lost to philately over the past century as they were mostly given to youngsters in the PO packs at the time. The normal stamp had 1,322,280 sold - and a hinged copy is $A1,000 and even FU is $400 despite the vast numbers of both that exist.  ACSC 48x $600. Wonderfully DEEP Aniline Pink colour far deeper than the scan actually. Perfs and centering you will NOT improve on for a 3rd watermark stamp that generally have ugly fluffy perfs, as these were printed in March 1916 in middle of WW1, and perf heads ex Europe were on shipping being sunk by Germans, so were used way past their replacement schedule.  Attractive mint original gum. Cat $600  This is only $US340 right now - $A460 (Stock 264JT)  




Big box of Australia PO Packs 1976-1990. Face Value $A572 - $122 UNDER FACE!  From an Estate today, and all stored per year in Manilla envelopes. The FACE is $A572 as you can see - to clear fast at $122 UNDER face value!  Right up to the 1990 $20 John Glover painting - still current - the 1990 envelope only is shown above. These cost 40c a pack MORE than face from the PO and there are 100s of packs here, so PO cost was literally about $A700.  Superb for someone mailing out a lot of ebay packages - or to list one by one on ebay, on a free listing day. $A450 (Stock 948BH)



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)





Papua New Guinea 1994

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:

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.




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






Australia KGV 4d ultramarine, 1922 Cooke Plates Thin 'FOUR PENCE' (Deteriorated State):  FFresh MVLH with the striking very late state of this famous error as you can see.  With characteristic centering of near all known copies, due to position in sheet of the error.  ACSC 112(2)rb, Cat $A1,000.  SG 65a £450=$A945.  Being SG listed is GLOBALLY sought and is always popular. Shows this famous variety unusually well.  A KGV head Classic error. $A500 (Stock 579FB)   




MALTA 1860s to 1960s M+U Coll. Cat 30 ($A1,953) for $A375:  On a stack of old SG 'Senator' Leaves.  Not seen by anyone for 50 years.  Great starter lot of this wonderful country. £Cat 930 = $A1953 as you can see, and condition a trifle mixed as always on large lots.  Ton more photos here -  Will sell fast at just $375 or just 20% of Gibbons. $A375 (Order as stock number 498FD)





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 4" x 3"!) Literally the size of many modern Mini Sheets. The sheet of 10 is about the same size as a regular sheet of 100 stamps.

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)





New South Wales Stamp Duty *IMPERFORATE* MUH Block - $A25 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. (US$150 as I type this!) $A200 (Stock number 994XD)





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

This is a huge bonus, as most reversed watermarks you need to peer and squint at, and still not be at all certain.  (SG of course lists all wmks as seen from the FRONT.)  Fine used and fresh - free of hinges, toning, thins and gunk, and beautifully centred.  With lightest face free Parcel Post cds, and bright and attractive colour.  Be impossible to improve on this one methinks - for quality, appearance, or for price!  One THIRD of SG. SG 51bx £2,500 = $A5,250.  $A1,500  - (Order as stock number 638HX)




1914 "G.R.I" Marshall Islands 3/- on 3M Yacht with Certificate: 11914 3-4mm spacing, on Marshall Islands High Value '3s on 3 Mark violet-black, SG 61. Marginal unused example from the top of the sheet, with part ornate "Heraldic Eagle" adornment in the margin. Has the well-known "Stop Replaced after I/i> constant error, to correct the SG 61b error. Exceptional centering,, with 1997 Peter Holcombe Switzerland Photo Certificate, also with his plating notes in very light pencil on back: "Setting III, Pos.2, inserted stop after I". The Certificate also confirms the further 2 Expert marks on reverse, of "Kossak" and Corinphila, Switzerland. So Expertised THREE times.

RRobert Gibbs GRI Bible on p.viii states Holcombe is the worlds greatest expert on this issue. Tim Rybak's mint example, without the variety, worse centred and thinned, sold for $A4,900 by Prestige back in 2008, when the SG value was about 50% less than today. Couple totally trivial blemishes as these all have, and a clean and most attractive, perfectly centred example of this Classic.  These exist in dozens not hundreds - a tiny emergency issue in the middle of WWI.  A really lovely looking example of a major Pacific Rarity, now 100 years old. Scott 41, Michel 16, SG 61 - Cat £6,500+ = $A13,650+ (Cat £500 used = $A19,950!): $5,250/span (Stock 813XK)





Swaziland 1938/1954 KGVI Set *COMPLETE* per SG - 27 Different stamps!:  Amazing lot, with all the SG listed shades and perfs, hence we have 2 or 3 of most values here.  Fresh well centred MLH.  Never seen so complete by me before, yet priced at LESS than ONE THIRD SG . SSG Cat £500=$A1,050.  Priced to sell at -  $A325 (Stock 843JT)






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.

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/u> - 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! -

Large UK dealers currently sell blocks of 8 of these same Machin Forgery stamps for £77.50 ($A163) or about $A20 apiece, as you can see - - see other blocks sizes and prices here -  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 WAY under half dealer price - $A70 or a MUH block of 20, perfect for any album page, for near a THIRD of UK retail -  $A120 (Order as stock number 619TQ)





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 = $A1,260  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 $1,200 for just 18% of SG - $A225 (Stock number 928EJ)




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 -

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 & 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 boss 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. Let me know what YOU need them for, and wel tailor something.

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 $1000s or so of face on hand. If you just want 70c in stamps for domestic mailing in sheets etc, I can often help with those too at a tad higher rate of course. Tons more detail here -  $A1000 gummed face value for just $A700  (Order as stock number 748LT)





1970 Captain Cook Mini Sheet x FIFTY fresh MUH Cat $1,000 - $A225:  What a find. These are 45 years old and were of course Australias first ever imperf issue.  The same stamps were of course issued in normal sheet form. The mini-sheet seemed to have not caused much interest. 1970 was a decade before the stamp boom and in those days there was no speculative buying.  Except this guy, who incredibly bought FIFTY as a new issue, and tucked them away.  Captain Cook is a global topical.

In 1980 these were up to $50 a sheet = $A2,500. They are still ASC Cat $20 each = $A1000. This sheet foxes and tones badly for some reason, and due to size and thin paper they readily crease and bend.  These look like they came from PO last week!  Cat $1,000  FIFTY sheets for just $A225  for USA buyers that is just $US175 right now!  Brilliant for ebay seller etc to offer singly, or per 5 or 10. Indeed many have the ACSC Variety Double Spear on the 30c, which is cat 3.5 times a normal and sell well singly. $A4 each  a coffee costs more than that!  $A225 = $US167 (Stock 835LE)




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

The quite magnificent official Australia Post produced coffee table book. Compiled by Richard Breckon. Brass cornered, beautifully gold deeply embossed leatherette cover, gilt edged outer leaf edges, with matching marbled heavy slipcase. Issued in a VERY limited Edition for Australia 99.  I am advised d only a few 100 copies were ever made, and were a near instant sell-out .... even at the very high issue price.  Being so recent they almost NEVER come on the market - no-one wants to let them go!

Semi opaque interleaved pages with designs on them. Real heavyweight grade archival weight paper. Varnished glazed paper for effect in parts. The photos really do not begin to convey the lavishness and class of this book.  My guess is the book and slipcase cost well over $100 to make.  Shows masses of issued designs and superlative background info.  Similar in size to a Leather PO Year Book.

Also contains 28 different Official correct size recess printed DIE PROOFS in black from the original dies. From 1913 1d Engraved KGV to 1965 Anzac. Inc most early commems - like Harbour Bridge, Jubilee, Canberra, Hermes, Sturt, Sesquicentenary etc.  Also high value Definitives like the 1 Robes and Arms, 7/6d Cook &c.  All this at around $10 an official Die Proof!  And NOT obtainable any other way than via this book.

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

A magnificent book for ANY collector to own. Words cannot describe the lavish production and contents and luxury "feel" .... EVERY person - dealer or collector - who has seen it here on the office desk picked it up and said
"WOW"!  Gary Watson's Prestige Philately got $437 for a set in a Public Auction. They called them "without doubt the BEST product released by Australia post in recent decades.  Bought 3 in an estate, and have reduced the price of last 2 from $500 to just $300 each!  Buy yourself a classy GIFT you'll always love handling and looking at  $A300  - (Order as stock number 428YS)




New Zealand 90c 2002 $9 Curio Bay Stamp Booklet TOTALLY IMPERFORATE!:  A brilliant modern error. 90c Curio Bay (Catlins) stamp. Clean and fresh and totally IMPERFORATE - not even traces of the cutting knife as one usually sees in such cases. Campbell Patterson W88AY Cat $2,500. For an ebay seller etc, you have FIVE imperf pairs here inc a MEGA margin small imperf pane, costing you just $150 a PAIR!  Only a few books discovered, and will sell fast at $A750 (Stock 914EJ)





LUXEMBOURG 1945 Liberation IMPERFS, set 4, Fresh MUH: Superb imperforate set with large margins.  A rare set, with only a small number sold. (Mark on corner of green stamp is just lint/hair on scanner platen!) Michel 343U-346U Cat 200 Euros = $A340. $A150 (Stock 716EX)






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 - - 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)



NSW 1907 4d Captain Cook with *NO WATERMARK* Emergency Printing on Victoria Paper:   ACSC #N31Ba, 4d Pale Orange Brown.  Marginal example from the upper-left corner of the sheet, lightly mounted.  Cat in the 12 year old ACSC $2,500  unknown used.  The Victoria paper was not the exact same size as the 4d Cook plate, so ACSC notes some stamps show only sheet margin watermark letter or lines - or in this unusual case, nothing at all.  Unlisted by Gibbons - but I have contacted Hugh Jefferies suggesting it be listed as SG 357a, now that one exists with a clear Certificate. 

AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH issueue.  It is believed unique as an expertised example.  As very few Australian Commonwealth issues exist with the watermark missing, this price is plain silly.  I sold the late Simon Dunkerley the 2d Red KGV, ACSC 96a - cat $20,000 for instance.  My price is just 10% of that .... one to tuck away for the future - its day will come - $A1,750 (Stock 287AT)




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=$A105), AND a 2 Guilder overprint on 10G - SG 237 Cat £170 = $A357 used - a very scarce stamp used off piece even.  Detailed discussion on this piece here - : $A225  (Order as stock number 294LR)




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)




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= $A1700.  A small FRACTION of Gibbons catalogue at: $A400 (Order as stock number 214TR)





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  see SG cat here - -  Cat £125 each,  i.e. £250 for one of each or cat £500 for a pair of each.  He guarantees these are the correct SG listed items. Mailed along with normals.  Gibbons have ONE stamp error on sale right now for £160!  A joined pair of each as shown above, Cat £500 (=$A1,000) fresh MUH for - $A175  (Order as stock number 735LP)





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)





  Australia 99 scarce official perforated pair with GROSSLY misplaced perforations Seldom seen on the market and what a spectacular pair for just $A250!   There is a detailed article of these errors here - – 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)  




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 e 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 - - $A500  (Order as stock number 271LR)



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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 - 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 Nobles example. $A300 (Order as stock number 527GD)




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 -   Correct SG cat is £938 = $A1,970 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)




  Netherlands 1913 Centenary Set 13, Cat £1325 just $A600:  (Order as stock number 283LF)This is the complete set, attractive clean used. Same year and same importance as the 1913 Kangaroo set – THOSE are $6000 used and these are just $600!  Michel 81-92 cat E1,100.  SG 214/222 £1325.  $A600 - (Order as stock number 283LF)  




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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.

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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)




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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:  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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