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Chestnut and Bright Blue Kangaroo stamp, absolutely SUPERB postal used:
my 40 years as a dealer I’d say this is the ONE stamp
missing from 99.999% of simplified Australian collections that I see.
It only came in 2 watermarks, and both are WAY into 4 figures, even
used. The next hardest to get face different stamp - the £2 Black and
Red Kangaroo, costs under
quarter of this
in used. With the £2 Roo, collectors can also “cheat”, and buy a mint
CofA “Specimen” for $100 if they wish - but the lowest price £1 Bi-Colour
“Specimen” is $900. Worse still, MOST of these used £1 Bi-Colours
look really terrible, with horrid “fluffy” perfs being normal, and
often very washed out colours, and poor centering, and smeary horrid
cancels, and back faults and creases/tears or worse etc, from the very
heavy parcel use. Nearly all were used on Telegrams and got ugly large
circular auditor punches.
The Third Watermark Kangaroos were issued and printed during WWI, when getting reliable ink supplies from the traditional ink suppliers - GERMANY was of course a BIG issue, for some odd reason! So the printers used whatever was on hand that remotely looked like “Blue” or “Brown” ink etc, hence the vast range of shades recorded in this value. MOST of them were in pale shades of each, and look pretty washed out - even when mint. Worse, most of them also have “fluffy” or “woolly” perfs, as perforating heads were not replaced on schedule - again, as those replacement parts also came from GERMANY! Arthur Gray told me THIS bi-colour stamp value was his absolute favourite of the entire Kangaroo series, and I’d have to agree. He insisted this stamp be the solo front cover item on his $7¼ million “Kangaroos” Auction sale catalogue. This one is totally flat and fresh, with NO ugly hinge remains, or usual foxing, grubbiness or thins or repairs etc.
Near all £1 Bi-Colour Kangaroos are cancelled in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane of course. Often with horror smeary thick rubber boot-heel parcel “Killers”. This one has a quite superb crisp steel upright facial small town cds strike, and ACSC and SG tells us this was the short-lived early Cooke printing, deep original strong colours, issued in June 1917. ACSC 52B, $2,500+++ WITHOUT the plate variety. I have owned literally 100s of these used over 40 years, and near all were rough grade. MOST are truly woeful lookers. I saw one with a missing corner get 4 figures on ebay recently! Mad Bunnies. Clean and flat, and fresh and bright, totally free of the usual gook and gunk and hinge remains of over a century etc, that can hide faults - guaranteed by me to be 105% SOUND! SG 44a, £1,800 = $A3,500 with NO plate variety. I have ALL used Roos in stock, in 5 Grades, Superb to Spacefiller - ask if you need a more usual grade. Has the “White Flaw in Gulf Carpentaria” var, ACSC 52(D)g, $A3,500+. I have seldom owned a finer used Bi-Colour Roo, and this one will suit the collector who is satisfied by only owning the FINEST stamps possible. $A2,050 (Stock 472KQ
Bermuda 1938 KGVI 10/- “KEYPLATE” Definitives, perf 14 Comb, Cat £675 for $A425: Superb appearance, with near perfect perfs and centering as you can see, and bright MVLH, on the original sandy gum Arabic. THE most collected Definitive issue from the KGVI era, from the entire British Commonwealth. This pair from the £20 million stupendous mint collection of Sir Gawaine Baillie. SG 119 and 119a, cat £675=$A1,250. Stamps from the entire KGVI Reign are RED hot globally, and choice “name sale” pieces like these, especially so. Bright original unrubbed colours, and with impeccable Provenance: $A425 (Stock 861FQ)
|N.Z. 1862 No Wmk Chalon, Pelure Paper, 1/- Deep Green SG #86, £1,100 for just $A275!: Clean and fresh used, and free of old hinges and gum and gook, to hide repairs or thins etc on this truly fragile, cigarette-paper thin stamp. Very light numeral cancel for a top value. Bright colour, and with 3½ margins. SG 86, cat £1,100 = $A2,000, but a very tiny tear at base, so out it goes for a tiny fraction of SG price. From an extensive NZ coll I bought well this week - near the entire country, most MINT - let me know your WANTS - DIRT cheap quotes!! $A275 (Stock 729KY)|
Official WWF slip-cased leather FDC album, at *HALF* cost!:
Superb OFFICIAL production, in official Panda logo embossed black
leather binder with matching slipcase. The Australia agents mail these
to clients in "Chapters" each month. Each 'Chapter' is of one animal or
bird, and comes with all written up detail and all official FDC and MUH
stamps as you can see. This person has the full run of 12 Chapters,
which as can be seen are debited at $36.85 = $A442.20. The superb album
I assume was extra cost on top of that.
A ton of extra pix of these here - tinyurl.com/WWFset : comes complete with Official welcome letter from the WWF Patron, The Duke Of Edinburgh on Buckingham Palace stationary. Bought cheap, so I can sell for UNDER HALF the purchase cost - just $225! WWF is about THE hottest stamp topical on earth, and these of course are all 105% OFFICIAL emissions. Good condition. 12 Chapters = 12 x MUH sets, and 52 x FDCs - all in great condition. $A200 (Stock 206CH)
Australia's Rarest Decimal FDC - the 1970 Famous "30¢ Small Cook":
This has legendary status, and I have only handled a few genuine
unaddressed copies in 40 years of dealing. In 1970 Australia Post
decided to tentatively enter the FDC market. It was very low key, and
it was not well promoted or publicised. For over 40 years private
cachet makers had ruled supreme, and anyone with a 40 year run of
‘Wesley’ or ‘Royal’ or ‘Excelsior’ FDC saw no reason whatever to
change. And they did not. And hence the PO sold virtually none of
their new product. Do NOT confuse this cover with the PO cover of
exactly the same design and colour but inscribed “Commemorative
Cover” - those are far more obtainable, and do exist With April 20
1970 cancels. In those days you needed to have First Day Covers
addressed - sadly many were done in handwriting which look really
terrible. PO staff would not simply cancel stamps, and hand back
the envelopes. Hence near all one sees are hand or typed addressed at ¼
this price. This one clearly was an exception. What they mostly
sold were the "Long Cook" (9” x 4" or DL sized) cover in the
exact same design - bearing a se-tenant strip of 5 x 5¢, and a 30¢ -
i.e. a full set of 6. That "Long Cook” cover (identical cachet
design) is not too hard to get, and sells for only $A30 today - I have
them in stock if you want one.
New Zealand - Both KGV and KGVI reign, 1935 £4½ "Arms" Super Hi-Val, for just 5% of SG Cat!: SG Cat £2,500 for just $A225!: Clean and fresh Used, with no thins or faults or repairs or embossing. A stamp missing from nearly all KGV and KGVI collections, worldwide - issued in 1935 it was on sale for KGV reign as well, and is in printed SG “KGVI” albums. SG F167, Deep Olive Grey, cat £2,500 = $A4,500 for just $A225 - just 5% of SG! Has usual neat audit puncture, and a neat and attractive black dated cds. The audit copies of these usually also have ugly pen or crayon cancels, and heavy and ugly embossing “crimps” in addition. This thankfully has neither! Sold here for just 5% of the Gibbons cat for postal used. Cat £2,500 - $A225 (Stock 367AZ)
Turks & Caicos 1938 KGVI Top 3 Values in superb, fresh, Blocks 4: Talk about SCARCE! This was a fortune back in this WW2 era. Indeed the AVERAGE annual UK wage even in 1950, was just £100 - I kid you not - check here- tinyurl.com/UKwage - around TWO quid a week gross, before tax. FACT. That was the average national wage there, not the minimum wage, and the pay in Turks was ever less I can bet . So these cost near 2 weeks Gross wages type buying power - $2,000 on today’s wages yardstick. Have you EVER seen fresh mint blocks 4 of these offered? I bet not. Be like having high value CofA Kangaroos of this era in blocks 4 - those are retail $15,000! Very clean and fresh MUH - actually faintest hinge touch on 1 unit on each block I missed at first glance! SG Cat about £500 as singles - I defy you to show me BLOCKS on offer from anywhere! Stamps from the entire KGVI Reign are RED hot globally, and choice pieces like these, especially so. $A315 (Stock 645BX)
Nauru 10/- Top Value 1924 rare *ROUGH* paper Freighter Ship “Century”: The very scare original print, on the rough unsurfaced paper, with the distinctive gum and the lumpy single line perf. Attractive well centred MUH, guaranteed original gum, fresh with deep colour, and with part of the Commonwealth Treasury imprint. FIFTY times scarcer than the 1937 highly surfaced 10/- white paper smooth gum later issue, despite the silly SG relative prices. SG 39a, and is there a dealer ANYWHERE with a genuine gum MUH example for sale at any price? ESPECIALLY an imprint single! A huge amount of money near 100 years ago. The 10/- Kangaroo of this exact era is $A3,000 in MUH - and these Nauru are of course 1000 times scarcer! A steal at just $A200 (384AK)
N.Z. £2 Bright Purple ARMS - superb MVLH - $A200: This was a fortune back in this WW2 era. Indeed the AVERAGE annual UK wage even in 1950, was just £100 - I kid you not - check here- tinyurl.com/UKwage - around TWO quid a week gross, before tax. FACT. That was the average national wage there, not the minimum wage, and the pay in NZ was ever less I can bet. So these cost about a week’s Gross wages type buying power - around $1,000 on today’s wages yardstick. A Mint £2 Roo cheapest type, last wmk is $5,000, so the current price of this £2 NZ is absurdly low. Wmks hard to see on these, so is either cat £1,300 or £225 = $A400, so even assuming the cheaper type, is darn cheap for a terrific example of a super high value. Fresh MVLH, lightest hinge touch, deep bright colour, and un-rubbed, with excellent perfs and centering for this series. As good an example as you will ever find - $A200 (Stock 394LP)
|Australia 1959 QEII 3d blue-green Coil Perf Plate Blocks of 8: From the left and right of the sheet comprising Plate Number '3' without dashes - parallel vertical lines above numbers. ACSC #350za and 350zb, and Plate Number '5' with parallel vertical lines below Plate Numbers - ACSC #350zg and 350zh. ACSC Cat $1,200+. (4 items) Extremely rare, and I have never had all 4 in stock. The PO had some sheets of this special large andsmall hole coil sheet perforation available by request from Melbourne it seems, but clearly almost no-one seemed to know or care, hence the rarity of any Plate Numbers. Only 3 numbers were ever seen - Plate 2 (cat $5,000 a block, and only one known) and these 2. All MUH, and you’ll NEVER see them offered together in one place. Cat $1,200 - $A685 (Stock 394LB)|
Australia 1932 5/- Bridge well centred very fresh *Regummed* MUH:
Came from Denmark recently - owner had formed his collection there, and
this was on a Gaertner Auction lot card for 800 Euro plus fees. It is
very attractive superb centered *MUH* but in my view, it has been
professionally regummed. 95% of collectors would not have a clue it
was. Only as I have handled 100s of genuines, do you get a ‘feel’ for
these. Gum FAR fresher than we usually see out here, which is very
often deep molasses brown, and ‘crazed’. Great perfs and centering for
these “Terrors”. Remember they were printed on what was essentially
coarse weave blotting paper, like Scott Towels, and single line
perforated with very blunt pins, at the absolute height of the Great
Depression. MOST I see are truly, pretty rough grade, with terrible
part punched out “fluffy” perfs, and are also poorly centered.
1913 10/- Kangaroo 10/- Super rare Federal MP
Presentation set, CTO cancel:
The only one of these I have owned in 40 years. Just ONE sheet of each
value of the new Kangaroo issue was given a special Melbourne corner
cancel, and were licked to a special page, and given to each of the
Federal MPs as a memento of this, our FIRST ever postage stamp inscribed
AUSTRALIA. Each sheet was cancelled in the CORNER with a date no
other CTO’s had: “DEC 5 - 1913”. The “Common” CTO
Melbourne cancel was of DEC 3 : 1913 and of course those were
issued to the tune of TWENTY times more than these (yet weirdly,
sell for the same price as my asking price!) and were cancelled of
course in PAIRS, each stamp having a half cancel to left or right.
Interest in the MANY types of CTO cancels on Roos is a BOOM field,
stampboards.com has a few 1000 post thread on these, and prices will
continue to rise. This one is ACSC CTO “Type iv” (see page 2/12) and as
ACSC confirms, these were issued and fully authorised, by The Postmaster
Australia KGV 1922, 2d Scarlet “Watermark Inverted” perf 'OS' and fresh *MUH*! ACSC 96ab, fresh MUH, Cat $2,750. SG 072w £1,300 = $A2,500 for HINGED mint - and MUH is a 100% premium on this 100 year old era. Fresh unhinged original gum - 105% guaranteed by me to be MUH original gum, with deep vivid glowing colour. Non OS is 20 times this price, so not a forged ‘’OS” - that much is for SURE! Missing from EVERY KGV collection in mint. A steal at just - $A1,200 (Stock 472LQ)
1913 Kangaroo, 4d Orange ANILINE Ink, superb fresh MLH with Cert: A rare and highly under-rated stamp. Have not owned one for decades. Has a clear 2017 Photo Certificate from the Shades Guru, Michael Drury’s “Sydney Philatelic Research Service’’ Certifying this as - “4d Orange - Aniline - ACSC 2017, No 15b” Incredibly fresh for any 4d Roo, with a real glowing unfaded colour. Superbly fresh vibrant MVLH. ACSC 15B, cat $2,000 for average grade, and this one is about as good as these get. Only $US875 as I type this - $A1,250 (Stock 728BA)
Tonga 1892 Definitive Stamps, full set 5 *DIE PROOFS* just $A80 apiece: The Arms of Tonga, and King George I - the complete set. SG 10/14 - SG cat £225 mint, and £400 used, and Die Proofs in colour are 1000 times scarcer than either! Bright and gorgeous looking set, especially for 127 years old, on clear white wove paper. Each expertised on reverse by “A. Diena”. The seller’s family great grand-father was High Commissioner for this region I was advised. Only $A80 each - indeed only about $US55 apiece right now - $A400 (Stock 792BX)
1919 6d Blue Third Wmk Die 2, the *UNIQUE* Harrison imprint “OS” stamp: No other “OS” Harrison imprint examples are recorded in this shade. Even Arthur Gray did not have this one in his $7½ million Roo collection - THE finest ever formed. Even Non OS Harrisons are rare, but are far more plentiful than this, and are cat $12,500 a pair in cheapest shade. This shade in ACSC is DOUBLE the common Ultramarine. ACSC notes re the 6d Blue "The 6d Harrison imprint is perhaps the rarest imprint outside the bicoloured high value.” Arthur Gray’s £1 Harrison Bi-Colour imprint sold for $256,000! And this one is also unique, for just 1% of that price. Attractive MVLH, with stunning perfs and centering for any Third Wmk 6d, variety or imprint or not! Better still, it is the scarce shade, AND has the constant plate variety from stamp 1R55. Has Drury Photo Certificate from 2018 “6d Milky Blue Die 2, White Flaw Off WA Coast - ACSC 2017, No 19F(1)g”. This shade is cat 50% more than cheapest one, and the plate variety is cat double a normal. ACSC 19(1)zh $12,500 for a pair in cheapest shade. Nice looking stamp, with recent Photo Certificate, and at $A2,750 the buy of the WEEK for someone astute! Only $US1,925 as I type this - $A2,750 (Stock 895LX)
New Zealand QE2 stamp collection Retail $A1,500 - just
In huge Seven Seas Stamps Album and matching slipcase. Nice
condition - and a WONDERFUL pick-up for someone who is yet to start on
this country. But the very solid nucleus all in one hit. In a Seven
Seas Stamps hingeless album, and matching blue binder - the pages and
binder is $500 EMPTY - see link below - all clean and attractive - The
stamps earlier on are mixed Mint and Used - the modern all fresh MUH.
Collector only started buying in earnest around late 1970s, and many of
those he did not get before then are dirt cheap, and simple to source,
even MUH. I added up the FACE of the Mint here, and it is $325.
1913 2/- Deep Brown Roo with Receiving Office Manuscript cance!: The 1913 2/- Brown is incredibly scarce on any kind of parcel fragment - indeed until a few years back, absolutely none were recorded. ACSC Cat $4,000 on parcel fragment. This piece has the scarcer shade, 2/- Dark Brown, along with a 6d Bright Blue, paying the common 2/6d parcel rate. Both in deep rich original colours, and MILES above average freshness and centering and perfs and appearance as you can see. Has a Receiving Office manuscript cancel by the Postmaster - themselves rare, and highly sought after, of “18/3/15” - right in the middle of WWI. And indeed was just a month before the Gallipoli Landing. The smaller RO’s did not all receive Commonwealth cds cancellers in the changeover from the States to Federal era, that rolled out with these new unified stamps. Remember, there was NO fiscal use of ANY Kangaroo stamp, at ANY time - all must be postal or Telegram use, the latter bear Telegraph cancels. ANY 1913 2/- is scarce used, and the Dark Brown ACSC 35B is cat as $A300 normal used stamp OFF piece - you are paying LESS than that! Has a solid brown “island” flaw off Eden NSW as a bonus, as you can see. Terrific Exhibit piece, bought VERY well, so DARN cheap - $A250 (Stock 658BQ)
Australia 1916 4d Lemon Yellow – 2 x superb shades w/centred with Certs!: The “Sexy” stamp of the entire KGV series, due the remarkable colour, caused via the severe printer ink shortages in midst of WWI - a time when all printing ink came from Austria and Germany, who were not exactly our pals then! The embattled Printer J.B.Cooke used whatever was sourceable, that looked vaguely like the required colour, and Lemon Yellow did not look much like Deep Orange but for a short print run it sufficed as it was the only colour close. This stamp occurs well centred in 1 of 50 copies - trust me - check YOUR copy! This discerning collector secured BOTH shades, and got them BOTH superbly centred for these. Superb perfs and colour, fresh MLH. Both with Dr. Starling Photo Certificates. Impossible to replicate at any price - a pair for the discerning buyer of top quality and appearance, at just - $A395 (Stock 375UT)
GB 1994-2000 new issues full sets superb MUH at *UNDER* face!: GB 1994 to 2000 new issues - took these out of PO pack outers to save shipping weight. But left all the sets in the PO half Hagner sheets - perfect for storage and worth another $20. Superb MUH face value £163 = $A300. Owner had a standing order with Max Stern for PO packs, and condition of these looked perfect to me when taking pix. Indeed Sterling was strong then, and these COST him $468 from Max as New Issues - plus a ton of postage on many orders. All his invoices were in the box from Estate. SG cat value approx 3 x face value, or £500 or so. FACE value alone is £163 - or $A300. To Clear at UNDER face. The stamps here are all from the "Liquid Gold" era. UK issues to mid 80s mint are VERY plentiful. Many stopped at 1990 as that was a round figure. Well into 1990s this era is TOUGH, and getting near 2000 Millennium VERY hard to source. Retail, you will pay TWICE this. Dealers AND collectors mostly do not have this era, so retail is double or treble face mint or used. HEAPS more photos here - tinyurl.com/GBpaxx $A285 (Stock 624LP)
Australia 1d Red King George V Head - the legendary
"Rusted" or "Pre-Substituted" Clichés: The
super scarce major plate variety, and ACSC supports the long held belief
this was caused when rats chewed at the steel plates coated in grease
fat, when in storage during WWI, and the exposed steel plate portions
then corroded slightly. The both positions possible from the adjoining
stamps 34 and 35 of Plate 4. Clean fine used in the usual same dark
semi aniline scarlet shade, both showing the chewed plate rusting
result nicely, and tally exactly with large images of flaws on page 4/68
on current ACSC! Or see the blow up nearby from Arthur Gray’s mint
block that sold for $85,000. Printer noticed the plate damage very fast
and replaced both units with the “Substituted Clichés” (Have the
pair of those too, ACSC $300 for $A125 the pair, Stock 459AP)
Both these rare Rusties have clear dated cds - most Rusted Clichés have the machine roller cancels that look pretty ugly. Centering on stamp 35 as good as I have seen. Stamp 35 has a “Hobart 19 JUNE : 1917 Tasmania” cds - 4 months later than the LRD noted in ACSC. I sold Arthur Gray a used pair 10 years back, as one was cancelled Feb 1917, (Lot 101 mossgreen Gray Sale, est. $4,000) and ACSC then recorded January 1917 as last date recorded on these. You have 4 months later here! Very few of these known, so later dates being recorded are inevitable, even now. Both clean and flat and fresh, and totally free of hinges and gook and gunk. Good perfs. Almost never seen these days offered together, at any price. Usual retail $750 each used. Bought well to sell FAST. ACSC 71(2)J and 71(2)K - cat $A1,500 average used and not LRD date! SG 21ca, £900=$A1,700. $A875 (Stock 459AL)
Tasmania, the 1892 £1 “Tablet” top value Queen Victoria: A REALLY scarce super high value, and far scarcer than ANY other State £1 of the time, and only a tiny number printed of this value by De La Rue in London. Missing for ALL collections. These lasted on sale until the 1913 £1 Kangaroo came on sale - that is cat £2,500 in SG, and is TEN time more plentiful than these - go figger. SG 225, Cat £500 mint or used, and used are actually less seen than mint or ’Specimens’. Clean and fresh, and lovely deep bright original Green and Gold colours - these can fade BADLY on used copies if soaked for more than a minute or so. The master stamp forger Jean Sperati did a few of these - I have sold both known copies several times, at $4,000 EACH - for FAKES! - See all detail on that here tinyurl.com/speratis Bold cds of “BURNIE - JAN 25 : 1900 - TASMANIA” and no usual hinge remains, or gook or gunk, or thins or tears, from the very heavy parcel use. Cat £500 = $A925 - and 10% of the cost of a FAKE - just $A395 (Stock 793HQ)
*Great White Fleet* USA visit P/C set PRISTINE condition!
What an amazing survivor. This pretty postcard set is ALWAYS popular.
Both of course are OFFICIAL Victoria Post Office issues. They are now
110 years old, and the survivors really show their age. The card used
was hard and brittle, and near all I have seen have some or all corners
broken off, or badly creased, or corners are badly rounded from wear and
handling, as the cheap card does that, and then both sides get marks and
scuff and gunk on them too. This set was mailed to a pen pal or relative
in Boston 110 years back and I bought the USA Estate as family later
moved here, and they were still in a glassine inscribed: ''Jim - a
souvenir of the American Fleet visit for you.’’ And it stayed in
there for 110 years. So the corners are RAZOR sharp - the colour are
bright and vivid, and there is NO usual scuffing or marks. Are they
worth $1115 each in this astounding grade - of COURSE they are. The
same way a MUH Kangaroo from this era is 5 times a hinged copy - QUALITY
costs money, but when you sell, you get it back!
Japan scarce 1949 FDC’s, in quite SUPERB condition Cat
¥83,000 ($A950) - just $A250:
these superb condition FDC's in an Estate lot recently. Been in Boston
near all their life, still in a glassine from PO New Issue from a BCOF
Serviceman stationed there, and condition quite astounding for near 70
years old. Sakura 318 - ¥15 Textile Worker FDC ¥4,000, #320 - ¥20
Forestry Worker ¥12,000, #321 - ¥30 Postman FDC ¥12,000 - C142 - ¥5
Figure Skater from 4th National Games FDC ¥7,000 and C160 - ¥20 Telecom
Exhibition FDC ¥24,000. All with the superb special pictorial FDI
cancels in Red.
Cocos Island 1991 *Emergency Provisional Overprints* Complete Set: Fresh MUH set of 7 of the regular size stamps, SG 234/239, and that includes the very rare 1991 Coconut "OFFICIAL - PAID MAINLAND" which as always, is CTO with full gum - and was never issued Mint without the corner cancel. (SG #01) ASC 140a/148a, cat. $A350. This includes both types of overprint grid bars on 10¢ Shell, as per cat listings. One of the priciest and most sought “Shell” stamp sets of the post war era - globally. The 2017 ASC Catalogue Retail is $350 a set 7. I also have the scarce and huge, December 1990 size $5 on 65¢ Aeroplane, Emergency overprint MUH, ASC 186a, cat $A110, for $A70 (Stock 107CR) So, the basic set of 7, ASC Cat $350 is from me $A275 (Stock 107CQ) or all EIGHT overprint stamps as per photo, including the scarce and huge $5 Aeroplane, for a $A25 discount - all 8 for: $A320 (Stock 107CT)
1913 Kangaroo 6d Blue Perf Small “OS” INVERTED WMK - Cat $A4,000 for just $A1,500!: Never before seen or owned one of these before. The spectacular Arthur Gray Kangaroos Collection, that sold for $A7½ million, and the finest EVER formed, did not have this one - one of the few ACSC listed varieties he did not possess. The inverted watermark even on non OS stamp is $1,000 Cat, so they themselves are very rare, and “OS” is 4 times higher rated. Used during WWI no-one bothered retaining these. Perfin 105% guaranteed of course, from an original source - no-one would experiment on a $1,000 base stamp anyway! Neat dated cds of “Mt.GAMBIER - Sth.AUST’’. Fantastic perfs and centering for ANY 1913 Roo. SG 023w. ACSC #17bc, $A4,000 (See footnote #2). Clean and fresh, and free of usual hinges, and gook, and gunk and faults. Only a couple recorded, yet just $A1,500 (Stock 492AK)
Australia 1915 Second Watermark Roo, Superb Used:
priciest 5/- watermark by a long way. Clean fresh copy, with really
excellent perfs and centering for these absolute TERRORS. With very
attractive upright crisp “SPECIAL - 15 JE : 16 - SYDNEY”
cds cancel as you can see, and not the usual huge rubber thick lettered
“Killers” used on parcel mail. SG 30. These, as we all know,
usually have ugly “fluffy/woolly” perfs barely punched out, and with
centering all over the place. This Second Watermark (Emergency war-time
use on KGV watermark paper) was only on sale for a short time during
WWI, before the 3rd watermark 5/- was issued. I have ALL used Roos in
stock, in 5 Grades, Superb to Spacefiller - contact me with your WANTS.
Only one printing of 679,920 were ever issued. Issued in the middle of WWI, as Germans were sinking merchant ships bringing the correct Roo watermark paper from the UK. Deep rich, unfaded, GLOWING Chrome Yellow colour. Impossible to improve on looking example for used, trust me. Clean and flat and very fresh, with no hinges, or gook or gunk on back, to hide faults. Of the 5 x different 5/- Roos this is the ONLY one where no CTO copies are available for VFU collectors. I’ve seen similar looking copies to this get way over $800 lately. ACSC Cat 43b $675 for average used. Only around $US430 as I type. Sensational looking copy for this tough stamp as all can see, for the collector who wants the FINEST example offered: $A600 (Stock 892ET)
Australia Pictorial cancels Coll: Cat $600 on Unadd PO “WATTLE” covers!!
Post official Pictorial cancels, full run of every cancel for this 1974
era: "PictorMarks" cat value $600 for average grade, and these
are absolute TOP SHELF grade UNADDRESSED. These special cancels on ANY
kind of cover from 1974 are SCARCE and highly sought. The big interest
on special cancels occurred latter 1970s, and numbers were then getting
Superb TOKELAU ISLANDS FDC Coll 1990s. Retail $460! SG Pioneer cover album Tokelau 1992 to 1999 x 42, SG value for stamps only £216 - $A475 Superb clean looking lot from Estate. This 1990s era is IMPOSSIBLE to source. 1970s/80s are about but NOT these guys. SG Cat back in 2010 was £216 - $A400 as used stamps - on FDC will be double that as they probably only sold 20 of each issue! SG is doubtless higher today than that too. Removable little sticker on each page outer, showing the then SG value of used of cover. HEAPS more pix here - tinyurl.com/TokFDC All in a black Stanley Gibbons "Pioneer" FDC album - retail $60 alone. So stamps off FDC, and album are $460, but my price is just $A175 (Stock 938MG)
1987 Platypus "FRAMA" STAMPS, 100 x MUH sets 9, Cat $1,800. Just $A325 – UNDER FACE! Great Estate buy. A HUNDRED MUH Postcode sets of 9 x 37c values. i.e. the 9 possible postcode combos for each GPO. As per scan above, of 1 set 9. Current Renniks Cat $2 a stamp as you can see = $A1,800. Owner receipt from Max Stern in 1987 was for $15 a set = $1,500 cost. Many more pix here - tinyurl.com/Framas
These were pretty hot back then and sold out FAST. I can sell them well UNDER FACE for just $A325! Each set 9 in a separate stapled Australia Post glassine - unopened for 30 years! Just THREE BUCKS A SET 9 .. less than they sold from at PO - 30 years back. Brilliant to jazz up your outward mail - these are NEVER seen postally used in full sets. On a postally used cover, a set of 9 would likely be a $10-$15 piece. $A325 (Stock 392PQ)
|Falkland Islands, 1928 South Georgia, Handstamped Provisional '2½D' on 2d purple: SG 115, Cat £1,300=$A2,500 mint or used. Superb facial appearance as you can see, MLH with really excellent perfs and centering, and deep colour. As good as you will get, for a 90 year old issue. BPA Photo Certificate - “original gum, is genuine.” Produced in February 7 1928 on South Georgia, during a shortage of 2½d stamps, and withdrawn 2 weeks later, on February 22. The global stamp world was totally unaware of this locallymade Emergency issue on this remote Atlantic island speck, so only a few survived. Fakes exist of course, as very simple to do, and unless you buy with a BPA or RPSL Certificate, you are VERY foolish. $A995 (Stock 392KX)|
“Tasmanian Postal History - The Post Office and their Datestamps" – only
*250* hand numbered GLOBALLY!
The Tasmanian Philatelic Society recently published a major new book
about Tasmanian Postmarks and Post Offices. This is the most
comprehensive book on Tasmanian Postmarks ever published - 30 years in
the making. It is a total sell-out, and I am
now the only source – no other dealers have stock.
This 282 page hardbound book with dust cover, lists every known
hand-held datestamp from 1823 to 2000, with rarity ratings,
early/late dates, datestamp type, every post office opening and closing,
plus extensive related information. This means all "postmarks"
excepting those made by machine, seen in Tasmania from earliest times,
to the end of the 20th century. It also includes Postmaster's
manuscript endorsements. Each book is calligraphy hand numbered, and
hand signed by the Author, John Hardinge.
I bought and pre-paid for many cartons of these up front, months back. I am a huge believer in good philatelic publishing, and heavily financially support those who do so. "Knowledge Is Power". They are each hand numbered, author signed, hard case-bound with double folded edges dust jacket, on quality hi-brite archive paper, and will NOT be reprinted, I was assured by all concerned. John tells me he is VERY happy with the end result. Such a small run will be far less than HALF the global demand, when word spreads this huge work even exists. The Hugh Freeman "NSW Numeral Cancels" book had the same tiny print number problem when issued - prices soared to $500 a copy very fast. Most of the 250 Hardinge copies printed were pre-sold to TPS members etc, very many months ago, at a pre-publication price. Almost no copies above that number pre-paid were printed.
They totally sold out fast on the TPS site at $160 plus post, as you can see - https://tasstampbooks.com - and as always, vast numbers of Tasmania collectors globally have no idea these books were being produced, and now need to source it from the trade - I am the ONLY dealer source of this book. The TPS as you can see, is totally sold out. When I sell out, you are toast. Totally under produced, and when the real global demand occurs, "supply meets demand". One copy of this book I saw got $A275 on ebay recently. When my review of this appears in the next "Stamp News" and "Philatelic Exporter" in the UK, my copies will vanish fast, history tells us. Finding just ONE better postmark in an old album, or junk lot, just once in your lifetime, might pay for this book MANY times over. Single cds cancels on common Tassie stamps get $3,600 apiece at public auction, far more detail here - tinyurl.com/TasBook - around US$210 as I type this - $A395 (Stock 893YW)
Australia $10 Kangaroo complete set 5, Perf “OS” and O/P
How many Kangaroo or Australia collections globally have
all 5 of these?
As part of the Centenary of the Kangaroo and Map stamps
in 2013, Australia Post sold a small number of sets of these 5 items
shown above in a small sheetlet. They seem to have only sold them at
the huge FIP International 2013 World Stamp Expo in
Melbourne that I attended, and sold out fast. Oddly these got little or
no publicity, as all the Black Caviar horse racing product they issued
at same show took precedence, and few seemed to have bought the Roos at
the time. I certainly did at the show, as I recognised their
great future potential! I have waited 5 years to offer them. I do not
think any other dealer on this planet has this complete
set of 5 offered for sale - check it out! VERY scarce, 100% Official,
yet at less than double face. Only well centred copies selected
The $10 Kangaroo was offered overprinted “Specimen” in the exact same font as was used in 1913. It was also overprinted in a solid “OS” font, as was used on the 1930 Kangaroo issues. And Australia Post ALSO offered them in the Large and Small sized “OS” perfins, in sizes exactly as issued in 1913 on the original Kangaroo stamps. ASC Cat, 3099msb, $160, and SG 3983a, cat £130. PRICES - One set 5 x $10, MUH and/or CTO, your choice, (MUH sent unless specified) $A95 (Stock 729JA) Re-seller or investor special - FIVE sets of 5 x $10, MUH and/or CTO, your choice (MUH sent unless specified) $A425 (Stock 729JC). TEN sets 5 - $A800 (Stock 729JD) Or, one set 5 MUH, and one set of 5 CTO (10) for $A185 (Stock 729JF) These are OFFICIAL Post Office issues, and are in the 2 main catalogues, and I have very small stock left now. Set of 5 MUH or CTO - well under $US70 now: $A95 (Stock 729JA)
New Zealand rare official mail “O.P.S.O” overprint, 2½d QV superb MVLH with RPSL Cert: These crude handstamped overprints - denoting “On Public Service Only” are very scarce, and have been WIDELY faked of course - ebay is awash with them of course. You *MUST* Buy these only with clear RPS type Photo Certs, such as this one has. Second Sideface issue, perf 10 x 11, diagonal overprint in Violet Rose. Superb fresh MVLH original gum. Bright and VERY attractive. The VERY finest example you will encounter globally. SG #013 cat £850 = $A1,600. $A600 (Stock 794RX)
2005 *IMPERFORATE* sheet 10, of Australia $5 "Treasures
Of The Archives" stamp:
Framed IMPERF sheet 10 of $5 Treasures Of The Archives: Features the
NSW 1888 20/- (£1) "Lord Carrington" the highest face value postage
stamp ever issued by New South Wales. It was replaced by the 1913 £1
Brown and Blue Kangaroo First Watermark. Lord Carrington was the FIRST
person to appear on any stamp from this region other than Royalty.
Indeed few if any living persons other than Royalty had appeared
globally on stamps at this time in 1888. Each stamp is MASSIVE -
105 x 70 mm. (About 4" x 3"!) Literally the size of many modern Mini
New Zealand 1855 No Wmk Chalon, Blued Paper FU, 1d Red, SG #4: A very rare stamp. Very Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide repairs or thins etc. Crisp light numeral cancel. 100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults. Bright colour and with 4 margins, close at SE corner. SG 4, £2,000, and far superior to any others I have handled, near all of which are defective. From an extensive NZ coll I bought well this week - near the entire country, most MINT - let me know your WANTS - DIRT cheap quotes!! $A800 (Stock 729KT)
2000 "FOR VALOUR" $1 Victoria Cross PNC Retail $300, for $A179:
The absolute key to any PNC collection. The ONLY way to source the
Victoria Cross design $1 coin is by tearing open one of these. Coin
dealers rip up 100s a year, and toss the stamps into the kiloware box.
All collectors of face different Australia coins HAVE to have this one.
In 10 years’ time a complete PNC such as this will be many times the
cost of a coin as the PNCS will be near extinct - the conservative
McDonald retail of the loose coin alone is $295 - the PNC is listed at
$1.00 set 6 Mint, CTO in week of issue, "Albino", or on “Last Day Cover”
early 2016 Emergency issue of the ADELAIDE CPS set has caused a global
sensation, and the set of 6 x 30¢ is fully listed in Gibbons, and
priced at $A4,500 a set 6
in Renniks and $2500 in new Seven Seas “ASC” Cat. The ‘$1.00’
value in same design issued around the same time is - so far, oddly
largely overlooked. Only a small number were sold mint, and I’ve yet to
see a single postally used copy of those, despite that being the new
postal letter rate. For many collectors the ONLY cost acceptable way to
fill up these 6 spaces on the Hingeless Stanley Gibbons, or other
printed pages globally, will be with a set of “$1.00”, so demand will
keep increasing. And prices too. Ton more discussion of this exciting
new issue here -
Gilbert & Ellice Islands 1912/24 £1 KGV absolutely
The rarest used KGV high value from the entire Pacific. Only a few
genuine used are recorded of this mega high value from this tiny island
group. Incredible condition ex Germany - fresh and bright and fresh,
fresh of hinges and gook and gunk, and “unrubbed”, and DEEP
vibrant unwashed colour. These stamps fade badly if immersed
in water for more than a few seconds. Used are cat much higher than
mint, so most “used” on the market have dodgy and incorrect corner
cancels, added to “improve” toned mint copes.
SAAR 1950 200F Airmail, “Council Of Europe” Fine Used. Cat £400=$A800 for $A150: One of the scarcer post war stamps from Europe, as this 200F was a fortune back in the immediate Post War era. Clean and fresh fine used, with no hinge remains, or usual creases from heavy parcel use or airmail express etc. Expertised on reverse, and excellent perfs and centering. Estate Special - SG 295 £400=$A800 for just $A150 (Stock 562BX)
|Falkland Islands 2002 Queen Mother M/Sheet MUH Bundle 100 near HALF FACE!: A dealer bought a lot of these - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother 2002 Memorial Miniature Sheets, for a promotion upon the Queen Mother’s Death, aged 101. He had a couple of bundles left over when stocktaking, so we did a stock swap. Superb and fresh MUH, still in original Crown Agents sealed packs of 100. SG MS936, Cat £10 each - £1,000 = $A2,000. Face value is £2.15 each = $A430 a bundle of 100. (He had THREE bundles of 100, so if anyone wants all THREE the price drops to just $A600 - HALF FACE. (SG Cat $A6,000) - that is just 10% of SG!) Superb re-seller line, as no-one else on eBay has these at ANY price! One sealed bundle of 100 to clear at near HALF FACE - $A225. Just $US163 right now! $A225 (Stock 749LEL)|
GB 1840 “Penny Black” 4 Margin - Rare Plate 10 - No Faults - $A495: Clean and fresh. Free of the toning and creasing etc, that often be-devils this issue. "The World's First Stamp" Even 2 or 3 margin common plate number real roughies these days can cost you $A150, as many 1000's are sold to China each year by Gibbons and others, in a large consumer marketing drive, and prices are up. If your initials are “S.D.” - even better! This 1d Black is 100% Guaranteed as the scarcer Plate 10 – accurately plated and verified by the Stampboards experts here - tinyurl.com/Plate10 Confirmed by the well-developed Stage 2 "O-Flaw", position of corner letter "S", weak frame line at top NW corner, and slight downward extension of frame line bottom right. SG £800=$A1,600 for normal copies. Clean and fresh 4 margin example, with two black Maltese Cross cancels. Portion of left hand stamp frameline also here, as you can see. Absolutely NO usual faults or repairs, or hinge remains, to hide thins and tears and defects etc - GUARANTEED – and only ~$US350 as I type this: $A495 (Stock 682CK)
1913 First Watermark 9d Roo *MUH* with striking over-inking!: This is a scarce stamp in genuine MUH condition, even with NO variety. ACSC 24c, Deep Violet cat $1,500 as normal MUH. Fresh original gum - guaranteed MUH. As can be seen, has a really striking heavy print down RH side, making it worth several times a normal copy. The most striking copy I have seen of this type of inking error. Put it this way, if the same print error was on a 1d 1913 Roo, retail $10, it would sell easily for $50 etc. Bought cheap in an Estate, and at one third price of a normal MUH stamp, is my buy of the week! $A495 (Stock 782JA)
1946 Tristan Da Cunha "4 Potatoes" legendary local stamp corner strip 3: Added this famous "Penguin" stamp into stock today. The 1946 Tristan Da Cunha "4 Potatoes" legendary local stamp, created by entrepreneurial local resident, Allan B. Crawford. A fresh well centred marginal MUH strip of 3 from the lower RH corner of the sheet which all had straight edges along the top and base. Lots of discussion on that here - tinyurl.com/1dPotato Very rare beasts, especially in bright MUH. Beware the clearly modern fakes/replicas peddled on ebay etc. Pretty easy to pick based on the perf gauge etc. These are guaranteed the Real McCoy! Highly sought by BIRD collectors. Fresh MUH strip of 3 for about $US360 or $A500 (Stock 294WX)
Papua 1932 5d Pictorials “Masked Dancer” MUH PLATE NUMBER
An incredibly rare beast and I have seen one other in 40 years. The
printer John Ash engraved these plate numbers on very outer Edge of
master plate, and removed them by guillotining them off, in final PO
sheet trim-up. As you can see this margin is wider than usual, so this
reversed recess printed “5d” and guideline crosses survived in full.
Only a few values are known of these for Papua. Tim Ryback’s 5/- block
Reversed Plate “5/-“ got $1,550 on estimate
$500 after keen bidding at
Prestige - a decade back.
QANTAS $2 Airbus A380 stamp, totally **IMPERFORATE** Block of 4 - just $A60!:
Australia Post a few years back, released just 750 x IMPERFORATE uncut press
sheets of these $2 stamps. You needed to phone a special '800' number after
midday, and maximum order was a sheet a person, and they sold out within hours
as you'd expect. All the $2 stamps depict the massive Qantas Airbus A380.
Qantas staffers and aviation collectors keenly seek this sheet, as do the
1,000’s of pure “A380” theme collectors. Each press sheet was foil numbered in
lower right margin, and also comes with a hand numbered PO “Certificate Of
Guarantee” that only 750 sheets in TOTAL were sold, including all left and
Indeed there were only 375 left pane and 375 x right pane sold ... both sheets of 12 are marked thus at 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 from Australia Post. It was VERY limited, and has remained RED hot - just like the stamp border colour! I obtained a few by paying folks $100 cash bonus profit to sit on the phone for hours re-dialling until they got through. Price per IMPERF mini sheet is from $A60 - full details here - tinyurl.com/lspm4vf with a LOT more photos of all the options and choices on these, even full uncut press sheets 12 available for $A450 - just $US325 as I type this - MANY more pix on link above - $A60 (Stock 482YL)
QANTAS $2 Airbus A380 stamp, totally **IMPERFORATE** Block of 4 - just $A60!:
Australia Post a few years back, released just 750 x IMPERFORATE uncut press
sheets of these $2 stamps. You needed to phone a special '800' number after
midday, and maximum order was a sheet a person, and they sold out within hours
as you'd expect. All the $2 stamps depict the massive Qantas Airbus A380.
Qantas staffers and aviation collectors keenly seek this sheet, as do the
1,000’s of pure “A380” theme collectors. Each press sheet was foil numbered in
lower right margin, and also comes with a hand numbered PO “Certificate Of
Guarantee” that only 750 sheets in TOTAL were sold, including all left and
|ITALY 1889 King Umberto 45c Dull Green MLH, Cat £2,500 for tiny 6% of SG Cat!: Bought cheap, and have several other Mint Italy from this era also cheap if you have gaps. MLH with guaranteed ORIGINAL gum, and the usual centering for this era. Deep rich original colour, a bargain at a small % of SG. SG #40 £2,500=$A5,000. Decent shape for 128 years old, and bought cheap in Estate, to sell cheap. Just $US215 as I type this: $A300 (Stock 634EK)|
Rare 'March 1954' GB QE2 Wilding 2/6d
stamp booklet, with print freak:
first booklet was issued with no interleaving between panes (that
started in Jan. 1955), and was in a glassine envelope since being
purchased as a New Issue, 64 years back. So not a surface thinning of
the blue ink, as it probably first appears - the gum on pane above it is
perfect, and there never was interleaving between panes on these 1954
editions SG confirms. Normally I'd unpick the booklet stitching, and
"explode" out the pane, leaving stitched selvedge attached, and scan it
flat, and offer it for a few $100 as a stunning printing error. Checked
it in my SG and see it is one the scarcest GB stamp booklets - SG F15
Cat £375 = $A700 with normal watermarks - all panes here are inverted
watermarks. SG prices of course state they are for "average" perf
booklets and state good perfs command more - all panes here have full
excellent perfs - most books suffered with the final printer
guillotining down into single books.
The Engraved Stamps Of The Commonwealth Of
Australia - price *Reduced* $A200 this month!
The Engraved Stamps Of The Commonwealth Of
The quite magnificent official Australia Post
produced coffee table book.
Compiled by Richard Breckon, the respected PO Archivist, and the PO Art
Team. Brass cornered, beautifully gold deeply embossed leatherette
cover, gilt edged outer leaf edges, with matching marbled heavy
slipcase. Issued in a VERY limited Edition for “Australia 99”. I am
only a few 100 copies
were ever made, and were a near instant sell-out,
even at the very high issue price. Three similar later books were
32 Die Proofs (Stock 428YR) Blue book
30 Die Proofs (Stock 428YU) and Green Book
32 Die Proofs (Stock 428YX) were also sold in even lower numbers -
$A495 EACH book. Being quite recent, they almost NEVER come on the
market - no-one wants to let them go! HEAPS more pix here - tinyurl.com/StampEngr
Monaco 1955 1000F Cormorant Bird Airmail, Top value, Rare *PERF 11*: The original 1955 issue in perf 11. A small printing - this was a fortune back then, and replaced in 1957 with the far more common perf 13 - still a scarce stamp, but cat a QUARTER of this one. Phalacrocorax carbo bird stamp. Yvert 420 Euro = $A700. From a MASSIVE Mint and Used Monaco collection I just bought cheap, from complete Mint AND used sets of all early issues to modern - let me know what YOU need. Fresh well centred MUH. One of the most valuable European Post War Classics, at well under ONE THIRD cat - Estate special at: $A200 (Stock 835BX)
50 x Aust AFL Football Centenary stamp sheetlets of 16, *FACE $360*, Cat £700, for $A150! Great "Distress" buy I made from an Estate of The Greatest Game Of All! These are each $7.20 FACE value. SG 1590a, £14 used - Scott 1507a $US17.75. ASC 1559MS, $A18 used. All are superb CTO full gum, all with neat cds. Great for folks to offer singly etc on ebay, or retail etc, or use for exchange etc, given the/AFL Football Finals Month is now upon us! Buy them for $2.75, and even if you get only face value, you make $445! Popular thematic and big seller to AFL and sport fans. BEST STILL these are the PERFORATED stamps. Near all on the market are the self-adhesive. Used copies of the perforated versions are like hen's teeth, and are NEVER seen in used full sets 16. This sheetlet was the ONLY source of used copies of the perforated lick and stick stamps. The booklets were all self-adhesive, and that is what was on wide sale at PO’s nationally. 25 for $A85 (Face $A180 - Cat £350 = $A650) Stock code 386TB - 50 for $A150 (Face $A360 - Cat £700 - $A1,300) Stock code 386TC - $A150
Australia KGV head stamp 1920 1/4d Blue, very fresh margin MUH, Cat $650 for just $A250: Nice looking stamp, superb clean and fresh and flat and nice strong colour. And far cleaner cut perfs than usual for these, which can be TERRIBLE and “fluffy” etc. Marginal *MUH* - guaranteed original gum. (Re-gummers can’t do selvedge copies anyway of course!) ACSC 128a, $650 as very cheapest shade in ACSC. Top value of the set, and not many of these were put aside in Mint, as a lot of money then. Near 100 years old now, and near all on the market have been hinged at some point. The stamp totally unhinged .... by a miracle this has been in the same album since issue time, and collector thankfully hinged the top margin only! Working through that ancient old collection this week. He had a corner pair of 5d Roos he did that same thing to - thank goodness! Bought well, and priced to clear - $A250 (Stock 791EQ)
"Aust TERRITORIES" Very First Stamp YEAR BOOK x 29, Ret $1,450 for $500!: Amazing hoard from estate today. Owner bought these are $40 each when First issued in 1994 - $1,160. 24 years back. Being the FIRST of anything is usually HOT stuff in future. These come out each year in Deluxe Folder with all the relevant pages of stamps of Hangers, and are super popular. FACE of contents is $23.50 each - $681.50 plus the packaging cost. He has passed, and I paid his Estate just $400 and you can have them for just $500 the lot, as I need to pay that pay that EXACT sum this week for 2 nights in a hotel room in Windhoek Namibia next month! Multi fold jackets and all encased in outer cello slip jacket. Clean flat condition. $17.24 or so per album - insane price. WAY under cost - an Ebay re-seller DREAM lot - double your money, and clear up some space on my desk here. Australia Territories AP collection 1994 x 29 - retail is $50 apiece, see - tinyurl.com/Territ94 - i.e. retail $1,450 - $A500 (Stock 372FC)
N.Z. 1858 *No Wmk* QV Chalon FU, 1/- Blue Green SG #17: £1,800 = $3,300 for 15% Cat!: Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide the usual repairs or thins etc - totally sound. Really thick white paper – very nice looker as you can see. Light numeral cancel. 100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults. Bright colour, and with 3 clear margins and just touching along top. SG 17, £1,800 = $A3,300 - bought well with other scarce NZ Imperfs, to clear at just 15% of SG! $A500 (Stock 729KR)
Roo 10/- with “Fox Faced Kangaroo” constant variety. Cat $A900 - $A175: A rather pretty looking stamp, in the scarcer shade – Grey Black and Pale Rose Crimson - Cat $450 normal used ACSC 50c. Showing very clearly the sought after “Fox Face Kangaroo” listed variety. Was hinged onto an album page in a collection I bought today, and I focused on the stated error being correct which it was, and allowed $250 to buy it, as it looked nice, and assumed it would sell for $400 or so. After seller had gone noticed it was cleverly repaired at base under an old hinge remain! Oh well, my loss is someone else’s gain, and priced to clear now for $175 at a small loss, to find it a new home. Just hope I make a buck on the other stamps in the collection! Most folks would not notice the repair unless I pointed it out, I am sure. ACSC 50(v)t $A550 plus 65% more for the scarcer shade = $900 ACSC - $A175 (Stock 439BX)
TRESKILLING YELLOW" Superb Hard Covered Book by Lars Fimmerstad:
Published in 2004 - superb hardcover: 185 pages done in a small print
run. The only example I can see for sale is $US275 second-hand, plus
huge post cost to oz via:
- landed cost to you of that will be $A400! An essential book for any
decent stamp library.
Australia Post Stamp Year Books 1983-2004 (22) at $200
UNDER FACE VALUE! :
SCOOP - 22 Years of PO Year Books near HALF PO cost! Amazing buy I made
from an Estate today. 1983 to 2004 - 22 different PO books, the books
and stamps all look clean (for a change!) as they were stored in Broken
Hill which is thankfully very dry, with no humidity. Owner wisely had
removed the flimsy plastic outer PO shipping covers – stamps ‘sweat’ in
there if you do not, and get rusty/foxed. Many folks fall for that
mistake. Actual PO Cost was $1,227 and Retail is $1,855 as you can see
1916 2/- Brown Third Watermark attractive MUH original gum: The 2/- Browns being issued in middle of WWI, well over a century back are not encountered MUH very often. The 2/- Maroon - YES, far easier, but these are really hard. Guaranteed by me as MUH original gum and with far better than usual perfs and centering as these often had the really “fluffy/woolly” perfs due to perf heads not being replaced on schedule. Flat and most attractive with original as printed “sheen”. I’d suggest this was the very first print - the colour and clean cut perfs are near identical to the short lived Second Watermark. Issued on this slight watermark change with no fanfare, in the midst of WWI when most stamp collectors - being men, were overseas fighting, hence no FDC’s exist. ACSC 37b $3,000. A top example, at HALF cat as bought well from Estate - $A1,500 (Stock 894HA)
Your number one source for USED Kangaroo Stamps
I have had for 40 years probably the largest stock of used Australia KGV heads and Kangaroos in the world. From poor to superb. Many collectors find it really tough to sort and source these by watermark and Dies accurately. In the early 1980's I ran dozens of full page ads in the 2 local magazines listing EVERY key Australian stamp in 5 different grades from "Spacefiller" to "Superb". Even the 1913 £2 Roo. Not one dealer has done that kind of ad - before or since.
My grading is precise, my stock enormous, and I have assisted many THOUSANDS of collectors complete their sets of these difficult issues. From budget conscious pensioners filling 5 albums for their grandchildren, where space-fillers of scarcer values will suffice perfectly, to multi-millionaires who want and buy the BEST - from cars and houses .... to their stamps! You may not be able to afford to LIVE as well as Hugh Morgan or Sir Ron Brierley does, or drive a Bentley like they do, but your used Roos can look JUST as nice!
If you want a complete set of "Melbourne Dec 3, 1913" half circle gloss black cancels on 1st watermark - I can supply them. If you want the full gum corner CTO from Specimen packs I can help. (All these are now listed in the ACSC as CTO and priced accordingly.) If you want just lovely postally Superb Used like those in the photo nearby - I have always been the #1 choice to buy from. I have 1000's just like them. Read my recent stamp column about WHY you should collect USED stamps in this country - tinyurl.com/RoosVFU
Unlike mint, used stamps do not tone or rust nearly as fast - and are readily ‘cleaned’ if they do! And unlike mint - no-one goes about regumming used Kangaroos! And when it comes to filling gaps in high value Roos, opting for USED, even lovely copies, will cost you a FRACTION of what mint hinged will. So it is VERY possible to fully complete your used Roo collection. Mint will cost you $30,000 - $40,000. USED are a tiny fraction of that, as you can see below.
I purchased Private Treaty from Harmers Of Sydney in 1980, the massive H .F. McNess accumulation of used "OS" perfins. He was obsessed with accumulating these issues, and had books full. I still have much of this stock. This was at a time when perf "OS" were poorly regarded by collectors and dealers alike. Not me. I still have multiple copies of items most dealers have never seen or handled genuine examples of, like - 4d Lemon Yellow, ½d and 1/4d Small Multi perf 14, KGV No Wmk pair, Roo 2½d and 4d Yellow 1st Wmks etc.
I was the person who got the £2 Small Multi perf 'OS' listed into the ACSC after 75 years, by proving beyond doubt 2 genuine copies did exist. One of which I bought from a war-time assembled collection. (The used Arthur Gray copy then sold for $A40,000.) These OS perfins (especially First Wmk) are usually HORRIBLE looking stamps.
The stamp printer directed that badly centered sheets of stamps too poorly produced for sale be put aside and perforated 'OS' for these “nuisance” officials. That makes CHOICE copies about one in a 100 of the higher 1913 values above 3d. And do note - all perf “OS” sold by ME are genuine from the massive H.F. McNess hoard I bought. Do not TOUCH 90% of what you see on eBay. Read the ENDLESS eBay fake exposes here tinyurl.com/EbayOSFake
Lebanon 1983 Kahlil Gibran "The Prophet" Imperforate stamp mini sheet x
18, SG $1,750 - just $A150: Most
attractive - oddly my scanner does not show well at all, the bright and
classy gold outer sheet borders, and borders on the stamps - the
vagaries of technology - they just scan a flat dull beige brown, as can
be seen above! Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and
writer member of the New York Pen League. He is chiefly known in the
English-speaking world for his 1923 book “The Prophet”, an early
example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical
essays written in poetic English prose.
The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time. Ebay Retail $A85 - My price is 15% of that! - tinyurl.com/GibranMS - catalogue notes say these were sold at £25 EACH as a New Issue = literally $A70 each back then. So not many were bought, as that was serious bucks back then. A great hoard of fresh flat Imperforate MUH sheets I bought – EIGHTEEN of them. SG MS1291 cat £45 each or £810. ($A1,750.) Bought well, so priced at around 10% of SG to clear - just $US120 as I type this, or around $US6½ apiece. Ebay seller Gold Mine right here! $A150 (Stock 543LB)
Portugal 1945/1946 Lisbon Castle Mini Sheets Fresh MUH - SG £275 – REDUCED $50 to $A200: The superb looking Portuguese Castles 1E.75 Miniature Sheet. SG #996a, fresh MUH, Cat £275. Well centred and fresh and seldom offered in this region at ANY price. Especially MUH examples. An absolute key post war issue, and missing from near all Portugal collections. $A200 (Stock 682GQ)
Australia Post Annual "Year Books" Black LEATHER "Executive" Edition complete - Book #1 to 2000 - $A680 under retail ONE set only! The "Leather" (Executive) books are VERY classy. All have been Black genuine Leather covered, with brass corners, since the first issue in 1986, so they are a fully matched classy Black set. Covers are thickly padded and deeply gold inscribed on front and spine. Each book has a matching gold embossed heavy slipcase .. see the main photo above - the 3 slipcases are standing at back. These keep dust and moisture OUT of your stamp albums and are ESSENTIAL in this climate.
Australia Post charges $35 more for each Leather album over the regular Year Book, due to high cost of making leather covers etc. So retail is accordingly much higher - add that extra cost up over 15 books! Numbers produced are a small FRACTION of normal books, so re-sale value stays very strong. Sitting in a neat row on a lounge room bookshelf these look super classy - like a set of Law Books or Britannia's etc! They come out each year in same design, so you can readily keep up to date.
The presentation of the stamps and the artwork and detail on the pages in these books is an absolute credit to Australia Post. High gloss varnished paper, and double facing pages of info on EVERY stamp issue. Laden with photos and factual background information. For collectors with younger children or Grandchildren this is a goldmine for their education and general knowledge. Or a family heirloom collection to keep up to date.
The 2000 regular Year Book surprised everyone by having in it, the Australia Sydney Olympic Gold Medal winner sheetlet of 16. You could obtain this sheet NO other way. That sheetlet alone retails for $100 in many shops. The 1988 LEATHER book has always been near impossible to source. Full retail list of these superb books here - http://tinyurl.com/mgcqfbw
I have ALWAYS had the largest stock of Year Books in Sydney probably Australia. I buy more estates than anyone else it seems, and also folks come to me when selling these books, as they know I will buy them. And I thus MUST sell as cheaply as I can, to MOVE all this stock, or I will drown in it! Bought this CHEAP today in an Estate, so OUT they go.
This is a lovely collection of EVERY leather book issued from 1986 (Leather Book Number #1) to 2000. FIFTEEN matched books. A large wine carton FULL.
My normal discount retail on these as you can see from link above is $A1,780. (All the later year Leather books are in stock of course!) A superb gift idea perhaps for someone? To clear this Estate lot fast, out they go for $680 less than retail - a round figure per set of 15 - $A1,100 (Stock 451WG)
1938 2d Scarlet KGVI Complete Plate “3” Gutter Block 8. Cat $2,500 for just $A1,250: Superbly fresh unused Gutter Block of 8, absolutely outstanding centering for this issue, showing a 100% complete Plate No. “3”. These plate numbers were rare freaks, where the printer mis-guillotined the large master press sheets, down into PO sheets of 160. And he occasionally left parts of plate numbers, when his final trim aim was a couple mm out, leaving a wider than usual top margin, on some sheets that reached PO’s. Only a tiny number of the recorded plates exist, hence the huge ACSC figure. Often only HALF - or even less, of each plate number was on the issued sheets. Super fresh - and now 80 years old. Never seen or had this one before, in 40 years of dealing. ACSC 188zb, cat $A2,500 as mint hinged. Complete numbers are a huge premium on these KGVI issues. IMPOSSIBLE to find a better looker. $A1,250 (Stock 347RB)
PNG 1975 “Independence” initial issue, the unique IMPERF set, plus proofs: A UNIQUE set, in superb condition, from the Archive files of the Swiss printers Courvoisier. The attractive 1975 “Independence” set, 7t and 30t Courvoisier Imperforate Proofs, comprising five colour separations (in yellow, red, blue-green, buff and black) and then the complete design for each value being full imperforate stamps. All affixed to a acid-free heavy grade, linen hinged archival page, with perforated ornate embossed “C” at top, of the printer. (10 proofs total.) Ex Arthur Gray Estate. Totally unique, and for under $100 a proof - a steal! $A995 (Stock 582FA)
GB 1867 £5 Orange QV attractive SPECIMEN - totally free
of faults. Cat £4,500+ just $A2,750!
The Twin Anchor watermark, which shows superbly, white
paper, neatly handstamped ‘Specimen’ in SG Type 9 font. THE one
stamp missing from near EVERY collection of GB on this planet. I
see one copy each decade or so. Really excellent perfs and centering
for these terrors. This stamp is totally without fault - fresh
flat unused, with NO usual thins, creases, tears or foxing/toning that
one near always sees on these totally GIGANTIC stamps, issued 151 years
ago. Clean as a whistle on the back, and NO usual hinge
remains, or gook or old age gunk etc, to hide thins or tears or creases
or repairs - so common on these.
CAPE/CAPO JUBY 1937 Civil War stamps, top 4 values superb - Cat £440, just $A235: The 1937 Civil War Anniversary, top 4 values, superb clean, bright, and fresh well centered unused. NO hinges or gook or usual gunk found on these 80+ year old issues. SG 91/94, Cat £440 = $A850 either mint or used. A very rarely offered quartet globally ANYWHERE, especially this cheap - near a QUARTER cat for superb lookers! $A235 (Stock 285RA)
Roo 1919 Third Watermark £2 Black and Rose Used - $4,000 *UNDER* retail! The VERY hardest Australian stamp to find in attractive used. Missing from 99.9% of collections. Even harder used than the mega rare 1913 £2, which thankfully had a lot of CTO copies done. SG #45, Black and Rose. Quite attractive fresh and clean used, with a neat Registered Melbourne cancel of 1921, with unusually decent perfs for these, and appearance. I sold a fairly nice one last month for $4,500. Nearly ALL this watermark had "fluffy" and ugly perfs, often not punched out at all – not so on this guy. This one has a very tiny professional repair, that I did not even notice when I bought the collection (and allowed $3,000 for it!) otherwise would be in the $4,500+ league retail. As you can see also has the “White flaw in Gulf Of Carpentaria” error, ACSC 56(D)g $A5,500. SG 45 £3,250 = $A6,000 with no variety. A FU copy (lot 661, no variety) sold for $A6,000 at the Arthur Gray Auction in New York way back in 2007. Buy this one for a $4,000 discount over that price, due to the very minor repair. $A2,000 (Stock 473AJ)
Sierra Leone 1933 £1 Slavery/Wilberforce Top Value, Cat £850 for $A400: One of the BIGGIES from the entire KGV reign. Top value £1 Violet and Orange, of this popular steel engraved set, depicting a Ship and Lighthouse in Freetown Harbour. Clean used ex Estate, with no hinges or gook and gunk, with a Registered cancel off a parcel. Very light crease not visible at all facially, (consistent with parcel use) and mentioned for strict accuracy, but priced adjusted accordingly. SG 180, £850. $A400 (Stock 624LE)
Yemen Arab Republic, 1975 Revolution 25 Fils, Fully *Imperforate* Pane 50 MUH - Just $A8 each! 12th Anniversary of Revolution : IMPERFORATE pane of 50 x 25 Fils denomination, depicting the 7th Century Al Janad Mosque - one of the world’s oldest. Fine, fresh MUH. Catalogue numbers for the normal issued perforated issue 13½ x 14 are - SG #539, Scott #316 and Michel #1545. Cannot see any other IMPERF versions of this about anywhere on the globe for sale, and a full sheet may well be unique - and after 43 years, none will turn up NOW! Just $A8 each - superb ebayer opportunity to offer in imperf pairs and blocks 4 - an easy double or treble your money deal here surely? $A400 (Stock 492RJ)
Complete Set Australia Post Year Albums 1983-2003 -
$1,000 *UNDER* Retail
Estate special. All TWENTY ONE albums! The FACE
value of the stamps inside is $842.27.
You are paying $100 UNDER FACE!
ALL are 100% valid for global postage if you ever need to use them.
You are basically buying $100 bills for $88! I just bought THIRTY sets
of 21, off a guy who bought them for an “investment”, so have slashed
$1000 off my usual selling price.
STAMP SHEET of 10
- Leonadis SAMPANIS, Greece Olympic Medal Winner Stripped by IOC:
2004 Athens Olympics.
The Greek Post Office (ELTA) in 2004, decided to copy what Australia
pioneered successfully in 2000, and issue an "Instant" digital print
stamp for every Olympic medal winner from Greece. In fact the design is
VERY similar to the 2000 Australian issues as you can see. Like
Australia, at a later date, offset copies were also printed of medal
winner stamps. This idea proved a great success in Greece, and the
general public were the ones out there buying these issues for patriotic
reasons etc. Only a small percentage of these will ever re-enter the
stamp market. The controversial stamp above was issued to honour the
Olympic Medal Win of Leonidas Sampanis in the 62 Kilo weight class of
Weightlifting. Sampanis won his medal on Monday 16 August, and the
stamps were on sparing sale in limited offices the next day, starting
Tuesday August 17.
|G.B. 1867 5/- Queen Victoria, scarce *Plate 2* Superb Used, way UNDER 20% of SG!: Superb used appearing example, lovely colour, with a light corner cancel “LONDON SP 19 – 77”. And superb centering that is unheard of on these 150 year old stamps, that OFTEN are perfs touching 2 sides! And are OFTEN re-perfed as well. Clean and fresh, with NO usual hinges, or creases or toning, or gook or gunk, or creases or thins etc. The critical plate number 2 is totally clear of the postmark as you can see. (Plate 2 are worth TREBLE the “common” Plate 1’s.) Superb used. SG 127 Cat £1,500 as average used, and SG says 75% more for well centred light cancel = £2,625 = $A4725. This attractive 5/- is way UNDER 20% of the SG price - $A850 (Stock 651ER)|
Ceylon 1937 KGVI Coronation, large 2R.70 Booklet - SG Cat
£1,300 for just $A850:
A truly rare beast, and only a very few exist - globally.
Even the famous Dr William Mayo Booklet collection, the world’s finest,
never possessed this one. Bill had it on his short ‘Major Want’
list for 20 years, and told me he had never even seen a booklet cover,
or roughie, offered anywhere! Only 1000 printed in June 1937, as per
note on lower left front cover “1000 - 6/37”. 9c was then the
airmail rate for UK and Commonwealth Countries according for postage
rates inside cover, (local mail was 6c) but that was increased to 10c
within months of this book being issued, and new booklets SB17 and SB18
were printed soon after this, as there was no need for these green 9c
stamps, and near all the 2R.70 booklets were destroyed according to
Mayo, hence the huge SG price. Imprint on outer back cover - “Printed
at the Ceylon Government Press, Columbo.”
British Solomon Islands 1907 Large War Canoe 2½d Orange Yellow, very fresh pair, IMPERF AT RIGHT: One the classic British Pacific stamp issues, with a true global following. The debut issue, crudely local designed, and primitively produced, these are far better than usual - clean and fresh, bright deep colour, with white MLH original gum. Been in Europe near all their life – luckily, as out here they fox badly. SG 4b is cat £12,000 - the imperf between pair of this value. One sheet of those were recorded, and one sheet with imperf at side. Only a few pairs exist globally. SG do not list imperfs one side from anywhere, but in this case, they are equally as scarce as SG 4b. $A1,875 (Stock 598AC)
Australia 1957 7d Flying Doctor - superb Sunken Die Proof
presented to Bill Purves:
Incredibly rare - only 8 were made, and 1 is in The Royal Collection and
one in the Australia Post Archive collection. So six maximum are
buyable, and some of those are badly foxed and/or stained by mount glue
etc. This one is superb, ex Europe. Actual die proof in sunken matted
thick card - Number 27.
1941 Qantas Portuguese Timor to Australia Unique WW2
“Boomerang” cover – Cat $A900:
2d KGVI lettercard, uprated to correct 5d rate with 3d Blue KGVI.
Qantas RMS “Corilanus” (G-AETV) under Captain H. B. Hussey left
Sydney Jan 17, and return flight was via RMS “Cambria” (G-ADUV)
under Captain R. B. Tapp on January 21. Has fine 3 line violet strike
of “Primeria mala aerea directa de Dili para Australia”.
Diamond Censor handstamp in violet. Striking 5 Timor colour stamp
franking on reverse.
AAMC only lists one ways, and there were only 21 of those.
From a superb coll of Air Covers, First Flights, and
related material I just bought from a deceased Qantas Captain - let me
know what else you may be interested in. Albums full of the early 1930s
flights, to and from UK, USA, Asia, PNG & Pacific etc. With masses of
Intermediates, that I have never seen before, in 40 years of dealing.
Papua New Guinea 1994
Papua New Guinea 1994 "Emergency Overprints" stamp sets 11 or 20: I have always had the largest stock of these overprints in the world. Buy DIRECT from the original "source"! Thousands of collectors NEED this set to complete their collections, as all album pages on the planet have spaces for them. Only 45,000 sets were ever printed, NONE were ever sold by the agents, the Papua New Guinea Bureau, or even Australia Post. Nearly all were used up on genuine commercial mail. Not discovered by the stamp world until months after all the key values were all used up on mail! I first reported their existence to the stamp world. "Set of 11" - SG # 730/740. Michel # 714 -724. Scott # 860/871. ASC Cat $A420, for the basic set 11 alone.
Definitive sets like the 1967 Anguilla overprints set 16 are already cat at £25,000 mint in Stanley Gibbons - and Anguilla has NOTHING like even 1% of the global collector following of PNG - think about it! This PNG set has a LONG way to go yet - that seems very clear. For very detailed and comprehensive background on this issue, with all numbers printed etc - see my special page on these issues: www.tinyurl.com/1994PNG WEB SPECIAL - set of 11 (ASC Cat $420!) for just $A200 (Stock 928XG) or Fine Used set 11 for $A140 (Stock 928XH) Complete Set 20 as illustrated for $A300 (Stock 928XL) or the Set of 20 Fine Used for just $A180 (Stock 928XP)
Finally - all the 1994 "Emergency" sets I sell are of course guaranteed 100% genuine. You may ask for my Photo Certificate Of Genuineness on my security watermarked colour letterhead for this set of 11 or 20, mint or used, dated and signed, illustrating in full colour the exact set I mail you. If required, this CERTIFICATE costs you an extra $A70 (Stock 928ZW) on top of price of the stamps, largely to cover the considerable time and messing around of individually preparing each one, typing, and scanning etc.This is substantially cheaper than sending it to the R.P.S. in London etc, which takes half a year to get back, and also incurs substantial Registered airmail cost to you - in both directions. And quite frankly, the RPSL would not have a clue about these issues. 'Too Modern, Old Chap' they would sniff! Years down the track when the set sells for a multiple of what it does now, such a certificate Guaranteeing these came from original PNG sources in 1994/5 will add FAR more than $A70 to the extra price you obtain when selling. (Stock 928ZW)
This month's Special - I have ONE set of MUH blocks 4 of the rare set 11, discounted from $A1,250 to $A995 (Around $US750!) – Stock 928ZK
New Zealand, 22/- “Arms” x *ALL 3* SG listed types - 1940-1945 attractive MVLH: The striking 22/- overprint on 22/- Red :ARMS”. Done as the tiny letters of originals were not easy to read in the dimly lit Post Office during WW2 and got mixed with the red 4/-, 6/- and hence lose revenues. The 1940 Wmk 43 and the Wmk 98, 1945 issue. in both normal and inverted watermarks. SG F190, F216 and F216aw - Total SG cat £1,625. Bright attractive well centred MVLH - and with NO usual facial “rubbing”. This chalk faced paper also MOSTLY foxes badly here, or in NZ, after 77 years, as it absorbs summer humidity each year like a sponge. This trio was in UK most of their life. Good perfs and centering for these “terrors”, printed during WW2 - £3½ was a FORTUNE then during WW2 - a week’s wages for those that DID have a job. When did you last see a mint PAIR of £2 Roos? Answer NEVER - same era, same face value, and same reason! Cat SHOULD be THREE times this. $A800 (Stock 823AJ)
East Germany 1950 “DEBRIA” Exhibition Miniature Sheet, Superb Used: One of the scarcest East German Miniature Sheets, and VERY seldom offered here - especially used. Clean and fresh and bright, with no hinges or foxing or creasing etc - as nice as you will see. This big Exhibition was held in Leipzig soon after the end of WW2, and EAST German citizens at this time had a lot more on their minds, than buying Expensive Stamp Exhibition sheets! SG MS E29a, Cat £225. $A140 (Stock 714HG)
India 1973 Interpol Police watermarked Colour Trial set 3: A rare trio of these 20p trials. On watermarked paper in 3 attractive shades - Deep Grey Blue, Turquoise Green, and a rich Chestnut Orange Brown. All mint with part original gum. The ISSUED single 20p stamp was for some unknown reason in a dirty, muddy brown colour, instead of these three excellent options! Have never seen these before, or seen them offered. Fresh well centred trio on WATERMARKED paper of issue. Now 45 years old, and if these were AUSTRALIA colour trials of same era, you could add a zero to this asking figure! In my option the scarcer Post-Independence India (i.e.1947 onwards), has a TON of upside still. $A500 (Stock 428AZ)
Australia Post Yearbooks 1988-96 - Cost $477, Retail $710, for just $395! Clean looking lot I bought from an Estate this afternoon. Many still have stamps in PO Hangers, and have never been touched since purchase. NINE books at just over $43 a book - and it includes the scarce 1988! But at WAY under the PO cost, and near HALF my $710 retail - https://www.glenstephens.com/yearbooks.html - One-Off Special at just $A395! All in the matching hard slipcases. Nice run, nice condition, at more than $80 UNDER what they cost from PO. Huge face value. Estate lot of Australia Post yearbooks 1988 to 1996, PO issue cost $477, and retail value $710! (Also from same Estate I have 2000 to 2006, at an INSANE low price - ask me!) $A395 (Stock 147YP)
N.Z. 1857 No Wmk Chalon, Blued Paper FU, 1/- Green SG #6, WITH Cert: An EXTREMELY rare stamp. Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide repairs or thins etc. Crisp light “10” numeral cancel. 100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults. Bright colour, and with close margins near all round. SG 6, £3,750, and far superior to any others I have handled, near all of which are defective. With totally clear 2010 Photo Certificate. From an extensive NZ coll I bought well this week - near the entire country, most MINT - let me know your WANTS - DIRT cheap quotes!! $A1,950 (Stock 729KT)
1993 GB 24p Machin stamp *POSTAL FORGERY* in MUH blocks, $A4 each!
I bought a couple of sheets of these 25 years back, when
they first surfaced in the UK, being sold to Indian and similar family
owned small corner stores and supermarkets, who retailed stamps for
normal letters. A UK dealer, Bushell & Wright, was too scared to offer
them in the UK, in case Scotland Yard paid him a visit. So he did a
deal with me, and I sold them here for about $A40 per stamp - and
I mailed a lot of them back to the UK! Sterling was VERY high
back then of course, and UK retail there was £20 which was about $A50 a
stamp then - literally.
Germany 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, 2 Mark complete
stapled Booklet - PRISTINE!:
#42.2, red cover, with a Deep Maroon sash diagonally across the front
cover. Containing two x fresh unmounted MUH se-tenant panes of 10,
comprising 3pf Gymnastics x 4, and 12pf Torch Relay x 4. And 4pf Diving
x 4 and 6pf Soccer x 4,
all in MUH se-tenant pairs for each value in each pane.
Michel Cat €1,000 = $A1,500 for average books. This one
Pristine condition - as if printed and assembled
- been in Germany near all its life. Impossible to
improve on grade. Even the metal staples are pristine - an
extraordinary grade for 81 years old. Razor sharp corners, and original
interleaving sheet, and postal rates both inner covers.
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)
STOP PRESS: New
2018 ACSC "Postal Stationery" Catalogue - 484 pages, all in colour:
Territories, Second Edition, 2018. This brand new edition updates the
first edition of five years back (2013), incorporating a number of
corrections and new discoveries. In particular, the Postal Cards up to
1936 have been extensively revised, and there are many additions to the
listing of Lettercards. The decimal Stationery produced by the Note
Printing Branch is included for the first time. All prices have been
fully updated. In full colour, 484 x large A4 heavily
illustrated pages, perfect bound
1913 2/- Dark Brown Kangaroo FIRST Watermark, MUH. Cat $3,250 for just $A425!: A wildly under-rated stamp - 20 times scarcer than the 2/- Brown Third Wmk in MINT, despite their similar retail. ACSC 35B is $3,250. Centred low, and a shortish perf at top, so out it goes cheap to fill an album space for someone at a budget price. Deep rich strong colour, and crisp proof-like impression, as you can see. SG 13. Bought well today in an Estate, so out it goes cheap, to get some of my outlay back FAST! - $A425 (Stock 624AX)
N.Z. 1858 *No Wmk* Chalon, FU, 1/- Blue Green SG #17: £1,800: Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide repairs or thins etc - totally sound. Really thick white paper - nice looker. Light numeral cancel. 100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults. Bright colour, and with 3 very good margins. SG 17, £1,800. From an extensive NZ coll I bought this week cheap - near the entire country, most MINT - let me know your WANTS - DIRT cheap quotes!! $A500 (Stock 729KR)
Papua New Guinea 1971 SHELLS Booklet x *50* Mint copies! Estate buy today. Someone looks like they bought these near a Half Century ago, and they have only just now reached the market. Pretty booklet, with marginal blocks 10 of the 1969 7c Shell Definitive stamp. SG SB3, Cat £650. Pfeffer #3 cat $1,500. Very seldom seen early booklet, and a great ebay re-seller etc, as both PNG and Shells are globally super popular. Just $A5 each, or well under $US4 apiece - Cat £650, retail $1,500. $A250 (Stock 782RT)
NSW 1894 1/- QV, DLR Telegram Form, o/p “SPECIMEN” $A185: The very scarce 1/- black Queen Victoria value, showing the 1876 De La Rue design type. Retail elsewhere $470 on this exact same form! These NSW Telegraph/Telegram forms were issued in February 1894, 121 years back. 1/- was for inland messages. The messages could not exceed ten words for the pre-paid 1/-. Lovely item to display for the collector - fits superbly on a #1 Hagner Sheet, or album or stockbook page, and looks very attractive, as you can see. These were UPU distributed folded horizontally, to all the recipient UPU countries. These are on very fragile thin paper. I’ve seen these in the past where foxing is very bad, due to the cheap acidic paper used, and indeed some were separated in 2 pieces, and this one is VERY clean and intact, I am pleased to say: $A185 (Stock 815LX)
Registered & EXPRESS Airmail franking piece to CHINA, 1936:
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!
VAN DIEMEN'S LAND (Tasmania) 1827, Bill of Exchange Cheque for £100 Sterling: Issued in Hobart Town, 11th October 1827, Number 414, payable to Deputy Ass’t Comm(issariat) General Hall, and signed A. Moodie. On “Magnay & Sons London” double lined watermarked paper, and signed “Geo Hall” on reverse. Almost identical to the Third Of Exchange example shown in Renniks on page 160, of same year, and has the same two Signatories even, with Renniks Cat $7,500 in VF, and this one is higher graded, XF at least. 105% original, and Guaranteed 105% Genuine. Wonderful condition, and an early piece of our pioneer early history.
An incredibly early official monetary instrument from Tasmania, (indeed for Australia) and in SUPERB condition, especially for something from this region, 188 years old. Hobart was a truly tiny and remote settlement in 1827, and not even a city. Convicts had not yet streamed en-masse from the UK, and the infamous Port Arthur Prison was not even commenced until 1830. She had no Registry of Deeds in which to record land dealings until 1827 when up by Governor Arthur, and financial arrangements were not much better, the tiny settlement was left to deal with such issues as best it could.
A bill of Exchange Cheque was an early form of Bank Draft. Indeed in early days of Tasmania, a de-facto currency for large sums, backed and guaranteed by His Majesty’s Treasury London, no less. The Bank Of Van Diemen’s Land was not even established until October 1827, when this was issued. These were generally drawn in “sets” - the Original, the “Second" or duplicate of Exchange, and also a "Third Of Exchange", the most commonly seen. Each was drawn for the same amount, but was worded so that only one of a set of 3 was ever paid. In those days when sea-mails were slow and uncertain, each copy of the “set” was deliberately sent to the Drawer by a different set of ships and sea routes, and the first one to be received, was paid.
The sailing ships used to carry this “set” are noted by sender in Red at base of the Bill, and are by “Persian” (400 Tons) and “Lang” (556 tons). The return manifest of “Lang” in Jan 1828 under Capt Lusk included "431 bales wool, 193 casks whale oil, 696½ slabs and 190 bundles of whale bone, 90 tons mimosa bark and 55 planks cedar" (!) Superb condition for something of this nature and age, and one of the very finest of the few survivors. Catalogued $A7,500+ and highly sought after. These appeal to a wide range of collectors - of Banknotes and cheques, early Australian historical documents, and early Tasmania etc. $A2.500 (Stock 693HQ)
Papua New Guinea 1994 Emergency O/P 21t on 80t Shell. *FULL SHEET 50* MUH. Cat $4,000++ for $A775! 1994 Emergency overprint, 21t on 80t Shell full sheet of 50, with Leigh-Mardon imprints in EACH corner. SG 734, cat £2,100. Incredibly rare as a full sheet. Papuina Chancel and Papuina Xanthochella shells depicted. The FULL story on these amazing overprints here - tinyurl.com/1994PNG - around the scarcest value 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 in PNG. 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 just got them back from Estate. One of the rarest Post-War stamp from PNG. SG #734 and current 2017 SG Cat price is £45 each = £2,250. Seven Seas “ASC” Catalogue #633a is $80 each = $A4,000 a sheet. My usual price for a single is $A60, so 16 singles is $A3,000, making no allowance for the obvious large premium that the 4 x matched corner Imprint blocks like this must attract. Such an assembly must be unique today? 105% GUARANTEED by me genuine of course. All of sheet fresh MUH. A real bottom drawer item - the lot for just: $A775 (Stock 592PE)
Samoa Olympic Games Miniature Sheet *IMPERFORATE AT SIDE*! 1988 Seoul Olympic Games stamps, with the spectacular error on right hand side - totally imperforate on right. Believed to be the ONLY example recorded - I have made extensive enquiries, and no others seem to be recorded. Purchased off Max Stern in the 1980s my client’s note says, for $400, and it was apparently found in Max’s New Issue stock. So that is over $1,200 in today’s adjusted money, near 30 years on. TOTALLY imperf - not even an ‘albino’ type impression of the perf pins, as often occurs on these kind of errors.Superb piece for any collector of the popular “Olympics On Stamps” topical, which is a major theme globally. Or for collectors of Samoa, which lots of Australians keep, as Australia Post sold their New Issues for decades, nationally, at face value. Very few issues in the modern era have Imperf at side errors, due to security printer controls. There are several from Australia in this era which sell for FIVE times this sum. The 24c ‘Tasmania Tiger’ Thylacine, ACSC 902b from Australia in this era, imperf 1 side, sells for $1,000s a single etc. $A300 (Stock 582LX)
Australia 1970 Definitives, rare Post Office Pack Cat $650, for just
- the scarcest Australia face different PO pack by several miles, as it
cost a FORTUNE back then. I see one each few years or so. This larger
sized B5 pack has all the current Defins right up to the 1966 Navigator
set 6, in a plastic Hagner type sheet inside.
Add it up
- FACE was $10.47 of the stamps here. ‘No big deal’ you might
think today. Well near 50 years back that was huge. A First Class
letter then cost 5¢! (Witness the 2 different 5c Queens in here) so
$10.47 bought you 210 x first class stamps. Today a First Class letter
is $1.50, so 210 of those is $A315 in today’s
Would YOU pay $A315 TODAY for a new issue Post Office pack? Of course not, and certainly almost no-one did in 1970, so they are super scarce, and retail MANY $100s despite being on sale nationally at capital city Philatelic Bureaux. Better still, the Australian PO had a large booth at the “EXPO 70” Exhibition in Osaka. They added a JAPANESE language booklet inside the Definitive pack, outlining the stamp issues, and their background in that local language. You could only buy this at the show I understand. The $4 King alone cost EIGHTY times the then 5¢ letter rate. So the pack was about $A315 type buying price, adjusted to today’s money. You are paying LESS than that! Little wonder almost none sold. ASC P7, Cat. $650 and seldom seen or offered ANYWHERE. Fresh and un-opened. $A295 (Stock 439ZB)
Bahamas 1882 1d Scarlet-Vermillion Crown CA, p14, superb unused Cat £950 - $A400: Magic Eye-Appeal - deep glowing original colour pair as you can see. It is of course common with the Crown CC watermark. The scarce Crown CA Watermark - which shows perfectly on back for quick verification! Clean and fresh and flat, and free of all hinges and gook and gunk and creases, generally found on stamps 135 years old from ANYWHERE! SG 42 cat £950. I do not stock Caribbean, so bought cheap to sell cheap! $A400 (Stock 327LA)
|Hong Kong - 340 x MUH 1997 Mini Sheets for just $A200! Bizarre lot from a now deceased buyer who paid Max Stern $1,500 for these according to his invoice! Bought cheap - to sell cheap. For anyone who wants to pop something away in the bottom drawer, you could do a lot worse .. the massive interest and resurgence of stamp buying and interest from CHINA (now in charge of Hong Kong) could see these do very well one day - see: www.glenstephens.com/snapril10.html $A200 (Stock 465KA)|
Kangaroo 1913 10/- First Watermark Roo: Unusually good facial looker for this 100+ year old Classic high value! Usual rather heavily hinged mint, with 1 slightly aged perf mentioned for strict accuracy. Usually the perfs are terrible on these, as the paper choice was poor for stamps, with long very tough fibres, that ripped out perfs readily when separated, and it was never used again. With the original vivid deep pink attractive colour, that this scan just does NOT convey. First Watermark high value 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 in fact LESS issued of this value, than the 1913 £1 and £2 First Watermark Roos. ACSC 47a, $A2,000 for usual average centred. SG #14, £900. Juzwin $1,275 for average mint. With far better perfs and centering than usual. Top MLH copies are $1,500+ these days. Bought cheap in an Estate today, to clear cheap, this month! $A850 (Stock 682HE)
Canada QV 1857 ½¢ Deep Rose Imperf, Cat £2,250 for $A350! Imperforate on very thin, horizontal weave paper. No thins, tears, creases or repairs – or even hinge remainders to disguise all of the above as usually found, after 160 years! Clear “HAMILTON - MR 22 : 1858” cds, clearly verifying the SG number. (The later thick paper SG 25 not issued until DECEMBER 1855) Expertised on reverse. 2 clear margins, one huge at right, and just clear to touching along left side. Sharp plate impression. Cat £2,250 for just $A350 (Stock 465AC)
A True “Modern RARITY” set has JUST been issued:
Australian domestic postage letter rates were hiked
outrageously by 40% on January 4 here. The entire country is on holiday
then, and the increase was bungled big-time by head office. No-one
there had the brains to reprint up front, a ton of 30¢ Crocodile
definitive values to have on hand as “make-up” in each state, to up-rate
all current 70¢ stamps, to the new $1 rate. The Australia Post
Distributor of Stamps in Adelaide totally ran out of 30¢ stamps the
first day the letter rate increased to $1 - on Monday, 4 January 2016.
To alleviate this shortfall and appease angry clients holding 70¢
stocks, the Adelaide GPO frantically printed up a very small Emergency
issue of 30¢ Counter-Printed peel and stick Stamps. (“CPS”) Only a few
1000 sets were made.
Stamp Dealer legend here Rodney Perry, has described this Adelaide Emergency 30¢ issue of 6 as a “Modern Rarity” several times, and I’d totally concur. More discussion on them here, with all the national Fairfax and News Limited media, news and radio story links on them - tinyurl.com/2016set A 30c SINGLE stamp on a commercial cover to Melbourne sold for an unbelievable $1,700 to a medico - tinyurl.com/30cEnv with 67 frantic bids! A totally philatelic cover, non-mailed, sold for $1,880 - with 37 bids - tinyurl.com/1880CPS A set a client bought off me for a few $100 this year, sold soon afterwards for $5,000 - tinyurl.com/varsCPS
The highest price I have seen actually OBTAINED for a set of 6 on ebay is $A8,990 - tinyurl.com/CPS9000 - face value $1.80 - about 5,000 times face value. A standard set sold Feb 15 for $3,200 - tinyurl.com/Set3200 A mint £2 Kangaroo only costs that! I learned about this issue by chance at the very outset, and nabbed a handful of sets from my various long term collector contacts in my home town Adelaide, as I acted fast and paid HIGH! “Linn’s Stamp News” in the USA had this Front Page, and as their most viewed story that week - tinyurl.com/Linns30c - Gave an 11 minute interview with Radio 2GB - highest rating radio station in NSW by a margin of 30% - full tape here - www.2gb.com/audioplayer/152241 And they featured on the lead story in a recent edition ion of the biggest selling German stamp magazine “BRIEFMARKEN SPIEGEL” and had a large piece in a recent “Gibbons Stamp Monthly”.
These ARE now fully catalogued in Gibbons, SG 4492/4497 and are listed at $4,500 a set 6 Mint, and $3,000 used (4242/4248) in the mass selling Renniks “Stamps Of Australia” catalogue. I have just a few complete sets of 6 MUH left for sale - just $A330 a stamp, for something that maybe 150 or so full mint sets exist of globally, as I type. I mailed a set on 6 covers to the Russian Air Force Base to the Commander of the orbiting “ISS” MIR Space Station, taken to him on a supply flight - he is a keen collector and ordered them! There are 2 underlying stamp design types - Type “A” and Type “B”. (Outlined on link above) Latter costs 15% more ($A2,300 - Stock 572GR) , or both sets 6 together, save $200, for $A4,100 (Stock 572GC) I have one flat joined strip of 6 - in scarce Type “B” luckily, for $A2,400 (Stock 571GK) A set 6 is only about $US1,500 a set as I type this (I accept paypal in USD – ask me!), and is $1,000 or so LESS than some recent ebay sales, but only for those who act FAST: $A1,995 (Stock 572GY) Or, the identical designs set of 6 “$1.00 ADELAIDE 2016” that were also sold out fast, for $A75 a set 6 (Stock 571GX) or 10 sets 6 of those for dealers/investors for $A500 (Stock 571GY)
IMPERFORATE* Miniature Sheets - $A60 each: In November 2013, Australia Post released just 250 x
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
Australia 1977 Silver Jubilee PLATE PROOF BLOCK 4 at Quarter Cat! Always a fast seller. These are official PO plate proofs, and like all the others have some creasing. ACSC 766PP(1) Cat $500 per imperf PAIR or $1,000 a block 4. Seemed a real shame to cut it into pairs but if you want a pair, I will do that for $A140 .. your choice or top or bottom. $A250 - (Order as stock number 225RL)
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