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This Glen Stephens Stamp Rarity Page features worldwide rare, unusual, and one-of-a-kind items, all NETT PRICED with superb scans, and detailed descriptions.  It is Australia's MOST visited stamp dealer web page - indeed one of the world's most visited.  "Philatelic Porn" as one client joked!   Bookmark it, and check EVERY day, because as you can see - new items are regularly added - sometimes each day, and the sold ones are removed.  Many large dealers buy from here regularly.  The weak $A means these prices are a BARGAIN for Americans or Europeans etc!  Click the “F5” Key on top row of your keyboard each visit to ensure you see the NEW material, and NOT your old cached page. (Use Ctrl and F5 keys together on some keyboards)  They are NOT in alphabetical order - Australia items might be near end of list, and Zanzibar at the top!

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JULY COVID-19 UPDATE:  What a quite insane couple of months, and I hope all readers are staying safe, adhering to social distancing, and keeping healthy with these global Second Wave outbreaks in July.  Stockmarkets and Real Estate prices are totally erratic, the $A has suffered badly, and for foreign buyers, these prices below give you stamp deals you will NEVER see again in your currency - do take a VERY close look below.  For most foreign buyers, my stamps below are the cheapest now for a DECADE or more to you.  I am still mailing out orders as usual - no closures for me! 

For American buyers, the prices are truly AMAZING - a $A500 stamp below, costs you around $US340 as I type!  For ozzie buyers, sourcing ANYTHING from overseas is TERRIFYING now, and ebay and Amazon now add 10% GST onto EVERY purchase, AND on top of the shipping too.  Buying off me sees you pay in WEAK OZZIE PESOS.  Most ozzies reading this, got handed $750 Tax Free by the Government in March, and got the same ‘Stimulus’ handout July 13 into their bank accounts.  The Government WANTS you to spend this at retail - stamps do count! Many Americans got a similar ~$A2,000 Fed cash handout.  Many other countries are doing this sort of stimulus too.  A lot of it will get spent on STAMPS, that is for certain.  LayBy/Layaway anything you need NOW!    Please stay SAFE.   Glen





Stanley Gibbons 2018 "Stamps Of The World" Stamp Catalogues 6 volumes $300 under Retail:  The set is $A700 retail locally.  SAVE $350!  To buy direct off SG UK costs you $750.  Buy off me, and pay $350 less than buying discounted direct off SG in UK!  Stanley Gibbons Stamps of the World Vol 1-6, 2018 - THE most useful set in your library!  Scott recently split their World set from 6 to TWELVE expensive volumes, costing locally here, WAY over $A1,700.  If SG do the same next year, you will save a FORTUNE buying these NOW!   A STACK more photos and detail and info here -  BRAND NEW in SG factory storage Carton - mention it at your stamp club - just $A399 (Stock 892JQ)



1915 2/- Brown Kangaroo SECOND Wmk perf ‘OS’ - RARE!   Been 20 or 30 years since I offered one of these.  Very fresh MVLH.  On EVERY Want list!   ACSC 36ba, $4,000.  SG 036, £1,900 = $A3,600.  Even NON OS, this is a $1000 stamp retail!  From the quite massive THREE Generation “Townsville North Queensland Hoard” collection we flew back with - 100s of kilos of better material - in 8 huge removalist cartons -   Formed around issue time of the stamps, and I am very slowly working through it, and listing up a few more interesting pieces that catch my eye, whenever I get 10 minutes spare, here and there!   Will take me 20 years to wade through it all.  I grab a few now and again, and scan and add them up here.  None of these stamps has EVER been on the stamp market before, in the past Century or so.  You will be the FIRST collector to own it since!  $A1,500 (Stock 742BR)




1937 Hubert Opperman huge Charity Mini Sheet:   The Charity cycle ride Fremantle-Adelaide-Melbourne-Sydney.  Sir Hubert Ferdinand Opperman, OBE (1904-1996), referred to universally as ‘Oppy’ by Australian and French crowds, was a legendary Australian cyclist.  And later a Federal Cabinet Minister, and later still an overseas Ambassador.  His endurance cycling feats in the 1920s and 1930s earned him international acclaim both here, and especially in France etc.  In 40 years of dealing have never owned one - or even seen one offered.  HUGE - see it next to a 1/- Kangaroo stamp!  It is even larger actually, being a mini sheet, the 4 x wide edges are folded over, and as usual, partially stuck - a warm water bath will allow it to be dried flat as printed, if needed.  Clean and fresh and attractive and AUTOGRAPHED by Oppy as well!  Doing research on this, I saw one in worse condition, and with NO outer margins for $250 - - have never seen another.  $A195 (Stock 692JX)





Aust FDC hoard x 258. 1966 to 1979 Cat value $1,657 for just $A195!  From an Estate - owner had generally bought a couple each of the older FDC.  Back before the 1980 Stamp Boom, few bought unaddressed FDC's.  So they are 1000 times scarcer than 1980 issues etc.  ASC Cat of these is $1657, and key Goodies are her all unpicked - scarce 1971 Xmas Block 7, 1972 Beef, 1973 Nat Dev, 1974 Paintings, scarce 1977 $10 Painting, etc, etc.  Key sets, blocks, strips and mini sheets etc.  Totally unpicked as received.  Getting up to 500 years old many of these and condition usual for this era and size lot. End of Financial Year clearance special offer!  Brilliant eBay re-seller lot, or an investment parcel to tuck away .. a boxful!  A LOT of sought after individual FDC here.  A TON more photos here -  WAY under a buck apiece - indeed only $US130 right now. $A195 (Stock 426YH)






1959 *JACK PEAKE* hand drawn First Fight Cover, to USA - Cobb & Co stamps:  I sold this superb hand painted Jack Peake cover 10 years back, to a Supreme Court Judge.  It sold fast - many folks were after it at the time.  He is downsizing, and sold me his collection here today.  Peake's distinctive hand writing is very easy to spot of course!  This pretty 2/- Cobb & Co franked cover I sold a decade back for a pretty well priced $A300 I thought, but thought it was worth adding here for posterity.  I added $50 to it, to cover 10 years of inflation!  1959 *JACK PEAKE* hand drawn FFC to USA - Hand water coloured - and this one believed unique - Peake usually only did 1 or 2 of each of his classy designs.  Peake covers have set many records.  A world record price of $2,645 was paid at Prestige for the 1956 Olympics set on a hand painted Peake cover, that featured the Melbourne Cricket Ground.  Estimate was only $200!   Great thematic appeal - Kangaroos, Cobb & Co, Qantas, Planes, etc.  Eustis #1720.  Has the special Qantas cancel on stamps of July 29, and really flew 15,000 miles via Fiji and Hawaii.  On the reverse, San Francisco arrival backstamps, and Sydney arrival back home of August 2.  $A350 (Stock 783KW)




Australia 1932 5/- Sydney Harbour Bridge stamp, fault free *COMMERCIAL* used :  100 times more elusive than the corner CTO copies, which were given away in the Specimen packs for 15 years - literally.  Gibbons current “Part 1” Catalogue now has a note outlining this very important distinction - “postally used are worth much more” The ACSC of course, prices postal used at much more than CTO - ACSC $500 - 80% higher than CTO.  And these are FAR scarcer than mint of course.  These were printed essentially on very coarse, acidic, blotting paper, and they thin, and crease, and scuff and fox/rust readily, from the heavy and rough parcel use.  And it escaped the thick huge oval rubber Melbourne Parcel Office cancels mostly found on these, which look HORRIFIC!   Clean and flat and fresh, totally free of hinges, and creases and thins and gook and faults, with dated ”COLLINS STREET - MELBOURNE - VIC” cds.   About as nice as you’ll find offered anywhere for clearly POSTAL used, with excellent perfs and centering for these as you can see.  Under $US240 as I type - $A350 (Stock 625ArK)




N.Z. 1857 No Wmk Chalon, on Blued Paper FU, 1/- Green SG #6, *WITH* Cert, at UNDER 15% of SG:  An EXTREMELY rare stamp.  On the special blued wove paper, Auckland printing, by Richardson.  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 = $A7,500, and far superior to any others I have handled, near all of which are defective as you will know.  With totally clear 2010 Colour Photo Certificate - “Genuine in all respects”.  Only $US735 as I type.  UNDER 15% of SG Cat - $A1,100 (Stock 729KAL)  




Kangaroo 5/- Grey and Yellow 1918 Third Watermark MLH:  A budget copy for someone, usual even gun ‘suntanning’ after a Century, and a tiny natural fibre inclusion in paper.  Well centred, and good perfs and colour for these.  An awful lot of money back in this WWI era to outlay on a single mint stamp so few did!  SG 42 £275 = $A550.  Retail for average mint is $400, so a stocktaking steal at just $A200 (Stock 372KQ)




Australia Territory Year Albums x 10.  2008-2017.  Ret $625 - $A325!  Each year Australia Post issues an annual Territories Collection stamp album folder. Large A4 size.  They started in 1994.  Just ONE year shown above, and 2014, to give you an overview.  It contains the mint stamp sets of AAT, Cocos Keeling Islands & Christmas Island, and also included is background information behind the designs/issues, and it is very nicely presented.  These items are from Australia's external Territories and therefore the stamps are issued by Australia Post.  I have all years in stock of course, and these are my prices.  Bought an official black leather Australia Post album of these today 2008-2017 (10 diff) fresh condition, retail $600 plus the $25 album cost, and can move these fast as one line at just $A325 the LOT - SAVE $300!  OR, if you are missing just 1 or 2 years, can supply those individually.  (And of course I have EVERY Australia Year book in stock, Deluxe and Executive Leather)  Heaps more pix here - $A325 (Stock 726KQ)






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 over 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.

The "Small Cook" 30¢, is quite another kettle of fish.  THE rarest Decimal PO FDC.  My guess is only 100 or so were serviced.  Many have not survived the ensuing 48 years, and near all of those are addressed.  Given the enormous popularity of Captain Cook as a topical, it adds to their worldwide appeal.  I remember back in the 1980's these "Small Cooks" fetched $750, and even so, were near unobtainable.  I got this one today, and can offer it at a most amazing price to turn it into fast cash. PRISTINE condition - was housed in an album at issue time - fresh with razor sharp corners.  In the early 80s when the price hit $750 there were superb fakes created.  The only real difference was they used modern envelope base stock which has 3 segments of blue green gum on the flaps - the originals like this have a solid band of rather patchy, streaky, yellowish gum.  Now 50 years old, and superb, with flap unlicked, and with yellow genuine gum on flap.  A super rare beast, in such pristine unaddressed shape: $A300 (Stock 574JEL)




AUSTRALIA 1957 Christmas Proofs - the UNADOPTED ESSAYS, signed by Designer:  Christmas official letterpress proofs on gloss art paper, in the suggested colours, of the original, unadopted designs submitted by Anthony Helliwell.  Signed by designer.  Rare and possibly unique.  Ex Arthur Gray.  Super Scarce, and believed unique outside PO archives - have never seen or heard of another.  Clean and fresh, and a fine AUSTRALIA piece, or for any serious CHRISTMAS topical collection.  I sell (lots of!) last Year’s PO Year Book for this sum -  $A195 (Stock 483JK)




Superb LEICHTENSTEIN Sheetlets in 3 superb albums SG $9,400 - just $A750:  What an absolutely SUPERB looking collection. An absolute JOY to handle and view – the finest quality books pages AND Stamp sheetlets. Which are universally beautiful designs of course. A VERY under-rated country.  In 3 x huge and heavy Lighthouse heavy duty well filled, springbacks, containing over 200 super heavy duty Lighthouse hingeless pages made for just these sheetlets. Sheetlets on EVERY page. TOTALLY unpicked by me - 100% complete through all the 3 albums. An INSTANT collection.  New COST for the Empty books alone is near my $750 asking price! Even the 3 x superb leather look, Royal Blue, superb thick, and deeply tooled binders is $150 each.  And that is just the BOOKS.  The STAMPS are a complete run of PO Sheetlets that this collector clearly had a standing order for over there. 

This collection was formed in Europe, so the condition is amazingly fresh.  Clean and fresh looking run, and face values are all of course in Swiss Francs which is near a Euro value unit.  Face values up to 80 CFH per sheetlet 4 shown = $A125 face just for that one!   Be a shame to see this broken up but if all 200+ sheets were ebayed one by one on the relevant album page, I think you would make a KILLING!  AND you'd get a ton of multiple buys. The SG Catalogue value of just the stamp sheetlets is £4,696.45 = $A9,400.  SG cat is only 2 or 2.5 times face, as can readily be seen, so the actual FACE will be about $A3,750 - amazingly.  Bought VERY well, so out it goes at just 20% of FACE, and the 3 huge and superb albums are ''FREE''. HEAPS of pix here - - about $US500 now -  $A750  (Stock 495JR)






Laos 1954 Golden Jubilee set MUH – SG Cat $870 for just $A200!  The KEY set from Laos - the “Sydney Harbour Bridge” issue from there!!  The 1954 Golden 50th Jubilee of King Sisauang-Vong.  Beautifully engraved bi-colour, steel engraved recess intaglio printing.  All are flat MUH, with the usual evenly ‘’suntanned’’ gum after 65 years in Indo China.  I see these in stock once in 20 years.  SG 40/42, £435 = $A870.  USED is the exact same price as mint I notice in SG, this set had such a tiny printing, and either mint or used, are NEVER seen offered anywhere, much less at UNDER QUARTER GIBBONS!  Just $US135 as I type - $A225 (Stock 584JR)




Trinidad 1885 Postage Due 1/- “SHORT STROKE” SG Ł275, for $A150:  1/- Slate Grey and Black, top value of the set - a popular stamp error.  1885 Single Crown watermark.  SG D9ab, cat  Ł275 = $A550.  Two expert handstamps, and signatures that it is SG D9ab.  Superb centred, perfect perfs, and fresh flat unused - fantastic shape for 134 years old. SHORT UPRIGHT STROKE variety  - as can be seen the stroke is only as high as the top of the numeral “1”.  A normal stroke can be seen here - - SG Cat $550 - Estate buy, to go out cheap just : $A150 (Stock 782JA)




QANTAS 1st flight Sydney to Vancouver, 1954 x 8 Diff First Flight covers:  ALL of these most usually bear the special QANTAS vignette - Frommer 99a, Eustis 1345a, cat $60 each OFF cover = $A600. Some are pilot signed Jackson/Shields who captained various legs of the lumbering "Connie."  Flights covers with no labels are Eustis $50 apiece, so a lovely bunch.  66 years old now, and the odd very minor blemish due to age, but VERY seldom offered even singly, and most unusually, all having the special QANTAS VIGNETTES.  The limited flying range of the Connies, took the route via Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Canton Island, Fiji, Honolulu, and even San Francisco, and ALL are back-stamped.  More pix here -  A steal at $A225, or to an American, just $US155!  $A225 (Stock 793BM)




Australia 1915 Second Watermark Roo Perf “OS” Clean Used, Cat $700 – just $A225:  The priciest 5/- watermark by a long way.  Clean fresh copy, superb perfs and centering for these.  With very attractive “MELBOURNE VICTORIA” dated cds, and not the usual huge rubber thick lettered “Killers” used on Government parcels.  SG 30. These as we all know, usually have ugly “fluffy” perfs barely punched out, and with centering all over the place. This Second Watermark (emergency war-time use on KGV watermark paper) was only on sale for a short time during WWI before the 3rd watermark 5/- was issued.

Only one printing of 679,920 were ever issued.
Issued in the middle of WWI, as Germans were sinking merchant ships bringing the correct Roo watermark paper from the UK.  Deep rich, unfaded, GLOWING Chrome Yellow colour. Clean and flat and very fresh with no hinges, gook or gunk on back, to hide faults - 100% free of faults, with excellent centering.  I’ve seen nice copies of this get over $500 lately.  Missing from most OS stamp collections.  ACSC Cat 43b, $A700.  Bought well today to sell FAST!  Just over $US170 right now. $A250 (Stock 782KP)





Switzerland 1951 *LUNABA* Miniature Sheet:  Superb condition VFU, with no hinge remains or gook or gunk after 80 years.   What a gem - superb fresh VFU - been in the UK near all its life.  These sheets had only 121,000 printed, and PO cost was high - 3 Francs EACH, or 7.5 times face.  Even so, a LARGE number of them have been cut up over the past 68 years.  Why?  As Michel and Zumstein catalogues both list and price the central single as an IMPERF, mint and used ... and album pages make allowance for those chopped up sheets!   So heaps of sheets got cut up, to create that catalogue listed item, and to fill spaces in album pages.  SG MS 531A, £275 = $A550.  Superb crisp cds “LUCERNE 15/10/51”.  (One of the few scarcer Swiss Sheets, where used is lower priced than mint!)  Bought well to sell cheap - $A195 (Stock 754LQ)




"THE SWEDEN 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.

This is a 185 page hardback book titled "THE TRESKILLING YELLOW : The Most Valuable Thing in the World". Written by Lars Fimmerstad and published in 2004.  The "Treskilling" Yellow is a famous postage stamp of Sweden, and considered to be the most valuable stamp in the world.  This is its fascinating story and detailed history.  Beautifully illustrated, with heaps of vintage black and white, and colour photographs.

In BRAND NEW excellent condition.  Was still sealed in shrink-wrap, and I only opened it to take a few photos - contact me if you want me to email you more images. My detailed review of it here -  The sought after superbly written ENGLISH Edition is offered here!  Rare - most that exist are in Swedish or German. $A150
(Stock 958BP)


  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! -  - 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 $US90 as I type this, or around $US5 apiece.  Ebay seller Gold Mine right here! $A150 (Stock 543LB)





Australia Kangaroo £1 Grey, used on parcel fragment - Cat $A4,000 for $A395:  Very scarce use. This stamp is SG 137 cat £275=$A550 used OFF piece!  ACSC lists it on parcel label or parcel fragment as $4,000.  With a “LATE FEE - MELBOURNE” dated cds, most likely on a parcel to the UK, where this piece was for most of its life - bought it off a recent migrant here, who had it is the family collection from before WW2.  For the price you’ll pay for a single OFF piece! $A395 (Stock 859JQ)



  Australia 1963 2/3d Compac Cable Sunken RBA matted Plate Proof:  In my view, the very prettiest pre-decimal QE2 issue.  Always liked this design.  Only 9 hand numbered proofs were ever distributed, and most went to the Big Shots of the system then.  One went to Queen Elizabeth for the Royal Collection, one to Lord de L’Isle, the Federal Governor General, another to the Postmaster General, one to Director General of the PMG, one to Deputy Postmaster General, and copies to Bill Purves and Frank Manley.  Deeply chamfered matted with overlay, as per all other proofs of this era, and with violet boxed numbered RBA handstamp on reverse.  Fresh and attractive.  ACSC 411PP(1), $4,000.  Bought well, to clear at just $A900 (Stock 842KB)    




Lighthouse LIECHTENSTEIN new set album pages.  One THIRD retail!  Doing a bit of stocktake cleaning on my shelves.  A client had me order in these brand new sets of Lighthouse Hingeless pages, all in original hard Lighthouse storage boxes for each set of pages, as per the current catalogue groups ticked, and as shown here on current catalogue.  He started paying them off on LayBy and passed away, and as usual, I get stuck with such laybys as these are a special order from Germany, and cannot be returned to agent. My dealer margin for Lighthouse stock is 20%, so my actual cost was $480. Some lucky buyer will get these for under HALF my actual cost.  Pages start from first issue in 1912, and finish in mid 1990s as he had annual books after that date. Client also asked me asked me to order him in 50 or so matching Lighthouse pages headlined “LIECHTENSTEIN” so he could continue on if needed, and could add in things he had that were extras. There are more than 50 headed blank pages actually, as each box usually has one too.  Such extra pages are of course ready available if you want more to add more issues. Top quality German LIGHTHOUSE – huge pages on super heavyweight paper stock, and will fit all 3 of the Lighthouse album binders.  As you can see, retail on what he has here is over $A600.  A carton full.  Priced to clear at ONE THIRD retail or $A400 off - a perfect new collection to chase up!  More pix here - -  Just $US120 -  $A200 (Stock 294JR)



Territory Of New Guinea, 1935 Bulolo Airmail, £2 Violet Panelli *FORGERY* Die Proof:  One of the most iconic Airmail stamp designs from the entire World in the 1930s.  Very high value -  the largest denomination Australia ever had was also a £2, and even those Mint are scarce and expensive - the CHEAPEST watermark being $5,000 mint.  The SUPER RARE Die Proof done by Panelli/Ongelia, of his also scarce £2 ENGRAVED PLATE Forgery.  Many times scarcer than the forgeries themselves. Have never had one in 40 years.  Gary Watson from Prestige/abacus had never seen one either, before he got DOUBLE estimate - $875 for one in Auction after fees added: see -  This might well be the same piece.  Angelo Panelli was an Italian stamp forger, operating from Sanremo in the 1920s and 1930s.  Panelli was closely associated with other Italian forgers of the period, particularly Erasmo Oneglia and Jean Sperati.  Fresh, with deep rich vibrant original colour.  Clean and flat and most attractive.  Free of all gook and gunk and aging etc, normally seen after 85 years.  Deep paper “bite” from the engraved steel die under pressure, with engraved cross-hair registration marks on each side.  Essential for any serious New Guinea Exhibit.  Buy for $225 UNDER Public Auction price!  $A650 (Stock 372KP)







Lighthouse Hagner Albums + Slipcases – BULK BUY DEAL !!:  Made a great special bulk buy of these superb new Lighthouse 4 ring binders, in the most popular selling colours - BLACK and GREEN and matching heavy duty slipcases.  EVERY collector here MUST have slipcases.  Full reasoning on that here -  The Classy deeply padded covers, and FULL size binders to take Hagners, Varios, and any of the many pages that fit the standard 4 ring hole punching etc.  Padded Lighthouse binder incl. slipcase.  A generous size binder format, deeply padded leatherette binder, with quality German made chromed 4-Ring mechanism securely fitted to spine.  Each binder with TWO of the hard clear plastic page turners as you can see, to allow easily access to pages, and fast turning over if required.  External spine decoration of the famous gold bars and Lighthouse logo. Comes complete with a matching leatherette slipcase.  All top quality German made.  The Mercedes Benz of Stamp Accessories.  Album capacity 30-40 Hagner/Vario pages very comfortably, depending on content of the pages.  For stamp album pages, many more pages.  Factory carton of TEN sets .. all shrink-wrapped ex Factory.  Also will take wide stock pages, and large album pages, as can be seen, that are punched for 4 hole use.   Only ONE carton 10 of BLACK, and one of GREEN still on hand - each is heavily DISCOUNTED. $A550 (Stock 793HQ)






Australia 1928 2/3d KGV Stamp Booklet:  With complete pane of 6 x 1½d KGV with INVERTED WMK - all fresh MUH.  SG 96w Cat £16 = £96 ($A200) as HINGED singles.  Couple usual minor blemishes after 92 years, but far better than most I’ve seen.  The covers of these were a cheap acidic thicker paper, that creases, foxes, and tears readily - this is FAR better than usual, trust me!  If you collect oz booklets you know this full well.  Free of the usual bad foxing and heavy staple rusting usually seen on these.  Has both the waxed interleaving sheets.  ACSC B39a. SG SB23, £450=$A900.  Just $US120 as I type!  $A200 (Stock 593EK)





AUSTRALIA - 1922 1d Violet “Star Die” embossed PSE,  Rare Printed To Private Order:  British Australian Wool, unused - ACSC # ES41.  Printed to Private Order for the British Australian Wool Realisation Association Ltd.  Envelope is very fresh unused, especially for being a Century old, and the flap is NOT stuck down.  This example is indeed far nicer looking than the one depicted in the ACSC!  Only a very few companies availed themselves of the PTPO facility for this scarce 1d Violet Star Die.  Of course the public could never BUY these at any time, hence their great scarcity – and very high prices today Mint.  These were of course pre-paid SASE, sent to clients to get a fast response, and in Mint, clearly few have survived, and hence Mint price is 4 times used price.  ACSC ES41, Cat $400 Mint. You really cannot improve on this example! $A250 (Stock 842JQ)  




Melbourne Demons, star signed AFL Football Match Guernsey - $A150:  Do we have any MELBOURNE DEMONS fans about the place?  I buy some strange things, and this recently arrived on my desk along with stamps.  I put $A150 on it - no idea really - no SG catalogue for these!  Get it framed, and it will look great in any Man Cave!  2005 AFL Football match Guernsey (light sweat stain in armpit!) signed by Neale Daniher the Coach, David Neitz the Captain, and Travis Johnstone, Melbourne Club Best and Fairest for 2005.  Signed stuff seems to be in the $500 type price point, for well-known Demon stars - and  This one can go for $A150 to get it sold FAST! (Stock 736JW)






German "Lighthouse" Deluxe 64 page stockbooks, Crocodile skin covers, *35% under retail* - $A65!:  24 carat GOLD cornered stockbooks.  CLASSY!  For the collector who wants the VERY best for their stamps. "OVER 35% OFF RETAIL"  As you can see on link below, Australian recommended retail is $A95 each.  My bulk buy price is over 35% UNDER that!  Offered these in past years and was stampeded with orders.  Made another huge bulk buy, so here we go AGAIN!  Rich, attractively deep grained Crocodile skin style cover, in the 3 colours, with 24 carat GOLD plated corners for long life.  The top of the range style, "DELUXE" - from the very top maker.  The very classiest stockbooks I've ever sold or handled.  Expensive Padded covers, DOUBLE glassine interleaving, quality double linen hinging for very long life and ease of use, and in rich, sumptuous, very realistic looking Crocodile skin leather covers as per many photos HERE -  CLEAR strips, not glassine, so you can SEE your stamps - not the cheap cloudy glassine strips as used on many lower cost books, that obscure the stamp designs.  TWICE as thick as most stockbooks sold, 64 pages in EACH.  Popular BLACK pages, so all your stamps look superb. (White pages possible at same cost but nominate that clearly!)  Six Books is a massive 384 storage pages.

That is just $1 a page
- near HALF the $1.75 RRP price of a Hagner sheet even - and the classy Crocodile skin covers, and 24 Carat gold corners are a bonus.  With Hagners, you need to then buy Binders at $25 each!  Taking the price per page up to THREE times these.  For foreign buyers, VERY cheap air shipping to you on cartons of 6 - ask me!  The "Lighthouse" brand is the global market leader - the Mercedes Benz of all makers, and uses carefully selected board, with anti-fungal agents added into there, to keep YOUR stamps safe.  Or buddy up with a friend or stamp club members, grab a carton, and share them around.  THAT makes sense.  Each book is factory clear shrink wrapped for gift giving, and secure moisture proof storage, if you do not use them all now.  Or, if you prefer the thinner usual size 32 page Lighthouse stockbooks, my other offer is here - also great buying - - for either offer, LayBy/Layaway is also fine. (Note COVID currency adjustment up of 10% on ALL prices on there, these included.)   Buy a box as a gift for yourself - $100 or so a month payment for a few months, and you will be set.  ** For any overseas buyer I can offer VERY cheap shipping on these HEAVY boxes 6 - ask me **.  Retail is $A570 a box - you save around $A180 a box!  $A215 for 3 (Stock 482KX) or a carton of SIX for just $A390 (Just $US250 and cheap foreign shipping!) (Stock 482KW)



GB 1902 £1 KEVII Dull Blue Green, Clean FU. SG $2,500, for just $A500 - save $2,000!:  De La Rue printing, clean FU.  Neat upright dated oval cancel of ‘’REGISTERED BRANCH - 17 AP: 03 - THROGMORTON STREET LONDON” in the Financial District.  SG 266, cat £1,235 = $2,500 for well centred light cancel used, which this very clearly is.  Excellent perfs and centering for these massive stamps - 4 or 5 times the size of the lower values.  Clean and fresh and flat, totally free of the usual hinges and gook and gunk and aging and creases on these high values, that hide thins and tears etc. This was a fortune back in the day, over a week’s wages, and were used on heavy parcels and got banged about, and got damaged, and received ugly boxed grid Parcels Branch ‘’Killer’’ cancels.  OR heaps of these have undated rubber cancels of JERSEY and GUERNSEY that of course are 100% non-postal.  The £1 Kangaroo from this era is $3,500 for FU, so these are WILDLY under-rated, and grossly under-priced right now.  From a superb album of GB I am breaking down.  From 1840 1d Blacks (in every Plate!)  2 sets “1d Plates’’ to 225 etc.  Strong M+U line engraved, often in superb shape.  QV and KEVII to £1, and KGV to both £1.  Let me know what WANTS you have - all going out CHEAP!  20% of SG - indeed $2,000 under SG price at just $US280 as I type - $A500 (Stock 694KQ)




NEW Editions of Brusden White *ACSC* KGVI and QE2 Pre-Decimal in COLOUR:  Just printed mid-April. In Full colour for the first time, and in the new large A4/Quarto type size for the first time too.  Lots more data, and superb Dr Geoff Kellow research, and the KGVI includes all the BCOF issues of course.  All Proofs and essays and trials, and errors and imprints, and plate numbers, and the usual vat amount of ACSC data found NOWHERE else.  These new editions supersede and update the previous 2015 editions, and are in full colour for the first time, and in the new large A4 format, means tons more info is in each book.  The listings have been fully revised, with some additions and corrections, and with additional illustrations.

Two on-cover prices are now provided for every stamp - for solo usage, and for other uses of each stamp.  With prices that will gob-smack you!  The relevant Postage Due issues have also been included in each volume - a HUGE plus.  QE2 includes Australian Antarctic Territory and Cocos (Keeling) Islands issues.  For most buyers, purchasing both together add zero extra post cost over a single copy - so get yours NOW.  As I have typed a million times - “Knowledge Is Power” and using these just ONCE, can easily pay for themselves.  A solo use on cover of a very common stamp, now Cat $500, will in fact pay for these TWO times over!  King George VI is 232 x A4 pages. $A120 (Stock 892JA) and Queen Elizabeth 2 is 276 large A4 pages, price $A125 (Stock 892JB)  Or buy the both TOGETHER and pay $15 less at just: $A230 (Stock 892JC)    






Australia 1963 Navigators set 6 attractive *MUH*. $A180:  If there is just ONE stamp absent from any QE2 collection of Australia it is the £2 Admiral King stamp.  Every time. THE priciest Australian stamp post-war.  Super high value issued late 1964, and replaced a year or later by the new Decimal $4 of same design, so a VERY short life.  £2 Admiral King stamp and the ship “Mermaid” is the KEY post war stamp from Australia and sells for far more USED than mint out of interest!  £2 was 480 pence.  The set 6 cost 1038 pence at the PO.  A standard letter cost 5 pence (5d) then, until decimal currency in 1966, when it became 4c.  So this cost 207.6 first class stamps.  Taking today’s $1.50 first class letter rate as our guide, this was $A311 in today’s money, so you needed a BIG wage to warrant that high cost - way over a half Century back.  You are paying about HALF the initial PO cost price essentially!  Quite nice centering for these, especially key values, clean and flat, with guaranteed original gum MUH.  Retail $275, and out they go at $100 under  retail - which is about $US115 as I type this. $A180 (Stock 742JA)





1919 Captain Harry Butler Vintage Bristol Monoplane Postcard:  One of the real early classics - way before the mega Aero popularity of the 1930s where vast number of fight covers were created.  This flight in gale force headwinds in the WWI ”Red Devil” monoplane, was even BEFORE the famous Sir Ross Smith fight departed UK!  This was the FIRST flight anywhere in Southern Hemisphere over a large body of water.  As can be seen in the image, it has an OPEN cockpit -  This was the Pioneer Aero days - very few made, and even fewer have survived the past Century.  Estate had a note this was purchased at Public Auction (Leski probably) in Dec.1998 for $390 plus buyer fees = $A450 - 32 years back.  To tiny Cummins on Eyre Peninsula.  To Mr W. H. Walkom, who I googled and found was the Secretary of the Cummins Progress Association!  Very decent shape - far better than most I have seen, which often are badly defective. 1½d KGV with crisp SA Squared Circle of “MINLATON - AU 6 - 19”.  ALL are rare - this is one of the rarer ones, from Farm Machinery Company, H. V. McKay Massey Harris - catalogued separately as Eustis/AAMC 21b $650, and worth EVERY penny of that, in this nice grade.  Buy at same price as Auction, 32 years back! $A450 (Stock 782KA) 




SWITZERLAND 1945 “PAX” Hi-Values. SG £620 for just $A250:  Probably the very scarcest stamps post war from Europe.  Inscribed simply “PAX” (Latin for “PEACE”) they were issued as the horrible turmoil of WW2 came to a final end.  Back 75 years ago, this 15 Francs was a fortune. These were literally the £1 and £2 Roos of Switzerland, and only very heavy parcels used these top values, of the long PAX set.  Many came to Australia due to high mail cost to here.  Clean FU with correct cancels. SG 458/459 Cat 620=$A1,250.  Bought well to sell fast, at just 20% of SG Cat - just $US160 as I type -  $A250 (Stock 397BR)





  GB 2013 Christmas 1st Class stamp, with quite spectacular Colour Mis-Registration - $A165!:  The most striking error of this type I have seen in any very modern issue.  Especially from the GB, De La Rue printings, who these days have VERY sophisticated computer eye quality controls to detect exactly this type of freak.  From the one sheet of 50 from De La Rue printers, that was discovered showing this error on some units.  Often a spike of electrical outage causes press to “hiccup” for a millisecond, and registration on the roll of paper is slightly skewed - looks like THREE colours are mis-registered here!   Very attractive price as you can see superb MUH - “Christmas On Stamps” is a huge topical, and of course GB is mega popular. A MUH SINGLE as shown - $A165 (Stock 683KT)  




Luxembourg 1956 rare 2 Franc Europa Mint.  SG Cat $1,000 for $A125! Bought this in an Estate this week, from an old French gentleman.  Mint with guaranteed original honeyed gum, expertised on reverse, and a heavyish ‘old school’ European stamp hinge - this is 64 years old now of course.  One of the scarcest mint stamps from post-war Europe, and the absolute KEY to any “EUROPA” Omnibus collection.  Bright, well centred with good perfs, and will look fine in any album at just 12.5% of SG.  SG 609, £500 = $A1,000 - $A125 (Stock 735LQ)






Stanley Gibbons 2020 "Part One" British Empire Catalogue:  UK Retail is £90 (=$A190) plus a ton of shipping cost to here on top, and then inwards 10% GST on top of it all of course.  Very STRIKING new deep Purple/Blue cover design, thick hard cover, and the stamp on front cover and the title are all in a classy cello varnished laminated finish coating.  CLASSY.  Only a few for sale, so be FAST!  Strong price rises right through, A to Z, and especially in Australasia area.  EVERY reader should own one of these.  If yours is years old, (decades old for many collectors!) update NOW.  My VERY detailed review is here -

Now a massive 770 pages, large A4, in full colour, high-brite paper, and quality hard bound - near 3 kilos when packed up!   Collectors need to realise they MUST support actively Stanley Gibbons if they are to survive the current tough times in there, and buying new catalogues is a direct way to do this.  If SG cease to produce annual catalogues, this hobby is in BIG trouble.  Remember that, and we all need to do our bit.  This Stanley Gibbons detailed catalogue covers Great Britain, and all Commonwealth and Empire countries 1840-1970.  The listings include variations in watermark, Telegraph Stamps and booklets (all listed and priced)Only 3 copies still on hand here at this price - $A190 (Stock 893KX)



New Zealand 2006 Kapa Haka Maori Dancers Rare “Unissued” set of 5:  Sold, advertised, mailed and charged to some standing order clients by NZ Post.  But hastily withdrawn in panic at Eleventh Hour, as some Maori activists did not like the design images!  39 mint sets of 5 were mailed, and a few FDC, booklets and one coil roll, and they are the rarest post-war issues for 100 years from NZ. (See detailed note on these in SG “New Zealand” cat after SG #2285.)  An affordable way to buy these is via the un-issued 45¢ "Poi" Maori dancer self-adhesive booklet stamps or the 45¢ coil version.  FAST ordering is recommended as when my small stock is gone, they can't be replaced.

Current market leading NZ Len Jury mass selling catalogue is $17,500 a set of 5, FDC at $25,000, and coil or booklet 45c singles $2,500 each. 
MY price is $A1,500 a single (Stock 583AB) 45¢ self-adhesive booklet stamp neatly cut from the block, or $A2,750 (Stock 583AC) a horizontal pair. (45¢ Coil stamps the same prices - Coil strip of FOUR for $A5,000 - Stock 583AH)  Or $A5,000 a booklet block of 4 (Stock 583AD) - if a block is still intact of course when you order!  (A block of 4 is a booklet “pane” - each booklet has 2 panes of 4, and a pair.)  Or the complete booklet of 10 for $A11,000. (One only booklet on hand - Stock 583AE)

These figures are miles lower than NZ retail which is high as tiny supply rapidly shrinks, and news of their existence slowly spreads overseas. "Linn's Stamp News" carried my story on these front page in colour.  And best of all, the NZ dollar has strengthened a lot against $A in recent months.  A Len Jury auction in Auckland saw a set of 5 of these sell for $14,900 on a $13,500 estimate, and a later Mowbrays NZ sale had a set 5 invoiced at $14,562.  In 2016 a set 5 was invoiced at NZ’s largest stamp Auction for $11,500.  Forget Auction prices - I have a full set of 5 for sale MUH at
$A8,500 a set 5 (Stock 583EF) or $A30,000 for matched MUH blocks 4. (Stock 583EG)

If you buy them off me, as an Australian resident, you avoid a certain 10% GST impost upon arrival from NZ as a highly insured item, versus ordering locally, and avoid the nasty new 3-4% "overseas use surcharge" + bad exchange rate your credit card bank will certainly levy.  Likewise for NZ buyers, I mail in such a way Registered as to cause no 15% GST and Customs “interest” there on entry.  My copies are IN-STOCK, and ready to mail now.  NZ Buyers can pay into my NZ account if they choose, to save card and Forex fees.

Remember only 39 mint sets of 5 of these were EVER sold, and a few booklets and coil stamps, and NZ Post has confirmed that in writing, and confirmed these were a fully legit PO issue - see article below.  Each stamp in each set is FAR scarcer than the 1906 1d "Claret" Christchurch, which have fetched up to $NZ22,500 each at public auction.  See recent strong sales and that stamp’s history here -  These Kapa Haka are Classics of the future.  For FAR more details of them all here: - a full set of 5 from me costs only $A8,500 (Stock 583EF) - or just $A1,700 apiece!   



France 1936 50 Franc “Banknote” Airmail, Clean Used.  SG £475 for just $A225:  The ‘’5/- Harbour Bridge’’ issue of France!  A massive sum in the Great Depression - a week’s wages.  MINT these are £1,000, so used is the only affordable option for most.  SG 541, £475=$A950. “CAUDRON C-635 SIMOUN OVER PARIS”.  Clean and fresh and flat, free of usual hinges, gook, gunk, creases and aging for stamps 85 years old used on VERY heavy parcels.  With a very light PARIS 1936 full face cds, which is the style of cancel they love in Europe.  This one is just $US140 or $A225 (Stock 614AK)




Netherlands 1925 Queen Silver Jubilee Top Value Superb Used:  The 5 Guilden Steel Blue top value, superb used, with small town steel upright cds.  Superbly clean and flat and fresh, and free of hinges and gook and gunk and usual aging.  Superb dated cds from The small village of Oudenbosch - near all cds on top value Definitives are from the large cities.  SG 269 £300=$A600, and a finer copy you will never see.  Have several other FU high value Netherlands Defins, equally well priced!  $A195 (Stock 674AK)






Kangaroo 1913 5/- Grey and Yellow fresh CTO, $A300:  CTO Kangaroo prices have gone insane in recent times - single stamps selling for up to SEVEN times the recent ACSC prices.  So higher value stamps like this one are worth grabbing NOW = SG 13, £200 = $A400 for average used.  With the lovely crisp gloss ink PO CTO cancel of “MELBOURNE - DEC 3 - 13”  Superior perfs and centering for any 1913 CTO, as you can see, which often are ripped out.  Nice rich glowing original Chrome colour, and fresh and clean, and totally free of hinges and gook and gunk etc - so usual on these with original gum.  ALSO has the constant “Notch On Kangaroo Back” variety.  I keep EVERY Australian stamp in stock 1913-1980 and in FIVE grades for each, from Spacefiller to Superb Used, to suit EVERY budget.  I have EASILY the world’s largest stock of used Roos, normal and “OS”.  Contact me re your Australia USED gaps.  Read up on Used Kangaroo Grading here -   Only $US190 right now $A300 (Stock 836KF) 




PNG’s very rarest stamp

  Papua New Guinea 1960 Postal Charges “D1” - Superb *VFU*:  PNG’s very rarest stamp, by MILES - only 800 were sold, and not many of those were used for their intended Postage Due/Charges purpose.  Fakes exist of course (near all are MINT as prices are higher)  but are very readily detected by the experienced – wrong colour ink for starters, and a used copy with postmark OVER overprint is easily verified.  Pencil expertised A.Diena on reverse.  Assume 99% you see on ebay is a likely modern crude fake - yet the Bunnies there still pay near this price!  This one is 105% guaranteed by me in writing to be genuine.  Purchased from the Estate of a Marist Brother who worked in the Highlands in the 1960s.

The centering is SUPERB for these, as near all the underlying 7½d 1952 stamps were poorly centred - check your normal copy and see!  Great perfs too
- you will not see a better copy.  These were issued March 1, 1960 with no advance notice, and replaced within weeks by the similar looking SG D2 stamp, due to the problems lining up the “XXXX” along base.  These were never sold at Philatelic Bureaus, here, or in PNG.  Hence no-one ever got them as New Issues.  They were all gone before the philatelic world heard about them.  Clean and super fresh VFU - most 1952 7½d have age toning after near 70 years.  SG #D1, £450 = $A900.  Scott #J6, $US775 = $A1,250 - just $US285 as I type this - $A450 (Stock 784JK






France - the massive PEXIP 1937 International Stamp Exhibition Sheet - Superb Centred, mega Fresh MVLH!  These are a TON scarcer than the catalogues would suggest.  Superb mint light hinged only on edge, leaving wonderfully centred unhinged stamps, as can be seen.  Unusually fresh ex Europe, and bright and super attractive, as you can see, and NO faults or thins or foxing on reverse either, as generally found with these huge sheets from 83 years back now, that damage very easily.  And NO creases -  these are huge Hagner sheet size, and near ALL have bends or corner creases.  The 4 stamps on each are beautifully centred as you can see - most are not of course!  MANY are trimmed down to remove outer edge tears or creases or hinge marks etc.  This is ORIGINAL size.  All stamps fresh MUH original gum - hinged only on the very outer edges.  SG Cat £600=$A1,250.  Almost NEVER seen for sale in this country.  Top shelf grade - QUARTER Gibbons - indeed only about $US185 at $A300 (Stock 783JQ)






SWITZERLAND - 1945 Basel Dove Anniversary Mini Sheet, Superb Used $A95:  SWITZERLAND - 1945 Basel Dove 100 Year Anniversary Miniature Sheet, Superb Used with a superb crisp strike of the gorgeous Red special cancel.  Full gum pristine MUH gum.  Many of the manual strikes of this special cancel were smudged on the high gloss paper, and/or ill-struck.  On the special silk thread security paper with embossed dove and envelope.  SG MS446B, £150 = $A315 for just $A95 or a fraction of cat, for this top grade!  Oddly, WW2 was still is full progress as this was issued.   Only $US60 or so.  Missing from most BIRD collections too.  I have several of the scarce 1930s/50s Swiss Sheets, all superb used with genuine cancels - ask me!  $A95 (Stock 378JW)







ITALY 1889 King Umberto 45¢ Dull Green MLH, Cat £2,500 for tiny 5% 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 tiny % of SG.  SG #40 £2,500=$A5,000.  Decent shape for 130 years old, and bought cheap, to sell cheap.  Just $US150 as I type this: $A250 (Stock 634EK)



Papua New Guinea 1994 Emergency O/P 21t on 80t Shell.  *FULL SHEET 50* MUH.  Cat $4,000++  for $A695=-!  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 -  - 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: $A695 (Stock 592PE)






Wide Range Australia & States designs, 24K Gold on solid bullion, Replica Stamps: $A30 each!:  A perfect opportunity for you to own stamps from a Deluxe collection of Australian stamps, in gleaming precious metal proof, struck in solid silver, and plated with 24 Carat Gold known as "The Australian Collection" - for the 1988 Bi-Centenary of Australia. Each in original classy packaging, and unopened. Some of the linked photos are taken from the advertising brochure - the copy from my Archive files - that Australia Post mailed to all those on the ‘Stamp Bulletin’ mailing list back then.  MASSES of pix and paperwork here -  The Australia Post Philatelic Manager fully endorsed and approved this set by mail, and waxed lyrical in a letter to collectors on what a lovely item it all was and great investment etc.  See his actual letter on link nearby from my files.  Each ingot is identical in exterior size to the huge original stamp, but MUCH thicker of course. 

Highly polished Deluxe Proof quality, hand struck in solid sterling silver, mirror finished plated with 24 Carat Gold, and each is a substantial 2.2 mm thick as you can see in photo.  Quite a bit of “melt” value in the large chunk of thick Sterling Silver here alone. Rear of all ingots are stamped with "The Australian Collection" and ".925 Silver HF" to authenticate them.  In 1988 - over 31 years back - these replicas cost subscribers exactly $A98.60 an ingot. True!  See original receipt scanned on link nearby.  These are brand new in the original secure and protective packaging.  Each ingot is in a special clear moulded mount, inset into a large Racing Green solid card outer folder about the size of a FDC or PO pack. The ingots are thus still in as minted, highly polished mirror proof state, unscuffed or damaged.  VERY few would have been retained thus after 30 years, as near all were inset into the fancy display box that came with the set.  A bit like better Dinky Toys, or Barbie Dolls etc, in clean ORIGINAL un-opened packaging - worth MANY times the items if outside the packaging.

Easy to store in a #2 or #3 Hagner, or stockbook pages etc, or even stored flat in a large glassine etc.  I bought a
hoard off someone who paid $A98.60 each - receipt in link below.  A first class letter costs 4 times more than it did in 1988, so this had a relativity value of $400 an ingot in today’s money.  You are paying under 10% of that!!   I have duplicates of near all the Bullion ingots in the collection, if you want more than one of all of these for the same stamp design, if they suit your collecting themes.  Or for ebayer-selling etc.  He has duplicates of many - this guy spent $10,000s on these!  MASSES of pix and paperwork here -  Each stamp design has a unique order code - click link for all details of those.  ONE packaged ingot of your choice for $A45 (Stock 526AL)  FIVE of YOUR choice stamp ingots for $A200 (Stock 526AKTEN for $A350 (Stock 527AB)  TWENTY ingots of YOUR choice for $A600 (Stock 527AC) or have ONE set only of 23 DIFFERENT Bullion ingot stamps for just $A700 (Stock 526AAC)





"KNOWLEDGE IS POWER"  as I type incessantly -  I cannot over-stress the importance of having a solid stamp library.  Often the very FIRST thing you look up, often pays for that book forever!  A number of wonderful reference books have appeared in recent times.  In many cases within Australia under the new AP parcel rules, buying 2 or 3 books costs the EXACT same shipping as ONE does, so do give it some thought!   Within NSW, 5 books costs about the same shipping as 1 book etc!  (Superb VFU, valuable franking used on ALL parcels as always.)  ALL in stock now - click on each link for FULL details on each book.  Hint for these as GIFTS!  Buy FIVE or more, and deduct 10% OFF THE LOT!  Glen

ACSC "KANGAROOS" 228 pages, Full Colour for first time. ESSENTIAL!  $A125 (Stock 382KQ)

“Postmarks of SA and Northern Territory” - THREE massive Volumes for only $A199 (Stock 583HW)

HUGE James Bendon "UPU Specimen Stamps 1878-1961" 534 page Hardbound $A170 (Stock 892LR)

Stanley Gibbons current AUSTRALIA AND STATES & PACIFICS - Near 400 pages $A85 (Stock 736EQ)

Hugh Freeman huge  “Barred Numeral Cancellations Of Victoria”  Now Full COLOUR!  $A195 (Stock 274BN)

Hugh Freeman Numeral Cancellations of New South Wales" Huge hard cover $A185 (Stock 736LE)

Hugh Freeman’s debut “NSW NUMERAL CANCELS” epic work on CD ROM just $A40! (Stock code 637KT)

Geoff Kellow the superb hardcover 'Stamps Of Victoria' Ret $165:BIG DISCOUNT - $A120!
(Stock 842FQ)

Superb 2018 ACSC  "Australia Postal Stationery"  Catalogue - huge 484 pages colour $A240 (Stock 782DV)

ACSC New full colour catalogues for KGVI and QE2 – the BOTH huge A4 books $230 (Stock 892JC)

The Arthur Gray "KGV Reign" Collection, Superb hard bound leather Catalogue just $A65 (Stock 368WF)
"Plating Papua Lakatois" Book, 563 x A4 pages, RRP $110 - DISCOUNTED to just $A60! (Stock 432HA)

500 page ACSC New “Australia KGV Reign” catalogue in Full Colour - just  $A170 (Stock 382KX)

Stanley Gibbons superb "2020 British Commonwealth Cat" - 770 pages hardbound - $A190 (Stock 893KX)

Stanley Gibbons colour GB "CONCISE" Cat - 500 pages – NOW REDUCED $A20 to just $A65  (Stock 483KA)


  France 1868 5 Franc Napoleon, SG cat £1,300=$A2,700 for just $A270!:  This super high value is missing from EVERY collection.  They ALL have faults pretty much, as they were used on heavy parcels overseas.  Often with bad creasing and thins and bad foxing and pinholes - this is totally free of all those and has a small closed tear at top.  Over 150 years old now!  Lovely neat dotted star “26” cancel.  This stamp comes in several shades.  SG list the cheapest “Lilac” as SG 131, at £1,300=$A2,700.  Yvert have this one the 5f Grey Blue at 20% higher than cheaper shade.  Bought well in a large estate, so out it goes for $US170 or 10% of cheapest SG cat shade at just $A270 (Stock 327RJ)  





*40* x Australia 1984 SPECIMEN Paintings sets MUH - Face $680 for $A325!   FORTY of the special deluxe Post Office packs from 1984, each containing $17 face value of fresh MUH paintings each - all in lavish Gold Embossed packs.  The owner notes showed he had bought these as an ‘Investment’ in 1990 for around $1,000 the bundle of 40, off Max Stern.  He had high hopes these would also get to the same $600 a set price of the 1963 “Specimen” sets of 4 of 30 years earlier!  Condition looks nice and clean.  I see quite a few of these stamps arriving used on parcels - not ‘supposed’ to occur, but it seems few notice these days at AP.  I saw a mint single pack get $30 on ebay recently!  Possibly a 'Paintings On Stamps' collector looking for something a little different?  Bought well in Estate, so OUT they go at just $A8 each!  $US200 or - $A325 (Stock 842KA)








18 Carat Solid Gold and Sterling Silver German OTTO HUTT Fountain Pen, brand new: **$A250 off**!  I made a big wholesale buy from local Agent, Renniks/Lighthouse, to celebrate this exciting new product range, (established 100 years), and can offer to clients for $A255 off, at just $A999!   All German made, top end quality.  The superb gift for a partner, the Boss, someone special, or YOURSELF!   In stunning award winning Italian made gift/storage box, with slide out drawers, with polishing cloth, and Deluxe leather carry case, extra ink cartridges, and ink converter etc.  A hand numbered and timeless pen, for those who like the VERY finest things in life.  VERY expensive 18 carat solid GOLD nib - this is their TOP of the range pen.  This exact same pen was advertised in the current Australia Post Philatelic “Impressions” Deluxe catalogue, page 41, for $A1,254, and totally sold out fast - see and - full details of these pens on those links.  Comes with the popular Medium thickness nib.  Save $250 on the nib pen at $A999 - indeed that is only $US620! (Stock 386LW)  The similar design Platinum/Sterling Silver body, with roller ball tip, also superb gift boxed (see PO link), is discounted $A150, and is only $US525 - $A850 (Stock 386LX)





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


The quite magnificent official Australia Post produced coffee table book:  Compiled by Richard Breckon, 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 advised 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 issued - “Royalty”, 32 Die Proofs (Stock 428YR)  Blue book “Federation”, 30 Die Proofs (Stock 428YU) and Green Book ”Transportation”, 32 Die Proofs (Stock 428YX) were also sold in FAR lower numbers -  $A400 EACH book, or all 3 for $A1,100. (Stock 428YZ).  Being quite recent, they almost NEVER come on the market - no-one wants to let them go!  HEAPS more pix of them here -

Semi opaque interleaved pages with designs printed on them.  On real heavyweight grade archival weight paper.  Varnished glazed paper for effect in parts. The photos here really do not begin to convey the lavishness and class of this book.  My guess is the book and slipcase cost well over $100 to make - 20 years back.  Shows masses of issued designs and superlative background info.  A4, similar in size to a Leather PO Year Book.  Also contains 28 different Official correct size recess printed, Intaglio DIE PROOFS in black from the original steel Master Dies.  From 1913 1d Engraved KGV, to 1965 Anzac.  Inc most early commems - like Harbour Bridge, Jubilee, Canberra, Hermes, Sturt, SesquiCentenary etc.  Also high value Definitives like the £1 Robes and Arms, 7/6d Cook &c.  All this at around $10 an official Die Proof, in a superb album!  And NONE obtainable any other way than via these books.

The Die Proofs sold separately would realise DOUBLE what the entire book is selling for here.  The KGV 1d Engraved, or £1 Robes could very easily bring $50 to $100 each on their own if sold separately as official PO issued Steel Die Proofs. 
ALL of these are now fully listed and pieced in the Brusden White ACSC catalogue - Cat $700 as loose proofs alone!  A magnificent book for ANY collector to own.  Words cannot describe the lavish production and contents and luxury "feel" .... EVERY person - dealer or collector - who has seen it here on the office desk picked it up, and said "WOW"!  Gary Watson's Prestige Philately got $437 for a book in a Public Auction.  They called them "without doubt the BEST product released by Australia Post in recent decades”.  Just bought 3 in an estate, and have reduced the price of last two by $200, from $495 to just $295 each!  Buy yourself a classy GIFT you'll always love handling and looking at: $A295 (Stock 428YT)





Australia Post Stamp Year Books 1983-2004 (22) at *$1,200 UNDER RETAIL*!:  WEEKEND 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 $1,925 as you can see here -

Photos above are just a few books - we all know what these books look like. You get the years mentioned. 1983-2004 complete - 22 different albums.  For ebayers - a superb proposition - from 2000 on are RED HOT ... the 2000 for instance cost $87.50 from PO and sells on its own for $100+, all day long, as it has the special Olympic Games Gold Medal Winners sheetlet of 16, that ONLY came in this superb album.  Actual PO cost was $1,227 and near HALF that at $A725.  The FACE VALUE is just on $900!  So you are paying near $200 UNDER FACE for superb MUH stamps in full sets in Deluxe Books in slipcases.  All packed up neatly in 1 large carton to keep your mail costs down.  Ozzie buyers ONLY, due to 22KG weight.  Quick turnover is always my game, and this is the BEST bargain I have typed up this week! $A725
(Stock 793GW)




Hoard of ST. HELENA PHONE CARDS circa 1990 - $A145:  Local stamp legend, and very good client, the late Dr William Mayo swapped these with me 20 years back, for some Lord Howe Island material he wanted.  Mayo formed a superb STAMP COLLECTION of St. Helena, from earliest known 19th Century covers etc, and with Richard Peck punished a monograph on the collection.  Bill even bought a home there in St. Helena (pretty hard as there are so few!) and visited there a few times - his earliest visit was 1950s as I recall - had photos in the book. Anyway he assembled this cool lot.  The heavy thick UK style cards, and FACE alone is about $A550! 

Telephone cards from St. Helena x 54 face value £274=$A550 - 9 different designs, all issued about 1990 I'd guess, as Bill visited there at that time as I recall.  These are SCARCE - a dealer who specialised in there has strong prices - the scarce £2 Gardens one Bill had 21 copies of - retail of each is £12 - or SIX times face as you can see - and lots of scarce £5 value as well.  These sell well -  Anyway, an ebay re-seller super bargain deal at under a QUARTER face and probably this is 10% of retail!  NO-ONE else will be offering them, at ANY price globally, that is for sure - check - ZERO other sellers!  Super popular country too.  LOTS of pix of these at - To a UK buyer only £75 the lot – just over a QUID apiece, and many £15 face values here! $A145 (Stock 763QW) 





Australia 1932 5/- Sydney Harbour Bridge stamp, Superb VFU:  The most iconic stamp from this country, and missing from 95% of collections.  It was printed on what was essentially very coarse handtowel type blotting 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 - try and carefully peel an old hinge off these, and you WILL thin them!  And the perfs, as all will know are often terrible and ripped out, and “fluffy” and poorly punched.  They were perforated with the single line machine rather like a fancy treadle sewing machine one 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 for these “terrors”.  Yes these do sell a little lower at times BUT that is due to the inferior centering and reverses etc.  Buy top quality for -  $A265 (Stock 912AX)





Victoria 1850 3d Queen Victoria "Half Length" - complete sheet of 50 of the Jeffryes forgery:  Seldom seen these days.  A full sheet 50 in unusually fresh condition - SUPERB.  The well-known and convincing forgery by George Kirke Jeffryes, who as part of the "London Gang" received four months hard labour in 1892, for his stamp forgery efforts!  Wish they would do that today on the global crop of Ebay fakers that ebay does nothing about.  Well printed - 5 different engravings were made and repeated through the sheet, so stamp 1 and stamp 6 in each row match up etc.  I have sometimes seen these offered in singles or pairs on eBay etc for $50 a single!  A perfect size to fit on a Hagner sheet or stockbook page, or album sheet.   This complete sheet of 50 is $US165 or $A275 ... or just over Five Bucks a stamp - a COFFEE costs that! (Stock 385AQ)




Papua New Guinea 1994
 Rare ‘Emergency Overprints’:  


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:   WEB SPECIAL - set of 11 (ASC Cat $420!) for just $A200 ~$US120 (Stock 928XG) or Fine Used set 11 for $A140 (Stock 928XH)   Complete Set 20 as illustrated for $A300 ~$US180 (Stock 928XL) or the Set of 20 Fine Used for just $A185 (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 $US600!) – Stock 928ZK    



  Australia $10 Kangaroo complete set 5, Perf “OS” and O/P “Specimen”!:  How many Kangaroo or Australia collections globally have all 5 of these?   Almost ZERO!   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 masses of 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 7 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 very well centred copies selected for sale by me.

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 perfin hole sizes exactly as issued in 1913 on the original Kangaroo stamps.  ASC Cat, 3099msb, $160, and SG 3983a, cat
£130=$A265 a set PRICES - One set of 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).  Or, one set 5 MUH, and one set of 5 CTO (10) for $A180 (Stock 729JF)  These are OFFICIAL Post Office issues, and are in the 2 main catalogues, and I have a very small stock left now.  Set of 5 MUH or CTO - about $US55 as I type - $A95 (Stock 729JA)





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 $360.

ebay prices are around that $300 mark for this PNC as you can see.  Bought cheap today to sell dirt cheap today.  Clean condition - been in an album since bought from mint. Sharp perfect corners as you can see. This is "For Valour" PNC (Stock 284YQ) for $179.  Also have the near as scarce 2000 Australian Legends "The Last Anzacs" PNC for $A75 - (Stock 284YR) and the 2001 "Australia Army" PNC, Cat $100 for $A60 (Stock 284YT) and the "Biggie" the 2002 "QE2 Coronation Accession Jubilee PNC" Ret $295 for $A165 (Stock 284YV) AND all the other early PNCs in superb condition at cheap prices - enquire! $A179 (Stock 284YQ)






1917 £1 Chestnut and Bright Blue Kangaroo stamp neatly used:  In my 40+ years as a dealer I’d say this is the ONE stamp missing from 99.999% of simplified Australian collections I see.  It only came in 2 watermarks, and both are WAY into 4 figures, even average used.  The next hardest to get face different stamp - the £2 Black and Red Kangaroo, costs under one 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 back faults, and creases/tears or worse etc, from the very heavy parcel use.  This is FAR better looking than most.  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.  This looks very nice, with dated REGISTERED SYDNEY cds.  Most of them also have VERY “fluffy” or “woolly” perfs, as perforating heads were not replaced on schedule - again, as those replacement parts also came from GERMANY!  This one is better than most in that regard.  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 the $7¼ million Auction sale catalogue as readers will know. 
I have owned literally 100s of these over 40 years, and near all are rough grade.  MOST are truly woeful lookers.  I saw one with total missing corner get 4 figures on eBay recently!   Mad Bunnies.  Clean and flat and fresh, with bright colours, and totally free of the usual gook and gunk and hinge remains from over a century etc, that can hide faults.  SG 44a, £1,800 = $A3,600.   I have ALL used Roos in stock, in 5 Grades, Superb to Spacefiller - ask if you need a less costly grade – this one is about a 7 out of 10 grade.  $2,500 LESS than SG cat!  Just $US670 as I type -  $A1,100 (Stock 294JV)



Hong Kong Stamp Collection M+U.  Queen Victoria to 2000, in S/Bk. SG $3,750 for just $A625!:  Large German "Lighthouse" black page stockbook (Retail $80) of Hong Kong, M & U to year 2000.  SG Cat £1,874 = $A3,750 - pencil noted on each page for easy double checking.  Not all pictured of course, but a few sample shots here - - to give an overview.  Clean lot it looked like, when taking pix.  Bought cheap in Estate, so out it goes at a silly price!   We fly to Hong Kong this week, so this will pay part of the Hotel bill.  A HOT collecting area, rock solid, and gets hotter each year as Chinese collectors now chase it heavily, along with Commonwealth Stamp Collectors.  Superb nucleus of a new collection, with 90% of the work done already.  OR, a brilliant re-sale lot at this price, at only about 17.5% of SG value.  Only a few pages photo’d on link above.  FACE value alone will be massive.  Lots $50 face value stamps etc.  HEAPS more photos on link above - just $US380 as I type!  $A625 (Stock 652GF)






Solomon Islands 1991 **UNISSUED** stamp - fully SG + Scott noted - Cat $525, for just *$A70* each MUH!:  1991 Health Campaign, 65¢ UNISSUED value, depicting “Less Healthier Food” at left.  A set of 5 stamps were printed by Walsall Security Printers in the UK, on the usual CA sideways watermarked paper.  On arrival of stock in the Solomons, it was decided not to issue this 65¢ value, as it was noted the more correct English term was of course - “Less Healthy Food”.  In error however, a small number of sheets were delivered to some remote Post Offices, and they were certainly used on commercial mail, and several clearly dated used in period pieces and stamps are recorded, from charity kiloware.  Full story here -  Used singles have fetched up to $760 each at auction.  I have 4 of them on piece, plus another Dolphin stamp, all with a clear LATA - March 12 - 1992” cds, dated part envelope to North America - see pic above.  This unique used multiple is just $A500 = $US310 (Stock 362C)  The last 2 loose singles Auctioned by Status Auctions got $670 and $760 each they confirm - see  Scott 693a, listed at $US350 = $A575 a mint single.  I was sold a block 6 fresh MUH, and I can sell a MUH margin Block 4, Scott cat $US1,400 (= $A2,300), for just $A280 (Stock 362JA) or a MUH single as pictured above, Scott Cat $A525, is just ~$US55 or: $A90 (Stock 362JB)







Australia 1902  10/- Dull Green “with stroke” Postage Due FU:  1902-04 Complete at Base design, Watermark Crown over NSW - inverted, as are all known copies - about 50 exist, ACSC advises.  Free of hinges and gook and gunk, and a rare stamp either mint or used.  Far superior perfs and centering to other values on this monocolour series.  These “with stroke” high values were printed early 1909, all in this Dull Green colour, as the 1902 green 1d, 2d, 5d and 10d were easily confused with the original 1/-, 2/-, 5/- and 10/-.  They all looked near identical at a quick glance, being numeral figures only. i.e. a 10d and 10/- looked nearly the same, until this issue, both being just a large “10”.  This 10/- was issued March 1909, and was replaced, (and unsolds destroyed) near immediately by the 1909 Bi-Colour set, which was in a single printing in August 1909.  Pencil expertised by A. Diena.  SG D61, £26,000, and Scott J37, $US27,500.  Bought well so out it goes at $US2,440 as I type, or $A4,000 (Stock 836HW)









NSW 1894 1/- QV, DLR Telegram Form, o/p “SPECIMEN” $A150: 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, 126 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 - and well UNDER $US90!: $A150 (Stock 815LX)




Christmas Island 1996 $4.50 Stamp Booklet #1 - only 190 ever existed globally!:  The first SG listed Christmas Island booklets are SG #SB1 Cat £160 = $A320 … issued 24 years back, and I still have a few of these mint in stock with panes of 10 x 45c Fish stamps, for $A150 each for anyone missing those. (Sel Pfeffer Booklet Cat BK 1, value $400.)   It is the ONLY expensive booklet from this country, and was NEVER supplied by the Philatelic Sales Centre in Melbourne and no-one got these on their Standing Order account.  A local production by the Postmaster there, and designed for tourist use, and most were busted up to mail postcards etc.  Now fully SG listed.  Only a few left now, and when they are gone, no-one else on the planet has stock!   Just $A150 a booklet - only a couple left now, and then totally sold out.  Good luck finding ANY other stock GLOBALLY.  Much more info here -  Only around US$90 as I type this - $A150 (Stock 682EH)







Adelaide 2016 $1.00 set 6 Mint, CTO in week of issue, "Albino", or on “Last Day Cover” $A175:  The 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 already is priced at $A4,500 a set 6 in Renniks, and $2,500 in new Seven Seas “ASC” Cat.  The ‘$1.00’ value in same design issued around the same time is - so far, very 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 -

I managed to have serviced just SIX Last Covers as shown here.  On Official PO cover, with the pictorial Adelaide Philatelic Sales Centre “Clocktower” pictorial cancel.  Superb item, and stars of the future, at just $A165 apiece.  I doubt more than 25 exist globally of these.  No mail orders were accepted, no credit cards accepted, hence very few secured them in person. The CPS machine went back to MEL on that same day for scrapping.  So a double piece of Philatelic History.  Set of 6 MUH -
$A65 (Stock 571GX) or 10 sets MUH $A450 (Stock 571GU)  Set 6 x “$1.00” clear VFU/CTO cds in the week of issue Feb 15, 2016, $A75 (Stock 571GY) or 10 sets VFU/CTO at issue time $A500 (Stock 571GR)  “$1.00 Adelaide 2016” strip 6 with striking reversed ALBINO “Ghost” prints: $A350  Stock 571GC - (Identical 30¢ strips have sold over $5,000!) or one of a tiny number made of LAST DAY COVERS illustrated above just: $A165 (Stock 571GZ)    






4 x official World Wildlife Fund slipcased albums, just $A250:  100s of OFFICIAL WWF World Wildlife Federation Animal First Day Covers and MUH sets - 1983 to 1998.  Beautifully engraved and Superbly presented in plastic sleeves contained in four deeply grained leather look binders with official WWF Panda logo on front cover and spine, with 4 slip cases - worth easily $200 alone EMPTY!  The Australia agent mails 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 bought endless Chapters which as can be seen are debited at $36.85 each - MANY $100s.  The albums and slipcases I assume cost extra along the line somewhere.  Official WWF Patron for these issues was The Duke Of Edinburgh.  Bought cheap in Estate, so can sell for a TINY FRACTION of purchase cost - just $250!  MANY more pages shown here -  WWF is about THE hottest topical on earth, and these of course are all 105% OFFICIAL emissions. $A250 (Stock 314VB)





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 sold Mint without the corner cancel.  A cover with 3 copies, just sold for $A4,800. (SG #01) - see – Cocos prices have gone quite INSANE at auction in March 2019 - click the link!   ASC 140a/148a, cat. $A350  just the 7 small stamps.  This includes both types of overprint grid bars on 10¢ Shell, as per cat listings - one is VERY scarce.  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 above, including the scarce and huge $5 Aeroplane, for a $A25 discount - all 8 for: $A320 (Stock 107CT)






Australia Post Yearbooks 1988-96 - Cost $477, Retail $710, for just $375!  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 - - One-Off Special at just $A375!  All in the matching hard slipcases.  Nice run, nice condition, at more than $100 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!)  $A375 (Stock 147YP)




Your number one source for USED Kangaroo Stamps!

For well over 40 years, I have held 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 shades, 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 Mega Scarce £2 Roo.  Not one dealer has done that kind of ad - before or since.  😊

My grading is precise, my stock is 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 absolutely 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 First Watermark - I can supply them.  If you want the full gum corner CTO from later Specimen packs I can help. (All these are now listed in the ACSC as CTO, and priced accordingly, per type.)  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 -

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 TINY FRACTION of what mint hinged will.  So it is VERY possible to fully complete your used Roo collection.  Mint hinged will cost you $30,000.  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 that 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 Multiple perf “OS” Roo listed into the ACSC after 75 years, by proving beyond doubt 2 totally genuine copies did exist.  One of which I bought from a WW2 assembled collection.  (The used Arthur Gray copy, who owned the other, 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 to the public, be put aside, and be perforated “OS” for these “nuisance” Free Government Official stamps.  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 etc.  Do not TOUCH 90% of what you see on eBay.  Read the ENDLESS eBay fakes exposes here - 



Australian dealers in general are pretty lazy and slap-dash and vague with used stamp terminology.  The Term “FU” is applied to ANYTHING, with any cancel, most times!  Loosely translated it means “NOT MINT.”  Convenient for them - yes.  Accurate - NO!  Entire price lists headed “Fine Used” exist.  However they often mean if you order “FU” and the dealer has a single copy in stock that is truly graded AVERAGE used, you’ll be cheerily supplied with that unless you complain - end of story.  As for private sellers ... “rust and toning and foxing - what's that”??  Is a 3 mm tear, pinhole, or bad corner crease worth mentioning - of COURSE not!  "Is that a paper thin, or the watermark - let’s say watermark"  as it will sell for more. "What is re-perfing?" - they do not know (or care), and you do not know.  The Blind leading the Blind in many cases.  😊

I have FIVE specific USED grades in my stock - from Spacefiller Grade, to Superb Used Grade.  You pay for, and GET exactly WHAT grade suits your collection best.  Warning - the very TOP grade “SUPERB USED” sets are incredibly tough to assemble, as you might imagine, and are priced accordingly, and can take quite a time to assemble and ship.  Ask FIRST.  The other 4 grades below are good to go right now, when you order.  For MOST buyers, “Clean Good Used” is actually perfect.  Better than MOST dealer’s “VFU” grading!

"Instant Kangaroo Collection”:  I’ve assembled full sets of 34 different Roos in EVERY Watermark.  1st and 2nd Wmks to 1/-,  3rd Wmk to BOTH 2/- colours, Small Multi Wmk to 2/-,  CofA Wmk to 5/-, and even both the 6d “OS” overprints - which are actually VERY scarce used, but are needed for EVERY printed album.  Melbourne retail for these same 34 stamps in normal used condition is over $A950.  ACSC cat is way higher.  Buy just the EXACT grade that suits your budget, and collecting requirements as follows:  (Order as stock number 245RU and specify GRADE.)

Spacefillers - $A225   Average Used - $A400   Nice Good Used - $A575   Clean FU - $A900  Or for the perfectionist - hand selected Superb Used complete set of 34:  $1,450.   And I also have great stocks of the higher face values than these - and the best stock in Australia of Perforated “OS” Roos - all GUARANTEED GENUINE unlike the ebay Forgery Factory.  Also I have great stock of the Stanley Gibbons listed watermark errors, perfs, shades, Dies, and SG listed printing varieties etc.  Please enquire. - (Order as stock number 245RV and specify your wanted GRADE.)

Roo "Upgrade" Kit:  Add the real key values to the Roo set above.  Add the 1913 2/- First Watermark,  the 2/- Second Watermark,  and both the scarce 5/- Third Watermark, and Small Multiple Watermarks.  And last but not least, add the 10/- CofA to your page.  These five scarce stamps are missing from near all collections.  The 10/- Roo is going up in price strongly each year.  ACSC Cat for “normal” average used grade for just these 5, in very cheapest shades is $1,350!  So the attractive Good Used set at $675 is HALF CAT.   😊

My price for these 4 stamps:  Spacefillers - $A325  Average Used - $A500   Nice Good Used - $A675   Clean FU - $A950  Or for the perfectionist - a hand selected SUPERB Used complete set of 5: $A1,500  - (Order as stock number 245RW - and specify your wanted GRADE.)

This offering above is just a tiny "taste".  The prices on this page for these collections supersede any of my other prices on the web.  I will gladly price ANY used single stamp you need, and naturally all the later issues.  Whether KGV Heads sets of 72,  5/- Bridges, Kookaburra Mini Sheets, £1 Thin paper Robes, £2 Navigators etc.  I have them ALL in 5 condition grades.  I stock Australia 100% complete, 1913-1985, in used condition.  And I have all these above in MINT of course … and MUH.  Let me quote you!  Glen





Complete Set Australia Post Year Albums 1983-2003 - $1,000 *UNDER* Retail !!:   Red Hot Estate special.  All TWENTY ONE albums.  The FACE value of the stamps inside is $842.27You are paying WAY UNDER UNDER ACTUAL FACE!   ALL are 100% valid for global postage if you ever need to use them.  You are basically buying $100 bills for less than $100!  I just bought TWENTY sets of 21, off a guy who bought them for an “investment”, so have slashed over $1000 off my usual selling price, to see them clear FAST.

The issue price from PO was $1,103!
  You are paying $300 UNDER PO cost, and $1,000 less than retail.  One of each year Australia Post books here, from the 1983 book, and ALL have a matching coloured, hard slipcase, to prevent dust and moisture entering the book.  My discount Retail is $1,810 as per link below.  Save $1000 off retail!   All the LATER Year Books and the Black “Leather” cover ones are always in stock - I have the WORLD’S BIGGEST YEARBOOK STOCK - also keenly priced cheap, and all are offered singly, if you only need certain issues, at - 
$A800 (Stock 735ET)



British Solomon Islands 1907 Large War Canoe 2½d Orange Yellow, very fresh pair, IMPERF AT RIGHT:  One of 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 only 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.  Only $US1,065 right now - $A1,750 (Stock 598AC)




Jordan - 1982 National Monument stamps set 3 IMPERFORATE!  Bought from someone whose Father had been a senior postal official at the time, ~40 years back.  He had the complete set of 3 in MUH pairs, and the same set in Imperforate strips of 3.  All fresh MUH.  Attractive group, fresh and bright, and will offer them separably, and as a group for anyone wanting to re-sell etc.   The horizontal PAIRS as shown are $A100 (Stock 683HW)  The strips of 3 are $A135 (Stock 683HX) or the entire holding of all 15 imperfs is just $US135 to clear (under a tenner each!) - or $A200 (Stock 683HZ) 





Australia 1916 2/- Brown Kangaroo, Perf “OS” x SIX used copies - Cat $750 for $150!   ACSC 37ba x 6 = $750 cat as cheapest shades, which these clearly are all not.  Removed from the hoard - all sound, several very nice, and ALL with cds cancels - these each paid for a heavy parcel back in WWI era.  All Guaranteed 105% Genuine.  From the quite massive THREE Generation “Townsville North Queensland Hoard” collection we flew back with - in 8 huge removalist cartons -   Formed around issue time of the stamps, and I am very slowly working through it, and listing up a few more interesting pieces that catch my eye, whenever I get 10 minutes spare, here and there!   Will take me 10 years to wade through it all.  I grab a few stamps now and again, and scan and add them up here, these were in an old yellowed glassine.  None of these stamps has EVER been on the stamp market before, in the past Century or so.  You will be the FIRST collector to own it since!  Great re-seller lot.  Just $US90 -  $A150 (Stock 459DX)






BRAZIL 1945 Peace VIP UPU Congress Folder of IMPERFS (Proofs?):  Brazil Serie da Vitoria 1945 Victory and Peace stamp series.  1945 Serie Da Vitoria post office special folder, containing VERY attractive set of 5 large marginned imperfs on thin card.  Possibly proofs? Each stamp has the heavily raised recess/intaglio print, consistent with proof use etc.  In multi-language hard cover folder. Issued and signed and dated by hand in pen and ink by the Director General of the Brazil Post Office, in inner front cover.  70 years back.  Terrific condition for that age.  Owner notes said given to big shot Delegates at the UPU Conference after the War.  The normal Issued stamps were on normal paper, and rouletted. This album came from Sweden, and condition is superb for this age - the folders below shown from UK and USA sellers are in appalling condition as you can see.  But are priced WAY higher than this!  See details of those, and many more pix of this folder here - -   Inside are pages on a very thin tissue/onion skin type paper in 7 different languages, 7 pages, outlining the stores behind each stamp etc. $A115 (Stock 738BG)




Malaysia - Japanese Occupation of PERAK 5¢ Brown Sultan, MUH part sheet!  From the Estate of an Australia serviceman who was part of the Liberation Forces. 105% genuine, with the usual ‘’honeyed’’ Gum Arabic of this issue.  For the specialist, there will be minor overprint setting errors of course. Part sheet of 35, all genuine MUH, with one rounded corner.  A perfect Hagner sheet or album page size.  Or a brilliant ebay seller piece etc - this area is globally HOT!  SG #J193, £490=$A975 as singles - a large multiple of them is a very big premium, due to setting errors, and the undoubted genuineness.  Bought well, so out it goes at just a QUARTER Gibbons! $A250 (Stock 735LQ)




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.

The dealers in UK got a Barrister's written opinion (copy of which I can enclose for you with your order!) that him owning or selling these above face value created no offence under current British Law in his view.  Just as well - the forgers were caught and got
prison sentences of up to 12 years each - far more detail here -   These forgeries are listed in SG, under Cat X969.  Single current Machins from Kiloware are getting $A325 each on ebay as I report below, so Machins are back in the news BIG time -   These were the FIRST Postal Forgeries ever to appear in the UK for over a Century, since the QV 1/- "Stock Exchange Forgeries" of the early 1870s.  SG lists those forgeries between £850-£4,000 EACH used.

Large UK dealers currently sell blocks of 8 of these same 24p Machin Forgery stamps for £77.50 ($A150 plus post!) or about $A20 apiece, as you can see -  I have one even larger block on hand at $A4 a stamp, if anyone is interested in breaking it down on ebay etc for a far greater profit - click link above.  Keep a single, or block of 4 for yourself from the above lots, and sell the others on ebay etc, to get yours FREE!  You may even come out in front money wise, and still keep yours free.  Illustrated MUH block 10, is just 30% of UK dealer price - $A65  (Stock 619TQ) or a MUH block of 20, perfect for any album page, for a QUARTER of UK retail - $A100 (Stock 619TR)






East Germany 1950 “DEBRIA” Exhibition Miniature Sheet, Superb Used:  One of the scarcest East German Miniature Sheets, and VERY seldom offered here - especially in fine 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 (indeed all Germans) had a lot more on their minds, than buying Expensive Stamp Exhibition sheets!  SG MS E29a, Cat £225 = $A450 for just: $A125 (Stock 714HG)      




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. $A200 (Stock 582LX)




Samoa 1914 “G.R.I,” 3d on 25PF German Yacht - “Comma After I”:  A scarce printing error on this popular series.  Australian and NZ troops invaded the German Islands of New Guinea, Samoa and Nauru at onset of WWI, and seized all the German stamps on the islands.  They overprinted them with current Sterling face values, and “G.R.I.” which stood for “Georges Rex Imperator”.  Overprinting was done locally by Military, and was famously very sloppy.  Many missing stops, missing letters, broken letters, and even inverted and skewed letters exist, as can be seen in SG listings - and the Gibbs handbook lists many more.

Had a close look at this under UV and am happy that final comma is untampered with, but as always, sold “as is”.  Fresh MVLH, and nicely centred.  Minor bending on lower corner, and a minuscule (really pinprick speck size!) paper fibre inclusion visible on back, and a tiny split NE corner - all mentioned only for strict accuracy, as this is a high cat stamp, and these small blemishes, as always, reduce price a lot.  However this is way over a Century old now.  GRI prices are going quite INSANE at auction - see  SG 105b, £5,000.  Bought very well in a large Samoa collection, so out it goes for just ~$US425 or: $A700
(Stock 823KE)







James Bendon - "UPU World Specimen Stamps 1878 - 1961" Huge Edition - 534 pages, Hardbound $US115:  A massive new work – the last edition was 30 years back.  Covering the entire WORLD and their UPU Specimen stamp issues.  About 534 pages, 1,800 colour illustrations of Specimen stamps, CTOs and postal stationary etc.  Quality rich Burgundy “leather look” hard bound in UK, in library buckram, with gold tooling.  A superb and comprehensive book of reference - quality printed in ENGLAND - not the usual China junk on acidic paper.  Weight near 3 kilos (7 lbs), all cello shrink wrapped for gift giving etc, and blue silk page markers etc.  MASSES more colour pix of contents here - tinyurl/Bendons

James spent months liaising with Dr Geoff Kellow, ACSC Editor, on all the UPU cancels known on Australia, and States, and Papua stamps etc, and this is the ONLY place all these listings and photos are found in the one place.  Read the glowing REVIEWS of this book from "Gibbons Stamp Monthly" and from the Scott Catalogue/Linns Editor Chad Snee, and others etc - - My price is $A170, lower than any other Australia dealer, and indeed WAY lower than you can order direct from UK, when high UK postage added.  The prestigious Royal Philatelic Society London recently awarded it the 2017 Crawford Medal, for "the most valuable and original contribution to the study and knowledge of philately published in book form, during the past two years"

I only have a few left from my large bulk discount purchase from the UK, so order NOW if you want it at this price.  New stock WILL be higher, due to the crashed $A.  When they are sold out, they are never reprinted, and this type of book is the type of thing that is eternally sought by future collectors, often at several times issue price.  James is NOT a young man, and told me this is his last Edition.  James was for decades the "go to" man for all World Specimen stamps.  A specialist dealer in this area, I sold him some rare pieces that came my way, including some from a South Pacific nation PO archive.  He saw it "all" over 60 years or more in dealing.  Only about $US100 as I type!  $A170
(Stock 892LR)
James Bendon - "UPU World Specimen Stamps 1878 - 1961" Huge Edition - 534 pages, Hardbound $US115:  A massive new work – the last edition was 30 years back.  Covering the entire WORLD and their UPU Specimen stamp issues.  About 534 pages, 1,800 colour illustrations of Specimen stamps, CTOs and postal stationary etc.  Quality rich Burgundy “leather look” hard bound in UK, in library buckram, with gold tooling.  A superb and comprehensive book of reference - quality printed in ENGLAND - not the usual China junk on acidic paper.  Weight near 3 kilos (7 lbs), all cello shrink wrapped for gift giving etc, and blue silk page markers etc.  MASSES more colour pix of contents here - tinyurl/Bendons

James spent months liaising with Dr Geoff Kellow, ACSC Editor, on all the UPU cancels known on Australia, and States, and Papua stamps etc, and this is the ONLY place all these listings and photos are found in the one place.  Read the glowing REVIEWS of this book from "Gibbons Stamp Monthly" and from the Scott Catalogue/Linns Editor Chad Snee, and others etc - - My price is $A170, lower than any other Australia dealer, and indeed WAY lower than you can order direct from UK, when high UK postage added.  The prestigious Royal Philatelic Society London recently awarded it the 2017 Crawford Medal, for "the most valuable and original contribution to the study and knowledge of philately published in book form, during the past two years"

I only have a few left from my large bulk discount purchase from the UK, so order NOW if you want it at this price.  New stock WILL be higher, due to the crashed $A.  When they are sold out, they are never reprinted, and this type of book is the type of thing that is eternally sought by future collectors, often at several times issue price.  James is NOT a young man, and told me this is his last Edition.  James was for decades the "go to" man for all World Specimen stamps.  A specialist dealer in this area, I sold him some rare pieces that came my way, including some from a South Pacific nation PO archive.  He saw it "all" over 60 years or more in dealing.  Only about $US110 as I type!  $A170
(Stock 892LR)



Australia Pre-Decimal Postal Stationery Cat $655, for just $A175:  Mostly KGVI and QE2 pre-decimal, but a few later of minor account to fill out his book.  Owner had ASC cat noted from 12 years back, which is what you see.  After midnight here at Easter, and too lazy to look them up in the new ACSC catalogue.  All mint, many key pieces looked clean and fresh when taking photos, but some looked aged - all in a weird old 1950s era glassine stock album.  Mostly different but a few he had duplicates of - sometimes of quite scarce pieces.  There are things marked $10 or $15 cat, that I have not seen for 10 years and they are SCARCE, so at $175 the lot a deal for someone!  Aust letter cards, postcards, registered letters, pre-printed stamped envelopes etc.  Not all pictured here by all means here - - $A175 (Stock 489RE)








Australia, Overseas Stationery 1987-2004, 70 packs usable at $683!  $A250:  207 x usable and mailable globally postcards 1987 to 2004, cat value $547 - just $250!  A BOXFUL.  Condition looks clean and fresh.  Each with a genuine stamp on one side, superbly cancelled on First Day Issue. Still in sealed cellos ex PO new issue supply.  Nice clean lot - Anything past 2000 is "The IMPOSSIBLE ERA" and retail would certainly be $650+ IF any dealer had stock.  Cost price ex PO WAY over $200.  ALL are valid for the $3.30 GLOBAL postcard rate now and forever.  207 cards. If foreign rate goes up to $4, these are good for $4 or $828+ etc.  There is $683.10 of POSTAGE VALUE here right NOW!  One dealer I know uses 100s of these a year on his ebay sales.  He quotes a flat $4 for overseas post and buys these from me and others for ~$1 each.

He hand addresses each card on the box on the front, tapes them onto his standard C6 envelopes, and drops them into red street main boxes. Has never had an issue.  They go airmail, and he adds a note inside that on BACK of card the buyer will find a VFU stamp. They leave glowing feedback about this, he tells me.  And he makes 400% profit on EACH mailing!  Bought cheap in Estate to sell cheap this week.  A brilliant collection on their own as official Postal Stationary, first and foremost at not much over a BUCK APIECE.  OR, for those who mail a lot of cards in the popular PostCrossing exchange loops etc. SUPERB for that. HEAPS more images of these here and full checklist -  Only about $US150 as I type this! $A250 (Stock 368KA)






QANTAS $2 Airbus A380 stamp, totally **IMPERFORATE** Block of 4 just $A60!:  Australia Post a few years back, released just 750 x IMPERFORATE uncut press sheets of these $2 stamps.  You needed to phone a special '800' number after midday, and maximum order was a sheet a person, and they sold out within hours as you'd expect.  All the $2 stamps depict the massive Qantas Airbus A380.  Qantas staffers and aviation collectors keenly seek this sheet as do the 1000s of pure “A380” theme collectors. 

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

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




  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:  $A200 (Stock 465KA)  





Australia 2008 Christmas 50¢ Baubles self-adhesive *IMPERFS!* - $US85 each:  A complete peel and stick $10 booklet of 20, top row of four completely IMPERFORATE and the second row of four is Imperforate at top.  First time I've seen this one.  Very easy to see in the flesh, but on scan of course hard to see.  Caused when the guillotining “knife” came down onto the master sheet a micron out of adjustment and did not cut perforation wiggles into the backing sheet totally.  Superb condition, totally flat - not ever folded.  Perfect size to display on Hagner or stockbook or album page.  So we have 4 x 100% Imperforate stamps, and 4 stamps are imperf along top.  I was tempted to cut up the pane and offer 4 x total imperfs at $175 each, (=$A700) and then offer the 4 x part imperfs in vertical pairs along with a normal perfs for $100 each, (=$A400) but a shame to mess with what might well be a UNIQUE Booklet.  A gem addition for any Australia/Booklet/Xmas/Error collection.  So I’ll let this go at well under HALF that level at just $A500 = just $A125 ($US75) each for the 4 – imperfs … the others are all FREE! $A500 (Stock 858JQ)





Australia Pictorial cancels Coll: Cat $600 on Unadd PO “WATTLE” covers!!  Australia 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 large.

The collectors interested mostly had ADDRESSED covers as that was the norm in this era.  The only addressed one here HAS to be of course, as it went by RAAF airmail across the country - from QLD right over to WA, and way back sender in Nowra NSW, and is STILL in superb shape like all the others, despite any 100s of miles of mail travel.  All superb clean flat unaddressed, and BEST of all are totally on the matched special PO *WATTLE* covers.  The PO only first printed those in late 1972, and almost no-one bothered in the earlier years.  NOW those are the ones everyone wants course!

‘’PictorMarks’’ cat $600 on very cheapest covers.  Lightly pencilled of back of each one in 4B pencil that can easily be erased if needed. Listed at about only $35 each.  As few as 1,700 cancels ever done, over all days of these events, so these are ALL First Day for Multi Day Conferences etc.  UNDER $A11 a cover - a very average glass of wine costs me that at the Hyatt bar on Saturday!  MANY more pix of them are here -  $A200
(Stock 928TUL)





1946 Tristan Da Cunha "4 Potatoes" legendary Local Stamp *MUH* corner strip 3:  Added this famous "Penguin" stamp into stock.  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 -  Very rare beasts, especially in bright MUH.  Beware the clearly modern crude fakes/replicas peddled on ebay etc.  Pretty easy to pick based on the perf gauge etc.  These are guaranteed the Real McCoy!  Highly sought after by BIRD collectors.  Fresh MUH strip of 3 for about $US290 right now, at $A475 (Stock 294WX)






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 = $A1,300.  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 about $US3 apiece - Cat £650, retail $1,500.  Just $US150 - $A250 (Stock 782RT)






N.Z. 1940 1/3d *ARMS* part sheet of 24 **MUH**, SG cat $1,200 for just $A275!  Perfect centred part sheet - this was a fortune back in WW2 - 30/- face - or near a week’s NETT wages for a working man.  The AVERAGE annual UK wage in UK 1950, was just £100 - I kid you not - around TWO quid a week gross before tax. The cost of this block. FACT. (And paid annual leave was typically just ONE week!)  That is the average national wage, not the minimum wage.  Ozzie and NZ wages were near identical back then. This BBC link outlining the Food Rationing in the UK well after WW2, might surprise some -   National rationing did not totally end until 1954.  Meat, bacon, sugar, and butter were all tightly rationed across the UK, right up to the QE2 Coronation year in 1953.  Genuine MUH original gum, with the usual ‘’honeyed’’ Gum Arabic used in this WW2 era set. Now 80 years old.  SG F191, cat £600 = $A1,200.  Bought cheap, so selling cheap - all MUH!  Just $US165 - $A275 (Stock 852GM)







Sierra Leone 1896 £1 Queen Victoria Strip 4. Cat £1,800, for $A175:  Strip 4 on small plain white backing piece, all neat manuscript cancelled “9/3/97”, and Registered cds, with crease along length, that will of course flatten greatly if soaked and pressed etc - I have no time for that stuff.  These stamps even fresh mint are dull and drab, being pale purple on red, with no contrast.  SG 53, Cat £1,800 = $A3,600.  Clean and fresh for this region, and now 121 years old.  Was tempted to offer as 2 pairs at $125, each with a 9/3/97 cancel.  Someone else can do that!  Came from old page in a juicy 1915 Ideal Album, so bought cheap to sell cheap, at about 5% of SG, to get some of my outlay back. Not been on the market for over a Century.  Unusual piece. Only $US105 right now - $A175 (Stock 534BX)







Yemen Arab Republic, 1975 Revolution 25 Fils, Fully *Imperforate* Pane 50 MUH - Just $US5 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 44 years, none will turn up NOW!   Just $A7 each - indeed under $US5 apiece - superb ebayer opportunity to offer in imperf pairs and blocks 4 - an easy double or treble your money deal here surely? $A350 (Stock 492RJ)






STOP PRESS: New 2018 ACSC "Postal Stationery" Catalogue - 484 pages, all in colour:  Including Australian 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

A few advance copies of this huge book in stock NOW for instant delivery globally.  If you only buy one catalogue each decade, whether you are a dealer or a collector, or Auction, you MUST have this.  Detailed review of the first edition was in "Stamp News" - and gives you an idea of detailed content in here - - The most common innocuous looking thing on your desk might be valued at ten times the purchase price of this catalogue!  I kid you not.  Maybe 25 times.

There are HUNDREDS of items in here listed at between $5,000 and $15,000 EACH.  EVERY item is illustrated in colour (reduced in size of course) - a GODSEND for many of the earlier Registration envelopes etc. (Only about 4 pieces in the entire book, they were unable to get copies of to scan!)  Very coolly, all down the outer spine is colour coded to go to Wrappers - go right to the BLUE tagged edges.  For postcards go to PURPLE tags etc.  A breeze to use quickly, as I need to do each day.

I HATED using the initial huge ring binder edition as time went on, as the printer punched the holes way too small in my view.  Making finding any given section an annoying juggling act, risking damaging and tearing all earlier pages each time.  This one is a BREEZE to use.  For instance ALL the “View” Lettercards are now all illustrated and priced SEPARATELY - some 170 different!  Some of these are worth a fortune, and dealers and collectors without this book have not got a CLUE as to what is scarce, and what is not.  You will easily pay for this book with the first vaguely scarce view you pick up on ebay etc.

There are all the Aerograms illustrated - many quite valuable, all the wide range of Military material, WW2 Food Parcel labels (one is cat $10,000, and another $7,500!), and even all the myriad of different views on the initial 1911 “Coronation" set.  All priced separately. The highest price in here I saw was $15,000 for a KGV low face value reply card, that I bet a lot of overseas (even local!) sellers would price at $20 retail and cross their fingers!  It is huge - near 500 large A4 pages, on quality grade paper, in full colour - all proudly printed and produced here in Sydney Australia.

Edited by Dr. Geoff Kellow, the usual super high standard of original research work and fine attention to detail has taken place here.  Geoff told me much of his original research on numbers printed of the early issues has never been published before the ACSC did these.  Not only Australia is covered, but the “Territories” and that includes all the “Formular” Aerograms and airletters etc for the Territories.  And all the Papua early issues, and GRI material, and PNG and Cocos and Christmas Islands etc. This is all listed and priced.  Heaps more pix are here of contents etc -  $A240 (Stock 782DV)








VAN DIEMEN'S LAND (Tasmania) 1827, Bill of Exchange Cheque for £100 Sterling - just $A1,750:  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, from the 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.  Scan does it no justice at all really - I’ll redo later as in the flesh it looks SUPERB!  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, 191 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 set 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 in London, 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. $A1.750 (Stock 693HQ)




Central African Republic - 1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Airs IMPERF Sheets:  Air Mail set of four complete IMPERFORATE sheets of 25 (total 100) stamps, fine, fresh MUH.  Only a small number of imperforate examples of this issue ever existed, with only a very few uncut press sheets having been issued, with most of those being subsequently broken (cut) up in the ensuing 36 years.  Hence, these four complete MUH panes of 25, yielding 25 complete IMPERFORATE sets, is very scarce.  The ordinary, much more common perforated stamps retail for around $US10/$A14 per set of four = $US250.  Being imperforated, these would retail for many multiples of that amount.  Offered as a set in imperf PAIRS, I have no doubt they would fetch $50 a set of pairs.  One has a Graf Zeppelin design on it etc, so a great seller.  SG 930/933, Michel 938/941, Scott #C282/286.  My price is only $US175 for a USA buyer! $A295 (Stock 894JP)







Australia Post Annual "Year Books" Black LEATHER "Executive" Edition complete -
Book #1, to 2000  - near 30% off - *$A500 UNDER retail*!

set only at this price - these 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 leather set, in matching slipcases.  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 Books, due to the far higher cost of making leather covers etc in short runs.  So retail
of each 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 loungeroom bookshelf these look super classy - like a set of Law Books or Encyclopedia Britannia etc!  They come out each year in exact 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 from many dealers.  The 1988 LEATHER book has always been near impossible to source etc.  Full retail list of ALL these superb books here -

I have ALWAYS had the largest stock of Year Books in Australia - true.  No other dealer comes ever close.  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 cash.  And I thus MUST on-sell them as cheaply as I can, to MOVE all this stock, or I will drown in it!  Bought this nice clean collection CHEAP today in an Estate, so OUT they go.  This is a lovely clean collection of EVERY Black Leather Year Book issued from 1986 (Leather Book Number #1) right up to the scarce 2000.  FIFTEEN matched leather books.  A large wine carton FULL.  

My normal discount retail on these 15 books, as you can see from link above, is $A1,885. (All the later year Leather Books are in stock of course. I can do a similar bulk discount deal for 2001-2016 etc, or for any others you are missing - ask me for my rock bottom price!)  A superb gift idea perhaps for someone?  As always on pricier lots, happy to do a time payment or LayBy system - 4 monthly payments of around $300 and these are yours!  To clear this Estate lot fast, out they go for $500 UNDER my retail - a super bargain figure for this ONE discounted set of 15 - near 30% off retail at just -  $A1,385 (Stock 451WX)





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.

Sampanis later failed his drug test (twice) and on Sunday 22 August the IOC stripped him of his medal. Consequently, on Sunday August 22, ELTA ordered that all remaining stamps be taken off sale nationally, and immediately returned to their central office and NONE were to be sold. Today these stamps are very Rare as only a handful made it into circulation.  You do that math yourself! Not large numbers at all for any issue much less an OLYMPIC one. Nearly all stamp sales were to the general public, and tourists via this initial distribution. Many were used on mail and postcards as the 65¢ rate covered airpost worldwide.  Bought this MUH sheet in a decease Estate this week. Owner had bought it off Max Stern who sold it for $500 - they are still on sale there as you can see for $A500 - - Bought well, I am selling this A5 Mint Unhinged Sheetlet of 10 stamps at $A200
(Stock 637PE)





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

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

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

Stamp Dealer legend here Rodney Perry, has described this Adelaide Emergency 30¢ issue of 6 as a “Modern Rarity” several times, and I’d totally concur.  More discussion on them here, with all the national Fairfax and News Limited media, news and radio story links on them -  A 30c SINGLE stamp on a commercial cover to Melbourne sold for an unbelievable $1,700 to a medico -  with 67 frantic bids!  A totally philatelic cover, non-mailed, sold for $1,880 - with 37 bids -  A set a client bought off me for a few $100 this year, sold soon afterwards for $5,000 -   

The highest price I have seen actually OBTAINED for a set of 6 on ebay is $A8,990 - -  face value $1.80 - about 5,000 times face valueA standard set sold Feb 15 for $3,200 -  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 - - Gave an 11 minute interview with Radio 2GB - highest rating radio station in NSW by a margin of 30% - full tape here -  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)



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