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COVID-19 UPDATE:  What a quite insane past 12 months, and I hope all readers are staying safe, adhering to social distancing, and are keeping healthy after the global Second Wave outbreaks, and the nasty new variants.  Stockmarkets and Real Estate prices are totally erratic, interest rates are near zero worldwide, the $A has suffered, and for foreign buyers, these prices below often give you stamp deals you will NEVER see again in your currency - do take a VERY close look below.  For many 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!  Mails are erratic and unpredictable - German Post is adding a hefty per kilo COVID surcharge to here, of all things, as there have been no commercial airline flights to here for a year.

For American buyers, the prices are truly AMAZING - a $A500 stamp below, costs you only around $US385 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 add it on top of the shipping too.  Buying off me sees you pay in WEAK OZZIE PESOS.  Governments are making cash handouts and offering tax cuts.  Governments WANT you to spend this at retail - and stamps do count!  Stamp prices are BOOMING.  Auctions are recording record clearances and record prices - to which they then add 20% in fees!  NOT from me.  LayBy/Layaway anything you need NOW!    Please stay SAFE.   Glen


Custom made “Penny Black” 5 layer, verified *SSMMS Grade* COVID masks CHEAP - $A7 each!  All around the world we legally need to wear masks these days, no matter what country you are reading this in.  The cheapie blue paper throw away things I hate, as my glasses fog up and they are too small for me.  I had some mask artwork custom designed by a stampboards member, and then kindly custom printed in India by a FRPSL member, Kapil Gogri.  These are top quality, fully hemmed, 5 layer, washable, breathable, 100% cotton, and reusable.  They are light to mail - all clear cello packaged - buy a few to pass onto friends as gifts or club members etc - we all will all be wearing masks for longer than we would like to.  We need to wear them in all public transport, planes and airports here now - same as the USA, and many other countries. 

LOTS more detail here -  These are absoutely conversation starters WHEREVER you wear them, trust me.  Fully hemmed and hidden edge stitched on all sides.  Due to the high EMS/DHL shipping, small run die making and proof costs, and truly negligible profit in these, and the messing about with packing them up, I made just ONE order, and that is it.  Order yours NOW, as you will kick yourself when they are gone!  Collectors’ items of the future.  I can add them into your normal stamp orders - just ask me - will add zero shipping in most cases.  Small orders $A10 apiece - you need at least 2! (Stock 459QG5 masks $A40 (Stock 459QH) and for clubs, or ebay re-sellers, 10 for $A70
(Stock 459QJ)




NSW 1907 4d Captain Cook with *NO WATERMARK* Emergency Printing on Victoria Paper:   ACSC #N31Baa, 4d Pale Orange Brown.  Marginal example from the upper-left corner of the sheet, lightly mounted.  Cat in the 17 year old ACSC as $2,500 mint, and unknown used.  The Victoria paper was not the exact same size as the 4d Cook plate, so ACSC notes some stamps show only sheet margin watermark letter or lines - or in this unusual case, nothing at all.  Unlisted by Gibbons - but I have contacted Editor Hugh Jefferies suggesting it be listed as SG 357a, now that one exists with a clear Certificate. 

First issued in 1907 this is clearly an AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH issue.  It is believed unique as an expertised example.  Has a clear 2009 Royal Philateic Society of Victoria colour Photo Certificate Of Genuineness, as ACSC, N31Baa.  Captain Cook is a globally popular thematic of course.  As very few Australian Commonwealth issues exist with the watermark missing, this price is plain silly.  I sold the late Simon Dunkerley the 2d Red KGV, ACSC 96a - cat $20,000 for instance.  My price is just 10% of that - one to tuck away for the future - its day will come - $A1,750 (Stock 287AT)



Great Britain 1902 10/- Blue KEVII High Value - quite Superb Used for these:  This stamp is not common, even in rough used.  A ton of money back then.  And ROUGH used they mostly are - super heavy and smeary thick rubber Parcel Branch “KILLER” cancels.  And being used entirely on heavy parcels they also get creased and scuffed and torn etc, and being 120 years old, these tone and fox badly.  This is about as good as these get.  Clean and flat and fresh and bright.  No usual ugly hinge remains, no aging or spotting and excellent perfs and centering and a light dated crisp London cds of “GRACECHURCH STREET - 18 JA:10”  - as nice as you will see.  SG 265, Cat £750=$A1,500 as FU - priced to sell fast, at near QUARTER Gibbons - $A395 (Stock 529BR)




1963/65 Pre-Decimal Navigator "SPECIMENS" set 4:  Incredibly fresh MUH original gum - been in UK near all their life  SG #357S/360S £475=$A950.  ACSC $900.  Retail locally is $800 a basic set of 4 IF ever in dealer stock, which of course is almost never.  Attractive, with excellent perfs as you can see.  An enormously under-rated and under-valued set.  Easily the smallest PO issue of anything Australian since WW2.   New ACSC research shows only 3,480 sets of 4 were ever supplied by Note Printing Branch to the Post Office, and many believe not all those were sold before the Decimal issue of Feb 1966, and those were later officially destroyed.  Guaranteed original gum, and guaranteed genuine.

I've handled only a few sets 4 in the past 45 years, and nearly all those were heavy hinged - and have even handled a few no gum due to toning, or the heavy hinges being soaked off.  Most sets were bought as gifts for young collectors as the "Specimen" set Folder only cost £1!  I was given a set in 1964 by an uncle, and proudly affixed them all into my little album - each with a large, yellow, vigorously licked stamp hinge!  I've even bought collections where kids have LICKED these sets into albums, as of course they all had gum on the back.  Buy it now - you'll not see these four again for a while MUH at $300 UNDER Gibbons! $A600 (Stock 468KS)




St. Helena 1922 £1 KGV Top value of set.  Absoutely superb copy.  Fresh and bright a vivid MLH on the original deep red paper, and the face is totally UNRUBBED - so normal on these Chalk Faced top values, after 100 years.  Good perfs, well centred, and with visually appealing lower margin, with Jubilee lines as you can see which generally command a premium.  SG 96 £450=$A900 for usual ratty toned, rubbed shape. This is a GEM. The chalk faced paper USUALLY rubs and scuffs etc. $A450 (Stock 682KL)




G.B. used coll 1858-1973 - SG Cat $4,250 - $A350:  Old green brass page loose-leaf album, untouched near 50 years. From a mint 1d red, and a very nice 2d blue. Seahorse sets to 10/-. KEVII to 2/6d, scarce 1949 Silver Wedding £1, nice cds, and all other KGVI £1 values and ditto early QE2 to £1 and better commems.  Not all shown here.  Very handy pre-decimal collection.  And seem in decent condition when taking pix. SG Cat £2135=$A4,250 – neatly marked in 4b easy removable pencil on each page for your easy checking.  Not all pages photod above of course -  Just far too busy right now to break this down - sold as received, untouched for a half Century. $A350 (Stock 572KP)





1948 Malayan States Royal Silver Wedding VFU Set 12: SG $1,050  for $A395.  The Malayan States are the key to the entire Silver Wedding  Commonwealth Omnibus set as wel know.  Almost never seen complete, and missing from near all KGVI used albums.  All clean and fresh, which is an extra bonus.  These were MASSIVE face values back 75 years ago, especially for impoverished Asia, and were were used and retained.  Typically £50 a stamp used.  SG Cat £539 = $A1,050. Terrific idea to secure as ONE clean lot in one purchase. $A395 (Stock 782LR)





1918 5/- Kangaroo *INVERTED WATERMARK* Fresh MVLH, and with major plate variety, with Colour Certificate:  Never in 45 years have I had a MINT example.  Very fresh MVLH, way better than usual perfs and centering for ANY Third Watermark, as you can see.  SG 42w, £1,300=$A2,600 WITHOUT the variety.  Also has the “Short And Thick Spencers Gulf” plate variety as you can readily see.  That is a 50% premium in ACSC, as per all major plate vars.  So ACSC 44(D)j, $3,750 in Inverted Watermark.  Expertised by the leading french Expert ROUMET in Paris, and also has a colour photo Certificate from 2018 from Michael Drury.  At $2,000 UNDER the old out-dated ACSC cat - just $A1,750 (Stock 482YQ)




Victoria 1902 KEVII £2 Deep Blue OS, **Fresh CTO**:  A pretty looking stamp as you can see.  Really weirdly, this and same design £1 were the ONLY postage stamps from any state, to issue stamps depicting KEVII!  QV died in 1901, yet until the Kangaroo stamps in 1913, these 2 were the only postage stamps to show KEVII - Queen Victoria was depicted on every other State’s stamps.  If this was the £2 Roo that replaced it, in small OS perfin, ACSC Cat for that is $60,000.  Today’s prices for this stamp is ABSURD Only 2,000 were perforated OS the ACSC confirms, for UPU distribution, and were NEVER sold to the public, and near all are still in PO Archives globally.  Versus 48,000 sold of the non OS version. 

ACSC V130B, $500 - 20 years back, and worth twice that now.  Superb clean-cut perfs for these crude single line perf 12.4 issues.  This a fully Australian Commonwealth stamp - first issued a year after Federation.  THE highest face value Official from any State.  Better States stamp prices are going NUTS in recent times, see -  so secure the key examples NOW, before retail prices keep climbing.  Usual light crisp Melbourne 1906 CTO cancel, clean and fresh, and pristine flat, free of hinges and gook and gunk etc, and vibrant deep colour.  This £2 Blue is just $A450 (Stock 564KA) 




KGVI Southern Rhodesia used hoard SG cat $5,000++ for just $A400!   An amazing hoard, assembled about 80 years ago, by the father of my seller, who worked for a Mining company there, and hence got HEAPS of high values on Registered mail.  He later migrated here.  All stored in the ancient ANL window faced envelopes.  Of the key KGVI 1937 Defins, he had heaps of the scarce key high values - 94 x 10d, 121 x 2/6d, and 95 of the top value 5/- of this set!  Amazing.  All are POSTAL CANCELLED of course.  Cat of those 3 alone is over £1,700 - when last looked up 9 years back. And much higher now of course.  A few shown here -  Total cat of the hoard in 2012 was £2,480 and now will be a lot higher.

See itemised lists done 9 years back.  So SG is way over $5,000 today.  The top value KGVI Defin 5/- is here in blocks 4, and long strips etc, and thus clearly worth a premium.  A once in a lifetime hoard for someone.   To offer these on ebay in sets, or per 5 or 10 or 20 of the key values will be a goldmine opportunity for someone - nowhere else on the PLANET will there be such a hoard after 80 years.  Totally unchecked my me for the scarce postmarks and plate varieties that occur on these.  And I bet no-one else has - they were untouched in an old calico bag in family attic for over a half century.  Some postal used KGV issues here too.  A very few early 1953 QE2 fiscal used are here are not counted in my price. $A400
(Stock 473JK)





SYDNEY 2000 Olympics, Australia Post “Prime Minister’s Dinner”, Deluxe Stamp Album $A300:  What a truly cool item.  The Australian Prime Minister hosted an official Olympics dinner, and as Australia Post were a Major Sponsor of the 2000 Olympics, they offered to present all participants with a super Deluxe, brass cornered Album for the attendees. The exact same presentation as the 4 x superb late 1990s Australia Post “Engraved Stamps” books, (all of which I have in stock at similar price!) with Brass corners, and heavily Gold embossed front covers, with Coat Of Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia, with the Olympic Wreath all around it (!), and hard matching slipcases etc.  And a ton of Australia Post Olympic stamp issues inside as you can see in link below.

Near all the attendees there were IOC Big Shots, and Senior Politicians and dignitaries, and former ozzie Olympians and so on, who kept them as classy Dinner souvenirs, so very few of these Albums ever leaked into the secondary market.  When did YOU ever see one???   AP never SOLD any of these to the public. These are hence HEAVILY sought, not only by Olympic Collectors globally - but by all keen collectors of Australia Post official issues.  They are almost never seen in the marketplace.  Prestige Auctions invoiced one for $365 in Auction #88, and the only other one I’ve seen is in dealer stock now for $375 – see following link.  The large book has 44 pages, plus many printed, heavy duty, frosted type interleaves - all GOLD blocked page edges even, and in a hand numbered Limited Edition.  DOZENS more pix here -  $A300
(Stock 682LB)





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)




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)




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)




Australia 1963 Navigators set 6 attractive *MUH* $A180 (*Or* Fine Used!) :  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!  (Clean *FU* cds set of 6 is just $A140 - Stock 742JB)  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 $US125 as I type this. $A180 (Stock 742JA)






Australia Fifty Years of FDC - Special Gold Foil Postmark *Numbered Limited Edition of 150*, set of *28* Covers - 2 sets left!!:  Official PO FDC were first introduced in 1970.  The early ones were largely ignored by collectors, and sold in tiny numbers, and I sold a 1970 30c Captain Cook only this month for $A300 - they are still scarce and popular, with high cat.  This new collection comprises 28 special covers, that feature a selection of stamps from 2020, and all 28 covers feature a special Metallic Gold Foiled postmark.  Face values up to $3.30 each.  Covers come with a classy matching artwork band, to the cover cachet design, also in metallic gold as you can see.  The UNIQUE Train/Railway 1970-2020 se-tenant mini-sheet is easily a $125+ piece on its own, being a popular TRAIN topical, limited to 150 globally.  The 5c Standard Gauge Train is the 1970 issue, from the year PO started cacheted FDCs.  Sold out fast at the high asking price, and most globally had no idea these existed. (Set number #100 is a $50 premium)  Stamp collectors need these too - the ONLY way to source this unique and unheralded Mini Sheet.  Just 150 covers for the PLANET exist of each.  UNDER $A9 a cover!   Brilliant ebay seller to split up into 28 lots singly - will do brilliantly I think.  EVERY topical you can dream of is in here!  Full set of 28 – just TWO sets left now - $A250 (Stock 835JW)



New Zealand 1958 2d “Stars” Surcharge, fresh well centred MUH Block of 4:   A scarce stamp when genuine.  99% of the singles offered on FakeBay are forgeries of course - beware.  Made one at a time by the fakers, to cater for hingeless album owners.  A very small printing was made with this version of the 2d chestnut, which has Stars in the corners.  Came in an Estate with an invoice from SG London for £400 - 30 years back, when they were breaking up a part sheet they had purchased.  Cannot recall ever having a block 4 before. SG 763b, £520=$A1,025.  Bought well in the large Estate - one for the bottom drawer perhaps?  $A450 (Stock 438RB)




Brusden White current ACSC Kangaroo Catalogue:  Still a big seller - the current Edition, and one half decent find, once in your lifetime, and it will pay for itself!  I use mine MANY times daily.  I have typed this before, but it is true. Australia has THE best and most detailed stamp catalogues of any country on earth in my view.  No-one else comes even remotely close - absolutely no-one.  Dr. Geoffrey Kellow is an editor without par for this series of catalogues.  Meticulous and scholarly original research is evident in all volumes. The resultant 10 volume ACSC set is something all parties involved should be enormously proud of.  Kangaroos is In full colour for the first time, including essays and proofs, price revised, and with new discoveries, and further research on the plate varieties, with new plate positions identified, and new varieties added.  6th edition, 230 pages. $A115 (Stock 893JW)






Greater Germany - 1945 - The very LAST stamps of Hitler’s Third Reich, MUH blocks:  Commemorating the Nazi Party organisations, SA (Sturmabteilung) and SS (Schutzstaffel) troops, complete set (2) fine, fresh **MUH condition and very seldom offered in Australia - especially in fresh MUH blocks!  100% genuine and 105% GUARANTEED by me as Post Office issued.   Very few actually sold, and genuine postally used is unheard of.   Interesting facts - #1, Issued on April 21, 1945, these were the last stamps issued by the Third Reich.   #2, They were issued the day after Hitler's birthday (April 20 - he was born in Austria in 1889) and just nine days before his suicide in Berlin on April 30, 1945 at age 56.

#3, Greater Germany (Grossdeutsches Reich) was the name the Nazis gave to their enlarged 'empire' from 1943 to their unconditional surrender in 1945.  #4, Germany surrendered to the Allies just days later these stamps were issued and the Third Reich which Hitler had proclaimed to be the Thousand Year Reich came to its ignominious end after just 12 years.  Michel and SG Cat very many $100s a block 4 set.  ALSO comes with FOUR x MUH Hitler Skull “FUTSCHES REICH” Death Mask Propoganda sheets loads more info on them here - - those 4 retail $120 alone. Those and Blocks 4 shown for just - $275 (Stock 693KF) or top margin Blocks SIX, and SIX Skull sheets MUH for $A400
(Stock 693KL)




FIJI 1972 to 1998 MUH in large stockbook retail $743 for $A350!   Unusually clean lot, all MUH - deceased client was buying them as new issue from Max Stern and had his invoices attached for near $1100.  Not all pictured of course here - but MANY images here, all the same -  LOTS of stamps. Fiji issues from late 70s to early 80s were on sale at the Australia Philatelic Bureaus, so those are not hard to find.  When the PO stopped doing that, very few bothered keeping them up.  So latter 80s are hard to find, and ANYTHING 1900s is really hard.  Liquid Gold.  And EXPENSIVE - as no dealers have stock.  Also the sets earlier than late 70s, like the 1972 Birds Defins also have very high cat. Retail prices noted in pencil alongside each set for your easy checking.  A GOLDMINE of a lot, and buying all together in one run is the SMART way to secure these. Retail is $743. Pay well under HALF retail price as one lot!  And save 10 hours chasing them all up all over the place. $A350 (Stock 948UD)




  1946-49 Food Parcel Label. 5/10d Blue, Myer Department Stores: Superb fresh bright unused PL4A, $2,000 for the usual rough grade one sees which are mostly soiled, tatty and very frequently, creased and thinned etc. Have NEVER in 40 years had a complete unused label in stock. For anyone not aware of the history of these historic items, they are near the rarest Australian post-war Postal Stationary items. In the late 1940s (indeed until 1954) Britons were subject to rationing. Even as late as 1950 goods such as these were still rationed in the UK - canned and dried fruit, chocolate biscuits, treacle, syrup, jellies, soap, sugar - and much fresh produce like milk, butter and meat and of course petrol -

Australia was the bread basket of the "Motherland" for much of this produce, which was freely available in Australian stores. Rationed goods in England that transported well - such as canned and dried fruit, chocolate biscuits, treacle, syrup, jellies, soap, sugar were cheap to buy here, and of course greatly sought after in Britain. An extensive "Food For Britain" campaign was mounted in the post-war years. The largest department stores like Myer were very active in selling these "ration busting hampers" packed full of local made goodies, that would survive a long 10,000 mile sea voyage. The Post Office offered a special low cost concession reduced rate, of 5/10d for 14 pound weight cartons of such goods. This was an INCREDIBLY low rate. A standard ˝ oz airmail letter to the UK cost 1/6d - or more than 25% the cost of a heavy carton of food!

Myer Department Stores, and 2 others approached the Post Office to produce gummed labels that had an impressed stamp on them, so as to identify the sendings that attracted the new low postage rate, and save them time in affixing stamps, as no single stamps to that value ever existed. The Post Office did this, and as you can see the sideways 5/10d blue KGVI head stamp impression, was exactly in line with that design used on the widely used 2d pre-stamped envelopes, and the 5d Registered envelopes of the time. This is of course an OFFICIAL Australian Commonwealth Postal Stationery item, and is listed thus in the superb ACSC volume on them. KGVI Reign collectors globally seek these. A ton of extra detail on these labels here -

These special 5/10d labels only lasted in use for 3 years (until 1949) hence their great scarcity today. Even mint or used "cut outs" of the stamp area are scarce (I have a very fresh FU one of those with good margins for $A75) and it is 30 years since I have handled a large full unused label like this one. These Food labels have sold for up to $A24,000 each (heavily creased!) at auction. ACSC Cat PL4A, $2,000, for just $A1,150. This is wildly under cat thus, as I stated above in print. Cat should be double on these. After 75 years, for a huge label, on very thin fragile paper - the best appearance you can buy - show me ANOTHER for sale, at ANY price GLOBALLY! $A1,150 (Stock 672KQ)



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) 




British New Guinea Lakatoi, 2½d Ultramarine and Black, on THIN paper:  1901 Lakatoi 2½d THIN paper.  Fresh clean unused, Expertised 3 times, bright and well centred, great perfs and stunning colour.  Faintest hint of an old crease.  SG 4a, £400=$A800.  Most attractive looking copy of a stamp seldom offered.  Free of usual hinges and gook and gunk. $A275 (Stock 739RJ)





Roo 1918 5/- Kangaroo a superb looking postally used example;  Of all the 5/- Roos, this is by far the HARDEST to secure nice postally used. Third watermark, clean and fresh, and free of all hinges and gook and gunk.  GLOWING Chrome colour.  At least 50% of used have the ugly rubber huge boxed KILLER cancels from Melbourne and Sydney that look absolutely appalling!  Terribly fluffy/woolly perfs are absolutely the norm, as is bad centering.  This one is as good as these get.  I sell more used Roos than ANYONE globally, and this is TOP END for sure. $A200 (Stock 462HR)


  Luxembourg 1956 **RARE** Europa set 3, Hoard - Superb MUH.  SG Cat Ł700=$A1,400, for well under 9% of SG!:  Bought a few sets very attractively this week in an Estate of an old French gentleman, who had bought them off leading dealer BEHR in Paris, as an Investment, some years back.  This is the KEY set to the entire EUROPA Omnibus series, and has always been highly sought.  Mint Unhinged, with guaranteed fresh original gum.  This set is 65 years old now of course.  One of the scarcest mint sets from post-war Europe, and the absolute KEY to any “EUROPA” Omnibus collection.  Bright, well centred, with good perfs, and guaranteed original gum mint unhinged, and will look brilliant in any album, at under 10% of SG.  THREE sets of 3 for the “bottom drawer” - SG cat $A4,200, for just $A350 = just $US260 as I type. (Stock 568UR)  One set 3, SG 607/609, cat Ł700=$A1,400 - $A135 (Stock 568UQ)  



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)




Australia 1909 20/- Postage Due “With Stroke” - our VERY rarest stamp:  As the ACSC confirms, this £1 Dull Green is Australia’s rarest face different stampIssued March 1909, and replaced just a few months later in 1909 by the £1 Bi-colour, so ACSC tells us only a few dozen exist GLOBALLY mint and used combined.  Available only in NSW the ACSC confirms, and only by application to the Deputy Postmaster General.  (Dues were never on sale at PO counters.)  Watermarked crown over single lined A.  This was over a week’s wages back then.  ACSC advises no multiples of any kind exist, not even pairs, and very unusually no CTO’s were ever done for collectors or VIP’s, and NONE were sent to the UPU, which is very unusual as that was mandatory!  And no SPECIMENS were made of these either.

If you want an example, you need to buy a mint one, or a used one for $50,000!  There are ZERO other options. SG D62 Cat £7,500 ($15,000) mint, and £40,000 used!  The finest of the few copies surviving.  As you can see, stunning appearance Marginal mint, lightest hinge touch - near MUH, on flat original gum and deep rich “printed yesterday” colour - which is officially is ”Dull Green” and many are about half this colour intensity.  Exceptional perfs and centering for this monocolour era. These get rust spots readily locally, this has none, so presumably has been in Northern Hemisphere most of its life.  SG D62, Cat £7,500=$15,000.  In this zero interest rate climate, many savvy folks are securing key philatelic pieces of proven rarity, in top condition.  So what will you pay for the finest looking copy of our rarest stamp - under half SG, at just $A7,000 (Stock 265AJ)






1920 1/- Kangaroo Third Watermark - *SIDEWAYS*:  One of only a few sideways watermarks ever issued in Australia - some of them are 5 figures.  Clean and fresh FU, good perfs for these, and with Melbourne cds.  These sideways watermarks are only recorded as being on sale in Sydney and Melbourne GPOs for a short time.  SG 40ba, £400 = $A800. $A275 (Stock 593JQ)





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)






Ceylon 1937 Coronation Stamps, 2.70 Rupees in AirMail booklet, *COMPLETE* Book of 30:  A very rare beast.  Been in Scotland most of its life - thank goodness, hence the lovely condition.  These large size books, with covers made of very coarse, cheap lightweight card or thick paper, are rare in any condition and tear, bend or damage and scuff super readily.  Even incomplete and damaged books, or just empty covers are hardly ever seen.  Has 3 COMPLETE MUH panes of 10 of the large 9c Green KGVI Coronation airmail value, plus all the many pages of waxed interleaving, and the complete pane of airmail labels, and postage rates at back etc. 100% ORIGINAL staple, which is not even rusted or corroded, after 84 years. Anything residing in that country for 5 or 10 years, is generally totally ruined by the high humidity.  Clean and attractive as you can see.  SG #SB16, £1,300 = $A2,600.  Literally been unchanged in SG value for over a decade and due for a big hike when they do look at Ceylon next! $A995 (Stock 782KW)




1913 £1 Brown and Blue Kangaroo MVLH, First Watermark *GEM* example!  For the collector who seeks THE very finest stamps obtainable.  Fresh and perfectly flat, with white original gum and the lightest hinge touch.  Wonderful eye-appeal as you can see.  Been in UK near all its life.  Excellent perfs and centering.  Near all 1913 issues, being horizontal mesh, on the long tough fibre paper, have pulled perfs on either or both sides - check your cheap 1d reds or 2d greys!  Unusually vibrant rich colour.  Arthur Gray said this was his favourite Roo stamp, and insisted it be on the front cover on his Auction catalogue.  Most examples I have seen and handled here over 40 years had bad perfs, toned gum, heavy hinges, and/or gum creases (very common) etc.  SG 15, £2,500=$A5,000, and under-rated at that, and such an example is clearly worth near full cat.  Nicest one I’ve handled in 20 years.  No 20% Buyer Fee either.  You’ll only buy one in your lifetime, so spend the bit extra right up front, to secure impeccable QUALITY!   As the old saying does “Quality is remembered, long after the price is forgotten” $A4,250 (Stock 614JR)







Lebanon 1968 Antiquities MS Perf + Imperf x 10 each!  SG $1,300 for $A150:  Amazing little hoard I bought from the Estate of an old chap who had Lebanese heritage.  He presumably bought them as a New Issue?  Tyre Antiquities Mini Sheet, depicting the Roman Banquet Bas Relief.  Superb intaglio, engraved recess printed issue.  TEN of each Perf AND imperf, fresh MUH. (20 x MUH Mini Sheets)  Ebay re-seller dream deal - WHO else has these for sale?!  Bought cheap, so out they go at near 10% of Gibbons!  SG MS #1018 - cat £33 each - Perf or Imperf = £660 = $A1,300.  $A150 (Stock 435BL)





  2000 "FOR VALOUR" $1 Victoria Cross PNC Retail $300, for $A160:  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 $160.  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 $A145 (Stock 284YV) AND all the other early PNCs in superb condition at cheap prices - enquire! $A160 (Stock 284YQ)



Australia 1959 3/- Waratah Flower presentation Die Proof:  Most attractive imperforate Die Proof, in the issued colour, mounted in a sunken frame, and a superb looking piece as you can see.  Only nine die proofs were ever prepared, and issued to a few VIP’s.  One of which is in the Queen’s Royal Collection and another is in the Australia Post Archive collection etc.  Others went to The Governor General of Australia, The Postmaster General,  Director-General of the PMG, and so on.  ACSC, 372DP(1), $A2,500.  A superb buy, of a mega rare piece, yet at under HALF Cat - $A1,200 (Stock 693LQ)




PNG MUH Decimal coll *MUH* retail $450 for $A220:  Pretty lot in a large stockbook. Retail is $450 - lightly noted in pencil alongside each set for easy checking.  PNG is by FAR the most collected ”Territory” issue.  Super pretty, and super popular. LOTS more pix here -   Bought cheap from Estate - from scarce 1968 Shells Definitives, to 1987 - LOTS of them in here are the sought after margin copies. $A220 (Stock 195BC)




Australia Postage Dues rare high values, bright Mint:  1908-09 “Stroke After Value” 1/- and 5/- Dull Green, fine mint original gum, with the brightest most vibrant colours I have even seen on these - likely been in Europe most of their life. (Note - the black speck on emu on 5/- is lint on my scanner!)  SG D58, 59, Cat £425 = $A850 for usual grade.  Small print run and mint is MOST uncommon.  ACSC D61 and 62.  These OFTEN fade and scuff, and tone badly in this climate, so both are a cut above average for 111 years old. $A475 (Stock 783JR)




"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 or 4 books costs the EXACT same shipping as ONE does, so do give it some thought!   Within Australia, 3 or 4 books often 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)

Stanley Gibbons *current* AUSTRALIA AND STATES & PACIFICS - Near 400 pages $A90 (Stock 736EQ)

Hugh Freeman huge  “Barred Numeral Cancellations Of Victoria”  Now Full COLOUR!  $A199 (Stock 274BN)

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

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

Stanley Gibbons “Stamps Of The World” - 6 MASSIVE books save $300! - $A399 (Stock 892JQ)

Superb 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 $240 (Stock 892JC)

The Arthur Gray "KGV Reign" Collection, Superb hard bound leather Catalogue just $A65 (Stock 368WF)

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

Stanley Gibbons superb "2021 British Commonwealth Cat" - 780 pages hardbound - $A195 (Stock 893JX)




AUST FDC Collection 1970-1995, PO Cost $460 for just $A275!   1970 to 1995 - 383 covers - a carton full! LOTS retail miles higher than face of course. Bought well from a large Estate today, so OUT THEY GO for just $A275, so get some of my money back fast! Retail will be about $1000. Doubles of some, and se-tenant strips, Mini Sheets, SCARCE high cat Eucalyptus booklet panes, (see below). high value Defins to 1977 $10 Painting (2 different) are here too.  Many folks forget how HIGH the USED sets are priced in SG from this era. in some cases the SG price is 10 to 43 times the FACE, and off me you are paying MILES under face.  Lots of the goodies are here as you can readily see from the photos - totally untouched and unpicked by me as always, “as received” for all the superb topicals and thematics etc. 

Usual odd age blemish etc here and there mentioned for strict accuracy, due to 50+ year old age, but a SUPERBLY good lot at this price, and remember even if you choose to soak off the odd one for “VFU”, they are still great value.  On ebay, results are often superb on these, when offered singly or in groups of each year etc, when they have a free listing day. An Orchid set with SG cat $A15 often gets $5 to $7 from topical collectors, or 5 times your cost etc. Maybe keep the better sets for yourself, and sell off the others, so as you get the ones you retain totally FREE?  HEAPS of photos here -  The Post Office charged 40c above face for each cover, so a $5 stamp on FDC cost $A5.40 to buy etc - 30+ years back. $A275
(stock 763TF)




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!   




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)




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)






  1933 Sydney Gala Day Pigeongram Normal & Inverted *MUH*:  Rare and sought after items – I see one each decade or 20 years.  These are better still, both fresh **MUH** original gum.  After near 90 years, that grade is basically unheard of.  The same way MUH Kangaroo pre-war sell for 3 times MLH, applies also to these.  Has anyone EVER seen these offered *MUH*?  Been in Europe most of their life. “A GAY PRELUDE TO THE ROYAL SHOW” - maybe the debut Gay Mardi Gras here?!   Only 200 of the inverts were made, and near all of those are long tossed away, or are thinned, toned, heavy hinged or otherwise damaged in the past 90 years. AAMC - PP5b/c   And many were used on souvenir covers sold at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and aimed at kids etc, like all Royal Show gimmicky things, and of course are now long lost.  This was the height of the Great Depression and cheap fun like this was what the public looked for. $A125 (Stock 462LP)  



"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)





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 Day 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 $A195 apieceONE left now – Stock 571GZ) 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)  or one set MUH and one set VFU for $A120 (Stock 571GF)   “$1.00 Adelaide 2016” strip 6 with striking reversed ALBINO “Ghost” prints: $A350  Stock 571GC - (Identical 30c strips have sold over $5,000!) or one of a tiny number made of LAST DAY COVERS illustrated above just: $A195 (Stock 571GZ)    




*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)




German "Lighthouse" Deluxe 64 page stockbooks, Crocodile skin covers, *30% under retail* - $A67!:  24 carat GOLD cornered stockbooks.  CLASSY!  For the collector who wants the VERY best for their stamps. "30% OFF RETAIL"  As you can see on link below, Australian recommended retail is $A97.50 each.  My bulk buy price is over 30% 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 grain, genuine 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 around $1 a page
- near HALF the $1.75 RRP price of a Hagner sheet even - and the classy Crocodile skin leather 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 $A585 a box - you save around $A185 a box!  $A230 for 3 (Stock 482KX) or a carton of SIX for just $A400  (Stock 482KW)





1913 First Watermark 2/- Roo, Perfin Large “OS” very fresh MVLH:   A wildly under-rated stamp.  Replaced in months by the small size “OS” as tearing apart the sheets with this large perfin ripped the stamps and was abandoned fast.   Even used copies are $100s - a rare stamp in any form, but MINT should really be TEN times the used price. as that is their relativity.  ACSC 35ba, $A1,500.  SG 011  £650=$A1,300.   Very clean and fresh - was in Europe most of its life.  Well above average condition and freshness.  Light hinge touch.  Good perfs and colour, bought well, so $700 under ACSC value. $A800 (Stock 489KT) 







Lighthouse Hagner Albums + Matching 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 about 50 Hagner/Vario pages very comfortably, of course depending on content of the pages.  For stamp album pages, many more pages.  Factory carton of TEN sets ... all shrink-wrapped ex Factory.   Only ONE carton 10 of BLACK, and one of GREEN still on hand – DISCOUNTED: $A550 (Stock 793HQ)




FAROE ISLANDS MUH Corner Plate Blocks 4 collection - $A99:  What a deal!  Faroe Islands were THE hottest thing on the stamp planet in the early 1980s.  Prices were TEN times today’s level - indeed the deceased owner paid Max Stern $750 PER set of blocks for these, his invoice showed. He bought 10 such sets and the invoice was generously rounded down to $A7,000.  We have 41 Top left numbered Plate number blocks here - 161 x Fresh flat MUH stamps at about SIXTY CENTS OZZIE a stamp!   The 1975 Defins (issue #1) were a really expensive set, and those were about $100 a single set on their own back in the day.  LOTS of photos of them all here - 

The VERY first 11 Faroes issues are here in corner Plate Blocks 4. Includes the super high face value 1979 25 Krona Ram - a real FORTUNE back 40 years ago!  The CURRENT SG cat as 4 MUH is £202=$A400 valued as single sets and clearly, matched Top Left corner Plate blocks is a nice premium added on top of that.  YOU pay just $A99 the LOT!  Beautiful steel engraved recess printed, line engraved gems ..... most seem to be engraved by the Master of the genre - Czeslaw SLANIA.  The original buyer got TEN sets of matched blocks 4 for his $7,000.  Superb lot to offer per set of blocks on ebay etc, or break into singles etc.  Bought VERY well from Estate so OUT they go at a silly low price -  Two sets blocks -  $A179 (Stock 287LQ ) One set $A99 (Stock 287LR)




GB fresh MUH COMMEM sets circa 1990, way under face!  I just removed all UK stamps from a carton of GB PO Annual Albums this week.  From the circa 1990s era, as the books weigh a ton to mail anywhere, and are not fast sellers anyway.  Part contents of just one book scanned here to give you an idea, as they are all fully sealed n PO outer plastic and a few outer plastic wrinkles consequently show here in pic.  No energy or spare time to take an hour and bust them all out of PO packaging.  The year books were latter 1980s and early 1990s like these.  TOTALLY unpicked as always -- whatever hot topicals were in each year book are in this postage lot.  Either list up on ebay set by set, or start an instant MUH collection, or if you live in UK, use on classy outward sendings.  There is 225 quid face value of COMMEMS in there,) in full MUH sets. **NO** dreary Machins of any kind, and no essentially useless 3p and 7p face values etc from 1970s etc!  EVERY savvy ebayer seller knows a quid of two of full commem sets on a small UK packet, or overseas letter sendings, are worth MORE than face value retail, nearly cancelled.  All these included

I worked that out over 40 years back!  See 100s of examples here  Buyers LOVE getting it - but I make a nice profit on EVERY sending. Some other savvy sellers have too. But sourcing pretty full sets of commems in full sets is not simple. They fetch a FAR higher % than dreary Machins, and rightly so. It is receiver useful, versus landfill. The sending of them is appreciated by buyers, who buy again - the dopes using common Machins are cursed by buyers. Me ESPECIALLY. EVERY stamp den on the planet should have a folder of ATTRACTIVE mint commemorative stamps of your country on hand for next mailings. We ALL know what current postage rates are - take them up correctly franked to PO and you are home free - If you can get them in 1 hit under face, far smarter still - email me if anyone is smarter than the average ebayer, and wants £225=$A450 of full attractive, commem sets!   MUH full sets and strips etc, for WAY UNDER FACE at $A350.  A UK Buyer can pay in Sterling right into my UK account if you want to dodge overseas credit card gouges.  Also, for UK buyers I mail in such a secure tracked way, that HM Vatman pays no attention. $A350 (Stock 582LQ)




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



Australia KGVI era collection on SG leaves.  Juzwin retail $576. $A275:  This area is missing from most collections.  Clean looking mint and used  lot, largely complete, and on a spot check through it all, all I looked at seemed fine and sound.  Many superior grade stamps and sets in here.  Juzwin retail noted alongside each line for your easy checking. More pix here -   Pay way under HALF Juzwin and save over $300 by buying in one hit, which always saves you heaps. $A275 (Stock 134HB)




SG *2021* Commonwealth & British Empire Stamp Catalogue 1840-1970:  This massive tome is usually released in September in UK for STAMPEX.  That show was cancelled of course, and so was the September issue date of this cancelled - for months.  Air Freight copies only got here after Christmas.  UK retail is £90, plus £45 normal air post shipping to here (which takes 3 weeks lately), as a 3 kilo parcel, plus GST on entry = $A300.  This Stanley Gibbons comprehensive “Part 1” catalogue covers Great Britain, Commonwealth and British Empire countries, 1840-1970.  The listings include variations in watermark, perforation, paper and printing methods, major shades, watermark varieties, important plate flaws, errors, government telegraph stamps and booklets (all listed and priced).  A truly MASSIVE 780 (A4) pages in full colour.  Save $70 and get it NOW!!  $A195 (Stock 579GQ



  **Spectacular ERROR** stamp Block: MUH or FU  - $A175:  The 2020 Australia Year Books I bought all had a very spectacular printing error in there - the entire word AUSTRALIA was clearly *MISSING* on one $1.10 stamp, as well as the issue year - see photo above.   A huge error in this modern era of computer checks.  NORMALLY the PO would simply swap them over for the corrected version, before placing them on sale.  However this year, for the first time ever, all the 2020 annual books did not have stamps loose as usual in a cello bag or Hagner, that you then placed in yourself.  They are now for each set, all printed on a page of gummed paper, with extra design all around them, and perforated within that A4/Quarto sized sheet.  Each page is like a huge A4 size Souvenir Sheet essentially!   So to swap these over by PO, would mean all the completed Year Books had to be destroyed, new pages for that error set printed, and then the entire book totally re-printed again, and that page newly bound in.  WEEKS of extra work.  As the error was not noticed until almost the on sale date, it was WAY too late for all that, as books are bought heavily each year as annual gifts, and in recent years, sell out very fast.  The CORRECT stamp wording was on course on stamps in all the PO packs, on FDC, and in usual mint form etc.  Tons more detail on these here -

Naturally a PO issued “Country Name Missing” printing error will get into major catalogues globally, and Gibbons and others have already confirmed they are listing it.  Such things in the past, like the GB 1988 Xmas error, sold only in GB yearbooks - SG 1414a, is now cat
£12,500=$A25,000 a single, mint!  The FDC is the same price level.  Where the price will finally settle on these 2020 Errors, I have absolutely no idea - they are advertised at $450 already elsewhere, but when my stock is gone, it is gone forever!   MASSES of books will be broken up just to secure this error stamp, the ONLY way to source it, and the rest will sit on wardrobe shelves for decades, un-noticed by the regular buyers at POs.  Making complete books scarcer than ever.  Only 6,500 hand numbered copies were ever printed of the Executive Album of course. (Stock 583KW - and they will be Sleepers!)  It seems clear that official Post Offices were told to return all books they held, in early December.

Even single copies used on scruffy covers mailed the year after issue, are getting $160 -  Every book or block I sell has added free, the CORRECT MUH version of this $1.10 stamp included along with it, that I managed to source separately!   I can supply just the “Country Name Missing” error Block 4 as shown above here, which was on front cover of “Stamp News”, (and the normal  correct $1.10 stamp) for $A175  MUH and/or central VFU  - Stock 583KQ - please specify WHICH, or mint will be sent.  MUH AND VFU blocks 4 are just $A325 (Stock 583KB Or a Block 4 on Dec 1, 2020 FDC cover, with error block, and a normal single stamp, side by side for $A250 (Stock 583KB)  - you can later hand write or sticker your name on it if required!   Only managed to do a very few FDC.  OR secure all three of these options above, and save $75, (MUH/FU/FDC) for $A525 (Stock 583KV).  Or, the hand numbered by PO, LEATHER cover 2020 year book (only 6,500 hand numbered exist) for $A350 (Stock 583KW) or pristine unopened PO Deluxe album for $A295 (Stock 583KR)  Or 5 superb books, all in the outer PO storage boxes for safe long term storage, for just $A1,300
(Stock 583KT)


  Gilbert and Ellice ''Christmas Island'' BFPO Nuclear Testing Forces 1956-58 covers x 6:  NOTE .. this is not the better known to collectors, of Christmas Island 5000 miles away in the INDIAN Ocean!  "Forces Air Mail' concession rate singles on 3 covers. Complete with useful collector notes.  The other 3 covers the senders has cunningly used BOOKLET PANES of 6, each with THE stitched top selvedge.  All ix are here -  Postally used they are scarce. USED ON any cover, moreso.  Especially from the middle of the Pacific, 10,000 miles back to the UK!   Postally used from Christmas Island in the PACIFIC Island, on matched covers, that trio be unique I have no doubt.  Never seen even one of these before in 45 years of dealing. Condition a tad mixed after 65 years but a unique group I will bet.  Are they worth $20 apiece?  You bet!  $A125 (Stock 156GY)  



Kangaroo 1913 2/- Brown CTO superb fresh full gum-  $A195:  CTO Kangaroo prices have gone insane in recent times - single stamps selling for up to SEVEN times the recent ACSC prices.  So stamps like this one are worth grabbing NOW = ACSC 35wb, $A300 as cheapest CTO date in average grade.  First Watermark - Superbly Fresh - very in Scotland all its life - full flat original gum - noted as MUH in the collection, but I see a super feint hinge touch.  Near NONE of these still have gum.  I keep EVERY Australian stamp in stock 1913-1980 and in FIVE grades for each, from Spacefiller to Superb Used, to suit EVERY budget.  I have EASILY the world’s largest stock of used Roos, normal and “OS”.  I have this exact stamp in stock from $30 to $400 in cost, depending on how fussy or non-fussy you are!  Contact me re your Australia USED gaps.  Read up on Used Kangaroo Grading here -  The reason Grange Hermitage red wine sells for $500 a bottle, and rough reds are always $5 a bottle, is the same as VFU stamps - some savvy folks recognise real quality - and will gladly pay for it!   $A200 (Stock 462KY)  




  1960s Formular BANK Aeros - Northern Territory to GREECE!  The three Formular Aerograms above were invoiced at about $A250 at public auction, over 20 years back by Rodney Perry Auctions.  WHY???   Three Airletters/Aerograms from oz Banks to Greece.  One from Tennant Creek, Northern Territory the others from Darwin -  NT to Greece - what a combo!   Decimal and pre-decimal - nice cut-off pairing.  All with cool and colourful bank forms and receipts printed inside.  They are the unstamped FORMULAR types.  Why banks used those I have no clue.   And WHY did they sell for that - way above estimate?   This lot comes complete with the original sale invoice, and the Rod Perry original lot card.  The 10d blue was ‘Approval Style 37’, and is not often seen - and that was not even illustrated in the Perry sale cat.   Anyway with an estimate $150, clearly there was a bit of bidding, even then, to get it to where it was sold.  Over a half Century old now.  Many more pix and back and front and insides, and discussion here -  $A150 (Stock 315AJL)  



Italy 1950 Holy Year set, in marginal MUH blocks of 4, SG Cat £676+ for just $A375!  A scarce set in a single set, and in blocks 4 rarely seen.  A key post-war set, and now over 70 years old.  Well centred, matched top marginal MUH set of 2 blocks, only the top value is scanned here above.  And being marginal blocks, cannot be regummed of course.  SG #746-747, fresh MUH, Cat £676=$A1,350, and blocks are a premium on top, for Italian issues.  (2 Blocks.)  Show me another set of BLOCKS on sale anywhere today!  $A375 (Stock 482GB)




WWI era Smyth Approval book of GB QV/KEVII Officials. SG $4,500 for $A235!  Wonderful old relic and survivor that arrived today.  A WWI era W. H. Smyth approval book. Smyth was the leading dealer here.  He founded his business in 1890 and died in 1923.  Stamps have been in this book untouched, for a Century or so.  GB QV and KEVII in this Century year old stapled Approval book, that looks exactly like the 1913 2/- Kangaroo stamp Booklet style!  Most are lovely clean and sound clean FU, and from this era will be genuine most likely as most faking took place in late 1930s.  The spivs crudely fake things on ebay today in large numbers.  Generally above average condition for these.  SG Cat as you can see is £2,247 = $A4,500.  HEAPS more pix here - - Bought well to sell fast at about 5% of SG - $A235 or just $US160.  $A235 (Stock 625AK)





















1913 2/- Brown, First Watermark Kangaroo ** MUH **  Cat $2,750 for just $A500!  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 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.  You will be the FIRST collector to own it since!  Was in a glassine envelope since issue time.  MUH fresh gum, centred low, as often found, with good perfs for any 1913 issue.  ACSC #35, Cat $2,750 as cheapest shade.  Bought cheap from The Hoard so out it goes - Cat $2,750, for just $A500 (Stock 624AJ)




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)




G.B. 1873 4d Sage Green fresh MVLH, SG. £1,400 ($A2,800) for $A475!:  Superb fresh, clean MVLH, amazing really for 148 years old, plate 16.  4d Sage Green with large coloured corner letters, lettered R.E., with the Large Garter watermark.  Nice bright colour, and great perfs as you can see.  SG 153, £1,400 ($A2,800)  A little over 15% of SG …. what a deal for someone, as bought very well!  $A475 (Stock 693KQ) 




East Germany 1955 Karl Marx Mini Sheet Superb Used:  The scarce 135th Birthday Anniversary of this absolute legend of the country.  Scarce mint or used - been 20 years since I had one of these.  Superb used, clean and flat and fresh with 1955 light central cds. SG E233a, Cat £200=$A400.  Bought from an Estate, where the buyer had a Max Stern invoice in with this for $A350 which seems about right.  A key post-war German piece for just $A115 (Stock 495BR)




Australia 1970 Definitives, rare Post Office Pack Cat $650, for just $A295:  The *Gorilla* - the scarcest Australia face different PO pack by several miles, as it cost a FORTUNE back then.  I see one each few years or so.  This larger sized B5 pack has all the current Defins right up to the 1966 Navigator set 6, in a plastic Hagner type sheet inside.  Add it up - FACE was $10.47 of the stamps here.  ‘No big deal’ you might think today.  Well near 50 years back that was huge.  A First Class letter then cost 5¢!  (There are 2 different 5¢ Queens in here) so $10.47 bought you 210 x first class stamps.  Today a First Class letter is $1.50, so 210 of those is $A315 in today’s money.  Would YOU pay $A315 TODAY for a new issue Post Office pack?  Of course not, and certainly almost no-one did in 1970, so they are super scarce, and retail MANY $100s despite being on sale nationally at capital city Philatelic BureauxThe $4 King alone cost EIGHTY times the then 5¢ letter rate.  So the pack was about $A315 type buying price, adjusted to today’s money.  You are paying LESS than that!  Little wonder almost none sold.  ASC P7, Cat. $650 and seldom seen or offered ANYWHERE.  Fresh and un-opened.  $A295 (Stock 542JKL)






Australia PO Packs 1970-1974 x 50. Retail $800 for just $A175!  A superb hoard for someone.  Bought by a Postmaster 50 years ago, as they each came out.  All sealed and nice.  Generally a few of each.  This is the GOLDEN ERA.  PO only started issuing PO packs in 1969 so these are the SUPER early ones, and few bothered.  And those that were bought, were torn open for the stamps.  This has the very scarce 1971 Xmas Blocks of 7 - and FOUR of the really scarce 1972 "BEEF" or Primary Industry sets 5 etc, etc. So these super earlies sell superbly well on ebay etc, and the "Stamp Boom" started latter 1970s and NONE of these got bought in multiples, as the 1980 era was.  Bought cheap in 20 storage tubs of material, so OUT it goes at a super silly $175!  Current retail is $800 as you can see here - Full listing and many more pix is there - $A175 (Stock 659UF)   





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 1978 Aviators 18c Bert Hinkler - *Imperforate Pair*:  ACSC #791b, $1,200+ back 19 years back - superb unused, with wide left margin, which support the ACSC suggestion that these may be a plate proofs.  Terrific margins as you can see and clean and fresh and flat, ACSC Cat $1,200+.  Also is SG 659a, £600=$1,200.  The new ACSC Decimals Cat is about to be released, and prices are doubtless now far higher, after 20 years! $A500 (Stock 836PA)






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)





Australia 1918 KGV 1d Rose-Pink (G67) Rough Paper Perf 'OS' with *Drury Certificate* Cat $A2,000 for $A450!:  ACSC #72Hbb, MUH, with small gum scuff mentioned for accuracy, Cat $2,000.  Michael Drury colour Photo Certificate (2018).  A wildly mis-identified shade, in any kind of mint condition, and unless the KGV shades GURU Michael Drury says it is Rose Pink, do not waste your money!  LOTS of the common ‘’Rosine’’ get styled as Rose Pink etc.  Offered for almost the cost of the current Australia Post Annual album  - Insane.  $A450 (Stock 582KE)



  Italy 1949 Art Exhibition set, in MUH blocks of 4, SG Cat £520+ for $A275!  A scarce set in a single set, and in blocks 4 rarely seen.  A key post-war set.  Well centred MUH group of 4 blocks, only the top value is scanned here above.  SG #721-74, fresh MUH, Cat £520=$A1,040, and block are a premium on top for Italian issues.  (4 Blocks.)  Show me another set of BLOCKS on sale today!  $A275 (Stock 482GT)  



Kangaroo - 1929 2/- Maroon Small Multiple Wmk, Plate 1, Ash imprint pair **MUH** - Cat $2,500 for $A925!:  ACSC #39(1)za, incredibly well centred as you can see for ANY imprint.  ACSC Cat $2,500.  Indeed even 2 x MUH singes outside an imprint are $A1,500 - especially with this centering!   Absoutely classic “Bottom Drawer” material for the future, for someone astute, and bought very well to sell FAST, at just $A925 (Stock 825LQ)




Laos 1954 Golden Jubilee set MUH - SG Cat $870, for just $A195!  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 WELL UNDER QUARTER GIBBONS!  Just $US145 as I type - $A195 (Stock 584JR)




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)






Hutt River Province 1975 Mini Sheet #1 x **440** Retail $3,080 - just $A245!:  These were issued in the Stamp Boom, and investors bought quantities of many things. These included, clearly!  Someone decided to buy 440 of these attractive Miniature Sheets.  Face value is $1.20 a sheet - so FACE alone is $528 alone.  He could have bought a mint £2 Roo for that money 47 years back!  And dealer retail is $7 a set = $3,080 as you can see here -  Bought well to sell FAST, at a fraction of what he paid 47 years back, and you pay just 7% of current retail.  Doing 100+ hour weeks now, and just no time to break these down as I really SHOULD!  He had a few other issues in duplicate full PO sheets that he bought at the same time if anyone is interested, also at a low % of retail.  Brilliant lot for someone on ebay to offer per sheet, or per 10 or per 100 (you have 440 sheets!) and make a real killing.  This Hutt River material is enduringly popular.  A few single sets sold for $510 on ebay - to many bidders.

Amazing find .. owner paid $3,200 for these in the 1980s according to his auction invoice.  These are near FIFTY years old now of course. Hutt River's FIRST ever Mini Sheet.  The Principality of Hutt River is situated some 600 km north of Perth, Western Australia and is an Independent Sovereign State having seceded from the Commonwealth of Australia on 21st April 1970. The Head of State was the late HRH Prince Leonard.  His son, Graeme took over the reins of the Province.  For many years until recently, he printed his own stamps, issued his own coins and notes, and also issued his own passports and bestowed Knighthoods to visitors from all over the world.  Pay neat 7% of current retail, and just 44% of face! $A245
(Stock 462BX)




Australia 1916 2/- Brown Kangaroo INVERTED WATERMARK $1,000 under Cat!:  ACSC lists the Inverted Watermark stamp as 37a, at $1,500, normal or Perf “OS” in average used - and they often are in terrible shape, from heavy parcel use in WWI.   As an example, the only used copy in the huge Arthur Gray Gold Medal sale had short perfs, and a missing corner!   ACSC 37a, $1,700.  This is a 100+ year old stamp, clean and flat and fresh, very attractive used, free of hinges and gook and gunk etc, so that the watermark shows superbly.  Most of this watermark 2/- has really “fluffy” perfs - this one is truly excellent as you can see.  Quite decent cds cancel for a parcel usage 2/- … many have ugly smeared boxed grids, or machine rollers etc.  Light neat dated cds.  Better Kangaroos have gone totally GANG-BUSTERS in recent years.  A very pleasing looking stamp, superb perfs and centering- the nicest copy I have seen on this for ages, yet just $1,000 less than the ACSC price - $A700 (Stock 539LQ)





USA 1988-91 Official Mail 25¢ pair *TOTALLY IMPERFORATE*:  A rare error, of which only one sheet was apparently discovered.  Fresh MUH, with superb wide even margins.  Scott #0141a, Cat $US1,000 = $A1,450.  SG #02345a, Cat £1,100 = $A2,200.  One of the major American post-war stamp printing errors, fully catalogued, and bought well, to sell cheap!  Thirty years on, these will never be cheaper.  SG Cat $2,200 for just $A695 (Stock 462HU)






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)    







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)




  FIJI - 1915-19 'WAR TAX STAMP' Overprint 1d KGV, with Overprint Inverted, BPA Cert:  SG #139ac, 1d Bright Scarlet, fine MVLH, Cat £600 = $A1200. Clear BPA certificate (1998).  Near EVERY example offered on FakeBay etc, (even many real Auctions) is of course FORGED, as the basic stamp is worth only peanuts.  Also has a light impression of the overprint under King’s Neck as can be seen - so technically a DOUBLE oveprint - both inverted!  You MUST buy these with clear UK Photo Certificate.  Also expertised 3 times on reverse.  Very fresh MLH original gum.  Priced at $650 under Gibbons to sell FAST - $A550 (Stock 835KL  



USA stamps - superb range of PERFS FREAKS & Misperfs!: 1938-75 misperforated selection, comprising 1938 3c President, Prexie pair and block of 4, 1954 4c Lincoln pair, 1968 15c Holmes pair, 1975 13c Liberty Bell strip of 3, 1975 13c Flag/Independence Hall pairs (2)  Some absolutely spectacular misperforations as you can see, and all are MUH. (14 stamps)  Must be worth $A15/$US10 each!?   If these were from AUSTRALIA you could quadruple this price!  $A195 (Stock 693LC)







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 $US700! (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 $US600 - $A850 (Stock 386LX)







Belgium rare 1952 Koekelberg Basilica Fund Mini Sheet MUH, Cat £600 - $A395:  A super scarce post war Europe sheet and being near 70 year old now, not many MUH are encountered.  A large sheet, and of high face value - few in the early post wat years were buying such items.  SG 1392 Cat  £600=$A1200.  Show me another for sale!  $A395 (Stock 691JX)




  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)  





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)






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)






ACSC "Postal Stationery" Catalogue - 484 pages, all in colour:  Including Australian Territories,  Latest Edition which updates the first edition of seven years back, 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.  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)







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

ONE 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 Australia Post Year Books on the planet - 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 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 2001-2019 etc, or for any other single years 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 etc - 4 monthly payments of around $350 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)





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)






SWITZERLAND 1945 “PAX” Hi-Values.  SG £620 for just $A250!:  Probably the very scarcest stamps post-war from Europe.  Inscribed simply “PAX” (Latin for “PEACE”)  they were issued as the horrible turmoil of WW2 came to a final end.  Back 75 years ago, this 15 Francs was a fortune. These were literally the £1 and £2 Roos of Switzerland, and only very heavy parcels used these top values, of the long PAX set.  Many came to Australia due to high air mail cost to here.  Clean FU with correct cancels.  SG 458/459, Cat £620=$A1,250.   Bought well to sell fast, at just 20% of SG Cat - just $US175 as I type this - $A250 (Stock 397BR





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    




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)







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)





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)







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)






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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