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

So that I can show you the items in great detail in high resolution, some of the images may take a little while to load up if you have slow internet connection.  I apologize for this, but it is worth waiting for!  Yes, these lots often have healthy price tags, but "Lay-By"/Layaway is available on them ALL.  Email or phone me, to discuss it.  See something for $600 you like, and you can pay it off over several months at no fee or interest penalty.  Even by Credit Card or Paypal if you wish.  And I do NOT rip you off like auctions, and then add 20%-25% to my prices in "Buyer Fees" and taxes.  AND then have the cheek to then add 3% more to use your Amex card etc!  A $1,000 stamp below costs $1,000 from me - not $1,300.  I charge ZERO extra to use any card. Happy Stamping -  
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Spectacular piece, with 2 of the scarcest face different NSW Imperfs, *AND* a rare postmark *AND* a clear Double Print!:  1852 6d Yellow Brown Laurete 4 margin, SG 74 - also being a very clear *DOUBLE PRINT* of entire design - that is a $1,750 stamp on its own!   Alongside a 1853 8d Orange Brown, SG 80, also superb 4 margin.  Both tied by “55” Barred numeral scarce Type 1Bv, (6mm x 10mm) rated “RRRR” by Freeman in his superb new handbook.  Quite Superb condition, ex Clayton, and ex the late Mark Dankin, who formed THE finest NSW collection post-war, assembled over half a century, and who ONLY bought the very finest, fault free material.  His NSW Collection, including this unique piece, won FIP Large Gold medals at Belgica 2001, Washington 2006 and España 2006 etc.  Clean and fresh and with no foxing or thins or creases, and expertised on reverse of course.

Two essential face different imperfs, missing from 99% of collections.  No perforated version were issued of either, so these are globally sought.  Juzwin $1,000 as average used 3 margin copies OFF piece!  With a double print AND a rare “RRRR” cancel and in top shape, a gem piece. SG £875 = $A1,750 for average used, off piece, and no double print  or RRRR cancel, which figure is insane - 5 years ago these were HIGHER, and all NSW around them have risen in price - often many fold.  The Besancon collection sold NSW imperfs for MULTIPLES of full SG catalogue for quality examples, and the next SG will reflect that.  Details of that sale here - Tinyurl.com/Besancons  For the astute buyer, who recognises and appreciates top quality, with THE very finest provenance - a totally UNIQUE piece - $A1,750 (Stock 492HR)

 

 

 

Australia 1913 1/- Emerald First Watemark, Superb, Fresh **MUH** Original Gum:  The sad reality is that 95% of alleged “MUH” 1913 Kangaroos are regums.  Near everything above 6d face value offered on ebay  regummed for sure.  Why - as MUH are cat 5 times hinged, and regumming in Germany costs $10 a stamp.  So buying with no provenance is a mug’s game for real Bunnies.  Regummers CANNOT do corner or margin copies of course, as the air brushed gum being sprayed on, gets into the perf holes, and is easily spotted.  So buying a corner copy is VERY savvy.  From the quite massive THREE Generation “Townsville North Queensland Hoard” collection we flew back with - in 8 huge removalist cartons - tinyurl.com/TownsV   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 or more.  This was in a glassine from being bought as a new issue.  You will be the FIRST collector to own it since!  Fresh and flat, and not even hinged on margins.  Stunning deep glowing “printed yesterday” unfaded colour.  The very attractive Interpanneau “Jubilee Lines” *ALWAYS* gets a large premium over single stamps - much like Monograms etc.  Generally 50% more on higher values.  ACSC Cat $1,750 as cheapest possible shade single stamp, with NO “Jubilee Lines”!  Perfs and centering you cannot improve on for ANY 1913 issue, that has the tough long grain paper that always sees ripped out perfs.  For the astute buyer, who recognises and appreciates top quality, with THE very finest provenance: $A1,350 (Stock 936JR)

 

 

 

1919 6d Blue Third Wmk Die 2, the *UNIQUE* Harrison imprint “OS” stamp with Cert:  NO other “OS” Harrison imprint examples are recorded in this shade.  Even Arthur Gray did not have this one, in his $7½ million Roo collection - THE finest ever formed.  Even Non OS Harrisons are rare, but are far more plentiful than this, and are cat $12,500 a pair in the cheapest shade.  This shade in ACSC is DOUBLE the common Ultramarine.  ACSC notes re the 6d Blue  "The 6d Harrison imprint is perhaps the rarest imprint outside the bicoloured high value.” Arthur Gray’s £1 Harrison Bi-Colour imprint sold for $256,000!  And this one is also unique, for just 1% of that price.  Attractive MVLH, with stunning perfs and centering for any Third Wmk 6d, variety or imprint or not!  Better still, it is the scarce shade, AND has the constant plate variety from stamp position 1R55.  Has Drury Photo Certificate from 2018 “6d Milky Blue Die 2, White Flaw Off WA Coast - ACSC 2017, No 19F(1)g”.  This shade is cat 50% more than cheapest one, and the plate variety is cat double a normal.  ACSC 19(1)zh $12,500 for a pair in cheapest shade.  Nice looking stamp, with recent Photo Certificate, and at $A2,500 the buy of the WEEK for someone astute!  Only $US1,725 as I type this - $A2,500 (Stock 895LX)

 

 


"KNOWLEDGE IS POWER"
  as I type incessantly -  I cannot stress the importance of having a solid library.  Often the FIRST thing you look up, often pays for that book forever!  A number of wonderful new reference books have appeared recently.  In many cases buying 2 or 3 books costs around the same shipping as ONE, so do give it some thought!  Within NSW, 10 books costs the same shipping as 1 book etc!  ALL in stock now - click on each link for details.  Hint for these as GIFTS!     Glen.


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

Stanley Gibbons current AUSTRALIA AND STATES & PACIFICS - Near 400 pages $A80 (Stock 736EQ

Hugh Freeman "Numeral Cancellations of New South Wales" Huge hard cover $A185 (Stock736LE)

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

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

ACSC New full colour catalogues for KGVI and QE2 – the BOTH huge A4 books $260 (Stock 892JC)

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

"Plating Papua Lakatois" Book, 563 x A4 pages, RRP $110 - DISCOUNTED to just $A60! (Stock 432HA)

500 page ACSC New “Australia KGV Reign” catalogue in Full Colour - just  $A165 (Stock 382KX)

Stanley Gibbons superb "2019 British Commonwealth Cat" - 750 pages hardbound - $A175 (Stock 692KX)

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

HUGE  Seven Seas Stamps "Australasian Stamp Cat."   *NO* dealers have stock! $A99 (Stock 792TQ)

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

 

 


 

1905/12 £1 NSW Lord Carrington Federal PUNCTURED “OS” – QUITE SUPERB!  1905-12 Crown A watermark, Perf 11, the 20/- or £1 top value of series.  Very fresh mint original gum, with a very light hinge touch.  Quite exceptional perfs and centering, and deep vibrant “printed yesterday” colour as you can see.  ACSC #N77b.  Rare - a key stamp totally absent from the Colonel Evans, Jim Johnstone, and the stupendous “Carrington” (Mark Dankin) major NSW International Gold Medal winning collections.  An inferior looking example of this was invoiced at Abacus/Prestige auction of September 2018 for just on $1,100.  This of course is an AUSTRALIAN “OS” issue, and was valid nationwide - this being first issued in 1905, and Federation was 1901.  A very different animal to the “OS NSW” perfins pre 1901, which are STATE issues, not Federal ones. (The “NSW” pins were removed from “OS NSW” to create these scarce Federal perfins.)  `

Better States stamps prices are going NUTS this year, see - tinyurl.com/GlenFeb19 so secure key examples NOW, before retail prices keep climbing.  I am working on SG to add official PERFINS to each state, and when they do, hold onto your hats as global demand will explode, and prices will go gangbusters, as the high values are RARE.  The Mint £1 “OS” Kangaroo that replaced this, is Cat $17,500, and is more easily sourced!  Lovely original “sheen” of this chalk faced printing - often rubbed or scuffed over the past Century.  I’ve owned only 1 other of these in 40 years.  100% genuine, with leading Paris expert Theodore Champion expert handstamp, and at $1,000, is my buy of 2019 - for the collector with an eye for absolute top shelf quality, and who has identified this wildly under-rated scarcity!  $A1,000
(Stock 427LR)

 

 

 

 

  Victoria 1902 KEVII £1, superb CTO:  Sensational looking stamp.  Really weirdly, this and same design £2 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 - Q.Vic was depicted on every other State’s stamps.  If this was the £1 that replaced it, in superb CTO, ACSC Cat for that is $4,000.  Today’s prices are ABSURD.  The characteristically slightly misaligned perf pins, of the overused straight line machine, that always leaves strange corners, and magnificent centering and perfs for these.  I have the same £1 and £2 pair with same cancels but perf “OS” and CTO, for $A550 the pair (Stock 783TJ)  The OS Roo pair of those values is cat $75,000!   This is a fully Australian Commonwealth stamp - first issued a year after Federation.  Better States stamps prices are going NUTS this year, see - tinyurl.com/GlenFeb19 so secure key examples NOW, before retail prices keep climbing.  I am working on SG to add official PERFINS to each state, and when they do, hold onto your hats, as global demand will explode, and prices will go gangbusters, as the high values are RARE.  SUPERB used, clean and fresh, and pristine flat CTO, free of hinges and gook and gunk etc, and vibrant deep colour: $A325 (Stock 783TP)   

 
 

 

New Zealand rare official mail “O.P.S.O” overprint, 2½d QV superb MVLH with RPSL Cert:  These crude handstamped overprints - denoting “On Public Service Only” are very scarce, and have been WIDELY faked of course - ebay is awash with them of course.  You *MUST* Buy these only with clear RPS type Photo Certs, such as this one has.  Second Sideface issue, perf 10 x 11, diagonal overprint in Violet Rose.  Superb fresh MVLH original gum.  Bright and VERY attractive.  The VERY finest example you will encounter globally SG #013 cat £850 = $A1,600.  $A600 (Stock 794RX)

 


 

 

Monaco 1955 1000F Cormorant Bird Airmail, Top value, Rare *PERF 11*:  The original 1955 issue in perf 11.  A small printing - this was a fortune back then, and replaced in 1957 with the far more common perf 13 - still a scarce stamp, but cat a QUARTER of this one.  Phalacrocorax carbo bird stamp.  Yvert 420 Euro = $A700.  From a MASSIVE Mint and Used Monaco collection I just bought cheap, from complete Mint AND used sets of all early issues to modern - let me know what YOU need.  Fresh well centred MUH.  One of the most valuable European Post War Classics, at well under ONE THIRD cat - Estate special at: $A200 (Stock 835BX)

 

  

 

 

Australia 1916 4d KGV GENUINE *Lemon Yellow* shade:  Most of these offered on amateur seller sites like ebay are clearly NOT.  They are Yellow Oranges, or Orange Yellows etc, or even darker shades - Lemon is ACSC Cat $250, so of course they magically all become LEMONS by Ebay dreamers/cons as it is pricey!  The mid WWI emergency of near all printing ink coming from Germany and Austria, and British merchant shipping here was being sunk, saw the printer buy any ink barrels locally that vaguely resembled “Orange”.  None of the Single Watermark stamps are well centred, and Lemons moreso!  Try sourcing one with this centring and great perfs.  Fresh Mint hinged, and it comes with the 4d Orange here for easy comparison, also fresh mint.  Cat $300, the BOTH for just $A185 (Stock 892JQ)

 

 

 

NSW 1852/53 6d Brown Laurete - Complete Sheet 25 - just $A30 each!   Totally Magic item - a NSW 6d Brown Laureate Imperforate, in the officially re-printed sheet of 25 from the original hand-engraved copper plates on wove paper, like issued stamps (every unit differs!) in the 1880s - 140 years back - GUARANTEED original.  See note in SG.  Superb condition, clean and flat - printer’s fingerprint lower right even!  Better States stamps prices are going NUTS this year, see - tinyurl.com/GlenFeb19  so secure key pieces NOW, before retail prices keep climbing.  SG 77, Cat £6,000 each or £150,000 for 25 unused examples. Have never owned a sheet before.  Superb specialist piece, fits perfectly onto album page or Hagner, or even a better re-seller item in singles or pairs etc.  Clean and flat and fresh - amazing shape for this era.  Just $A30 apiece.  The entire sheet is about $US525 as I type this: $A750 (Stock 836KR

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand 1939 30/- Brown “Arms” stamp Superb Used:  Light postally used, with excellent perfs and centering as you can see, and deep rich colour.  Clean and fresh, and free of usual hinges, and gook and gunk, and foxing etc.  Clearly has the vertical mesh, Wiggins Teape paper, and clearly shows Watermark 43.  SG F180, £275=$A550 - and is NOT the cheaper and far more common 1946 version, on the Watermark 98 paper.  A KEY stamp for any KGVI Collection or of course for any NZ collection. Near as fine as you could ever source - $A200 (Stock 594BC)

 

 

 

GB 1840 “Penny Black” 4 margin VFU - $A250:  Clean and fresh.  Free of the hinges and gun and toning and creasing etc, that often be-devils this issue.  "The World's First Stamp"  Even 2 or 3 margin, common plate number real roughies these days, can cost you near this, as many 1000's are sold to China each year by SG and others, in a large consumer marketing drive, and prices are up.  This is Lettered "O. K." with a FAR superior cancel strike than 95% of what I see.  Has a MAGNIFICENT light crisp vermillion Red Maltese Cross cancel as you will agree - so much nicer than a usual heavy BLACK MX!   Every collector wants a "Penny Black" on the frontispiece page of their album, no matter what country they collect.  If your initials are “Q. I.” - even better!   Plate 1B - SG minimum £375 = $A750.   Just touching top right, clean and flat and fresh, and totally free of the usual aging and gook and gunk and hinges - now 179 years old.  GREAT eye-appeal, as you can see.  Only $US175 as I type. $A250 (Stock 847AZ)

 

 

 

Australia the SCARCE Stamp/Coin PNC covers x 13 - 1995 to 2012 Retail $455. for $A175:  Turned up in an Estate today.  These Philatelic Numismatic Covers (PNC) have a huge following from coin collectors as well as STAMP collections.  Two big markets, and the better covers are in strong demand.  Many Key items here - bought cheap to sell cheap!  More photos here - tinyurl.com/PNCoz   Superb re-seller on ebay etc - these do VERY well.  “THE LAST ANZACS” PNC alone sells for well over $100 on its own!  $A175 (Stock 356ZX)

 

 

 


 

 

Tasmania 1870 4d Blue QV Plate Proof, UPU Specimen stamp, just $A100:  This guy, MINT (or used!) is one of Tassie's scarcest stamps - SG 130, £1,200 = $A2400 mint, and £475 = $A950 used.  Only a few 100 were ever sold, and Bassett Hull clearly tells us that most of those were to Hobart banks, who used them fiscally.  Hence near EVERY Tasmania album globally has a gap for this one, pretty much.  A superb 4 margin Plate Proof IMPERF, and un-overprinted, as sent to the UPU for distribution to member states, in 1889.  So this is a UPU Specimen distribution stamp, without any doubt.

The Bendon handbook note as you can see, says "the stamps described as 'ungummed' are in fact these imperforate reprints printed on thin white card."  See note after SG 166 confirming this, and the note shown nearby confirms this - from new JAMES BENDON “UPU Specimen Stamps” massive A4, full colour, hard cover book, that I have sold cartons of recently.  Clean and fresh and bright, for way LESS than the current PO Year Book costs!  From a specialist collection - he had a UPU Strip 3 of these.  Sold one to a client and have TWO singles left - at just $US70 - $A100
(Stock 381RA)

 

 


 

 

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)

 

 

 

Superb set 3 Boxed Australia Hingeless stamps albums and matching slipcases from 1913 - **HALF** Retail!  *Brand new* THREE volume, Seven Seas Australia albums 1913/92 in matching slipcases.  Bought these in for a client who wanted a set of new books to 1993, as he had PO Year Books in slipcases after that date.  Retail price as you can see on link below is $A565.  His old albums were getting foxed and ratty, so it was time for a change, and update to the new versions and albums, he had decided, after reading one of my columns on stamp care and storage.  He got me to order these in for him before Xmas, and paid 3 x lay-by payments of $100, and he sadly passed away last month. His wife was happy to waive that deposit, an she did not wants to pay the $265 balance.  So someone can buy these for HALF retail as a result!  Australia Hingeless Seven Seas albums and pages x 3. Full Pre-Decimal, then 1966 to end 1986, then 1987 to end 1992.  All in matching slipcases. See many pix here - tinyurl.com/7SeasSet  Superb condition - Only a few pages shown as these are empty - lovely matched new set **at HALF retail**.  Upgrade your old set, or start off a new collection for just: $A285 (Stock 928CD)

 

 

 

Kangaroo 1917 10/- 3rd Watermark, Intense Aniline Pink, clean Good Used.  ACSC $A600 for $A200:  The 1917 Third Watermark 10/- Deep Aniline Pink and Grey.  Nice deep color and clean and flat, and fresh totally fresh of the usual thins, tears, creases etc from heavy parcels use in WWI - well over 100 years back now.  Lovely glowing Intense Aniline Pink colour – this scan does NO justice to it!  SG 43a £325= $A650.  Juzwin Retail $475 as normal shade.  ACSC 48d, $A600.  Good used, with usual “Ship Mail Room Melbourne” cds cancel.  Bought cheap today, to sell cheap today!  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 $40 to $500 in cost, depending on how fussy or non-fussy you are!  Contact me re your Australia USED gaps.  Just $US126 right now!  $A200 (Stock 429RB)

 

 

 

 

 

Australia coll 1913-1965 in 'Seven Seas' $950 under retail!  Australia Stamp Collection 1913 to 1965 in Royal Blue, "Seven Seas" complete Pre-Decimal Hingeless Album, at $950 BELOW retail:  Bought from Estate on weekend.  From Kangaroo SG #1, right up to Decimal era in late 1965.  Mainly used, but some fine mint also among it - Juzwin retail of stamps here alone is $1,270 lightly pencilled on each page, and to buy this album empty is $165 for the pages, and $30 for the binder = $195, so a $1,465 retail package for $950 less than buying it separately will cost!  Useful general range, in usual mixed condition for these oldie collections - many key pieces are in superb condition as you can see.  Many pages shown here: tinyurl.com/oz1913-65  to give you a rough overview of what is here. $A515 (Stock 917PW)

 

 

 

 

Kangaroo 1913 SG #1, the UNIQUE Interpanneau Gutter Block $A5,000:  Why is a block 4 of a ½d stamp, selling for $5000 you might ask?  Answer - Because it is UNIQUE in private hands!  The printer sheets 480 were supposed to be guillotined in 2, and sold in POs in the normal sheet size of 120, but a few were snaffled by Big Shots.  Two sheets survive - one is in the PO Archive ex Chapman, and the other is in the Royal Collection.  So when guillotined down to the normal PO sheets of 120, you cannot have these wide gutter pairs of course.  ACSC rates a hinged gutter pair of 2 at $3,350 as ACSC #1c - so 2 pairs is $6,700 hinged, with NO Interpanneau lines, which only occurs in this position.  Interpanneau Jubilee Line gutter pairs are not catalogued, probably as this is the only recorded block in private hands, as confimed by Gray/Shreves catalogue, but would be easily $10,000++ if they did.

I bought this block back from the Arthur Gray collection in New York, and paid $A4,875, in 2007, when ACSC value was literally 50% UNDER today’s level for this error.   I sold it at the time to a client for $6,000.  His family sold it back to me with the large collection, so I can offer it now VERY well priced, at about what I paid Gray, 12 years back, and cat is now a ton higher than then!  Fresh, and lovely centred, 3 stamps are *MUH*  (The other has gum bends.)  Folded down gutter as always with these, from PO transit, with some perf re-inforcing.  Gray sale had hinged non-Jubille line gutter blocks 4, that sold for much higher than I paid, also with creasing down gutter - the one shown in ACSC got $A6375.  Way over a centuiry old.  Mine also has ACSC variety 1(1)g, from position 1R55, as a bonus.  Ever wanted to own a UNIQUE Roo piece - and on a SG#1 at that! 
$A5,000 (Stock 832JA)  

 

 


 

 

Australia 1915 Second Watermark Roo, Fresh Unused:  The priciest 5/- watermark by a long way.  Clean fresh unused copy, with really excellent perfs and centering for these absolute TERRORS.  Had several old heavy hinges on reverse in Estate lot I bought it from so felt sure they were hiding a paper thin so soaked them off, and luckily, is sound and flat as a daisy!  These, as we all know, usually have ugly “fluffy/woolly” perfs barely punched out, and with centering all over the place.  This Second Watermark (Emergency war-time use on KGV watermark paper) was only on sale for a short time during WWI, before the 3rd watermark 5/- was issued.

Only one printing of 679,920 was ever made of these.  Issued in the middle of WWI, as Germans were sinking merchant ships bringing the correct Roo watermark paper from the UK.  GLOWING Chrome Yellow colour.  Clean and flat and very fresh, with no hinges, or gook or gunk on back, to hide the frequent faults and thins/tears etc.  SG 30,
£1,000, and ACSC 43b $1,500 as hinged mint.  The ebay re-gummer spivs would sadly have this as a *MUH GEM, CAT $6,500* within a week.  Less than 8% of that to clear -
$A400  (Stock 614WJ)

 

 

 

Kangaroo 10/- Grey and Glowing *ANILINE* Pink Superb MVLH:  One of the least seen shades on the Kangaroos.  The pale ANILINE Pink ink, that was used only for the very last printing of these, and which ACSC tells us was withdrawn and destroyed.  Glows like a Volcano under the UV light!  Very distinctive. The very last emergency stop-gap printing made just before the 10/- Robes was issued, which was running late, due to the many technical issues of printing on the new super smooth Chalk Faced paper.  Hence this late and small Emergency printing with the Aniline glowing ink, not used on the normal issued 10/-.  Comes with a *FREE* LED Ultra Violet Light to the buyer, so you can see the glow for yourself!  One for the collector who wants the very BEST.  This Aniline shade is incredibly scarce - I’ve only owned only a few in 40 years.  ACSC 50d is $A1,750 for hinged normal mint. This one has perfs and centring you probably cannot improve on, as you can see, and has a light hinge touch.  Even in SPECIMEN these anilines are super scarce of course. $A300 (Stock 927KP)

 

 

 

 

 

NSW £1 Lord Carrington used with “1729” Numeral - $A125:  A truly rare stamp postally used.  In 40 years of dealing I’ve owned maybe a dozen, and near all of those had Broken Hill (silver bullion shipments) or Sydney cds.  Never had a NUMERAL cancel of ANY number. “1729” of Wyalong.  Clean used, with excellent perfs and entering for these.  Removed from an old collection today.  NSW Lord Carrington used with 1729 Numeral.  The £1 Roo that followed this, sells for TWENTY  times this - $1,000s - insane!  $A135 (Stock 295BR)

 

 

 

1/- Emerald 1913 Kangaroo, Inverted Watermark and *POSTALLY* used!:  This is a curious stamp.  ALL the CTO specimen pack copies with the thin crisp steel cancel, First Watermark 1/- have Inverted Watermark, and are thus not hard to locate at all, and sell for about $100 anywhere.  HOWEVER the ACSC makes a special note that POSTALLY used is “Very Scarce” and is rated ACSC 30a at $500+.  Only a few sheets were sold for postal use.  This has the usual Melbourne Parcel Branch  cancel as you can see.  These were parcel stamps, and really got badly battered about in the WWI mail system.  ACSC “from $500 each”.  From the quite massive 3 Generation “Townsville Hoard” collection we flew back with in 2014, which was very heavy on the Kangaroo issues, in 8 huge removalist cartons - tinyurl.com/TownsV - Formed around issue time of the stamps, and I am very slowly working through it, and listing up a few more interesting stamps and pieces, whenever I get 10 minutes spare, here and there. Vibrant deep colour, clean and fresh and flat with no hinges or gunk or faults whatever.  With the deep bright original Emerald colour as you can see:  Only $US105 now, and cat $A500 - $A150 (Stock 739KG)

 

 
 

  Australia $10 Kangaroo complete set 5, Perf “OS” and O/P “Specimen”!:  How many Kangaroo or Australia collections globally have all 5 of these?  Almost ZERO!  As part of the Centenary of the Kangaroo and Map stamps in 2013, Australia Post sold a small number of sets of these 5 items shown above in a small sheetlet.  They seem to have only sold them at the huge FIP International 2013 World Stamp Expo in Melbourne that I attended, and sold out fast.  Oddly these got little or no publicity, as all the Black Caviar horse racing product they issued at same show took precedence, and few seemed to have bought the Roos at the time.  I certainly did at the show, as I recognised their great future potential!  I have waited 5 years to offer them.  I do not think any other dealer on this planet has this complete set of 5 offered for sale - check it out!  VERY scarce, 100% Official, yet at less than double face.  Only well centred copies selected for sale.

The $10 Kangaroo was offered overprinted “Specimen” in the exact same font as was used in 1913.  It was also overprinted in a solid “OS” font, as was used on the 1930 Kangaroo issues.  And Australia Post ALSO offered them in the Large and Small sized “OS” perfins, in sizes exactly as issued in 1913 on the original Kangaroo stamps.  ASC Cat, 3099msb, $160, and
SG 3983a, cat
£130 PRICES - One set 5 x $10, MUH and/or CTO, your choice, (MUH sent unless specified) $A95 (Stock 729JA)  Re-seller or investor special - FIVE sets of 5 x $10, MUH and/or CTO, your choice (MUH sent unless specified)  $A425 (Stock 729JC).  TEN sets 5 - $A800 (Stock 729JD)  Or, one set 5 MUH, and one set of 5 CTO (10) for $A185 (Stock 729JF)  These are OFFICIAL Post Office issues, and are in the 2 main catalogues, and I have very small stock left now.  Set of 5 MUH or CTO - well under $US70 now: $A95 (Stock 729JA)
 

 

 

 

GB 1841/1851, 2d Blue QV 4 margins VFU with Black Maltese Cross - unusual on these. Cat $A550, for $A150:  These 1841 Imperfs were mostly cancelled by the numeral cancels, and the MX were only used for the first couple years of its long usage.  Clean and fresh and attractive - no usual hinge remainders, or thins and tears and foxing etc.  SUPERB light complete strike of the black MX, as can be seen. SG 13e, £275 = $A550. Cheap at $A150 (Stock 752BX)

 

 

 

Central African Republic - 1983 Bicentenary of Manned Flight Airs IMPERF Sheets:  Air Mail set of four complete IMPERFORATE sheets of 25 (total 100) stamps, fine, fresh MUH.  Only a small number of imperforate examples of this issue ever existed, with only a very few uncut press sheets having been issued, with most of those being subsequently broken (cut) up in the ensuing 36 years.  Hence, these four complete MUH panes of 25, yielding 25 complete IMPERFORATE sets, is very scarce.  The ordinary, much more common perforated stamps retail for around $US10/$A14 per set of four = $US250.  Being imperforated, these would retail for many multiples of that amount.  Offered as a set in imperf PAIRS, I have no doubt they would fetch $50 a set of pairs.  One has a Graf Zeppelin design on it etc, so a great seller.  SG 930/933, Michel 938/941, Scott #C282/286.  My price is only $US210 for a USA buyer! $A295 (Stock 894JP)

 

 

 

Australia 5/- 1932 Sydney Harbour Bridge - rare “C’WEALTH OFFICES” CTO cancel:  Only a few of these have ever been sighted.  I have never ever, owned one - on ANY stamp.  All have this same central date - "3 APR 39" and this same unusual official cancel is recorded on a few other stamps of this era.  Used in Parliament House it seems for VIP cancelling and quickly banned/removed by the PO!   Not yet listed in ACSC, but I will pass this info on.  The sum total of our knowledge of these cancels is here - tinyurl.com/CWTHOFFICE   Way LESS scarce Australia CTO cancels have been getting many $1,000s on common value stamps in recent times – a RED HOT area.  Superb used, clean and fresh and flat.  At $495 I consider it a steal, if normal postal used are ACSC cat $500, that I have owned DOZENS of!  $A495 (Stock 792AC) 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia Post Year books 8 each x 2001+2002, *under HALF Retail*!  Bulk Australia Post Year Books - 8 each or 2001 and 2002. PO Cost price was $1,023, and retail price is $225 a set - or $1,800 as you can see - tinyurl.com/yearbks - Bought these from an Estate where the buyer made good money when the 2000 Year book shot up fast in price back then, so he bought 8 copies each of the 2001 and 2002 his family told me.  They cost him $1,023 to buy at New Issue, as we know, and they did OK retail wise - they retail for $1,800 for the 8 pairs.  Each year in hard slipcase of course, and all in PO outer packaging.  Superb books, and ANYTHING after 2000 is HARD TO SOURCE.  The family were clearing and de-cluttering the house for Auction, so were happy to accept $750 the carton, so out they go for just $A850 - allowing someone else to carry the mantle, or offer on ebay etc as singles - indeed each contain fresh MUH stamps sets with a FACE way over $850 - you are paying well under face value in this one-off clearance offer!  I just want to mail the carton - and move on! $A850 (Stock 526HU)

 

 

 

Western Australia 1855 1/- Brown Swan - 4 margin no faults:  I’ve sold 100s of these over the years, and near all were faulty or less than 4 margins!  These were printed locally and crudely from huge pieces of lithographic limestone “plates”, on WAFER THIN paper.  The coarse tissue flimsy paper is MOSTLY thinned or torn and/or foxed - the top face value on hand, this 1/- was used on parcels, and/or sea mail 10,000 miles to UK.  LOTS do not have 4 margins - bored PO staffers often cut them into singles with scissors - as ovals with NO margins!  Many covers exist showing this frequent PO practice.  Clean and fresh, totally free of old hinge remains that hide thins and tears, and neat cancel.  WA States prices are going NUTS this year, see - tinyurl.com/GlenFeb19 so secure SOUND examples NOW before retail prices keep climbing. SG 4c Cat £325 = $A650. Juzwin $425 for lesser grade than this.  To clear at $300 UNDER SG cat - $A350 (Stock 514BA)

 

 
 

 

Aust M & U Decimal coll 1966 to 2011 - face value $310 for JUST the MUH material - $A325!  JUICY lot on Scott USA leaves.  The face value of the MUH alone is $A310 and much of that is in the red-hot post 2000 era.  "Liquid Gold".  So the retail of this stuff is 2 or 3 times face - say $750 retail for the MUH.  Some of the Mint Mini Sheets have gold overprints from foreign Exhibitions that AP attended, and those are of HIGH retail.  THEN a couple $100 retail for the USED collection, which has lots of key earlier pieces like also the key and pricey 60s and 70s Commems like 1972 Xmas, and later Defins to $20 Painting, and even International Stamps in the later section to $10 face etc.  So about $1,000 retail here.  Bought cheap to sell cheap, at about FACE value!  The Scott pages are a bit haphazard - I'd re-house it all in a couple of black page stockbooks personally - would look 100 times better.  Only a few pages shown in these pix - tinyurl.com/OzDecs - $A325 (Stock 837GB)

 

 

 

 

 

Clunies Ross, Cocos Keeling Islands 1913 private coin tokens Quartet:  I bought this set recently in an Estate that owner had marked as "purchased Nobles Auction $1,200".  Renniks current Coin catalogue lists these in 4 separate grades. This set looked extra nice to me - the 2 Rupee clearly had been circulated, but my hunch is the other 3 are high grade with little use.  HOW you grade a chip of Ivory over 100 years old, I have no idea!  Nobles (who are coin grading Experts) offered a single on the link below graded as "Extremely Fine" but it looks pretty heavily worn to me.  Anyway, someone was invoiced $560 for it when add-ons were tacked on! 

The Nobles grading of that 5
¢ makes me feel my 3 better Tokens are top end, grading wise, with almost no wear.  If seller paid $1,200 for them, 9 years back, this price of more than 30% less seems a very fair price to me.  Only 1000 sets ever made - never had even ONE of these in stock in 40 years of dealing.  Early Cocos Island COVERS went INSANE this month at auction - things getting over $30,000, after global bidding, when the 20% Buyer Fee added - estimated a few $100 - see - tinyurl.com/CocosCover - a heap more info and pix here - tinyurl.com/Clunies - $A825 (Stock 836RQ)

 

 

 

1946 Tristan Da Cunha "4 Potatoes" legendary local stamp corner strip 3:  Added this famous "Penguin" stamp into stock today. The 1946 Tristan Da Cunha "4 Potatoes" legendary local stamp, created by entrepreneurial local resident, Allan B. Crawford.  A fresh well centred marginal MUH strip of 3 from the lower RH corner of the sheet which all had straight edges along the top and base.  Lots of discussion on that here -  tinyurl.com/1dPotato  Very rare beasts, especially in bright MUH.  Beware the clearly modern fakes/replicas peddled on ebay etc.  Pretty easy to pick based on the perf gauge etc.  These are guaranteed the Real McCoy!  Highly sought by BIRD collectors.  Fresh MUH strip of 3 for about $US360 or $A500 (Stock 294WX)

 

 

 


 

 

2000 "FOR VALOUR" $1 Victoria Cross PNC Retail $300, for $A179:  The absolute key to any PNC collection.  The ONLY way to source the Victoria Cross design $1 coin is by tearing open one of these. Coin dealers rip up 100s a year, and toss the stamps into the kiloware box. All collectors of face different Australia coins HAVE to have this one. In 10 years’ time a complete PNC such as this will be many times the cost of a coin as the PNCS will be near extinct - the conservative McDonald retail of the loose coin alone is $295 - the PNC is listed at $360.

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

 


 

 

QANTAS FFC South Africa/Cocos 1952, 22 diff AAMC $980 - just $A250!:  8 x direct SYD-JNB-SYD - Eustis 1307/08 - $35 each.   14 x intermediate destination covers in a huge array of combos - likely EVERY possible one actually - Eustis 1308A/08 $50 each.  Even one cover with an IMPRINT block of the 1d Princess - way underpaid for airmail to Africa and attracted a manuscript UNDERPAID and also an ancient handstamp denoting same.  Probably unique for this flight.  Bought well - so out they go at about 10 BUCKS A COVER!  Indeed for an American buyer this group is only EIGHT bucks apiece!  Good overall condition for 67 years old.  MASSES of folks collect Cocos Island from the first stamp set in 1963, and therefore Forerunner covers like these are a PERFECT fit to those collections, so these will sell fast.  HEAPS of photos here - tinyurl.com/QantasRSA  $A250 (Stock 435CF)

 

 

 

QUEENSLAND 1860 1d Queen Victoria SG #1:  The very first stamp from Queensland.  Imperf with 3 huge margins. Large Star watermark with a thin under old fashioned hinge remain.   A rare stamp, and most offered on ebay etc are perforated stamps with margins snipped off close to design by the spiv sellers, and offered as “4 close margins” and the Bunnies lap them up sadly.  Printed by Perkins Bacon & Co in London.  Bright and attractive looking with light cancel.  SG #1 £800 = $A1,600 – about 15% of Cat!  $A250 (Stock 937WB)

 

 

 

 

Australia MUH Decimal stamp collection from 1966 in Seven Seas Hingeless Album Retail $650, for just $A200!  Pages here 1966 to 1989, all in a Green Seven Seas binder.  Retail of EMPTY pages and binders alone is $A230! As you can see on link below PLUS heaps of pix - tinyurl.com/OzDecColl  Not 100% complete, but very largely so, and most sets are here inc key and expensive and high cat earlies like 1970 Cook Mini sheets AND Anpex, 1968 Soil Medical Gutter pair, 1971 Xmas set 7, AND the Block 7, 1972 Beef and Olympic, and 72 Xmas and 1973 Nat Dav, and all the similar expensive early commems.  The FACE is $140 and that includes just 98c face for the 1971 Xmas set and Block - those 2 are retail alone $100 etc!  Retail of the STAMPS is over $400, and album and binder is $230 so we have $650 retail for just $200!  Only a few pages shown on link above, to give you a quick overview. Condition looked pretty good on a quick look when taking these pix.  Bought from Estate today and allowed $150 so out it goes FAST to sell FAST at $A200!  For a US buyer we are talking just over $US140 for the whole collection. $A200 (Stock 857BG)

 

 

 

 

GB MUH Commemorative blocks coll 1966 to 1986 - just the Decimals era alone have a face of £134 = $A260!  Face value is £134=$A260 alone from the 1971 Decimal currency era onwards - and heaps of blocks before that, in the old currency as a FREE bonus!  Some with Plate numbers, and marginal markings, and ''Traffic Lights'' etc. HEAPS of extra pix here - tinyurl.com/GBcommems - In a green "Lighthouse" stockbook - retail $40 when new.  Catalogue and retail will be several times this.  Odd minor blemish here and there as always this era, but a DARN cheap lot, offered at WAY under face of just the Decimals alone! $A200 (Stock 570SP)

 

 

 

  Australia 1d Red King George V Head -  the legendary "Rusted" or "Pre-Substituted" Clichés:  The super scarce major plate variety, and ACSC supports the long held belief this was caused when rats chewed at the steel plates coated in grease fat, when in storage during WWI, and the exposed steel plate portions then corroded slightly.  The both positions possible from the adjoining stamps 34 and 35 of Plate 4.  Clean fine used in the usual same dark semi aniline scarlet  shade, both showing the chewed plate rusting result nicely, and tally exactly with large images of flaws on page 4/68 on current ACSC!  Or see the blow up nearby from Arthur Gray’s mint block that sold for $85,000.  Printer noticed the plate damage very fast and replaced both units with the “Substituted Clichés” (Have the pair of those too, ACSC $300 for $A125 the pair, Stock 459AP)

Both these rare Rusties have clear dated cds - most Rusted Clichés have the machine roller cancels that look pretty ugly.  Centering on stamp 35 as good as I have seen.  Stamp 35 has a “Hobart 19 JUNE : 1917 Tasmania” cds - 4 months later than the LRD noted in ACSC.  I sold Arthur Gray a used pair 10 years back, as one was cancelled Feb 1917, (Lot 101 mossgreen Gray Sale, est. $4,000)  and ACSC then recorded January 1917 as last date recorded on these.  You have 4 months later here!  Very few of these known, so later dates being recorded are inevitable, even now.  Both clean and flat and fresh, and totally free of hinges and gook and gunk.  Good perfs.  Almost never seen these days offered together, at any price.  Usual retail $750 each used.  Bought well to sell FAST.  ACSC 71(2)J and 71(2)K - cat $A1,500 average used and not LRD date!  SG 21ca, £900=$A1,700. $A875
(Stock 459AL)
 

 


 

 

Superb TOKELAU ISLANDS FDC Coll 1990s.  Retail $460!  SG Pioneer cover album Tokelau 1992 to 1999 x 42, SG value for stamps only £216 - $A475  Superb clean looking lot from Estate. This 1990s era is IMPOSSIBLE to source. 1970s/80s are about but NOT these guys.  SG Cat back in 2010 was £216 - $A400 as used stamps - on FDC will be double that as they probably only sold 20 of each issue!  SG is doubtless higher today than that too.  Removable little sticker on each page outer, showing the then SG value of used of cover.  HEAPS more pix here -  tinyurl.com/TokFDC  All in a black Stanley Gibbons "Pioneer" FDC album - retail $60 alone.  So stamps off FDC, and album are $460, but my price is just $A175 (Stock 938MG)

 

 

 

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:  www.tinyurl.com/1994PNG   WEB SPECIAL - set of 11 (ASC Cat $420!) for just $A200 (Stock 928XG) or Fine Used set 11 for $A140 (Stock 928XH)   Complete Set 20 as illustrated for $A300 (Stock 928XL) or the Set of 20 Fine Used for just $A180 (Stock 928XP)

Finally - all the 1994 "Emergency" sets I sell are of course guaranteed 100% genuine.  You may ask for my Photo Certificate Of Genuineness on my security watermarked colour letterhead for this set of 11 or 20, mint or used, dated and signed, illustrating in full colour the exact set I mail you.  If required, this CERTIFICATE costs you an extra $A70 (Stock 928ZW) on top of price of the stamps, largely to cover the considerable time and messing around of individually preparing each one, typing, and scanning etc.

This is substantially cheaper than sending it to the R.P.S. in London etc, which takes half a year to get back, and also incurs substantial Registered airmail cost to you - in both directions.  And quite frankly, the RPSL would not have a clue about these issues.  'Too Modern, Old Chap' they would sniff!  Years down the track when the set sells for a multiple of what it does now, such a certificate Guaranteeing these came from original PNG sources in 1994/5 will add FAR more than $A70 to the extra price you obtain when selling. (Stock 928ZW)
 

This month's Special - I have ONE set of MUH blocks 4 of the rare set 11, discounted from $A1,250 to $A995 (Around $US750!) – Stock 928ZK    


 

 


 

 

Solomon Islands 1991 **UNISSUED** stamp - fully SG and Scott noted - Cat $500, for just *$A80* 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 - tinyurl.com/Glen4-19  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 = $US350 (Stock 362C)  The last 2 loose singles Auctioned by Status Auctions got $670 and $760 each they confirm - see tinyurl.com/SolsError  Scott 693a, listed at $US350 = $A500 a mint single.  I was sold a block 6 fresh MUH, and I can sell a MUH margin Block 4, Scott cat $US1,400 (= $A2,000), for just $A320 (Stock 362JA) or a MUH single as pictured above, Scott Cat $A500, is just ~$US70 or: $A100 (Stock 362JB)

 

 


 

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

 

 

 

Christmas Island 1996 $4.50 Stamp Booklet - only 190 existed globally:  The first SG listed Christmas Island booklets are SG #SB1 Cat £160 ($A320), and I still have a few of these mint in stock with panes 10 x 45c Fish stamps, for $A150 each for anyone missing those. (Sel Pfeffer Booklet Cat BK 1, $400.)  Only a few left now and when they are gone no-one else on the planet seems to have stock!   Just $A150 a booklet - only a couple left now, and then totally sold out.  Good luck finding ANY other stock.  More info here - tinyurl.com/XmasIsBklt  $A150 (Stock 682EH)

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Of Good Hope 4d Dark Blue “HOPE” Triangle stamp, 1853 SG 2, Deeply Blued paper, SG £275=$A550, for just $A115:  Clean and fresh, and GUARANTEED free of the usual tears, thins, creases, foxing and repairs etc.  Near full margins - barely touching lower left.  Deeply blued reverse as can be seen with nice Ivory Head effect albino impression of “HOPE”. Terrific Estate buy this week (with a bunch of superb WA imperfs!) at just 20% of SG Catalogue, to sell fast!  Remember the mostly seen white paper later print of this design 4d - SG 6, is cat a QUARTER of this, and is pretty common.  This one is NOT.  A first issue global classic, printed by Perkins Bacon in London.  Superb crisp recess printed, and razor sharp plate impression, and bright colour.  GREAT shape for 166 years old!  YET at what the current PO Australia Post year book costs - crazy!  SG #2, £275=$A550.  An attractive all-time stamp classic, in fault free shape, with lovely crisp light cancel. $A115 (Stock 954BR)

 

 

 

France AIRMAILS collection, 1930-1987 SG Cat $800, for just $A195!  Pretty lot bought from Estate this week, mostly used, some modern are MUH.  Many scarce and high cat items are superb.  SG Cat as you can see is £400 = $A800 - so Estate lot bought well - out they go at QUARTER GIBBONS. Many more pix here -  tinyurl.com/FrenchAir - where will you EVER see these offered in one run?  $A195 (Stock 714BX) 

 

 

 

 

 

GB 1902 5/- KEVII Spectacular fresh bright MLH for just $A350 Deep Bright Carmine.  Superb fresh MLH.  Been in UK near all its life, so no usual towing and rust spots we see from here.  Superb perfs, centering, and deep incredibly rich colour as you can readily see.  SG 264 £450 = $A900.  A premium looking stamp for ANY album.   From a superb album of GB I am breaking down.  From 1840 1d Blacks (in every Plate!)  2 sets “1d Plates’’ to 225 etc.  Strong M+U line engraved, often in superb shape.  QV and KEVII to £1 and KGV to both £1.  Let me know what WANTS you have - all going out CHEAP!   Top grade, for near a THIRD of Cat -  $A350 (Stock 382BR)

 

 


 

 

New Zealand - Both KGV and KGVI reign, 1935 £4½ "Arms" Super Hi-Val, for UNDER 5% of SG Cat!:  SG Cat £2,500 for just $A225!:  Clean and fresh Used, with no thins or faults or repairs or embossing.  A stamp missing from nearly all KGV and KGVI collections, worldwide - issued in 1935 it was on sale during KGV reign as well, and is in printed SG “KGVI” albums.  SG F167, Deep Olive Grey, cat £2,500 = $A5,000 for just $A225 - UNDER 5% of SG!   Has usual neat audit puncture, and a neat and attractive black dated cds.  The audit copies of these usually also have ugly pen or crayon cancels, and heavy and ugly embossing “crimps” in addition.  This thankfully has neither!  Sold here for well under 5% of the Gibbons cat for postal used.  Cat £2,500 for just - $A225 (Stock 367AZ)

 

 


 

 

Sierra Leone 1933 £1 Slavery/Wilberforce Top Value of set, SG Cat $1,700 – just $A400:  One of the BIGGIES from the entire KGV reign in the Commonwealth and VERY seldom offered.  Top value £1 Violet and Orange, of this popular steel engraved set, depicting a Ship and Lighthouse in Freetown Harbour.  Clean used ex Estate, with no hinges or gook and gunk, with a Registered cancel off a parcel.  Very light crease not visible at all facially, (consistent with parcel use) and mentioned for strict accuracy, but price certainly adjusted accordingly. SG 180, £850 = $1,700 - well under QUARTER Gibbons! - $A400 (Stock 624LE)

 

 

 

 

 

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 - tinyurl.com/yearbks 
$A800 (Stock 735ET)

 

 

 

 

German "Lighthouse" Deluxe 64 page stockbooks, Crocodile skin covers, 35% under retail - $A65!:  24 carat GOLD corner stockbooks.  CLASSY!  For the collector who wants the VERY best for their stamps. "OVER 35% OFF RETAIL"  As you can see on link below, Australian recommended retail is $A95 each.  My bulk buy price is over 35% UNDER!  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, "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 in rich, sumptuous, very realistic looking Crocodile skin covers as per many photos HERE - tinyurl.com/CrocSbks  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.  Popular BLACK pages, so all your stamps look superb. 6 Books is 384 pages.

That is just $1 a page .. Near HALF the $1.75 RRP price of a Hagner sheet even – and the Crocodile skin cover and 24 Carat gold corners are a bonus.  With Hagners, you need to then buy Binders at $25 each!  Taking 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 in 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 -  tinyurl.com/lighthouseSB - For either offer LayBy/Layaway is also fine.  Buy a box as a gift for yourself - $100 or so a month payment for a few months, and you will be set.  ** For any overseas buyer I can offer VERY cheap shipping on these HEAVY boxes 6 - ask me **.  Retail is $A570 a box -- you save around $A180 a box!  $A215 for 3 (Stock 482KX) or a carton of SIX for just $A390
(Stock 482KW)

 

 

 

1916 2/- Brown Third Watermark attractive MUH original gum:  The 2/- Browns being issued in middle of WWI, well over a century back are not encountered MUH very often.  The 2/- Maroon - YES, far easier, but these are really hard.  Guaranteed by me as MUH original gum and with far better than usual perfs and centering as these often had the really “fluffy/woolly” perfs due to perf heads not being replaced on schedule.  Flat and most attractive with original as printed “sheen”.  I’d suggest this was the very first print - the colour and clean cut perfs are near identical to the short lived Second Watermark.  Issued on this slight watermark change with no fanfare, in the midst of WWI when most stamp collectors - being men, were overseas fighting, hence no FDC’s exist. ACSC 37b $3,000.  A top example, at HALF cat as bought well from Estate - $A1,500 (Stock 894HA)

 

 


 

 

ITALY 1889 King Umberto 45¢ Dull Green MLH, Cat £2,500 for tiny 5% of SG Cat!:  Bought cheap, and have several other Mint Italy from this era also cheap if you have gaps.  MLH with guaranteed ORIGINAL gum, and the usual centering for this era.  Deep rich original colour, a bargain at a tiny % of SG.  SG #40 £2,500=$A5,000.  Decent shape for 130 years old, and bought cheap, to sell cheap.  Just $US175 as I type this: $A250 (Stock 634EK)

 

 


 

1929 Roo £2 Roo Small Multiple Wmk, with lightest cds cancel & major “WEEPING KANGAROO” Flaw!:  Striking looker for these.  Clean and fresh, free of all hinges, gunk and toning, or any creases etc, that be-devil this top value parcel post stamp from 90 years ago.  Deep vivid original colours as you can see, and fantastic perfs and centering.  About TEN times harder to find than the £2 CofA, despite the near identical absurd current retail.  Exactly HALF as many were printed of this £2 watermark than the 1913 £2 FIRST - Retail of that is $6,000 FU!  ANYTHING in half decent grade of this watermark, with NO error, is well over $A1,000 from major dealers this year.  Lovely light corner postal cancel - near unheard of for heavy parcel use during the Great Depression.  SG 114, £750=$A1,500 with NO error, and very clearly shows the MAJOR and short-lived error of this issue - ACSC 58(V)VL $A2,250 - “Weeping Kangaroo”.   I’ve seen real heavy cancel grubby roughies, with NO plate varieties, get $500-$600 in today’s strong market!  About as good a copy of this elusive stamp, as you will see offered anywhere, AND with the major plate variety, at $1,000 UNDER the Cat for average used: $A1,250 (Stock 827KW)

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 


 

 

 

Australia 1932 5/- Sydney Harbour Bridge Choice *COMMERCIAL* used :  100 times more elusive than the corner CTO copies, which were given away in the Specimen packs for 15 years.  Gibbons current “Part 1” Catalogue now has a note noting this very important distinction - ‘postally used are worth much more” .  The ACSC of course prices postal used at much more than CTO - ACSC $500 - 80% higher than CTO.  These were printed essentially on coarse blotting paper, and they thin and crease and scuff readily from the heavy parcel use.  And the thick huge oval rubber Melbourne Parcel Office cancels mostly found are often HORRIFIC!  Clean and flat and fresh, totally fresh or hinges and gook, with neat upright Melbourne LATE FEE cds.  About as nice as you’ll see offered anywhere for POSTAL used on a HEAVY parcel, with good perfs and centering as you can see. $A400 (Stock 672JW)

 

 

 

 

Roo 1919 Third Watermark £2 Black and Rose Used - $4,250 *UNDER* retail!  The VERY hardest Australian stamp to find in attractive used. Missing from 99.9% of collections.  Even harder used than the mega rare 1913 £2, which thankfully had a lot of CTO copies done.  SG #45, Black and Rose.  Quite attractive fresh and clean used, with a neat Registered Melbourne cancel of 1921, with unusually decent perfs for these, and appearance.  I sold a fairly nice one last month for $4,500.  Nearly ALL this watermark had "fluffy" and ugly perfs, often not punched out at all – not so on this guy.  This one has a very tiny professional repair, that I did not even notice when I bought the collection (and allowed $3,000 for it!) otherwise would be in the $4,500+ league retail.  As  you can see also has the “White flaw in Gulf Of Carpentaria” error,  ACSC 56(D)g $A5,500.  SG 45  £3,250 = $A6,000 with no variety.  A FU copy (lot 661, no variety) sold for $A6,000 at the Arthur Gray Auction in New York way back in 2007.  Buy this one for a $4,250 discount over that price, due to the very minor repair! $A1,750 (Stock 473AJ)                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 


  1946 First Qantas Airmail, UK-Aust after WW2 with THREE Pilot signatures!  A gem condition 6d UK airletter. (This same design airletter sold for $31,000 this month -  the amazing story on that is here - tinyurl.com/Glen4-19 )  Addressed to the Doyen of this era, Ernie Crome, who presented it to my Qantas Captain.  From a HUGE collection of Oz related air covers (especially Qantas) and Qantas Vignettes 1920s-1960s, I bought from estate of that Captain - who flew many of the flights.  Get onto to me with WANTS!  One of few typed versions of this Air Letter - far scarcer than overprinted ones.  These were done by Ernie Crome. Stated by owner only 30 done, and after 75 years most are lost, or in ratty shape.  Clear London dispatch cancels of April 6, 1946, with signatures of the 3 Qantas Captains from Karachi - H. J. Mills, R. O. Mant and K. G. Jackson.  This one is in STUPENDOUS shape!  As if created last year, not 1944.  AAMC 1039b, $150 - 11 years ago for UNSIGNED typed Aeros.  Show me a BETTER one anywhere! $A150 (Stock 792GQ  

 

 

Australia 1951 3d Scarlet KGVI, complete Booklet Pane sheet of 144 - $1 each!  ACSC 251c as 24 panes or 8 x Vertical strips of 3 panes ACSC 251ca, that are highly sought.  Cat $360+ - only a small part of it in photo here above - Just $A150.  1951 3d Scarlet KGVI, complete booklet pane sheet of 144.  These sheets were printed, and the usual stamp booklets were just about to be assembled, when the UPU demanded a colour change to 3d GREEN for this value, which were hastily printed and issued July 9, 1951.  So 3d Red booklets were NEVER issued.  Rarely seen in a COMPLETE sheet thus.  Now 68 years old, and still just $A150 - way under HALF the ACSC price!  Well centred, and stores easily on a #1 Hagner, or stockbook page, as it folds perfectly vertically as shown here.  Around a DOLLAR apiece.  All with the UNIQUE "Gutter Pairs" all through it.  The ONLY sheet ever sold like this in our history - PO had them for sale if you specifically asked, but few did.

This is the ONLY way to source a booklet pane of the 3d Scarlet KGVI.  Right after WW2, money was TIGHT.  This had a HUGE face value of 432 pence - near £2. The AVERAGE annual UK wage in UK 1950, was just £100 - I kid you not -  tinyurl.com/UKwage - around TWO quid a week gross before tax.  FACT.  And ours were similar here. (And paid annual leave was typically just ONE week!)  That was the average national wage, not the minimum wage.  So this cost around a WEEK'S wages to buy.  A new type of booklet plate was used from 1949.  This new booklet sheet comprised six horizontal panels of 48 stamps, each in three rows of sixteen with horizontal gutters between the panels.  This is what we have here.  Each panel was cut vertically into panes of six stamps, each of which has a margin at the top, so panes could be stitched or stapled into booklets.  JUST A DOLLAR APIECE .. to mail a local letter today costs that! $A150
(Stock 823YK)

 

 

 

 

 

Your number one source for USED Kangaroo Stamps

I have had for 40 years probably the largest stock of used Australia KGV heads and Kangaroos in the world.  From poor to superb.  Many collectors find it really tough to sort and source these by watermark and Dies accurately.  In the early 1980's I ran dozens of full page ads in the 2 local magazines listing EVERY key Australian stamp in 5 different grades from "Spacefiller" to "Superb".  Even the 1913 £2 Roo.  Not one dealer has done that kind of ad - before or since.

My grading is precise, my stock enormous, and I have assisted many THOUSANDS of collectors complete their sets of these difficult issues.  From budget conscious pensioners filling 5 albums for their grandchildren, where space-fillers of scarcer values will suffice perfectly, to multi-millionaires who want and buy the BEST - from cars and houses .... to their stamps!  You may not be able to afford to LIVE as well as Hugh Morgan or Sir Ron Brierley does, or drive a Bentley like they do, but your used Roos can look JUST as nice!

If you want a complete set of "Melbourne Dec 3, 1913" half circle gloss black cancels on 1st watermark - I can supply them.  If you want the full gum corner CTO from Specimen packs I can help. (All these are now listed in the ACSC as CTO and priced accordingly.)  If you want just lovely postally Superb Used like those in the photo nearby - I have always been the #1 choice to buy from.  I have 1000's just like them.  Read my recent stamp column about WHY you should collect USED stamps in this country - tinyurl.com/RoosVFU

Unlike mint, used stamps do not tone or rust nearly as fast - and are readily ‘cleaned’ if they do!  And unlike mint - no-one goes about regumming used Kangaroos!  And when it comes to filling gaps in high value Roos, opting for USED, even lovely copies, will cost you a FRACTION of what mint hinged will.  So it is VERY possible to fully complete your used Roo collection.  Mint will cost you $30,000 - $40,000.  USED are a tiny fraction of that, as you can see below.

I purchased Private Treaty from Harmers Of Sydney in 1980, the massive H .F. McNess accumulation of used "OS" perfins.  He was obsessed with accumulating these issues, and had books full.  I still have much of this stock.  This was at a time when perf "OS" were poorly regarded by collectors and dealers alike.  Not me.  I still have multiple copies of items most dealers have never seen or handled genuine examples of, like - 4d Lemon Yellow, ½d and 1/4d Small Multi perf 14,  KGV No Wmk pair,  Roo 2½d and 4d Yellow 1st Wmks etc.

I was the person who got the £2 Small Multi perf 'OS' listed into the ACSC after 75 years, by proving beyond doubt 2 genuine copies did exist.  One of which I bought from a war-time assembled collection.  (The used Arthur Gray copy then sold for $A40,000.)  These OS perfins (especially First Wmk) are usually HORRIBLE looking stamps.  

The stamp printer directed that badly centered sheets of stamps too poorly produced for sale be put aside and perforated 'OS' for these “nuisance” officials.  That makes CHOICE copies about one in a 100 of the higher 1913 values above 3d. And do note - all perf “OS” sold by ME are genuine from the massive H.F. McNess hoard I bought.  Do not TOUCH 90% of what you see on eBay.  Read the ENDLESS eBay fake exposes here  tinyurl.com/EbayOSFake 

Australian dealers in general are pretty lazy and slap-dash and vague with used terminology.  The Term “FU” is applied to ANYTHING with a 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, or bad corner crease worth mentioning - of COURSE not!  "Is that a paper thin, or the watermark - let’s say watermark"  as it will get more. "What is re-perfing?" - they do not know, and you do not know.  The Blind leading the Blind in many cases. :lol:

I have FIVE specific grades - from Spacefiller Grade, to Superb Used Grade.  You pay for and GET exactly WHAT suits your collection best.  Warning - the very TOP grade “SUPERB USED”  sets are incredibly tough to assemble as you might imagine, are priced accordingly, and can take quite a time to ship.  The other 4 grades below are good to go right now, when you order.

"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, S/Multi Wmk to 2/-,  CofA Wmk to 5/-, and even both the 6d “OS” overprints - which are actually VERY scarce but needed for EVERY printed album.  Melbourne retail for these same 34 stamps in normal used condition is over $A750.  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 U - $A575   Clean FU - $A850  Or for the perfectionist – hand selected Superb Used complete set of 34:  $1,350.   And I also have great stocks of higher 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 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.  Melbourne retail $835 for “normal” used grade for these 5 which is pretty rough.  

My price for these 4:  Spacefillers - $A325  Average Used - $A500   Nice Good Used - $A650  Clean FU - $A875  Or for the perfectionist - a hand selected SUPERB Used complete set of 5: $A1,400  - (Order as stock number 245RW and specify 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, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

1/- Victoria Centenary stamp and 9d Macarthur Ram stamps on tidy 1934 Registered cover to UK!  Never seen these 2 used together as franking in 40 years of dealing - near all franking for this common 1/9d Registered Airmail rate to UK, were 9d and 1/- CofA Roos in 1934, or far more often, the 1/6d Hermes issued for this exact air route, and a 3d KGV or current commem for the Reg'd fee.  Both these were the CURRENT high value commems (1/- Vic is the far scarcer perf 11½) - indeed the 9d Macarthur Ram was issued only a week before this letter was mailed.  Both tied by a neat "Registered Perth’’ cds, with same clear Dec 7 backstamp, and a crisp UK arrival "Registered Stockwells - 24 DE 34’’ - the day before Xmas!  9d Ram is ACSC Cat $400 on cover, and Vic Cent is $350.  Attractive 4 colour cover, and in good shape for 85 years old, especially as it travelled 10,000 miles, via literally SIXTEEN transit stops to UK!  This link - tinyurl.com/1934DH  shows the EXACT plane this cover travelled to Europe on - tiny De Haviland DH61, fuselages VH-UJC and VH-ULG - would YOU fly over the near uninhabited Middle East, or the Alps, in THESE single engine things?!  Image DH61 VH-UJC was soon sold to Carpenter Airlines in New Guinea, and crashed and was destroyed only months later.  Bought very well, so out it goes at just - $A165 (Stock 492KQ) 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia 1944 WW2 Qantas “KANGAROO XMAS” Airletter to UK - SUPERB. Cat $800:  Have never owned this rarest of all Wartime Aerograms.  Qantas overprinted the centred of 100 x standard 7d KGVI Aerograms with the huge “Xmas Kangaroo Air Mail services” logo as you can see.  Over the ensuing 75 years, most of those have been lost, or got ratty or foxed etc. This one is PRISTINE.  AAMC, 992e - $800 (2008) and ACSC, A2d $800.  From a HUGE collection of Oz related air covers (especially Qantas) and Qantas Vignettes 1920s-1960s, I bought from estate of a Qantas Captain - who flew on many of the flights.  Get onto to me with WANTS!  I saw a grotty one of these invoiced at $500 - this one is PRISTINE - for the same figure - the best on the planet. Just ~$US355 or - $A500 (Stock 926GQ)

 

 


 

 

NSW 1894 1/- QV, DLR Telegram Form, o/p “SPECIMEN” $A185: The very scarce 1/- black Queen Victoria value, showing the 1876 De La Rue design type.  Retail elsewhere $470 on this exact same form!  These NSW Telegraph/Telegram forms were issued in February 1894, 121 years back.  1/- was for inland messages. The messages could not exceed ten words for the pre-paid 1/-.  Lovely item to display for the collector - fits superbly on a #1 Hagner Sheet, or album or stockbook page, and looks very attractive, as you can see. These were UPU distributed folded horizontally, to all the recipient UPU countries. These are on very fragile thin paper. I’ve seen these in the past where foxing is very bad, due to the cheap acidic paper used, and indeed some were separated in 2 pieces, and this one is VERY clean and intact, I am pleased to say: $A185 (Stock 815LX)

 

   

 

East Germany 1950 “DEBRIA” Exhibition Miniature Sheet, Superb Used:  One of the scarcest East German Miniature Sheets, and VERY seldom offered here - especially used.  Clean and fresh and bright, with no hinges or foxing or creasing etc - as nice as you will see.  This big Exhibition was held in Leipzig soon after the end of WW2, and EAST German citizens at this time had a lot more on their minds, than buying
Expensive Stamp Exhibition sheets!  SG MS E29a, Cat £225 = $A450 for just: $A125
(Stock 714HG)
   

 

 

 

Ceylon 1937 KGVI Coronation, large 2R.70 Booklet - SG Cat £1,300 ($A2,600) for just $A750!:  A truly rare beast, and only a very few exist - globally.  Even the famous Dr William Mayo Booklet collection, the world’s finest, never possessed this one.  Bill had it on his short ‘Major Want’ list for 20 years, and told me he had never even seen a booklet cover, or roughie, offered anywhere!  Only 1000 printed in June 1937, as per note on lower left front cover “1000 - 6/37”.  9¢ was then the airmail rate for UK and Commonwealth Countries according for postage rates inside cover, (local mail was 6¢) but that was increased to 10c within months of this book being issued, and new booklets SB17 and SB18 were printed soon after this, as there was no need for these green 9c stamps, and near all the 2R.70 booklets were destroyed according to Mayo, hence the huge SG price.  Imprint on outer back cover - “Printed at the Ceylon Government Press, Columbo.”

These booklets are LARGE - contain three panes of 10 of the large size Coronation stamps, all with glassine interleaving sheets, and a sheet of airmail labels, and rates on another inset page sheet inside covers.  The cover was printed on a cheap coarse local blue/green card, and if kept in Ceylon will have been STUFFED after 5 years.  Tatty, foxed, torn outer covers, rusted staple etc!  Even a sweaty/oily finger-mark will I am sure show forever on this coarse matt cardboard.  This one is superb, and is still in a glassine to KEEP it nice!  This booklet is near as pristine as you can imagine, for something from this tropical region, 82 years old.  Was in a glassine envelope, inside the front cover of a 1938 SG catalogue, from Estate of family who lived there, and later moved back to Scotland.  Two stamps were used, and it was put aside inside the Catalogue cover, hence the superb condition of the coarse outer cover. SG SB 16, Cat £1,300=$A2,600.  Show me another offered globally - ANYWHERE in the past 5 years, at ANY price, in ANY condition!  A real KGVI and Commonwealth rarity - for just $US530 right now - $A750
(782TKL)

 

 

 

GB 1862 Spray Watermark, 9d Bistre-Brown, very fresh sound unused - $10,000 *UNDER* SG Cat!  SG 86, £5,800 = $A11,500 - priced to sell fast at under 9% of SG.  Corner Lettered “T.L”.  Missing for near all GB mint collections globally.   Had acquired several old heavy paper hinges on back, over 157 years, and very many ownerships.  Those often hide thins, and repaired tears, or creases etc, but my hunch was it was sound and original, and a quick soak confirmed that - sound as a bell.  Emblems Watermark which shows facially on RH margin as you can see and are not thins of course, (indeed may even be INVERTED - not 100% certain!) and clean and fresh and flat, and free of those ugly hinges and gook and gunk.  105% Guaranteed as sound unused - get a Cert if you wish.  Almost nothing in Mint GB has gum from 157 years back.

There was no fiscal use of postage stamps in this era, indeed the heavy Boot-heel “Killer” cancels they used on high values, near obliterated these little stamps forever as you will know! 
From a superb Estate collection of GB I am breaking down, and bought WELL.  From 1840 1d Blacks (in every Plate!)  2 sets “1d Plates’’ to 225 etc.  Strong M+U line engraved, often in superb shape.  QV and KEVII to £1, and KGV to both £1.  Let me know what WANTS you have - all going out CHEAP!  In a major auction would get invoiced more than this.  Cat $11,500, for more than $10,000 UNDER SG!  For a USA buyer, only about $US700 as I type -  $A995 (Stock 274AX)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 tinyurl.com/Glen4-19 – 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)

 



 

1917 £1 Chestnut and Bright Blue Kangaroo stamp lightly used:  In my 40 years as a dealer I’d say this is the ONE stamp missing from 99.999% of simplified Australian collections I see.  It only came in 2 watermarks, and both are WAY into 4 figures, even average used.  The next hardest to get face different stamp - the £2 Black and Red Kangaroo, costs under one quarter of this in used.  With the £2 Roo, collectors can also “cheat”, and buy a mint CofA “Specimen” for $100 if they wish - but the lowest price £1 Bi-Colour “Specimen” is $900.  Worse still, MOST of these used £1 Bi-Colours look really terrible, with horrid “fluffy” perfs being normal, and often very washed out colours, and poor centering, and smeary horrid Parcels Branch cancels, and back faults, and creases/tears or worse etc, from the very heavy parcel use.  This is FAR better looking than most.

The Third Watermark Kangaroos were issued and printed during WWI, when getting reliable ink supplies from the traditional ink suppliers - GERMANY was of course a BIG issue, for some odd reason!  So the printers used whatever was on hand that remotely looked like “Blue” or “Brown” ink etc, hence the vast range of shades recorded in this value.  MOST of them were in pale shades of each, and look pretty washed out - even when mint.  Most of them also have “fluffy” or “woolly” perfs, as perforating heads were not replaced on schedule - again, as those replacement parts also came from GERMANY!  This one is WAY better than most in that regard. Arthur Gray told me THIS bi-colour stamp value was his absolute favourite of the entire Kangaroo series, and I’d have to agree.  He insisted this stamp be the solo front cover item on the $7¼ million Auction sale catalogue as readers will know. 

Near all £1 Bi-Colour Kangaroos are cancelled in Sydney and Melbourne of course.  Often with horror smeary thick rubber boot-heel parcel branch “Killers”.  This one has a very light steel cds of Registered Brisbane.  ACSC and SG tells us this was the short-lived early Cooke printing, deep original strong colours, issued in June 1917.  Has an extreme state of “Short Spencers Gulf” -  ACSC 52(D)d, $2,750.   I have owned literally 100s of these over 40 years, and near all are rough grade.  MOST are truly woeful lookers.  I saw one with total missing corner get 4 figures on ebay recently!  Mad Bunnies.  Clean and flat and fresh and bright, totally free of the usual gook and gunk and hinge remains of over a century etc, that can hide faults.  SG 44a, £1,800 = $A3,600 with no plate var.  I have ALL used Roos in stock, in 5 Grades, Superb to Spacefiller - ask if you need a less costly grade - this is about a 6 out of 10 grade.  $2,300 LESS than SG cat!  $A1,300 (Stock 792RV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gilbert & Ellice Islands 1912/24  £1 KGV absolutely *SUPERB* used:  The rarest used KGV high value from the entire Pacific.  Only a few genuine used are recorded of this mega high value from this tiny island group.  Incredible condition ex Germany - fresh and bright and fresh, fresh of hinges and gook and gunk, and “unrubbed”, and DEEP vibrant unwashed colour. These stamps fade badly if immersed in water for more than a few seconds. Used are cat much higher than mint, so most “used” on the market have dodgy and incorrect corner cancels, added to “improve” toned mint copes. 

So not only do those fakes look washed out and faded, but the fake cancels are laughably “impossible”.  Has the genuine cancel that must be on this issue - the large diameter, double ring GILBERT & ELLICE ISLANDS - PROTECTORATE (with, in centre, above the date) G.P.O. OCEAN IDlike this one -
tinyurl.com/G-Ecds  SG 24, cat £1,600 = $A3,200.  Totally without fault or blemish of any kind.  A stamp for the discerning collector, who accepts ONLY the finest, yet priced just half Gibbons as bought very favorably!  Only $US995 as I type. $A1,400 (Stock 598RA)

 

 

 

 

GB 1840 “Penny Black” 4 Margin - Rare Plate 10 - No Faults - $A495:  Clean and fresh.  Free of the toning and creasing etc, that often be-devils this issue.  "The World's First Stamp"  Even 2 or 3 margin common plate number real roughies these days can cost you $A150, as many 1000's are sold to China each year by Gibbons and others, in a large consumer marketing drive, and prices are up.  If your initials are “S.D.” - even better!  This 1d Black is 100% Guaranteed as the scarcer Plate 10 – accurately plated and verified by the Stampboards experts here - tinyurl.com/Plate10  Confirmed by the well-developed Stage 2 "O-Flaw", position of corner letter "S", weak frame line at top NW corner, and slight downward extension of frame line bottom right.  SG £800=$A1,600 for normal copies.  Clean and fresh 4 margin example, with two black Maltese Cross cancels.  Portion of left hand stamp frameline also here, as you can see.  Absolutely NO usual faults or repairs, or hinge remains, to hide thins and tears and defects etc - GUARANTEED – and only ~$US350 as I type this: $A495 (Stock 682CK)

 

 

 


  

Australia Post Annual "Year Books" Black LEATHER "Executive" Edition complete - Book #1, to 2000  - *$A700 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 - tinyurl.com/POalbums

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

My normal discount retail on these 15 books, as you can see from link above, is $A1,885. (All the later year Leather Books are in stock of course. I can do a similar bulk discount deal for 2001-2016 etc, or for any others you are missing - ask me for my rock bottom price!)  A superb gift idea perhaps for someone?  As always on pricier lots, happy to do a time payment or LayBy system - 4 monthly payments of around $300 and these are yours!  To clear this Estate lot fast, out they go for $700 UNDER my retail - a super bargain figure for this ONE discounted set of 15 -  $A1,185 (Stock 451WX)

 


 

 

Australia 1932 5/- Bridge well centred very fresh *Regummed* MUH:  Came from Denmark recently - owner had formed his collection there, and this was on a Gaertner Auction lot card for 800 Euro plus fees.  It is very attractive superb centered *MUH* but in my view, it has been professionally regummed.  95% of collectors would not have a clue it was.  Only as I have handled 100s of genuines, do you get a ‘feel’ for these.  Gum FAR fresher than we usually see out here, which is very often deep molasses brown, and ‘crazed’.  Great perfs and centering for these “Terrors”.  Remember they were printed on what was essentially coarse weave blotting paper, like Scott Towels, and single line perforated with very blunt pins, at the absolute height of the Great Depression.  MOST I see are truly, pretty rough grade, with terrible part punched out “fluffy” perfs, and are also poorly centered.

ACSC #148, Cat $1,500 for average centering and perfs in original gum.  I’ve seen well centered MUH copies being offered at $1,750 or higher these days by real dealers.  This one is $1,000 UNDER that level!  Offered on eBay for $1,250 as fresh MUH, it would likely sell in 5 minutes, sadly.  LOTS of trusting and clueless dopes out there.  Rough regums are pretty cheap, and easily picked by dealers, but still fool most eBay Bunnies, so are VERY widely used.  For 4 figure sum pieces like this, the top end guys in Germany are called in at $150 a stamp, to do things superbly.  No gooky gum saturated perf tips, as on the cheapies.  The “Five Bob Bridge” is the one stamp missing from 99% of Australia MUH collections - go for a VERY decent looker, right from Day #1, and save over $A1,000!  $A700 (Stock 238KR)

 

  Australia 1915 Second Watermark Roo, VFU:  The priciest 5/- watermark by a long way.  Clean fresh copy, with really excellent perfs and centering for these absolute TERRORS.  With very attractive light cds cancel as you can see, and not the usual huge rubber thick lettered “Killers” used on near all parcel mail.  SG 30.  These, as we all know, usually have ugly “fluffy/woolly” perfs barely punched out, and with centering all over the place.  This Second Watermark (Emergency war-time use on KGV watermark paper) was only on sale for a short time during WWI, before the 3rd watermark 5/- was issued.  I have ALL used Roos in stock, in 5 Grades, Superb to Spacefiller - contact me with your WANTS.

Only one printing of 679,920 were ever issued.  Issued in the middle of WWI, as Germans were sinking merchant ships bringing the correct Roo watermark paper from the UK.  Deep rich, unfaded, GLOWING Chrome Yellow colour.  Hard to improve on looking example for used, trust me.  Clean and flat and very fresh, with no hinges, or gook or gunk on back, to hide faults.  Of the 5 x different 5/- Roos this is the ONLY one where no CTO copies are available for VFU collectors.  I’ve seen similar looking copies to this get way over $800 lately.  ACSC Cat 43b, $675 for average used.  Only around $US430 as I type.  Great looking copy for this tough stamp, as all can see ALSO with a distinct “Broken Value Circle” error as a bonus!  This error is recorded on the other bi-colours, and has been reported to ACSC Editor for inclusion in next Edition - a $1,500 item if listed like the other plate vars!
$A600 (Stock 493BK)
 

 

 

GB 1854 6d “Embossed” attractive used. SG Cat £1,000=$A2,000, for just $A200!  An appealing looking copy as you can see - very attractive for 166 years old.  MANY are ugly cut to shape.  Still on neat piece from original envelope - not often found thus.  Queen’s head is crisply and deeply embossed - very often flattened out when soaking and drying etc.  These stamps were tediously HAND embossed/crimped onto very stout paper/light card, ONE stamp at a time by printer.  The placement of each image varied wildly on every sheet.  The unit at base as you can see, was hand embossed OVER each lower edge of this unit!  Light “177” strike of Cheltenham.  Often these were obliterated by heavily inked “Killers”.  Bought well, so an attractive stamp, at a tiny % of Gibbons.  SG 58, Cat £1,000 = $2,000 – 10% of SG -  $A200 (Stock 493BR)

 

 

 

GB 1902 £1 KEVII Dull Blue Green, Clean FU. SG $2,300 for $A500:  De La Rue printing, clean FU. Lovely light dated cancel of ‘’22 JUL 04’’.  SG 266, cat £1,235 = $2,300 for well centred light cancel used, which this very clearly is.  Fantastic perfs and centering for these massive stamps - 4 or 5 times the size of the lower values.  Clean and fresh and flat, free of the usual hinges and gook and gunk and aging on these high values, that hide thins and tears etc. This was a fortune back in the day, and were used on heavy parcels and got banged about, and got damaged, and received ugly boot-heel ‘’Killer’’ cancels. The £1 Kangaroo from this era is $3,500 for FU, so these are WILDLY under-rated right now. From a superb album of GB I am breaking down.  From 1840 1d Blacks (in every Plate!)  2 sets “1d Plates’’ to 225 etc.  Strong M+U line engraved, often in superb shape.  QV and KEVII to £1, and KGV to both £1.  Let me know what WANTS you have - all going out CHEAP!  $A500 (Stock 274AX)

 

 

 

 


 

 

Papua New Guinea 1971 SHELLS Booklet x *50* Mint copies!  Estate buy today. Someone looks like they bought these near a Half Century ago, and they have only just now reached the market.  Pretty booklet, with marginal blocks 10 of the 1969 7c Shell Definitive stamp. SG SB3, Cat £650.  Pfeffer #3 cat $1,500.  Very seldom seen early booklet, and a great ebay re-seller etc, as both PNG and Shells are globally super popular.  Just $A5 each, or well under $US4 apiece - Cat £650, retail $1,500. $A250 (Stock 782RT)

 

 

 

Kangaroo 1913 10/- First Watermark Roo:  Unusually good facial looker for this 100+ year old Classic high value!  Usual rather heavily hinged mint, with 1 slightly aged perf mentioned for strict accuracy. Generally the perfs are terrible on these, as the paper choice was poor for stamps, with long very tough fibres, that ripped out perfs readily when separated, and it was never used again.  With the original vivid deep pink attractive colour, that this scan just does NOT convey. First Watermark high value Roos are red-hot lately - a £2 MUH, with the same number printed as this one, has sold for over $25,000!  SG 14.  There were in fact LESS issued of this value, than the 1913 £1 and £2 First Watermark Roos.  ACSC 47a, $A2,000 for usual average centred.  SG #14, £900 = $A1,800.  Juzwin $1,275 for average mint.  With far better perfs and centering than usual. Top MLH copies are $1,500+ these days.  Bought cheap in an Estate, to clear cheap, this month! $A800 (Stock 682HE)

 

 

 

N.Z. 1858 *No Wmk* QV Chalon FU, 1/- Blue Green SG #17: £1,800 = $3,600 for 14% Cat!:  Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide the usual repairs or thins etc - totally sound.  Really thick white paper - very nice looker as you can see.  Light numeral cancel.  100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults.  Bright colour, and with 3 clear margins and just touching along top. SG 17, £1,800 = $A3,600 - bought well with other scarce NZ Imperfs, to clear at just 143% of SG!  $A500 (Stock 729KR)

 

 

 

Trinidad 1885 Postage Due 1/- “SHORT STROKE” SG £275, for $A150:  1/- Slate Grey and Black, top value of the set - a popular stamp error.  1885 Single Crown watermark.  SG D9ab, cat  £275 = $A550.  Two expert handstamps, and signatures that it is SG D9ab.  Superb centred, perfect perfs, and fresh flat unused - fantastic shape for 134 years old. SHORT UPRIGHT STROKE variety  - as can be seen the stroke is only as high as the top of the numeral “1”.  A normal stroke can be seen here -  tinyurl.com/TrinError - SG Cat $550 - Estate buy, to go out cheap just : $A150 (Stock 782JA)

 

 
 

 

GB 1884 Lilac and Green 1/- Queen Victoria Top Value, superb MVLH:  A highly under-rate set in MINT.  Plenty of used about, but MINT are seldom seen, especially the high values, and especially in NICE shape!  Clean and fresh MVLH with guaranteed original gum, with no usual ugly hinge remains of any kind, with the deep dark green you ONLY find on mint copies.  As deep a shade as you will see on this – SG as you can see calls this issue only 1 shade “Dull Green”.  This was the “Doubly Fugitive ink” green - soak off a used copy and HALF the colour vanishes in front of your eyes, and the stamps all get a muddy green yellow tinge as well.  Used by printer to stop re-use of stamps used fiscally etc.  SG 196, £1,600 = $A3,200.  From a superb album of GB I am breaking down.  From 1840 1d Blacks (in every Plate!)  2 sets “1d Red Plates’’ to 225 etc.  Strong M+U line engraved, often in superb shape.  QV and KEVII to £1, and KGV to both £1.  Let me know what WANTS you have - all going out CHEAP!  This bought well, to clear FAST at just 20% of SG - $A625 (stock 582JA)

 

 

 


 


 

 

Australia 1/4d KGV, 1927 Small Multiple, Perf 14, rare *Deep Turquoise*:  One of the real legendary shades from the KGV heads.  Many offered are simply NOT.  Even deeper than the Arthur Gray example - lot 307 (with Drury Cert), which being MINT should be far darker!  From the quite massive THREE Generation “Townsville North Queensland Hoard” collection we flew back with - in 8 huge removalist cartons - tinyurl.com/TownsV  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 or so.  You will be the FIRST collector to own it since! 

ACSC 129c, $2,750.  Good perfs and centring for these, (perfs at base all fine - cancel ink on a few), and neat dated MACKAY 1928 Queensland cds. This Small Multi perf 14 is a scarce stamp in the NORMAL shade - cat $150 used cheapest shade.  ACSC tells us there was only ONE quite small printing of this short lived watermark issue in May 1927, which was replaced within a year with the 12½ x 13½ perf version. And ACSC also tells us that most of these SG 93 were used on Telegrams, and destroyed internally by PO.  Unlike the Single Wmk 1/4d which was printed in a huge range of shades over 7 years in vast numbers, the usual shade of these is VERY consistent, and is of course far lighter than this - check your own used copy!  Used copies fade fast in water, so even more striking so deep in used: $A995 (Stock 482LA)

 

 

 

 

 

2005 *IMPERFORATE* sheet 10, of Australia $5 "Treasures Of The Archives" stamp:  Framed IMPERF sheet 10 of $5 Treasures Of The Archives: Features the NSW 1888 20/- (£1) "Lord Carrington" the highest face value postage stamp ever issued by New South Wales. It was replaced by the 1913 £1 Brown and Blue Kangaroo First Watermark.  Lord Carrington was the FIRST person to appear on any stamp from this region other than Royalty.  Indeed few if any living persons other than Royalty had appeared globally on stamps at this time in 1888.  Each stamp is MASSIVE - 105 x 70 mm. (About 4" x 3"!) Literally the size of many modern Mini Sheets.

The sheet of 10 is about the same size as a regular sheet of 100 stamps.  Makes for a large and impressive framed wall hanging.  Just 500 of these sheets were issued IMPERFORATE by Australia Post.  They were sold via a telephone order allocation on January 10, 2006 - the first callers to phone after a certain hour could buy STRICTLY one sheet.  There were only 500 sheets ever sold by Australia Post, the matted for framing, and unframed combined.  All were numbered in gold ink on lower left corner as illustrated.  About 350 MUH sheets were sold by the phone ballot. The other 150 sheets were nicely matted with a brass plate as illustrated here – ready to frame if required.  They sold out in a day.  Lightly affixed in each selvedge outer, so all 10 x blocks are all MUH of course.

So an official imperforate issue sold by Australia Post.  Of a beautiful stamp topical, that sold out almost immediately.  Demand of course was massive, and most collectors who were successful in waiting on the phone for 40 minutes have no intention whatever of parting with their prize, no matter how high the price gets.  A classic "supply and demand" squeeze!  NONE were sold to dealers or overseas agents - unless they phoned up and waited on the line like everyone else!  I have not heard of one dealer who bought them from AP.  I sourced a few sheets and sold them off, for the full sheet of 10 for $A1,750, pretty fast.  You are paying $1,200 LESS!  I bought one back from an Estate today, superb and flat in the Deluxe deeply matted frame with brass plaque.  Buy it at UNDER ONE THIRD of his cost price, at $A550!

Ready to frame, and hang in any stamp den, or keep stored away for re-sale in the future.  Mailed flat and well packed and protected.  You are paying just $55 an imperf sheet!  And $1,250 LESS than original owner did.  Super low number 14 of the 500 done!  Near all the sheets were cut into Imperforate single blocks for sale to collectors, and buyer can do just that - you are paying $55 each and sell for $100!  I have one such horizontal imperf pair from base of the sheet - Number 457, with numbered certificate for that - price $A150 the IMPERF pair as shown below. $A150 (Stock 638AH) and the Sheet of 10 with matching Cert, as shown above - $A550 (Stock 638AG)

 

 

 

 

 

Australia 1981 24c Thylacine/Tasmanian Tiger, stunning misperf Block of 21, just $600!:  From lower left hand corner of sheet (3 x 7)  This freak misperforation jump affects all 14 stamps in the lower 2 rows.  As illustrated in ACSC decimals vol. 2 page 9/566.  ACSC 902bb, Type 1.  Fresh mint unhinged - cat $700, way back in 2002 - 17 years on, it will be more like double that, or $1,400.  The very block as illustrated in ACSC.  The lower left unit is so badly skewed the country, and face value are not readable.  Probably the most striking genuine Australian printer error I’ve handled, yet just over 40 bucks each!  $A600 (Stock 279LA)

 

 

 

Papua New Guinea 1994 Emergency O/P 21t on 80t Shell.  *FULL SHEET 50* MUH.  Cat $4,000++  for $A695=-!  1994 Emergency overprint, 21t on 80t Shell full sheet of 50, with Leigh-Mardon imprints in EACH corner.  SG 734, cat £2,100.  Incredibly rare as a full sheet.  Papuina Chancel and Papuina Xanthochella shells depicted.  The FULL story on these amazing overprints here - tinyurl.com/1994PNG  - around the scarcest value of the entire set.  I bought a couple spare sheets of this in 1995, via my cunning "buying" ads in the national "Post-Courier" newspaper in PNG.  These were mailed to me from a priest up in Goroka who had them in the parish postage folder.  Needless to say the Church re-building fund got a sharp upward increase!  These I sold to the original buyer in 1995, and just got them back from Estate.  One of the rarest Post-War stamp from PNG.  SG #734 and current 2017 SG Cat price is £45 each = £2,250.  Seven Seas “ASC” Catalogue #633a is $80 each = $A4,000 a sheet.  My usual price for a single is $A60, so 16 singles is $A3,000, making no allowance for the obvious large premium that the 4 x matched corner Imprint blocks like this must attract.  Such an assembly must be unique today?  105% GUARANTEED by me genuine of course.  All of sheet fresh MUH.  A real bottom drawer item - the lot for just: $A695 (Stock 592PE)

 

 

 

 

Netherlands huge Registered & EXPRESS Airmail franking piece to CHINA, 1936:  Bought this stunning and clean piece from a collection formed by a chap who was manager of the Shanghai Museum in the pre-war 1930s. This piece is from the famous shipbuilder and Engineering company of Werf Gusto, located in the small town of Shiedam, Holland, well outside Amsterdam. Some stamps are cancelled at Amsterdam, the others at origin. WEIRD!

This was clearly off a large packet that was sent Registered, Airmail, and EXPRESS - the latter 2 services very expensive to China in 1936.  Likely they were Engineer plans etc. There are 2 sets of cancels - one from Shiedam, and the others on 5 stamps on left from Amsterdam Central Station - all on the same day.  Schiedam PO used a yellow 5 Guilder King high value as we can see (SG 224 £50=$A110), AND a 2 Guilder overprint on 10G - SG 237 Cat £170 = $A375 used - a very scarce stamp used off piece even!  Detailed discussion on this piece here -
http://tinyurl.com/Shiedam - only $US155 = $A225 (Stock 294LR)

 

 

 

 

Aust PNCs 2000 to 2008 ASC value $1,480 - HALF retail - $A700!  Total Retail - $1480.  Bought cheap in an Estate - owner had paid for them as New Issues from PO or the Mint.  Lovely clean condition, and with all the SCARCE pieces that sell instantly - many Military related ones, and with ANZAC Day upon us soon, they always sell well then.  Bought cheap to sell cheap at UNDER HALF retail.  A brilliant ebayer re-seller - full list and more pix here - tinyurl.com/AustPNC  UNDER HALF RETAIL - $A700 (Stock 456CV)

 

 

 

Scarce 1902 4d Captain Cook scarce perf SG £168 on Registered cover NSW-TAS. $A120: The short lived 4d Captain Cook, SG 167 printing, perf 12 x 11.5, and is SG 317, and is cat £168 = $A300 on cover.  Great eye-appeal and many colours.  A De La Rue London, 3d Registered Envelope, with the curved flap, and “sawtooth’’ edges, to which a 4d Cook was added for some obscure reason, when a 1d or 2d stamp was one assumes, all that was needed - the Registered Envelope paid the 3d Reg’d fee.  Maybe it was double weight, who knows, but be darn near unique, affixed to a 3d pre-paid Registered envelope.  Well tied by ‘64’ Duplex of "WEST MAITLAND - AU 9 - 04 - NSW’’ addressed to Hobart.  Sydney transit cds backstamps of AUGUST 10, and HOBART arrival August 13 - both clear full strikes as can be seen.

Central filing spike hole as usual in this era, and of really great ''eye appeal'', as can be seen.  Unusual use of a scarcer short lived printing, and a solo Captain Cook 4d franking is always popular, due to the large number of Cook topical collectors globally.  Being mailed in 1904, makes this is of course an AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH usage, and this printing 4d Cook stamp being first printed in 1902, also makes it of course entirely an AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH issue as Federation was January 1901.  This is a very popular and fast growing collector area - i.e. covers posted during that 1901 Federation era, up until 1913 when the Kangaroo stamps first appeared.  A lot less of those covers about, than you might ever imagine, and ESPECIALLY so for ANY covers bearing frankings other than the common 1d and 2d letter rate stamps. $A120
(Stock 518AJ)

 

 

 

 

 

USA $US377 face, mostly in full sheets 100 x 50c Nimitz for just $US270!:  An American friend mailed me some fresh mint USA mostly full sheets etc, of the super usable 50c Nimitz.  A little dampness on corner of a few sheets, that will peel apart I am sure with care, and only affects a few stamps anyway, otherwise all clean fresh MUH.  FACE value as per letter in link is $US366.76 as you can see HERE - plus extra pix tinyurl.com/50cNimitz  You will pay $US270 NETT to me on paypal, plus the shipping. (Or for non US buyers, $A at day’s rate.) Save well over $US100 legally!  $US270 (Stock 672LQ)

 

 

 

Jersey and Guernsey 1941 to 1974 SG value £360 = $A780, for $A200:  Collection on 50 SG pages in Burgundy Brown springback.  Including one cover with bisected KGVI plus the QE2 Definitives of Isle of Man, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales.  Very fresh clean tidy lot.  All lightest hinge, or MUH .. heaps of sets are margin copies with light hinge in selvedge only.  Many extra pages are shown on this link - tinyurl.com/CollnCI  Even sets of 1965 Churchill LOCALS etc not counted in Cat! $A200 (Stock 428CH)

 

 

 

 

N.Z. 1857 No Wmk Chalon, Blued Paper FU, 1/- Green SG #6, WITH Cert, 20% of SG:  An EXTREMELY rare stamp.  Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide repairs or thins etc.  Crisp light “10” numeral cancel.  100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults.  Bright colour, and with close margins near all round.  SG 6, £3,750 = $A7,000, and far superior to any others I have handled, near all of which are defective.  With totally clear 2010 Photo Certificate.   From an extensive NZ coll I bought well this week - near the entire country, most MINT - let me know your WANTS - DIRT cheap quotes!!  Just 20% of SG Cat - $A1,400 (Stock 729KA)  

 

 

 

 

1938 2d Scarlet KGVI Complete Plate “3” Gutter Block 8. Cat $2,500 for just $A1,250:  Superbly fresh unused Gutter Block of 8, absolutely outstanding centering for this issue, showing a 100% complete Plate No. “3”.  These plate numbers were rare freaks, where the printer mis-guillotined the large master press sheets, down into PO sheets of 160.  And he occasionally left parts of plate numbers, when his final trim aim was a couple mm out, leaving a wider than usual top margin, on some sheets that reached PO’s.  Only a tiny number of the recorded plates exist, hence the huge ACSC figure.  Often only HALF - or even less, of each plate number was on the issued sheets.  Super fresh - and now 80 years old.  Never seen or had this one before, in 40 years of dealing.  ACSC 188zb, cat $A2,500 as mint hingedComplete numbers are a huge premium on these KGVI issues.  IMPOSSIBLE to find a better looker. $A1,250 (Stock 347RB)

 

 

 

 Australia's Rarest Decimal FDC - the 1970 Famous "30¢ Small Cook":  This has legendary status, and I have only handled a few genuine unaddressed copies in 40 years of dealing.  In 1970 Australia Post decided to tentatively enter the FDC market.  It was very low key, and it was not well promoted or publicised.  For over 40 years private cachet makers had ruled supreme, and anyone with a 40 year run of ‘Wesley’ or ‘Royal’ or ‘Excelsior’ FDC saw no reason whatever to change.  And they did not.  And hence the PO sold virtually none of their new product.  Do NOT confuse this cover with the PO cover of exactly the same design and colour but inscribed “Commemorative Cover” - those are far more obtainable, and do exist With April 20 1970 cancels.  In those days you needed to have First Day Covers addressed - sadly many were done in handwriting which look really terrible.  PO staff would not simply cancel stamps, and hand back the envelopes.  Hence near all one sees are hand or typed addressed at ¼ this price.  This one clearly was an exception.  What they mostly sold were the "Long Cook" (9” x 4" or DL sized) cover in the exact same design - bearing a se-tenant strip of 5 x 5¢, and a 30¢ - i.e. a full set of 6.  That "Long Cook” cover (identical cachet design) is not too hard to get, and sells for only $A30 today - I have them in stock if you want one.

The "Small Cook" 30¢, is quite another kettle of fish.  THE rarest Decimal PO FDC.  My guess is only 100 or so were serviced.  Many have not survived the ensuing 48 years, and near all of those are addressed.  Given the enormous popularity of Captain Cook as a topical, it adds to their worldwide appeal.  I remember back in the 1980's these "Small Cooks" fetched $750, and even so, were near unobtainable.  I got this one today, and can offer it at a most amazing price to turn it into fast cash. PRISTINE condition - was housed in an album at issues time - fresh with razor sharp corners.  In the early 80s when the price hit $750 there were superb fakes created.  The only real difference was they used modern envelope base stock which has 3 segments of blue green gum on the flaps - the originals like this have a solid band of rather patchy, streaky, yellowish gum.  Now 48 years old, and superb, with flap unlicked, and with yellow genuine gum on flap.  A super rare beast, in such pristine unaddressed shape: $A300 (Stock 582JEL)

 


 

 

Bahamas 1882 1d Scarlet-Vermillion Crown CA, p14, superb unused Cat £950 - $A400:  Magic Eye-Appeal - deep glowing original colour pair as you can see.  It is of course common with the Crown CC watermark. The scarce Crown CA Watermark - which shows perfectly on back for quick verification!  Clean and fresh and flat, and free of all hinges and gook and gunk and creases, generally found on stamps 135 years old from ANYWHERE!  SG 42 cat £950.  I do not stock Caribbean, so bought cheap to sell cheap! $A400 (Stock 327LA)

 

 




 

Portugal 1945/1946 Lisbon Castle Mini Sheets Fresh MUH - SG £275 – REDUCED $50 to $A200:  The superb looking Portuguese Castles 1E.75 Miniature Sheet. SG #996a, fresh MUH, Cat £275. Well centred and fresh and seldom offered in this region at ANY price. Especially MUH examples.  An absolute key post war issue, and missing from near all Portugal collections. $A200 (Stock 682GQ)

 

 

 

 

GB 1905 1/- KEVII De La Rue on Chalk Surfaced paper - magic looker!:  Fantastic centred as you can see, especially for this era. One very light hinge touch on stamp 2, the other 5 are all fresh flat , guaranteed original gum - scarce on anything 114 years old.  SG Cat for MUH KEVII is very low for some reason.  As a valid comparison, a MUH 1913 1/- Kangaroo is cat $A1,750 EACH stamp, in cheapest shade in MUH!  And a well centred block 6 of them, you could write your own price.  SG 257a Cat is SG as £100 hinged, and £225 each in MUH = £1,225 as singles or $A2,250.  A pretty block 6 is a rare bonus.  These are chalk faced so surface RUB and smear readily with any kind of handling - these are SUPERB, they really are.  Both colours are deeper and darker and more vibrant in real life than the scan - they look truly stunning in the flesh.   Buyer will be DELIGHTED with these. From a superb album of GB I am breaking down.  From 1840 1d Blacks (in every Plate!)  2 sets “1d Plates’’ to 225 etc.  Strong M+U line engraved, often in superb shape.  QV and KEVII to £1 and KGV to both £1.  Let me know what WANTS you have - all going out CHEAP!  Cat $2,250 for $A750 (Stock 519JC)   

 

 

  Hong Kong - 340 x MUH 1997 Mini Sheets for just $A200!   Bizarre lot from a now deceased buyer who paid Max Stern $1,500 for these according to his invoice!  Bought cheap - to sell cheap.  For anyone who wants to pop something away in the bottom drawer, you could do a lot worse .. the massive interest and resurgence of stamp buying and interest from CHINA (now in charge of Hong Kong) could see these do very well one day - see: www.glenstephens.com/snapril10.html  $A200 (Stock 465KA)  

 

 

 

 

Laos 1954 Golden Jubilee set MUH - Cat £435 for just $A225!  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.  USED is the exact same price as mint I notice in SG, this set had such a tiny printing. $A225 (Stock 584JR)

 

 

 

 

 

Western Australia, 1907 £100 SUPREME COURT FEES Top Val, MUH Plate Block 4!  What a gem, and doubtless UNIQUE in a corner Plate Block.  All flat MUH, with usual slightly suntanned original gum after 112 years, mentioned for accuracy.  Watermarked W Crown A - all inverted, as you can see on scan. Clearly shows plate dot at lower left.  They should have been guillotined off by stamp printer, but he left the left margin unusually wide.  Single margin plate dots like this are cat $4500 on 1932 Bridge set etc.  Has the WA Swan logo on each stamp so even keen BIRD collectors will like this one.  The very highest face value ever issued by Western Australia.  £400 would have bought you a HOME back then!  Bought very well, a gem piece, at only $US470 as I type this - $A650 (Stock 729DC)

 

 

  

 

 

Hong Kong stamp Collection M+U Queen Victoria to 2000, in S/Bk. SG £1,875 for just $A625! :  Large German "Lighthouse" black page stockbook (Retail $80) of Hong Kong, M & U to year 2000. SG Cat £1,874 = $A3,400 - pencil noted on each page for easy double checking.  Not all pictured of course, but a few sample shots here - tinyurl.com/CollnHK - to give an overview.  Clean lot it looked like, when taking pix.  Bought cheap in Estate, so out it goes at a silly price!  We fly to Hong Kong this week, so this will pay part of the Hotel bill.  A HOT collecting area, rock solid, and gets hotter each year as Chinese collectors now chase it heavily, along with Commonwealth Stamp Collectors.  Superb nucleus of a new collection, with 90% of the work done already.  OR, a brilliant re-sale lot at this price, at about 20% of SG value.  Only a few pages photod.  FACE value alone will be massive.  Lots $50 face value stamps etc.  HEAPS more photos on link above - $A625 (Stock 652GF)

 

 

 

 

  G.B. 1867 5/- Queen Victoria, scarce *Plate 2* Superb Used,  way UNDER 20% of SG!:  Superb used appearing example, lovely colour, with a light corner cancel “LONDON SP 19 – 77”.  And superb centering that is unheard of on these 150 year old stamps, that OFTEN are perfs touching 2 sides!  And are OFTEN re-perfed as well.  Clean and fresh, with NO usual hinges, or creases or toning, or gook or gunk, or creases or thins etc.  The critical plate number 2 is totally clear of the postmark as you can see. (Plate 2 are worth TREBLE the “common” Plate 1’s.)  Superb used.  SG 127 Cat £1,500 as average used, and SG says 75% more for well centred light cancel = £2,625 = $A4725.  This attractive 5/- is way UNDER 20% of the SG price - $A850 (Stock 651ER)  

 
 


 

 

Australia Post Yearbooks 1988-96 - Cost $477, Retail $710, for just $395!  Clean looking lot I bought from an Estate this afternoon.  Many still have stamps in PO Hangers, and have never been touched since purchase.  NINE books at just over $43 a book - and it includes the scarce 1988!  But at WAY under the PO cost, and near HALF my $710 retail - https://www.glenstephens.com/yearbooks.html -  One-Off Special at just $A395!  All in the matching hard slipcases.  Nice run, nice condition, at more than $80 UNDER what they cost from PO.  Huge face value. Estate lot of Australia Post yearbooks 1988 to 1996, PO issue cost $477, and retail value $710!  (Also from same Estate I have 2000 to 2006, at an INSANE low price - ask me!)  $A395 (Stock 147YP)

 



 

 

 

Samoa Olympic Games Miniature Sheet *IMPERFORATE AT SIDE*!  1988 Seoul Olympic Games stamps, with the spectacular error on right hand side - totally imperforate on right.  Believed to be the ONLY example recorded - I have made extensive enquiries, and no others seem to be recorded. Purchased off Max Stern in the 1980s my client’s note says, for $400, and it was apparently found in Max’s New Issue stock.  So that is over $1,200 in today’s adjusted money, near 30 years on.  TOTALLY imperf - not even an ‘albino’ type impression of the perf pins, as often occurs on these kind of errors.

Superb piece for any collector of the popular “Olympics On Stamps” topical, which is a major theme globally. Or for collectors of Samoa, which lots of Australians keep, as Australia Post sold their New Issues for decades, nationally, at face value.  Very few issues in the modern era have Imperf at side errors, due to security printer controls. There are several from Australia in this era which sell for FIVE times this sum. The 24c ‘Tasmania Tiger’ Thylacine, ACSC 902b from Australia in this era, imperf 1 side, sells for $1,000s a single etc. $A250 (Stock 582LX)
 

 

  Samoa 1914 “G.R.I,” 3d on 25PF German Yacht - “Comma After I” Cat £5,000 for $A750!:  A scarce printing error on this popular series.  Australian and NZ troops invaded the German Islands of New Guinea, Samoa and Nauru at onset of WWI, and seized all the German stamps on the islands.  They overprinted them with current Sterling face values, and “G.R.I.” which stood for “Georges Rex Imperator”.  Overprinting was done locally, and was rather sloppy.  Many missing stops, missing letters, broken letters, and even inverted and skewed letters exist, as can be seen in SG listings - and Gibbs lists many more.

Had a close look at this under UV and am happy that final comma is untampered with, but as always, sold “as is”.  Fresh MVLH, and nicely centred.  Minor bending on lower corner, and a minuscule (really pinprick speck size!) paper fibre inclusion visible on back, and a small bend NE corner - all mentioned only for strict accuracy, as this is a high cat stamp, and these reduce price a lot, as I have done.  However this is over a Century old now.  GRI prices are going quite INSANE at auction - see tinyurl.com/Besancons  
SG 105b, £5,000.  Bought very well in a Samoa collection, so out it goes for just ~$US540 or $A750 (Stock 823KE)
 

 

 


  N.Z. 1862 No Wmk Chalon, Pelure Paper, 1/- Deep Green SG #86, £1,100 for just $A275!:   Clean and fresh used, and free of old hinges and gum and gook, to hide repairs or thins etc on this truly fragile, cigarette-paper thin stamp.   Very light numeral cancel for a top value.  Bright colour, and with 3½ margins. SG 86, cat £1,100 = $A2,000, but a  very tiny tear at base, so out it goes for a tiny fraction of SG price.  From an extensive NZ coll I bought well this week - near the entire country, most MINT - let me know your WANTS - DIRT cheap quotes!!  $A275 (Stock 729KY)  

 


 

  Official WWF slip-cased leather FDC album, at *HALF* cost!:  Superb OFFICIAL production, in official Panda logo embossed black leather binder with matching slipcase.  The Australia agents mail these to clients in "Chapters" each month. Each 'Chapter' is of one animal or bird, and comes with all written up detail and all official FDC and MUH stamps as you can see. This person has the full run of 12 Chapters, which as can be seen are debited at $36.85 = $A442.20.  The superb album I assume was extra cost on top of that.

A ton of extra pix of these here -  tinyurl.com/WWFset : comes complete with Official welcome letter from the WWF Patron, The Duke Of Edinburgh on Buckingham Palace stationary. Bought cheap, so I can sell for UNDER HALF the purchase cost - just $225!  WWF is about THE hottest stamp topical on earth, and these of course are all 105% OFFICIAL emissions.  Good condition. 12 Chapters = 12 x MUH sets, and 52 x FDCs - all in great condition. $A200 (Stock 206CH)

 

 

 

 

 

Australia KGV 1922, 2d ScarletWatermark Inverted” perf 'OS' and fresh *MUH*!  ACSC 96ab, fresh MUH, Cat $2,750.  SG 072w £1,300 = $A2,500 for HINGED mint -  and MUH is a 100% premium on this 100 year old era.  Fresh unhinged original gum - 105% guaranteed by me to be MUH original gum, with deep vivid glowing colour.  Non OS is 20 times this price, so not a forged ‘’OS” - that much is for SURE!  Missing from EVERY KGV collection in mint.  A steal at just - $A1,200 (Stock 472LQ)

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand QE2 stamp collection Retail $A1,500 - just $A495!  In huge Seven Seas Stamps Album and matching slipcase.   Nice condition - and a WONDERFUL pick-up for someone who is yet to start on this country. But the very solid nucleus all in one hit.  In a Seven Seas Stamps hingeless album, and matching blue binder - the pages and binder is $500 EMPTY - see link below - all clean and attractive -  The stamps earlier on are mixed Mint and Used - the modern all fresh MUH. Collector only started buying in earnest around late 1970s, and many of those he did not get before then are dirt cheap, and simple to source, even MUH.  I added up the FACE of the Mint here, and it is $325.

All of these are retail WAY over face of curse.  Sometimes 30 times face!  Indeed the retail of the stamps here in this album is just on $1,000.  So we have $500 in album and pages, and $1,000 in stamps for a total retail of $1,500.  Bought very well from an Estate, so out it goes cheap to pay for my Hotel room here in Addis Ababa Ethiopia at just $A495 - save over $1,000, and buy in 1 hugely discounted package.  MASSES of stamps here - many more pages shown here - tinyurl.com/NZsQE2  - Terrific lot - About 40 years of NZ stamps, for not much more than $10 a year!  A glass of rough house wine costs that at dinner! $A495 (Stock 436RW)

 

 

 

 

Tasmania, the 1892 £1 “Tablet” top value Queen Victoria:  A REALLY scarce super high value, and far scarcer than ANY other State £1 of the time, and only a tiny number printed of this value by De La Rue in London.  Missing for ALL collections.  These lasted on sale until the 1913 £1 Kangaroo came on sale - that is cat £2,500 in SG, and is TEN time more plentiful than these - go figger.  SG 225, Cat £500 mint or used, and used are actually less seen than mint or ’Specimens’.  Clean and fresh, and lovely deep bright original Green and Gold colours - these can fade BADLY on used copies if soaked for more than a minute or so.  The master stamp forger Jean Sperati did a few of these - I have sold both known copies several times, at $4,000 EACH - for FAKES! - See all detail on that here tinyurl.com/speratis   Bold cds of “BURNIE - JAN 25 : 1900 - TASMANIA” and no usual hinge remains, or gook or gunk, or thins or tears, from the very heavy parcel use.  Cat £500 = $A925 - and 10% of the cost of a FAKE - just $A395 (Stock 793HQ)

 

 

 

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Victoria 1908 *Great White Fleet* USA visit P/C set PRISTINE condition!  What an amazing survivor.  This pretty postcard set is ALWAYS popular. Both of course are OFFICIAL Victoria Post Office issues. They are now 110 years old, and the survivors really show their age. The card used was hard and brittle, and near all I have seen have some or all corners broken off, or badly creased, or corners are badly rounded from wear and handling, as the cheap card does that, and then both sides get marks and scuff and gunk on them too. This set was mailed to a pen pal or relative in Boston 110 years back and I bought the USA Estate as family later moved here, and they were still in a glassine inscribed: ''Jim - a souvenir of the American Fleet visit for you.’’ And it stayed in there for 110 years.  So the corners are RAZOR sharp - the colour are bright and vivid, and there is NO usual scuffing or marks.  Are they worth $1115 each in this astounding grade - of COURSE they are.  The same way a MUH Kangaroo from this era is 5 times a hinged copy - QUALITY costs money, but when you sell, you get it back! 

From wikipedia - 'The Great White Fleet was the popular nickname for the United States Navy battle fleet that completed a circumnavigation of the globe from 16 December 1907 to 22 February 1909 by order of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.  It consisted of four squadrons, each consisting of a battleship with escorts. Roosevelt sought to demonstrate growing American military power and blue-water navy capability. The scope of such an operation was unprecedented in U.S. history, as ships had to sail from all points of the compass to rendezvous points and proceed according to a carefully-orchestrated, well-conceived plan. It would involve almost the entire operational capability of the U.S. Navy. The Great White Fleet was the nickname given to the fleet. The name was derived from the 'white' colour in which the fleet's ships were painted. In countries like Australia and New Zealand, the Fleet was greeted with celebration. In Japan, school children in their thousands greeted the Fleet waving miniature US flags.  NO finer pair possible - looks like they were printed last week, not 110 years back! $A230 the PAIR!
(Stock 729JP)

 

 



 

 

Japan scarce 1949 FDC’s, in quite SUPERB condition Cat ¥83,000 ($A950) - just $A250:  Bought these superb condition FDC's in an Estate lot recently.  Been in Boston near all their life, still in a glassine from PO New Issue from a BCOF Serviceman stationed there, and condition quite astounding for near 70 years old.  Sakura 318 - ¥15 Textile Worker FDC ¥4,000,  #320 - ¥20 Forestry Worker ¥12,000,  #321 - ¥30 Postman FDC ¥12,000 - C142 - ¥5 Figure Skater from 4th National Games FDC ¥7,000 and C160 - ¥20 Telecom Exhibition FDC ¥24,000. All with the superb special pictorial FDI cancels in Red.

Sakura minimum catalogue value is ¥83,000 = $A950. 1940s FDCs of course are cat many times used, as few were bought.  No idea whether FDC from this era are generally fine UNADDRESSED like this lot . . from here they most certainly are NOT from 1940s - addressed FDC were the LAW actually. This was literally only a few years after the atomic bombing of Japan, and indeed during the Allied BCOF occupation, so I suspect buying pretty stamps was not high on any local's list of things to be doing back then!  Cat $A950++ for just $A2
50 (Stock 892HQ)

 

 

 

 

 

Australia Pictorial cancels Coll: Cat $600 on Unadd PO “WATTLE” covers!!  Australia Post official Pictorial cancels, full run of every cancel for this 1974 era:  "PictorMarks" cat value $600 for average grade, and these are absolute TOP SHELF grade UNADDRESSED.  These special cancels on ANY kind of cover from 1974 are SCARCE and highly sought.  The big interest on special cancels occurred latter 1970s, and numbers were then getting large.

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

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

 

 

1987 Platypus "FRAMA" STAMPS, 100 x MUH sets 9, Cat $1,800. Just $A325 – UNDER FACE!  Great Estate buy. A HUNDRED MUH Postcode sets of 9 x 37c values. i.e. the 9 possible postcode combos for each GPO.  As per scan above, of 1 set 9.  Current Renniks Cat $2 a stamp as you can see = $A1,800.  Owner receipt from Max Stern in 1987 was for $15 a set = $1,500 cost. Many more pix here - tinyurl.com/Framas

These were pretty hot back then and sold out FAST.  I can sell them well UNDER FACE for just $A325!  Each set 9 in a separate stapled Australia Post glassine - unopened for 30 years! Just THREE BUCKS A SET 9 .. less than they sold from at PO - 30 years back. Brilliant to jazz up your outward mail - these are NEVER seen postally used in full sets.  On a postally used cover, a set of 9 would likely be a $10-$15 piece. $A325 (Stock 392PQ)

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand 1855 No Wmk Chalon, Blued Paper FU, 1d Red, SG #4:  A very rare stamp.  Very Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide repairs or thins etc.  Crisp light numeral cancel.  100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults.  Bright colour and with 4 margins, close at SE corner.  SG 4, £2,000, and far superior to any others I have handled, near all of which are defective.  From an extensive NZ coll I bought well this week - near the entire country, most MINT - let me know your WANTS - DIRT cheap quotes!!  $A800 (Stock 729KT)  

 

 


 

 

Adelaide 2016 $1.00 set 6 Mint, CTO in week of issue, "Albino", or on “Last Day Cover” $A150:  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 $2500 in new Seven Seas “ASC” Cat.  The ‘$1.00’ value in same design issued around the same time is - so far, oddly largely overlooked.  Only a small number were sold mint, and I’ve yet to see a single postally used copy of those, despite that being the new postal letter rate.  For many collectors the ONLY cost acceptable way to fill up these 6 spaces on the Hingeless Stanley Gibbons, or other printed pages globally, will be with a set of “$1.00”, so demand will keep increasing.  And prices too.  Ton more discussion of this exciting new issue here - tinyurl.com/2016set

I managed to have serviced just SIX Last Covers as shown here.  On Official PO cover, with the pictorial Adelaide Philatelic Sales Centre “Clocktower” pictorial cancel.  Superb item, and stars of the future, at just $A150 apiece.  I doubt more than 25 exist globally of these.  No mail orders were accepted, no credit cards accepted, hence very few secured them in person. The CPS machine went back to MEL on that same day for scrapping.  So a double piece of Philatelic History.  Set of 6 MUH -
$A75 (Stock 571GX) or 10 sets MUH $A500 (Stock 571GU)  Set 6 x “$1.00” clear VFU/CTO cds in the week of issue Feb 15, 2016, $A95 (Stock 571GY) or 10 sets VFU/CTO at issue time $A750 (Stock 571GR)  “$1.00 Adelaide 2016” strip 6 with striking reversed ALBINO “Ghost” prints: $A500  Stock 571GC - (Identical 30¢ strips have sold over $5,000!) or one of a tiny number made of LAST DAY COVERS illustrated above just: $A150 (Stock 571GZ)  

 

  

 


 

SAAR 1950 200F Airmail, “Council Of Europe” Fine Used.  Cat £400=$A800 for $A150:  One of the scarcer post war stamps from Europe, as this 200F was a fortune back in the immediate Post War era.  Clean and fresh fine used, with no hinge remains, or usual creases from heavy parcel use or airmail express etc.  Expertised on reverse, and excellent perfs and centering.  Estate Special - SG 295 £400=$A800 for just $A150 (Stock 562BX)   

 

  Falkland Islands 2002 Queen Mother M/Sheet MUH Bundle 100 near HALF FACE!:  A dealer bought a lot of these - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother 2002 Memorial Miniature Sheets, for a promotion upon the Queen Mother’s Death, aged 101.  He had a couple of bundles left over when stocktaking, so we did a stock swap.  Superb and fresh MUH, still in original Crown Agents sealed packs of 100.  SG MS936, Cat £10 each - £1,000 = $A2,000.  Face value is £2.15 each = $A430 a bundle of 100.  (He had THREE bundles of 100, so if anyone wants all THREE the price drops to just $A600 - HALF FACE. (SG Cat $A6,000) - that is just 10% of SG!)  Superb re-seller line, as no-one else on eBay has these at ANY price!  One sealed bundle of 100 to clear at near HALF FACE -  $A225.  Just $US163 right now! $A225 (Stock 749LEL)  

 

 

 

QANTAS $2 Airbus A380 stamp, totally **IMPERFORATE** Block of 4 - just $A60!:  Australia Post a few years back, released just 750 x IMPERFORATE uncut press sheets of these $2 stamps.  You needed to phone a special '800' number after midday, and maximum order was a sheet a person, and they sold out within hours as you'd expect.  All the $2 stamps depict the massive Qantas Airbus A380.  Qantas staffers and aviation collectors keenly seek this sheet, as do the 1,000’s of pure “A380” theme collectors.  Each press sheet was foil numbered in lower right margin, and also comes with a hand numbered PO “Certificate Of Guarantee” that only 750 sheets in TOTAL were sold, including all left and right panes.

Indeed there were only 375 left pane and 375 x right pane sold ... both sheets of 12 are marked thus at lower left.  This is a Qantas Airbus A380 issue, and that is a red hot theme, even for non-stamp collectors.  And it is fully imperforate.  It is an 100% OFFICIAL PO issue, and one of the very smallest issues in the post war era from Australia Post. It was VERY limited, and has remained RED hot - just like the stamp border colour!  I obtained a few by paying folks $100 cash bonus profit to sit on the phone for hours re-dialling until they got through.  Price per IMPERF mini sheet is from $A60 - full details here - tinyurl.com/lspm4vf  with a LOT more photos of all the options and choices on these, even full uncut press sheets 12 available for $A450 - just $US325 as I type this - MANY more pix on link above - $A60 (Stock 482YL)

 

 

 

     

 

 

 
 

Rare 'March 1954' GB QE2 Wilding 2/6d stamp booklet, with print freak:    This first booklet was issued with no interleaving between panes (that started in Jan. 1955), and was in a glassine envelope since being purchased as a New Issue, 64 years back.  So not a surface thinning of the blue ink, as it probably first appears - the gum on pane above it is perfect, and there never was interleaving between panes on these 1954 editions SG confirms. Normally I'd unpick the booklet stitching, and "explode" out the pane, leaving stitched selvedge attached, and scan it flat, and offer it for a few $100 as a stunning printing error. Checked it in my SG and see it is one the scarcest GB stamp booklets - SG F15 Cat £375 = $A700 with normal watermarks - all panes here are inverted watermarks.  SG prices of course state they are for "average" perf booklets and state good perfs command more - all panes here have full excellent perfs - most books suffered with the final printer guillotining down into single books.

The SG Specialised cat entry shown above (SG SB23a) of course tells us the value on THIS book is the "MINIMUM INLAND" wording on the pane as can be seen - the BOOKLET itself is of little value if that is removed.  This 1d pane is cat £40 with the COMMON messages on it, of "PLEASE POST EARLY" or "PACK YOUR PARCELS SECURELY" but is 9 times that with this wording.  PLUS the spectacular print error - itself a few $100 piece even on a very common pane!  Be like having striking ink-stripping or Dry Ink on a
£1 PUC!   So a striking printing error, on a super scarce stamp booklet pane - the priciest booklet containing QE2 stamps in her entire 65 year reign.  Clean and fresh in attractive condition.  A truly unique piece! $A350 (Stock 517KX)

 

 

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 even lower numbers -  $A495 EACH book.  Being quite recent, they almost NEVER come on the market - no-one wants to let them go!  HEAPS more pix here -  tinyurl.com/StampEngr

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 this book.

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)

 


 

 

 

50 x Aust AFL Football Centenary stamp sheetlets of 16, *FACE $360*, Cat £700, for $A150!  Great "Distress" buy I made from an Estate of The Greatest Game Of All!  These are each $7.20 FACE value.  SG 1590a, £14 used - Scott 1507a $US17.75.  ASC 1559MS, $A18 used.  All are superb CTO full gum, all with neat cds.  Great for folks to offer singly etc on ebay, or retail etc, or use for exchange etc, given the/AFL Football Finals Month is now upon us!  Buy them for $2.75, and even if you get only face value, you make $445!  Popular thematic and big seller to AFL and sport fans.  BEST STILL these are the PERFORATED stamps.  Near all on the market are the self-adhesive.  Used copies of the perforated versions are like hen's teeth, and are NEVER seen in used full sets 16.  This sheetlet was the ONLY source of used copies of the perforated lick and stick stamps.  The booklets were all self-adhesive, and that is what was on wide sale at PO’s nationally.  25 for $A85 (Face $A180 - Cat £350 = $A650)  Stock code 386TB - 50 for $A150 (Face $A360 - Cat £700 - $A1,300) Stock code 386TC - $A150

 

 

 

 

"Aust TERRITORIES" Very First Stamp YEAR BOOK x 29, Ret $1,450 for $500!:  Amazing hoard from estate today.  Owner bought these are $40 each when First issued in 1994 - $1,160.  24 years back.  Being the FIRST of anything is usually HOT stuff in future.  These come out each year in Deluxe Folder with all the relevant pages of stamps of Hangers, and are super popular.  FACE of contents is $23.50 each - $681.50 plus the packaging cost.  He has passed, and I paid his Estate just $400 and you can have them for just $500 the lot, as I need to pay that pay that EXACT sum this week for 2 nights in a hotel room in Windhoek Namibia next month!  Multi fold jackets and all encased in outer cello slip jacket.  Clean flat condition.  $17.24 or so per album - insane price.  WAY under cost - an Ebay re-seller DREAM lot - double your money, and clear up some space on my desk here.  Australia Territories AP collection 1994 x 29 - retail is $50 apiece, see - tinyurl.com/Territ94 - i.e. retail $1,450 - $A500 (Stock 372FC)

 

 

 

 


 

 

Roo 10/- with “Fox Faced Kangaroo” constant variety. Cat $A900 -  $A175:  A rather pretty looking stamp, in the scarcer shade – Grey Black and Pale Rose Crimson - Cat $450 normal used ACSC 50c.  Showing very clearly the sought after “Fox Face Kangaroo” listed variety.  Was hinged onto an album page in a collection I bought today, and I focused on the stated error being correct which it was, and allowed $250 to buy it, as it looked nice, and assumed it would sell for $400 or so.  After seller had gone noticed it was cleverly repaired at base under an old hinge remain!   Oh well, my loss is someone else’s gain, and priced to clear now for $175 at a small loss, to find it a new home.  Just hope I make a buck on the other stamps in the collection!   Most folks would not notice the repair unless I pointed it out, I am sure.  ACSC 50(v)t $A550 plus 65% more for the scarcer shade = $900 ACSC - $A175 (Stock 439BX)

 

 

  

 

 

"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: tinyurl.com/TreSkil - 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 - tinyurl.com/Glen5-05  The sought after superbly written ENGLISH Edition is offered here!  Rare - most that exist are in Swedish or German. $A150
(Stock 958BP)

 

 

 

 

Australia Post Stamp Year Books 1983-2004 (22) at $200 UNDER FACE VALUE! :  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 $1,855 as you can see here – tinyurl.com/mgcqfbw

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 $A700.  The FACE VALUE is just on $900!  So you are paying $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! $A700
(Stock 793GW)

 

  

 


  Lebanon 1983 Kahlil Gibran "The Prophet" Imperforate stamp mini sheet x 18, SG $1,750 - just $A150:  Most attractive - oddly my scanner does not show well at all, the bright and classy gold outer sheet borders, and borders on the stamps - the vagaries of technology - they just scan a flat dull beige brown, as can be seen above!  Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer member of the New York Pen League.  He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book “The Prophet”, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose.

The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time. Ebay Retail $A85 - My price is 15% of that! - 
tinyurl.com/GibranMS  - catalogue notes say these were sold at £25 EACH as a New Issue = literally $A70 each back then.  So not many were bought, as that was serious bucks back then.  A great hoard of fresh flat Imperforate MUH sheets I bought – EIGHTEEN of them. SG MS1291 cat £45 each or £810. ($A1,750.)  Bought well, so priced at around 10% of SG to clear - just $US120 as I type this, or around $US6½ apiece.  Ebay seller Gold Mine right here! $A150 (Stock 543LB)
 

 

 

 

 

 

PNG 1975 “Independence” initial issue, the unique IMPERF set, plus proofs:  A UNIQUE set, in superb condition, from the Archive files of the Swiss printers Courvoisier.  The attractive 1975 “Independence” set, 7t and 30t Courvoisier Imperforate Proofs, comprising five colour separations (in yellow, red, blue-green, buff and black) and then the complete design for each value being full imperforate stamps.  All affixed to a acid-free heavy grade, linen hinged archival page, with perforated ornate embossed “C” at top, of the printer. (10 proofs total.)  Ex Arthur Gray Estate. Totally unique, and for under $100 a proof - a steal! $A995 (Stock 582FA)

 

 

 


 

Yemen Arab Republic, 1975 Revolution 25 Fils, Fully *Imperforate* Pane 50 MUH - Just $A8 each!  12th Anniversary of Revolution : IMPERFORATE pane of 50 x 25 Fils denomination, depicting the 7th Century Al Janad Mosque - one of the world’s oldest.  Fine, fresh MUH.  Catalogue numbers for the normal issued perforated issue 13½ x 14 are - SG #539, Scott #316 and Michel #1545.  Cannot see any other IMPERF versions of this about anywhere on the globe for sale, and a full sheet may well be unique - and after 43 years, none will turn up NOW!   Just $A8 each - superb ebayer opportunity to offer in imperf pairs and blocks 4 - an easy double or treble your money deal here surely? $A400 (Stock 492RJ)

 

 


 

 

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 - tinyurl.com/MaxMedal - Bought well, I am selling this A5 Mint Unhinged Sheetlet of 10 stamps at $A200
(Stock 637PE)

 

  

 

 

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 -
tinyurl.com/NZClaret  These Kapa Haka are Classics of the future.  For FAR more details of them all here: tinyurl.com/KapaNZ - a full set of 5 from me costs only $A8,500 (Stock 583EF) - or just $A1,700 apiece!   

 


 

British Solomon Islands 1907 Large War Canoe 2½d Orange Yellow, very fresh pair, IMPERF AT RIGHT:  One the classic British Pacific stamp issues, with a true global following.  The debut issue, crudely local designed, and primitively produced,  these are far better than usual - clean and fresh, bright deep colour, with white MLH original gum.  Been in Europe near all their life – luckily, as out here they fox badly.  SG 4b is cat £12,000 - the imperf between pair of this value.  One sheet of those were recorded, and one sheet with imperf at side.  Only a few pairs exist globally.  SG do not list imperfs one side from anywhere, but in this case, they are equally as scarce as SG 4b. $A1,875 (Stock 598AC)

 

 

 


 

 

1941 Qantas Portuguese Timor to Australia Unique WW2 “Boomerang” cover – Cat $A900:  Striking 2d KGVI lettercard, uprated to correct 5d rate with 3d Blue KGVI.  Qantas RMS “Corilanus” (G-AETV) under Captain H. B. Hussey left Sydney Jan 17, and return flight was via RMS “Cambria” (G-ADUV) under Captain R. B. Tapp on January 21.  Has fine 3 line violet strike of “Primeria mala aerea directa de Dili para Australia”.  Diamond Censor handstamp in violet. Striking 5 Timor colour stamp franking on reverse.  UNIQUE.  AAMC only lists one ways, and there were only 21 of those.  From a superb coll of Air Covers, First Flights, and related material I just bought from a deceased Qantas Captain - let me know what else you may be interested in.  Albums full of the early 1930s flights, to and from UK, USA, Asia, PNG & Pacific etc.  With masses of Intermediates, that I have never seen before, in 40 years of dealing.

The collection is HEAVY in Qantas related material as you can imagine.  Many of the scarce Qantas large Vignettes, loose and on the covers, sheets and booklets of the labels, and special large airmail labels from 1920s and 1960s.  Lots of flights covers are pilot signed.  Most of it has not been on the market for 40 years.  Let me know WHAT you seek, as some of this, once sold, you will NOT see again in your lifetime more than likely.  A lovely cover, in exceptional condition for 76 years old, and only 21 carried of return flight in midst of WW2 on way home, and just a few of those survive now.  AAMC #912, $A400 (54 carried) and #913, $A500 (21 carried) so cat $A900 and unique.  Tom Frommer’s mismatched separate covers, sold for $575 mossgreen 09/2016.  BARGAIN at: $A450
(Stock 289PQ)

 

 

 

  

 

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 - tinyurl.com/24Machin   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 -  tinyurl.com/Nov12SN   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 -
tinyurl.com/24pFakes  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)

 

   

 

 


 

 

STOP PRESS: New 2018 ACSC "Postal Stationery" Catalogue - 484 pages, all in colour:  Including Australian Territories,  Second Edition, 2018.  This brand new edition updates the first edition of five years back (2013), incorporating a number of corrections and new discoveries.  In particular, the Postal Cards up to 1936 have been extensively revised, and there are many additions to the listing of Lettercards.  The decimal Stationery produced by the Note Printing Branch is included for the first time.  All prices have been fully updated.  In full colour, 484 x large A4 heavily illustrated pages, perfect bound

A few advance copies of this huge book in stock NOW for instant delivery globally.  If you only buy one catalogue each decade, whether you are a dealer or a collector, or Auction, you MUST have this.  Detailed review of the first edition was in "Stamp News" - and gives you an idea of detailed content in here - tinyurl.com/GS0713 - 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 - tinyurl.com/ACSC-PS18  $A240 (Stock 782DV)

 

 

 

 



 

 

VAN DIEMEN'S LAND (Tasmania) 1827, Bill of Exchange Cheque for £100 Sterling:  Issued in Hobart Town, 11th October 1827, Number 414, payable to Deputy Ass’t Comm(issariat) General Hall, and signed A. Moodie.  On “Magnay & Sons London” double lined watermarked paper, and signed “Geo Hall” on reverse. Almost identical to the Third Of Exchange example shown in Renniks on page 160, of same year, and has the same two Signatories even, with Renniks Cat $7,500 in VF, and this one is higher graded, XF at least. 105% original, and Guaranteed 105% Genuine.  Wonderful condition, and an early piece of our pioneer early history.

An incredibly early official monetary instrument from Tasmania, (indeed for Australia) and in SUPERB condition, especially for something from this region, 188 years old. Hobart was a truly tiny and remote settlement in 1827, and not even a city. Convicts had not yet streamed en-masse from the UK, and the infamous Port Arthur Prison was not even commenced until 1830.  She had no Registry of Deeds in which to record land dealings until 1827 when up by Governor Arthur, and financial arrangements were not much better, the tiny settlement was left to deal with such issues as best it could.

A bill of Exchange Cheque was an early form of Bank Draft. Indeed in early days of Tasmania, a de-facto currency for large sums, backed and guaranteed by His Majesty’s Treasury London, no less. The Bank Of Van Diemen’s Land was not even established until October 1827, when this was issued.  These were generally drawn in “sets” - the Original, the “Second" or duplicate of Exchange, and also a "Third Of Exchange", the most commonly seen. Each was drawn for the same amount, but was worded so that only one of a set of 3 was ever paid. In those days when sea-mails were slow and uncertain, each copy of the “set” was deliberately sent to the Drawer by a different set of ships and sea routes, and the first one to be received, was paid.

The sailing ships used to carry this “set” are noted by sender in Red at base of the Bill, and are by “Persian” (400 Tons) and “Lang” (556 tons). The return manifest of “Lang” in Jan 1828 under Capt Lusk included "431 bales wool, 193 casks whale oil, 696½ slabs and 190 bundles of whale bone, 90 tons mimosa bark and 55 planks cedar" (!)   Superb condition for something of this nature and age, and one of the very finest of the few survivors. Catalogued $A7,500+ and highly sought after. These appeal to a wide range of collectors - of Banknotes and cheques, early Australian historical documents, and early Tasmania etc. $A2.500 (Stock 693HQ)

 

 

 
 

 

  

  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¢!  (Witness the 2 different 5c Queens in here) so $10.47 bought you 210 x first class stamps.  Today a First Class letter is $1.50, so 210 of those is $A315 in today’s 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 Bureaux.  Better still, the Australian PO had a large booth at the “EXPO 70” Exhibition in Osaka.  They added a JAPANESE language booklet inside the Definitive pack, outlining the stamp issues, and their background in that local language.  You could only buy this at the show I understand.  
The $4 King alone cost EIGHTY times the then 5¢ letter rate.  So the pack was about $A315 type buying price, adjusted to today’s money.  You are paying LESS than that!  Little wonder almost none sold.  ASC P7, Cat. $650 and seldom seen or offered ANYWHERE.  Fresh and un-opened.  $A295 (Stock 439ZB)
 

 

 

  


 

 

Canada QV 1857 ½¢ Deep Rose Imperf, Cat £2,250 for $A350!  Imperforate on very thin, horizontal weave paper.  No thins, tears, creases or repairs – or even hinge remainders to disguise all of the above as usually found, after 160 years!  Clear “HAMILTON - MR 22 : 1858” cds, clearly verifying the SG number. (The later thick paper SG 25 not issued until DECEMBER 1855)  Expertised on reverse.  2 clear margins, one huge at right, and just clear to touching along left side. Sharp plate impression.  Cat £2,250 for just $A350 (Stock 465AC)

 

  

 
 

 

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

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 - tinyurl.com/PNGOPS 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 -  tinyurl.com/2016set  A 30c SINGLE stamp on a commercial cover to Melbourne sold for an unbelievable $1,700 to a medico - tinyurl.com/30cEnv  with 67 frantic bids!  A totally philatelic cover, non-mailed, sold for $1,880 - with 37 bids - tinyurl.com/1880CPS  A set a client bought off me for a few $100 this year, sold soon afterwards for $5,000 -  tinyurl.com/varsCPS   

The highest price I have seen actually OBTAINED for a set of 6 on ebay is $A8,990 -  tinyurl.com/CPS9000 -  face value $1.80 - about 5,000 times face valueA standard set sold Feb 15 for $3,200 - tinyurl.com/Set3200  A mint £2 Kangaroo only costs that!  I learned about this issue by chance at the very outset, and nabbed a handful of sets from my various long term collector contacts in my home town Adelaide, as I acted fast and paid HIGH!  “Linn’s Stamp News” in the USA had this Front Page, and as their most viewed story that week - tinyurl.com/Linns30c - Gave an 11 minute interview with Radio 2GB - highest rating radio station in NSW by a margin of 30% - full tape here - www.2gb.com/audioplayer/152241  And they featured on the lead story in a recent edition ion of the biggest selling German stamp magazine “BRIEFMARKEN SPIEGEL” and had a large piece in a recent “Gibbons Stamp Monthly”.

These ARE now fully catalogued in Gibbons, SG 4492/4497 and are listed at $4,500 a set 6 Mint, and $3,000 used (4242/4248) in the mass selling Renniks “Stamps Of Australia” catalogue.  I have just a few complete sets of 6 MUH left for sale - just $A330 a stamp, for something that maybe 150 or so full mint sets exist of globally, as I type.  I mailed a set on 6 covers to the Russian Air Force Base to the Commander of the orbiting “ISS” MIR Space Station, taken to him on a supply flight - he is a keen collector and ordered them!  There are 2 underlying stamp design types - Type “A” and Type “B”.  (Outlined on link above)  Latter costs 15% more ($A2,300 - Stock 572GR) , or both sets 6 together, save $200, for $A4,100 (Stock 572GC)  I have one flat joined strip of 6 - in scarce Type “B” luckily, for $A2,400 (Stock 571GK)  A set 6 is only about $US1,500 a set as I type this (I accept paypal in USD – ask me!), and is $1,000 or so LESS than some recent ebay sales, but only for those who act FAST: $A1,995 (Stock 572GY)  Or, the identical designs set of 6 “$1.00 ADELAIDE 2016” that were also sold out fast, for $A75 a set 6 (Stock 571GX) or 10 sets 6 of those for dealers/investors for $A500 (Stock 571GY)

 

 

 

 

Australia 1977 Silver Jubilee PLATE PROOF BLOCK 4 at Quarter Cat!   Always a fast seller.  These are official PO plate proofs, and like all the others have some creasing.  ACSC 766PP(1) Cat $500 per imperf PAIR or $1,000 a block 4.  Seemed a real shame to cut it into pairs but if you want a pair, I will do that for $A140 .. your choice or top or bottom.  $A250  - (Order as stock number 225RL)

  
 

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These commissions pay for the MASSIVE overhead of the auctions. Their dozen or so staff, Director Fees, fancy rented buildings, Deluxe catalogues, and $2,000 a page full colour ads in magazines all around the globe etc.  I have none of this overhead.  I work on my own - from home.  No rent, no staff, no fancy catalogues or $2000 ads. Just fast turnover and low prices, and a “done on the CHEAP” old-school website as you can see!

All prices on this page are nett - NO extra taxes or commissions are added to the price.  KNOW in advance what you are up for!  And I NEVER charge buyers extra for using their credit cards.  NEVER.  That is absurd, insulting, and pure gouging, but the world’s leading auction houses seem to all hate Amex cards, as you will doubtless realise. Use them FEE FREE for my offers.

In my near 40 years full time selling stamps, I have hardly auctioned one stamp.  I do not believe in it.  My huge website, due to clever links and marketing, gets far more visitors than most large local auctions, and always has.  Coming up to FORTY MILLION visitors is living testament to that.  I am pleased to sell direct - at fair sensible prices, so you know EXACTLY where you stand. You buy direct off me, and YOU the customer get the savings.

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