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

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Australia 5/- “BCOF Japan 1946” fresh w/c GENUINE *MUH*:  95% of these offered on ebay etc, are FAKES, and have been for 20-30 years.  The basic stamp is $5, and to knock out a rough overprint is easy.  Scambay does not care, as THEY always make lots of money from each fake sold.  One Sydney faker alone has sold about 1,000 of these on ebay via about 40 fake IDs.  So by all means spend $150 on a worthless fake, or buy a GENUINE one off me!  From the quite massive 3 Generation “Townsville 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 years to wade through it all.  None of it has EVER been on the stamp market before, in the past Century or so.

Perfect perfs and centring as you can see, (most unusual) clean and FRESH (most have gum toning as it was printed on Chalk Faced Paper that sucks in moisture and evenly tones the gum over 73 years) and nice clean sharp metal font “bite” of the genuine overprint - most of the ebay fakes are laughably made in 5 seconds using inkjet, or laser printers. 
SG J7,
£140 = $A250, ASC B7, $250.  ACSC J7, $250.  Buyers have a choice - be a clueless EBunny EBaaaaahgin Huntarrr and get ripped off blind, (and get ZERO for your fake, when you sell up) or buy something GENUINE, for near the same price!  My written Guarantee it is 105% kosher.  This will sell in days, proving some buyers still have savvy!  He also had the THIN paper 5/- BCOF in same glassine .. equally nice, for same price $A195 (Stock 651LB) or the set of 6 lower values to 2/-, SG J1-6 also fresh MUH for Cat £115 for $A100 (Stock 651LC) $A195 (Stock 651LA)

 

 

 

Malayan Postal Union – 1948/49 Postage Due “Specimen” Complete set!:  The 8¢ and the 20¢ were the ONLY values of his set sent to UPU countries as Specimens.  Superb fresh unused from a Post Office Archive I bought a few years back.  They were all affixed to large SG album pages, and most of them I sold to James Bendon in the UK, the doyen of these issues.  PO staff had as usual licked most of the sets onto the pages, and noted the arrival date in pen.  Page outer was aging, so I soaked these off and are 105% Guaranteed as genuine.  IMPORTANT, as a faker has started selling fake Specimen Perfins on ebay from many countries.  They are readily picked apart by experienced eyes, but sadly most EBunny EBaaaaahgin Huntarrrs do not possess those, and blindly get ripped off. SG D105/D135 Cat £180 = $A350.  There would not be ONE source offering these right now, anywhere on this PLANET!  $A150 (Stock 748RL)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

UNIQUE - Australia Sir Hudson Fysh SIGNED 1958 Wesley FDC!:  Wesley Cover Service First Day Cover (with hand amended issue date - itself cool!) with Block 4 of the 2/- QANTAS issue, signed by Sir Hudson Fysh, Qantas founder, and then CEO.  Great condition - now 61 years old.  From a superb collection of Air Covers I 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 etc, with masses of Intermediates that I have never seen before.  Many of the scarce Qantas large Vignettes, and special large airmail labels from 1920s and 1930s like this.  None been on the market for 50 years or so.  This Captain was a Sydney friend of Hudson Fysh, and many of his covers were gifts from Fysh, and addressed to Fysh, and many were also signed by Fysh, such as this one.  Signed personally by Sir Hudson Fysh D.F.C., the co-founder of Qantas in 1920, and in later years Managing Director and CEO of Qantas, and Fysh of course was himself depicted on the 1969 5c QANTAS airmail stamp from Australia.  It also has Fysh’s personal raised print gift card as you can see.

Sir Wilmot Hudson Fysh KBE, DFC was a legendary figure. He fought at Gallipoli, Sinai, and later Palestine in the 1st Light Horse Brigade, Machine Gun Squadron, under Captain Ross Smith.  Both later joined the air corps and Fysh shot down 5 German airplanes as a gunner under Lieut. McGuinness - later his co-founder of Qantas!  Fysh was awarded the DFC for gallantry in the Air Force.  Fysh co-founded Qantas with £400 and went on to be Managing Director, Chairman and CEO.  McGuinness and Fysh were the first persons to drive across the Gulf Of Carpentaria - in a beat up Model T Ford!  Fysh prepared the Sir Ross & Keith Smith landing strip at Fannie Bay Darwin, when they won the great 1919 Air Race, for which the famous now $10,000 Ross Smith Vignette Miniature Sheet was issued.  The Centenary of that epic flight takes places this year, and Adelaide is hosting a huge "AEROPEX 2019’’ in conjunction, in December.  ALL philatelic things in relation to that - and connected to HUDSON FYSH etc, (who was THERE!) will be in sharp focus this year, and prices will rise!  $A125
(Stock 462KC)

 

 

 

Aust 2000 Olympics set DIGITAL print M/S, Album and Entry Tickets - $A150 the LOT!:  From Estate of a Volunteer Official there.  He has the full set of 16 Gold Medal Winner sheets of 10 DIGITAL printed, at the Games Stadium.  99.9% on the market are the OFFSET prints from Philatelic - they have a different red corner symbol of course.  The FACE of these is $72 alone - retail is $A150!  He bought the special PO album hard cover with brass rings for $25, and with 16 x #1 Hagners (Retail $1.75 each = $28) and he ALSO had with it an Official Games Entry ticket with Hologram, and the official 130 page Games Venue book.  A heap of pix of them here - tinyurl.com/OlyStamps  All in the outer PO slipcase.  Clean lot - the whole package for just $A150 - great deal ex Estate! $A150 (Stock 275BK)

 

 

 

Territory Of New Guinea, 1935 Bulolo Airmail Stamp, £2 Violet, Clean VFU, $A175:  One of the most iconic Airmail stamps from the entire Pacific in the 1930s.  Incredibly high value - the largest denomination Australia ever had here was a £2, and even those used are scarce and expensive - the CHEAPEST watermark being $600 used.  This was a month’s gross wages for anyone who had a job in the Great Depression.  Clean, well centred, fresh and clean, with deep rich original colour.  Clean and flat and fresh.  Free of all hinges, gook and gunk and aging etc after 84 years.  And free of the THINS and creases and scuffs and tears that these coarse blotting paper stamps mostly get as they were used on heavy Gold parcels, as there were no roads up there in the highlands.  Good perfs for these as you can see, that were lumpy single line perf, on coarse blotting paper.  Lovely dated full face cds of “POST OFFICE - 21 AP 38 - SALAMAUA”  I handle just one of these each few years.  I handle LOTS of used £2 Roos a year - priced several times this, but are 100 times more plentiful!  $A175 (Stock 682JX)

 

 

 

 

 

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)   

 

 

 

1913 2/- Dark Brown Kangaroo FIRST Watermark, MUH. Cat $3,250 for just $A425!:  A wildly under-rated stamp - 20 times scarcer than the 2/- Brown Third Wmk in MINT, despite their similar retail.  ACSC 35B is $3,250.  Centred low, and a shortish perf at top, so out it goes cheap to fill an album space for someone at a budget price.  Deep rich strong colour, and crisp proof-like impression, as you can see.  SG 13.  Bought well today in an Estate, so out it goes cheap, to get some of my outlay back FAST! - $A425 (Stock 624AX)

 

 

  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)  

 

 

 

Solomon Islands 1991 **UNISSUED** stamp - fully SG and Scott noted – just $A100 each!:  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 arrival of stock in the Solomons it was decided not to issue this 65¢ value.  In error however, a small number of sheets were delivered to some Post Offices, and they were used on commercial mail, and several clearly dated used in period pieces are recorded from charity kiloware - used singles have got up to $760 at auction. (I have 4 of them plus another stamp, all with a LATA March 12 1992 cds, dated part envelope to North America - see pic - tinyurl.com/SolsU - the unique used multiple - $A375 - (Stock 362C)  The last 2 singles Auctioned by Status Auctions got $670 and $760 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 Block 4, Scott $US1,400 or $A2,000,  for $A325 (Stock 362JA) or a MUH single as pictured, is just $A100 (Stock 362JB)

 

 

 

Aust + AAT Superb MUH Coll, 2000 to 2006 on Stock sheets:  Aust MUH mini-sheets - heaps of those, se-tenant Blocks 4 etc, on 38 x German storage pages (expensive - about $50 alone!) sheets, and issues 2000 to 2006 - face value alone $456.  Only a few pages shown here - tinyurl.com/MUHmodern to give you a great overview.  Latter 1970s to late 1980s era is incredibly abundant, as we had a massive "Stamp Boom", where investors jumped onto the scene, often buying 5 or 10 stamps of each.  99% of these buyers ceased in 1990, as the PO issued a $20 Definitive Painting stamp.  Back near 30 years back, $20 was SERIOUS money - $50 in today's spending power, and vast numbers of folks simply said "Forget it" and just stopped buying new issues, and 1990 was a nice "round figure".  HENCE the 1990 onwards are 20 times harder to get than the 1980s era. FACT.  Catalogue values for the 1990s issues is high - some up to TEN times face as you can see.  ANYTHING after 2000 in Australian stamps or FDC, is near impossible to source.

Masses of collectors and dealers drew a line in the sand at this time, at that BIG round year figure, and said "that's it".  Of course 19 years on, they all regret it, and nearly all out there want and need those issues.  Dealers did not stock them either, so sourcing them is near impossible at any price.  All the goodies are here as you can readily see from the photos - totally untouched and unpicked by me as always, for all the superb topicals and thematics etc.  COST/Face value ex PO was $A456.10.  Retail would be EASILY $1,250 IF you could find a dealer with stock - and I honestly doubt you can, for this long run.  All the issue formats are here - Mini Sheets, se-tenant blocks, se-tenant pairs, and even the super popular "International" Stamps to $20 Uluru/Ayers Rock etc. Totally unpicked by me as usual - ALL the topical/thematic goodies are in here for Australia.  Pop them on ebay one by one, and double or treble your money, on a free listing day perhaps?  No-one has this era listed up - CHECK it! $A550 (Stock 654AU) 

 

 

 

 

  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)
 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

ZAMBIA 1989 Frogs & Toads stamp issue with SPECTACULAR misperforation!:  The K2.85 denomination (marbled reed frog), MUH block of 10 from top of the sheet, with sheet markings and colour control circles, showing this SPECTACULAR misperforation.  A close-up and enlargement of one of the weird-looking stamps that resulted from this ''perforating exercise gone wrong'' is shown as the second image above.  A MOST spectacular ERROR as can be seen, and of course even possible for the buyer to break up this block, and sell as 10 singles, or five pairs, on ebay etc!  Frogs and Amphibians are a super popular topical/Thematic.  Fine, fresh MUH as printed.  SG 569, Scott #464.  Under $US200 right now, or $US20 an error!  The block - just $A275 (Stock 682GX)

 

 

 

 

 

Great Britain 1840 2d Blue - Fine Used 4 margin example - SG $2,150 for just $600:  This is 179 years old now, and vast numbers have been repaired and tampered with in that time.  Clean and fresh, and totally free of the gook and gunk and old hinges and toning, common on these to hide all kinds of faults.  Faint corner crease most would not even notice, mentioned for 100% accuracy, otherwise superb.  Bright rich colour, and razor-sharp plate impression as you can see.  Totally free of the thins, creases, old hinges, and toning that truly be-devil this issue – and which ARE present on most examples.  "The World's First Stamp" and sourcing a nice one from day #1 is wise.  Even a 2 margin roughie these days can cost you $300!  Lettered "S.I." with lovely red, and unusually light crisp Maltese Cross cancel as you can see - SG lists RED MX at £250 higher than the more common and far less attractive BLACK.  Every collector wants a "Penny Black" and “2d Blue” on the frontispiece page of their album, no matter what country they collect - if your initials are “S.I.” - even better!   Four nice even margins.  ANY 2d Blue is FIFTY times scarcer than any 1d Black - FACT, despite the weird cat prices.  SG #5 with Red MX cat is minimum £1,200 = $A2,150 - but bought well to clear at just - $A600 (Stock 592KY)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

NAURU, scarce 1½d Brown 1923, a used block 4, with central ‘’ADEN PAQUEBOT’’ cancel.  SG 3, Cat £340 = $A650 as 4 singles, and finding a block, mint OR used would be near impossible. Do not think I’ve had even a mint block of these.  Might well be unique.  The entire GB overprint era NAURU is wildly under-catalogued in my view, and is due for an overhaul, as has not been touched for 20 years, and anything better I list up sells fast in recent years.  Cancel shows up clearer on the reverse side, due to suffusion into the paper. $A280 (Stock 592KQ)

 

 

 

Australia 1942 10/- KGVI Banknote, Armitage-MacFarlane, clean superb grade $A250:  Lovely looking fresh note that turned up in an Estate today, the owner had a Max Stern invoice for $500 for it, when the market for these was stronger.  Graded on invoice as "VF+’’ and am no grading expert, but I’d assume that is correct for sure - this is clearly near Unc.  Very clean for 77 years old, and getting up near aUNC for sure. Rigid crisp body, and sharp corners, and bright colour. Renniks R13 $400.  Priced to move fast!  Ebay prices from professional note sellers, for clearly WAY Inferior copies are $A435 - tinyurl.com/Note10Sh - $A250 (Stock 592KG)

 

 

 

SYDNEY 2000 Olympics, Australia Post “Prime Minister’s Dinner”, Deluxe Stamp Album $A350:  What a truly cool item.  The Australian Prime Minister hosted an official Olympics dinner, and as Australia Post were a Major Sponsor of the 2000 Olympics, they offered to present all participants with a super Deluxe, brass cornered Album for the attendees. The exact same presentation as the 4 x superb late 1990s Australia Post “Engraved Stamps” books, (all of which I have in stock at similar price!) with Brass corners, and heavily Gold embossed front covers, with Coat Of Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia, with the Olympic Wreath all around it (!), and hard matching slipcases etc.  And a ton of Australia Post Olympic stamp issues inside as you can see in link below.

Near all the attendees there were IOC Big Shots, and Senior Politicians and dignitaries, and former ozzie Olympians and so on, who kept them as classy Dinner souvenirs, so very few of these Albums ever leaked into the secondary market.  When did YOU ever see one???   AP never SOLD any of these to the public. These are hence HEAVILY sought, not only by Olympic Collectors globally - but by all keen collectors of Australia Post official issues.  They are almost never seen in the marketplace.  Prestige Auctions invoiced one for $365 in Auction #88, and the only other one I’ve seen on ebay sold for $400.  The large book has 44 pages, plus many printed, heavy duty, frosted type interleaves - all GOLD blocked page edges even, and in a hand numbered Limited Edition.  DOZENS more pix here - tinyurl.com/OlyPM  $A350 (Stock 682LB)

 

 

 

 


 

Australia 120 official Die Proof sets for $A400:  What an amazing hoard.  A collector was buying these TEN at a time, decades back, to tuck away.  These are all officially produced recess printed sunken DIE PROOFS from the original steel Master dies, arranged by Australia Post.  You see a single set here and there, but I have never seen TEN sets at one time! All looked clean and fresh in envelopes as purchased at the time. Recess Intaglio printed, with the raised printing lines of that superb technique as you can see.  The 1914 Unissued pair sold for $185,000 in the Arthur Gray sale - they are unique in private hands.

So these sell VERY well for obvious reasons. For an ebayer you can offer TEN sets of 12 different, ten times - one scan and list up, and you are done. You will NEVER see a run of 10 matched sets ever again! One chap told me he cuts these into wide margin imperf singles, and offers them as sets of Die Proofs, as created by Australia Post.  He got $A60 for a set of 3 x 1932 Bridge singles he advises, and good money for several others. Anyway, far too busy here to offer 10 times as sets of 12 different, so offered in one cheap job lot as purchased, for just $400 the parcel. Just over $3 apiece - you cannot buy a COFFEE for that these days!  HEAPS more pix here and a full listing of the 12 cards here - tinyurl.com/DieProofs – only $US290 as I type this -  $A400
(Stock 762CW)

 

 

 

GB 1840 “Penny Black” 4 margin VFU just $A275:  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 $A150, as many 1000's are sold to China each year by SG and others, in a large consumer marketing drive, and prices are up.  This is Lettered "N.J." with a very light crisp Vermillion Red Maltese Cross cancel as you can see - so much nicer than a usual heavy BLACK MX!   Every collector wants a "Penny Black" on the frontispiece page of their album, no matter what country they collect.  If your initials are “N.J.” - even better!   SG £375=$A700 for normal average grade copies.  Clean 4 margin example totally free of the usual hinges and gook and gunk - now 179 years old.  Last year’s PO Year Book literally costs this much - insane - tinyurl.com/AnnualPO  Absolutely NO faults or repairs – GUARANTEED - top shelf: $A275 (Stock 416AX)

 

 

 

British Antarctic Territory, 1966 Churchill, fresh well centred MUH Blocks 4:  Have NEVER seen this key set in blocks 4.  Superb centering and freshness, for THE most popular country from this SUPER popular Omnibus!  SG 16-19 Cat £192=$A375 (16)  One for the bottom drawer perhaps, and priced to clear at just $A125 (Stock 384PR)  

 

 


 

Kangaroo £1 Grey - near as good as these get!  These were used on heavy parcels, and got HEAVY cancels.  NO CTO copies ever existed, so the only way to get an affordable VFU example is a used copy like this, as even hinged mint is well over double the used price.  Also, due to the parcel use, mainly 10,000 miles to the UK, bad scuffing, creases and tears and aging are the absolute norm after 82 years.  I see a NICE looking example once every few years.  This is as clean as a whistle - no gook or gunk or hinges etc.  I have ALL used Roos in stock, in 5 Grades, Superb to Spacefiller - ask if you need a more usual grade at a lower price.  ACSC 54 $450 as average used, and SG 137 £275 = $A500. $A325 (Stock 386AK)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 



 

 

1932 5/- Sydney Harbour Bridge stamp Superb VFU:  The most iconic stamp from this country, and is missing from 95% of collections. It was printed on what was essentially coarse handtowel type paper and perforated with blunt nails.  This was the absolute height of the Great Depression, and even the Government Printer was economising. The coarse paper means a large number are thinned, and the perfs, as all will know are often terrible and ripped out. They were perforated with the single line machine  like a fancy treadle sewing machine  1 line at a time then sheet rotated 90 degrees and the other sides done. Hence wide margin centring is not common at all. A beauty  clean and perfect with superb perfs and centering.  Yes these do sell a little lower at times BUT that is due to the inferior centering and reverse etc. $A265 (Stock 912AX)

 

   

 


 

 

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 -
$A500  (Stock 614WJ)

 

 

 

 Roo 1919 Third Watermark £2 Black and Rose Used - $4,000 *UNDER* retail!  The VERY hardest Australian stamp to find in attractive used.  Missing from 99.9% of collections.  Even harder used than the mega rare 1913 £2, which thankfully had a lot of CTO copies done.  SG #45, Black and Rose.  Quite attractive fresh and clean used, with a neat Registered Melbourne cancel of 1921, with unusually decent perfs for these, and appearance.  I sold a fairly nice one last month for $4,500.  Nearly ALL this watermark had "fluffy" and ugly perfs, often not punched out at all – not so on this guy.  This one has a very tiny professional repair, that I did not even notice when I bought the collection (and allowed $3,000 for it!) otherwise would be in the $4,500+ league retail.  As  you can see also has the “White flaw in Gulf Of Carpentaria” error,  ACSC 56(D)g $A5,500.  SG 45  £3,250 = $A6,000 with no variety.  A FU copy (lot 661, no variety) sold for $A6,000 at the Arthur Gray Auction in New York way back in 2007.  Buy this one for a $4,000 discount over that price, due to the very minor repair. $A2,000 (Stock 473AJ)                                                                                                                                            

 

 

  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)

 

 

 

 

 

GB *Liquid Gold* full sets 1995-2000 VFU on piece, FACE value £197 - just $A225!  Wonderful pick-up from an Estate today.  The super Elusive 1995 to 2000 *Liquid Gold* era that everyone is missing!  1970s and 1980s FDC used are very easy to find as that was the ''Stamp Boom'' era.  Buying started to stop mid 1980s, and had near ceased by 1990.  So, few folks bought used or FDC from 1990, and hence are super sought today.  This guy snipped them off FDC to mail to me to save postage weight, so a FANTASTIC run of complete sets here, ready to soak off as Superb Used.

Or mount on your used album pages ''as is''.  Full sets, strips and SCARCE mini Sheets.  Face value alone is about 200 quid = $A400, and getting them in a complete run like this you near never see.  Not heavy, so easy to mail anywhere.  I am selling them at under HALF what he paid to Royal Mail as New Issues! (Sterling was very high then here - he paid over $450.)  I allowed $180 for them, and out they go for just $225 to clear them FAST!  A SUPERB looking collection, and for an ebay re-seller these are RED HOT when offered set by set.  Many more pix here - tinyurl.com/GBpiece  $A225 (Stock 867FC)

 

 

 

Tristan Da Cunha “RESETTLEMENT 1963” Fine Used *Inverted Watermark* - $950 off!:  Very rare, only a few each of mint and used were ever discovered, over a half century ago, hence the huge catalogue prices for both.  Likely only one sheet done.  The Inverted watermark did NOT occur for the underlying St Helena 3d stamp of course, so thankfully none of these can be faked!  Indeed it is the second highest cat item in SG for the entire country, after the 1966 Churchill ‘Missing Gold’ freak error.  Clean and very fresh, with no hinges or gook or gunk on reverse, so the inverted watermarks show really perfectly clearly here - right in CENTRE of stamp.  Neat dated “(A)PR 63” Tristan Da Cunha cds.  There is not another of these on offer ANYWHERE on this planet, at any price - they almost NEVER appear.  SG 58w, Cat £850 = $A1,575.  A world class rarity, bought very well, so attractively priced at $950 UNDER SG price - indeed is only $US450 as I type this! - $A625 (Stock 432JQ)

 

 

 

 

 

Nice Mint Coll of RUSSIAN Post Offices in CHINA.  SG cat £693 for $A495:  How many collections have I had of these in the past 40 years? ZERO.  Show me another range like this on sale anywhere GLOBALLY, at any price.  How stamps as uncommon as these are, can be listed by SG at just a quid each, as many of these are, mystifies me.  The current Australia Post letter rate used stamps are in SG at that figure!  I kid you not.  A very solid range of this very elusive area and was formed 40 years ago. Collection had some very nice postally used covers of these on back of pages (now sold) Fresh MLH - many are MUH, including a MUH gutter pair of the imperf! 

Market value of that one I have no idea about being superb MUH, from a century back.  SG Cat in new 2019 SG China is £693 = $A1,300.  Every general world collection is missing these, and 99% of China collections is missing them, and 99% of Russian collections too are missing these!  China stamps are hot, Russian stamps are hot, so a yummy little lot.  Right up to a superb $5 high value.  100+ years old - formed in UK many decades back, so remarkably fresh.  Bought in a juicy Estate today, and out it goes for just $A495.  IMPOSSIBLE to replicate at this price.  ANYWHERE!   LOTS more pix here - https://tinyurl.com/China-Russ Just over $US350 as I type this. $A495 (Stock 729JX)

 

 
 

 

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. 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)  

 

 

 


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

 


 

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

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

 


 

 

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

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)

 

 


 

 

New Zealand - Both KGV and KGVI reign, 1935 £4½ "Arms" Super Hi-Val, for just 5% of SG Cat!:  SG Cat £2,500 for just $A225!:  Clean and fresh Used, with no thins or faults or repairs or embossing.  A stamp missing from nearly all KGV and KGVI collections, worldwide - issued in 1935 it was on sale for KGV reign as well, and is in printed SG “KGVI” albums.  SG F167, Deep Olive Grey, cat £2,500 = $A4,500 for just $A225 - just 5% of SG!   Has usual neat audit puncture, and a neat and attractive black dated cds.  The audit copies of these usually also have ugly pen or crayon cancels, and heavy and ugly embossing “crimps” in addition.  This thankfully has neither!  Sold here for just 5% of the Gibbons cat for postal used.  Cat £2,500 - $A225 (Stock 367AZ)

 

 

Turks & Caicos 1938 KGVI Top 3 Values in superb, fresh, Blocks 4:  Talk about SCARCE!  This was a fortune back in this WW2 era.  Indeed the AVERAGE annual UK wage even in 1950, was just £100 - I kid you not - check here- tinyurl.com/UKwage - around TWO quid a week gross, before tax.  FACT.  That was the average national wage there, not the minimum wage, and the pay in Turks was ever less I can bet . So these cost near 2 weeks Gross wages type buying power - $2,000 on today’s wages yardstick.  Have you EVER seen fresh mint blocks 4 of these offered?  I bet not.  Be like having high value CofA Kangaroos of this era in blocks 4 - those are retail $15,000!   Very clean and fresh MUH - actually faintest hinge touch on 1 unit on each block I missed at first glance!  SG Cat about £500 as singles - I defy you to show me BLOCKS on offer from anywhere!  Stamps from the entire KGVI Reign are RED hot globally, and choice pieces like these, especially so. $A315 (Stock 645BX) 

 

 


 

 

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 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)

 

 

 


 

Tonga 1892 Definitive Stamps, full set 5 *DIE PROOFS* just $A80 apiece:   The Arms of Tonga, and King George I - the complete set. SG 10/14 -  SG cat £225 mint, and £400 used, and Die Proofs in colour are 1000 times scarcer than either!  Bright and gorgeous looking set, especially for 127 years old, on clear white wove paper.  Each expertised on reverse by “A. Diena”.  The seller’s family great grand-father was High Commissioner for this region I was advised.  Only $A80 each - indeed only about $US55 apiece right now - $A400 (Stock 792BX)

 

 

 

1919 6d Blue Third Wmk Die 2, the *UNIQUE* Harrison imprint “OS” stamp:  No other “OS” Harrison imprint examples are recorded in this shade.  Even Arthur Gray did not have this one in his $7½ million Roo collection - THE finest ever formed.  Even Non OS Harrisons are rare, but are far more plentiful than this, and are cat $12,500 a pair in cheapest shade.  This shade in ACSC is DOUBLE the common Ultramarine.  ACSC notes re the 6d Blue  "The 6d Harrison imprint is perhaps the rarest imprint outside the bicoloured high value.” Arthur Gray’s £1 Harrison Bi-Colour imprint sold for $256,000!  And this one is also unique, for just 1% of that price.  Attractive MVLH, with stunning perfs and centering for any Third Wmk 6d, variety or imprint or not!  Better still, it is the scarce shade, AND has the constant plate variety from stamp 1R55.  Has Drury Photo Certificate from 2018 “6d Milky Blue Die 2, White Flaw Off WA Coast - ACSC 2017, No 19F(1)g”.  This shade is cat 50% more than cheapest one, and the plate variety is cat double a normal.  ACSC 19(1)zh $12,500 for a pair in cheapest shade.  Nice looking stamp, with recent Photo Certificate, and at $A2,750 the buy of the WEEK for someone astute!  Only $US1,925 as I type this - $A2,750 (Stock 895LX)

 

 

 

New Zealand QE2 stamp collection Retail $A1,500 - just $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)

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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)

 

 

 

 

 

Cocos Island 1991 *Emergency Provisional Overprints* Complete Set:  Fresh MUH set of 7 of the regular size stamps, SG 234/239, and that includes the very rare 1991 Coconut "OFFICIAL - PAID MAINLAND" which as always, is CTO with full gum - and was never issued Mint without the corner cancel. (SG #01)  ASC 140a/148a, cat. $A350.  This includes both types of overprint grid bars on 10¢ Shell, as per cat listings.  One of the priciest and most sought “Shell” stamp sets of the post war era - globally.  The 2017 ASC Catalogue Retail is $350 a set 7.   I also have the scarce and huge, December 1990 size $5 on 65¢ Aeroplane, Emergency overprint MUH, ASC 186a, cat $A110, for $A70 (Stock 107CR)  So, the basic set of 7, ASC Cat $350 is from me $A275 (Stock 107CQ) or all EIGHT overprint stamps as per photo, including the scarce and huge $5 Aeroplane, for a $A25 discount - all 8 for: $A320 (Stock 107CT)

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 


 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

  Falkland Islands, 1928 South Georgia, Handstamped Provisional '2½D' on 2d purple:  SG 115, Cat £1,300=$A2,500 mint or used.  Superb facial appearance as you can see, MLH with really excellent perfs and centering, and deep colour.  As good as you will get, for a 90 year old issue. BPA Photo Certificate - “original gum, is genuine.”  Produced in February 7 1928 on South Georgia, during a shortage of 2½d stamps, and withdrawn 2 weeks later, on February 22.  The global stamp world was totally unaware of this locallymade Emergency issue on this remote Atlantic island speck, so only a few survived.  Fakes exist of course, as very simple to do, and unless you buy with a BPA or RPSL Certificate, you are VERY foolish. $A995 (Stock 392KX)   

 

 

  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)
 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 


 

 

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

 


 

 

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)  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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 = $A3,000.  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 $US1,100 as I type. $A1,500 (Stock 598RA)

 

 
 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Papua 1932 5d Pictorials “Masked Dancer” MUH PLATE NUMBER “5”!:  An incredibly rare beast and I have seen one other in 40 years. The printer John Ash engraved these plate numbers on very outer Edge of master plate, and removed them by guillotining them off, in final PO sheet trim-up.  As you can see this margin is wider than usual, so this reversed recess printed “5d” and guideline crosses survived in full.  Only a few values are known of these for Papua.  Tim Ryback’s 5/- block Reversed Plate “5/-“ got $1,550 on estimate $500 after keen bidding at Prestige - a decade back.

“SHOW ME ANOTHER” of this 5d at any price, anywhere offered on this entire planet!  Well centred *MUH* original gum.  I am about to list up an Australia 1937 2d KGVI full plate number, also from John Ash that was not guillotined off, which is cat $2,500 - and these Papua of the same time are actually far scarcer.  ACSC hopes to add New Guinea and Papua as a separate Edition in future, as all were printed here, and if so, this will be a $1,000-$1,500 type piece I’d suggest.  Will sell fast at $A395 (Stock 682LA)  

 

 

 

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)

 

 


 

  ITALY 1889 King Umberto 45c Dull Green MLH, Cat £2,500 for tiny 6% of SG Cat!:  Bought cheap, and have several other Mint Italy from this era also cheap if you have gaps.  MLH with guaranteed ORIGINAL gum, and the usual centering for this era.  Deep rich original colour, a bargain at a small % of SG.  SG #40 £2,500=$A5,000.  Decent shape for 128 years old, and bought cheap in Estate, to sell cheap.  Just $US215 as I type this: $A300 (Stock 634EK)  

 

     

 

 

 
 

Rare 'March 1954' GB QE2 Wilding 2/6d stamp booklet, with print freak:    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)

 


 



 

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

 

  

 

 

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

 

 

 

Australia KGV head stamp 1920 1/4d Blue, very fresh margin MUH, Cat $650 for just $A250:  Nice looking stamp, superb clean and fresh and flat and nice strong colour.  And far cleaner cut perfs than usual for these, which can be TERRIBLE and “fluffy” etc. Marginal *MUH* - guaranteed original gum.  (Re-gummers can’t do selvedge copies anyway of course!)  ACSC 128a, $650 as very cheapest shade in ACSC.  Top value of the set, and not many of these were put aside in Mint, as a lot of money then.  Near 100 years old now, and near all on the market have been hinged at some point.  The stamp totally unhinged .... by a miracle this has been in the same album since issue time, and collector thankfully hinged the top margin only!  Working through that ancient old collection this week.  He had a corner pair of 5d Roos he did that same thing to - thank goodness!  Bought well, and priced to clear - $A250 (Stock 791EQ)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

N.Z. 1858 *No Wmk* QV Chalon FU, 1/- Blue Green SG #17: £1,800 = $3,300 for 15% Cat!:  Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide the usual repairs or thins etc - totally sound.  Really thick white paper – very nice looker as you can see.  Light numeral cancel.  100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults.  Bright colour, and with 3 clear margins and just touching along top. SG 17, £1,800 = $A3,300 - bought well with other scarce NZ Imperfs, to clear at just 15% of SG! $A500 (Stock 729KR)

 

 


 

 

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

 

 

  

 

 

"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)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Your number one source for USED Kangaroo Stamps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

 


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

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

 

 

 




 

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

 

 

 

 

 


Australia Post Annual "Year Books" Black LEATHER "Executive" Edition complete - Book #1 to 2000  - $A680 under retail  ONE set only!  The "Leather" (Executive) books are VERY classy.  All have been Black genuine Leather covered, with brass corners, since the first issue in 1986, so they are a fully matched classy Black set. Covers are thickly padded and deeply gold inscribed on front and spine.  Each book has a matching gold embossed heavy slipcase .. see the main photo above - the 3 slipcases are standing at back.  These keep dust and moisture OUT of your stamp albums and are ESSENTIAL in this climate.

Australia Post charges $35 more for each Leather album over the regular Year Book, due to high cost of making leather covers etc.  So retail is accordingly much higher - add that extra cost up over 15 books!  Numbers produced are a small FRACTION of normal books, so re-sale value stays very strong.  Sitting in a neat row on a lounge room bookshelf these look super classy - like a set of Law Books or Britannia's etc!  They come out each year in same design, so you can readily keep up to date.

The presentation of the stamps and the artwork and detail on the pages in these books is an absolute credit to Australia Post.  High gloss varnished paper, and double facing pages of info on EVERY stamp issue.  Laden with photos and factual background information.  For collectors with younger children or Grandchildren this is a goldmine for their education and general knowledge.  Or a family heirloom collection to keep up to date.

The 2000 regular Year Book surprised everyone by having in it, the Australia Sydney Olympic Gold Medal winner sheetlet of 16.  You could obtain this sheet NO other way.  That sheetlet alone retails for $100 in many shops. The 1988 LEATHER book has always been near impossible to source.  Full retail list of these superb books here - http://tinyurl.com/mgcqfbw

I have ALWAYS had the largest stock of Year Books in Sydney  probably Australia.  I buy more estates than anyone else it seems, and also folks come to me when selling these books, as they know I will buy them.  And I thus MUST sell as cheaply as I can, to MOVE all this stock, or I will drown in it!  Bought this CHEAP today in an Estate, so OUT they go.

This is a lovely collection of EVERY leather book issued from 1986 (Leather Book Number #1) to 2000.  FIFTEEN matched books.   A large wine carton FULL.  

My normal discount retail on these as you can see from link above is $A1,780. (All the later year Leather books are in stock of course!)  A superb gift idea perhaps for someone?  To clear this Estate lot fast, out they go for $680 less than retail - a round figure per set of 15 -  $A1,100 (Stock 451WG)

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

CAPE/CAPO JUBY 1937 Civil War stamps, top 4 values superb - Cat £440, just $A235:  The 1937 Civil War Anniversary, top 4 values, superb clean, bright, and fresh well centered unused.  NO hinges or gook or usual gunk found on these 80+ year old issues.  SG 91/94, Cat £440 = $A850 either mint or used.   A very rarely offered quartet globally ANYWHERE, especially this cheap - near a QUARTER cat for superb lookers!  $A235 (Stock 285RA)

 

 

 

 


 

 

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

 

 


 

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

 

 

Complete Set Australia Post Year Albums 1983-2003 - $1,000 *UNDER* Retail !!:  Red Hot Estate special.  All TWENTY ONE albums!  The FACE value of the stamps inside is $842.27 You are paying $100 UNDER FACE!   ALL are 100% valid for global postage if you ever need to use them.  You are basically buying $100 bills for $88!  I just bought THIRTY sets of 21, off a guy who bought them for an “investment”, so have slashed $1000 off my usual selling price.

The issue price from PO was $1,103!  You are paying $360 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 $1,740 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 - http://tinyurl.com/yearbks  $A740 (Stock 735ET)

 

 


 

 

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)

 

  

 

 

 

 

Ceylon 1937 KGVI Coronation, large 2R.70 Booklet - SG Cat £1,300 for just $A850:  A truly rare beast, and only a very few exist - globally.  Even the famous Dr William Mayo Booklet collection, the world’s finest, never possessed this one.  Bill had it on his short ‘Major Want’ list for 20 years, and told me he had never even seen a booklet cover, or roughie, offered anywhere!  Only 1000 printed in June 1937, as per note on lower left front cover “1000 - 6/37”.  9c was then the airmail rate for UK and Commonwealth Countries according for postage rates inside cover, (local mail was 6c) but that was increased to 10c within months of this book being issued, and new booklets SB17 and SB18 were printed soon after this, as there was no need for these green 9c stamps, and near all the 2R.70 booklets were destroyed according to Mayo, hence the huge SG price.  Imprint on outer back cover - “Printed at the Ceylon Government Press, Columbo.”

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, 81 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.  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 $US630 right now - $A850
(782TKL)

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

Australia 1957 7d Flying Doctor - superb Sunken Die Proof presented to Bill Purves: Incredibly rare - only 8 were made, and 1 is in The Royal Collection and one in the Australia Post Archive collection.  So six maximum are buyable, and some of those are badly foxed and/or stained by mount glue etc.  This one is superb, ex Europe. Actual die proof in sunken matted thick card - Number 27.

ACSC tells us that one was presented to the legendary J. R. W. (“Bill”) Purves, who was on the Stamp Advisory Committee and was President of RPSV and their Expert Committee. With the initialled square violet handstamp on back saying “C.B.A. - Note Printing Branch" with 1957 date of proof - 27 - 16/7/57”. ACSC DP337DP(1) Cat $3,000 - just $A1,900
(Stock 726KXL)

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

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)

 

 

 

  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    


 

 

 

East Germany 1950 “DEBRIA” Exhibition Miniature Sheet, Superb Used:  One of the scarcest East German Miniature Sheets, and VERY seldom offered here - especially used.  Clean and fresh and bright, with no hinges or foxing or creasing etc - as nice as you will see.  This big Exhibition was held in Leipzig soon after the end of WW2, and EAST German citizens at this time had a lot more on their minds, than buying Expensive Stamp Exhibition sheets!  SG MS E29a, Cat £225. $A140 (Stock 714HG) 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

   

 

 

Germany 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, 2 Mark complete stapled Booklet - PRISTINE!:  Michel #42.2, red cover, with a Deep Maroon sash diagonally across the front cover. Containing two x fresh unmounted MUH se-tenant panes of 10, comprising 3pf Gymnastics x 4, and 12pf Torch Relay x 4.  And 4pf Diving x 4 and 6pf Soccer x 4, all in MUH se-tenant pairs for each value in each pane.  Michel Cat €1,000 = $A1,500 for average books. This one in Pristine condition - as if printed and assembled yesterday - been in Germany near all its life.  Impossible to improve on grade.  Even the metal staples are pristine - an extraordinary grade for 81 years old.  Razor sharp corners, and original interleaving sheet, and postal rates both inner covers.

For the discerning stamp collector, for whom only the BEST quality will ever do.  The 1936 Berlin Olympics was Hitler’s Aryan Supremacy Propoganda stage to the world – torpedoed as we all now know by USA Negro Jesse Owens great Gold Medal successes!  The familiar Olxympic Rings logo being grabbed by the talons of the German Eagle on the front cover is very aggressive imagery, and something the IOC would NEVER allow today.  A very rarely offered booklet in any condition, much less this fine, and essential for all GERMANY collectors, AND of course the legions of Olympic/Sports Collectors.  Near a QUARTER Michel, and only $US440 as I type this - $A600 (Stock 936LT)  

 

 

 


 

 

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)

 

 

 



 

 

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

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

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

 

   

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 



 

 

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

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

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

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

 


 

 

 

Papua New Guinea 1994 Emergency O/P 21t on 80t Shell.  *FULL SHEET 50* MUH.  Cat $4,000++  for $A775!  1994 Emergency overprint, 21t on 80t Shell full sheet of 50, with Leigh-Mardon imprints in EACH corner.  SG 734, cat £2,100.  Incredibly rare as a full sheet.  Papuina Chancel and Papuina Xanthochella shells depicted.  The FULL story on these amazing overprints here - tinyurl.com/1994PNG  - around the scarcest value of the entire set.  I bought a couple spare sheets of this in 1995, via my cunning "buying" ads in the national "Post-Courier" newspaper in PNG.  These were mailed to me from a priest up in Goroka who had them in the parish postage folder.  Needless to say the Church re-building fund got a sharp upward increase!  These I sold to the original buyer in 1995, and just got them back from Estate.  One of the rarest Post-War stamp from PNG.  SG #734 and current 2017 SG Cat price is £45 each = £2,250.  Seven Seas “ASC” Catalogue #633a is $80 each = $A4,000 a sheet.  My usual price for a single is $A60, so 16 singles is $A3,000, making no allowance for the obvious large premium that the 4 x matched corner Imprint blocks like this must attract.  Such an assembly must be unique today?  105% GUARANTEED by me genuine of course.  All of sheet fresh MUH.  A real bottom drawer item - the lot for just: $A775 (Stock 592PE)

 

 

 

 

  

  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)
 

 

 

 


 


 

 

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)

 

 

 

Kangaroo 1913 10/- First Watermark Roo:  Unusually good facial looker for this 100+ year old Classic high value!  Usual rather heavily hinged mint, with 1 slightly aged perf mentioned for strict accuracy. Usually the perfs are terrible on these, as the paper choice was poor for stamps, with long very tough fibres, that ripped out perfs readily when separated, and it was never used again.  With the original vivid deep pink attractive colour, that this scan just does NOT convey.  First Watermark high value Roos are red-hot lately - a £2 MUH, with the same number printed as this one, has sold for over $25,000!  SG 14.  There were in fact LESS issued of this value, than the 1913 £1 and £2 First Watermark Roos.  ACSC 47a, $A2,000 for usual average centred.  SG #14, £900.  Juzwin $1,275 for average mint.  With far better perfs and centering than usual. Top MLH copies are $1,500+ these days.  Bought cheap in an Estate today, to clear cheap, this month! $A850 (Stock 682HE)

 

 

 

  


 

 

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

 

  

 
 

 

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

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)

 

 

  

 
 
 
 

AAT *FULLY IMPERFORATE* Miniature Sheets - $A60 each:  In November 2013, Australia Post released just 250 x IMPERFORATE panes of 15 mini sheets of stamps. You needed to phone the special PO "800" number, or order online, and the strict maximum order was ONE sheet a person, and the sheets sold out in super-fast time, as you'd expect.

There will be near none in the secondary market, as collectors who ordered them for themselves will not be sellers - at any price. I'd guess there are easily 20,000 keen global collectors of AAT, but only 250 of these sheets to go around.  If 200 buyers hold on to their sheets for their collections, that leaves just FIFTY to service those 20,000 collectors worldwide.

99% of AAT collectors do not right now realise this IMPERF issue even exists. In the 57 years since AAT first issued stamps in 1957, I can't recall any other *AAT* imperforates sold by the PO. This is an Official Australia Post Australian Antarctic Territory issue, it is imperforate. It is limited, it is 100% OFFICIAL PO, and it was RED hot from Day #1.

Tons more photos, and sheet options (pairs and number and colour sheet margin blocks) here - http://tinyurl.com/AATimps - These prices are SUBJECT UNSOLD, and I reserve the right to amend them at ANY time based on demand from my ads.  An imperf mini sheet of 5 MUH or CTO is -
$A60  (Order as stock number 629KE) A superb cancelled Imperf AND perf sheet used on A4/Quarto cover to you or friends anywhere on the planet is just $A75 (Order as stock 629KO) or a complete imperf sheet 15 for $A375
(Stock 629KP)

 

 

 

 

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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Most 4 figure items like these on this page only appear at Public Stamp Auction.  You THEN need to pay 15-20% extra on top of the hammer price - for the nasty, nasty "Buyer Commission".  As well the associated GST taxes then added to that commission, and then GST added on the postage and handling and insurance etc.  AND then often another 3% on top of all that, to use a credit card like Amex or Diners!  So your invoice can often be 25%-30% MORE than you bid, if you pay by cards.

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.

And as many of my clients are overseas, remember EVERY price here is in AUSTRALIAN dollars.  Go check how cheap these "Pacific Peso" prices really are on: www.xe.com  And most importantly, the way I ship, you generally avoid the nasty UK 20% VAT - and the similar European and NZ and Canada import and GST taxes etc.

As with ALL my sales, payment is tailored to suit YOU.  If you see something for $A1,000 that will mean a divorce case if you buy it outright, I am happy to do a “Lay-By” or layaway.  I can debit your credit card 4 debits of $A250 or whatever suits. There is NO price penalty whatever for you to use this system - even if you use credit cards. Just let me know what suits.  Happy reading!  Glen 

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