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Australia 1997 Xmas 45c Aboriginal “The Dreaming” spectacular imperforate Block 4 MUH!  The most striking modern error I have seen.  Full MUH. This Aboriginal issue depicted a scene from the DREAMING book for children was the FIRST Australia stamp issue printed by SNP Cambec in Melbourne using HEXACHROME, a new six colour printing process.  Clearly a tech issue ensued with this new process, and some stamps atop of a sheet escaped the usual 14.3 perforator.  Have never seen these offered before, and clearly only a few were issued.  Imperfs are traditionally collected in horizonal pairs, but a real shame to cut this block in two, as it will be UNIQUE, so will offer the pairs, and corner block as follows:  Corner block 4 as shown $A750 (Stock 582JA)  Top LH horizontal pair with all margins $A400 (Stock 582JB)  Lower horiz pair with LH margin $A375 (Stock 582JC)

 

 

 

 

Papua New Guinea 1960 6d “Postal Charges” Double Overprint:  One of the very scarcest post-war stamps from the entire Pacific. The “D1” overprint with row XXX at base is scarce enough on its own (Cat £850) and this DOUBLE overprint of that stamp is almost never offered - have not owned one for 20 years, as I recall.  Attractive MUH, and well centred for either type, which are often perfs touching.  Bought in an Estate which had 4 x Seven Seas Stamps hingeless albums of PNG, right up to 2010.  Owner had worked in PNG, so if anyone wants an instant collection - CHEAP, let me know!  He had the unissued 1964 5/- Patrol, and 1994 Emergency set 20 with Photo Cert - also cheap if someone needs those.  Owner had noted that this D1a was purchased from leading Sydney dealer Max Cohen, in Wesley Arcade in 1982 for $2,000.  No Cert, but looked pretty good to me, all in same ink, and clearly a STEEL overprint used as it should be - I saw one on ebay, fuzzy ink jet printed of course, and in WRONG font!  SG D1a, cat £4,250 - so after examination I allowed $1,000 for it, to sell fast “as is” cheap, to get some of my money back, from this large juicy collection!: $A1,250 (Stock 826LW)

 

 

  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)
 

 

 

1931 Kingsford Smith Trio on amazing OMEGA Light Bulbs advertising cachet FDC!  THE most spectacular looking Smithy FDC in existence without doubt!  This was in the absolute infancy of FDC collecting, and was right in the Great Depression era, before pictorial cachets on FDC were used, so 99% of FDC are on plain envelopes.  Indeed near all were ugly hand addressed.  Every the roughest addressed plain FD cover of these is SCARCE.  So this is a beauty.  A large Blue OMEGA LIGHT BULBS cachet.  Real striking.  Even a non FDC with a common 2d stamp is a $50 item with such a striking advertising cachet.  Very nice looking cover, neat typed address, and all tied by clear “BOURKE STREET - 19 MY : 1931 - MELBOURNE” cds.  ACSC 143Y, $275 for average grade FDC.  This is as cool a Smithy FDC as you will ever see, and at $250 is a STEAL!  $A250 (Stock 593PQ)   

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

Nauru MUH coll 1935 to end 1988, on Seven Seas Hingeless pages, in Brown SS binder:  Nice clean lot - all stamps looked nice MUH when I spot checked them taking pix.  An instant Nauru Stamp Collection in a classy album!  Missing only a few of the recent common sets.  Album and pages alone retail $A200 EMPTY as you can see here – tinyurl.com/NAURU-SSS - all pages from 1916 are of course here to add stamps into, when the budget allows! - Stamps retail $400+, so about $600 retail here.  HALF retail to clear this week.  Only $US215 as I type this!  A HEAP more pix of the collection here - tinyurl.com/SSnauru  $A300 (Stock 647GF)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

1913 Kangaroo 6d Blue Perf Small “OS” INVERTED WMK - Cat $A4,000 for just $A1,500!:  Never before seen or owned one of these before.  The spectacular Arthur Gray Kangaroos Collection, that sold for $A7½ million, and the finest EVER formed, did not have this one - one of the few ACSC listed varieties he did not possess.  The inverted watermark even on non OS stamp is $1,000 Cat, so they themselves are very rare, and “OS” is 4 times higher rated.  Used during WWI no-one bothered retaining these.  Perfin 105% guaranteed of course, from an original source - no-one would experiment on a $1,000 base stamp anyway!   Neat dated cds of “Mt.GAMBIER - Sth.AUST’’.  Fantastic perfs and centering for ANY 1913 Roo.  SG 023w.  ACSC #17bc, $A4,000 (See footnote #2).  Clean and fresh, and free of usual hinges, and gook, and gunk and faults.  Only a couple recorded, yet just $A1,500 (Stock 492AK)

 

 

  Australia 1915 Second Watermark Roo, Superb Used:  The priciest 5/- watermark by a long way.  Clean fresh copy, with really excellent perfs and centering for these absolute TERRORS.  With very attractive upright crisp “SPECIAL - 15 JE : 16 - SYDNEY” cds cancel as you can see, and not the usual huge rubber thick lettered “Killers” used on parcel mail.  SG 30.  These, as we all know, usually have ugly “fluffy/woolly” perfs barely punched out, and with centering all over the place.  This Second Watermark (Emergency war-time use on KGV watermark paper) was only on sale for a short time during WWI, before the 3rd watermark 5/- was issued.  I have ALL used Roos in stock, in 5 Grades, Superb to Spacefiller - contact me with your WANTS.

Only one printing of 679,920 were ever issued.  Issued in the middle of WWI, as Germans were sinking merchant ships bringing the correct Roo watermark paper from the UK.  Deep rich, unfaded, GLOWING Chrome Yellow colour.  Impossible to improve on looking example for used, trust me.  Clean and flat and very fresh, with no hinges, or gook or gunk on back, to hide faults.  Of the 5 x different 5/- Roos this is the ONLY one where no CTO copies are available for VFU collectors.  I’ve seen similar looking copies to this get way over $800 lately.  ACSC Cat 43b $675 for average used.  Only around $US430 as I type.  Sensational looking copy for this tough stamp as all can see, for the collector who wants the FINEST example offered:
$A600 (Stock 892ET)
 

 

 

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

 

  “Tasmanian Postal History - The Post Office and their Datestamps" – only *250* hand numbered GLOBALLY!  The Tasmanian Philatelic Society recently published a major new book about Tasmanian Postmarks and Post Offices. This is the most comprehensive book on Tasmanian Postmarks ever published - 30 years in the making.  It is a total sell-out, and I am now the only source – no other dealers have stock.  This 282 page hardbound book with dust cover, lists every known hand-held datestamp from 1823 to 2000, with rarity ratings, early/late dates, datestamp type, every post office opening and closing, plus extensive related information. This means all "postmarks" excepting those made by machine, seen in Tasmania from earliest times, to the end of the 20th century.  It also includes Postmaster's manuscript endorsements.   Each book is calligraphy hand numbered, and hand signed by the Author, John Hardinge.

I bought and pre-paid for many cartons of these up front, months back.  I am a huge believer in good philatelic publishing, and heavily financially support those who do so.  "Knowledge Is Power".  They are each hand numbered, author signed, hard case-bound with double folded edges dust jacket, on quality hi-brite archive paper, and will NOT be reprinted, I was assured by all concerned.  John tells me he is VERY happy with the end result.  Such a small run will be far less than HALF the global demand, when word spreads this huge work even exists.  The Hugh Freeman "NSW Numeral Cancels" book had the same tiny print number problem when issued - prices soared to $500 a copy very fast.  Most of the 250 Hardinge copies printed were pre-sold to TPS members etc, very many months ago, at a pre-publication price.  Almost no copies above that number pre-paid were printed.

They totally sold out fast on the TPS site at $160 plus post, as you can see - https://tasstampbooks.com - and as always, vast numbers of Tasmania collectors globally have no idea these books were being produced, and now need to source it from the trade -  I am the ONLY dealer source of this book.  The TPS as you can see, is totally sold out.  When I sell out, you are toast.  Totally under produced, and when the real global demand occurs, "supply meets demand".   One copy of this book I saw got $A275 on ebay recently.   When my review of this appears in the next "Stamp News" and "Philatelic Exporter" in the UK, my copies will vanish fast, history tells us.  Finding just ONE better postmark in an old album, or junk lot, just once in your lifetime, might pay for this book MANY times over.  Single cds cancels on common Tassie stamps get $3,600 apiece at public auction, far more detail here -  tinyurl.com/TasBook - around US$210 as I type this - $A295
(Stock 893YW)
 

 

 

  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)
 

 

 

 

Geoff Kellow the superb 'Stamps Of Victoria' REDUCED $40 to $A125!:  "The Stamps of Victoria", Dr Geoff Kellow, FRPSL, RDP.  The definitive publication on this subject, this book presents in a comprehensive and readable form, an in-depth treatment of all of Victoria's stamps.  For each Victorian stamp, a history is presented in its entirety, including design essays and printer's proofs. It is large format hardbound and beautifully illustrated (approximately 900 illustrations), many in colour, near 400 pages.  A must-have reference for collectors and EVERY dealer, and those interested in the Philately and history of Victoria.  This superb publication has won many awards at Philatelic Exhibitions including a Gold medal at Kuala Lumpur.  High retail price $A165 - now just $A125 on Special - and I have seen these get as high as $200 + buyer's premium at auction.  THE Ultimate reference on Victoria.  Quoted as "The Bible" by most.  Large hardbound by Royal Philatelic Society Victoria.  Profuse illustrations, incl colour plates. With original gloss dust jacket.  BRAND NEW.

Stamps, Duties, Dues, Railways, Excellent Postal Stationary, forgeries, reprints, Specimens, CTOs - the WORKS on this state - and all compiled by the man who had a super personal collection of this state.  And worked using full access to Rod Perry’s collection too - who owned THE finest collection ever formed of this State - surpassing even Bill Purves superb efforts.  Indeed this book was essentially the sale catalogue in the end!  Numbers sold, and numbers printed and listed for many issues .. info found nowhere else.  Detailed write ups of how to sort printings within printings.  Unbeatable preface on printing and perforation styles used.  Brilliant coverage on the complicated "Half Lengths".  The much thinner, modern era Robert Gibbs "GRI" book sold for $A750 at a Prestige Auction sale, so superb content hard-cover books in a small print run always do very well long term.  HEAPS more pix here - 
tinyurl.com/KellowVic  Retail $A165 - my SPECIAL Xmas deal is just $A125, or TWO for $A225 (Stock 842FQ)

 

 

 

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)  

 

  

 

1918 Third Watermark 5/- Kangaroo Superb MVLH, with Striking Error:  This variety is almost never seen offered - have had not had this one for decades.  Strong retouch to Left Frame and very thick WA coastline, and all shading between the both, and with 2 yellow blobs in Map of WA as you can see.  More advanced state than the illustration in ACSC.  Stamp position L31, this was soon corrected by printer, hence its great scarcity.  ACSC 44(D)G Cat $950 for average Mint.  This one is quite SUPERB.  Super fresh bright “as issued” with lightest hinge touch - been in Europe all its life.  Deep original 1918 Chrome Yellow print.  Excellent perfs and centering for any Third Watermark high value.  A GEM condition grade for a Century old stamp, yet at near half cat!  No finer example exists. $A500 (Stock 612KX) 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 
 

 

 

Australia 1924 2/- Maroon Kangaroo, attractive MLH:  Coming up to 100 years old now, and 2/- was a lot of money back then.  This stamp is grossly undervalued by the market I think in MINT - heaps of used are about of course.  Attractive looking MVLH.  SG 74, ACSC 38a, $A300 as cheapest shade. Juzwin $250 for average mint.  Estate buy to clear cheap - $A165 (Stock 381JG)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

Australia CPS set 6 with Error - TOTALLY MISSING BASE PRINT - less than $A30 a stamp!:  Absolutely spectacular piece I bought this week.  These CPS stamps were supposed to have the value and wording printed in the white base panel.  The set with “ADELAIDE 30¢ 2016” at base are of course Cat $4,500, and are now fully Stanley Gibbons listed.  See 1700 message discussion on those here - tinyurl.com/Adelaide30c  I have just ONE set of 6 of those in stock (Type A - priced $A1,995 - stock 572GY - price elsewhere is $2,800 - see tinyurl.com/Set-2800 )  At the start or end of setting up the print run, the base literal was not adjusted or activated, so such BLANK strips have occurred, but almost none ever reached the stamp market.  This is the “Type B” print, worth near double the more often seen Type A, on the Adelaide sets 6.  Superb flat MUH strip of 6, as per photo.  Never had these before, and at under $30 a stamp, a bargain for sure!  Around $US125 as I type this - $A175 (Stock 724KA)

 

 


 

1913 First Watermark 9d Roo *MUH* with striking over-inking!:  This is a scarce stamp in genuine MUH condition, even with NO variety.  ACSC 24c, Deep Violet  cat $1,500 as normal MUH.  Fresh original gum - guaranteed MUH.  As can be seen, has a really striking heavy print down RH side, making it worth several times a normal copy.  The most striking copy I have seen of this type of inking error.  Put it this way, if the same print error was on a 1d 1913 Roo, retail $10, it would sell easily for $50 etc.  Bought cheap in an Estate, and at one third price of a normal MUH stamp, is my buy of the week! $A495 (Stock 782JA)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Papua 1932 5d Pictorials “Masked Dancer” MUH PLATE NUMBER “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 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 - 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 -  http://tinyurl.com/lspm4vf $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)

 

 

 

 


 

 

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)

 


 

 

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)

 

 

 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)

 

 


 


 

 

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)

 

 

 


 

Great Britain 1847/54 EMBOSSED Imperfs, Complete Set of 3 under 10% of SG!:  More attractive than usual trio set, bought in an old Estate today.  These stamps were crudely produced, as most know, by using a hand held embossing crimp and creating EACH impression in each separate hand movement.  A tedious process and few were done or sold.  ZERO care was given to placement, and as multiples show us, the margins very often overlapped - often by several mm, which look terrible.  The 10d and 1/- had  2 vertical very thick silk/cotton threads embedded into the paper on the stamps.  These often split the stamps into 3 sections.  Also, PO clerks with much idle time hanging on their hands in deserted offices, very often cut them totally to shape, snipping off the corners to even them up - as evidenced by the many covers bearing those.

Lastly early collectors often did the same as the printed albums of the time show the design only so snipping the corners off fitted the album.  So, many on the market are split in 3 and crudely re-joined by hinges, or far more often are cut to shape copies made over the past 150 years, that were glued onto a square of yellowed paper that look vaguely like 4 margins copies, and of course they sell for peanuts.  These 3 are all SOUND USED copies – especially for 160 years old.  No thins, no silk threads splits, no added corners!  A very decent set to fill 3 gaps in albums near always empty. Corner crease on 1/- and all with nice crisp embossing.  SG 56
£1,000,  SG 57  £1,500,  SG 60  £1,000, =  £3,500 = $A6,500 - Estate special to clear at WAY under 10% of SG - just $A550 (Stock 391JA)

 

 
 

 

Kangaroo 1915 *SECOND WATERMARK* 9d Violet Mint “OS” Cat $2,000 for just $A950!:  In my 40 years as a dealer, this stamp mint OR used, is the scarcest of any value, in any watermark, up to an including all 5/- values.  All the others I get in stock many times each year. NOT this 9d, and especially not mint.  In “OS” near unheard of.  A Superb Used example of these is near impossible to locate, and current retail of those should be THREE times what they are today.  Mint are truly SCARCE and ‘OS’ are RARE.  Centering was generally REALLY poor, so better looking ones like this are worth grabbing.  Issued in the midst of WWI - when most stamp collectors, being men, were fighting and training overseas.  As this was simply a watermark change from the 9d 1913 First Watermark, very few noticed, and even fewer cared!  SG 034, £900 = $2,000.  ACSC 25ba, $A2,000.  The basic stamp is rare mint so the eBay fakers do not bother with this one, but from old collection so 105% Guaranteed by me anyway.

This Second Watermark was an Emergency Printing on the KGV head watermarked paper, as the regular paper could not be sourced from Europe - due to allied merchant shipping here being sunk by Germans. The rather common 9d Third Watermark was issued only a year later, so the 2nd had a VERY short life.  Things were in crisis in WWI, and few were buying mint stamps from Post Offices anywhere and “OS” mint were never on sale to Public.  This watermark change issued with no philatelic fanfare or prior advice (no FDC exist of course of any of this watermark values) in June 1915 - just after the Gallipoli Landing, so folks had FAR more on their minds in life than a stamp watermark change. So near none were secured mint, and today’ prices are absurdly LOW.  Show me ANOTHER being offered anywhere globally.  VERY attractive super fresh MVLH, deep colour, with excellent perfs, yet at UNDER half cat!
$A950 (Stock 742LR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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 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 $1000 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 $A1,000!  $A750 (Stock 238KR)

 

 

 

 

 

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)
 

 


 

 

Bermuda 1938 KGVI 10/- “KEYPLATE” Definitives, perf 14 Comb, Cat £675 for $A425: Superb appearance, with near perfect perfs and centering as you can see, and bright MVLH on the original sandy gum Arabic. THE most collected Definitive issue from the KGVI era, in the Entire British Commonwealth. From the £20 million stupendous mint collection of Sir Gawaine Baillie. SG 119 and 119a, cat £675. Bright original unrubbed colours: $A425 (Stock 861FQ)

 

 

 

 




 

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)

 

 

 

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

The Third Watermark Kangaroos were issued and printed during WWI, when getting reliable ink supplies from the traditional ink suppliers - GERMANY was of course a BIG issue, for some odd reason!  So the printers used whatever was on hand that remotely looked like “Blue” or “Brown” ink etc, hence the vast range of shades recorded in this value.  MOST of them were in pale shades of each, and look pretty washed out - even when mint.  Most of them also have “fluffy” or “woolly” perfs, as perforating heads were not replaced on schedule - again, as those replacement parts also came from GERMANY!  Arthur Gray told me THIS bi-colour stamp value was his absolute favourite of the entire Kangaroo series, and I’d have to agree.  He insisted this stamp be the solo front cover item on the $7¼ million Auction sale catalogue.  This one is totally flat and fresh, with NO ugly hinge remains, or usual foxing, grubbiness or thins or repairs etc.

Near all £1 Bi-Colour Kangaroos are cancelled in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane of course.  Often with horror smeary thick rubber boot-heel parcel “Killers”.  This one has a quite superb crisp steel upright facial strike ACSC and SG tells us this was the short-lived early Cooke printing, deep original strong colours, issued in June 1917.  ACSC 52B, $2,500+++.   I have owned literally 100s of these over 40 years, and near all are rough grade.  MOST are truly woeful lookers.  I saw one with a missing corner get 4 figures on ebay recently!  Mad Bunnies. Clean and flat and fresh and bright, totally free of the usual gook and gunk and hinge remains of over a century etc, that can hide faults - guaranteed to be 105% SOUND!  SG 44a, £1,800 = $A3,500 with NO plate variety.  I have ALL used Roos in stock, in 5 Grades, Superb to Spacefiller - ask if you need a more usual grade.  Has the “White Flaw in Gulf Carpentaria” var ACSC 52(D)g, $A3,500+.   I have seldom owned a finer used Bi-Colour, and this one will suit the collector who is satisfied by only owning the FINEST examples possible. $A2,150 (Stock 472KQ

 

 

 

 

 

 


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)

 

 

 

 

 

GB 1867 £5 Orange QV attractive SPECIMEN - totally free of faults. Cat £4,500+ just $A2,750!  The Twin Anchor watermark, which shows superbly, white paper, neatly handstamped ‘Specimen’ in SG Type 9 font.  THE one stamp missing from near EVERY collection of GB on this planet.  I see one copy each decade or so.  Really excellent perfs and centering for these terrors.  This stamp is totally without fault - fresh flat unused, with NO usual thins, creases, tears or foxing/toning that one near always sees on these totally GIGANTIC stamps, issued 151 years ago.  Clean as a whistle on the back, and NO usual hinge remains, or gook or old age gunk etc, to hide thins or tears or creases or repairs -  so common on these.

Interestingly, the SG Specialised QV Catalogue tells us that these stamps were printed with TWO passes through the presses, at different times. There was a  £5 “TELEGRAPHS” (SG T18, Cat £30,000!) and a “POSTAGE” version, otherwise 100% identical, and either word was printed separately in the top box as stock were needed.  The darker orange later print of that “POSTAGE” and the side ornaments shows well here!  In NON Specimen mint, this is SG £14,500, so this one is the only realistic option for most GB collectors.  SG have started listing all Specimens in the “Concise” cat, meaning demand is high, and prices are hardening, due to that.  SG 137s cat “From £4,500” = $A8,500.  Will sell very FAST at near $6000 under SG, indeed it is just over $US2,000 as I type. $A2,750 (Stock 732KRL) 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 


 

 

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

 

 


 

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

 

 

Complete Set Australia Post Year Albums 1983-2003 - $1,000 *UNDER* Retail !!:  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)

 

 

 

 

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

 
 

 

 

 

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

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)

 

 

 
Samoa 1914 “G.R.I,” 3d on 25PF German Yacht - “Comma After I”:  A scarce printing error on this popular series.  Australian and NZ troops invaded the German Islands of New Guinea, Samoa and Nauru at onset of WWI, and seized all the German stamps on the islands.  They overprinted them with current Sterling face values, and “G.R.I.” which stood for “Georges Rex Imperator”.  Overprinting was done locally, 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.  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 well in a Samoa collection, so out it goes for just ~$US600 or: $A800
 (Stock 823KE)
 

 

 

 

 

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    


 

 

New Zealand, 22/- “Arms” x *ALL 3* SG listed types - 1940-1945 attractive MVLH:  The striking 22/- overprint on 22/- Red :ARMS”. Done as the tiny letters of originals were not easy to read in the dimly lit Post Office during WW2 and got mixed with the red 4/-, 6/- and hence lose revenues.  The 1940 Wmk 43 and the Wmk 98, 1945 issue. in both normal and inverted watermarks. SG F190, F216 and F216aw - Total SG cat £1,625.  Bright attractive well centred MVLH - and with NO usual facial “rubbing”.  This chalk faced paper also MOSTLY foxes badly here, or in NZ, after 77 years, as it absorbs summer humidity each year like a sponge. This trio was in UK most of their life.  Good perfs and centering for these “terrors”, printed during WW2 - £3½ was a FORTUNE then during WW2 - a week’s wages for those that DID have a job.  When did you last see a mint PAIR of £2 Roos?  Answer NEVER - same era, same face value, and same reason!  Cat SHOULD be THREE times this. $A800 (Stock 823AJ)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

India 1973 Interpol Police watermarked Colour Trial set 3:  A rare trio of these 20p trials.  On watermarked paper in 3 attractive shades -  Deep Grey Blue, Turquoise Green, and a rich Chestnut Orange Brown.  All mint with part original gum. The ISSUED single 20p stamp was for some unknown reason in a dirty, muddy brown colour, instead of these three excellent options!  Have never seen these before, or seen them offered.  Fresh well centred trio on WATERMARKED paper of issue.  Now 45 years old, and if these were AUSTRALIA colour trials of same era, you could add a zero to this asking figure!  In my option the scarcer Post-Independence India (i.e.1947 onwards), has a TON of upside still. $A500 (Stock 428AZ)

 

 
 

 

 


 

 

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

 

 

 

N.Z. 1857 No Wmk Chalon, Blued Paper FU, 1/- Green SG #6, WITH Cert:  An EXTREMELY rare stamp.  Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide repairs or thins etc.  Crisp light “10” numeral cancel.  100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults.  Bright colour, and with close margins near all round.  SG 6, £3,750, and far superior to any others I have handled, near all of which are defective.  With totally clear 2010 Photo Certificate.   From an extensive NZ coll I bought well this week - near the entire country, most MINT - let me know your WANTS - DIRT cheap quotes!! $A1,950 (Stock 729KT)  

 

 

 

 

 

1993 GB 24p Machin stamp *POSTAL FORGERY* in MUH blocks, $A4 each!  I bought a couple of sheets of these 25 years back, when they first surfaced in the UK, being sold to Indian and similar family owned small corner stores and supermarkets, who retailed stamps for normal letters.  A UK dealer, Bushell & Wright, was too scared to offer them in the UK, in case Scotland Yard paid him a visit.  So he did a deal with me, and I sold them here for about $A40 per stamp - and I mailed a lot of them back to the UK!  Sterling was VERY high back then of course, and UK retail there was £20 which was about $A50 a stamp then - literally.

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)  

 

 

 


 

 

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

 

   


 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

N.Z. 1858 *No Wmk* Chalon, FU, 1/- Blue Green SG #17: £1,800:  Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide repairs or thins etc - totally sound.  Really thick white paper - nice looker.  Light numeral cancel.  100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults.  Bright colour, and with 3 very good margins. SG 17, £1,800.  From an extensive NZ coll I bought this week cheap - near the entire country, most MINT - let me know your WANTS - DIRT cheap quotes!!  $A500 (Stock 729KR)

 

  

 

 

 N.Z. 1862 No Wmk Chalon, Pelure Paper, 1/- Deep Green SG #86, £1,100 for $A300:   Clean and fresh used, and free of 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, 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!!  $A300 (Stock 729KY)

 

 

 



 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

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

Superb piece for any collector of the popular “Olympics On Stamps” topical, which is a major theme globally. Or for collectors of Samoa, which lots of Australians keep, as Australia Post sold their New Issues for decades, nationally, at face value.  Very few issues in the modern era have Imperf at side errors, due to security printer controls. There are several from Australia in this era which sell for FIVE times this sum. The 24c ‘Tasmania Tiger’ Thylacine, ACSC 902b from Australia in this era, imperf 1 side, sells for $1,000s a single etc. $A300 (Stock 582LX)
 

 

 

 

 

  

  Australia 1970 Definitives, rare Post Office Pack Cat $650, for just $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)

 

 

 

 

  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)  

 

 

 


 

  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)

 

 

 

 

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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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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