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

So that I can show you the items in great detail in high resolution, some of the images may take a little while to load up if you have slow internet connection.  I apologize for this, but it is worth waiting for!  Yes, these lots often have healthy price tags, but "Lay-By"/Layaway is available on them ALL.  Email or phone me, to discuss it.  See something for $600 you like, and you can pay it off over several months at no fee or interest penalty.  Even by Credit Card or Paypal if you wish.  And I do NOT rip you off like auctions, and then add 20%-25% to my prices in "Buyer Fees" and taxes.  AND then have the cheek to then add 3% more to use your Amex card etc!  A $1,000 stamp below costs $1,000 from me - not $1,300.  I charge ZERO extra to use any card. Happy Stamping -  
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COVID-19 UPDATE:  What a quite insane past 18 months, and I hope all readers are staying safe, getting their jabs FAST, wearing masks, and are keeping healthy after the global Second Wave outbreaks, with the nasty new DELTA variants etc.  NSW is in total lock-down now.  Stockmarkets and Real Estate prices are totally erratic, interest rates are near zero worldwide, the $A has suffered, and for foreign buyers, these prices below often give you stamp deals you will NEVER see again in your currency - do take a VERY close look below!  For many foreign buyers, my stamps below are the cheapest now for a DECADE or more to you.  I am still mailing out orders as usual - no closures for me!  Mails are erratic and unpredictable - as there have been NO commercial airline flights to here for a year.  Expect delays, but it DOES all arrive!

For American buyers, the prices are truly AMAZING - a $A500 stamp below, costs you only around $US375 as I type!  For ozzie buyers, sourcing ANYTHING from overseas is TERRIFYING now, and ebay and Amazon now add 10% GST onto EVERY purchase, AND add it on top of the shipping too AND it takes a month to arrive.  Buying off me sees you pay in WEAK OZZIE PESOS.  Stamp prices are BOOMING globally.  Auctions are recording record clearances, and record prices - to which they then add 20%++ in fees and taxes!  NOT from me.  You pay what you SEE below.  LayBy/Layaway anything you need NOW!    Please stay SAFE.   Glen

 

 

 

 2000 Olympics Australia Post “Golden Heroes” numbered book:  Pristine condition - Australia Post issue price was $245.00 - 20 years back!  This item was a very limited edition Australia Post production, issued early in 2001 to celebrate Gold Medal winners at the 2000 Olympics and Paralympics held in Sydney.  Retail now $350+.  Sold via ballot only, you had to write in to AP to receive one, and even then many people missed out.  Limited edition - Only 1300 available to the public and each were individually numbered.  In excellent condition, and comes with matching ornate slipcase as issued.  Brass corners on album and matching slipcase.  EXACTLY the same presentation as the “Engraved Proofs” slip-cased books that sell retail for $350 each.  I have *NEVER* owned one of these in the 20 years since - they are truly SCARCE!  Once sold I will not see another most likely.  A TON more photos of it here - tinyurl.com/HeroesAP - $A295 (Stock 928GD)

 

 

 

Australia 1915 Second Watermark Roo Perf “OS” Fine Used:  The priciest 5/- watermark by a long way.  Clean fresh copy, good perfs and centering for these.  With attractive “Melbourne - 27 MR : 18 - VIC”  dated cds, and not the usual huge smeary rubber thick lettered “Killers” used on Government parcels.  This Second Watermark (emergency war-time use on KGV watermark paper) was only on sale for a short time during WWI before the Third watermark 5/- was issued.  Only one printing of 679,920 were ever issued.  Issued in the middle of WWI, as Germans were sinking merchant ships bringing the correct Roo watermark paper from the UK. Good centering is truly scarce on any early OS, as the Government printer deliberately put aside BAD centred sheets for puncturing for the “Free Government use” and most are SHOCKERS, as you would know if you have looked about.

These as we all know, usually have ugly “fluffy” perfs barely punched out, and with centering all over the place.  Deep rich, unfaded, GLOWING Chrome Yellow colour.  Clean and flat and very fresh, with no usual thins, creases, hinges, gook or gunk on back, to hide faults. Roos ears are outside of map as you can see, which is highly popular.   I keep EVERY Australian stamp in stock 1913-1980 and in FIVE grades for each, from Spacefiller to Superb Used, to suit EVERY budget.  I have EASILY the world’s largest stock of used Roos, normal and “OS”.  I have this exact stamp in stock from $150 to $600 in cost, depending on how fussy or non-fussy you are!  Contact me re your Australia USED gaps.  Read up on Used Kangaroo Grading here - tinyurl.com/GlenJune19    I’ve seen similar looking copies of this get over $500 lately.  SG #037.  ACSC Cat 43a, $A700.  Just $US275 right now. $A375 (Stock 512JQ)

 

 

 

Victoria 1884 massive £10 Mauve FU with duplex cancel:  Watermark V over Crown (sideways as always) and perf 12½ all round.  SG Cat £275=$A550.  Has dual dated Melbourne Duplex cancel, as was normal on parcel useage high values to prevent re-use.   Very seldom seen postally used - a lot of pen or crayon cancels, with pinholes and audit punctures are about, but the SG cat is for postal used.  A mega high value for the time ... probably used on a heavy insured parcel to UK etc.  Yet selling for the cost of the current PO Year Album - insane! $A225 (Stock 619KL)

 

 

 

1913 1/- Emerald Kangaroo, Inverted Watermark and *POSTALLY* used!:  This is a curious stamp.  ALL the CTO specimen pack copies First Watermark 1/- have Inverted Watermark, and are thus not hard to locate at all, as they grabbed a pile of sheets from stock that were all inverted watermark!  They sell for about $100 anywhere.  HOWEVER the ACSC makes a special note that POSTALLY used is “Very Scarce” and is rated ACSC 30a at $500+.  Only a few sheets were sold, in early 1914.  This has a neat dated cds cancel as you can see “ARARAT - 16 JA 14 - VICTORIA”, and is a TON better looking than most parcel post used I have seen.  These were parcel use stamps, and really got badly battered about in the WWI mail system.  ACSC “from $500 each”.

From the quite massive 3 Generation “Townsville Hoard” collection we flew back with in 2014, which was very heavy on the Kangaroo issues, in 8 huge removalist cartons - tinyurl.com/TownsV  Formed around issue time of the stamps, and I am very slowly working through it, and listing up a few more interesting stamps and pieces, whenever I get 10 minutes spare, here and there.  Vibrant deep colour, clean and fresh and flat with no hinges or thins, creases, or gunk or faults whatever.  FAR better perfs than usually found on ANY 1913 issue, and deep bright original Emerald colour as you can see: Only $US200 now - $A275 (Stock 692LF)

 

 

 

Kangaroo 1916 2/- Dull Brown, Third Watermark - Cat $500 for just $A225:  A WWI printing, and seldom offered, especially in ATTRACTIVE looking condition like this!  Most Third Watermark 2/- Brown have horrible ‘’fluffy’’ or ‘’woolly’’ perfs, as you will know with terrible centering.  This as you can see is a GEM looker!  Fresh unused, and clean and bright, and totally free of the usual creases, and gook and gunk and aging etc.  ACSC 37c, cat $500 as mint hinged, or $2,750 as ‘MUH’ if the regummers got hold of this guy. $A225 (Stock 514LQ)

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Attractive *complete* 1931 Kangaroo Parcel Post label - scarce Small Multiple Watermark 1/- and 3d KGV perf 14!:  Both issued in 1929, on a COMPLETE Parcel Post label type, P.P.1. - a rare survivor.  At this Great Depression time, near all parcels had the stamps soaked off as fine used – both dealers AND collectors.  The label as can be see also had MARKET STREET printed on it at left.   A lot of money then - our unemployment rate was 32% - the second highest globally, and exports had totally crashed.  Old School, RED Registered label “Market Street Melbourne - Victoria” and both stamps tied by single 1931 cds “MARKET STREET - MELBOURNE”.  1/- Small Multiple Watermark - ACSC cat $550 on parcel label PLUS a 3d Blue Small Multiple scarce perf 14 - cat $100 on label.  Paying the 3d Registered fee, and the 1/- ‘Scale 3’ Parcel rate of 1/-.  Clean and attractive and colourful, especially for 90 years old, and used on a parcel.  At under HALF cat!  $A275 (Stock 792JC)

 

 

 

 

Roo 1913 Bright Blue First Watermark “Retouched E” in scarce Large ‘OS’:  Fantastic looking example of this CLUMSY major rarity Retouch, corrected  very early on in the 6d printing.  Superb and light ‘’Squared Circle’’ cancel of PORT LINCOLN – 3 OC :14 -  S.AUST’ - also rare on any 1913 issue, as postmasters were commanded to only use the new Commonwealth cds cancels from 1913.  Perf Lage OS - super scarce on this, as only tiny % of 6d sold, were Official perfins of course.  MAYBE 1%.  Clean and fresh and flat and attractive, deep colour, and no hinges or gook or gunk or aging.  ACSC 17(1)j - Cat $A3,000 in Large OS.  No finer copy in OS will you ever see, but HALF Catalogue - $A1,495 (Stock 642EJ) 

 

 

 

Australia 465 x MUH ''FOREVER'' stamps. SG $3,440 for $A750!  A doubtless UNIQUE hoard of these in PO packs. 93 PO Packs, each containing the Mini Sheet of 5 x peel and stick stamps.  Each stamp is good for a domestic letter FOREVER. When local cost goes to $2 (and it will) these are good for $2.   These were issued in 2014.  The general public could not buy them, so when issued 7 years back, I discovered there was a little known Official PO pack that one could order and buy, for a very short time.  So I bought 100 of them, sold a few to good clients over the years for $50 a pack, and put aside the rest as I knew these would rise fast in value in MINT - and they clearly have. (Used are easy to source, and cat is well under mint.) 

These designs were replaced in 2017, 4 years back, by a single design, so are seldom seen now. The PACKS really flew totally under the radar, and they really are $50 pieces.  Show me another Official PO Pack for sale anywhere GLOBALLY.  Outers of a very few were damaged in storage - stamps are all perfect of course, and the rest all are fine.  Catalogue is SG 4140D x 186 at £4, and SG 4140E x 279 at £3.50 each = £1,720 (=$A3,440) mint - NOT in packs!  A brilliant project for an eBay cash buyer, or reseller etc at $50 apiece or so a pack. The 5 stamps as SINGLES in each, are cat £18.50, or $37.  You are paying JUST EIGHT BUCKS A PACK.  Great little investment or re-sale hoard. $A750 (Stock 449EW)

 

 

 

Rare early 1864 Tasmania cover Richmond to Secundrabad, with imperf 6d Chalon:  A VERY early cover from the fledgling Colony, whose first stamps had only been issued 10 years earlier,  and few were used anywhere overseas, except to UK of course.  Have never seen one to INDIA.  1863 6d Grey Violet imperf Chalon, sound, with bright colour, and cut square, with good  portion of adjoining stamp at right.  Tied by a lovely sharp numeral strike ‘76’ of Richmond, tied as well with a superb strike of the red Tombstone “PRE-PAID - 23 MY :64”.  To ‘Captain (Later Major, and then Colonel) James Goldie, H.M. 17th Lancers, Secundrabad, Deccan, India.   Goldie was recommended for a Victoria Cross by his CO in India, after a report by an independent Board of Officers.  (Goldie’s father, Andrew was also a Colonel and was murdered in the Mutiny in India at Cawnpore, along with his mother and rest of family.) Goldie’s Indian Mutiny Medal with 3 clasps was invoiced by Spink for £4,200=$A8,400 - https://www.spink.com/lot/20003000782 - ton more info on his career on there.  Has a fine boxed black Tax receiver of Bombay 23 JUN 1864 – 1 As(1 Anna) and manuscript arrival note at left - “Received 26th June 1864’’ and on face a red boxed “1st D” denoting ‘First Delivery’

Crisp circular red backstamp Bombay arrival June 24 - 1864 and arrival cds of Secundrabad in central India on reverse of June 26.  SG 46 cat “From £425-$A850” on cover.  EXCELLENT condition for 157 years old from this tiny colony.  I have had this buried on my desk for 10 or 20 years - no idea where it came from, except it was exhibited by someone who also had not researched the recipient.  I can see another near exact cover for sale right now in the USA - identical strange size envelope, exact same handwriting, posted 3 months later to Goldie, offered ‘STAMPEX discounted’ for a mere $US3,780 = $A5,100 tinyurl.com/India1864  That cover has cut into 1/- values of this set, with back flap totally missing - mine is very neatly opened, and fully intact, better markings and very fine.  The seller has also done no research and also has not ID’d the recipient, or his importance in the British Military.  A fine piece for a Tasmania early covers collection, or an Indian one, or a Military one. Save $A4000! - $A995
(Stock 612EV)

 

 

 

British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) MUH Coll SG $400 - $A150:  Attractive MUH collection from 1968. Sets and mini sheets, and lots of gorgeous BIRD stamps as can be seen - heaps of pix here -  tinyurl.com/MintBIOT   SG cat is £202 = $A400.  BIOT is all in the news this month globally, with the UPU declaring they are no longer postally valid!  Full discussion here - End of BIOT stamps thread: tinyurl.com/CollBIOT  - $A150 (Stock 124AV)

 

 

 

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!   

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

  G.B. FDC 1990s superb run - FACE $A325 - Just $A225!:  What a superb lot for someone.  MASSES of GB FDC exist from 1970s and 1980s. Easy to source. However when the Stamp Boom faded last 80s numbers sold fell away DRAMATICALLY. Cat is high, and even as USED STAMPS, they sell for double this.  HEAPS of extra images here - tinyurl.com/GB90sFDC  Bought from an Estate today and appears to be complete - NOTHING removed by me as always - has the iconic and scarce £10 Britannia mega value, the Castles Defins to £5,  Diana strip 5, good mini sheets and popular topicals and so on.  All in full sets.  FACE is £162.64 = $A325.  SG will be 2 or 3 times that, but too busy to plough  through that.  Estate super buy at just $A225!  $A100 UNDER FACE.  $A225 (Stock 652CK)  

 

 

1918 10/- Kangaroo Grey and Bright Aniline Pink, Superb Used:  This WWI 10/- Roo is REALLY hard to source in VFU grade.  It was a fortune back then, and was used on very heavy parcels, and the stamps got banged and bashed about and damaged - near all my used stock is defective.  These are MANY times scarcer than the 20 year later 10/- CofA watermark Roos.   A beauty, with ‘SYDNEY - 20’ GPO cancel, totally clean of the Roo, and totally superior perfs and centering for any Third Watermark 10/-.   Clean and fresh, and free of the usual hinges and gook and gunk and aging of a Century old stamp.  Deep, vibrant, glowing colour as you can see.  SG 43a, £325=$A650 as the cheapest shade.   I have Australia’s best range of Australian Kangaroo stamps.   Mint and Used - all watermarks, all values to £2, and in all condition grades, from SUPERB to SPACEFILLERS.  I have THIS stamp in 5 grades used.  Whatever grade you seek, whatever your budget, I can assist, at great prices - contact me with your Want List!  About good as you will get anywhere for this WWI toughie - $A400 (Stock 425AX)

 

 

 

Australia Day 1983 27c ‘PRINTED ON THE GUMMED SIDE’ MUH:  Amazing that such basic errors were possible in the modern era of computer checks etc.  Only a few similar occurrences are known on Australia stamp issues.  A rate stamp and only a few are known.  ACS  988cc, $400 - 20 years back - SHOULD be treble this level today - show me ANOTHER!!  Superb MUH, and has the usual fuzzy looking appearance, as printer ink does not soak into dry GUM very well!  HMS Sirius and HM Brig Supply that were the main armed Royal Navy sailing ships in the Captain Arthur Philip 1788 First Fleet, that landed at Botany Bay.  Superb SHIP topical, and a key item in any DECIMAL ERRORS collection - $A315 (Stock 491BL)

 

 

  New Zealand - KGVI reign  £3½ and £4½ "Arms" mega high values, for tiny % of SG.  £4,750 Cat for just $A500!:  Clean Fine Used with light dated cds, with NO usual tears or thins or toning etc.  A stamp pair missing from nearly all KGVI collections, worldwide.  SG Cat F209 - £2,250 and SG F167 £2,500  for $A300 each, your choice - or the both for $A500.  (These near always have these small audit punctures, and indeed most ALSO have ugly pen or crayon cancels, that this pair have escaped - luckily.  As good as you’ll find non postal used.  Well centred and very clean.  Pop them on ebay, and you never do know.  Sold here for justa few % of the Gibbons cat for postal used.  Or buy the SG cat £4,750 pair = $A9,500, for just $A500 the PAIR  (Stock 562GL)

 

 

200 x *MUH* Australia 1931 Kingsford Smith inc Plate Number Blocks 4. $A225:  SG #121, cat £2.25=$A4.50 each as HINGED singles - these are all MUH! ACSC $5 EACH for MUH - plus $100s extra for the plate numbers.  The LOT for about a buck apiece.   Mailing a local letter today costs that!  HEAPS more pix of them here -  tinyurl.com/Smithyss   From the quite massive THREE Generation, “Townsville North Queensland Hoard” collection we flew back with - 100s of kilos of better material - in 8 huge removalist cartons - tinyurl.com/TownsV  Bought as new issues from the PO, 90 years back, and were stored in a glassine UNTOUCHED from that date.  All fresh MUH original hand applied gum Arabic, and NEVER been hinged - even on outer margins! 

FACE value is a whopping 33/- ... had owner bought a Small Multi Watermark MUH £2 (40/-) KANGAROO from the PO with that kind of money - which was current in 1931, Cat of that is $20,000 MUH - I kid you not!  ACSC $50 per Plate block x 7 = $350, plus 6 x Plate number pairs so cat of JUST those is about $450.  Great investor, or specialist, or re-seller lot.  Assembled at issue time of the stamps at face value, and I am very slowly working through it, and listing up a few more interesting pieces that catch my eye, whenever I get 10 minutes spare, here and there!  Will take me 20 more years to wade through it all. I grab a few now and again, and scan and add them up here.  None of these stamps has EVER been on the stamp market before, in the past Century or so. You will be the FIRST collector to own them since! Amazing original find. $A225
(Stock 714LB

 

 

 

 

 

GB 1938/1948 £1 Top Value KGVI on clean Registered FDC:  Right after WW2 this was a FORTUNE in the UK.  The AVERAGE annual UK gross wage in UK 1950, was just £100 - I kid you not - tinyurl.com/UKwage - around TWO quid a week gross, before tax.  FACT.  (And paid annual leave was typically just ONE week!)  That was the average national gross wage, not the minimum wage.  So this FDC literally cost someone half a week’s GROSS wages - a $500 cover on today’s earning power.  This BBC link, outlining the Food Rationing in the UK well after WW2, might surprise some - tinyurl.com/RationUK National rationing did not totally end until 1954.  Meat, bacon, sugar, and butter were all tightly rationed across the UK, right up to the QE2 Coronation year in 1953.  Clean and fresh and REGISTERED, with different GUERNSEY backstamps - the only to PROVE anything is a FDC, and not something with a backdated cancel from the 1980/90ss etc.  SG Minimum Cat £325=$A650.  Been a decade since I had one of these.  $A275 (Stock 782RK)

 

 

 

Superb collection Oz MINT phonecards - Cat $1,222 for $A225!  Lovely clean lot, all in full sets from card #1 in 1989 into 1994.  All MINT, and superb. Easy to store in Hagners etc, same size as stamp booklets or blocks of 4 etc.  Enclosed is a catalogue printout totalling $1,222 for easy checking - a couple pages shown here, plus ALL the cards you will get - tinyurl.com/PhonCard   Buyer paid $1,100 for these from Max Stern in 1995, his invoice showed.  I allowed $150 for them in the Estate, and out they go for just $A225.  SAVE $1,000 and be quick - these will sell FAST!  Just ONE set cost the owner $200.  Delightful looking things, and are really scarce in full sets like this MINT.  RARELY offered, and still popular.  The total value of trading cards listed on eBay totalled more than $2 billion in the first half of the year - up 175 per cent on the first six months of 2020.  Trading card sales on eBay Australia went up 379 per cent in 2020, with a trading card selling every minute.  All Official Telecom issues of course.  $A225 (Stock 794JS)

 

 


 

 

QANTAS $2 Airbus A380 stamp, totally **IMPERFORATE** Block of 4 - just $A75!:  Australia Post a few years back, released just 750 x IMPERFORATE uncut press sheets of these $2 stamps.  Striking and varnished etc.  You needed to phone a special '800' number after midday, and maximum order was a sheet a person, and they sold out within hours as you'd expect.  All the $2 stamps depict the massive Qantas Airbus A380.  Qantas staffers and aviation collectors keenly seek this sheet, as do the 1000s of pure “A380” theme collectors.  Each press sheet was foil numbered in lower right margin, and also comes with a hand numbered PO Certificate Of Guarantee that only 750 sheets in TOTAL were ever sold, including all left and right panes. 

Indeed there were only 375 left pane, and 375 x right pane ... both sheets of 12 are marked and numbered thus lower left.  This is a Qantas Airbus A380 issue and that is a red hot theme, even for non stamp collectors. 
And it is fully imperforate.  It is an 100% OFFICIAL PO issue, and one of the very smallest issues in the post war era.  It was VERY limited, and has remained RED hot - just like the stamp border colour!  I obtained  a few by paying folks $100 cash profit to sit on the phone for hours re-dialling until they got through.  THERE WAS *NO* OTHER SOURCE FOR THESE!   Price per IMPERF mini sheet is from $A75 - full details here - with a LOT more photos of all the options and choices on these, even full uncut press sheets 12 available for $A500 -  tinyurl.com/QantasStamp  - $A75 (Stock 482YL)

 

  

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

1913 First Watermark Kangaroo INVERTED WATERMARK Perf “OS’’ Cat $4,000:  A very rare stamp - only a very few are recorded in official OS perfin - even non OS are very scarce stamps.  Very clean and fresh, usual few shorter perfs as with all 1913 issues, and with deep bight colour, superb centering for any 1913 OS perf as you can see.  Clean and fresh and flat, and totally free of the usual hinges and gook and gunk and aging etc and neat Adelaide GPO cds. .  Excellent centering is truly scarce on any 1913 OS, as the Government Printer deliberately put aside BAD centred sheets for puncturing for the “Free Government Use” and most are SHOCKERS, as you would know if you have looked about.  SG #02w, and ACSC 17a, $4,000.  Bought well to sell for $3,000 UNDER Cat - $A995 (Stock 716JR)

 

 

 

ROO 1915 Rare Second Wmk 5/-, SUPERB USED,  also with major ACSC Var:  The scarce 1915 SECOND Watermark.   Superb Used looker for these, with unusually clean cut perfs for this Wmk.  Lovely deep, bright Chrome Yellow colour, as you can see.  Nearly all this issue had ugly “Fluffy” perfs, due to the perforating pin equipment in middle of WWI not being procurable from the only usual suppliers - our “enemies” - Austria and Germany!  The Emergency printing on the wrong size KGV head watermark paper.  So the Crown over A watermark is of almost never placed centrally - this one included, which is a sure way to pick these, as instant ID at a glance.  (Most offered on ScamBay are the common THIRD watermark of course.)  With FAR lighter, crisper than usual corner postal cancel on these heavy parcel stamps than you will ever see.

These were used on heavy parcels during WWI, and really nice lookers are impossible to find.  Cancels usually were the heavy ugly smeary mega thick wall, rubber types used in MEL and SYD, which on the yellow colour show very heavily.  CTO copies do not exist, like we have all other 5/- Wmks, so as to easily secure pretty copies as one can do with the other 4 watermarks. 
SG 30,
£350=$A700 with NO variety!   Top lookers with no vars are touching $1,000 retail these days   Bought in an estate this week, and clean and flat and fresh, and totally free of faults, and hinges and gook and gunk and aging etc.  With ACSC Variety “Short, Fat Spencer’s Gulf ACSC 43(D)i, cat $1,250 for AVERAGE used.   For the collector who wants the VERY finest stamps possible. $A800 (Stock 847LA)

 

 

 

 

1978 Aviator, 18c Charles Ulm completely *IMPERFORATE* - 10 pairs recorded - $A675:   One of the rarest Decimal errors.  Totally imperforate on top stamp, and the lower stamp is strikingly imperforate along top edge with to the perf comb missing the top strike.  Depicting famous aviator Charles Ulm, a legend of the pioneer 1930s First Flights in the region.  ACSC 793b, $2,500 a vertical pair.   ACSC notes that 10 vertical pairs are recorded.  (Top rows of 5, being from 2 PO sheets.)  A superb fresh corner block 4.  Will sell these in a vertical pair, shown on left side, catalogued $2,500 for $A675 (Stock 583AF) or the corner vertical pair Cat $2,500 for $A715 (Stock 583AG) or the full corner Block of 4 as shown here, cat $A5,000 - and save another $A65 - for just $A1,325 (Stock 583AH)

 

 

 

Australia KGVI 10/- Banknote, Coombs/Watt FINAL prefix. Cost $700 - just $A295:   Grading banknotes has never been my skill, and the note trade grading things officially as "FINE" that are in fact ''totally stuffed'', has always amused me!  And even worse - calling things officially "Very Good" grade that translated into English, literally means "throw it in the bin" is even weirder!   Anyway shown above is the official McDonald Catalogue Grading guide for Australian notes highlighting this.  Turned up in an Estate lot today, and bought very well, so priced to SELL at WAY under HALF retail, if you want something to tuck away for the Grand-kids etc, as a souvenir of this pre-decimal currency era etc.   The FINAL Prefix ''A74'' of the Coombs Watt - so listed in Renniks as being worth several times a normal serial number.

With the cool Captain Cook watermark. Better than usual looker for the era which are often just limp, torn, stained, pinholed, scrappy RAGS. This has original quite crisp paper, good colour, and with sharp corners and only moderate circulation, especially for a heavily used 10/- value, with no usual edge splits and tears. Would have to be about the official “VF” grade - Renniks 15L, Cat $700 … bought well in the Estate, so out it goes at WAY under half that! A nice collectable grade note of a scarce type.  This Coombs/Wilson note is now 69 years old, and this was a LOT of money very soon after the War - near a day’s wages for a working man. Owner receipt shows he PAID $700 for this note over a decade back, as cat value was of course far higher back then than now. So a SUPERB time to grab one!  $A295
(Stock 952SK)

 

 
 

 

Australia £2 Black and Red Kangaroo, attractive Mint - $A175:  The ONE stamp missing from near all Australian collections globally, is the “2 Pound Roo”.  They have never been cheap, and they get dearer each and every year of course, so secure one NOW.  Indeed the retail value of these, generally has beaten out the inflation rate every year over the past decades.  The used ones were added to heavy parcels, and MOST have condition issues as a result of that.  Such as tears, scuffs, creases, thins, greasy stains or perforation problems etc, etc.  Yet THEY cost $500 MINIMUM for average used, and $1000 for VFU these days!  MINT copies are ACSC Cat $5,750 MINIMUM! 

This one is better than usually found in all those respects.  THE cheapest possible way to fill that
£2 Roo space.  The current PO Year Book retails for more than this - true!   Even top end USED examples are touching $1,000 these days.  Clean and fresh, and bright colours, great perfs, and totally free of the gook and gunk and hinges and thins and creases etc, so common on these high value stamps.  Issued in 1934, the height of The Great Depression.  ACSC tells us only 14,160 were ever sold of this ‘SPECIMEN’ issue, versus a massive 240,000 of the normal one - yet these are only 4% of the price of mint!  Go figger - they really have massive upside in my view.  Prices have hardened strongly in recent years, and this will sell in a week - $A175 (Stock 714LK) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belgium rare 1952 Koekelberg Basilica Fund Mini Sheet MUH, Cat £600 - $A300:  A super scarce post war Europe sheet and being near 70 year old now, not many MUH are encountered.  A large sheet, and of high face value - few in the early post wat years were buying such items.  SG 1392 Cat  £600=$A1200.  Show me another for sale!  $A300 (Stock 691JX)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bahawalpur 1948 Defins Tops Vals VFU - SG $A700 for $A250!:  Superb recess printed large stamps by De La Rue in London. ! Rupee to 19 Rupee top values of set.  Missing from EVERY KGVI British Empire Collection, and I’ve never had these before.  Show me ANY others for sale globally - they are rare.  Clean FU, SG 29/32, £355=$A700, and all expertised.  All depict the Emir Of Bahawalpur, who was a super serious stamp collector, who once owned the Imperforate 1928 Kookaburra Mini Sheet that sold for $320,000 etc. $A275 (Stock 534JX)

 

 


 

  2000 "FOR VALOUR" $1 Victoria Cross PNC Retail $300, for $A160:  The absolute key to any PNC collection.  The ONLY way to source the Victoria Cross design $1 coin is by tearing open one of these. Coin dealers rip up 100s a year, and toss the stamps into the kiloware box. All collectors of face different Australia coins HAVE to have this one. In 10 years’ time a complete PNC such as this will be many times the cost of a coin as the PNCS will be near extinct - the conservative McDonald retail of the loose coin alone is $295 - the PNC is listed at $360.

ebay prices are around that $300 mark for this PNC as you can see.  Bought cheap today to sell dirt cheap today.  Clean condition - been in an album since bought from mint. Sharp perfect corners as you can see. This is "For Valour" PNC (Stock 284YQ) for $160.  Also have the near as scarce 2000 Australian Legends "The Last Anzacs" PNC for $A75 - (Stock 284YR) and the 2001 "Australia Army" PNC, Cat $100 for $A60 (Stock 284YT) and the "Biggie" the 2002 "QE2 Coronation Accession Jubilee PNC" Ret $295 for $A145 (Stock 284YV) AND all the other early PNCs in superb condition at cheap prices - enquire! $A160 (Stock 284YQ)
 

 

 

Hong Kong, 2007 “PRESTIGE ANNUAL STAMP ALBUM” $A110:   An overlarge, hard slip cased, classy looking album.  Far larger than any Australia Annual album.  Totally unopened and pristine.  Cost price was $HK490 = $A90+ with note on back from PO to that effect.  There is a somewhat similar design cover one from 2007, that cost less at PO.  Even they are not common, and retail for well over $A100.  After a 15 minute search I could not see one offered anywhere, for any price, at any time.  Check for yourself - these must have had a tiny number done?  Bought from an ExPat banker then working in HK, for whom cost was never an object!  A really superb deal for someone.  $A110 (Stock 397KQ)

 

 


 

 

Adelaide 2016 $1.00 set 6 Mint, CTO in week of issue, "Albino", or on “Last Day Cover” $A275:  The early 2016 Emergency issue of the ADELAIDE CPS set has caused a global sensation, and the set of 6 x 30¢ is fully listed in Gibbons, and already is priced at $A4,500 a set 6 in Renniks, and $2,500 in new Seven Seas “ASC” Cat.  (My price is $A1,995)  The ‘$1.00’ value in same design issued around the same time is - so far, very oddly, largely overlooked.  Only a small number were sold mint, and I’ve yet to see a single postally used copy of those, despite that being the new postal letter rate.  For many collectors the ONLY cost acceptable way to fill up these 6 spaces on the Hingeless Stanley Gibbons, or other printed pages globally, will be with a set of “$1.00”, so demand will keep increasing.  And prices too.  A ton more discussion of this exciting new issue here - tinyurl.com/2016set

I managed to have serviced just SIX Last Day Covers as shown here.  On Official PO cover, with the pictorial Adelaide Philatelic Sales Centre “Clocktower” pictorial cancel.  Superb item, and stars of the future,
at just $A275 apieceONE left now – Stock 571GZ) I doubt more than 25 exist globally of these.  No mail orders were accepted, no credit cards accepted, hence very few secured them in person. The CPS machine went back to MEL on that same day for scrapping.  So a double piece of Philatelic History.  Set of 6 MUH - $A65 (Stock 571GX) or 10 sets MUH $A450 (Stock 571GU)  or one set MUH and one set VFU for $A120 (Stock 571GF)   “$1.00 Adelaide 2016” strip 6 with striking reversed ALBINO “Ghost” prints: $A350  Stock 571GC - (Identical 30¢ strips have sold over $5,000!) or one of a tiny number made of LAST DAY COVERS illustrated above just: $A275 (Stock 571GZ)
  

 

  

 

 

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)

 

 

 

British Virgin Islands 1982 Lions Club International Miniature Sheet IMPERF at top - $A150:   Bought an ''Errors'' collection this month, and in that collection was the nearby British Virgin Islands Miniature Sheet, designed by Harrison's Studio London, with a missing strike of top perf comb, leaving 2 of the stamps totally Imperforate at top.
He was a Lions Club International big shot member, and he paid $500 at 'London 1990' his notes said, and was told no others were recorded.  Fresh MUH, and most attractive as can be seen.  It was the issue in 1982 Celebrating the Anniversary of the Lions Club of Tortola BVI, and has the familiar Lions Club International logo at top right.  Have no real idea of value, as BVI issues are out of my usual wheelhouse, and I have no regional catalogue covering these, but for just a tad over $US100, it can all be yours! 
$A150
(Stock 693JW)

 

 

 

 


 

 

NSW 1894 1/- QV, DLR Telegram Form, o/p “SPECIMEN” $A150: The very scarce 1/- black Queen Victoria value, showing the 1876 De La Rue design type.  Retail elsewhere $470 on this exact same form!  These NSW Telegraph/Telegram forms were issued in February 1894, 126 years back.  1/- was for inland messages.  The messages could not exceed ten words for the pre-paid 1/-.  Lovely item to display for the collector - fits superbly on a #1 Hagner Sheet, or album or stockbook page, and looks very attractive, as you can see.  These were UPU distributed folded horizontally, to all the recipient UPU countries. These are on very fragile thin paper.  I’ve seen these in the past where foxing is very bad, due to the cheap acidic paper used, and indeed some were separated in 2 pieces, and this one is VERY clean and intact, I am pleased to say - and well UNDER $US90!: $A150 (Stock 815LX)

 

   

 

 

GB 1977 Silver Jubilee 8½d *TOTALLY IMPERFORATE* - Cat £1,200 for just $A650!:  Fresh and superb example of this very rare error, of which owner note stated only one part sheet was ever discovered.  Blue and metallic silver - a gorgeous looking pair visually - scans never show metallic ink well.  Fresh flat MUH with good margins.  SG 1033a, £1,200=$A2,400.  One of the key QE2 era imperfs, and bought well so out it goes at just $A650 (Stock 657BJ)

 

 

 

 


 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 


  

Australia Post Annual "Year Books" Black LEATHER "Executive"

Editions complete – Book #1, to 2000 -  22% off - *$A425 UNDER retail*! 

ONE set only at this price - these Leather (Executive) books are VERY classy.  All have been black genuine Leather covered, with brass corners, since the first issue in 1986, so they are a fully matched classy Black leather set, in matching slipcases.  Covers are thickly padded and deeply gold inscribed on front and spine.  Each book has a matching gold embossed heavy slipcase ….. see the main photo above - the 3 slipcases are standing at back.  These keep dust and moisture OUT of your stamp albums and are ESSENTIAL in this climate.

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

The presentation of the stamps and the artwork and detail on the pages in these books is an absolute credit to Australia Post.  High gloss varnished paper, and double facing pages of info on EVERY stamp issue.  Laden with photos and factual background information.  For collectors with younger children or Grandchildren
, this is a goldmine for their education and general knowledge.  Or a family heirloom collection to keep up to date.  The 2000 regular Year Book surprised everyone by having in it, the Australia Sydney Olympic Gold Medal winner sheetlet of 16.  You could obtain this sheet NO other way.  That sheetlet alone retails for $100 from many dealers.  The 1988 LEATHER book has always been near impossible to source etc.  Full retail list of ALL these superb books here - tinyurl.com/POalbums

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

My normal discount retail on these
15 books, as you can see from link above, is $A2,175. (All the later year Leather Books are in stock of course.  I can do a similar bulk discount deal for 2001-2020 etc, or for any other single years you are missing - ask me for my rock bottom price!)  A superb gift idea perhaps for someone?  As always on pricier lots, happy to do a time payment or LayBy system etc - 4 monthly payments of around $380 and these are yours!  To clear this Estate lot fast, out they go for $425 UNDER my retail - a super bargain figure for this ONE discounted set of 15 - 22% off retail at just -  $A1,695 (Stock 451WX)

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

INDIA superb Mint collection 1940/59 SG $1,800 - $A475:  Lovely fresh lot, mint 1st hinge from when received from New Issue service 60 years ago etc. (First page is used) Formed in the UK, and all neatly laid out on clean set of UK ''PEERLESS'' album pages. Noted all the pricey Definitive sets all COMPLETE mint etc.   From early KGVI Tete-Bêche pairs etc. Also the Indian forces in Korea and Cambodia, and Indo China etc.  Being formed and housed in UK, free of the usual heavy gum browning one sees in stored in India etc. Not all shown on these many photos here -  tinyurl.com/IndiaMcoll  SG Cat is £905=$A1800, lightly pencilled on each page for your easy checking.  Post-Independence India issues are RED HOT, especially this first 20 years. Huge local demand there, and prices will keep rising as not a lot were bought back then. $A475 (Stock 653BN)

 

 

 

Great Britain 1902/1910 £1 KEVII Dull Green “SPECIMEN” superb unused:  SG Cat $2,800 - for $A900!  The type 16 overprint, SG 266s, cat £1,400=$A2,800.  Superbly fresh, attractive unused as you can see.  NO usual hinges or gook or gunk or aging.  And NO usual thins, creases or tears found on these quite massive size stamps.   Excellent perfs as you can see - generally many are ripped out.  NO repairs or alterations - GUARANTEED by me - all carefully checked.   Bought VERY well, so near $2,000 UNDER SG catalogue value!  $A900 (Stock 294BA)

 

 

 

 

Sierra Leone 1933 KGV Abolition Of Slavery Centenary - Wilberforce.  The top 2 vales from this iconic and legendary set, which had a tiny print number.  Magnificently engraved by Bradbury Wilkinson London.  Most of these high value were pen cancelled fiscally on Court Fees, and of course are readily detected under UV, even if cleaned.  (SG lists them separately)   UV very carefully checked by me, and 105% Guaranteed, uncleaned and postal used with Registered dated cds.  Both are absolutely Superb Used - clean and flat and fresh, with perfect perfs and centering, and deep rich original colours, and no hinges or gook or gunk or aging.  Both expertised on reverse.  SG 179 £500 = $A1000, and SG 180, £850 = $A1.700.  Price $450 and $750, or save $50 with the BOTH for $A1,150 (Stock 294AB)

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

Australia 1963 Navigators set 6 attractive *MUH* $A180 (*Or* Fine Used!) :  If there is just ONE stamp absent from any QE2 collection of Australia it is the £2 Admiral King stamp.  Every time. THE priciest Australian stamp post-war.  Super high value issued late 1964, and replaced a year or later by the new Decimal $4 of same design, so a VERY short life.  £2 Admiral King stamp and the ship “Mermaid” is the KEY post war stamp from Australia and sells for far more USED than mint out of interest!  £2 was 480 pence.  The set 6 cost 1038 pence at the PO.  A standard letter cost 5 pence (5d) then, until decimal currency in 1966, when it became 4c.  So this cost 207.6 first class stamps.  Taking today’s $1.50 first class letter rate as our guide, this was $A311 in today’s money, so you needed a BIG wage to warrant that high cost - way over a half Century back.  You are paying about HALF the initial PO cost price essentially!  (Clean *FU* cds set of 6 is just $A140 - Stock 742JB)  Quite nice centering for these, especially key values, clean and flat, with guaranteed original gum MUH.  Retail $275, and out they go at $100 under  retail - which is about $US125 as I type this. $A180 (Stock 742JA)

 

  

 

 

Cocos Island 1991 *Emergency Provisional Overprints* Complete Set:  Fresh MUH set of 7 of the regular size stamps, SG 234/239, and that includes the very rare 1991 Coconut "OFFICIAL - PAID MAINLAND" which as always, is CTO with full gum - and was never sold Mint without the corner cancel.  A cover with 3 copies, just sold for $A4,800. (SG #01) - see tinyurl.com/Glen4-19 – Cocos prices have gone quite INSANE at auction in March 2019 - click the link!   ASC 140a/148a, cat. $A350  just the 7 small stamps.  This includes both types of overprint grid bars on 10¢ Shell, as per cat listings - one is VERY scarce.  One of the priciest and most sought “Shell” stamp sets of the post war era - globally.  The 2017 ASC Catalogue Retail is $350 a set 7.   I also have the scarce and huge, December 1990 size $5 on 65¢ Aeroplane, Emergency overprint MUH, ASC 186a, cat $A110, for $A70 (Stock 107CR)  So, the basic set of 7, ASC Cat $350 is from me $A275 (Stock 107CQ) or all EIGHT overprint stamps as per photo above, including the scarce and huge $5 Aeroplane, for a $A25 discount - all 8 for: $A320 (Stock 107CT)

 

 

 

 


 

GB 1847 1/- Green Embossed TWO cut square examples, on neat entire to New York:  From Barnsley to New York.  Blue black crisp sender cds on face of “Barnsley OC 20 - 1853” and indistinct Liverpool Ship letter cds in bright blue underneathAlso with very crisp blue Liverpool double arc transit on reverse of “OC 21 : 1853” alongside a fine green “L” oval, also of OC 21.  Has clearly struck rate marking on face of PAID in arc in Vermillion, and a separate USA arrival “10 CENTS” in Red.  Barnsley South Yorkshire had a population 10,000 at this time.  Miles above average condition for these.  Left hand unit with clear to large margins and definite doubling of design at right side outer borders especially - see separate detailed scan.  (SG Spec GB cat H1d, £20,000 - they do not say haw doubled it needs to be)  These “embossed” stamps had the unique and unusual security anti-forgery feature of that issue, of 2 vertical "silk" threads (actually “pale blue twisted cotton yarn” SG tells us!) being embedded in the paper, running vertically down each stamp.  Most will know of the haphazard production method where each stamp was literally printed/embossed by hand onto the paper, meaning all are a little out of square with each neighbour, which is why getting 4 margins on any single is near impossible on these.  Margins often touch or well overlap.  Unusually neat diamond numeral cancel - NOT the usual horrid boot hell “Killers” mostly used. 

These stamps were essentially hand crimped, one at a time, onto large sheets of stout paper. Back 174 years back, time often hung heavy on the hands of the lone staffer at most POs, and they would very often cut apart the large unwieldly imperforate sheets, so as to have easy-to-affix singles sitting in their stamp drawer, ready to use.  There were only 5 different face values printed then in totality, all imperf, and the first perforated stamps were not issued until 1850 - long after these were first issued.  So all were delivered to POs in large and unwieldy imperforated sheets.  Cutting apart the 1d black/red and 2d blue square stamps was no issue, as they stayed square, but the octagonal shape of the 3 high values saw many clerks snip off the corners off those too at the same time, for neatness sake.  The existence of masses of covers bearing cut to shape octagonal copies of these Embossed issue proves beyond doubt they were sold and affixed at POs, well into the 1850s in that cut to shape form - this late 1853 one sold for $1,000 - tinyurl.com/Embossed

The hand embossed impressions touching, or indeed well overlapping were 100% the norm, as all scans of pairs and multiples readily show us.  This is 170 years old now, and MANY singles have been repaired, re-backed, and otherwise fiddled with, so buying on cover is the safest way to secure these. Naturally many have had those corners “added” over the ensuing 170 years to fool collectors, which are often hard to see - this one certainly has not - checked under UV Lamp.  This 1/- was the HIGHEST FACE VALUE UK stamp until 1867.  GUARANTEED to bear 2 x sound, original, cut square examples, with good detail embossing.  Love the super brief and vague address to a huge city - “Messers Kessler & Co, New York”.   SG Cat
£2,900 = $A5,600 WITHOUT any allowance being made for the doubled print.  Indeed as 2 singles OFF cover, SG is £2,000=$A4,000 for those 2!   Exhibition grade or Investment quality cover - remarkably fine condition for these, with NO usual foxing or bad creasing - SG 55, Cat $5,600 - for just 20% of SG, as bought very well - $A1,150 (Stock 482JR)

 

 

 

 

Seychelles, KEVII 2¢ Chestnut and Green, with Major SG Variety “Dented Frame Along Shading Line Under E” - clean VFU, with light, correct cds cancel.  SG 456a, £190=$A360 used.  The major plate variety.  Have never seen another, and the neat cancel is totally clear of the variety.  Superb perfs and centering. $A185 (Stock 475EB)

 

 

 

Kangaroo 1913 5/- Grey and Yellow fresh CTO, $A295:  CTO Kangaroo prices have gone insane in recent times - single stamps selling for up to SEVEN times the recent ACSC prices.  So higher value stamps like this one are worth grabbing NOW = SG 13, Ł200 = $A400 for average used.  With the lovely crisp gloss ink PO CTO cancel of “MELBOURNE - DEC 3 - 13   Superior perfs and centering for any 1913 CTO, as you can see, which often are ripped out and perfs touching.  Nice rich glowing original Chrome colour, and fresh and clean, and totally free of hinges and gook and gunk etc - so usual on these with original gum.  I keep EVERY Australian stamp in stock 1913-1980 and in FIVE grades for each, from Spacefiller to Superb Used, to suit EVERY budget.  I have EASILY the world’s largest stock of used Roos, normal and “OS”.  Contact me re your Australia USED gaps.  Read up on Used Kangaroo Grading here - tinyurl.com/GlenJune19  $A295 (Stock 836KF) 

 

 

 

United Arab Emirates MUH sets, 1998-2006 SG Cat $1,375 for just $A450! :  1998-2006 run - SG cat £692=$A1,375. Current SG cat noted on each set for your easy checking. Bought a large collection off a banker, who moved around globally, and bought stamps and FDC from POs from wherever he was posted. Often very obscure places.  He was in the United Arab Emirates in 1998-2006, and bought these MUH full sets. GLOBALLY, all mint sets are scarce post 2000. "LIQUID GOLD" - can you see anyone else offering these in 1 hit - of course not.  All fresh MUH.  Gorgeous clean lot.  And WILL get pricier over time of course.  Bought cheap to sell cheap for $A450.  HEAPS more pix here - tinyurl.com/UAEcoll  Adding these up on eBay would be a big hit as no-one else globally will have these - trust me!  Clearly, almost NO-ONE bought these mint as new issues, that much is pretty clear - lots of $20 sets among these.  He also bought FDC from UAE for this similar era, also dirt cheap!  Ask me.  $A450 (Stock 945QH)

 

 

 

 

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

 

The quite magnificent official Australia Post produced coffee table book:  Compiled by Richard Breckon, the respected PO Archivist, and the PO Art Team.  Brass cornered, beautifully gold deeply embossed leatherette cover, gilt edged outer leaf edges, with matching marbled heavy slipcase.  Issued in a VERY limited Edition for Australia 99”.   I am advised only a few 100 copies were ever made, and were a near instant sell-out, even at the very high issue price.  Three similar later books were issued - “Royalty”, 32 Die Proofs (Stock 428YR)  Blue book “Federation”, 30 Die Proofs (Stock 428YU) and Green Book ”Transportation”, 32 Die Proofs (Stock 428YX) were also sold in FAR lower numbers -  $A400 EACH book, or all 3 for $A1,100. (Stock 428YZ).  Being quite recent, they almost NEVER come on the market - no-one wants to let them go!  HEAPS more pix of them here -  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 these books.


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

 


 

 

New Zealand 1972 4d Magpie Moth “Missing Surcharge Bars” fresh MUH:  SG 957cc, £350=$A700.  CP P30a(5) Cat $500.  Fresh MUH, Harrison London overprint, fresh well centred left hand margin copy with the illusion of “MISSING Surcharge Bars” with the positioning piece punch in margin allowing easy plating.  Along with Harrison imprint and Plate number strips 4, of the Harrison thick and thin bar overprints, and a matching strip of the overprinted stamp.  And also a badly misplaced surcharge on a used stamp, that does not block out the underlying value at all!  A very pretty group as you can see, and a dream for a Moth and Butterfly collector. (19 stamps) $A175 (Stock 735AK)

 


 

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

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

 

 

 

Luxembourg 1956 **RARE** Europa set 3, Hoard - Superb MUH:  SG Cat £700=$A1,400, for well under 7% of SG!   Bought a few sets very attractively this week in an Estate of an old French gentleman, who had bought them off leading dealer BEHR in Paris, as an Investment, some years back.  This is the KEY set to the entire EUROPA Omnibus series, and has always been highly sought.  Mint Unhinged, with guaranteed fresh original gum.  This set is 65 years old now of course.  One of the scarcest mint sets from post-war Europe, and the absolute KEY to any “EUROPA” Omnibus collection.  Bright, well centred, with good perfs, and guaranteed original gum mint unhinged, and will look brilliant in any album, at under 10% of SG.  THREE sets of 3 for the “bottom drawer” - SG cat $A4,200, for just $A275  (Stock 568UR)  One set 3, SG 607/609, cat £700=$A1,400 - $A115 (Stock 568UQ)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 


 

"THE WORLD'S GREATEST AIRMAIL STAMPS” Superb Sterling Silver Proofs:  The International Society of Postmasters superb production, comprising 25 stamp-sized Sterling Silver ingots, classily displayed in a silk and velvet lined hard and expensive hard presentation case with metal clasps.  Superbly engraved and produced, high grade proof impressions of the CLASSIC Airmail issues from the inverted Jenny down.  Ingots weight is 343 grams alone - over a third of a KILO, so silver melt value is clearly many $100s alone!   Cost original buyer several times this. $A565 (Stock 836LA)

 

 

  Cyprus 1944 KGVI Rare Perf, SG Cat $1,100 for just $A425!  One of the scarcest KGVI issues from the Commonwealth and I have never seen one offered before.  Perfect centred fresh MLH. (Excuse the strange murky setting scan - settings were askew!)  SG 154a KGVI 1 Piastre, rare Perf 13½x12½, extremely scarce, and only a few sheets appear to have been done by Waterlow in 1944, after German bombings of London created chaos at UK stamp printers.  SG 154a, Cat £550=$A1,100 just - $A425 (Stock 834LP)  

 


 

 

Papua New Guinea 1971 SHELLS Booklet x *50* Mint copies!  Estate buy today. Someone looks like they bought these near a Half Century ago, and they have only just now reached the market.  Pretty booklet, with marginal blocks 10 of the 1969 7c Shell Definitive stamp.  SG SB3, Cat £650 = $A1,300.  Pfeffer #3 cat $1,500.  Very seldom seen early booklet, and a great ebay re-seller etc, as both PNG and Shells are globally super popular.  Just $A5 each, or about $US3 apiece - Cat £650, retail $1,500.  Just $US150 - $A250 (Stock 782RT)

 

 

 

Laos 1954 Golden Jubilee set MUH - SG Cat $870, for just $A195!  The KEY set from Laos - the “Sydney Harbour Bridge” issue from there!!  The 1954 Golden 50th Jubilee of King Sisauang-Vong.  Beautifully engraved bi-colour, steel engraved recess intaglio printing.  All are flat MUH, with the usual evenly ‘’suntanned’’ gum after 65 years in Indo China.  I see these in stock once in 20 years.  SG 40/42, £435 = $A870.  USED is the exact same price as mint I notice in SG, this set had such a tiny printing, and either mint or used, are NEVER seen offered anywhere, much less at WELL UNDER QUARTER GIBBONS!  Just $US145 as I type - $A195 (Stock 584JR)

 

 

  1946-49 Food Parcel Label. 5/10d Blue, Myer Department Stores: Superb fresh bright unused PL4A, $2,000 for the usual rough grade one sees which are mostly soiled, tatty and very frequently, creased and thinned etc. Have NEVER in 40 years had a complete unused label in stock. For anyone not aware of the history of these historic items, they are near the rarest Australian post-war Postal Stationary items. In the late 1940s (indeed until 1954) Britons were subject to rationing. Even as late as 1950 goods such as these were still rationed in the UK - canned and dried fruit, chocolate biscuits, treacle, syrup, jellies, soap, sugar - and much fresh produce like milk, butter and meat and of course petrol - tinyurl.com/46Ration

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

Myer Department Stores, and 2 others approached the Post Office to produce gummed labels that had an impressed stamp on them, so as to identify the sendings that attracted the new low postage rate, and save them time in affixing stamps, as no single stamps to that value ever existed. The Post Office did this, and as you can see the sideways 5/10d blue KGVI head stamp impression, was exactly in line with that design used on the widely used 2d pre-stamped envelopes, and the 5d Registered envelopes of the time. This is of course an OFFICIAL Australian Commonwealth Postal Stationery item, and is listed thus in the superb ACSC volume on them. KGVI Reign collectors globally seek these. A ton of extra detail on these labels here - tinyurl.com/Food1946

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

 

 

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

 

 

  South Australia 1886, £15 Queen Victoria “Long Tom” $A300:  What a stamp!  Scanners sadly do not show “sheen” on any stamp, but this has the original silver metallic sheen - stunning looker in the flesh - 10 times nicer than this scan.  Very clean, flat, and unfaded unused after 135 years, with really excellent perfs for these, that often have appalling perfs, and these tone and crease readily - this is superior there.  £15 was literally a MONTH’S wages back then.  SG 207a, Cat is £38,000=$A75,000 mint, so “Specimen” is your only affordable option!: $A300 (Stock 825KQ)  

 
 

 

Australia Booklets Coll 1994-2000 Ret $825 – for just $499!  In the thick Deluxe Gold blocked red booklet album, in matching slipcase, made by Lighthouse Germany, with special booklet size double-sided clear pockets, for booklet dealer Manfred Junge – retail $150 new.  Has a juicy collection contents many pages shown here - tinyurl.com/OzBooklts  54 different - well under a TENNER apiece, in a huge free album with many empty pages as well for extras.  Pfeffer retail of booklets marked on each one, on removable stickers, and their total retail is $725. plus the $150 album = $875 for near under retail!  HUGE FACE VALUE here too - many $100s!  You NEVER see large juicy runs of these offered at one time. $A499 (Stock 137DF)

 

 

 

 

New Zealand MUH Blocks etc, face $780 for $A450!  Strong in 1980s era in a mint sheet Mintsheet file range of sets mainly in strips and blocks of imprints etc, also 2 x 1984 Annual Albums. Face value NZ$780 alone. Retail is about $A1,500.  Many 100s of MUH stamps here.  Bought very well and a STEAL for someone. (100s)  A pretty new collection, or an absolute goldmine for an ebay re-seller – or for a Kiwi to use for cheap postage! $A450 (Stock 893LQ)

 

 


 

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

 

 

 

  1USA 1906 Liberty Head $2½ Dollars, Quarter Eagle Gold Coin $A570:  A rare coin, and this is in barely circulated grade it looks like. Gold coins mark and scuff readily as it is so soft, but this looks very decent to me. No edge dings, and high points in LIBERTY wording look unworn etc.   Not used to taking coin pix, and they do not seem to scan, and do not have a close up setting on my camera, or tripod, or correct lighting so this is as good as you get at 5pm!   Has been part of a brooch etc, and if I had a solder gum - which I do not - I'd touch the small central mount solder with tip to liquify it, to remove it cleanly:  more pix here - tinyurl.com/GoldiesUSA   Almost never seen in Australia, and when you buy ex USA you pay the quite outrageous $A60 ''Global Shipping'' rip-off fee, (no stamps used by them!) and eBay then automatically adds 10% GST onto the shipping, and onto these prices! And all these figures are in strong USD - add 25% to these to get into AUD!  Click link above -  $A570 (Stock 613LA)
 
 

 

  MAURITANIA 1982 Grand Prix Car Racing M/S x 500! SG $2,300: $A125:  Amazing hoard from the Estate of a Doctor, who invested in all sorts of things from the early 1980s boom era.  He had a PO bundle 500 of the Australia 1976 Miniature sheet if anyone wants those!  He had 200 each of many Aust PO packs and full sheets. Masses of Aust face value in there.  He had bought a bundle of these from France for $A625 his file notes said.  75th Anniversary of Grand Prix Car racing.  Fine CTO with full gum at capital city, NOUAKCHOTT.  SG MS 729, £2.30 each used x 500 = £1,150 = $A2,300.  Under 5% of SG to find them a new home AST!  Brilliant items for an ebay re-seller to offer per 5 or 10 or 50 pieces a time etc - popular thematic, and a seldom seen sheet and seldom offered anywhere.  Pay near $500 LESS than original buyer did 40 years back!  $A125 (Stock 614RL)  

 


 

 

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

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

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

  

 

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

 

 


 

 

Solomon Islands 1991 **UNISSUED** stamp - fully SG + Scott noted - Cat $525, for just *$A70* each MUH!:  1991 Health Campaign, 65¢ UNISSUED value, depicting “Less Healthier Food” at left.  A set of 5 stamps were printed by Walsall Security Printers in the UK, on the usual CA sideways watermarked paper.  On arrival of stock in the Solomons, it was decided not to issue this 65¢ value, as it was noted the more correct English term was of course - “Less Healthy Food”.  In error however, a small number of sheets were delivered to some remote Post Offices, and they were certainly used on commercial mail, and several clearly dated used in period pieces and stamps are recorded, from charity kiloware.  Full story here - tinyurl.com/Glen4-19  Used singles have fetched up to $760 each at auction.  I have 4 of them on piece, plus another Dolphin stamp, all with a clear LATA - March 12 - 1992” cds, dated part envelope to North America - see pic above.  This unique used multiple is just $A500 = $US310 (Stock 362C)  The last 2 loose singles Auctioned by Status Auctions got $670 and $760 each they confirm - see tinyurl.com/SolsError  Scott 693a, listed at $US350 = $A575 a mint single.  I was sold a block 6 fresh MUH, and I can sell a MUH margin Block 4, Scott cat $US1,400 (= $A2,300), for just $A280 (Stock 362JA) or a MUH single as pictured above, Scott Cat $A525, is just ~$US55 or: $A90 (Stock 362JB)

 

 

 


 

 

 

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

Save $250 on the nib pen at $A999 - indeed that is only $US700! (Stock 386LW)  The similar design Platinum/Sterling Silver body, with roller ball tip, also superb gift boxed (see PO link), is discounted $A150, and is only $US600 - $A850 (Stock 386LX)

 

 

 


 

 

Australia Post Yearbooks 1988-96 - Cost $477, Retail $710, for just $375!  Clean looking lot I bought from an Estate this afternoon.  Many still have stamps in PO Hangers, and have never been touched since purchase.  NINE books at just over $43 a book - and it includes the scarce 1988!  But at WAY under the PO cost, and near HALF my $710 retail - tinyurl.com/YearPO - One-Off Special at just $A375!  All in the matching hard slipcases.  Nice run, nice condition, at more than $100 UNDER what they cost from PO.  Huge face value.  Estate lot of Australia Post yearbooks 1988 to 1996, PO issue cost $477, and retail value $710!  (Also from same Estate I have 2000 to 2006, at an INSANE low price - ask me!)  $A375 (Stock 147YP)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 



 

 

Yemen Arab Republic, 1975 Revolution 25 Fils, Fully *Imperforate* Pane 50 MUH - Just $US5 each!!  12th Anniversary of Revolution : IMPERFORATE pane of 50 x 25 Fils denomination, depicting the 7th Century Al Janad Mosque - one of the world’s oldest.  Fine, fresh MUH.  Catalogue numbers for the normal issued perforated issue 13½ x 14 are - SG #539, Scott #316 and Michel #1545.  Cannot see any other IMPERF versions of this about anywhere on the globe for sale, and a full sheet may well be unique - and after 44 years, none will turn up NOW!   Just $A7 each - indeed under $US5 apiece - superb ebayer opportunity to offer in imperf pairs and blocks 4 - an easy double or treble your money deal here surely? $A350 (Stock 492RJ)

 

 

 

Kangaroo 1913 2/- Brown CTO superb fresh full gum - $A200:  CTO Kangaroo prices have gone insane in recent times - single stamps selling for up to SEVEN times the recent ACSC prices.  So stamps like this one are worth grabbing NOW = ACSC 35wb, $A300 as cheapest CTO date, in average grade – which most are, with pulled perfs, and bad centering etc.  First Watermark - Superbly Fresh - been in Scotland all its life I keep EVERY Australian stamp in stock 1913-1980 and in FIVE grades for each, from Spacefiller to Superb Used, to suit EVERY budget.  I have EASILY the world’s largest stock of used Roos, normal and “OS”.  I have this exact stamp in stock from $30 to $400 in cost, depending on how fussy or non-fussy you are!  Contact me re your Australia USED gaps.  Read up on Used Kangaroo Grading here - tinyurl.com/GlenJune19  The reason Grange Hermitage red wine sells for $500 a bottle, and rough reds are always $5 a bottle, is the same as VFU stamps - some savvy folks recognise real quality - and will gladly pay for it!   $A200 (Stock 462KY)  

 

 

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 $A200 ~$US120 (Stock 928XG) or Fine Used set 11 for $A140 (Stock 928XH)   Complete Set 20 as illustrated for $A300 ~$US180 (Stock 928XL) or the Set of 20 Fine Used for just $A185 (Stock 928XP)

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

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

This month's Special - I have ONE set of MUH blocks 4 of the rare set 11, discounted from $A1,250 to $A995 (Around $US600!) – Stock 928ZK    



 

 

Australia 1932 5/- Sydney Harbour Bridge stamp, Superb VFU:  The most iconic stamp from this country, and missing from 95% of collections.  It was printed on what was essentially very coarse handtowel type blotting paper, and perforated with blunt nails.  This was the absolute height of the Great Depression, and even the Government Printer was economising. The coarse paper means a large number are thinned - try and carefully peel an old hinge off these, and you WILL thin them!  And the perfs, as all will know are often terrible and ripped out, and “fluffy” and poorly punched.  They were perforated with the single line machine rather like a fancy treadle sewing machine one line at a time, then sheet rotated 90 degrees, and the other sides done.  Hence wide margin centring is not common at all.  A beauty - clean and perfect with superb perfs and centering for these “terrors”.  Yes these do sell a little lower at times BUT that is due to the inferior centering and reverses etc.  Buy top quality for -  $A265 (Stock 912AX)

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 


 

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

 

 

 

 

Australia Post Stamp Year Books 1983-2004 (22) at *$1,200 UNDER RETAIL*!:  WEEKEND SCOOP - 22 Years of PO Year Books near HALF PO cost!  Amazing buy I made from an Estate today. 1983 to 2004 - 22 different PO books, the books and stamps all look clean (for a change!) as they were stored in Broken Hill which is thankfully very dry, with no humidity. Owner wisely had removed the flimsy plastic outer PO shipping covers – stamps ‘sweat’ in there if you do not, and get rusty/foxed. Many folks fall for that mistake.  Actual PO Cost was $1,227 and Retail is $1,925 as you can see here - tinyurl.com/POalbums

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

 

   

 

  

 

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

 

 

 

 

  

 

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

 

 

 

"KNOWLEDGE IS POWER"  as I type incessantly -  I cannot over-stress the importance of having a solid stamp library.  Often the very FIRST thing you look up, often pays for that book forever!  A number of wonderful reference books have appeared in recent times.  In many cases within Australia under the new AP parcel rules, buying 2 or 3 or 4 books costs the EXACT same shipping as ONE does, so do give it some thought!   Within Australia, 3 or 4 books often costs about the same shipping as 1 book etc!  (Superb VFU, valuable franking used on ALL parcels as always.)  ALL in stock now - click on each link for FULL details on each book.  Hint for these as GIFTS!  Buy FIVE or more, and deduct 10% OFF THE LOT!  Glen


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACSC New full colour catalogues for KGVI and QE2 – the BOTH huge A4 books $240 (Stock 892JC)

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

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

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


 

 

"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)

 


 

 

 

Your number one source for USED Kangaroo Stamps!

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

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

If you want a complete set of "Melbourne Dec 3, 1913" half circle gloss black cancels on First Watermark - I can supply them.  If you want the full gum corner CTO from later Specimen packs I can help. (All these are now listed in the ACSC as CTO, and priced accordingly, per type.)  If you want just lovely postally Superb Used like those in the photo nearby - I have always been the #1 choice to buy from.  I have 1000's just like them.  Read my recent stamp column about WHY you should collect USED stamps in this country -  tinyurl.com/Glen07-20

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

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

I was the person who got the £2 Small Multiple perf “OS” Roo listed into the ACSC after 75 years, by proving beyond doubt 2 totally genuine copies did exist.  One of which I bought from a WW2 assembled collection.  (The used Arthur Gray copy, who owned the other, then sold for $A40,000.)  These “OS” perfins (especially First Wmk) are usually HORRIBLE looking stamps.  

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 


 

 

**Spectacular ERROR** stamp Block: MUH or FU  - $A175:  The 2020 Australia Year Books I bought all had a very spectacular printing error in there - the entire word AUSTRALIA was clearly *MISSING* on one $1.10 stamp, as well as the issue year - see photo above.   A huge error in this modern era of computer checks.  NORMALLY the PO would simply swap them over for the corrected version, before placing them on sale.  However this year, for the first time ever, all the 2020 annual books did not have stamps loose as usual in a cello bag or Hagner, that you then placed in yourself.  They are now for each set, all printed on a page of gummed paper, with extra design all around them, and perforated within that A4/Quarto sized sheet.  Each page is like a huge A4 size Souvenir Sheet essentially!   So to swap these over by PO, would mean all the completed Year Books had to be destroyed, new pages for that error set printed, and then the entire book totally re-printed again, and that page newly bound in.  WEEKS of extra work.  As the error was not noticed until almost the on sale date, it was WAY too late for all that, as books are bought heavily each year as annual gifts, and in recent years, sell out very fast.  The CORRECT stamp wording was on course on stamps in all the PO packs, on FDC, and in usual mint form etc.  Tons more detail on these here - www.tinyurl.com/Glen1-21

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

Even single copies used on scruffy covers mailed the year after issue, are getting $160 - tinyurl.com/ArtError  Every book or block I sell has added free, the CORRECT MUH version of this $1.10 stamp included along with it, that I managed to source separately!   I can supply just the “Country Name Missing” error Block 4 as shown above here, which was on front cover of “Stamp News”, (and the normal  correct $1.10 stamp) for $A175  MUH and/or central VFU  - Stock 583KQ - please specify WHICH, or mint will be sent.  MUH AND VFU blocks 4 are just $A325 (Stock 583KB Or a Block 4 on Dec 1, 2020 FDC cover, with error block, and a normal single stamp, side by side for $A275 (Stock 583KB)  - you can later hand write or sticker your name on it if required!   Only managed to do a very few FDC.  OR secure all three of these options above, and save $75, (MUH/FU/FDC) for $A525 (Stock 583KV).  Or, the hand numbered by PO, LEATHER cover 2020 year book (only 6,500 hand numbered exist globally) for $A350 (Stock 583KW) or pristine unopened PO Deluxe album for $A295 (Stock 583KR) 

 

 

 


 

 

ACSC "Postal Stationery" Catalogue - 484 pages, all in colour:  Including Australian Territories,  Latest Edition which updates the first edition of seven years back, incorporating a number of corrections and new discoveries.  In particular, the Postal Cards up to 1936 have been extensively revised, and there are many additions to the listing of Lettercards.  The decimal Stationery produced by the Note Printing Branch is included for the first time.  All prices have been fully updated.  In full colour, 484 x large A4 heavily illustrated pages, perfect bound.  If you only buy one catalogue each decade, whether you are a dealer or a collector, or Auction, you MUST have this.  Detailed review of the first edition was in "Stamp News" - and gives you an idea of detailed content in here - 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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

  

  
 

 

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)

 

 

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