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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 -  
Glen

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

For American buyers, the prices are truly AMAZING - a $A500 stamp below, costs you only around $US385 as I type!  For ozzie buyers, sourcing ANYTHING from overseas is TERRIFYING now, and ebay and Amazon now add 10% GST onto EVERY purchase, AND add it on top of the shipping too.  Buying off me sees you pay in WEAK OZZIE PESOS.  Governments are making cash handouts and offering tax cuts.  Governments WANT you to spend this at retail - and stamps do count!  Stamp prices are BOOMING.  Auctions are recording record clearances and record prices - to which they then add 20% in fees!  NOT from me.  LayBy/Layaway anything you need NOW!    Please stay SAFE.   Glen


 


 

 

**Spectacular ERROR** stamp Block - $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.  These books have never been re-printed.  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!)  It seems clear that official Post Offices were told to return all books they held, in early December.

Even single copies used on scruffy covers are getting $150 -
tinyurl.com/ArtError  Every book I sell has added free, the CORRECT MUH version of this $1.10 stamp included with it, that I managed to source separately!   I can supply just the “Country Name Missing” error Block 4 as shown above here, and on front cover of “Stamp News”, (and the normal  correct $1.10 stamp) for $A175 (about $US132) MUH and/or central VFU on First Day Issue, and/or Dec 1, FDC cover, with error and normal, single stamps side by side (you can later hand write your name on it if required!)  - please specify WHICH, or mint will be sent (Stock 583KQ)  Only a few on hand of each as I type.  OR all three of these options above save $50, (MUH/FU/FDC) for $A475 - about $US360 (Stock 583KV). Or the hand numbered by PO, LEATHER cover 2020 year book for $A350 (Stock 583KW) or pristine unopened PO album for $A315 (Stock 583KR) or 5 superb books, all in the outer PO storage boxes for safe long term storage, for just $A1,450 (Stock 583KT)

 


 

 

Roo 1915 Rare Second Wmk 5/-, Fine Used looker - only $295!:  The scarce 1915 SECOND Watermark.  Fine Used looker for these, with unusually clean cut perfs for this Wmk.  Lovely bright Chrome Yellow colour, and very good centering for these terrors, 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!  Emergency print on the wrong size KGV head watermark paper.  So the Crown A is of course never placed centrally - this one has half of watermark on LH side, as you can see in pic!  With FAR lighter, crisper than usual cancel on these, from tiny, tiny, Riverland speck “SPECIAL - 6 MY :15 - SYDNEY”

These were used on heavy parcels during WWI, and nice lookers are tough to find.  Cancels usually were the heavy ugly smeary mega thick wall rubber types used in MEL and SYD, which on the yellow colour also shows heavily.  CTO copies do not exist, like all other 5/- Wmks, so as to easily secure pretty copies as one can do with the other 4 watermarks.  SG 30, £350=$A700 and ACSC 43b, $A675 for Average Used with no vars - top lookers are touching $1,000 retail these days!   Bought in an estate this week, and clean and flat and fresh, and totally free of hinges and gook and gunk.  Owner had it noted as “Fox Face Roo” - pretty close - you be the judge!  Short corner perf, so out it goes at about half price, to get some money back:  $A295 (Stock 782JP)

 

 

 

1915 6d Blue Third Watermark Roo, well centred *MUH* for $A300:  Top marginal copy, and a hinge in top margin only, thankfully!  Original flat usual slightly honeyed gum for these WWI issues.  ACSC $600 for MUH, and after a century, not many are.  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   Formed around issue time of the stamps, and I am very slowly working through it, and listing up a few more interesting pieces that catch my eye, whenever I get 10 minutes spare, here and there!   Will take me 20 years to wade through it all.  I grab a few now and again, and scan and add them up here.  None of these stamps has EVER been on the stamp market before, in the past Century or so.  You will be the FIRST collector to own it since!  Nice colour, the scarcer Milky Greyish Blue shade. ACSC 19f, Cat $675, and great perfs and centering, with top Jubilee line on margin.  A $675 stamp for just $A300 (Stock 582JQ)

 

 

 

1917 10/- Kangaroo postally cancelled on **THURSDAY ISLAND**!!   Amazing.  Never in 45 years of dealing have I seen a high value Roo used from this tiny little speck up near PNG waters, at the furthest north tip of this huge continent.  A little Philateic mail was generated from there, as it is, and has been, a keenly collected ”cool” location name, thanks to the unimaginative Captain Cook!  I’ve seen common letter rate stamps worth 10c each get $10 or $20 each, due to clear Thursday Island strikes.  This is a rare stamp with ANY cancel, and is missing from near all used collections.  SG 43b, Cat £350=$700 with any cancel.  Full strike “THURSDAY ISLAND - 10 OC : 25 - QUEENSLAND”  Clean and flat and fresh, especially for about a Century old, and free of gook and gunk.  Nice Aniline Pink printing, that shows nicely on reverse.  Juzwin retail $475 for average used with any cancel!  This stamp will be TOTALLY UNIQUE I can guarantee you.  Yet just - $A400! (Stock 753JA)

 

 


 

 

Australia £2 Black and Red Kangaroo, well priced, Good Used:  The ONE stamp missing from near all Australia collections is the “2 Pound Roo”.  They have never been cheap, and they get dearer each year.  Indeed the value of these, generally beats out the inflation rate every year in the past decades.  They were used on heavy parcels, and MOST have condition issues as a result.  Tears, scuffs, creases, thins, or perforation problems etc, etc.  This one is better looking than usual all those respects.  About the lightest cds you’ll ever see on any £2 Roo - often mutilated with smeary KILLER parcel cancels!  NO CTO copies were ever made or possible in the later £2 watermarks, so nice looking postal used, well centred, nice perf examples are highly sought - globally.  Has some small greasy looking transit stain spots that will likely vanish in a wash - too busy right now!  Double this price otherwise.  Well centred, clean and very fresh, and bright colours, and totally free of gook and gunk and hinges etc, so common on these heavy parcel useage stamps - Juzwin $725 for average used with no variety.  SG 138.  Has the seldom seen plate var -   ACSC 58(V)m “Chopped Upper Leg Roo” $A1,300 for usual rough shape.  Bought today in a large collection formed in WW2 - to sell cheap: $A475 (Stock 592KQ

 

 

 

Victoria 1902 KEVII £2 Deep Blue OS, **Fresh CTO**:  A pretty looking stamp as you can see.  Really weirdly, this and same design £1 were the ONLY postage stamps from any state, to issue stamps depicting KEVII!  QV died in 1901, yet until the Kangaroo stamps in 1913, these 2 were the only postage stamps to show KEVII - Queen Victoria was depicted on every other State’s stamps.  If this was the £2 Roo that replaced it, in small OS perfin, ACSC Cat for that is $60,000.  Today’s prices for this stamp is ABSURDOnly 2,000 were perforated OS the ACSC confirms, for UPU distribution, and were NEVER sold to the public, and near all are still in PO Archives globally.  Versus 48,000 sold of the non OS version.  ACSC V130B, $500 - 20 years back, and worth twice that now.  Superb clean-cut perfs for these crude single line perf 12.4 issues.  This a fully Australian Commonwealth stamp - first issued a year after Federation.  THE highest face value Official from any State.  Better States stamp prices are going NUTS in recent times, see - tinyurl.com/GlenFeb19  so secure the key examples NOW, before retail prices keep climbing.  Usual light Melbourne CTO cancel, clean and fresh, and pristine flat, free of hinges and gook and gunk etc, and vibrant deep colour. (Have a superb centred corner CTO 1905 £1 Rose KEVII “OS”, ACSC V126b, of which only 5,200 were made - Stock 753KB - $A275)  This £2 Blue is just $A425 (Stock 564KA) 

 

 



 

 

Hutt River Province full sheets Hoard - Face $4,275, *Retail $9,500* just $A425!:   The very pretty W.A. 1979 Wildflower set of 6, in superb fresh flat MUH sheets. These were issued in the Stamp Boom, and investors bought quantities of many things. These included, clearly!  Someone decided to buy about 1200 sets of these in full sheets. With all marginal printer controls and bars etc which are great and popular specialist pieces.  Face value is $3.60 a set – so FACE alone is $4,275.  He could have bought several mint £2 Roos for that money 41 years back!  And retail is $8 a set = $9,500 as you can on link below.  Bought well to sell FAST, at just 10% of what he paid, and you pay well under 5% of 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 sheets he bought at the same time, if anyone is interested, also at a very low % of retail.

Brilliant lot for someone on ebay to offer per sheet, or in blocks 4 each, or per 100 MUH sets for $200 or so, (you have 1200 sets!) and make a real killing.  More pix here - tinyurl.com/HuttHoard  This Hutt River material is enduringly popular. A few single sets sold for $510 on ebay to many bidders.  See link.  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. $A425
(Stock 417BX)

 

 

 

GB 1876 8d Orange Queen Victoria, most attractive FU on piece:  Bought this in an envelope of kiloware from 145 years back this week, being mail to an oz family that also had several 6d Greys on similar small piece etc, with same cancels.  Still on piece, with a neat, crisp Scottish "131" Edinburgh numeral, being 100% complete. In this era the UK bootheel KILLER cancel mostly obliterated the entire designs!   Being unsoaked, no colour ‘funny business’ or fading, or faded changelings has occurred, as often occurs on this stamp!  SG #156, cat £350=$A700, and in my view, this is 10 times harder to source than most similar cat GB stamps of this era - 8d was an unusual rate.  In my view has great EYE-APPEAL - I love it.  Clean and fresh, and not even a single hinge has been on the reverse in the past 145 years!  You are the FIRST collector to own it since, yet $500 under SG price -  $A195 (Stock 542KB

 

 

 

Australia 1914 6d Engraved Kooka stamp, superbly fresh MUH pair:  This is now way over 100 years old. SG 19 - one of the world's VERY oldest Bird stamps.  Been in Scotland near all its life.  This stamp was single line perforated, i.e. via a treadle sewing machine type primitive apparatus - all perforation lines one at a time, then the sheets were turned around 90°, and the process then repeated.  So the centering is generally absolutely APPALLING on this stamp.  Perfs touching on one or more sides is NORMAL, as you can see from other dealer photos of these.  It was printed on what was essentially coarse blotting paper, so these also thin, and tear, and crease readily.  A stamp missing from near all mint pre-war Australia collections.  Super clean and fresh MUH original gum - was sold to me as MUH, but 1 stamp with the faintest hinge touch, and priced thus.  Totally free of usual gook and gunk, and aged gum, with razor sharp crisp impression, and deep rich colour as you can see.  ACSC $350. This price is only around $US130 as I type this. SG 19.  $A175 (Stock 542KQ)

 

 

 


 

  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)
 
 

 

 

 

Australia 1929 2/- Small Multiple Watermark Kangaroo:  Fresh well centred MVLH – a superior example. ACSC #39, Cat $A300 as very cheapest shade. Good perfs and deep colour as can be seen.  A short lived issues and 100 times pricier than the CofA that replaced this one.  SG #110.   Juzwin retia $225 for average copies. $A200 (Stock 572BL)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Australia 1913 First Wmk 5/- Kangaroo Large “OS”:  Grey and Deep Chrome Yellow.  Very rare stamp.  Been years since I had one, and these are on all ‘want’ lists globally.  ACSC 42ba.  SG 012, £700 = $A1,400.  Neat dated 1914 upright Melbourne cds, that as can be seen, “bleeds” into perfin holes as all genuines must do.  And a well centred stamp for this horror issue.  Printer deliberately placed all badly centered stamps aside, to perforate for the “Free Government Use” and history shows us, he did not care WHAT they looked like!  The industry standard is that for Large ‘OS’ stamps, one adds a 100% premium for better centred, in mint or used - the Juzwin pricelist always stated that.  Usual couple short perfs for this watermark.  Clean and fresh, and totally free of the hinges, gook and gunk, and creases and foxing and thins and tears, that de-devil this heavy parcel useage value from 107 years back.  I have the largest range in Australian of PERF OS used stamps, from the many volume H.F.McNess hoard that I bought in 1980, from Harmers of Sydney.  All formed before WW2.  All watermarks - and in many grades - let me know your wants.  Buy GENUINE material from a trusted source - most on ebay etc is forged.  Better than near all these I have seen, that MOSTLY have the Parcels Branch ugly boxed KILLER heavy inked smeary cancels.  A “Jumbo” attractive stamp, far taller than usual with GORGEOUS deep Chrome colour. $A550 (Stock 713KL)

 

 

 

 

PNG M+U Coll from SG#1 In ‘Seven Seas’ Album, for just $A110:  Many key sets and singles and largely complete, up to about 1980.  High retail, and Estate steal and New Year Special, at just $A110.  THE most popular of all the Aust. Territories - they always sell fast in collection lots.  Not all pages shown here of course - tinyurl.com/UsedPNG  And a page of pre-war forerunners at back. $A110 (Stock 827JH)

 

 

 

James Bendon - "UPU World Specimen Stamps 1878 - 1961" Huge Edition - 534 pages, Hardbound $US115:  A massive new work – the last edition was 30 years back.  Covering the entire WORLD and their UPU Specimen stamp issues.  About 534 pages, 1,800 colour illustrations of Specimen stamps, CTOs and postal stationary etc.  Quality rich Burgundy “leather look” hard bound in UK, in library buckram, with gold tooling.  A superb and comprehensive book of reference - quality printed in ENGLAND - not the usual China junk on acidic paper.  Weight near 3 kilos (7 lbs), all cello shrink wrapped for gift giving etc, and blue silk page markers etc.  MASSES more colour pix of contents here - tinyurl/Bendons

James spent months liaising with Dr Geoff Kellow, ACSC Editor, on all the UPU cancels known on Australia, and States, and Papua stamps etc, and this is the ONLY place all these listings and photos are found in the one place.  Read the glowing REVIEWS of this book from "Gibbons Stamp Monthly" and from the Scott Catalogue/Linns Editor Chad Snee, and others etc - tinyurl.com/BendonRev - My price is $A170, lower than any other Australia dealer, and indeed WAY lower than you can order direct from UK, when high UK postage added.  The prestigious Royal Philatelic Society London recently awarded it the 2017 Crawford Medal, for "the most valuable and original contribution to the study and knowledge of philately published in book form, during the past two years"

I only have a few left from my large bulk discount purchase from the UK, so order NOW if you want it at this price.  New stock WILL be higher, due to the crashed $A.  When they are sold out, they are never reprinted, and this type of book is the type of thing that is eternally sought by future collectors, often at several times issue price.  James is NOT a young man, and told me this is his last Edition.  James was for decades the "go to" man for all World Specimen stamps.  A specialist dealer in this area, I sold him some rare pieces that came my way, including some from a South Pacific nation PO archive.  He saw it "all" over 60 years or more in dealing.  Only about $US100 as I type!  $A170
(Stock 892LR)
James Bendon - "UPU World Specimen Stamps 1878 - 1961" Huge Edition - 534 pages, Hardbound $US115:  A massive new work – the last edition was 30 years back.  Covering the entire WORLD and their UPU Specimen stamp issues.  About 534 pages, 1,800 colour illustrations of Specimen stamps, CTOs and postal stationary etc.  Quality rich Burgundy “leather look” hard bound in UK, in library buckram, with gold tooling.  A superb and comprehensive book of reference - quality printed in ENGLAND - not the usual China junk on acidic paper.  Weight near 3 kilos (7 lbs), all cello shrink wrapped for gift giving etc, and blue silk page markers etc.  MASSES more colour pix of contents here - tinyurl/Bendons

James spent months liaising with Dr Geoff Kellow, ACSC Editor, on all the UPU cancels known on Australia, and States, and Papua stamps etc, and this is the ONLY place all these listings and photos are found in the one place.  Read the glowing REVIEWS of this book from "Gibbons Stamp Monthly" and from the Scott Catalogue/Linns Editor Chad Snee, and others etc - tinyurl.com/BendonRev - My price is $A170, lower than any other Australia dealer, and indeed WAY lower than you can order direct from UK, when high UK postage added.  The prestigious Royal Philatelic Society London recently awarded it the 2017 Crawford Medal, for "the most valuable and original contribution to the study and knowledge of philately published in book form, during the past two years"

I only have a few left from my large bulk discount purchase from the UK, so order NOW if you want it at this price.  New stock WILL be higher, due to the crashed $A.  When they are sold out, they are never reprinted, and this type of book is the type of thing that is eternally sought by future collectors, often at several times issue price.  James is NOT a young man, and told me this is his last Edition.  James was for decades the "go to" man for all World Specimen stamps.  A specialist dealer in this area, I sold him some rare pieces that came my way, including some from a South Pacific nation PO archive.  He saw it "all" over 60 years or more in dealing.  Only about $US110 as I type!  $A170
(Stock 892LR)

 

 

 

 

 

German "Lighthouse" Deluxe 64 page stockbooks, Crocodile skin covers, *35% under retail* - $A65!:  24 carat GOLD cornered stockbooks.  CLASSY!  For the collector who wants the VERY best for their stamps. "OVER 35% OFF RETAIL"  As you can see on link below, Australian recommended retail is $A95 each.  My bulk buy price is over 35% UNDER that!  Offered these in past years and was stampeded with orders.  Made another huge bulk buy, so here we go AGAIN!  Rich, attractively deep grained Crocodile skin style cover, in the 3 colours, with 24 carat GOLD plated corners for long life.  The top of the range style, "DELUXE" - from the very top maker.  The very classiest stockbooks I've ever sold or handled.  Expensive Padded covers, DOUBLE glassine interleaving, quality double linen hinging for very long life and ease of use, and in rich, sumptuous, very realistic looking Crocodile skin leather covers as per many photos HERE - tinyurl.com/CrocSbks  CLEAR strips, not glassine, so you can SEE your stamps - not the cheap cloudy glassine strips as used on many lower cost books, that obscure the stamp designs.  TWICE as thick as most stockbooks sold, 64 pages in EACH.  Popular BLACK pages, so all your stamps look superb. (White pages possible at same cost but nominate that clearly!)  Six Books is a massive 384 storage pages.

That is just $1 a page
- near HALF the $1.75 RRP price of a Hagner sheet even - and the classy Crocodile skin covers, and 24 Carat gold corners are a bonus.  With Hagners, you need to then buy Binders at $25 each!  Taking the price per page up to THREE times these.  For foreign buyers, VERY cheap air shipping to you on cartons of 6 - ask me!  The "Lighthouse" brand is the global market leader - the Mercedes Benz of all makers, and uses carefully selected board, with anti-fungal agents added into there, to keep YOUR stamps safe.  Or buddy up with a friend or stamp club members, grab a carton, and share them around.  THAT makes sense.  Each book is factory clear shrink wrapped for gift giving, and secure moisture proof storage, if you do not use them all now.  Or, if you prefer the thinner usual size 32 page Lighthouse stockbooks, my other offer is here - also great buying -  tinyurl.com/lighthouseSB - for either offer, LayBy/Layaway is also fine. (Note COVID currency adjustment up of 10% on ALL prices on there, these included.)   Buy a box as a gift for yourself - $100 or so a month payment for a few months, and you will be set.  ** For any overseas buyer I can offer VERY cheap shipping on these HEAVY boxes 6 - ask me **.  Retail is $A570 a box - you save around $A180 a box!  $A215 for 3 (Stock 482KX) or a carton of SIX for just $A390 (Just $US250 and cheap foreign shipping!) (Stock 482KW)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

WHOLE WORLD 2018/19 Scott Stamp Catalogue (12 volumes) just A$495 - Save $800!:  2018/19 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue set 12.  These superb 12 volumes cover the entire world of stamps since 1840 in semi-specialised detail - in fact, far more detailed information than the excellent Stanley Gibbons Stamps of the World catalogues.  Unlike SG, Scott includes variations of perforation and watermark, as well as major errors in its equivalent Standard edition. Cost to me A$1,100 plus many $100s in freight just a year or so ago.  The 12 volume set actually cost me A$1,085 PLUS super costly freight ex USA! (US$134.99 each before shipping = US$809.94)!  Cost to you WAY under HALF that A$495 - $A40 a book.  The first Scott catalogue debuted in 1868. For its 150th anniversary celebration in 2018, each volume of the worldwide Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue was divided into two-book sets and this has continued in the years to come.  The result is that each book is noticeably lighter and easier to use.  The Scott catalogues are one of THE most trusted resources used by stamp collectors and dealers alike to identify and value their stamps. The hundreds of new listings, thousands of value changes, and numerous editorial additions and enhancements in each 2018/2019 volume allow you to stay on the cutting edge of the stamp market.  MANY pix here - tinyurl.com/2019Scott

Plus of course, everything is priced in US dollars - and IF you buy or sell on eBay, or deal with other American buyers or sellers, you really NEED to have this essential reference so that you and your vendor or buyer can be sure you are speaking the same language!  Why so cheap? Every year or so, I buy the complete set of Scott catalogues so that I remain up-to-date with US pricing trends for the whole world of stamps. And when I get the new year's edition, I sell off the current one at a hefty discount off the retail price I paid.  So now, I am ready to sell my 2018/19 complete set of 12 Scott world stamp catalogue at way under HALF of the price they recently cost me! Seriously. $A40 a book.  They are pretty much in 'as new' condition as I seldom use them, but I do need to own a set. There are no pen marks or notes, and the spine binding is strong as it was when it was originally printed and bound.  So the lucky new owner of my 2018/19 Scotts is getting a real bargain!  Indeed for some books I bought the 2019 Edition, including the best seller Vol #1 - which has USA and area, and Australia and States etc - $A495
(Stock 792Q)

 

 

 

 

 

Luxembourg 1956 **RARE** Europa set 3, Hoard - Superb MUH.  SG Cat £700=$A1,400, for well under 9% of SG!:  Bought a few sets very attractively this week in an Estate of an old French gentleman, who had bought them off leading dealer BEHR in Paris, as an Investment, some years back.  This is the KEY set to the entire EUROPA Omnibus series, and has always been highly sought.  Mint Unhinged, with guaranteed fresh original gum.  This set is 65 years old now of course.  One of the scarcest mint sets from post-war Europe, and the absolute KEY to any “EUROPA” Omnibus collection.  Bright, well centred, with good perfs, and guaranteed original gum mint unhinged, and will look brilliant in any album, at under 10% of SG.  THREE sets of 3 for the “bottom drawer” - SG cat $A4,200, for just $A350 = just $US260 as I type. (Stock 568UR)  One set 3, SG 607/609, cat £700=$A1,400 - $A135 (Stock 568UQ)

 

 

 

 


 

 

Australia Fifty Years of FDC - Special Gold Foil Postmark *Numbered Limited Edition of 150*, set of *28* Covers!:  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 $100+ 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 $A5.50 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!  FIVE sets of 28 - $A700 (Stock 835JX)  Two sets of 28 covers - $A340 (Stock 835JX)  One set of 28 - $A195 (Stock 835JW)

 

 

 

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)   

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

Melbourne Demons, star signed AFL Football Match Guernsey - $A150:  Do we have any MELBOURNE DEMONS fans about the place?  I buy some strange things, and this recently arrived on my desk along with stamps.  I put $A150 on it - no idea really - no SG catalogue for these!  Get it framed, and it will look great in any Man Cave!  2005 AFL Football match Guernsey (light sweat stain in armpit!) signed by Neale Daniher the Coach, David Neitz the Captain, and Travis Johnstone, Melbourne Club Best and Fairest for 2005.  Signed stuff seems to be in the $500 type price point, for well-known Demon stars -  https://tinyurl.com/AFL500 and https://tinyurl.com/AFL450  This one can go for $A150 to get it sold FAST! (Stock 736JW)

 

 

 


 

 

ITALY 1889 King Umberto 45¢ Dull Green MLH, Cat £2,500 for tiny 5% of SG Cat!:  Bought cheap, and have several other Mint Italy from this era also cheap if you have gaps.  MLH with guaranteed ORIGINAL gum, and the usual centering for this era.  Deep rich original colour, a bargain at a tiny % of SG.  SG #40 £2,500=$A5,000.  Decent shape for 130 years old, and bought cheap, to sell cheap.  Just $US150 as I type this: $A250 (Stock 634EK)

 


 

 

SG 2021 Commonwealth & British Empire Stamp Catalogue 1840-1970 *AIR FREIGHT COPIES*:  This massive tome is usually released in September in UK for STAMPEX.  That show was cancelled of course, and so was the September issue date of this.  Just released in December.  UK retail is £90 plus £45 normal air post shipping to here (which takes 3 weeks lately), as a 3 kilo parcel =$A270.  This Stanley Gibbons comprehensive “Part 1” catalogue covers Great Britain, Commonwealth and British Empire countries, 1840-1970.  The listings include variations in watermark, perforation, paper and printing methods, major shades, watermark varieties, important plate flaws, errors, government telegraph stamps and booklets (all listed and priced).  A truly MASSIVE 780 (A4) pages in full colour.  Save $50 and get it NOW!!  $A220 (Stock 579GQ)

 

 

St. Helena 1934 Centenary Of Colonisation, set 10 fine mint “SPECIMEN”:   In my view, one of the classic KGV Definitive sets – gems of the recess printed Bradbury Wilkinson engraved issues.  Rare mint and never ever seen in SPECIMEN perfins.  As the basic set in so scarce no fakes were ever done of these thank goodness.  SG 114-123, £475=$A950 fine MLH.  SG price is near the same for mint which are 100 times more available than Specimens of course!Specimens were sent by the UPU to 150 member countries for their archives, where they remain to this day largely.   SPECIMEN prices should clearly be £1,500 or so, as they are truly RARE complete.  Show me another set offered ANYWHERE globally at ANY price - there is none! $400 under current woeful SG price -  $A550 (Stock 714AJ)

 

 



 

G.B. FDC 1930s-1960s, SG Cat $3,500 for $A325!  Great Britain First Day Covers collection, FDC 1930s-1960s. SG Cat $3,500 for $A295.  A handy run of the harder to get pre-Decimal era.  Many quite pricey covers in here. Owner has lightly pencilled SG cat values on reverse, using SG ‘Concise’ cat of 5 or 10 years back, so may even be a bit higher now.  Cat then was £1,760=$A3,500   Condition a tad mixed as usual, as these go back over 80 years.  A tough era to source locally.  Many more pix here -  tinyurl.com/PreDecFDC   Bought very well in an estate, and to make room out they go at under 10% of the SG cat!  $A325 (Stock 614AK) 

 

 

 

 

  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)  

 

 



 

Australia 2013 Year Book Mini Sheet Bundle 100, Retail $3,500 - $A175!   What a Bulk Buy!   A guy bought 100s of 2013 Year books seven years back, to get these, and used the rest of the contents on his normal business mail.  The ONLY way to obtain these UNIQUE mini sheets was in the annual book, and 99.99% of them are STILL in yearbook on shelves etc.  I swapped him a few Roos he was missing, that I’d bought cheap, so got these at a very good price.  100 x superb MUH Mini Sheets - FACE alone is $1.20 each, for as low as just $A1.50 apiece!  Next 10% usual postal rate increase (soon!) will be to $1.20 from $1.10.  These are worth $35 Mint OR used, so using these on eBay mail outs will make you a superstar with buyers! Charge $2 post, and you still make money, and will create SCARCE mailing envelopes and have ECSTATIC clients.  They fit perfectly on the normal DL mailing envelope.  Or of course you can do that right now, and still charge a $2 or $3 mailing cost.  Retail is $35 each as you can see.  So these are less than 5% of retail.  Brilliant one to tuck away, or for an ebay re-seller etc. 100 x MUH sheets - Retail $3,500 - For $A175 - (Stock 792KQ) - 200 x MUH sheets - Retail $7,000 - For $A325 - (Stock 792KR) - 300 x MUH sheets - Retail $10,500 - for $A450 (Stock 792KT)

 

 

 

N.Z. 1968 Multicolour Geyser fresh MUH Marginal Block 10:  In over 40 years of dealing, have NEVER seen so large a multiple.  It cost a FORTUNE over a half Century back.  A first class letter was 3c then as we know.  This block hence cost the same as 666 x letter rate stamps.  Using today’s letter cost of $1.30 we have a Buying Power cost here of $865 in 2020 money.  Would YOU spend $865 for a stamp new issue block??!!   Fresh MUH, cat $400 as 10 singles.  One for the bottom drawer, and under half cat. $A175 (Stock 715JK)

 

 
 

 

 

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)    

 

 

 

 

Super rare Tasmania cds cancel “COMSTOCK” - COMPLETE strike just $A500:  Tasmania cds town cancels on Pictorial Stamps have a mega cult following.  Always have had.  Single cancels fetch up to $3,620 - lots of them are into 4 figures each - witness here -  TinyURL.com/Glen01-19  To get top dollar the strikes must be COMPLETE.  And we have that right here - a 100% full strike on piece.  Half a cancel is not good, even if it has town name - the DATE is essential to be present.  Here we have “COMSTOCK - FE 21 - 02 - TASMANIA”  Comstock was a tiny speck of a Mining office on the map, near Western Coast Zeehan, that mined Silver and Lead.  The PO was opened 23 September 1901, and closed March 1903, so clearly few strikes were made, much less survived.  High rated “RRRR” scarcity rating.  Top end Tassie cds on Pictorials are absolutely Blue Chip.  Bought well, so not $3,620, or even $2,000 - but just $A500! (Stock 495KQ)

 

 

 

GB MUH Commemorative blocks coll - 1966 to 1986:  Just the Decimals era ALONE have a face of Ł134 = $A260!  Face Ł134, from 1971 Decimal currency era onwards - and heaps of blocks before that, in the old currency, as you can readily see, as a FREE bonus! Some with Plate numbers, and marginal markings, and ''Traffic Lights'' etc.  In a green "Lighthouse" stockbook - retail $40 new.  A TON of extra pix are here - tinyurl.com/GBDecs   Odd minor blemish here & there as usual on this half century old this era, but a DARN cheap lot ex Estate, at WAY under the face of just the Decimals alone! $A225 (Stock 579SP)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

""  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 books costs the EXACT same shipping as ONE does, so do give it some thought!   Within NSW, 5 books 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)

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

HUGE James Bendon "UPU Specimen Stamps 1878-1961" 534 page Hardbound $A170 (Stock 892LR)

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

Hugh Freeman huge  “Barred Numeral Cancellations Of Victoria”  Now Full COLOUR!  $A195 (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)

Superb 2018 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 "2020 British Commonwealth Cat" - 770 pages hardbound - $A199 (Stock 893KX)

Stanley Gibbons superb "2021 British Commonwealth Cat" - 780 pages hardbound - $A215 (Stock 893JX) 

 


 

 

 

N.Z. KGVI era Hoard of Plate Number and Imprint Blocks, Cat $722. $A225:  New Zealand 1940 to 1962 mint blocks etc.  Campbell Paterson value noted by owner is $722 as can be seen.  I assume that is for hinged and near all these are MUH.  Like here, MUH KGVI has a good price premium.   33 x Plate number and Imprint blocks, strips etc.  Near all are Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co London imprints - a few later era Harrison and Waterlow here, inc 25c Harrison superb MUH Cat $75 etc.  Condition generally looked decent for things often 75 years old.  More photos here - tinyurl.com/PlatesNZ  Try finding these offered elsewhere at ANY price globally in 1 lot!  $A225 (Stock 928BQ)

 

 

 


 

 

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

 

 


 

 

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)
 

  

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

N.Z. 1857 No Wmk Chalon, on Blued Paper FU, 1/- Green SG #6, *WITH* Cert, at UNDER 15% of SG:   An EXTREMELY rare stamp.  On the special blued wove paper, Auckland printing, by Richardson.  Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide repairs or thins etc.  Crisp light “10” numeral cancel.  100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults.  Bright colour, and with close margins near all round.  SG 6, £3,750 = $A7,500, and far superior to any others I have handled, near all of which are defective as you will know.  With totally clear 2010 Colour Photo Certificate - “Genuine in all respects”.  Only $US790 as I type.  UNDER 15% of SG Cat - $A1,100 (Stock 729KAL)  

 

 

 

10 x AP 1989 *LEATHER* Year Books - Retail $1,100 for just $A400!  These cost $69.95 ex the PO = $699.50 cost. - The leather covers and slipcase books, with gold corners, were always $25 more cost from PO than the regular ones - as they are today.  The price of the 1988 Leathers went up fast, and they are still $150 each, and have stayed scarce as can be seen here -  www.tinyurl.com/APyear   So this guy took a $700 punt, and bought these, and crossed his fingers.  The chap bought them to me recently as he was downsizing.  In fact, he swapped me these for a 10/- Kangaroo, that I'd bought very cheap in an estate, so my cost of these was most attractive.  More pix here - tinyurl.com/400APO   The FACE value is near this! Has the new Gardens Definitive trio $2/$5/$10 each. Retail is $110 each = $A1,100, as you can see. Anyway, a steal for someone who wants something unusual, and at $300 UNDER what he paid at PO - 30 years back.  More pix here - tinyurl.com/400APO  $A400 (Stock 673KA)

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Malaysian States KEDAH - Spectacular Error!  1965 Orchids 5c stamp, error ”Black Omitted” - hence no country name, in either the usual English or Arabic languages, or the central Royal Portrait design!  SG #117a, fresh MUH, Cat £325 = $A650.  Pierron catalogue page 561.  Orchids are one of the world’s most collected topicals, and this is about as striking as an error gets on these!  Never seen one before. $A415 (Stock 736QG)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

GB 1840 “Penny Black” attractive used - $A350:  "The World's First Stamp"  Even 2 or 3 margin, common plate number real roughies these days, can cost $100s, as many 1000's are sold to China each year by Gibbons and others, in a large consumer marketing drive, and prices are up.  This one is Lettered "T. A."  with a lightly struck, crisp Vermillion Red Maltese Cross cancel, as you will agree - so much nicer than a usual heavy BLACK MX as most 1d Backs have!   Every collector wants a "Penny Black" on the frontispiece page of their album, no matter what country they collect.  If your initials are “T.A.” - even better!  SG #1G, with Red MX -  “From £425” = $A850.  4 good margins, clean and fresh and flat and free of hinges and gook and gunk and repairs - and now 180 years old.  GREAT eye-appeal, as you can see for $500 less than Gibbons. Indeed less than the price of the current PO Year Album - tinyurl.com/APyear  Insane.  (I always have several lower priced 1d Blacks - please enquire!)  Only $US250 as I type: $A350 (Stock 793LG)

 

 

 

 

GB 1854 1d Red STUNNING misperf. $A70.  Bought this spectacular looking piece from a UK collector who had it on a Stanley Gibbons Strand Stockcard for 60 quid price paid in there.  Date unknown.  I doubt it is worth that, but 60% of that figure seems about right?  SG 17, on blued paper, superb used - cat £35=$A70 as a normal used stamp. $A70 (Stock 492A)

 

 


 

 

 

 

1946 Tristan Da Cunha "4 Potatoes" legendary Local Stamp *MUH* corner strip 3:  Added this famous "Penguin" stamp into stock.  The 1946 Tristan Da Cunha "4 Potatoes" legendary local stamp, created by entrepreneurial local resident, Allan B. Crawford.   A fresh well centred marginal *MUH* strip of 3 from the lower RH corner of the sheet, which all had straight edges along the top and base.  Lots of discussion on that here -  tinyurl.com/1dPotato  Very rare beasts, especially in bright MUH.  Beware the clearly modern crude fakes/replicas peddled on ebay etc.  Pretty easy to pick based on the perf gauge etc.  These are guaranteed the Real McCoy!  Highly sought after by BIRD collectors.  Fresh MUH strip of 3 for about $US290 right now, at $A425 (Stock 294WX)

 

 

 

 

Stanley Gibbons 2018 "Stamps Of The World" Stamp Catalogues 6 volumes $300 under Retail:  The set is $A700 retail locally.  SAVE $350!  To buy direct off SG UK costs you $750.  Buy off me, and pay $350 less than buying discounted direct off SG in UK!  Stanley Gibbons Stamps of the World Vol 1-6, 2018 - THE most useful set in your library!  Scott recently split their World set from 6 to TWELVE expensive volumes, costing locally here, WAY over $A1,700.  If SG do the same next year, you will save a FORTUNE buying these NOW!   A STACK more photos and detail and info here - tinyurl.com/SOW400  BRAND NEW in SG factory storage Carton - mention it at your stamp club - just $A399 (Stock 892JQ)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

France - the massive PEXIP 1937 International Stamp Exhibition Sheet - Superb Centred, mega Fresh MVLH!  These are a TON scarcer than the catalogues would suggest.  Superb mint light hinged only on edge, leaving wonderfully centred unhinged stamps, as can be seen.  Unusually fresh ex Europe, and bright and super attractive, as you can see, and NO faults or thins or foxing on reverse either, as generally found with these huge sheets from 83 years back now, that damage very easily.  And NO creases -  these are huge Hagner sheet size, and near ALL have bends or corner creases.  The 4 stamps on each are beautifully centred as you can see - most are not of course!  MANY are trimmed down to remove outer edge tears or creases or hinge marks etc.  This is ORIGINAL size.  All stamps fresh MUH original gum - hinged only on the very outer edges.  SG Cat £600=$A1,250.  Almost NEVER seen for sale in this country.  Top shelf grade - QUARTER Gibbons - indeed only about $US185 at $A300 (Stock 783JQ)

 

 

  GB 2013 Christmas 1st Class stamp, with quite spectacular Colour Mis-Registration - $A165!:  The most striking error of this type I have seen in any very modern issue.  Especially from the GB, De La Rue printings, who these days have VERY sophisticated computer eye quality controls to detect exactly this type of freak.  From the one sheet of 50 from De La Rue printers, that was discovered showing this error on some units.  Often a spike of electrical outage causes press to “hiccup” for a millisecond, and registration on the roll of paper is slightly skewed - looks like THREE colours are mis-registered here!   Very attractive price as you can see superb MUH - “Christmas On Stamps” is a huge topical, and of course GB is mega popular. A MUH SINGLE as shown - $A165 (Stock 683KT)  

 

 

 

 

 

Pitcairn Island, 1948 Silver Wedding *MUH* Blocks 18!:  THE scarcest Pitcairn stamp by MILES.  Over 40 years ago, I ran 2 facing pages of ads in Stamp News here each month as "The Pitcairn King" and had the world's largest stock - literally.  A tiny place – population only 60 persons.  Never had an airport even.  I bought out all Bill Hornadge’s huge Pitcairn stock etc.  NEVER have I seen a block as large as this.  This issue I sold for $A750 a set in those ads, or 10 sets of $7,000 - 40 years back.  I recall selling one lot of 10 sets to a doctor in Darwin for that price.  This is a superb and fresh well centred margin to margin MUH Block of 18.  These days SG cat is back to £750=$A1,500, but that is on the light side - show me even a BLOCK 4 for sale GLOBALLY .. at any price.  A $12,500 piece back in the day.  Face value was £9 Sterling - a FORTUNE immediately Post War - over 70 years back.   One for the bottom drawer at under just $A45 a set! $A800 (Stock 583JW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

  

 

 

 
 

 

Australia 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)

 

 

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)

 

 

Germany and Berlin etc 1950s. Used on 4 Hagners SG value £1,449 = $A2,900 for $A275!  Good range of early issues - high cat values.  A really nice looking lot, and of course immediate post-war Germany was when the country was rebuilding after the War, and a lot of these had high face values, and those were mostly seen used to places like Australia, where heavy letters and parcels were sent.  Cat $2,900 for just $A275 to move them out - a brilliant lot for eBay re-sellers etc to offer stamp by stamp.  These sell WELL, as they are truly scarce fine used.  MANY more pix here -  tinyurl.com/German-U  Under 10% of SG to clear them - Just $US185 as I type!  $A275 (Stock 346ZR)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

Lighthouse Hagner Albums + Matching Slipcases - BULK BUY DEAL !!:  Made a great special bulk buy of these superb new Lighthouse 4 ring binders, in the most popular selling colours - BLACK and GREEN and matching heavy duty slipcases.  EVERY collector here MUST have slipcases.  Full reasoning on that here -  tinyurl.com/Glen08-19  The Classy deeply padded covers, and FULL size binders to take Hagners, Varios, and any of the many pages that fit the standard 4 ring hole punching etc.  Padded Lighthouse binder incl. slipcase.  A generous size binder format, deeply padded leatherette binder, with quality German made chromed 4-Ring mechanism securely fitted to spine.  Each binder with TWO of the hard clear plastic page turners as you can see, to allow easily access to pages, and fast turning over if required.  External spine decoration of the famous gold bars and Lighthouse logo. Comes complete with a matching leatherette slipcase.  All top quality German made.  The Mercedes Benz of Stamp Accessories.  Album capacity about 50 Hagner/Vario pages very comfortably, of course depending on content of the pages.  For stamp album pages, many more pages.  Factory carton of TEN sets ... all shrink-wrapped ex Factory.   Only ONE carton 10 of BLACK, and one of GREEN still on hand – DISCOUNTED: $A550 (Stock 793HQ)

 

 


 

 

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)

 

   

 

 


 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Australia 1902  10/- Dull Green “with stroke” Postage Due FU:  1902-04 Complete at Base design, Watermark Crown over NSW - inverted, as are all known copies - about 50 exist, ACSC advises.  Free of hinges and gook and gunk, and a rare stamp either mint or used.  Far superior perfs and centering to other values on this monocolour series.  These “with stroke” high values were printed early 1909, all in this Dull Green colour, as the 1902 green 1d, 2d, 5d and 10d were easily confused with the original 1/-, 2/-, 5/- and 10/-.  They all looked near identical at a quick glance, being numeral figures only. i.e. a 10d and 10/- looked nearly the same, until this issue, both being just a large “10”.  This 10/- was issued March 1909, and was replaced, (and unsolds destroyed) near immediately by the 1909 Bi-Colour set, which was in a single printing in August 1909.  Pencil expertised by A. Diena.  SG D61, £26,000, and Scott J37, $US27,500.  Bought well so out it goes at $US2,440 as I type, or $A4,000 (Stock 836HW)

 

 


 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

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) 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

NZ KGV Heads stamps, Imperforate Plate Blocks of 4, just $A99!:  Really lovely looking pair of Plate Proofs in black. The 2d is on a white surfaced quality paper, and the 3d on a more normal WWI era, thinner wove paper.  8 x 100 year old proofs for $A99 - a glass of VERY average white wine literally cost me that for dinner last night!  Clean and fresh and a most attractive pair.  Around $US70 the lot as I type this. $A99 (Stock 572LP)

 

 

 

 

Switzerland 1947 2½ Franc Air corner VFU block 4 with *Doctor Blade Flaw* $A95:  1947 2.50 Fr blue/grey/red Swissair Special Flight, block of 4, well centred superb cds of GENEVA - the special crisp SWISSAIR cancel.  10 Francs, right after the war was an absolute FORTUNE - similar to a £2 Kangaroo in buying power. SG 472, £132 = $A265 as 4 normal used singles!   Has all the margin markings, PLUS a “Doctor Blade” smear of the red ink used on tail of plane, right across the top margin.  Swiss collectors have always liked USED blocks, especially with neat cancels.  Michel Cat. # 479 - Zumstein Cat. # F42. SG 472, £132 = $A265 as 4 normal used singles with no variety!  $A95 (Stock 783JP)

 

 

 

Netherlands 1925 Queen Silver Jubilee Top Value Superb Used:  The 5 Guilden Steel Blue top value, superb used, with small town steel upright cds.  Superbly clean and flat and fresh, and free of hinges and gook and gunk and usual aging.  Superb dated cds from The small village of Oudenbosch - near all cds on top value Definitives are from the large cities.  SG 269 £300=$A600, and a finer copy you will never see.  Have several other FU high value Netherlands Defins, equally well priced!  $A195 (Stock 674AK)

 

 

 

 
 

 


  

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

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

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

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

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

My normal discount retail on these
15 books, as you can see from link above, is $A1,885. (All the later year Leather Books are in stock of course.  I can do a similar bulk discount deal for 2001-2019 etc, or for any other single years you are missing - ask me for my rock bottom price!)  A superb gift idea perhaps for someone?  As always on pricier lots, happy to do a time payment or LayBy system etc - 4 monthly payments of around $350 and these are yours!  To clear this Estate lot fast, out they go for $500 UNDER my retail - a super bargain figure for this ONE discounted set of 15 - near 30% off retail at just -  $A1,385 (Stock 451WX)

 

 

 

 

 

Laos 1954 Golden Jubilee set MUH – SG Cat $870 for just $A200!  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 UNDER QUARTER GIBBONS!  Just $US135 as I type - $A225 (Stock 584JR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!   

 


 


 

*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)

 

 

 

British Solomon Islands 1907 Large War Canoe 2½d Orange Yellow, very fresh pair, IMPERF AT RIGHT:  One of the classic British Pacific stamp issues, with a true global following.  The debut issue, crudely local designed, and primitively produced,  these are far better than usual - clean and fresh, bright deep colour, with white MLH original gum.  Been in Europe near all their life - luckily, as out here they fox badly.  SG 4b is cat £12,000 - the imperf between pair of this value.  One sheet of those were recorded, and only one sheet with imperf at side.  Only a few pairs exist globally.  SG do not list imperfs one side from anywhere, but in this case, they are equally as scarce as SG 4b.  Only $US1,065 right now - $A1,750 (Stock 598AC)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Papua New Guinea 1994
 Rare ‘Emergency Overprints’:  

 

Papua New Guinea 1994 "Emergency Overprints" stamp sets 11 or 20:  I have always had the largest stock of these overprints in the world.  Buy DIRECT from the original "source"!  Thousands of collectors NEED this set to complete their collections, as all album pages on the planet have spaces for them.  Only 45,000 sets were ever printed, NONE were ever sold by the agents, the Papua New Guinea Bureau, or even Australia Post.  Nearly all were used up on genuine commercial mail.  Not discovered by the stamp world until months after all the key values were all used up on mail!  I first reported their existence to the stamp world.  "Set of 11" - SG # 730/740. Michel # 714 -724. Scott # 860/871.  ASC Cat $A420, for the basic set 11 alone.

Definitive sets like the 1967 Anguilla overprints set 16 are already cat at £25,000 mint in Stanley Gibbons - and Anguilla has NOTHING like even 1% of the global collector following of PNG - think about it!  This PNG set has a LONG way to go yet - that seems very clear.  For very detailed and comprehensive background on this issue, with all numbers printed etc - see my special page on these issues:  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    


 

"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)

 



 

 

Adelaide 2016 $1.00 set 6 Mint, CTO in week of issue, "Albino", or on “Last Day Cover” $A175:  The early 2016 Emergency issue of the ADELAIDE CPS set has caused a global sensation, and the set of 6 x 30˘ is fully listed in Gibbons, and already is priced at $A4,500 a set 6 in Renniks, and $2,500 in new Seven Seas “ASC” Cat.  The ‘$1.00’ value in same design issued around the same time is - so far, very oddly, largely overlooked.  Only a small number were sold mint, and I’ve yet to see a single postally used copy of those, despite that being the new postal letter rate.  For many collectors the ONLY cost acceptable way to fill up these 6 spaces on the Hingeless Stanley Gibbons, or other printed pages globally, will be with a set of “$1.00”, so demand will keep increasing.  And prices too.  Ton more discussion of this exciting new issue here - 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 $A195 apieceONE left now – Stock 571GZ) I doubt more than 25 exist globally of these.  No mail orders were accepted, no credit cards accepted, hence very few secured them in person. The CPS machine went back to MEL on that same day for scrapping.  So a double piece of Philatelic History.  Set of 6 MUH - $A65 (Stock 571GX) or 10 sets MUH $A450 (Stock 571GU)  or one set MUH and one set VFU for $A120 (Stock 571GF)   “$1.00 Adelaide 2016” strip 6 with striking reversed ALBINO “Ghost” prints: $A350  Stock 571GC - (Identical 30c strips have sold over $5,000!) or one of a tiny number made of LAST DAY COVERS illustrated above just: $A195 (Stock 571GZ)    
 

 

  

 

 

 
 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

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



 

 

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 Kangaroo £1 Grey, used on parcel fragment - Cat $A4,000 for $A395:  Very scarce use. This stamp is SG 137 cat £275=$A550 used OFF piece!  ACSC lists it on parcel label or parcel fragment as $4,000.  With a “LATE FEE - MELBOURNE” dated cds, most likely on a parcel to the UK, where this piece was for most of its life - bought it off a recent migrant here, who had it is the family collection from before WW2.  For the price you’ll pay for a single OFF piece! $A395 (Stock 859JQ)

 

 

 

 

 

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

Superb piece for any collector of the popular “Olympics On Stamps” topical, which is a major theme globally. Or for collectors of Samoa, which lots of Australians keep, as Australia Post sold their New Issues for decades, nationally, at face value.  Very few issues in the modern era have Imperf at side errors, due to security printer controls. There are several from Australia in this era which sell for FIVE times this sum. The 24c ‘Tasmania Tiger’ Thylacine, ACSC 902b from Australia in this era, imperf 1 side, sells for $1,000s a single etc. $A200 (Stock 582LX)
 



 

 

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)

 

 

 

 


 

 

QANTAS $2 Airbus A380 stamp, totally **IMPERFORATE** Block of 4 just $A60!:  Australia Post a few years back, released just 750 x IMPERFORATE uncut press sheets of these $2 stamps.  You needed to phone a special '800' number after midday, and maximum order was a sheet a person, and they sold out within hours as you'd expect.  All the $2 stamps depict the massive Qantas Airbus A380.  Qantas staffers and aviation collectors keenly seek this sheet as do the 1000s of pure “A380” theme collectors. 

Each press sheet was foil numbered in lower right margin, and also comes with a hand numbered PO Certificate Of Guarantee that only 750 sheets in TOTAL were sold, including all left and right panes. Indeed there were only 375 left pane and 375 x right pane ... both sheets of 12 are marked thus lower left.  This is a Qantas Airbus A380 issue and that is a red hot theme, even for non stamp collectors.  And it is fully imperforate.  It is an 100% OFFICIAL PO issue, and one of the very smallest issues in the post war era.

It was VERY limited, and has remained RED hot - just like the stamp border colour!  I obtained a few by paying folks $100 cash profit to sit on the phone for hours re-dialling until they got through.  Price per IMPERF mini sheet is from $A60 - full details here - with a LOT more photos of all the options and choices on these, even full uncut press sheets 12 available for $A425 - 
http://tinyurl.com/lspm4vf  - I even have a few FDC of these at just $A80 - now THOSE are scarce!  $A60 (Stock 482YL)

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 


 

 

 

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)

 

  
 

 

 

 

 


 

 

VAN DIEMEN'S LAND (Tasmania) 1827, Bill of Exchange Cheque for £100 Sterling - just $A1,750:  Issued in Hobart Town, 11th October 1827, Number 414, payable to Deputy Ass’t Comm(issariat) General Hall, and signed A. Moodie.  On “Magnay & Sons London” double lined watermarked paper, and signed “Geo Hall” on reverse.  Almost identical to the Third Of Exchange example shown in Renniks, from the same year, and has the same two Signatories even, with Renniks Cat $7,500 in VF, and this one is higher graded, XF at least.  105% original, and Guaranteed 105% Genuine.  Scan does it no justice at all really - I’ll redo later as in the flesh it looks SUPERB!  Wonderful condition, and an early piece of our pioneer early history.

An incredibly early official monetary instrument from Tasmania, (indeed for Australia) and in SUPERB condition, especially for something from this region, 191 years old. Hobart was a truly tiny and remote settlement in 1827, and not even a city. Convicts had not yet streamed en-masse from the UK, and the infamous Port Arthur Prison was not even commenced until 1830.  She had no Registry of Deeds in which to record land dealings until 1827 when set up by Governor Arthur, and financial arrangements were not much better, the tiny settlement was left to deal with such issues as best it could.

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

The sailing ships used to carry this “set” are noted by sender in Red at base of the Bill, and are by “Persian” (400 Tons) and “Lang” (556 tons). The return manifest of “Lang” in Jan 1828 under Capt Lusk included "431 bales wool, 193 casks whale oil, 696½ slabs and 190 bundles of whale bone, 90 tons mimosa bark and 55 planks cedar" (!)   Superb condition for something of this nature and age, and one of the very finest of the few survivors. Catalogued $A7,500+ and highly sought after. These appeal to a wide range of collectors - of Banknotes and cheques, early Australian historical documents, and early Tasmania etc. $A1.750 (Stock 693HQ)
 

 
 

 


 

 

 

STAMP SHEET of 10 - Leonadis SAMPANIS, Greece Olympic Medal Winner Stripped by IOC:  2004 Athens Olympics. The Greek Post Office (ELTA) in 2004, decided to copy what Australia pioneered successfully in 2000, and issue an "Instant" digital print stamp for every Olympic medal winner from Greece. In fact the design is VERY similar to the 2000 Australian issues as you can see. Like Australia, at a later date, offset copies were also printed of medal winner stamps.  This idea proved a great success in Greece, and the general public were the ones out there buying these issues for patriotic reasons etc. Only a small percentage of these will ever re-enter the stamp market. The controversial stamp above was issued to honour the Olympic Medal Win of Leonidas Sampanis in the 62 Kilo weight class of Weightlifting.  Sampanis won his medal on Monday 16 August, and the stamps were on sparing sale in limited offices the next day, starting Tuesday August 17.

Sampanis later failed his drug test (twice) and on Sunday 22 August the IOC stripped him of his medal. Consequently, on Sunday August 22, ELTA ordered that all remaining stamps be taken off sale nationally, and immediately returned to their central office and NONE were to be sold. Today these stamps are very Rare as only a handful made it into circulation.  You do that math yourself! Not large numbers at all for any issue much less an OLYMPIC one. Nearly all stamp sales were to the general public, and tourists via this initial distribution. Many were used on mail and postcards as the 65¢ rate covered airpost worldwide.  Bought this MUH sheet in a decease Estate this week. Owner had bought it off Max Stern who sold it for $500 - they are still on sale there as you can see for $A500 - 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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