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My First Half Pound Bag What A Shock

 
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Posted 09/18/2008   2:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add mkfarm to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
So I'm in the South Hills south of Pittsburgh and I stop at a stamps store to pick up some mounts. I notice they have three half pound bags of stamps for $9.00. So I bite and buy one, what the heck it is only $9.00 dollars.

To my surprise the bag is fill with all old stamps. The 2 hour drive home is a blank as I started going through the bag while driving. Not a good thing to do but I made the trip home without hitting another car.

Some of the things I found include the CU222 George Washington with the Cuba over print. Three different Nebraska over prints. Several 1870 to 1888 Bank Notes that include the Franklin 1 cent, Jackson 2 cent and the Jefferson 10 cent stamp. I had tons of the carmine or red 2 cetn Washington and about drove off the road when I noticed one had the Cap on both 2's.

In addition there a few Lincoln 222 and Grant 223's along with the 1cent through 8 cent Columbian commemorates. I even found the 401 perforated 1 cent Balboa.

Since these are mostly still all on paper I have many very interesting cancellations which include many full barrels and dates stamps. I have a very nice Grand Central Station cancellation. I remember the oldest date stamp to be in the 1860's but I still have to find the stamp it was on.

I have only touch the surface because most of these stamps are from the 1930's back into the 1800's and many are stuck together so I will have to soak them to find out what they include.

The mix also included several old Canadian stamps along with a handful of foreign stamps.

I was expecting a bag full of modern day stamps and if I had know they were this old I might of bought all three bags just for the fun of finding out what is inside.

I hope to go through the collection in more detail as the days pass but for ow I have to get some work down to pay the bills. I just thought I would tell you about my pleasant surprise on my first kilo purchase.



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Posted 09/18/2008   2:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sfgoda to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What a great find! You'll be busy for a while.
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Posted 09/18/2008   6:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rlorenz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Mk

Sounds like you got a good deal for 9.00, enjoy going thru your find
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Posted 09/18/2008   8:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Can you pick me up a bag?
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Posted 09/18/2008   9:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add laswabbie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow - what a find! I think I might give the guy a call and make arrangements for the other two bags!
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Posted 09/18/2008   10:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mkfarm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm very happy with my purchase today and to tell the truth it was a very last second decision. Frankly I just needed some mounts. I had asked to see there stamps between 1 and 500. I was looking for some of the cheap MNH ones. I didn't really see any that I liked or where in my price range. I almost bough the big head Jackson but didn't really want to part with $50 for it.

So I gave them my credit card for the mounts but a fax was coming in so I had to wait. I saw these white bags setting and I said what the heck the girls will have fun soaking some stamps. So I bought one of the three figuring I would get mostly 170 to current stamps. What the heck even if they were total junk it would be a cheap thrill for the girls.

Now sure they are used but I have found more than enough great stamps to make this one of the most exciting buys I have ever made.

I'm going to make a trip back to buy the two other bags but that won't be until next week. If they are there and they contain the same stamps I will consider giving some of them out including the better ones.
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Posted 09/18/2008   11:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modern_who to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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My first half pound bag what a shock


Your title made me think your purchase was disappointing. Far from it, I see. You're making some people here drool!
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Posted 09/19/2008   12:12 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mkfarm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It has been fun and for sure I have more than my invested $9. I have been going through these pretty late tonight. What makes it fun is that I didn't have a lot of these stamps. They include a lot Franklins & Washingtons. I found some stamps that have to research because I don't collect in those areas.

What it boils down to is a lot of fun because because I hit the sweet point for the type of stamps I like.
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Posted 09/19/2008   07:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rlorenz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
MK
I have to take a trip to Ohio this weekend and will not be far from Pittsburg, Is your store easy to find?
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Posted 09/19/2008   08:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mkfarm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Check your email Rick.
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Posted 09/19/2008   08:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add David Giles to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sounds like you got a lot of fun out of that nine dollar bag os stamps.

Good show!

David
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Posted 09/19/2008   10:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dianne Earl to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
MK

Let me know if you end up with duplicates of some of the older ones.

I'd be happy to buy them from you.

Dianne
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Posted 09/19/2008   2:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mkfarm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Dianne, Dianne, Dianne like after you offered and mailed my daughter some stamps like I'm going to charge you. I was planning on including some of them along with the FDC's I told you I would give you.

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Posted 09/19/2008   6:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dianne Earl to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks a bunch Mk

It's probably the only way I'll get some of the older ones.

Dianne
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Posted 10/04/2008   7:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nuggethill to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Good on you mate Its good to see this good fortune still around regards Harry
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Posted 10/28/2008   11:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dianne Earl to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
MK Recieved the latest lot of stamps you sent me and as usual they are wonderful. Can't wait til the snow flies and I have time to do some soaking

Dianne
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