I was just settling down to get some housework done this morning, and the phone rings. It's my local stamp dealer, who tells me "I just put out some of those stockbook lots you really like... but be prepared, they're messy!"
Messy stockbook lots? Sure, I'm in.
Boy, when he said "messy" he wasn't kidding. At some point along the way, someone either shook these stockbooks, or made the dain-bramaged move of putting them on the shelf upside down (not good).
Still, it was 5 stockbooks of (mostly) classic era materal, tens of thousands of stamps, for $110. How could I say no? While nothing jumped out as being worth megabucks (but who could tell?), there will be plenty of fun hunting for watermark and perf varieties, not to mention SON cancels, which is my real reason for accumulating these type of lots.
The makeup was:
A small stockbook of Denmark
A small stockbook of Great Britain
A small stockbook of Ireland
A large stockbook of Denmark
A large stockbook of Netherlands
I didn't photograph all the pages, but the pics below will give you an idea of the incredible mess. This will provide many MANY hours of eye-straining fun at some point in the future.