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Posted 12/04/2016   08:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Jonnybegood to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I commented a while back over the number of high-value Columbians that seemed to be popping up for sale on eBay, and questioned the authenticity of all of them. Today I spotted this item for auction:
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/vintage-usa-...5&rmvSB=true

Pretty scary stuff.

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Posted 12/04/2016   09:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Jonnybegood to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
and this one from the same seller:
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Vintage-USA-...AOSwzaJX-m7N


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Posted 12/04/2016   09:04 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
These were not used to print stamps, they were used for printing other things. Doubtful that they would make a quality fake stamp; much more likely that other modern technologies would be used to make convincing fakes.
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Posted 12/04/2016   09:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Akn 564 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
These were type blocks used by Scott to prepare the Scott catalogues in the past. I recall that Scott offered them for sale some years ago. My brother-in-law woked for Amos Press at the time, and obtained a few for me.
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Posted 12/04/2016   10:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Hal to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
AKN564 is absolutely correct. These "print blocks" were used to print Scott Catalogues and are newsprint-line screen print capable. (appx 66 dpi line screen). It's the same old story "caveat emptor."
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Posted 12/05/2016   07:10 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No one would ever mistake something printed by one of these blocks as a real stamp. They're likely not even the same dimensions as the actual stamp.
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Posted 12/05/2016   08:09 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jkelley01938 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Gee, I just put the whole set in my album. Only cost me $9.95. Now you're telling me they are fakes?

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Posted 12/05/2016   08:50 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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... They're likely not even the same dimensions as the actual stamp ...


Not only that, but the prints would be missing the little scalloped edges that go around the sides of every stamp.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

No emoticons were harmed in the drafting of this satire.
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Posted 12/05/2016   10:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Jonnybegood to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the insight. The seller does mention that the size of the print would be slightly larger than the real stamp
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