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What Aspects Of This Parcel Tag Caused It To Go So High?

 
 
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Posted 09/02/2018   09:29 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add revenuecollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I was anticipating this listing to wind up in the $25-40 range, and bid accordingly, only to be completely blown out of the water with the listing ending at $139.

What aspects of the tag caused it to go that high (as far as you can tell)? I was obiously interested for the revenue stamp usage. Revenue stamps paying the tax on parcel tags, while not common, are not particularly scarce/rare. Was it that factor, or is it the particular Washington-Franklins used, the dreaded "bidiot effect", or something else?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/UNUSUAL-DO...43663.l10137

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My guess is the higher value W/F combo. Parcel tags are usually donned with Prexies or 4th bureau stamps and these are easy to source. I recently saw a single $1 Franklin on parcel tag go for around $150. I have a couple from the 1800's that I've been waiting to part with but can't find comparable sales to estimate value.
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Posted 09/02/2018   7:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cjpalermo1964 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
To help those of us who are not revenue specialists, does the tax apply to the tag itself and if so why, or the contents of the parcel?
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Posted 09/02/2018   8:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There was a tax on parcel post for some years around WWI. And they are scarce on cover or tag. I am not at all surprised that it went so high.
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Posted 09/02/2018   8:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And the person who won it only bid once, so his bid was higher still.
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Posted 09/03/2018   2:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here is the one I was referring to. Now I see it's a cartel listing so all bets off on value.






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Posted 09/03/2018   2:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That is NOT a cartel listing. US Stamp Shop is one of the best, most honest on eBay. A brick and mortar dealer as well.
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Posted 09/03/2018   2:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I was afraid of that after I posted it and couldn't find association to the cartel through searching here. My humble apologies to US Stamp shop.
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Posted 09/03/2018   3:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Solo use of a $1 is not a common item. On cover cat for 518 is $550, so the price seems reasonable.
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Posted 09/03/2018   3:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am a fan of us_stamp_shop on eBay but am not aware of a brick & mortar store (Phoenix?) Please advise.
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Posted 09/03/2018   4:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Gary had a store and I am trying to remember exactly where in AZ. He was a member of USPCS as well. I will post when I find the info.
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