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Posted 11/13/2018   08:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add revenuermd to your friends list Get a Link to this Message



A delightful offering on eBay by someone who does not know that this is a Philadelphia stamp dealer concocted in the 1920's. Here's the link to the eBay lot:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/302955973391
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Posted 11/13/2018   09:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I saw this too. Back in the 70's one saw a lot of them, but they don't show up much these days.
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Posted 11/13/2018   10:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revenuermd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
revcollector - In the 1970's? You must be old!
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Posted 11/13/2018   10:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I seem to recall that you are not a spring chicken either. :-)
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Posted 11/13/2018   10:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stampman2002 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Okay, this is a new one for me. Can anyone elaborate on the story?
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Posted 11/13/2018   12:00 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There are articles about these in the October 1971 and February 1972 issues of The American Revenuer.

http://tar.revenuer.org/TAR1971.10.pdf

http://tar.revenuer.org/TAR1972.02.pdf

I have a single stamp, as well as one of the bisects on document that I purchased from Richard Friedberg some years ago. I haven't seen any recently. Both were knowingly purchased as fakes.

Interesting pieces of history if nothing else.






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Posted 11/13/2018   12:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revenuermd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Dan- Thanks for digging out the articles in The American Revenuer. So it was 1938, not the 1920's as I originally wrote in this thread. They were initially marketed by Eugene Klein, a prominent Philadelphia stamp dealer at that time. And the whole thing was exposed by another prominent stamp dealer, Phillip Ward. Mike Morrissey's article is a gem.
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Posted 11/13/2018   1:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That was an interesting read. Impressive sleuthing by Ward.

It sounds like there were no consequences for the perpetrator here. Or at least none that were mentioned.
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There were not. Both Klein and Ward were giants in their day. Remember, it was Klein who brokered the full sheet of C3a. Whatever they claimed was likely to be accepted. So if Klein said he got them from a third party no one would question it.
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Posted 11/13/2018   4:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I wonder if those upside down airplanes are real?

ok Kidding.
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Posted 11/13/2018   5:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revenuermd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The eBay lot is no longer available, withdrawn by the person who listed it.
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Posted 11/13/2018   5:41 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Just speculation, but someone here may have contacted the seller and offered to buy it outright. All things considered, the listing price of $9.95 isn't much to pay for this piece, given the history. Yes, it's fake, but it's a fake with a story.
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Posted 11/14/2018   07:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stampman2002 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for flushing out the story. Fascinating!
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Posted 11/17/2018   10:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revenuermd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply



Thought it might be interesting to some of you to show a different document with one of these bogus hand stamps, albeit a less than perfect document. The image resurrected from a buried pile of philatelic stuff.
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Posted 11/17/2018   8:33 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Image isn't showing here.
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Bump

A couple of these are up for auction:
https://stampauctionnetwork.com//B/b9738.cfm

Lot 748 and Lot 751
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