stamphunter1 - I'm curious to know more about how you selected an auction house and expertizer. It seems to me that nearly everyone who responded to your initial post thought that this stamp was potentially a very rare classic stamp, and that, 1) Siegel is widely recognized as the leading auction house in the US for this kind of material, and 2) the PF, because of its extensive reference collection, is particularly well equipped to expertize this stamp. You seem to hint at some distrust and wondered if Siegel and the PF might be working together. I don't think you'll find many experienced collectors in this country who share your apparent distrust. In my experience the integrity of both has never been in question.
What you whant to say that's my fault that they certified it used? That's what you are likely to say. I don't get it. PF and P.S.E are impartial and don't give a dam what I and the auctionhouse have agreed.Did you know how difficult it is to find an auctionhouse that propose overcontinental insurance for shippment withouth that the stamp is already certified? That was the point because I choose Harmerauction. Because they proposed me insurance against theft and lost.Because Charles and the experts from harmer were confident that it would certify as unused and foremost Scott from p.s.e (s. also preassesment below of the stamp sent to my email in february 2020 from Scott p.s.e.) Every sane person would take into consideration insurance for this (with 20-50k scott value). Now with this certificate it's maybe worth a few hundreds. Siegel didn't offer me this so I choose Harmer just as simpel.
(if I had known last winter that in the USA imported stamps didn't have custom duties I would have been the first person to boarding a plane and hand it over personally to the PF or p.s.e..and after the certification was done and the stamp would be unused to place it on the account from Harmer or Siegel to pick up.
What should my behaviour exactly affect the stamp if it will be certified used or unused?
First I said to Charles that it would be logical to give the stamp to the p.s.e because Scott already gave a positive feedback. The philatelic foundation have not respondet me clearly if it's worth to certify the stamp last winter when I requested via email abouth the stamp in question. Scott from p.s.e did and very quick. But I said to Charles that he could also give the stamp to the PF for certification. But they were busy because of the Corona issue so he has sent it to the p.s.e.
You seem to hint at some distrust and wondered if Siegel and the PF might be working together. I don't think you'll find many experienced collectors in this country who share your apparent distrust. In my experience the integrity of both has never been in question.
You don't get it I never ever have distrust against Siegel and PF. THEY DON'T WORK TOGETHER...don't have to turn my words around (I never said that)...and actually what would be wrong if they work together and I give the stamp on consignement to Siegel and then they certify it by the PF..?I would only win as a client. Why should I have disadvantages if they would work together and one hand washes the other? I doesn't make sense what you are saying.
It was the insured shippment (from the insurance of the auctionhouse of harmer) because I choose Harmer instead of Siegel.
I have reviewed the images you sent and I am fairly certain it is likely unused and it is likely a 28b. Color and usage are extremely difficult to be sure of from images, but the stamp looks fairly fresh (meaning a good chance it is unused) and the color is vibrant. I can't be 100% positive on the shade until I examine the stamp, but it appears to be 28b to me.
I hope you will consider sending the stamp to PSE for a certificate in the near future.
Scott Murphy, USN Ret.
President, Professional Stamp Experts, Inc.