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Netherlands WW2 Mint Sheets- How Are These Valued?

 
 
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Posted 10/16/2019   07:44 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Wigeon44 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A friend's father brought home to Canada about 50 sheets of mint stamps, 50 stamps per sheet, from Holland after the war. These include Scott # 245-261, 217, 266 and 277. The individual single MNH stamps are all common with so many printed and valued at 25 cents each in Scott. How are mint sheets valued for the Netherlands in this era? I can find nothing in Scott or online about this. I know some collectors specialize in this area so would appreciate your feedback so I can advise the owner. Many thanks! Apologies for the poor quality photo of a corner of one sheet taken to ID his stamps.


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Posted 10/16/2019   08:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Johan Buvelot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The stamps of this series are unfortunately low in value even in sheets.

A lot of these sheets were bought during WWII by blackmarket dealers to "park/wash" money.

The stamps became invalid from 31 May 1946.

The blackmarkets dealers were unable to sell the sheets before 05/31/1946 because no one wanted to buy stamps, a meal was more important(I suspect that your friends father traded some cigarettes or chocolate for the sheets).

So a lot of sheets hit the markets in the following years. And a lot of material on offer means a low price. This never changed through the years.

They do look attractive when framed.

Kind regards,

Johan.
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Posted 10/16/2019   08:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wigeon44 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you Johan for this interesting stamp history after the war in Holland. I'll pass on the information. He will be disappointed but will continue to value the carefully preserved sheets for their rich colors and design beauty, as well as being a link to the memory of his father.
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Posted 10/16/2019   09:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wigeon44 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Johan - have you seen any of these sheets on sale recently on eBay or other sites? If there is still a lot of this material out there it should be common in various online sale sites but I haven't been able to find any. If you are aware of any resent sales please advise so I can pass along to my friend. Many thanks again-- Rick
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Posted 10/16/2019   09:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wigeon44 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I found a sheet of the 4c stamp for sale on eBay along with a few coins asking $16 so guess this is he ballpark value though they are not yet sold!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/WW2-era-Ne...AOSwR5BbB2-r
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Posted 10/16/2019   10:12 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Johan Buvelot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have taken a look at some recent sales here in the Netherlands.

They average around 5 euro(approx. 5.50 us dollar) per sheet.

I believe that to be a fair market value for over here.

Supply and demand in other parts of the world will most likely be different.

Johan
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Posted 10/16/2019   1:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wigeon44 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks so much Johan.
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