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Posted 11/14/2019   03:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Turntostone to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Does anyone know of a supplier of modern African kiloware,
mainly from West and Central African countries?

Thanks
Gordon
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Posted 11/14/2019   8:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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https://www.nordfrim.com/stamps ... good reputation, but nobody ever accused them of being cheap

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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Posted 11/18/2019   2:53 pm  Show Profile Check KGV Collector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add KGV Collector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
At one time I tried to get kiloware sources from the area mentioned but a couple of larger stamp dealers seem to have control of all incoming kiloware there.

The price for kiloware was extremely high. A high price fixed by only a couple of people. Easily done. They could offer large amounts but the price was the same cost as for a small amount.

Bashed away for months trying to break a deal but could not get a decent buy.
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Posted 11/19/2019   10:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Turntostone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Oh well. Sounds like another good idea that bites the dust.
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To Nordfrim's credit, the quality is quite high, often "bank mix" type quality. They're not like the old foreign mission mixture cloth bags offered in US variety and department stores that had extremely common stamps, each salted with one or two faulty high values. Even as a kid, I thought they were picked over already. Cancels and varieties could be found, but how many of the same Canadian, Indian and Ceylonese definitives could a body want? Still, you probably got what you paid for including time spent. The bag was useful.

Turntostone, I'd set up searches for individual countries (as "used" or maybe "modern used") as well on eBay for notification. Sometimes small lots or groups of covers will show up. Of course, that means wading through lots that might not be useful to you. If you only want stamps from the last year or two, that is a much tougher thing as you've probably already found out.
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Posted 11/19/2019   3:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Q/ How come nobody is suggesting that Turntostone do the simple thing, and sign-up with a new issues service, and collect the CTOs ?

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey (who is building his omnibus African GPU (Genuinely Postally Used) collection one cover at a time)
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Because there'd be none of the thrill of the search and the chase, mon ami. New issue services are philatelic arranged marriages.
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I've never encountered a new issue service selling CTOs much less French Africa CTOs. Other individual post offices like Germany and Switzerland would sell favor-cancelled stamps, yes. I don't know if anyone would buy French Africa CTOs at face plus. It used to be that full sheets (at a very large discount off face) needed to be bought to get CTOs directly.

One could always buy mint new issues, apply them to envelopes, send to the appropriate country and hope they get there and back in good shape.
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Edited by hy-brasil - 11/19/2019 4:58 pm
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