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Re-Perfing - Is It Really Worth It?

 
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Posted 01/20/2020   10:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Batessa to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
One of the most recent discussion had talk of re-perfing and certs. I had a question for the guru's. Is it now easier to detect manipulation of stamps because of better technology? Or is it just that the technology is more widely available? I'm one of those that inherited a pretty cool collection from his dad. I find the issue of re-perfing fascinating. Why do people re-perf? To fake a certain stamp? To better center a stamp? Does it really have a significant financial impact on a stamp? Does anyone have really good examples of before and after or bad examples?
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Posted 01/20/2020   11:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Why do people re-perf? To fake a certain stamp? To better center a stamp? Yes to both. And just because most collectors don't like straight edges. And reperfing is an old crime, it has been done for over 100 years.
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Posted 01/21/2020   12:16 am  Show Profile Check pascoe's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add pascoe to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In addition, I think re perforating can be done to conceal a fault affecting one side of a stamp.
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Posted 01/21/2020   12:50 am  Show Profile Check cfrphoto's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add cfrphoto to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Short Answer: Start here in the Philatelic Hall of Shame:

https://www.hgitner.com/vPages.asp?...ted%20Stamps

https://www.hgitner.com/vPages.asp?...aked%20Coils

Also check the Philatelic Foundation web site:

http://www.philatelicfoundation.org...d-forgeries/
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Posted 01/26/2020   02:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DrewM to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great links. Enjoyed reading those, cfrphoto.

One reason for reperfing (or just perfing) a stamp is that a collector wants the stamp to look better. They may be thinking it will remain in their collection all their life without giving thought to how it may someday be sold and cause confusion. I've looked at stamps with straight edges and thought how easy it would be to add some perfs -- if I knew how to do it, and if I weren't the honest person I am.

The problem doesn't come from the natural instinct to "tidy up" a stamp which we all understand, I'm sure, but from the fact that some stamps are altered into what appear to be much more valuable stamps. Crossing that line can get very uncomfortable.
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Edited by DrewM - 01/26/2020 02:27 am
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Posted 01/26/2020   09:26 am  Show Profile Check cfrphoto's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add cfrphoto to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sadly, most reperforated stamps are unnatural looking and ugly.
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Edited by cfrphoto - 01/26/2020 09:34 am
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Posted 01/26/2020   09:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Many fake roulettes can be downright hideous.
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Posted 01/26/2020   11:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice articles - the one they have on regumming is good too.
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