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Expertizing Mark On Syria Classic (106c)?

 
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Posted 04/06/2021   11:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add gvol21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
As a Big Blue collector, and after many years of searching, I was pleased to pick up an ever-elusive Syria 106c, the (in)famous error overprint, on Delcampe. Looking at the reverse, I noticed an interesting marking in the lower right corner. Any ideas as to what it might be? I was thinking perhaps an expertizing mark, but no idea.

Scanning this list of expert marks shows a "VR" (Victor Robert) as a possible answer, but this looks more like a "VK" to me, although perhaps the top of the R never transferred? https://www.filatelia.fi/experts/areass.html

Appreciate any thoughts/insights!
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Posted 04/06/2021   11:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If you want sound advice ----Package up that stamp and ship it to Floortrader-Florida with your copy of the invoice and you would get a no questions asked refund .Trying to help you out .

It could be a ownership mark . Nice find ,a stamp I been looking for .
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Posted 04/06/2021   11:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It could be an expertizing mark, but could also just be an owner's mark. In Europe back in the last century it was customary to mark stamps, especially if trying to sell them in circuit books


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Posted 04/06/2021   12:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Unusual that the ovpt. reads so well from the back.
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Posted 04/06/2021   1:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gvol21 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting - I wasn't familiar with the concept of an owner's mark before. Thanks.

perf12 - are the overprints usually less legible from the back?
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Posted 04/06/2021   1:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Please show us the front as well. Thank you.
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Posted 04/06/2021   3:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gvol21 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sure thing:
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Posted 04/06/2021   5:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1840to1940 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This thread made my day. By way of a little background, this stamp is the most difficult space to fill in the Scott International Volume 1 ("Big Blue"). As an error, it has no business being in the album. It was also in the Brown International where it didn't belong, either. Fortunately, for collectors' sanity, the variety disappeared when Scott created the Specialty album pages for Syria.

And, if anyone ever finds a used copy, I hope you will post that find.
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Posted 04/06/2021   6:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There is also a postage due (Chiffre Tax) stamp SC J31 2.50 instead of 3pi on 50c.
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Posted 04/06/2021   6:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Congratulations!
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Posted 04/07/2021   11:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gvol21 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks! Definitely feels good to have one of the harder spaces filled.
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Posted 04/07/2021   1:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Maury - from a few years ago - prices this at 80 mint. What are Americans actually paying for it?
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Posted 04/07/2021   2:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There is one mint on delcampe Italy for 40 euros.
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Posted 04/07/2021   2:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting. I enjoy French colonial stamps, and I'd certainly keep this if I picked one up, but I shouldn't go out of my way to get one.
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Posted 04/07/2021   3:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gvol21 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
GeoffHa, interesting - both Scott and Y&T value it $200+ both mint and used. Probably of middling interest to many, but as 1840to1940 pointed out, for the folks out there trying to complete the Scott International 1840-1940 album (see http://bigblue1840-1940.blogspot.com), it's probably the hardest stamp of the 30,000+ to acquire as the album editors (mistakenly?) gave a space for it in the album despite it being a rather obscure error that comes on the market infrequently.

It's not the most expensive in terms of CV - I think that honor goes to US Scott #2, which is actually absent in my version of the album.
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