A few days ago, I was browsing the newly-added lots in a particular section of the ol' 'bay.
I came across a very small collection of some "Cinderella" stamps, along with two partial panes of some Easter and Christmas seals.
The seller included a "Best Offer" option, probably figuring, that if he was lucky, someone might offer an amount a bit less than what he was asking.
And oh yeah, shipping was free!
Once I identified one of the shown (but not described in any way) stamps, I offered an amount nearly double what he was asking. But the amount was far, far less that what I was actually willing to pay.
It took about fifteen minutes for him to accept my offer.
Why did I buy this lot? For just this one stamp. But why?
This is the 'bay image:
This is the stamp:
Way back in 2007, I released a little booklet that dealt entirely with college and school stamps. It's still available and can be found here:https://www.ebay.com/itm/Drummond-J...352513538432
In the process of researching my book, I was able to make contact with a number of dealers and fellow collectors that were also interested in this niche area. Many of the items that were included in my book came from these sources.
At no point did any of them have any knowledge of the item shown here.
I was also able to get a photocopy of George B. Sloane's personal notes and collection of these business college stamps.
He described, but did not illustrate this school, as follows:
"Commercial" (top), "Kennedy's" (left side), "College" (right side), "Postage" or "Revenue" (bottom). 2c rose lilac, young girls portrait with floral decoration around head "revenue."
3c rose lilac, Washington head to left "postage."
I repeated his description in my book, but unfortunately without any illustrations of the stamps.
I did note in my book that his description closely matched another school's stamps, one of which is here:
These Spalding stamps are also quite rare.
So, even though the stamp that I bought is clearly quite damaged, it remains to be the only
copy that I've ever seen in the last half-century of collecting these odd stamps.
You could say that this purchase not only made my day, but probably my decade!