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Posted 06/22/2022   1:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
if this set of stamps "disappear ", other than all of us who read the explanation above as to what they really are . I believe most dealers and collectors will view them as some kind of home made computer overprint so you will find them most likely listed as forgeries or in the Cinderella sections on the internet .
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Posted 06/22/2022   1:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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if this set of stamps "disappear ", other than all of us who read the explanation above as to what they really are . I believe most dealers and collectors will view them as some kind of home made computer overprint so you will find them most likely listed as forgeries or in the Cinderella sections on the internet .


There was a brand new (Feb 2022) BPP cert with them, so if the package makes it to a dealer or collector intact, there's little chance of mistaking them for a forgery.
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Posted 07/04/2022   9:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Boxcar1954 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My overseas involvement started during the depth of the COVID pandemic, staffing was short, transit time long. I have had similar lengthy delay at NY ISC, but the items eventually showed up. USPS tracking generally not helpful. I have noticed an improvement in transit times in the last 90 days
I have found that the larger auction houses, at least, will ship DHL Parcel or FedEx (I too experienced the DHL Packet/USPS move) if asked at the point that they send the invoice and you pay them. Sometimes this costs money which they add to the bill, but am glad to pay it if I have gone to the trouble of bidding in an auction.

I recall my own frustration when lots appeared to be lost. I know how helpless one feels when there appears to be neither accountability nor a means to inquire. I wish you good luck in this.
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Posted 07/11/2022   9:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
An update -- this lot never arrived.

However, they've now managed to lose another one. A postcard worth about $5,000. This is getting really old. More irreplaceable philatelic history lost to USPS incompetence.
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Posted 07/11/2022   10:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My offer remains open Postmaster,
All my mail to SCF members in US and Canada getting through OK

There seems to be perhaps something in / on the packaging that alerts these
ne'er-do-wells,
Perhaps try to me with a low value item first.

Hope they arrive later as a surprise!

Just sent a package to Eli in Israel
my Postmistress suggested mail was not being processed to Israel
but she wasn't sure.
No returns as yet.


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Posted 07/30/2022   5:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Look who decided to make an appearance today.

Luckily, the auctionhouse was slow in issuing a refund, so all's well that ends well without any additional effort.

The tracking record's a keeper, though:

I filed a missing mail request back on 21 June, but the USPS hadn't even started searching yet. Guess it just took forever in Customs.
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Posted 07/30/2022   5:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow! and Congrats! That truly is a beautiful set, and you can have a great weekend now!


Peter
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Posted 07/30/2022   5:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add JLLebbert to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Congratulations, indeed!! An absolutely beautiful set.
I, too, would have given up on delivery after 3+ months.
This year marks the first time in a dozen years that an item I purchased has been lost in the U.S. mail. There have been numerous slow deliveries over the past couple of years, but thus far all but one has eventually landed. My very small loss was refunded by the seller and was of no significance anyway.
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Posted 07/30/2022   6:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add RXC to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice to see a happy ending! Beautiful stamps and according to your earlier post, quite rare. I am glad they found their way home.
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Posted 07/30/2022   7:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great news Postmaster! That tracking should be mandatory reading in logistics courses to show how not to move something efficiently.
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Posted 07/30/2022   11:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Now when will the $5K postcard arrive?


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I recently had a parcel from Germany via DHL languish in Customs for over 5 weeks before finally making its exit


Seems the clearing process is now up to 9 weeks.
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Posted 07/31/2022   07:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It really seems to be random. I had 5-6 lots reach customs after this one and clear in a couple days. The missing postcard has now been there about 6 weeks.
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Posted 07/31/2022   08:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Congratulations that they finally made it .
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Posted 07/31/2022   2:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add WheatCent to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very glad to hear this PostmasterGS! Wishing you the best of luck with the postcard, hopefully that clears out soon.
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Posted 08/08/2022   7:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And now the postcard arrived. It was in customs for about 6 weeks.

For more on why this postcard is rare, see this thread.
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