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Do I Have A Rare Stamp? World's Most Expensive?

 
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Posted 11/04/2019   11:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add spaceman to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello,

I've recently obtained a mint block of four Monaco stamps depicting Princess Grace.

One quick look in a catalogue and I realise they might not be worth much. However…

I stumbled across a website showcasing the world's most expensive stamps and in it is they describe something very similar to what I have.

Here's the link: https://findyourstampsvalue.com/rar...ps-of-monaco

The page describes a mint block of four of these stamps in 'fresh black colour' which sold for a whopping $1400. Yikes!! The stamp shown on the page looks more dark grey than black though. Stamp catalogues also describe the stamp as being 'dark blue / grey'. And my stamps are definitely a dark bluish grey colour. See below for a scan of what I have.

So my question is, do I have stamps worth $1 or $1400?

When the site calls the stamps 'fresh black' is that philatelic speak for dark grey? or am I being too optimistic :)

Does anybody here know anything about these stamps or the auction in which they sold for that price? Any help would be most appreciated. :)

Huge thanks in advance.

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Posted 11/04/2019   11:57 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add peterh to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No sorry. These sites that describe the world's most valuable stamps are usually poorly researched and inaccurate.

The Cherrystone lot that sold for $1400 in June 2010 had this description:

1957 Princess Grace, color trials collection of 106 different (!) sheet corner margin imperf. blocks of four (424 stamps), serial numbers 1-106 representing progressive stages of trial color, value tablets black, n.h., printer's pencil notations on reverse, few marginal faults, still v.f. and impressive group.
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Posted 11/04/2019   11:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The drawback is that the illustrated rarity is imperforated, while yours are perforated. Yvert CV for unmounted mint is €0.20.
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Posted 11/04/2019   12:00 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome.
You have stepped into a common hole in our hobby. Rare stamps are just that...rare. Finding a rare stamps is like finding gold or a diamond, the odds are astronomical that you would go into your back yard and find a diamond among all the rocks. Same is true for stamps.

Always work from the assumption that you have the most common stamps; but 'the hunt' can be enjoyable so doing discovery like you have done is a good start!
Don
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Posted 11/04/2019   12:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add spaceman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all for your speedy and knowledgeable replies. :)
The reality is kinda what I suspected.

Thanks Don for your 'assume you have the most common stamps' advice. :)
I've certainly found that to be true many times having recently delved into the philatelic rabbit hole.
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