Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Leonardo da Vinci Prestige Pane


Having Heard the news that the Machins from the Leonardo da Vinci prestige booklet which will be issued in February this year would be coded M18L I was a little disappointed. I recalled that the 5p value had already been issued on the prestige RAF pane in February of last year, so it would not be a new stamp.

I then remembered something That Ian Billings wrote on the Norvic Blog. Below I have coppied the text from his blog and re produced his image of the RAF 5p.


The missing or hidden P can be seen in the image above

Oddly the 'P' in the MPIL is very difficult to see, under the phosphor, leading some to suggest that it is not there. He later  updated his post and informed readers that something was amiss".

Ian updated his post with this report.     

 " Stanley Gibbons catalogue editors have decided that the P is actually missing, so have given these a separate sub-number not because of the year, but because of the missing P. 

He informs us that "the 2p is U3071d, the 5p is U3072f, and the £1.17 is U3084a.  This means that even collectors who don't distinguish by year code, will want these stamps because they have a separate catalogue listing"

We keep saying it collecting Machins can be complex, but if you are a Machin buff like most who read these pages,  never boring.  Ian has uploaded the image of the da Vinci Machin pane. You can view  it here

Many thanks  Ian, this means that the 5p value together with the 10p and £1.55p values will after all be new a value although the 5p value was already issued with the 2018 coding. the missing P, or hidden P makes this so.

A big thank you to the viewers who have bid on my eBay items,.  Re the pre decimal 5d stamps with missing phosphors they all got sold, no one requested them via email, so they all went to auction.

Several bids have now been received on the punch booklet mentioned in my last post, which is still listed together with another and they both finish today.

If you missed the miscut 10p booklet with the neck flaw that I wrote about and listed some time ago, I can now inform you I have found another. This is now on offer on my eBay site as a buy it now item. This may be your last chance to get a copy of this miscut flaw, so if it takes your fancey...!

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Trending On eBay


Now that the Christmas and New Year period is over on line stamp auction sites that list and sell stamps are starting to get traffic and a few bids once again.

This month eBay are allowing members to list 100 lots free of charge. This being the case I have taken advantage and re listed a few lots that did not sell last year. Of the fifty or so listings that I have placed I have received nine bids on 5 items to date, an increase of 15%  compared to my previous attempts in December to sell  my unwanted and duplicate materiel.

Regarding Machin material I have listed a few nice items and a couple of oddities.

One in particular that I am going to plug and share with you is FH23 this is one in the series of the Punch booklets. . Of interest this is the second printing with corrected rates. A unusual and interesting item as it  has high translucent paper showing quite clearly the design from the reverse through the gum layer. More images of this item can be seen on the eBay site.




The bottom image shows the reprinted detail with corrected rates first class and 2nd class. If you fancy a punt on this starting at just £1.95 click on the link above.

Now for my next plug! Whilst on site have a look at my other items, you may find something else that could fit into your collections. Most of my material for sale has a realistic start price.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Couple Jailed For Selling Used Stamps on eBay


Let this be a warning to all those people who sell used stamps for postage on Internet auction sites.

It had to happen, it was just a matter of time. Royal Mail have prosecuted a crooked Birmingham couple who defrauded the company by washing and selling used stamps as new on eBay.  They have both been jailed for two years.

The couple ran the scam as a business for five years. It is estimated that they sold an incredible £443.000 worth of stamps over the period.

The vast majority of sales were to businesses and traders and there were multiple and repeat purchases. The business was so successful they registered it as a limited company called Stampbusters.

Sellers and buyers of used stamps for postage beware, Royal Mail are fighting back!!

You can read the complete report here.