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The 20 overprint in Detail

The 20 Goldkopeck overprint is quite common. Still the forgers did not neglect it and we can discuss the different types of forgeries. This is a genuine overprint on a genuine basic stamp. Please not the blue signature on top … Continue reading

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From 3 to 35 – the 35 Kopeck Overprint

While browsing the “3” Kopeck overprint I stumbled over the description of a second genuine type of the 35 K overprint in Rays Forgery Guide. This is a scan of the front cover. And here is the passage about the 35 K … Continue reading

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Forged Overprints on Reprints

Currently on Delcampe: 10 lots offered by the same seller sharing a common flaw – the stamps are reprints and the overprints are all fake. A rather strong self-confidence probably in conjunction with ignorance of the details of the stamps … Continue reading

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Fake Cancel?

Not long ago I bought this nice letter piece from a seller located in Armenia. The cancel is rare and so I thought the money on this is well spent. The stamp has the secret marks of the genuine print … Continue reading

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You can make a lot of money with fakes…

Again, all basic items are fake. The overprints are crude. They not even look like the  genuine ones. Still there are buyers that do not hesitate to shell out more then $200! I know how hard it is, when you … Continue reading

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Forged Overprints On Forged Stamps – There are buyers!

What have all stamps shown below in common? Well, all the basic stamps are forgeries. Can the overprints then be genuine? Of course not. And they are not. Why do some buyers offer over 100 USD for some of these? … Continue reading

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Ebay Lot with JR Stolow Signature

All these stamps were offered by the same seller. It is interesting to see that the same house mark (J. & R. STOLOW) – which is NOT an expertizing mark – is on stamps with genuine looking overprints as well … Continue reading

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