The last auction from Raritan had some Armenian stuff. Three items and a collection: together four lots. All of them were sold and fetched prices well above the initial listing. This is good news, because it shows the market for Armenian philatelic material is well alive and kicking.
Lets have a look at those four lots.
A full sheet of the black 25r surcharge on Romanov Dynasty 4k red. First impression: looks genuine. Sold for 675 USD not including the 15% buyer’s premium.
Nice cover with 5 and 10k overprints on Second Essayan issue. First impression: looks legit. The realized price of 1800 USD not including the 15% buyer’s premium seems quite formidable and is far above the initial listing price.
A nice money order from Karavasarai to Delishan with Trancsaucasian franking. Very clear cancel impressions. Went for 200 USD not including 15% buyers premium. This seems to be rather low in comparison to the price the letter received. Even if considering that this issues are not “pure” Armenian and this being “just a money order”. On the plus side, the item seems to be not philatelic inspired, this issue was not forged and it is a chance to buy a nice item for few money. First impression: genuine.
A collection of about 2000 stamps. I did not count them, the figures are from the description of Raritan. They also note “The Collection contains some reference material, forgeries and stamps of questionable status”. This is obviously the case. I marked – without spending much time – the stamps of the first page that are looking forged. An exclamation mark is for the real stinkers – overprints that are so crudely made, it brings water to the eyes. The collection brought 2000 USD (again you have to add 15% buyers premium), starting was at 1300 USD. While this is just a bit more than 1 USD per stamp, I am still unsure if I would have bought this… Still a nice achievement for Raritan and the seller.