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Modern forgeries

Got a mail from a dealer regarding this item, which is clearly fake. A typical example of the modern (around 2000) cancel forgeries apparently origination in Armenia. A first giveaway is the blank cover. The forger did not finish his … Continue reading

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Gallery update

Made a big update on the gallery. A lot of nice Serebrakian covers which are genuine and very useful for comparison. Also some very rare and interesting Near East Relief covers which show usage of the pictorial issue and represent … Continue reading

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New page: Gallery

I added a new page. There I will present scans of postcards and letters I get from collectors. This is very useful for comparison and information about postal rates, cancels etc. Enjoy!

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The 25000 rubles perforated

I blogged about this item and how rare it is. At the end of the post I asked the readers to provide scans if the own one of those. So far I got several mails with scans but no genuine … Continue reading

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When do you trust a seller or an expert?

When buying stamps you can either be your own expert or you have to trust the seller. In the latter case sometimes this means you have to trust a certificate or an opinion of an expert. I do make opinions … Continue reading

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More examples of Alexandropol cancels

Here are scans of four items I got mailed. That one is the same as I got with a 1914 time stamp. Here used on 1913. Going to Reims in France. A very interesting late use of the “zhe” (I … Continue reading

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The cancels of Alexandropol

In one of the last posts I discussed a cancel on a stamp which in turn proved to be fake. Another collector sent me a scan of the genuine cancel on a postcard from 1910. While exchanging mails some questions … Continue reading

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Alexandropol “b” an update

A while ago I posted scans of a stamp with a forged Alexandropol “b” cancellation. A reader sent me scans of a cover with a genuine cancellation. The date reads 11.04.1910. Only some cancels survived the invasion of the Turks … Continue reading

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A perfect impression

While looking through material I got to make opinions for I found a stamp with a perfect impression of a 100 ruble HH cancel impression. I never have seen a similar perfect example. This is more rare than one would … Continue reading

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Fantasy prices

In Germany we call prices of goods that are (for our understanding) way above what is reasonably “moon prices” or “prices from the moon”. At Gärtner Auctions you can find this item: The overprint is looking fine. The item is … Continue reading

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