A Profitable Trip to the Post Office
A Collection of Seven Rare Stamp Errors
In 1967, a collector had a life changing experience thanks to a routine visit to his local post office in Rochdale, North England.
He went there to purchase a new stamp issue for his collection.
He paid one shilling and nine pence (less than 10 US cents) for a pair of stamps commemorating the invention of the television.
A few days later, when organising his collection, he spotted something wasn’t right:
It was one of those moments every stamp collector dreams of…
He had discovered a mistake! The second stamp was clearly missing the Queen’s head.
Like any collector would do, he immediately returned to the post office in the hope of buying the rest. Unfortunately, by the time he got there, the remaining stamps in the erroneous sheet were already sold.
The error occurred in printing with the orange ink failing to print on the bottom row. It is believed this means there were probably 20 stamps printed with this missing colour for the Queen’s head.
It wasn’t until 2014, that our collector decided to auction his find from 1967.
It sold for £23,600 ($36,260).
To date, none of the other 19 examples thought to exist have shown up anywhere.
Finding previously undiscovered stamp errors is one of the many obsessions of a typical collector.
In this case, it proved a very profitable obsession to have.
Stamp errors can, however, be worth a lot more…
The most valuable stamp error in the world
The most famous and valuable stamp error in the world is a Swedish misprinted stamp issued in 1855, the “Treskilling Yellow”:
A Swedish schoolboy by the name of Georg Wilhelm Backman discovered it 30 years later in 1885.
Whilst spending Christmas at his grandmother’s house he discovered it while going through some of his grandfather’s papers.
He noticed it was the wrong colour. It should have been printed in a blue-green colour, not yellow.
He sold the stamp the year after for 7 Swedish Crowns. He thought he had made a fine bargain since the stamp was the wrong colour and probably worthless.
Little did he know…
Fast forward to 1996, the stamp was sold at auction for $2.3m. It has an estimated value today of $3m, but who knows what it would realise at auction next time it comes on the market.
A chance for you to profit from collectors’ obsession with stamp errors
Sadly, I am unable to offer you either of the above errors today. They are not available for sale. When they are next, they will likely sell for much more than anyone expects.
That is normally the way with stamp errors.
I never have many stamp errors available for sale. Obviously they are rare and in high demand so it isn’t easy for me to get my hands on them.
But, I have managed to secure seven interesting errors for you, which I can offer you today.
Also, they don’t cost the earth like the Treskilling Yellow.
Here they come…
The cheapest stamp error I know of
Malta – 1s3d multi-coloured “International Eucharistic Congress” 1965-70, SG341a
If you are on a tight budget, you couldn’t go far wrong picking up this error of colour from Malta.
The gold colour has been omitted from the centre of the stamp making it a visually obvious error. Visual errors are most attractive to collectors. I offer it alongside the normal stamp for comparison.
It is also in perfect unmounted mint condition.
This stamp would still look cheap at twice the price!
A bizarre undervalued error
Zanzibar – 1895-96 2a6p yellow-green SG8dvar
Here you have two errors for the price of one in this horizontal pair, both showing the small second “z” in “Zanzibar”.
The right hand stamp has a second error with the prominent constant variety thick “b” from a different font.
Both stamps are in mint condition with original gum and of very fine appearance for such an old stamp.
This error is at least as rare as the “Zanzidar” error, which is valued at 10x more. As such, it seems ridiculously undervalued and could show very high growth in value in the years to come.
Gibraltar’s most famous stamp error
Gibraltar – 1966 Angling 7d error, SG191a
In the year England won the World Cup, the small British overseas territory of Gibraltar was busy making what would become their most famous stamp error.
It is a spectacular error with the missing “7d” value and missing inscriptions. It was considered such an important error it was commemorated by another stamp issue from Gibraltar just four years later in 1970.
The example I have for you is in perfect unmounted mint condition.
It is also exceptionally rare. There was only one sheet of 60 produced with this error. Only 36 examples have been recorded, with the remainder probably being used for postage at the time and destroyed.
The current value of £1,800 is up 64% from its value 10 years ago of £1,100 reflecting collector demand for this famous stamp.”
At the current value of £1,800, it still seems good value to me.
First time I have handled this rare imperforate error
Rhodesia – 1913-22 1½d drab-brown, SG199b
This is the first time I have handled this exceedingly rare error from the British South African Territory of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
This error is different from the rest. It is a vertical pair with an error of perforation between the two stamps.
Both stamps are in mint condition with original gum.
This imperforate error from a very popular area of collecting is much rarer than its current price indicates.
One of only three known in the world
Great Britain – 1971 7½p Christmas error, SG896a
This is more than just a stamp error being a top right hand corner marginal traffic light block of six.
The error shows the missing gold colour resulting in the Queen’s head being omitted.
The entire block of six are in very fine unmounted mint condition.
Single stamps with this error are rare with only 106 possible examples. There are only 3 known blocks of six in existence with a maximum possible of only four.
As a result, this is a key GB stamp error rarity and good value, in my opinion, at the current price.
A dramatic surgical error in printing
Great Britain – 1965 4d Lister Centenary (Phosphor), SG667pa
This commemorative stamp was issued in 1965 celebrating the 100th anniversary of Joseph Lister’s discovery of antiseptic surgery.
It would seem a lot less care was taken by Harrington & Sons, the printers of this stamp issue, than we would hope to see in surgical procedures.
The error shows the brown-red tube omitted. Because it is such a significant omission, it is highly attractive to collectors of stamp errors.
I have a superb unmounted mint example of this famous stamp error with full original gum.
The respected Pierron catalogue of stamp errors records only 18 mint examples.
Pierron also recommended that a certificate of authenticity is obtained for this highly sought after error. You will be comforted to know that my stamp comes with a 2009 independent Brandon certificate of authenticity.
Unique surviving block of four
Great Britain – 1969 1s6d British Architecture, SG801a
If you purchase the final rarity in my errors collection, you will be the only owner in the world. It is unique as a block of four.
When it comes to British Queen Elizabeth II stamp errors, those with missing face values are the most coveted. This block of four shows the missing face value of “1s6d” on all four stamps.
The most famous modern British stamp error is probably the 1976 13p roses error. There are only three in existence of this error, with two residing in the Royal Collection. As such, it is unique in private hands and realised £125,000 when it last sold.
The block of four stamp errors I have for you is not just unique in private hands. It is unique, full stop. Despite this, you can secure this unique error for a fraction of the price of the 13p roses error.
The block is in very fine condition and unmounted mint with full original gum.
Buy the errors collection
If you come back to me quickly, I can reserve the whole collection for you.
Obviously, once a stamp has sold through our website, I can no longer offer the complete collection. You will need to be quick if you want to bank the whole collection for yourself.
The entire collection can be purchased for the price of £24,265 ($33,250).
Please respond to this email swiftly if you want to reserve it before individual items are sold.
I can also be reached by phone +44(0)1534 639998.
Don’t make the error of missing out on this opportunity.
CEO, Just Collecting
PS. One man’s mistake is another man’s treasure. This is your chance to treasure and hopefully profit from some of man’s biggest stamp printing blunders.
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