How to own a UNIQUE stamp error today
The missing tower
“It’s a bloomin’ eyesore, that’s what it is!”
The man in the street hated it. The aristocrats of Fitzrovia loathed it. The artists who had studios nearby detested it.
Yes, when London’s Post Office Tower opened on October 8, 1965, few had a kind word for it.
Britain’s new tallest building - 177 metres high - was officially “ugly”.
The Post Office Tower looms over 60s London.
But it’s funny how time changes opinions…
To many a Londoner today, the evening skyline wouldn’t be the same without the tower’s bright lights.
Some of a certain age will wistfully remember romantic meals in the revolving restaurant.
And even the Royal Fine Arts Commission - one of the tower's loudest critics in the 60s - has declared it a “building of merit”.
The stamp I’m offering you today is extraordinary. And amusing.
It’s from October 8, 1965. The same day the tower opened.
Designed to celebrate the new building. Featuring a striking depiction of the tower.
A staggering 85 million were produced.
But hold on. On a handful of the stamps. That eyesore. That monstrosity. That blight on the capital that everyone wishes would just vanish…
Has just vanished…
Here’s what the stamp should look like:
It’s a vertical 3d stamp – complete with the image of the Post Office Tower in olive-yellow. Nestled in amongst the homes of annoyed locals.
And here’s an example of the error:
The eyesore… gone.
A colour error. The olive-yellow was not applied.
A glaring omission. A striking omission. One of the most extraordinary errors in GB philately.
And also one of the rarest.
But I’m not talking rare today. I’m talking unique.
Because while there are just 30 unused stamps with this error. Only 15 used examples.
And just one first day cover.
This is the only known…
…Block of four in the world.
The only known block of four in the world.
This is an unmounted mint block of four. In superb condition.
That places this block among the finest error stamps you can own today.
You know, this error is so prestigious, the Royal Collection has a vertical pair, with the tower missing in one.
How they wish they had this block of four.
It is display ready. It comes with an example of how a block of four should look.
Display ready - with a correct block of four on the leftPerfect for explaining its importance to the non-philatelists in your life.
And did you know?
This is the first GB stamp to feature the name of both printer and artist? The printer was Harrison and Sons.
The artist? Clive Abbott (1933-2008) – one of the names in modern stamp design.
Abbott designed postage stamps for close to 60 countries.
The price, Mike?
The price for this unique block of four is £35,000 ($45,178).
That figure includes free, fully-insured delivery to anywhere in the world and 28-day no quibble returns.
Opportunities like this happen but seldom.
…to be the only person in the world to own a unique philatelic item.
Buy this block now and that person is you.
You can also call +44 (0)1534 639998.
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I urge you to act quickly on this one. My database features a constantly-expanding list of active stamp buyers.
Don’t look back with regret you didn’t act sooner.
Thanks for reading
CEO, Just Collecting
PS. Prefer to own one of the hugely rare singles (just 45 known) instead? If you’re quick I can source you one. The price is £6,000 ($7,744). Reply to this email now.
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