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rrraphy
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25 Jun 2018
04:29:28pm
In parallel with Mitch's (aka "AntoniusRa") posting for the most beautiful pages in the world (what a great topic Mitch), I am starting this thread, featuring some of the the most nightmaring country pages I have encountered..and usually they are not confined to just one page...and not particularly beautiful,

I have spoken before about Argentina's Officials, but it is an easy area compared to some of the other areas I unfortunately seem to want to collect. I am sure others may have similar experiences.

My nightmare obsession lately has been early Saudi Arabia (1925 era) Hejaz and Nejd. Difficult for the prices of each and every stamp...they seem to have gone ballistic pricewise. But also for the lack of availability, for the risks of counterfeits (most are with O/P), for the horrendous identification difficulties they pose. And what you will see listed for sale is often wrongly identified, so be careful. It is not easy!

I will post my first choice: Just a few pages of early Saudi Arabia: two from Hejaz and one from Nejd.
The difficulty is compounded by a number of similar looking o/p on the same stamps (not featured on these sample pages)..and many o/p are in different colors, of listed and unlisted invert varieties (watch out), and of similar looking but different design. Add imperforated stamps and o/p facing up or down...and there you have it!
And unfortunately I have a few other countries that give me equally challenging nightmares.

Anyone else willing to share some of their nightmarish goals!

rrr...

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AntoniusRa
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25 Jun 2018
09:56:24pm
re: Most difficult pages in the world

Ralph, Great pages and a difficult thread to tackle. As for Saudi Arabia it is pretty much at the bottom of my interest level for any country in the world. I find the stamps unattractive and costly. They are also quite hard to come by. I can't remember seeing a better showing of the than you have showed here and I'm impressed.

P.S. I received the Argentinian Officials a few days ago ad they made a great addition to that collection. I've updated my collection pages and they are now up on my site. Thanks again!

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rjan
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25 Jun 2018
10:37:46pm
re: Most difficult pages in the world

I am really envious of those Saudi stamps. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The Austria Mitch shows are pretty but I really gravitate to classics and the minutiae which go into identifying issues such as the Saudi sets. A working knowledge of foreign alphabets can be a real challenge to acquire.

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nigelc
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26 Jun 2018
10:58:56am
re: Most difficult pages in the world

Lovely display rrr! Cool

I haven't seen these many of these Nejdi occupation overprints outside of the catalogue.

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rrraphy
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26 Jun 2018
01:12:15pm
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Thanks guys...I am indeed facing a challenge, but I am enjoying the endless search, and the eventual purchase of each and every elusive stamps...one at a time! But I am frustrated by ever increasing prices, and by bidders who will pay well above the latest catalogue prices. I just don't have this kind of stamp budget!
I am guessing that there is money in the area, and with a growing population with ressources and leisure time, it is not going to get any better, especially with limited stamps out there. I suspect that many collections are in the UK as well, and featured by major auction houses. Makes it harder to find, one at a time.

Niguel, here is another page of Nejd for your enjoyment. As I am filling my pages more fully, I have started to mount the stamps permanently in protective mounts, which makes for a much prettier display.
I will say that my goal of adding one stamp per month (!!!) is a challenging one, with few pickings at my prices, and plenty of competition.

rrr...

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