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Rob1956
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27 Nov 2018
03:52:29pm
Stamp collecting, known as the “Hobby of Kings” in my opinion will continue into future generations, even if stamps became obsolete, there will always be stamps available for the novice to the investor.

Me, I’m known as a specialised collector, not only do I have an interest in scarce to rare stamps, but also varieties and shades as well pertaining to the era involved. I also have what is known as a regnal collection, otherwords, collecting all issues pertaining to the reign of the monarch.

Stamps show historical events of the past through the commemorative issues to historical events of the day from the commercially released definitive.

Stamps can cost just a few cents to thousands of dollars depending on the collector’s budget and personal interest.

Collecting specific stamps such as rare issues can take years and it is not uncommon for a specific set not being completed during the lifetime of the collector.

Below are scarce to extremely rare stamps from my collection from the era of King George VI to Queen Elizabeth II, please note that my scarce to rare varieties fill 3 albums, the varieties shown are unique and are really extremely difficult to obtain.

All stamps in my collection with the exception of the very early state of plate crack of the 1938 ½d Kangaroo are mint unhinged, the 1938 plate crack is lightly hinged (pity, as it is the only one known) though not shown here as it belongs to a special category of scarce to extremely rare wallaroos which is in a category of its own because of the large volume of wallaroos in the collection (nearly 4,000 consisting of sheets and half-sheets, coil sheets, various types of blocks, leader strips and various singles, the majority having various varieties).

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There is more to come, when prepared for uploading they will be added to this thread.

Rob




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Horamakhet
27 Nov 2018
06:28:36pm
re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Hi Rob

your posts are a very valuable resource.

So many impressive stamps.

I always save them in my favourites.

Horamakhet

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Rob1956
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28 Nov 2018
12:30:40am
re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Hi Horamakhet

It's good to know that my posts is also helping as a valuable resource for identification etc. There is more to come, but it will be in the new year.

Rob

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Horamakhet
28 Nov 2018
03:54:42am
re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Hi Rob

I have a question

The Half penny wallaroo, is it known to be gummed on both sides, and printed on the gummed side.

I ask, because one mint copy I have is gummed on the reverse, by the obverse where the wallaroo is looks like it is partially gummed.

I don't know how I would get a good scan of it though, showing what looks like partial gum.

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Horamakhet

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Rob1956
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28 Nov 2018
04:56:18am
re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Hi Horamakhet

I do not recall any being gummed on both sides, but there are varieties that show a strong off-set on the gummed side, the ½d Wallaroo is known to have a few stages of the off-set variety in the 1949 issues, the ACSC 180c is valued at $400, but not all are worth hundreds of dollars some go as low as $20.

I will need to see the off-set. Below is a strip of 5 showing a progression of off-setting from the bottom upwards.

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Horamakhet
28 Nov 2018
06:12:37pm
re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Hi Rob

It is hard to explain, there is no offset, but, the front of the stamp has a glossy sheen that in places looks like glue, and the back is normal mint.
Sometimes when you tilt the stamp under a light, you can see the sheen.

Maybe, it came into contact with gum on other stamps when drying.

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Horamakhet

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Rob1956
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28 Nov 2018
07:41:42pm
re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Hi Horamakhet

You have me stumped, I do not recall anything like it and I cannot find anything about it in the ACSC.
You may be right that the stamp may have had contact with another stamp when drying? Would need to see it.

Rob

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Horamakhet
04 Dec 2018
06:52:32am
re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Hi Rob

Thought I would post these blocks from the collection.

The hinge is between the selvedge in the centre of the stamps, so that is ok with me.
One set is thinner paper than the other, but how would you class the colour of the blocks?

The first is a very nice block of twelve, the second a block of six

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Horamakhet

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Rob1956
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05 Dec 2018
03:37:32am
re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Hi Horamakhet

If the hinge is on the selvedge and not on the stamps then it has very little significance to the overall value of the stamp. I do not recall any of the 1937 "halo" issues being printed on thinner paper, although your bottom stamps do show an appearance being thin paper, here are the details.

You have both shades mentioned in the ACSC.

The block of 12 is Bright Green with a 23mm gutter; the block of 6 is Green with a 27-28mm gutter. A pair of 27-28mm is catalogued at $10.00 and the 23mm is catalogued at $20.00; as you have a block of 12 with a 23mm gutter it would be fair to say that the catalogue value would be around the $50-$60 mark and the block of 6 27-28mm around the $30.00 mark.

The block of 6 27-28mm gutter has a vertical comb perforation and the block of 16 23mm gutter has a horizontal comb perforation.

Rob

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Horamakhet
05 Dec 2018
07:08:07am
re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Hi Rob

Thanks for the information, which is always appreciated.


Tomorrow I am going opp shopping with my wife, maybe I may find something

I am beginning to appreciate MNH or lightly hinged stamps above everything.

Makes me wonder why I even bothered in the 1st place with used stamps( of course there are the odd rarity in used stamps)

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Horamakhet

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Rob1956
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05 Dec 2018
02:19:12pm
re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Hi Horamakhet

Many collectors who choose to collect used stamps is because they are always readily and cheaply available, though some can be very valuable which is normally out of reach of the average collector.

Though I find it saddening to hear that many people who inherit such collections believe they have a nest egg in their possession only to find out that their collection has no monetary value.

What I cannot understand are the "collectors" who C.T.O. modern stamps, I see this all the time when I visit the GPO in the Sydney CBD; the stamps are only worth face value as it is but when it is cancelled it is rendered useless.

I actually asked a man in his 70s why did he just have $400 worth of stamps (sheets, half-sheets and blocks of 4 cancelled, his reply is because the cancellation will make the stamps very valuable, how wrong he is.

I asked him how long has he been doing this. his reply "50 years".

MNH is the best way of going with stamps, though the rare few used can reap in a small fortune (or even a large one).

I do not collect stamps that were hinged though I do have one (only because it is the only variety recorded, and it makes a unique set with the other two varieties in its class).

But there is nothing wrong with lightly hinged stamps as the detailing of the stamp is not affected and that is a plus.

I go to op-shops when I can find one but I always come up with a zero.

Rob

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05 Dec 2018
08:08:52pm

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re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Ok just had to Google "op-shop" as not a term I was familiar with.
So it is short for opportunity shop, or what most of us know as thrift or charity shops as opposed to second hand / junk shops.
Never too old to learn.

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Rob1956
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06 Dec 2018
02:11:58am
re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Hi Sheepshanks

That's right, it's a common term we use.

Rob

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Horamakhet
06 Dec 2018
08:11:55am
re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Hi all,

I went opp shopping today, I found two albums of stamps. mostly junk

There are some chinese stamps, which I can sell, which will at least return my investment of $20.00.

Horamakhet

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Rob1956
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28 Jan 2019
11:55:37pm
re: Scarce to Extremely Rare Australian stamps (King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II)

Hi Horamakhet

Oh well, not everything is a pot of gold, though you seem to find quite a few pots of gold.

I have visited lots of op-shops and still come up zero, I'm going to try the Northern Suburbs on the week-end and see what they have.

Rob

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