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Connieb
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26 Nov 2009
10:58:33am

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Are Ajman souvenir sheets fakes?

I don't see them in the Scott catalog. I have a pile of them, some with the same image of baseball players and the country name of Manama, some with the country name of Ajman.

Can anyone tell me more about these?
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Bobstamp
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26 Nov 2009
11:40:37am
re: Ajman souvenir sheets

They are more than likely examples of "Dunes" -- "stamps" printed by Arab Emirates for the philatelic packet trade. My understanding is that some of the emirates didn't even have working postal systems, and certainly the Universal Postal Union (UPU) did not recognize the stamps as valid.

Your stamps probably have virtually no cash value, but some collectors do collect them. Every object on earth is pursued by at least one collector somewhere, although in truth I have never known anyone who collects live volcanoes or putrifying hyenas.

We would have to see images for a more specific response.

Bob

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26 Nov 2009
12:24:41pm
re: Ajman souvenir sheets

Connie,

Bob is right, both about the stamps and the overripe hyenas. In fact, there are quite a few who regard Ajman and the deceased hyenas in similar lights. When any of the dunes are collected as mint or CTOs stamps, it's usually as topicals rather than country collections. That said, there are a few who collect postally used dunes (especially on cover) and are willing to pay top dollar for what are rarities, remembering Bob's note about the non-functioning postal systems.

As always, collect what you want.

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Connieb
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27 Nov 2009
11:56:18pm

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re: Ajman souvenir sheets

Thank you for explaining this. You've expanded my understanding.

Connie

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