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Post by Beryllium Guy on Dec 20, 2018 10:23:50 GMT
I would have been thrilled just to get one of the BC stamps, as I have a grand total of zero in my collection. But a margin multiple of 12, most if not all of which are MNH, I am guessing, is incredible.
Not to mention the higher denomination Admirals. Just unbelievable! Congratulations to you!
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Definitely a Philatelic Phind, I'm sure you will be patronizing that dealer again, and again. Thank you for sharing, Poodle_Mum! We all love to see beautiful stamps, especially ones you don't see every day!
Like Beryllium Guy, I too, never saw or knew about British Vancouver stamps--only issued for a short time in the latter part of the 19th century, until I found some while browsing in a dealer's VERY messy stock book a number of years ago. The dealer, who I shall not name, recently retired but was very interested when I told him I thought they were quite valuable. They were well over $2,000 catalog value for the half-dozen I came across, in XF condition. I offered him a decent percentage of catalog, for a couple less expensive values, but he insisted upon selling them for close to full catalog value, which, although perhaps warranted, I could not afford at the time. Some dealers hang on to everything, until they get top dollar, and this was one of those hoarders dealers!
Definitely a Philatelic Phind, I'm sure you will be patronizing that dealer again, and again!
The pair of one-dollar imperforated looks to be, along with the British Columbia corner plate block, the most stunning visually, and up there in value no doubt. I would consider scanning, separately, the better items to get the most flattering presentation (less reflections than digital photos). Also every serious collector should consider having adequate stamp theft/insurance. APS offers members (and I think nonmembers) stamp insurance for less than you'd think!
I like the moniker poodle_mum; in canine terms I'd probably be known as chichiguy or collieguy (we own six--yes that was 6, of each breed!) All rescued from shelters, online non-profit groups, or just picked up wandering the streets.
When I'm not playing with stamps (about 95% of the time) I am playing--some call it working--with dogs:
Post by firstfrog2013 on Dec 20, 2018 13:12:58 GMT
Jim I would investigate that claim of stamp insurance.Their quote to me was beyond what I would consider less than I expected.I do know a thing about insurance being a contractor and often having to supplement my million dollar policy with an additional rider. Peggy you win lot of the year award.Those large queens blocks are stunning.I hunted for months to find a block of the 5 cent admiral,so I happen to know the value of that large multiple.The page of mint stamps are beautiful,lathe blocks? imperfs? A grand slam.
Stamp dealers (and some collectors) who need to store or haul around bulky items like these because they are available at many stationers, office supply stores, etc. They're inexpensive (manila file folders shown not included), they fold flat yet are easily are assembled, and can hold heavy items as the cardboard folding sides and bottom double up for strength upon assembly.
It's likely they are or were used for bank files so maybe that's why they are called Banker's Boxes....
I'd venture to say that at many philatelic dealer shows, bourses, etc. that probably half of all stamp dealers have some of them or have sold "bankers' boxes" full of odds and ends, stamp-wise at some time or another. I personally have probably bought a dozen or more "bankers' boxes" (usually of covers) from dealers as well as fellow collectors/accumulators over my nearly fifty collecting years. I've probably paid an average of a hundred dollars or so, for the usually several hundred or even couple thousand covers that the box can hold! If there are loose stamps or albums that can add to the intrigue!
Sometimes I would buy such a box, take out maybe one quarter, or a third, of the bulk out for my collection, then add a few odd remainders/duplicates from my stamp room, and re-sell the box at our local club auction. Often times I would end up getting the original stamps I needed (the 1/4 or 1/3 of the original contents) for little or no money.
It's important, if you are considering doing this philatelic "recycling" that you leave plenty of nice surprises in for the next sucker buyer of your bankers' box!
After reading this thread, I am trying to wrap my mind around the concept of a dealer that would knowingly sell this type of material buried in a bankers box. The only possibility I can imagine is that it was consigned by a philanthropist and the dealer was told to not divulge all of the contents.
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My new profile pic is my Irish Captain Jack, the withdrawn issue, which was my best kiloware find ever!
The only stamp that was in my late dad's BMO Bank safety box was the CANADA "Seaway Inverted" #387a ...he bought for $10,000.00.....which I sold later for $16,000.00 because it was passed on to me with the rest of his collections and I hated going to the Bank to see the stamp or show it to somebody without risk. Since it was sold the CV has fluctuated every year and now in Unitrade 2020 is close to $12,000.......but it is not uncommon to see it at Auction with a bigger price-