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Month: November 2012

The World’s Most HIDEOUS RB8a!

The World’s Most HIDEOUS RB8a!

Browsing through a junk box at CHICAGOPEX, I did a spit-take when I saw this stamp… absolutely HORRIFIC. But it was less than $10, so I bought it as a joke and showed it around, producing winces and cringing throughout the bourse. When I got it home, I put it up on eBay purely as a joke, but believe it or not it actually sold at a reasonable profit. The person who purchased it bought it as an experimentation project…

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An Inevitable “Decline Opinion”?

An Inevitable “Decline Opinion”?

Looking through the PFSearch, one does occasionally encounter declined opinions rather than positive or negative opinions. They are comparatively few and far between, but they are out there. It got me thinking about the piece below. I purchased this as a fake and as a discussion piece a few months back, but the more I think about it, the more I think one could debate its merits… but ultimately, in my opinion we can never know what it actually is….

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So Close… and Yet So Far.

So Close… and Yet So Far.

I had high hopes for this stamp being a major upgrade for my existing copy, but as happens all too frequently on eBay, it was not all that it was claimed to be. No faults were disclosed in the listing, and the listing photo was small enough that you really couldn’t tell for certain. When I made my offer, I included wording to the effect that the offer was contingent upon the stamp being completely sound. When I opened the…

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