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Month: January 2013

Revenue Quiz Time!

Revenue Quiz Time!

Tell me what you can about the item below. This image is the only piece of information you have, and it is at full size. If you saw this on eBay, how would you proceed? Giving you some spoiler space so as not to give it away… There was enough fuzziness around the edges of the stamp that it bothered me. Although the odds were very much against it, I thought it was worth checking out. I asked the seller…

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First Stamp Company Stock Certificate?

First Stamp Company Stock Certificate?

In December 2012, Robert Siegel held a multi-day auction containing, among other things, the collection and exhibit material of the late Steven Belasco. Hidden within that material was a lot containing 10 examples of one of the coolest philatelic items I’ve ever seen: presumably the first stock certificates ever issued for a U.S. stamp company, issued in 1866. I bid aggressively on the lot, but ultimately came up the underbidder. I was able to find out who outbid me and…

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