Ethics, schmethics! ASDA and APS be damned!
There oughtta be a law…
I purchased this very item from Michael Aldrich in one of his previous auctions and subsequently returned it for not being described, along with several other items that had undisclosed faults, at which point he threatened to blacklist me from bidding in his auctions.
The “few sm. margin thins” are not thins. They are facial scrapes, which are a COMPLETELY different animal. Moreover, the larger ones have been amateurly re-colored with crayon or colored pencil. The image below is cropped from the scan I made of the item when I had it in hand, which I emailed to Michael when requesting the return. You can clearly see the recoloring at the bottom of stamps 3 and 4.
I was willing to give him a pass (despite numerous historical ethical lapses) in the event it was missed during examination.
Now here the item is again in another Aldrich auction, and he STILL won’t accurately describe it, knowing damned well the problems with it.
Scrapes affect the front of a stamp. Thins affect the underside of a stamp. NOT THE SAME THING!
Regardless, even if you’re not willing to split that hair, the recoloring MUST be disclosed!!