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British Guiana 1-cent Magenta fetches record price

The famous British Guiana 1-cent Magenta is back on top in the world of philately after selling at auction for nearly $9.5 million.

According to Linn’s Stamp News, the unique stamp was sold to an anonymous buyer during a Sotheby’s auction in New York on Tuesday. Its final sale price, which includes buyer’s fees, is roughly four times that of the previous record holder, Sweden’s Treskilling Yellow.

As you may know, the 1-cent Magenta was produced in 1856 as a temporary measure while authorities in British Guiana awaited the arrival of a fresh shipment of stamps from England. It was first recognized as a rarity in the 1870s.

My personal opinion is that the Inverted Jenny, although roughly 100 times more common, is a far more attractive stamp, but the 1-cent Magenta’s sale is getting a lot of press from mainstream media, which can only be good for our hobby.

What do you think of the record-breaking price? What’s the most you’ve ever paid for a stamp?

Yosemite mail from me to myself

Some weeks when I check my post office box, I have mail from someone else. Some weeks, the only mail is from myself.

Such was the case this week when the only things in my box were a credit card offer (junk) and my Yosemite Grant first day cover.

Philosateleian Post Yosemite Grant first day cover
Philosateleian Post Yosemite Grant FDC

Call me biased, but I think this is the best local post stamp design I’ve ever done, and I just had to add one to my collection.

For what it’s worth, I don’t actually write letters to myself; I’m simply a stamp collector. How about you? Do you ever send mail to yourself, or do you depend solely on others to fill your mailbox?

Summer stamp album update, and more

In just about a week and a half, you’ll be able to download updated pages for The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album! I’ve been busy correcting little mistakes here and there, and I think everything is just about ready to go.

If all goes according to plan, I’ll be issuing Philosateleian Post’s new Yosemite Grant stamp on the first Monday in June. First day covers are ready to go in the mail, and I have to say, the stamp looks more like a real stamp than any others I’ve ever designed. Or maybe Yosemite is just so beautiful it would make any stamp look good.

“Real life” has prevented me from adding a lot of new content to Philosateleia, but I have posted a brief writeup about Cambridge, New Zealand. A collector friend, Demetrios, recently sent a stamp picturing a sunset near that town for my landscape stamps collection.

Antique stamp perforator sales and prices realized

About a month and a half ago I wrote how I’m looking for an antique stamp perforator with which I can perforate my local post stamps—preferably a tabletop model simply because those are small enough to ship. I’m still looking.

Stamp perforators—and I’m referring to machines that make perforations between stamps, not machines that punch initials—are not especially common, but I’ve seen a couple listed for sale online since beginning my search. To try to help other local post operators or artistamp creators who may also be looking for a perforator, I plan to update this blog post whenever I spot one that is either too far away or too expensive for me to buy. I’ll also add prices realized so we have an idea of how much a perforator should cost us!

The following table contains a list of perforators, when they sold, and either how much they sold for or (for those that are still on sale) links where you can get details.

DateManufacturerTypeSourceLocationPrice
Mar. 2020RosbackFull-SizeeBayVA$625 (asking)
Feb. 2020?TabletopeBayNV$180 (sold)
Jan. 2020RosbackFull-SizePrivate SellerCA$800 (asking)
July 2019RosbackFull-SizeeBayLA$1 (asked)
Mar. 2019Samuel C. TatumFull-SizeeBayMA$1,750 (asked)
Aug. 2018RosbackFull-SizeeBayMN$375 (asked)
June 2018RosbackFull-SizeBriar PressTN$550 (asked)
May 2018LathamFull-SizeBriar PressCA$250 (sold)
Mar. 2018LathamFull-SizeBriar PressMA$600 (asking)
Mar. 2018RosbackFull-SizeBriar PressPA$500 (asked)
Feb. 2018RosbackFull-SizeeBayAZ$1,000 (sold)
Feb. 2018SouthworthFull-SizeBriar PressOR$900 (asking)
Jan. 2018RosbackFull-SizeeBayCA$10 (asked)
Jan. 2018RosbackFull-SizeeBayIN$800 (asked)
Jan. 2018E.B. Stimpson & SonFull SizeBriar PressOR$750 (asked)
Jan. 2018FranklinFull SizeeBayIL$400 (asked)
Nov. 2017RosbackFull SizeeBayNC$800 (asked)
Sep. 2017RosbackTabletopPhilosateleiaTX$500 (sold) 3
Aug. 2017RosbackTabletopeBayMO$156 (sold)
July 2017SouthworthFull SizeeBayMA$300 (asked)
July 2017RosbackFull SizeeBayCO$200 (asked)
Apr. 2017RosbackFull SizeCraigslistMN$250 (asked)
Apr. 2017FranklinTabletopPrivate OwnerSD$40 (sold)
Apr. 2017RosbackFull SizeBriar PressWA$1,100 (asked)
Feb. 2017SouthworthTabletopeBayVA$263 (sold)
Dec. 2016RosbackFull SizeOfferUpOK$500 (sold)
Oct. 2016RosbackFull SizeBriar PressMA$200 (asked)
Sep. 2016RosbackTabletopeBayIL$540 (sold)
Aug. 2016RosbackFull SizeCraigslistTN$1,000 (asked)
Aug. 2016RosbackFull SizeBriar PressIL$425 (asking)
June 2016W.E. CookTabletopeBayEngland$122 (sold)
June 2016FranklinFull SizeKijijiCanada$77 (asked)
May 2016MonitorFull SizeBriar PressOR$450 (asked)
Apr. 2016FranklinFull SizeCraigslistOK$150 (asked)
Mar. 2016FranklinTabletopPhilosateleiaFL$700 (sold) 2
Mar. 2016RosbackTabletopeBayCA$843 (sold) 1
Feb. 2016SouthworthTabletopPrivate OwnerFL$350 (sold)
Jan. 2016RosbackFull SizeeBayMA$400 (sold)
Dec. 2015RosbackFull SizeCraigslistWA$500 (asked)
Oct. 2015RosbackFull SizeCraigslistWA$1,200 (asked)
June 2015RosbackTabletopPrivate OwnerIN$450 (sold)
May 2015RosbackFull SizeeBayVA$151 (sold)
May 2015Harrild & SonsTabletopPrivate OwnerEnglandFree (claimed)
May 2015LathamFull SizeBriar PressMO$450 (asked)
Apr. 2015RosbackTabletopBriar PressCA$500 (sold)
Mar. 2015RosbackTabletopNJAuctionNJ$1,450 (asked)
Mar. 2015RosbackTabletopeBayKS$586 (sold)
Feb. 2015RosbackFull SizeBriar PressWA$1,800 (asking)
Feb. 2015LathamFull SizeEstateSales.netIL$500 (asked)
Dec. 2014FranklinTabletopAntykeRI$400 (sold)
Nov. 2014FranklinFull SizeKijijiCanada$134 (asked)
Nov. 2014Samuel C. TatumFull SizeCraigslistOH$2,000 (asked)
Nov. 2014?Full SizeeBayIL$250 (sold)
Oct. 2014RosbackFull SizeeBayPA$500 (asked)
Aug. 2014LathamFull SizeBriar PressIN$485 (asked)
July 2014RosbackFull SizeeBayNY$1,550 (asked)
July 2014RosbackFull SizeCraigslistNE$150 (asked)
June 2014RosbackFull SizeUsedVictoriaCanada$327 (asked)
June 2014LathamFull SizeCraigslistID$500 (asked)
May 2014RosbackFull SizeRare FindsCO$1,395 (asked)
May 2014RosbackFull SizeeBayNC$750 (asked)
May 2014E.B. Stimpson & SonFull SizeeBayPA$500 (sold)
Apr. 2014SouthworthFull SizeeBayPA$199 (asked)
Apr. 2014RosbackFull SizeeBayCA$499 (sold)
Mar. 2014RosbackFull SizeCraigslistOK$1,500 (asked)
Mar. 2014Harrild & SonsTabletopeBayEngland$205 (sold)

Notes

  1. This is the same Rosback tabletop perforator listed as having sold for $586 in March 2015.
  2. This is the same Franklin tabletop perforator listed as having sold for $400 in December 2014, but with new pins.
  3. This is the same Rosback tabletop perforator listed as having sold for $156 in August 2017.
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