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Posted 03/20/2017   6:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add howell1018 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
I retired about 9 months ago and am now tackling a job I have put off for years/deades. I have an accumulation of new issues from Australia that I mostly acquired from two pen pals I used to exchange new issues with from about the late 70's to the mid 90's. They're in glassine material (not envelopes), and I'm sorting them out and identifying by Scott/SG numbers with a very lowball price evaluation. I'm not really an Australia collector, and when I originally received them I recall enjoying the newsy letters from my penpals more than the stamps. Anyway, here's the rub. Some time ago I saw a nice Lighthouse hingeless album that covered the years 1966-86 for sale on eBay and I picked it up. Considering the fact that I'm now a real Australia collector and probably wouldn't look it very often, would you put the stamps in the album, or leave as is. I should note that about 80% of the stamps are in blocks of four without any sort of inscriptions. I assume there is no added value to keeping them in blocks of four and if Australia is like the U.S. the album is probably worth more than the stamps therein.
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Posted 03/20/2017   6:52 pm  Show Profile Check pagoda's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add pagoda to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The value would be about 50% of face,

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Posted 03/24/2017   08:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob041256 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
From 1966 (excluding the Navigator series) blocks of 4 are not necessary unless it is an emergency stamp as they always command premium prices and is best if collected in blocks of 4, if you are very lucky to find one in a block of 4.

And when you do put the album away, always have it standing upright, laying the album down will damage the stamps (if the stamps are of little value you might not want to care, if they have monetary value it is very important not to).
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Posted 03/26/2017   1:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add howell1018 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Which issues would qualify as an "emergency stamp?" If they're worth some significant money in blocks of four I probably don't have any. My Australian stamps range from about 1974 to 1992.
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Posted 03/26/2017   2:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob041256 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Which issues would qualify as an "emergency stamp?" If they're worth some significant money in blocks of four I probably don't have any. My Australian stamps range from about 1974 to 1992.


Emergency issues are not common and always command a premium. For instance, 52 years ago the supply of 2/6d Robin stamps, issued on April 26, 1965 proved insufficient to last until February 14, 1966 when the Australian Pound, Shillings & Pence were converted to Dollars & Cents.

A reprint of the Robin was not practical due to the heavy use of the photogravure press for the forthcoming decimal issue. To fill the gap, a new printing of the 1952 & 1957 Aborigine was released.

As far as it is known, the stamps were distributed to post offices only in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria & Tasmania. The emergency printing was in a distinctive light sepia-brown on the whiter paper which had been used for the August 1964 printing.


ACSC 265A) 1952. Aborigine. 2/6d. Perforation 14 x 15. Sideways C of A watermark
ACSC 266A) 1957. Aboriginal. 2/6d. Perforation 14 x 15. No watermark
ACSC 267A) 1965. Aboriginal. 2/6d. Perforation 14 x 15. No watermark (Emergency issue) on whiter paper



ACSC 421) 1965. Scarlet Robin. 2/6d. Perforation 13. No watermark. The depleted Robin issue
ACSC 458A) 1966. Scarlet Robin. 25 cents. Perforation 13. No watermark, in darker shade. Replaced the emergency issue


My emergency issues (including later issues) are singular, but to have a block of 4 stashed away can bring in a few dollars on a rainy day.

They are not expensive but do have a monetary value. At the moment there is a great hype concerning the 2016 Adelaide emergency issues of unofficial 30 cent stamps printed at a post office.

When first discovered, they were being sold on eBay for exorbitant amounts of money, one set of 6 was sold on eBay for $10,000.

To me it's a waste of money; major stamp dealers won't touch them, Stanley Gibbon's will not price them as the company views the stamps as labels, and the Australian Commonwealth Specialists' Catalogue will not be issued for another 3 years or so.

A catalogue that includes emergency issues will explain the purpose of the stamp; the information I have is from the 2015 issue of the Australian Commonwealth Specialists' Catalogue for King George VI, which includes information about the 2/6d emergency stamp.
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