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Is this the real deal?

real deal?

Or are they preying on a newbie?


  • dougwtxdougwtx Posts: 566 ✭✭
    Seller has a lot of positive feedbacks, but I wouldn't want to spend that kind of money without seeing more and I don't really care for auctions where they keep the bidders hidden. Many had faults, bad centering, straight edges, and who knows what else hiding. IMO, its probably a legit auction; looks like a nice used US/UN collection. I often wonder why some collections show up with high values shown, but in a cheap album. Seems if a collector spends big bucks on stamps, then he/she would become more knowledgeable on albums/stockbooks/cards/etc...

    If you are considering bidding on this, I would ask to see more of the early pages and the backs of the high values.
  • coinpicturescoinpictures Posts: 5,345 ✭✭✭
    You're falling for the tactics by one of the higher-volume collection liquidators on Ebay. nystamps is another seller that does the same thing -- salts a few big ticket items into an otherwise run-of-the-mill or even subpar U.S. collection in an attempt to unload it.

    Take a look at the overall collection excluding the first few items in the stockcard... post-1930 used material is worthless from an investment standpoint. Where are the keys? The collector could afford a $1 Trans Miss and $5 columbian, but no 90c banknotes or $1 definitives? No Kansas/Nebraska overprints? No dollar denominations from the teens and 20s? No Zepps?

    The seller is trying to overwhelm you with quantity, sprinkled with a few alluring rarer pieces. The $5 Columbian is majorly faulty. The #1 is an unattractive example... let alone what may be lurking on the backs of these stamps.

    What I look for is consistency... either consistently good or consistently bad.

    This auction is a garbage dump...
  • Wow, I was just gonna say I thought the cancels were pretty heavy on even the good stamps and both the guys above said, it's too much for what is shown.
  • It's a fairly nice looking collection of mostly cancelled stamps. Hinged? Like was already said. Where's the good stuff? If anything, you're paying mostly for the time it took somebody to put it together.

  • As the old adage goes, "if it looks too good to be true......."
  • $2,650.?!?!?! someone has more money than sense. image
  • coinpicturescoinpictures Posts: 5,345 ✭✭✭

    << <i>$2,650.?!?!?! someone has more money than sense. image >>

    Yup. They must have been swayed by the high values up front.

    Kudos to the seller though... he seems to have found a formula that works. Can't really blame him for presenting/assembling the collection in the most favorable light. It's up to the buyer to know what they're buying.

    (and for all we know the buyer may be absolutely thrilled with their purchase, so who are we to judge... image )
  • And private ID bidding spells S H I L L to me
  • LouisCampLouisCamp Posts: 468 ✭✭✭
    Roecy & Nystamps buy a load of collections from Apfelbaums and add a few fillers and flip on ebay. I notice Nystamps likes to put items on cards and add big dollar notations, and the item is usually a faulty filler.

    If you want crap, cut out the middle man and buy the dreck from Apfelbaums.

    ANA Life-Member
  • The bidding activity looks shilled. If only we had no private auctions.
  • JaktJakt Posts: 573
    I'm building a 1968 and a 1970 Topps set. I have lots of 1970s and 1960s to offer in trade.
  • Wish I had that kind of money to burn!

  • Yeah, me too! I smell a shill bidding skunk in this! It's a lot of money to spend on something that may or may not be worth it.
    Could be a few nice rarities mixed in with a lot of junk. I would be VERY WARY of bidding that large amount on something I couldn't throughly examine. Even if I HAD the money, don't know that I'd bite on this one!
  • Yes if it's too good to be true it probably is. Always think of true liquid profit(if that makes sense) when spending a big chunk of change.
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