Original Stamp Image Original Seller's Description Altered Stamp Image Fraudulent Description
Item Number 1333914758

Sold on 25 Feb 2002 to "chickfrdstk" for $19.00

US SC#153, 24c.1870 Miss.Cor. tooths val$120

The red arrow points to the original cancel. Also note the straight edge on the right.

The stamp to the left was altered and resold as the very rare Scott #142 on the right.


Since this is an educational website devoted to the exposure of philatelic fraud, let's ask a question:

QUESTION: If the original seller misidentified the stamp because he didn't notice the grill, and "chickfrdstk"/"schuylerac" simply made a lucky purchase, why would they feel the need to add a second cancel and make it a less attractive item?

ANSWER: Most likely, the paper of the stamp is quite dirty and grey. When the forgers reperfed the stamp, they probably exposed clean white paper on the edge of the stamp. By adding another cancellation, they could cover the white edges and hide the reperf job.

Item Number 1345555203

Sold on 10 Apr 2002 by "schuylerac" for $27.01 as a:

142 USED GRILL CAT $6500

The seller "schuylerac" describes the following:

REPERFED AT RIGHT!! THE STAMP DISPLAYS A PARTIAL STRUCTURED GRILL WITH A SERIES OF GRILL POINTS IN LINEAR ROWS. IT APPEARS REALISTIC. IT CANNOT BE MEASURED FOR DEFINITE VERIFICATION AND AUTHENTICITY AND IT IS SOLD AS IS WITHOUT ANY IMPLICATION MADE OR IMPLIED THAT THIS IS A GENUINE GRILL!!!!!

While the seller "schuylerac" does mention the reperforation job to the right side of the stamp, he neglects to say who did it. Was it "chickfrdstk" or "schuylerac"?

Item Number 1332643445

Sold to "chickfrdstk"

153 XF/VF Appearance Light Cancel Cat 160.00

The stamp on the left normally doesn't have a grill as issued. It has found a new life on the right.

Item Number 1346912818

Sold on 19 Apr 2002 by "schuylerac" for $31.00 as a:

142 USED GRILL CAT$6500

The seller "schuylerac" describes the following:

SMALL CLOSED TEAR--THE STAMP DISPLAYS A PARTIAL STRUCTURED GRILL WITH A SERIES OF GRILL POINTS IN LINEAR ROWS. IT APPEARS REALISTIC. IT CANNOT BE MEASURED FOR DEFINITE VERIFICATION AND AUTHENTICITY AND IT IS SOLD AS IS WITHOUT IMPLICATION MADE OR IMPLIED THAT THIS IS A GENUINE GRILL!!

Once again, the magical appearing grill shows up and philatelic history is made!



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