Original Stamp Image Original Seller's Description Altered Stamp Image Fraudulent Description
Item Number 1335243090

Sold on 3 Mar 2002 to "chickfrdstk" for $16.25

USA '1870 - 30c black

Described by the honest seller as:

'1870/82 - Alexander Hamilton, 30 cents black, good quality (# 154 or 165 ?)

Time for some more education:
Look closely, fill in the missing pieces of the cool grid cancel with a black marker to make it look a little different, add a "PARTIAL GRILL....", reperf the bottom, and voila! Increase the CV by 1200%!

The Scott #143 is quite rare and is usually bought and sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Obviously the seller "schuylerac" again found a rarity in that the original seller missed the grill on the stamp. What are the odds of this happening over and over again. NOT! Once again either "chickfrdstk" or "schuylerac" added a phony grill and damaged another perfectly good stamp. Uuuuggghh! See more of their fake grills here.

For those of you into mathematics and statisical probability concerning the odds of these stamps being authentic. Go to Google.com and look up Bayes Theorem and Poisson's Probability Statistics.

Item Number 1346387194

Sold on 14 Apr 2002 by "schuylerac" for $52.00 as a:

143 USED GRILL CAT$2400

The seller "schuylerac" describes the following:

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 SUGGESTED THAT THIS IS A GENUINE GRILL

Item Number 1346427276

Sold on 21 Apr 2002 to "chickfrdstk" for $16.00

154 w/NYFM cancel, tiny thins

The stamp on the left was cleaned to remove the paper stains. It has found a new life on the right.

Educational Part:
The original Scott 154 to the left was issued without a grill. If this item has a grill it must have been added at some point. Also, "schuylerac" never mentions the "thins". For those of you who have never seen a genuine grill, see hereand here.

Item Number 1351991366

Sold on 12 May 2002 by "schuylerac" for $15.50 as a:

143 USED GRILL CAT$2400

The seller "schuylerac", after making the ridiculous title claim, goes on to describe the item in the ad thus:

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!!!



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