Original Stamp Image Original Seller's Description Altered Stamp Image Fraudulent Description
Item Number 1333342858

Sold on 22 Feb 2002 to "chickfrdstk" for $10.51

US SC#71, 30c. used CV $70 No min., no reserve.

The red circles detail key perforations used to identify the bogus 81 on the right.

The stamp to the left was altered and resold as the very rare Scott #81 on the right.

Time for some more education:
The Scott 2002 US Specialized Catalog states "Eight copies of 80 and 80a (four unused and four used), and eight copies of No. 81 (one in a museum and not available to collectors) are known to exist. All are more or less faulty and/or off center. Values are for off-center examples with small perforation faults.

Item Number 1348420124

Sold on 26 Apr 2002 by "schuylerac" for $36.55 as a:

81 USED CAT $60,000

The seller "schuylerac" describes the following:

"THERE IS AN ALL OVER GRILL OF LINEAR ROWS WITH GRILL POINTS IN STRAIGHT LINES. THE GRILL IS INTERRUPTED AT SPOTS AND LOOKS
VERY REALISTIC. THE GRILL DOES NOT BREAK THE PAPER AS SCOTT SAYS IT OFTEN DOES. THIS IS SOLD AS IS WITHOUT IMPLICATION MADE
OR INTENDED THAT IT IS INDEED GENUINE. WE DON'T EVEN DARE IMAGINE THIS IS GENUINE AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU!

Human nature is a funny thing.

Item Number 1337361896

Sold on 11 Mar 2002 to "chickfrdstk" for $15.01

US Used 71 Thirty Cent Franklin CV 160.00

The 1861 thirty cent Franklin, nice "socked on the nose" cancel.

The stamp on the left was reperfed and new cancel added. It has found a new life on the right.


Educational Part:
Cancels added - why?

Also note that the stamp was reperfed at the top and the left side.

The original Scott 71 to the left was issued without a grill. If this item has a grill it must have been added.

Item Number 1351984088

Sold on 12 May 2002 by "schuylerac" for $36.00 as a:

81 USED CAT$60,000

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

THERE IS AN ALL OVER GRILL OF LINEAR ROWS WITH GRILL POINTS IN STRAIGHT LINES. THE GRILL IS INTERRUPTED AT SPOTS AND LOOKS VERY REALISTIC. THE GRILL DOES NOT BREAK THE PAPER AS SCOTT SAYS IT OFTEN DOES.WE DO NOT EVEN DARE IMAGINE THIS IS GENUINE AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU. THIS IS SOLD AS IS WITHOUT IMPLICATION MADE OR INTENDED THAT IT IS INDEED GENUINE!!!



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