Original Stamp Image Original Seller's Description Altered Stamp Image Fraudulent Description
Item Number 1346321733

Sold 17 Apr 2002 to "stazy4" for $9.50 and described as:

USA #98 used - CV$300 Star cancel

This item has a few faults - some discoloration, a pinhole and a thin spot. The grill measures 9x13mm. Catalog values taken from the 2002 Scott Catalgoue.

The stamp was cleaned. It then found a new life on the RIGHT.

Educational Part:
I guess we should note that since the honest seller describes a 9 x 13 mm "F" grill, this would mark the first real grill that the alterations ring has sold that I can remember. Also, note that the "F" grill isn't the biggest of the big grills: the "A" and "C" grills are.
Looks like the stains have also been removed.

Item Number 1356489498

Sold on 2 Jun 2002 by "pcheltenham" for $203.53 as:

ESTATE COLLECTION big grill

The seller "pcheltenham" describes the lot as:

SEE MY OTHER LOTS ALL START AT $1 WITH NO RESERVE THIS SAYS::: unidentified grill unusual cancel tiny fault ......Take a look at the scan. What you see is what you get. This is a handed down collection comprising of (sic) over 20 boxes. Whenever there are notations on the envelopes they will be given. Some stamps have notations on the back. Wether (sic) these notations are correct or not is your obligation to determine.


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