This comparison was reported to the SCADS team by the buyer of the reperfed #72.

He stated:

I love your fraud/forgery page and I wanted to give you another example of pcheltenham's work.

I purchased this stamp from "percy cheltenham" so I was burned... Still the stamp is nice appearing even though it looks to be reperfed on 3 sides, however I wish I had the unaltered stamp instead - it had the stamp design showing more clearly and didn't have perfs into the design at the top.

Please share this with your colleagues and feel free to post on your examples page. Keep up the great work! - If I hadn't read your page I wouldn't have known to look through stazy4's history page to get the image of the original stamp.

Many thanks to the buyer for passing this example to us. Should readers spot more before/after comparisons, please report them to their nearest SCADS team member for inclusion in these pages.

Original Stamp Image Original Seller's Description Altered Stamp Image Fraudulent Description
PART 2 of a combination auction that consisted of a Scott 72 shown here and a Scott 36 shown here.

Item Number 1343222225

Sold on 7 Apr 2002 to "stazy4" for $49.00

USA,Washington .- 12+90 Cent, 1857-61, used.

Two scarce stamps but poor quality!Left copy: cut upper side and a small thin(3-4mm)--right copy: cut right side and short/missing perfs.Useful as "spacefillers"!

The stamp on the left was reperfed on three sides and received an extra cancel. It has found a new life on the right.

Educational Part:
The original Scott 72 to the left was again run through the reperforator in an attempt to make the stamp look more symmetrical.

Why was the extra cancel added? Most likely to cover the reperforation job.

Also, "pcheltenham" mentions a short perf, which is the least of this stamp's problems.

Item Number 1350569037

Sold on 8 May 2002 by "pcheltenham" for $63.00 as:


The seller "pcheltenham" describes the item as:

THIS SAYS: short perf .............................. 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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