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Post-classic Stamps 1900 - 1940 / Question on 1916 Over-prints
« on: January 17, 2011, 08:22:28 PM »
Has anybody seen or heard of a "split overprint" on the 1916 issues?  I am looking at Scott 578 with the O/P split half to each side of the 1 in the value tablet below Josefa Ortiz. 
Somebody is offering it to me and we're trying to figure out a fair price.
The scan that was sent to me is too big to attach.  If I can figure out how to downsize it I'll post an attachment. 
Thanks in advance for any and all comments,Mike

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General Discussion / What's you passion in collecting Mexico?
« on: August 24, 2009, 10:56:01 PM »
  In a recent “thread” Colin Deane mentioned that we were missing the old chatty and homely (I sure hope that’s the British sense of the word) nature of the old Meximail.  I agree.  So, here’s a “newbie” attempt at getting us going.
How did we each got started with collecting Mexico and what do we collect in Mexico should be an interesting thread – So I think…
As with all kids who collected stamps in the 1950s I had a general “world” collection.  It was easy in those days (in Detroit) to visit an array of stamp stores on a Saturday morning with my dad.  My collection grew and Mexico was probably slightly bigger than many of the other country collections.  After high school, college and graduate school when the collection fell to the floor of the closet there was little added. Then through the 1980s and early 1990s I spent many months roaming the forests and plains of Mexico in search of birds.  I studied bird migration in the Yucatan and at Tecolutla in Veracruz.  When the passion for collecting stamps reemerged around 1990 Mexico was a logical place to begin.
It was with great pride that I attended stamp shows throughout southern Michigan with my aging father, wife and young daughter.  We all collected and with the age and sex bias among collectors both my daughter and wife always had a great deal of attention to their collecting needs.  My wife collected stamps with a single bird – the hoopoe and my daughter collected Japan.  I was left free to wander and peruse dealer’s boxes and collections.  I bought everything Mexican.
It soon became clear that I had to narrow my focus (I also collect Palestine, anything related to Constantinople and large Hermes heads among other things so my attention, not to mention dollars was often spread in several directions).  I decided to collect the stamps of the French intervention in Mexico – eagles and Maximillians.  Over the past 15 years these collections have grown modestly to a total of 5-600 different stamps.  To this day, I am always tempted by an interesting cancel or district missing from my collection.  But - what really started this particular interest?  One day at the last stamp shop in Ann Arbor I was thumbing through a table book of Mexico and I came across a page with 25 dos reales eagles.  Each stamp had a different district overprint.  I asked the dealer what he would take for the whole batch.  I think it came to about 30 cents each and there it was.  I was off on a Mexican collecting adventure.
So, what’s your passion in collecting Mexico?
By the way – I always give in to classic era Mexican stamps with interesting cancels and anything else that is priced right.  Some day I’m going to really tackle revenues and stamped paper.  Sounds like a great retirement project.     

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General Discussion / On line stamp exhibits
« on: June 24, 2009, 09:43:14 AM »
Hi all:  I don't know if you know about EXPONET an on-line stamp exhibit web site.  It quite easy to use and has amazing stamp exhibits from all areas - but is quite weak in Mexico.  Worth a visit - and maybe an up load. http://www.japhila.cz/hof/exponet_menu.htm

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