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General Discussion / Re: ebay, Boring???
« on: March 27, 2020, 04:52:19 PM »

Thank you for your reply. I want you to know that eBay is not dead and there are new collectors of Mexican material all the time. Each week I add another 2 to 6 people on my message subscription that have just bought material from me. About half of the sales are from BIN and the rest are from my weekly auction lots on eBay. It does not seem like a lot of new clients to add to the list, but over the time I have been putting out my message since Jan. 2016 the list has grown from around 400 members to over a thousand. Yes I have unsubscribes at one or two every week or so. Most have been on my list for years. So, I feel really good about our part of the stamp hobby.

I can understand you not buying from eBay, and I rarely have the time to look for material as I use to do many years past. There are good buys to be had, but it does take work. Actually, it is in auction lots that most of my new clients buy from. but then they turn to my BIN list even with the duplication of lots. They find good stamps that many, yes many collectors have overlooked. In my auction lots this week and next, I will have a lot of items that have pulled off eBay due to not selling. I have redone the lot and put in prices that are sometimes 40% less than what I had been asking before. As the old saying goes, 'You cannot eat your merchandice, so it is better to sell it even if at a loss than it is to hang onto it forever."

Have a good day and be safe in this time of peril,


General Discussion / Re: ebay, Boring???
« on: March 25, 2020, 03:07:21 PM »

Boring as it may be, it is not what I expected or wanted to be done with my lots when I signed up with 'Webinterpret' listing all my BIN in 6 other eBay sites outside the US eBay that I have been on for years. It actually cost me more than I make most months, but I did this to reach collectors all over the world in their language and in their payment currency. It has been successful in that I have gained more new collectors that are also likely to start seeing your lots up on eBay as well. I believe that most of these duplicate listings are grouped together, so the viewer can thumb though these at a pretty fast past. As for taking up space other collector/sellers have up on eBay, do what I do and each week notify their buyers with a link that directed them to only their lots. But, this takes work on the sellers part. I send these links with my message that is going to over a thousand collectors each week. I make my message an important part of Mexican Philately, talking about subject that are interesting and fruitful for their collecting efforts.

Now talk about boring, dealers that list all their items too high priced, long list of the same thing they do not collect or put up penny lots of unimportant stamps everyone has already. I learned quickly when I first started out selling on ebay around 20 years ago. If sellers only sell stuff they do not want, no one else wants them either. If you look at my auction lots every week the stamps vary a great deal. Not all of them are expensive, but all are started out at a fair price and I tell the viewer of all the good qualities and faulty conditions if they have any. I get around 2 or 3 returns a year and mostly due to my mistakes. If the buyer does not get the item in the mail, I almost always either replace it or refund their money. This happens more when I send to Mexico than anywhere else in the world, but I know that Mexico is a good market for Mexican stamps and what I pay out in losses, is covered by the stamps and postal history they receive and love.

So, be a little more understanding of what is happening on eBay and do not judge the sellers as much as the methods eBay has.


1868 Issue / Re: 50c Cancel Identification
« on: April 28, 2019, 12:27:05 PM »

Looks like a tipo to me, and likely used in SLP so try Sz 1460 for a fit. Very likely if a tipo the consignment number could be a '2' for VCZ.


1856 -1861 Issues / Cancel Question on 1861 1R
« on: February 25, 2019, 10:47:00 AM »
I have this 1861 type Un Real with a cancel that looks close to but not like Monterrey's Lampazos Sz 879 or Marin's Sz 886. Can anyone give me a closer match? Since the stamp does not have a district overprint, I may be way off on this one coming from the Monterrey district.

Thanks for any help, Bubba

General Discussion / Re: Award for the Worst Fake Mexico Cover Ever!!
« on: October 28, 2018, 12:16:13 PM »
Farley, I have seen som really bad faked covers, but I think this one tops them all. I get a kick out of the packet counterfeits of the first issues that have consignment numbers that are pre-stamps, such a 1836 or other dates.
I just wish all the fakes were this bad and maybe, just maybe, we wouldn't have to contend with the ones that fool newbies to collecting Mexico.

Maximilians / Re: About Maximilian Fakes...
« on: May 30, 2018, 12:20:52 PM »
I would go back to Joe Stuart's article on the fakes of Maxis, Mexicana July 1996. Counterfeit no. 3, type 1 and 2. From what I gather it was Fournier that sold them and the printer likely would be Serrane. Unless someone comes up with papers that implicate the printer I doubt the it will ever be known, but bottom line is that it doesn't make much difference, because it could have been any number of skilled printers at the time. The big difference is that this is the best counterfeit done of the Maxis, and many dealers and collectors still have these in stock or in their collections.

Miscellaneous / Re: Falta de Porte
« on: March 03, 2018, 12:20:02 PM »
I have had these stamps come out of collections, but not on cover. I thought about this issue that was the instigation of Joaquin Escalante, the same guy that brought us the so-called Colima overprints on the Large Numeral issues. I thought about whether this issue was highlighted in Mexicana and a search revieled an article by Phillips B Freer. It was posted in the July 1980 issue of Mexicana. Page 54-57. The article shows some on cover use without post office cancel. Well, one has manuscript lines through it. There are two singles pictured that do have cancel. The last sentence of the article says it all, '"I agree with the opinion of Mr Strauss. The Falta de Porte Stamps are a Mexicana "Cinderella" item.""

After talking to a member of Chapter One, Tim Carroll, a retired postal worker, he said that much of the problem is not the worker being lazy, but the work load everyone is expected to have in the post office. I think this may be the biggest problem with the USPS, because it is not theft but moving the mail. Each year the post office does not meet the budget projections in revenue, they push the worker harder to do more work, an upside down approach. I can understand they are reluctant to hire more workers, but as the old saying goes "The faster I work the more behind I get", holds true. For normal mail the post office has made so much automation that, yes we get letters fast here in the USA, but other things are not so true. Unless a patron sends the package by Priority, which only travels with the first class mail, it doesn't follow a rapid mailing. Interestingly, the thing that covers most of the cost in the USPS, is the junk mail, magazines, and other items that our Mexicana is grouped in with. These items are the things that are the least rapidly sent of all.
As for Mexico's handling of mail, it doesn't matter if the item is first class, magazine or parcel, there is a slowness of unusually poor service. Again, it is likely to personnel problems, low pay and poor management. Make no bones about it, the postal service has a lot of problems in this modern age that they have little idea on how to solve them or they just don't care.

Each week I deal with sending material to Mexico that my buyers order. It is my experience that the following are problems I have with the Mexican postal system.
  • Any order is subject to theft in the post office in Mexico. It may be someone working on the docks transferring mail to another post offices or maybe just a carrier delivering mail to the street addresses. I have no way of knowing.
  • I try to send my material in a discreet envelope that looks more like a normal business mail, than one that might look like something a friend or relative in the States might send. This helps, but not entirely.
  • The most thefts I have had on material seem to be in Mexico DF destinations. Smaller post offices including some large ones like Guadalajara much less so.
  • Delivery is also a problem, as noted by your other entries on this train. I advise my clients that to expect up to two weeks or longer. Most seem to get to them within this time. One of the biggest problems I have is getting notice when something has not been received over sometimes months. Why? Well, likely the receivers are so use to late delivery that they just do not notice that the packages have not arrived.
  • In more expensive lots I bill for registered postage fees. It still cost me over a dollar more than the $15 I collect to send these packages out. To date I have never lost a registered package going to Mexico, but some have been delayed over a month. Unfortunately, registered package (envelopes) are very high in the States.
I have no solution for Mexico's postal system, but they might do better by paying higher wages to keep the corruption to a minimum. Create a better work atmosphere (something that the USPS should also do) and overhaul their management. Lastly, they should invest in more modern technology to move the mail.
What a shame it is that the letters over a hundred years ago were delivered far faster than they are today. I know, because I deal in Mexican Postal History and I have many covers to prove this in past sale and inventory.

1856 -1861 Issues / Re: Orizava Sz 1095 Admon Cnl
« on: September 23, 2017, 01:08:07 PM »
Matching cancel and with close examination it has the Orizava name in the central part of the stamp. Verifited by Banchik in his examples.
PS I am just trying to see if it has any docket covers that place it either in the 1861 issues or in the 1867-8 provisionals.

1856 -1861 Issues / Orizava Sz 1095 Admon Cnl
« on: September 22, 2017, 04:46:10 PM »
I am trying to determine if the Orizava cancel was used during the French intervention period or later in the Provincial period 67-8.
Anyone with a dated cover?

Eagles / Re: Salvatierra.Admon de Correos eagle cancel.
« on: August 20, 2017, 12:36:30 PM »
Why not take the scan of the cover and crop the stamp and cancel? Should drop the bytes down so we can all see it on Meximail.

1868 Issue / Re: Anotado query
« on: August 20, 2017, 12:27:52 PM »
Doug always told me. Look for the break in the top of the "oao", because all genuine examples have this. There are a few of the fakes that may exhibit this as well. If so, check the capitol "A" and the length of the overprint.
I would say your item is a fake Anotado.

Miscellaneous / Re: Variations in a single cancellation
« on: March 26, 2017, 01:32:44 PM »
No, they didn't have rubber cancels, but this is an example of a roll and slide application. The bottom cancel has a definite break in the letter as it was applied and the top or bottom moved the show that break and taller letters.

Maximilians / Re: Engraved - "Only Name", 867
« on: March 09, 2017, 01:29:27 PM »
The name only on the first type Lithograph issues is a constant issue used to supply patrons with new stamps for the old stamps (Eagles) that were turned in to the post office. Considering that vast amount of those that are found unused and the few that are found used of the Mexico Maxi w/o consignment #s, there is a special value on those stamps.
With the engraved issues, any that did not receive the consignment numbers were basically freaks and not a standard issue. So, they generally do not have the same value as those that were used in the early part of the Maximillian issues. Prices for those would be difficult to compare and that may be the reason that Nick did not apply a special value to them.

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