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Messages - Michael Kielb

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Post-classic Stamps 1900 - 1940 / Re: Question on 1916 Over-prints
« on: February 01, 2011, 06:39:21 PM »
Here's another attempt at attaching a scan of the stamp

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

Postal Stationary / Re: Barral postal card on eBay...
« on: December 31, 2010, 10:39:42 PM »
If it's the dealer your suspicious of, I have dealt with him several times with positive results.  Not at all a suspicious character.  If you like it go for it.

1856 -1861 Issues / Re: Number of Post Offices in 1856 and Subsequent Years
« on: September 14, 2010, 10:55:17 AM »
Perhaps another issue is that some of the small towns may have been incorporated/absorbed into larger communities. 

General Discussion / Re: The exact time wherever you are instantly.
« on: September 02, 2010, 11:50:26 AM »
Thanks.  I am also a punctuality freak.  There are two ways to arrive - on time or late.  If you arrive slightly early, you will be on time.

General Discussion / Re: New information on eBay
« on: April 13, 2010, 08:38:05 AM »
Regarding the ebay watch function - I know that I watch a wide variety of items for several reasons. 
First, there are the items that I am interested in buying.  I will keep an eye on them and drop a bid as time is running out typically, provided the "price is right."  If I am really interested in the item I might put in a token bid early on and boost it near the end. 
Second, there are items that I have an interest in tracking as far as price goes.  They might be too expensive for my current budget (lots there these days) or I just want to keep track of the market.  I keep a small log of items I am interested in and what they are selling for at auction (this includes many non-ebay auctions). 
Third, there are things that just catch my eye and I want to see what happens.
As a result, at any moment in time I might be watching 10-30 items, with an intent of bidding on 1-2, or more if the price is right. 
When I was selling more on ebay I felt that the watch list function was a way for buyers to maximize they spending.  It definitely was a minus for sellers.  I was entirely against the massive expansion in the number of items a person could watch.  As a buyer I love it.
Anyway, that's just one person's view of how the watch list works on ebay.

Eagles / Re: Mexico ??183-1864 8R third period with Large Figures
« on: December 02, 2009, 09:26:09 PM »
Sorry, I just enlarged the scan and see the month better - clearly not AGO

Eagles / Re: Mexico ??183-1864 8R third period with Large Figures
« on: December 02, 2009, 09:24:37 PM »
Manuel - Any chance it is a transposed 138?  The month in the CDS kinda looks like AGO.  Are there many (any) records of transposed figures?  It seems to be the "most simple" explinaion.
Just a thought,Mike

Maximilians / Re: Zacatecas sub 54 1866
« on: October 03, 2009, 10:17:40 AM »
I could use it as well.  Any suggested source would be appreciated.  Michael

I want to open your case closed with a question- Would an 1821 Guatemala cover make it colonial?  Ignorantly, I don't know when Guatemala gained any degree of independence from Spain.  Michael

1868 Issue / Re: 1868 on ebay - Teotihuacan
« on: September 28, 2009, 09:22:12 PM »
I have found in other areas of classic stamps that inks and cancels were often most poorly taken care of in some of the smaller post offices or those in areas of political unrest.  Somehow, I think that I should try and add the Yucatan Affair to my library.  Better start looking.  Thanks for the advice.

1868 Issue / Re: 1868 on ebay - Teotihuacan
« on: September 28, 2009, 06:52:27 PM »
1 - Regarding the DeThuin forged cancels - is there a list?  I have several cancels that are suspect to me, but need some study.  Perhaps a MEXICANA article?  Love some reference here.
2 - Regarding "gray" ink versus poorly inked and poorly cleaned canceling device, I've always found this somewhat confusing.  In collecting classic-ear material from many parts of the world these two issues always come to the forefront. Some postmasters were meticulous, others quite lazy and sloppy. 

General Discussion / Re: Mexican commemorative banknotes
« on: September 24, 2009, 09:30:05 AM »
As always - beautifully engraved notes, lacking the gaudy overkill of the US notes. 

Other Issues / Re: Registration Postal Marking on stamps
« on: September 20, 2009, 01:34:40 PM »
Bubba - I'll take a look through my small number of covers from Mexico over the past few years.  I agree, stuff that this will be interesting, and confusing in the future. 

General Discussion / Re: How many of you are really reading this?
« on: September 15, 2009, 11:34:27 AM »
Bubba - I've already commented on the fact that I tend to read every post and sometimes comment, but have been thinking about the discussion on buying or bidding at auctions and how numbers have been down.  Before the advent of eBay I received a dozen or so auction catalogues a year.  My bidding was tempered by the limit of what was available.  I also attended a dozen or so stamp shows.  Now with eBay I can search daily and spend weekly, if not daily.  Instead of having a bolus of bucks for the major auctions my pot is diluted.  Now, that said, it's not meant to be critical, only an observation.  My major expenditures are still at speciality auctions, but I have to admit I play the field with eBay weekly. I wonder if this is the case with others?  Mike

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