Hello Gandhi Philatelist,

Happy Independence Day to all my blog reader from India as well as all PIO (Person of Indian Origin). On 15th August 1947 after more then 200 years, it was the first time people of India were feeling PROUD TO BE INDIAN on this date as they were freed from British Rule.

On 15th August 1948 exactly after one year of Independence of India, Mahatma Gandhi stamps (set of 4) were issued by India  to celebrate this proud day for every Indian.

But since last 3+ years I am seeing wide range of wrong/illegal things happening in Gandhi Stamps and Philatley material even though it was issued on this first anniversary of Indian Independence and also this trend is continued till today, by making/selling FAKE or Forgery stamps and Cancellation of this 1948 Gandhi Stamps.

Some one made forgery cover or any philatelic material and it will flow in market without anyone can guarantee it's a genuine and collector will display in exhibit or collector will send it to philatelic handbook author so it will be in the book or it will be announced in newsletter or blog or website and it will be glorified as genuine.!!

But in reality it is a forgery philatelic material which we will try to collect it. We had seen this example in 2009 Germany special cancellation with Illegal use of Emblem of India and Gandhi image from Winnenden on October 2nd to celebrate International Day of Non-Violence.!!

One of my favorite forgery is from Indian Embassy of Nepal Cancellation on 1948 Gandhi stamps cover FDC with date of 15th August 1948 which was Sunday.

Recently I saw Tibet 1933 handmade paper cover with Nepal transit seal on 1948 India Gandhi stamp.!! It's not amazing that 1948 Gandhi stamps on 1933 Tibet Cover.!!!

Description on eBay is Tibet 1912 1st issue (Reproduction) with 1/2t dark blue (scott no 10) & 1t carmine bisected (scott 11) stamps on handmade paper envelope with Nepal Transit on Gandhi Stamp cancelled. The seller cannot guarantee the genuineness as it is bought from a US dealer.!!

Handmade paper cover.!!! it's another way to make philatelic more interesting.!! with dual cancellation from Tibet and Nepal and India stamp used abroad.!!

But more amazing thing is that seller does not guarantee that this GENUINE.!! (It's good that seller mentioned this so collector will not get cheated unlike other seller.). But seller did not mentioned about Indian Embassy Nepal cancellation.!! (just Nepal transit)

But if you look closely it has cancellation from Indian Embassy of Nepal.!!

Before seeing this cover I was under impression that this circular cancellation applied on cover is indeed Genuinely applied on all cover, but after looking above cover, I am questioning this circular cancellation also along with comet cancellation.

Previously I was questioning only comet cancellation which is applied on cover with dated 15th August 1948.(not with cachet cover and special cancellation issued on 15 August, which are also FAKE/Forgery some times.!!)

Even certification experts such as BPA and others don't certified cancellation !!! because it's easy to make one or get from post office!!!!!!!!!

Please read my following blog post to understand correctly what happened in past in Indian Embassy of Nepal cancellation as well as Tibet cover with 1948 Gandhi Stamp, so you get some idea about this kind of philately material and whether you should invest (collect) in this or not.

Now after reading above blog post don't you think FORGERY in cancellation of 1948 India Gandhi  stamps.

I have one 1948 Gandhi private FDC (cover without any cachet, not on officially Indian P&T cover)  on just simple cover with Nepal Indian Embassy cancellation in my collection bought around $80 which I regret (all the time) buying it because I was not aware of things going in Gandhi Philately. So Beware of this kind of material otherwise you will also regret like me.!!!

This is how to make money on Philately material by just
using Mint stamp available under $2 and sell it for $50-$80!! 
I think I paid too much for that private FDC (FAKE FDC) with comet cancellation.!! (For 1 1/2 anna to $80.!!!). It was not only me but some famous collectors also got trap.!! You might have got  idea from my previous 4 blog post about this.

Even one of the collector/dealer (not verified) offered me to buy back my cover so I shut my mouth.!!

But anyhow this Tibet cover with India Gandhi stamp  was sold for $9.99 on June 13 with single bidder, but it was again in auction for $29.99 with auction ending on July 18th with no bidder.!!

Don't know why it was again for auction !! But your guess is my guess.!! As a Gandhi Stamp Collector you might have seen same item coming again for auction. 

It's nothing new in Gandhi Philately were price is inflated by not paying after winning auction so other collector will assume it's a good buy so in future they will try to get it if they available cheaper.!!

Please read following series of my blog post  to understand what is going on stamp collecting world specially in Indian Philatelic material with 1948 Gandhi stamps.

1) 1948 Stamps False hope of Riches?
2) 1948 Gandhi Stamps: Are False hope of Riches - Part II ?
3) 1948 Gandhi Mourning Private FDC : Are False hope of Riches - Part III?
4) 1948 Expensive Gandhi FDC : Are False hope of Riches - Part IV?
5) 1948 Gandhi Stamps Early Usage cover :  Gandhi Stamps Are False hope of Riches - Part V?
6) Maxi Card sold for $5100 with 1948 Gandhi Stamps - False hope of Riches - Part VI?
7) Indian Philately Exposed 
8) Indian Philately Exposed - Part II

After reading all of the above blog post in which very very high price was paid for 1948 Gandhi stamps cover and falsely inflated price.

Also now new collectors are getting into this hobby, but there is a huge push to create a glorification of 1948 Gandhi stamps from India on FDC as well as used on cover.

Don't you think we need to protect this stamp as it was issued for special purpose and stop all kind of illegal activity in 1948 India Gandhi Stamps and Philately material, which was to celebrate this proud day for every Indian.


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