Initially I was thinking that overprint Gandhi stamps were indeed error (knowing or unknowing) but I was not sure at all, but recently I came to know about J & H Stolow Inc. ( Julius and Henry Stolow) and my view on this ERROR stamps changed completely.
It's nothing but to make money from collector.!!
This company was world largest stamp wholesaler until 1970. Also deliberately order or made overprint stamps.!!
And now plenty of them are coming to market because either original founder retired or no more in world and others don't know how to control the price or value.
But this has NO value from begin with.!! It's not ERROR or RARE stamps.
Not only that why this kind of deliberate error stamps are glorified in stamp exhibit, stamp handbooks and yearly book, blogs, website etc. I don't think this needs to be even mentioned or displayed so other new collectors don't get in to this kind of stamps, or needs to tell them truth what it is(false error stamps) and why it is (to make money)!!.
To me it looks like we are promoting this kind of false error stamps instead of mentioning truth about it.
Following are some of the Overprint stamps of Gandhi.!!
There are 2-3 more of this kind of stamp from this 2 countries.
You can read more about them at wikipedia link which is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Stolow
After reading about J & H Stolow Inc and doing more research I found out that
1) They were preparing stamp for Africa and other smaller countries.
2) They did overprinting of stamps
3) And lot more.................
One of their overprinting link is following
Now after reading this link and also about the J & H Stolow I am curious about Gandhi overprint stamps from Cameroun & Nigragua which are currently selling from some european countries where this J & H Stolow has some roots.
I found interesting articles about Fake and Forgery in Overprint stamp. Following is the link and screenshot. It's very interesting to see how many Fakes & Forgery are available.
Please read my other blog post regarding overprint stamps.
So my advice is to stay away from all lucrative offers about INVESTMENT in 1948 Gandhi stamp from India or any British India stamp collection.
So beware what are you collecting.
So you need to think always before you buy otherwise you will regret.
If you have money to throw away then start collecting British India Stamps, 1948 Gandhi Stamps and Philatelic material and you will have a PIECE of PAPER (with no peace of mind.!!).
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
It's all Bogus!!!
Gandhi Stamps Club.