India Mahatma Gandhi postage stamp : 1948 insufficient postage used on private first day cover !!! Is it ERROR or Forgery?

Hello Gandhi Collectors,

As you all know that Forgeries or FAKE are available more than Genuine or Authentic philatelic material with 1948 India Gandhi Stamp.

But I am not sure why seller don't mention this ? My guess is either they don't know that it's forged or they just don't want to provide all information.

Following is screenshot from eBay were seller "mareval2" is selling First Day Cover with 1948 Gandhi Stamp India send to USA.

According to me it has insufficient postage stamp from India. In 1948 seamail postage to USA was 3 1/2 Annas whereas on this cover there postage stamp from India of 1 1/2 Annas so it's missing 2 Annas.!!

Also there is no postage due stamp from USA postal department so what it is.!!

Due you  think USA postal department missed putting this stamp and it's a valid cover.?


Due you think it was not travelled to USA and address might been typed afterwards.!! as 1948 Gandhi stamp were glorified because of Internet, economy boom in India and lot of Indian people are working overseas (Non Resident India) so they can INVEST in stamps!!

I was also bidding for this insufficient postage 1948 Gandhi private first day cover for research only!! so I know following details and it was surprising to me that buyer of this cover is biggest seller of REPLICA (Copy, Facsimile) from Slovekia!!  including Gandhi, British India stamps such as King George, King Edward etc.

So not sure what's going on.!! It's confusing.!!

280995570858Oct-12-12Oct-22-12 06:08:18GBP 23.00India 1948 Gandhi 1.5a on first day cover to USAma-collectorshop (*)mareval2

so what do you think about following PRIVATE FDC without "Jai Hind" special cancellation or without Official Cachet from India post.!!

Now moving to private FDC with local post office cancellation on Gandhi India stamp.!! Does it make sense to make this kind of cover?

Look at pricing of following private 1948 Gandhi First Day Cover from India. It's selling from $225 - $675.!!

I think this is very very high even if they are genuine.!!  It should not be more than $10-$25 but that's the way in Gandhi stamp collection specially in 1948 Gandhi stamps from India.

But if eBay buyer "hitlerandgandhi" is active then this will sells for $2000-$5000!!

To me it does not make sense private Gandhi First Day Cover in 2012 also because it does not have interesting things to collect and it does not even make unique or GENUINE because this can be done any time.

We all had seen forged special "Jai Hind" cancellation so it's not a big deal about official cancellation also but it still make unique than private cancellation from regular post office on first day cover.

Also you can have special cancellation afterwards by forgery or some one has stolen special cancellation  or we might know whether that particular special cancellation is indeed genuine such as from Simla or Pondicherry or other smaller town.!!

So keep your eyes open when you jump in to any private First day cover with Gandhi India stamp!! otherwise you will have some forgery material which no one will buy it or even win you in a exhibit.!!

You can only win a exhibit if you are a very brand name(involved in various countries philately committe, judges in international exhibitor etc)  in philately then they judges don't check whether it's genuine or forgery because judges themselves depends on that brand name philately exhibitor.!!

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.

To me at the end it will be JUST PIECE OF PAPER.!!

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.!!).

Still cannot decide then read following blog post which might help you.

Still not decided then my opinion is AVOID it all the cost.!! and have peace of mind instead of worrying you are buying Genuine material.!!!

To me all Gandhi Philatelic material available ( specially before 1950) looks FAKE or Forgery as it is very hard to find Genuine stuff and as new collectors (like me) wants to collect, so some greedy experienced collectors/dealers will provide  all of us as well as experienced collectors.!!

Still want to do research  then please read my other blog post and have fun.!!

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.

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