Recently I was reading that after Indipex 2011 there was lot of interest in Mahatma Gandhi stamps collection. Lot of new collector want to start Gandhi thematic collection. So I am sharing my experience which may be helpful to new Gandhi collectors or even other stamp collectors.
Do you think Gandhi stamps or philatelic materials will burn you? You decide after reading this blog post and other blog post by comparing
3) selling and buying pattern
4) glorification of Gandhi stamps
5) Shill Bidding
Recently I saw block of 4 Gandhi stamps from Morocco selling for $45.!! where as in past I saw it sold for $2.!!
Even Morocco Gandhi Stamps (Maroc Gandhi stamps) are selling under 50-75 cents
Also in past full sheet of Gandhi stamps with 50 stamps from Morocco was sold for $60-70!! Please click following link to read more about it.
Recently Morocco/Maroc Gandhi FDC was sold for 10 euros. So I was looking past purchase of Maroc Gandhi FDC on delcampe and I was surprised how much price is reduced in 3-4 years. (Thanks Delcampe for making this possible,otherwise I will not able to what happen in past.!!)
Following are screen shots from delcampe which will give you idea how Maroc Gandhi FDC was sold in last 2-3 years.
SOLD FOR 10 EUROS ON 2-13-2011
BUYER IS GREATJOB1.
SOLD FOR 15 EUROS ON 1-2-11
BUYER IS VMKOOTHA. ONLY COVER SOLD BY INDIAN SELLER.
SOLD FOR 18 EUROS ON 2-27-2009
BUYER IS ME VXVM.!! NO OTHER BIDDER.!! One of my early purchase from Delcampe.! (It's me.!!)
SOLD FOR 21 EUROS ON 12-7-2008.
BUYER : ANUSUR ( Did not pay to seller.!! Classic example of glorifying Gandhi stamps!!).
Check following link and look in feedback.
SAME BUYER WHO WAS BIDDING AGAINST ME WHEN I WAS TRYING TO GET CAMEROUN FDC and then other id "khel10ka" started bidding to increase price and did not paid to seller.
More details can be found by clicking following link.(copy and paste in browser). Interesting to read if you have not read before.!!
My 1st year experience of collecting GANDHI philatelic material.
SOLD FOR 32 EUROS ON 24 July 2008
Buyer is Gandhicollector.
SOLD FOR 39 EUROS in May 2008 (Fixed Price option)
Buyer is Brownblackcherry.
SOLD FOR 40 EUROS in March 2008
BUYER IS BROWNBLACKCHERRY.
OTHER BIDDER IS DKKPHILA FROM WHOM I BOUGHT SOME FDC FROM DELCAMPE IN FEB. 2009.!!
You can see after my purchase this seller stop selling or buying using this account because I studied this seller and learned HOW TO INCREASE PRICE OF GANDHI PHILATELIC MATERIAL.!!
You can also do some study by looking to feedback of this seller.
Delcampe link of DKKPHILA
Even Morocco Gandhi Stamps (Maroc Gandhi stamps) are selling under 50 cents and block of 4 is selling under $2.!!
If you are collecting Gandhi thematic collection for more than 7 years than I think you will be not get burned. But I think if you are entering in this hobby like me than I think you will be.
So now you have to decide wheather Gandhi Stamps/Philatelic materials will burn you if you are new collector or even you are pro?
Will you buy it from ebay or delcampe or from dealers and start Gandhi collection.!!?
1) 1948 Stamps of India are False hope of Riches?
2) 1948 Gandhi Stamps of India: 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
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Gandhi Stamps Club
1) Gandhi Stamp value declining.
2) Pricing Study on Gandhi FDC - Part 1