On eBay you might be seeing Germany Gandhi Proof Print stamp or Black Print stamp, but it's a photograph taken from 1969 Germany Year Book. In past, I bought this Germany Proof print and I have to return it to seller.
So make sure when you buy this kind of Rare material. It's selling as Germany Gandhi 1969 Black test stamps or Photographic proof or German Archive proof prints.
Germany has issued a surprising number of "proof prints" commonly called "black prints" or in some cases referred to by the post office as, "test stamps". After stamp is selected they come up with color trials which you will see from different countries but very rarely seen this tests stamps.
Test Stamp is a label not valid for postage, used by postal authorities on sample mail to test various sorting and cancelling machines or machines that can detect the absence or presence of a stamp on an envelope. May also be known as "dummy" or "training" stamps.
In most cases, the "proof prints" from Germany have been made using the
engraved portions of issued stamps. They are usually imperforate, printed in one color (different than the issued stamp).
Above is copy of 1969 yearly Germany Stamp book
How you can make TEST stamp.
1) Print above sheet
2) Cut it
3) Print more on kodak paper or any good paper
4) start selling.!!
Recently I saw this kind of photographers (similar to my purchase) are selling for $130!! on eBay by seller "creativityplus4" from UK. So make sure before you buy what are you buying it.!!
Want to know more about Germany Gandhi stamps related philatelic material then click one of the following link to read my previous blog post.
1) Deutsche Briefmarke Gandhi - Briefmarkensammlung
2) Gandhi Briefmarken Specimen from Germany
3) INTERNATIONAL PHILATELIC EXHIBITION : Fake and Forgery !!
4) Is Germany withdrawing from Euro or Leaving Euro Zone ?. But it started in Germany.!!
5) Germany Gandhi Imperf stamp used cover and BLUM case of Forged Rubber stamp.!
6) Germany Gandhi First Day Cover selling under $2.!!
7) Mother of all FORGERY. Bogus Gandhi Special Cancellation from Winnenden Germany to celebrate Non-Violence for School shooting.
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