In June 2010 Gandhi 10 Rupees SERVICE overprint stamp was selling for $225,000 from San Francisco, California by "tappalman" (as of 6/26/12 eBay id don't exist.!!!), with FORGERY of expertising certificate.
Looking to all Facsmile/Copy available in 2012 for this kind of 1948 SERVICE stamp how we can trust this is indeed Genuine stamp. To read more about FAKE Gandhi Stamps read following blog post for more awareness.
1) 1948 Gandhi Facsimile stamp
2) Maryland Forgery
3) How can you tell Gandhi SERVICE stamp is FAKE or Genuine.?
4) FAKE 10 Rs. SERVICE stamp price $1009 to $1 in just 4 months?
Following is FAKE/Forgery/Facismile/Copy of this stamp available. How we can trust above is indeed Genuine stamps.
But it will be hard to notice that if replica is a used stamps by applying forged rubber stamp.
Yes we are seen lot of forged rubber stamp on Gandhi stamps as well as British India stamp of King George stamps, King Edward stamps and Queen Victoria stamps and First Aerial Mail from Allahabad.
Following are some forgery blog post I wrote in past.
1911 First Aerial Mail post forgery card (one of the greatest philatelic blunder in forgery) with receiving and sending postmark.
|BOGUS forgery cancellation card of 1911 First Aerial Mail from Allahabad.|
|Gandhi SERVICE FAKE Stamps and Governor Cancellation|
|FAKE 1948 Indian Embassy of Nepal cancellation and Independence day of India|
Forged 1948 Gandhi FDC with Indian Embassy of Nepal cancellation!!
|Forged 1948 Gandhi Nepal Indian Embassy Cancellation|
|FAKE 1948 Gandhi stamps "JAI HIND" Cancellation|
|FAKE Overprint Cameroun, Nicaragua stamps and FDC!!|
Why 2009 FAKE or BOGUS (not approved by Germany post) Germany Special Cancellation on October 2nd.? (This makes all 1969 special cancellation questionable!!, because who knows what have happen in 1969.!!). Also don't know up to what stage collector goes to take benefit. !!
If this replica stamps is forged with rubber stamp you can make lot of money and don't even get caught, because it will be very hard to find out it's forged rubber stamps and replica stamps.
Following are FORGED RUBBER STAMP from British India.!!
What are chances of getting this on your stamps.!!?
I think it's very high.!!
Now beware about all this before you jump into QV stamps Great Britain SC# 110 stamp 1884 brown lilac Queen Victoria stamps
Even this stamps were sold for $790 - $470.!!
BIDDERS!! "hitlerandgandhi" just to glorify Gandhi stamps they increase price of 1948 Gandhi FDC and Used covers.!!! (Images are not enough to understand this so read following blog posts.!!)
I am not expert and I am in this hobby for 4 years only so you don't have to believe me or trust me. But you can think about it. There are more experts with 20-30-40-50 years sitting around with stamp hobby and there are expertizing certificate which might help you.
But expertizing certificates are also Forged !!!
If you don't want to go through all this don't think as Investment and think as "Philately Greed" and you will be SAFE.
I think collector, dealers, seller, forger will do anything for money such as making BOGUS cancellation from Winnenden to celebrate non-violence for school shooting or plane crash cover, forged 1948 stamps, Nepal Indian Embassy cancellation, Gandhi SERVICE stamp with forged Sunday cancellation, letter reaching after 2 years or reaching in 3 days from India to France by removing stamps and black ink of rubber stamp etc.
It's nothing new. In stamp collection it has been going on 160+ years since Penny Black. But counterfeit or forgery is going on since 700 B.C. ( 2500+ years).
Don't you think it's a "PHILATELIC GREED"!!
Gandhi Stamps Club.