Recently I saw FRENCH INDIA Colonial stamps - Pondicherry Postmark FDC with Gandhi stamps for $5000.!!
Because in 1948 Pondicherry was still not part of India as it was under French India so of course it will be SCARE cover, but it does not make sense at all that Indian post and telegraph will issue a special cancellation for French India post office in Pondicherry.
1) Online Exhibit of Gandhi Stamps
2) Mentioned about this in Philatelic HANDBOOK.
3) Exhibiting in stamp show.
Even Experienced Gandhi stamp collector and award winning exhibitor knows all this thing going in Gandhi stamp collection, but they don't spread words in their exhibition or blogs or website about this big forgery as they don't care because their stamp collection value is increasing!!
Also it's shameful to tell people that there is lot of Forgeries and Bogus in market, because it's affects them.!!
Of course no one cares about this forgery in stamp collection as there is no real owner or company who will file complaint and some of the postal department don't have resources like some brand name companies of expensive items of Rolex watches or Gucci ladies purse or Burberry items.
If it was genuine then lot of FDC will be made because French India colonial stamps were popular and there were lot of collectors in France and other French Colonial.!!
Now compare this Pondicherry postmark with other issued or FORGED or BOGUS postmark and think what are you getting it.
Forgers have not only manufactured stamps for the philatelic market, they have added forged cancellations to those stamps.
Forged cancellations have also be applied to genuine stamps, in cases where the stamps are worth much more postally used. In addition, where rare cancellations are desired by collectors, those cancellations have also been forged.
Cancellations also may be used to prove that certain philatelic items are genuine. For example, forgers have fabricated many supposedly valuable postal covers by adding genuine stamps and forged postal markings to pre-stamp covers. (From Wikipedia)
What to SELF study ?
1) G.P.O missing on Simla, Nagpur and Shillong. WHY ? ( Genuine or BOGUS or Forgery)
2) Alphabet type and size : Shillong, Delhi, New Delhi
3) Shapes of special cancellation (Madras)
4) Is it AUG or AUGUST.
5) Compare lines and size inside the cancellation
6) Compare Hindi languague alphabet "जय हिन्द"
7) All kinds of different things you can think and compare.!!
To me it looks like a BIG SCAM.!!!!!! But it's upto you to decide.!!!
Now you do SELF Study and decide and think deep what happened or happening.!!
There is nothing RARE or Scare in philately because this hobby is in downward trend because experienced collectors are loosing interest because value is not appreciating and new collectors are not coming in to this because there are lot of other things to do for them such as playing video games on Nintendo or X-box , social networking on facebook or google+ or surfing on web through internet or SMS through iphone or android or watch games such as cricket, football or basketball on TV.
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
9) Gandhi SERVICE overprint stamp price fell from $1009 to $1.!!
10) How can you tell that Gandhi SERVICE stamp is FAKE or Forgery ?
I hope all the above will help while making decision in investing stamps and to avoid getting CHEATED.!!
Now don't you think it does NOT make sense STAMP INVESTING!! or even Collecting.!!!
Do you think it's INVESTMENT or GAME.!!
I think it's not for Investment but it's a Philatelic GAME.!!
So let's see how to play Philatelic Game.!! (click to read how to, rules and regulations.!!)
So now what do you think about FRENCH INDIA Colonial stamps - Pondicherry Postmark - FORGERY ?
You don't see 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950,1951,1952, 1953 first day cover with other special cancellation issued from Pondicherry even though it was still ruled by French India.!!
Look following 1952 Mirabai stamps of India with regular Pondicherry postmark from post office.
It don't have special cancellation .!! WHY ?
After 3 years of issuing Gandhi Special Cancellation they don't issue special cancellation like "Jai Hind" for this stamps.!!
To me this circular post office postmark is nothing but a FORGED rubber stamp.!!
Why only Gandhi First Day Cover with special cancellation from Pondicherry and not poet stamps from India FDC with special cancellation and cacheted cover like following even though it was issued after 3 years.!!!
Because Gandhi FDC from Pondicherry and other smaller town (except 4 big cities) it's nothing but to CHEAT you and make you Idiot.!!
But chances of forgery of following is also likely!! so BEWARE what you are buying or collecting.!! Everything is FORGED when prices is high.!! same way like Rolex watches or Gucci ladies purse or Burberry purse.!!
So think before you start collecting FRENCH INDIA Colonial stamps - Pondicherry Postmark or any other stamp collection.