It has 17 bidders and 35 bids.!!
After looking this do you really think 17 bidders are interested in this or it's SHILL bidding ?
Following is the description of the cover.
"1948 MAHATMA GANDHI , FULL SET INCLUDING THE VERY RARE 10 RUPEE , FIRST DAY COVER , POSTMARKED CALCUTTA , POSTED BY HSBC BANK MANAGER TO HIMSELF ON HSBC COMPANY ENVELOPE …. HAS REAR BACKSTAMP ALSO , ITEM HAS TEN DAYS TO RUN ONLY ….. "
Now think following points and decide whether this make sense.?
- Why HSBC manager want private FDC from Ballgunge local post office? (Even though official Post & Telegraph FDC envelopes were available in Calcutta GPO which was 8-9 km away from this post office).
- Why HSBC manager did not want official Jai Hind special cancellation issued for this stamp.?
It will be very hard to deliver stamps to all post office on first day of issue. (It's not possible in 2016.!! so how it's possible in 1948 and that also on Sunday which was first anniversary of India Independence.)
Also there were not that many stamp collectors in 1948 as there was not that much money with people to invest in stamps and FDC.!!
Click following link to know what is this 1948 special Jai Hind cancellation.!!
Even after 17 bidders price did not go up for this Private FDC stamp collection- Personal FDC - Philatelic collection.
In past I saw Private FDC stamp collection - Personal FDC - Philatelic collection of 1948 Gandhi stamps were sold from $3000 - $900.!!
Private FDC was sold for $1675. (by eBay seller "mafeking100")
Personal 1948 India Gandhi stamps First Day cover full set was sold for $900 by ebay seller "aspireb"
Indian Embassy of Nepal postmark cancellation by ebay seller "himphinu"
There are more than 100+ blog post just about 1948 Gandhi stamps Bogus & Forgery philatelic collection.!!
There are so many forgery philatelic material with 1948 Gandhi stamps, one can open exhibit for just FORGERY and BOGUS Gandhi philatelic collection.
It's just required FORGERY stamp and rubber stamp to make philatelic collection material and apply on any old cover you find with stamp dealer in stamp show.!!
You can write a Handbook about Gandhi stamps forgery and Bogus philatelic material.!!
The current Handbook has lot of examples of forgery and bogus philatelic material and also some of them are with incorrect information.
In Handbook they never mentioned it's forgery or possible forgery.!!
But author know who submitted in the book.!!
To me Handbook is nothing but marketing of bogus or forged philatelic material with help of other famous collector who exhibit in stamp show.!!
To me it's easy way to make money by creating philatelic material.!!
I think philatelic used cover or register cover was made to make money.!!
So beware before you buy and philatelic material. It's just a rubber stamp.!!