The Cambridge Birds 1 version 2 Faststamps mentioned here, have sold for what is believed to be a record price on eBay.
This modest-looking set of 6 x 40g Worldwide, which cost £9.90 last month, sold for £361.50 on eBay this week-end.
bidders chased it up but the winning bid was sniped 2 seconds before
the close. The first under-bidder had made a few bids and probably
thought that bidding 10 seconds away would win it, but he was beaten by
The stamps were rare because only one roll of 1500 was used,
in the last week of January. Some were probably bought by
non-collecting PO users. Those bought for collectors would be in sets
of 6 designs, either all with the 40g Worldwide rate, or one for each of
the possible rates:
A set of these sold at the same time on eBay for £78.54. 7 bidders fought for this one.
The high price
for the Worldwide 40g set comes about because when this particular set
was issued the machines only dispensed 5 values: many collectors
obtained the set of 30. Stanley Gibbons' catalogue assigned a number to
each possible value (rather than each design). Now that the machines
have been upgraded to provide the additional value 'Worldwide 40g' a new
catalogue number must be assigned, and collectors will want this.
knows how many of either set were produced but some will have been
bought by collectors in small numbers, and others will have bought
multiples for sale. But there will be very few.
Charterhowse Hydon to Ashton 1636 - The entire below was sent from Charterhowse Hydon (later Hinton Charterhouse) to [Long] Ashton on 2nd Janaury 1636 - there are no postal or rate markings.