Tuesday, June 29, 2010

My own stamp, again

Do you notice anything different about this My Own Stamp sheet? I recently saw this listed on E-bay, and it caught my eye. There are only 8 stamps on the sheet, while they normally have 12 (2 columns vs 3). According to the seller (Marlen Stamps), this Moses Montefiore sheet was "issued" on December 5, 2007 in a very limited quantity (500). On E-bay, the seller is asking for $69.95 for the sheet. The same seller has an ad in Linn's, offering it for $59.95. He also has a similar sheet for Elvis Presley, this time claiming a print run of 1000. None of the bulletins from the philatelic service have offered this sheet, although most of the other special print generic sheets have been offered for sale through the bulletin (as opposed to the private printings where you can get your own pictures added to a sheet). The sheets that the philatelic service offer are in the $12-15 dollar range. While this is an interesting variety, I am unwilling to pay such a steep premium for the sheets.


Anonymous said...

i put the name Marlen Stamps
on ebay and it is not a seller
or a storei was just courious thee are a lot od\f harks in the water

Adam said...

Here is the link to the e-bay store:

Mark Goldsmith said...

Adam, there is a newer sheet with the same 8 stamp format commemorating Col. Mickey Marcus. It is available from a number of dealers for prices between $15.95 and $18.95. I have not seen it offered on Ebay nor on the Israel Post website.

Anonymous said...


I have been told by a couple of Israel stamp dealers that Marlen creates its own "Special Issues" personalized sheets in "limited edition" quantities. These issues are not authorized by the Israeli Postal Authority, but do benefit both the IPA or its successor and Marlen.