Tuesday, August 24, 2010

While I was sleeping....

Looks like Israel Post was busy releasing new stamps. Once again, they are heavily slanted towards collectible topics and formats. There are 2 new sheets issued in both the generic sheet format and a regular sheet format (Happy Holidays and With Compliments) plus a booklet containing both stamps, a mini-sheet with Animals and their offspring, a sheetlet of 9 celebrating 150 years of settlements outside the old city walls in Jerusalem, an Urban Renaissance stamp, the seemingly annual Zahal stamp, and the annual Festivals set of 3. I still haven't put away the last set of new issues I received. Looks like I better hurry and catch up!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Is this real

I saw an interesting lot on E-bay today. It is a copy of the Imaba booklet with tab pairs of the Doar Ivri stamps. This is a fairly rare booklet, and it is more common to see it with blocks of 4 stamps, rather than the tab pairs. The stamps are normally hinged into the booklet. From the pictures, it looks like the tab pairs are placed in mounts, rather than hinged into the booklet. Maybe someone took the original stamps out of the booklet and put them back in using mounts. Or, it is possible that someone bought a booklet with blocks of four and replaced the stamps with the more valuable tab pairs. I don't know if it is possible to tell for sure what happened. Maybe someone who knows more about the Doar Ivri issue than I do would be able to tell if the right versions of the tab stamps are included or not. To me, the value of the booklet is severely diminished by this. What do you think?