Brilliant but cancelled

I bought a book online recently. It arrived today. A couple of the stamps on the package caught my eye, so I looked closely at them:

Surprise!

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4 thoughts on “Brilliant but cancelled

  1. Ok, why would somebody use a 40 year old stamp as postage? Surely it’s more valuable to a collector? Even the Jesse Owens stamp is from 1990, and the skiing stamp is from 1998.

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    1. 51 years old, but who’s counting? Except people born in 1955, ahem. Actually I looked on eBay; someone recently sold two sheets of fifty of these for $12.50 (total). That’s certainly well over face value, but not by enough to make two stamps worth bothering with.

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      1. I once got a first-class letter from our mutual friend Ranjit, who had won a stamp auction on eBay and so my letter’s postage (less than 30 cents at the time) was paid with around 9-10 small-value stamps. It’s nice to get an envelope that deserves as much attention as the content.

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      2. You’re obviously lying, since eBay was founded in 1995 at which time letter postage was $0.32. Still, what you say is true, even if you are lying.

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