Riverside Stamps

To Contact Riverside

To Contact Riverside Stamps:
Email:
Mike Girard - Owner / Operator / Web Master: g1rardmn1099@comcast.net

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I will allow free use of the images and content - all I ask is that permission be asked and credit given for the copied data.

Any suggestions for additions or changes are always welcome.



Welcome to Riverside Stamps.

Scott #546 Used Single.

For other examinations of fake and altered stamps that I have done please click here.


Scott #355 Used Paste-Up Pair - Missing The Paste-Up Tab.

For other examinations of fake and altered stamps that I have done please click here.


Scott #355 Unused MNH Single.

UPDATE! The A.P.S. returned a verdict and I was wrong.


 

For other examinations of fake and altered stamps that I have done please click here.


Scott #348 Unused GL Pair.

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For other examinations of fake and altered stamps that I have done please click here.


Scott #355 Unused Pair

Updated!

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For other examinations of fake and altered stamps that I have done please click here.


Changes to my RF overprint page.

I've decided to split up my RF overprint page into three distinct pages:

  1. The research I've done on a genuine RF Overprint cover that I own.
  2. Fake RF overprints I own and why they are fake.
  3. Fake RF overprint listings that I've found and keep finding on eBay.


New website to help out stamp buyers.

I get a weekly newsletter from Mr Fancy Cancel (Frank Kaplan) and in the 9/25 offering he mentions a website started by Bill Weiss and Don Denman called Stamp Smarter.  In a nutshell the site has a number of contributors that scour the major stamp selling sites, mainly eBay, looking for dodgy, misleading or outright fraudulent stamp listings and then make that information available for all to see.  I was very impressed with the site and I, like Frank, encourage all who see this to go have a look


Damaged Cover with Scott #814 and Post Office Seals.

I was asked by a client to look at a damaged cover franked with a Scott #814 that had been put back together with postal seals.  It turns out the auxilary markings may be an earliest known use.  Click on the image below to see to whole story.

Updated!

I got a reply back from a member of the Auxiliary Marking Club on my request for information.


So you think it's a Scott #10?

Most of the stamps offered up on Ebay identified as Scott #10 are really Scott #11.  So how can one tell the difference?  I've written up a paper outlining a few easy things to look for that will separate the wheat from the chaff.


Can it be determined if the cancel on a Kans./Nebr. overprint is on top or not?

An interesting question from a visitor to the website, for more please click here.


Analysis of a suspect used Nebr. overprint.

I decided to do an indepth analysis of a used Nebr. overprint that did not look quite right to me.  For all the details please click here.


Should Perforation Gauge Measurements have a Tolerance?

After looking at a lot of genuine perforations I've noticed that there is some variation from the established precise norms of 11.93 for gauge 12 and 9.97 for gauge 10.  for more details please click here.

My name is Mike Girard and  I have been a member of eBay since Sept 1, 2000, my feedback score is 2017 at 100% positive feedback rating.

Detailed Seller Ratings 

Criteria Average Rating Number of Ratings
Item as Described 4.9 17
Communications 5.0 17
Shipping Time 4.9 17
S/H Charges 4.6 17

My aim is to provide an informative and entertaining site to help the collecting community. I'd be happy to publish articles written by other collectors.


Current items I have up for sale on ebay can be found here


Past articles and writings.

A study of the differences between the 1922-25 perf 11 flat plate issues and the 1923 & 1931 perf 11X10 1/2 rotary press issues.

Booklet pane watermark orientation.

Detecting Fake Nebr. / Kans. overprints. (Updated and expanded)

PayPal woes - May of 2010.

Signoscope watermark detector replacement bulbs.

Conversations with a customer about a Scott #507, strip of three showing center lines at the top and right edges and J78 plate block of six that was canceled but still had full original gum.



Wanted: Fake, Altered and Repaired Stamps.

I'm looking to acquire fakes, forgeries, altered and repaired stamps to add to my growing reference collection. My main area of interest is U.S. 19th and early 20th century. For uncertified examples I'm willing to negotiate a price but letís be honest, a low value stamp that has been altered to fake a higher value stamp has little to no value, for certified examples I'll pay $25.00 for stamps that have been certified within the last 12 months and $15 for stamps with certificates older than 12 months. For repaired stamps (repaired tears, filled thins, added margins, lengthened perf tips, cleaned cancels, regummed etc.) I'll offer 10% of catalogue price - I'm talking about well-done repairs, a torn corner put back with scotch tape does not count.

Having analyzed sixty plus stamps I feel comfortable in offering my services to the collecting community to analyze suspect U.S. stamps and offer an opinion if it is genuine or not. I won't charge any fee to do analysis, it would make me very happy to save someone from paying the fee for a certificate on an obvious fake or altered stamp plus I get the added benefit of the experience gained from examining a stamp.

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