OUTSMART THE FAKERS & BAD SELLERS!
As you know, many faked and forged stamps & covers are offered on the market, especially on Ebay. Without a proper knowledge, it is often difficult for the collector to seperate the wheat from the chaff. We have decided to include that section to spot the wrong items on the market and to help our fellow philatelists to avoid some bad deals.
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Offered on Ebay April 2013 || Seller alex78_2012 || Moscow, Russian Federation
Zemstvo - So called 'Laishev' cover
Ebay link (valid 60 days) http://www.ebay.com/itm/400468641610?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
BEWARE! This cover was part of the Laishev section of the David Feldman sale (2012). It was not sold as a single lot, and for a good reason. It is possibly a fake and, at best, an extremely doubtful item. The Zemstvo stamp probably doesn't belong to that cover. Please see below the detail showing how both lines of the manuscript cancellation extending over the envelope don't fit exactly with the stamp cancellation. The word 'сентябрь' (September) is incorrect as well (!).The seller has been contacted but avoids to mention this 'detail' on his description and answers with the usual 'some philatelist told me it is genuine' etc.