Russian stamps 10 kopecks imperforate, strip of five, largest multiple known. Ex Fabergé

Russian stamps 10 kopecks imperforate, strip of five, largest multiple known. Ex Fabergé

February 9, 2014

RSFSR 1917-1923: The Igor Gorski Collection

First of all an apology to the readers of this blog for a two months silence, but both professional and familial priorities have taken me away from the world of philately. I trust that I will be able to keep on posting regularly, at least to maintain a good level of entertainment for my collector friends.

Year 2014 starts with a splendid world level collection disposed at Cherrystone: the Igor Gorski collection of RSFSR.

I have been wandering through the superb catalogue, lavishly illustrated with top rarities, only to remember to myself how fascinating a well-researched and nicely mounted collection could be.

The Gorski RSFSR collection is an example of careful work. Probably a work of love. I cannot help but recommand to everyone to get your hands on the Cherrystone catalogue, which is bound to become a reference on that subject.

The collection is very, I mean VERY strong on essays and proofs, unadopted designs and color trials. Many of them had never been pictured in auction catalogues before. The definitive issues are presented litterally packed with all the varieties, shades and possible curiosities that add spicy to the philatelic meal. Did I mention some of the biggest multiples recorded as well?

Postal history is represented too, though in my personal taste at a slightly less interesting level than the stamps (no offense: we are already talking of very high level...). Overall, and as expected from such holding, quite a few items have been previously held by famous RSFSR collectors, namely Liphschutz and Shtern.

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