Monday, November 13, 2006

The Most Valuable Stamp

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From the Wichita Newsbrief
He was a stamp collector as a kid, so you can only imagine the surprise to a Broward County, FL campaign commissioner when he saw the unusual stamps on the absentee ballot. There were three of them, two of them were from the 20s and 30s, but it was the one with the upside down plane on it that was the eye catcher. It is one of the more famous stamps in the hobby, a 1918 printing of a WWI era "Jenny" airplane. Only 100 are known to exist. In a test run of the presses, four sheets of the stamps were accidentally printed with the plane upside down. The sheets were supposed to be destroyed, but 100 made it into the public. The stamp was worth anywhere between $200,000 to $400,000, but since it got canceled on the absentee ballot, its value dropped to between $20,000 to $100,000.

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I was just thinking about this stamp not too long ago. Yes, I was a geeky stamp collector and had dreams of finding this stamp in some rotting box in a dusty attic.

My question is this... why would this person do this? I wonder what the motivation is? The vote can't be counted because there is no name on the ballot. There is more to the story I'm sure.

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