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Details about  1 Rare 1941 12 1/2x12 Gibbons #963a Karelo-Finnish USSR Russian Postage Stamp

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1 Rare 1941 12 1/2x12 Gibbons #963a Karelo-Finnish USSR Russian Postage Stamp
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30 Jul, 2015 04:31:21 BST
US $34.00
Approximately £22.48(including postage)
US $4.00 (approx. £2.64) Standard Delivery | See details
Item location:
Santa Fe Springs, California, United States


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Item specifics

Type: Single Stamps Country of Manufacture: Russian Federation

This is from page 64 of a 1960s era Russia postage stamp album. . It is the Gibbons 6th edition #963a, the rare 12 1/2 x 12 perforated version that commemorates the first year of the creation of the Karelo-Finnish SSR, which was what the area across from Leningrad was called until the war ended.   It is unused, but hinged, so I am only valuing it at the cancelled price..  The cancelled price is $34, and the uncancelled is $170, but Gibbons says that the stamps that are hinged should not be considered completely unused.  This variation doesn't show in my Scott's guide.  

The stamp appears to be genuine. They were purchased over two to three decades from several stamp stores and dealers in Alaska.  I originally thought these were purchased in Southern California, but found out I was mistaken. 

I am NOT a philatelist, but I have consulted with a stamp expert on describing stamps accurately and how to use the price catalogs.  If you wish, I can translate any particular stamp you are interested in.  Most just say "Postage Stamp" and the denomination, but the commemorative or special purpose stamps will have other inscriptions.  I am selling a VERY large stamp album of Russian stamps for a friend, page by page.  He wants to sell them like this, and is not interested in selling the whole album at once, so please don't ask.  The value of most of the stamps are mostly, to me, too small to justify the time to list them separately.  If I come across any higher value stamps, I may sell them separately.   I have decided that whoever buys the largest amount of pages will get the album binder free when I get down to the last pages.  There are a little less than 500 pages, so this will take some time.  I am relying on the catalog pages for the accuracy of some details that I am not entirely competent to discern, mainly on whether the sheets are horizontally or vertically watermarked.  I have two perforation measuring tools to check the perforation measure, and have been instructed on how to use them by a stamp expert. I believe my descriptions are accurate, and will stand by them.  If I have described any important features incorrectly, you can return the stamp page(s).  

ALL the stamps are lightly hinged, and most of them have been marked in pencil on the gummed side with cryptic numbers.  The catalog numbers on the pages the stamps are affixed to are from the "New World-Wide Postage Stamp Catalog", from the 1960's and 70's,  and the catalog numbering of the stamps in the 2008 Stanley Gibbons catalog has apparently been revised since the late 1960s and early 1970s when these catalog pages were printed for the stamps to be affixed to, and that is apparently why the issue numbers do not match exactly. I am also using the Scott's 2009 catalog for price comparison.

I usually ship USPS, but I look at other ways to get the lowest cost. If you don't want the catalog page, but just the stamps, I can gently remove the hinge from the catalog and mail your stamps in a #10 envelope, First Class. For Domestic customers, the new shipping cost would be a flat $2.00, and for International customers, the shipping cost would be a flat $5.00. Send me an email BEFORE you pay for the items, so I can send you an invoice with the exact shipping cost.  Shipping weight about 6 ounces.. For domestic purchasers, I will send these in a large catalog envelope, and for international purchasers, flat rate envelopes.  I will have to fold the pages at the binding edge to fit them into the flat rate envelopes, as the pages are about 9 1/2" x 11 5/16" (24.2 cm x 28.7 cm).

I will combine shipping on all my items. A large number of pages would fit in a single flat rate envelope, so there will be no additional shipping charge for up to 50 pages.  If you would prefer, I will hold your pages until you have accumulated several of them so they might be shipped all at once.   If you have a question about shipping costs for a specific mix of items, please don't hesitate to email me for a shipping cost quote.  If you choose to then buy the items, please wait until I send you an invoice before paying for the items for your combined shipping quote or you might send excess shipping payments that ebay will charge a non-refundable fee for. 

International shipping ok.
 The ebay and USPS delivery estimates are wildly optimistic. My experience is that international shipping will take 10 - 21+ days until delivery. Only Express Mail has a chance to meet the delivery estimate  INTERNATIONAL SHIPPERS NOTE: I cannot determine or pay any duties or know about quarantine your country may impose on any of my items.  Please check with your local post office BEFORE buying or bidding so you don't get any unwelcome surprises.  International First Class is the least expensive, but also is the least dependable.  Please be sure you are able to legally purchase and receive postage stamps made in Russia and the Soviet Union before bidding.  Please select your shipping option or send me a message indicating your shipping option through ebay when buying. 

INSURANCE NOTE:  I try to insure every shipment of $20.00 or more by ebay's insurance.  Unfortunately, 2012 postal regulations forbid insurance on certain types of postal shipping services  to various countries.  Also, unfortunately, I now usually only find out whether an item can be insured when I go to make out the shipping label.  If insurance is incredibly important to you, email me before bidding and I will try to see if the least expensive shipping service can be insured.  An example of the international differences is that at this time, Canada apparently forbids insurance on all postal service levels except Express Mail Parcels.  In contrast, I have been able to insure First Class Parcels to both Argentina and Switzerland.  I do not personally insure anything.  UNINSURED SHIPMENTS ARE SENT AT YOUR OWN RISK.  

If you look at my ratings, you will note that only 2% of the sellers on ebay have my dual distinction.  I have earned these ratings by being an honest, accurate and fast shipping seller.  If you have ANY question or concern, please contact me through ebay messages and NOT through the paypal email address, as I only check that address monthly.  I will answer most ebay messages in less than 1 day, and all in 2 days.

Returns accepted for inaccurate item descriptions only.  Uninsured shipments are at your risk.  I always have confirmation that I have shipped.

Local pickup ok for all my items.  Payment on pickup must be cash only.

Alternate payment methods ok if no paypal account as indicated below.

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