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Your New Buyer Guarantee

When you buy from the Stanley Gibbons Marketplace, you never need to worry about buying fakes again.

Can I interest you in a Rare U.S. #R84 Headless Statue of Freedom? The asking price is a just $3.5 Million for this unique piece of history.

Not familiar with this item? Don’t worry, you haven’t missed out on the next British Guiana One-Cent Black on Magenta. It’s actually from a past listing on Ebay, which remained listed for several months; despite numerous reports to Ebay from collectors worried this listing was damaging Ebay’s reputation as a serious destination for philately.

What it really was – was a fake error, or more simply – the back of a used common U.S. revenue stamp that happened to have some ink transfer from the envelope it was previously on!

I’m sure you’ve head many stories like this, as these types of items are commonly found on Ebay. You may have even had a chuckle or two when viewing them – I know I have! But at the end of the day, when you want to purchase a stamp or collectible – you want to feel safe and confident, and that’s how we want you to feel too. That’s why, at the Stanley Gibbons Marketplace, we do things differently.

We do things differently because we want to provide you with a better collectibles experience. Which is why we’re excited to debut a revolution in the way you buy online, with the Stanley Gibbons Marketplace Buyer Guarantee.

When you shop with us, we’ve now got you covered so that you can shop with confidence. If you received the wrong item, your item is damaged or not as described, or you didn’t receive your item at all, don’t worry – you’re covered by the Stanley Gibbons Marketplace Buyer Guarantee.

With us, you’re shopping your Marketplace, a place we’ve built together as collectors – a safe and trusted place where you can shop confidently for millions of stamps and collectibles, from hundreds of sellers, and never need to worry about who is guaranteeing your purchase. We aim to be a game changer in the market, and this is just one of the many ways we’re building a better collectibles marketplace for you.

 

PS: We would love to hear what you think about our new Stanley Gibbons Marketplace Buyer Guarantee, the new features we’ve built for you, and the ones you’d like to see us build. So be sure to stop by our community forums and share your thoughts with us.

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Featured Store: AlexGreen

Hello everyone,

My name is Alex Green, and I am a stamp dealer working from Sorell, a town in south-eastern Tasmania, Australia.

I specialise in British Commonwealth stamps and covers, with a large inventory with strength across the reigns of King George V and Queen Elizabeth II.  Stamps have been a large part of most of my life.  I am the fourth generation of stamp collector in my family, and the first to make to the step to stamp dealing.  I started selling stamps and covers online in 2011, and joined bidStart in 2013.  Since then I have been building the business through a number of online selling channels.  I really enjoy the research and discovery aspects to stamp dealing – every purchase reveals pleasant surprises for inquisitive and knowledgeable dealers.  Being able to share wonderful stamps with clients from around the world is a further reward.  Stamp dealing is a big part of a busy life.  I also run a sheep and cropping property in south-eastern Tasmania, and represent my community as an elected representative on the local council.  Throw in a company directorship and chairing a join authority, and stamps present a welcome respite from an often hectic lifestyle!

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One of my other interests is history, and stamps are an ideal companion past-time for any history buff.  Serendipitously history and philately often meet.  I purchased a consignment of old Journals and Papers of the Tasmania Parliament, and within one volume was the cover pictured below.  It is an important cover, as it proves the route for Bruny Island mail crossing the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to Gordon.  This cover that had been used as a bookmark for over a century was subsequently sold by me for ten times what had been paid for the journals.

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Along with many other sellers on SG Marketplace, I pride myself on honest, straight-forward descriptions and clear, high-resolution scans of items for sale.  Where I stand out I believe is with outstanding quality items and very competitive pricing.  I believe that membership of organisations to aid professional development and support ethical behaviour is very important, and I am pleased to be active as a regional director of the Internet Philatelic Dealers Association.  I try to offer individual stamps for sale, rather than complete or part sets, and also offer a range of price points.  In my experience it isn’t always the most expensive stamp that is the most difficult to find!

Previously I have sold stamps and covers through various online sites and platforms.  I am so pleased that Stanley Gibbons has taken the significant step of developing the SG Marketplace.  SG Marketplace has presented me with an opportunity to align with one of the most respected and pre-eminent names in philately – Stanley Gibbons.  In the collectibles market, credibility and respectability are paramount, and both are key elements of the SG brand.  I certainly hope to emulate the success of Stanley Gibbons through my participation here.  Along with my regular clients I hope to help many more collectors find their perfect stamp online here at the SG Marketplace.

View AlexGreen`s  Marketplace Store at: https://www.stanleygibbons.com/store/AlexGreen/search

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The 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black – The Penny Black on overseas stamps

In this anniversary month John Holman shares his thoughts on the development of the Penny Black and its lasting legacy around the world. This is the fourth and final post on the subject.

The Penny Black on overseas stamps

Perhaps owing to the war, the first stamp centenary was not commemorated on
stamps from British Empire/
Colonial countries other than
Burma which overprinted a
definitive stamp. However,
other nations were not slow
to mark the anniversary.
 Bulgaria issued two stamps
both showing that country’s
first stamps (1879) rather than
 the Penny Black. Turkey’s set
 of four showed mail transport and the GPO in Istanbul. Several central and south American countries produced centenary issues—Argentina showed early Argentine stamps, Cuba depicted Rowland Hill and Penny Black (printed in brown), and the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Paraguay all portrayed Rowland Hill. Mexico issued no fewer than ten stamps (five postage, five airmail) all reproducing the Penny Black in a variety of colours. … [Read More] “The 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black – The Penny Black on overseas stamps”

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The 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black – An alternative collection

In this anniversary month John Holman shares his thoughts on the development of the Penny Black and its lasting legacy around the world. This is the third of four posts on the subject.

An alternative Penny Black collection

If you don’t want to make a collection of original Penny Blacks and Twopence Blues (now rather expensive in mint or fine used condition), there are plenty of alternatives. The two stamps, particularly the Penny Black, have been reproduced on numerous stamps and related material—postal stationery, postmarks, souvenir sheets and labels, and indeed non-philatelic items such as ties, mugs and even on pub signs. Here, I look at some of the many stamps reproducing it and next month continue with a review of its use on postmarks, cinderella stamps, exhibition souvenirs, etc. … [Read More] “The 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black – An alternative collection”

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The 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black – Corner letters, size, colour and longevity

In this anniversary month John Holman shares his thoughts on the development of the Penny Black and its lasting legacy around the world. This is the second of four posts on the subject.

Corner letters

A well-known feature of the Penny Black
(also Penny Red and Twopence Blue) is the inclusion of corner letters in corner boxes
at the base of the stamp. Each stamp in the sheet had different lettering, from AA to 
TL. Many collectors like to have an example with their initials if it exists within the 240 permutations. … [Read More] “The 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black – Corner letters, size, colour and longevity”

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Featured Store: Mavmil sports card

Hello,

My name is Walt and I run the sports card store mavmil on Stanley Gibbons Marketplace. My real job is as a maintenance supervisor for a steel mill but my number one passion is buying and selling sports cards. Always being a big sports fan I, started collecting as a kid around 1983 getting my weekly allowance for keeping my room clean and spending it all on packs of cards, of course they were much less expensive then.  

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I started selling on-line around 2005 on other sites but I don’t think I have one specific thing that stands out. I have been very successful buying vintage complete sets and selling the cards individually. It brings great enjoyment having a high grade vintage Mantle in my possession even though I am going to sell it.

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I take great pride in never having a neutral or negative feedback on any of the sites I sell on. I always use high quality scans and grade conservatively, if there is ever a question on the grade of a card you bought from me I will fix the problem to make the customer satisfied. Fast shipping is very important to me thus I always ship the same day or next business day once payment is received, I hate waiting a week for someone to ship something once I have paid for it.

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I have been very successful overall selling on Stanley Gibbons and take great pride in being the biggest sports card store at this time. I still have tens of thousands of cards to list so please check back in my store often. Being able to list all of my common cards on Stanley Gibbons has let me be able to expand what I am able to sell.

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View mavmil`s  Marketplace Store at: https://marketplace.stanleygibbons.com/store/mavmil/search

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