Information and Reference of illegal stamps for Djibouti according to U.P.U. Circular 226
On July 26, 2004 the postal administration for Djibouti represented by M.S. Raman (Special Advisor to the Director General) posted to the Universal Postal Union a
circular warning of the discovery of a massive amount of illegal stamps created with their country name that are on the market. The circular is
number 226. You can view the circular in its entirety in the PDF file I have linked here.
The circular describes numerous sets that were found to be on the market in 2004. the issues described are all dated in 2003 and 2004. Many
more have and are being produced since that time. Most of the illegal stamps described in this circular are still on the market today. They are available through
private stamp dealers and their websites. They are available on eBay and Delcampe. They are everywhere! These illegal issues are fabrication
of stamps that have never had any postal validity in Djibouti and have been denounced as fraudulent. They were and are created by certain greedy,
unethical and immoral stamp dealers. Any stamp seller out there that offers these "stamps" either does not know they are illegal stamps
or is deceitful and they should be avoided at all costs. The deceitful ones prey upon unknowing collectors new and old. They prey upon topical
collectors mostly because the majority do not have the knowledge that they are worthless in the stamp market. Some are quite obvious because
they have hundreds of lots available on eBay and other public auction venues.
For years now there has been arguments as to whether these issues should be imaged for public viewing. The against argument being that collectors
that see images of them will want them for their collections. We can see by the availability on the market and the sales generated that this
argument has not worked. By only relying on descriptions of the illegal stamps through the UPU circulars the majority of collectors don't even
know what they are.
I am a firm advocate against illegal stamps and the creators of them and the sellers of them. Perspective buyers of them need more than UPU
circulars to be alerted to the problem. They need to see them and be able to recognize them when they are searching for stamps to buy on the
internet or at stamp shows or buying from local dealers.
Because I am independent and run a site that is very public for collectors, I have decided that it is time for someone to display images of
these illegal issues that have and are being reported to the UPU. The countries that are being victimized by these fraudulent printers need
help and the UPU is not enough. It is up to you and me to get the word out and to let everyone know and understand about them since auction
venues, stamp societies and catalogs seem to want to ignore the problem. Some who sell these fakes are large volume stamp dealers with supposed
impeccable reputations. Some are in high positions in the stamp societies and in the auction venues. They in turn are avoiding the very problem
by allowing these kind of sellers to peddle this junk because they also sell legitimate stamps on a large scale. The only way to stop the flow
is to hit them where it hurts.
If they are selling this junk then avoid them! Even if they have legitimate stamps for sale. Buy from sellers
that do not have these in their offerings. If you are buying legitimate stamps from them you are still supporting the illegal stamp trade
because they are supporting it. Tell them that you do not want to buy from them because they sell illegal stamps.
There is no excuse to make them available to anyone.
The following images are of illegal stamps produced for Djibouti. Please remember that the producers of these illegals are not only greedy,
they are crude and sometimes disgusting which is the nature of these people.
To find out what stamps are real and legitimate for Djibouti visit the UPU WNS website and look at the Djibouti section.
Or use a respectable catalog like Scott or Stanley Gibbons. Do not listen to these dealers trying to convince you they are something
other than illegal stamps.
Here we go!
All imaged illegals are in the order listed in UPU Circular 226 page 2 through 3.
Many of the following illegal stamps can be found as imperforates and as color proof sets as well. Some exist on fake First Day Covers too.
Most times now (2016) the souvenir sheet sets and sheetlet sets are sold individually. Many times the stamps have been removed from the sheetlets
and souvenir sheets. All of these "tactics" are used to avoid detection by UPU circular descriptions.
Sellers that call these "private", "locals", "cinderellas", "unauthorized" are deceiving you. They are illegal stamps produced by a stamp dealer
that is bent on ripping you off! Some sellers state "we offer them because they are on the market". Well how about you use a different dealer
because that seller is "on the market"? If the stamp societies, auction sites and all other venues kicked these sellers off of their sites
then they would have to comply or lose their ability to sell anything.
The following images are free for the use of all to use to alert the public to them. If anyone wants to make a public list of users on eBay, Delcampe
and elsewhere who are selling these issues....fine by me since the UPU, PWMO and others appear to have given up or have not been updated in years.
If you have purchased any of these stamps from a dealer or if that dealer offers them, you should avoid that dealer! You will
only be supporting illegal stamp makers who are only ripping you off.
FAUNA AND FLORA
There is an error on the UPU circular for the first two sheetlets. it states that the values on the stamps are 200 F. The values are 100 F.
2003 Dinosaurs Sheetlet of 25
2003 Panda Sheetlet of 25
2004 Panda Sheetlet of 6
2003 Birds of Prey Sheetlet of 25
2003 Penguins Sheetlet of 25
2003 Butterflies Sheetlet of 25
2003 Elvis Presley and Walt Disney Sheetlet of 10
2004 Marilyn Monroe Souvenir Sheet of 4
2003 Princess Diana and Pope John Paul II Sheetlet of 10
2003 Famous People Princess Diana, Pope John Paul II, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Tiger Woods, Arnold Schwartznegger, De Gaulle and Astronauts Sheetlet of 10
2004 scouts in Action Souvenir Sheet of 2
I could not find this souvenir sheet anywhere on the internet. The UPU circular describes it as having two stamps depicting scouts in action
with the scouts founder in the background. The stamps values are 90 F. Should anyone have an image of it, please feel free to contact me.
2003 Concorde Sheetlet of 25
2004 Concorde Souvenir Sheet of 2
I could not find this souvenir sheet anywhere on the internet. The UPU circular describes it as having two stamps depicting the Concorde
with the Concorde in the background. The stamps values are 90 F. Should anyone have an image of it, please feel free to contact me.
2003 Trains Sheetlet of 25
2003 Fire Engines Sheetlet of 25 Sheet 1
2003 Fire Engines Sheetlet of 25 Sheet 2
This is the end of the UPU Circular 226 for Djibouti. It shows us the same producer of these illegal issues is producing
illegal stamps in the name of many countries. It continues to this day and nobody has yet come forward to expose the producers.
References taken from:
U.P.U. Circular No. 226
Major Stamp Catalogs