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THE MODERN FAKE 1986 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF CABLE AND WIRELESS STAMP SOUVENIR SHEETS

I have recently discovered that modern fake souvenir sheets of this issue as imperforates are being flooded onto the market. I can tell you that real dangerous fakes or some call forgeries are being flooded on the market as I write this page in January of 2016.
I recently purchased numerous lots on eBay from a Latvian based seller and can now confirm that the BVI 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless Ships souvenir sheets have been forged.

My research into the printer has enabled me to discover modern fake stamps have been created in 2014!! The gum type is different in it being yellowish in color and smooth. This gum type was not used until much later years, long after Format went bankrupt. This gum is inferior and is already having severe gum curling. If you were to leave the fakes out long enough they will curl completely into a "tube"! Because the imperforates exist it is certain that the normal issue has also been forged. All fakes have a very shiny surface on the face unlike originals. All are being offered online right now as I write this on January 23, 2016.

I can also tell you that I have discovered that many more "modern" issues for BVI and other countries are being forged. Mainly varieties and "errors" of the issues which bring in higher profits although normal issues are also being faked in now many cases. All are being produced by the same source which is unknown at present. All are dangerous forgeries because the perf sizes are correct. Images shown on auction sites cannot be trusted because they cannot be defined by counting perforations and unless you have a comparable image of the originals they cannot be recognized by the images given by sellers. This includes the Audubon Birds issues including inverted frames, Dogs inverts, Flowers inverts, Michael Jackson inverts, imperforates and many more.

ANY INFORMATION TO TRACE THE SOURCE OF THESE FORGERIES WILL BE POSTED TO THE PROPER RESOURCES

At present sellers on ebay, Delcampe, Bonanza, and Amazon are offering them. I am sure other sources are now selling them also. A list of these sellers is being compiled and at some point the source may be revealed. At this time unless the sellers stop selling them (which is doubtful) it is up to you as a buyer to refuse to buy them without proper identification. In other words, make the seller send you 1200dpi images of the front and back of the stamps and then compare them with my images. I have posted more pages on the issues I have discovered to be forged and have included an index page listing them with links.

New information is welcome and you may contact me through this website anytime.

This is a bit different than other issues I have written about. I am bulking together these because I do not have time to make individual pages for the countries and the problem is so huge now because of the ignoring of it by your "respected leaders" of the stamp community to the point that the market is now saturated with these fakes. On December 19, 2015 I purchased from a different large volume Latvian seller on ebay numerous lots of imperforate souvenir sheets in bulk lots of five souvenir sheets. I got the BVI souvenir sheets for $4.00 each lot. there were 4 competitors in the auctions which started at 99c. Just bought them along with other Format related issues that I suspected as forgeries. Many are now verified as fakes.
Here is an image of what I got.

British Virgin Islands 1986 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless Ships Fake Imperforate Souvenir Sheets
I lost out on winning the 80c value but it does not matter. They are the same.

This dealer is playing dumb and is persisting in selling these and many other forgeries so without naming names because of defamation retaliation and because eBay could retaliate I will have to leave it up to you collectors and dealers to do something about it.
so far I have alerted the APS, American Philatelic Magazine editors, Scott catalog editors about these forgeries. At this point they are tending to ignore it. Are you going to ignore it also? They are now being offered by many smaller dealers from $2-10.00 each!

To show you differences I have scanned an image of the forgeries and images of perforated genuine souvenir sheets which I have had for years to compare. You see, once you know what to look for it is quite simple to define the fakes just by images. This is not to say that some shady sellers will try to enhance, modify or give you a bad image so as to cover the fact they are selling you fakes. It is up to the buyer to beware of these sellers.
Ask for clear scans of the souvenir sheet. Look for the obvious differences when you receive it.

DO NOT BUY IMPERFORATE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF CABLE AND WIRELESS SHIPS SOUVENIR SHEETS!

The first and basically the only reason the imperforate souvenir sheets of the 85th Birthday issues as imaged are fakes is because until now they did not EXIST!!!. They never were on the market until this last year. Only archival examples have ever been offered on the market. Those being from press sheets or die proofs by the printer. All of a sudden 30 years later these appear! So you don't smell a rat?

The second reason...they are not watermarked!!

Here are comparison images of the three values I got with notes. You can use these images to compare perforated souvenir sheets as well. The 80c value will have the same definition as the $1.50 value.

Here is why you don't want these fakes. They are inferior in all ways with the originals. Cheap gum, cheap paper and printed with low grade screens! I use the 40c value for 1200dpi image comparisons.

Comparison of the Screens and Colors of Fake British Virgin Islands 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless 40c C.S. Sentinel Stamp with an Original Stamp
British Virgin Islands 1986 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless Ships 40c C.S. Sentinel Fake with Original Stamp Screen and Color Comparison

Comparison of the Screens and Colors of Fake British Virgin Islands 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless 40c Purple Background
British Virgin Islands 1986 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless Ships 40c Fake with Original Background Screen and Color Comparison

Comparison of the Paper of Fake British Virgin Islands 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless 40c Souvenir Sheets
British Virgin Islands 1986 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless Ships 40c Fake with Original Paper Comparison

Comparison of the Fake British Virgin Islands 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless 40c Imperforate Souvenir Sheet with an Original Souvenir Sheet
British Virgin Islands 1986 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless Ships 40c Fake with Original Souvenir Sheet Comparison

Obvious difference:
Look at the background color of the souvenir sheets. On originals the color is a deeper purple than on the fakes. On fake souvenir sheet stamps the water is green versus blue-green on the originals. Still you can see these are very dangerous forgeries.

Comparison of the Fake British Virgin Islands 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless 50c Imperforate Souvenir Sheet with an Original Souvenir Sheet
British Virgin Islands 1986 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless Ships 50c Fake with Original Souvenir Sheet Comparison

Obvious difference:
Look at the color of the borders on the stamps. On originals the color is a deeper green than on the fakes. On fake souvenir sheet stamps the water and mountains is green versus blue-green on the originals. Again the Purple background is as noted above.

Comparison of the Fake British Virgin Islands 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless $1.50 Imperforate Souvenir Sheet with an Original Souvenir Sheet
British Virgin Islands 1986 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless Ships $1.50 Fake with Original Souvenir Sheet Comparison

Obvious difference:
Look at the color of the borders on the stamps. On originals the color is a deep red-brown versus yellow-brown on the fakes. On fake souvenir sheets the land at the bottom is light green versus dark green on the originals. Again the stamps have the same differences as noted above. The 80c souvenir sheets will be the same.

Because of the fact that a major portion of leaders in the stamp community wish to turn a blind eye on these forgeries. Because of dealers and buyers who are afraid to "step up to the plate" because of fear of being ridiculed by self proclaimed "experts" or because they don't want to get involved, the forgers will continue to forge more and more sets. They have already effected other issues that have nothing to do with Leaders of the World issues such as Nauru 1982 Scouts, Barbuda 1983 Manned Flight and others showing us the wide range of stamps they are capable of forging and possibly have already forged. Soon you will be the victim when you buy that fake high valued Orchid stamp or that high priced definitive set you have dreamed of getting or what you thought to be a genuine error or variety which in the end only turns out to be fabricated by these forgers and nobody wants it when you go to sell it or your children go to sell it.

You have a choice.

Continue to ignore this problem that the majority of stamp leaders and editors seem to be trying to do just like they have with unauthorized reprints and "illegal" stamps in the past. Or spread the word and complain to your contacts and leaders that these problems need to be exposed and described in magazines, newspapers and catalogs before every stamp issue made in modern times from the 1970's onward falls victim to being a suspected forgery and in turn you or your friends or associates will fall victim to it when trying to buy or sell them. These forgers are professionals and have been here for decades unseen. They will continue to harm us unless people like you stand up and take notice!

This problem effects everyone because now instead of the value being based on a set quantity of the issued stamp, we now have double, triple or even more in quantity placed on the market. It will therefore depreciate the stated value of them in the catalogs simply because they will not research them and "assume" there are tons available when in reality for many sets the originals are and have become difficult to find.

I am simply the one who discovered them because of my research on the printer.
Indeed several issues that I have researched and obtained the original varieties of are effected. Mainly these fake imperforates. I am a professional tradesman and have never depended on stamps to live on. There are many that do depend on stamp sales though and it is for them also that I have created this section of the website.

You can now define the fake British Virgin Islands 1986 20th Anniversary of Cable and Wireless Ships souvenir sheets easily and can now possibly avoid being ripped off! Sorry to say this, a lot of you already have been fooled and more of you will be until the right people get serious about it! Obviously these forum dwellers are not the right people and their childish antics should be ignored by serious collectors as a whole. Sadly there are some stamp collectors and even dealers that, even though they are in their sixties and seventies now,...never grew up.
Why they want to silence and ridicule this problem, I do not know. Perhaps because they are involved in making the problem....

Your friend and fellow collector and researcher,
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