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THE MODERN FAKE SAINT VINCENT 1985 AUDUBON BIRDS STAMP ISSUES

Saint Vincent 1985 Leaders of the World Audubon Birds Imperforate Forgery Set
Scott# 807-810 Stanley Gibbons# 854-861
Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds Imperforate Forgery Set
I have found documented proof dated April 2015 that at least 5,000 imperforate forgery sets of this issue have been moved onto the market!

I have recently discovered that modern fake stamps of this issue 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 December of 2015.
The set imaged above are all fakes!

My research into the printer has enabled me to discover modern fake stamps have been created in 2014!! They are being spread across the world through online auction sites like ebay and Delcampe. Everything about them is fake except for one dangerous fact, they have the correct perf size. The gum type is different in it being white in color and very shiny. This gum type was not used until much later years, long after Format went bankrupt thus proving they were not produced by the Format International Security Printers. Obvious differences will be shown below. So far I have discovered complete imperforate sets of forgeries of the Saint Vincent Leaders of the World 1985 Audubon Birds issues. All are being offered online right now as I write this on December 11, 2015.

I can also tell you that I have discovered that many more "modern" issues for Saint Vincent 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.

I noticed sales of the Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds issues as imperforates being sold on ebay from a dealer based in Latvia. This dealer is a large volume dealer and was and is offering these fakes in bulk lots of 5, 10 pairs all still attached. The starting bid is 99c! Buyers constantly bid them up to $3.00 to $12.00 ranges. They all are selling thus they are now everywhere in the world! Thousands have been moved!

I suspected that they are forgeries because other forgeries I have purchased from this same dealer. I recently purchased this issue and sure enough they are exactly the same as all the other forgeries I have written about. I got them for $5.00 winning bid. This shows us how easily these are being spread across the world.

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?

I now have everything together to present to you how to detect them and not get ripped off!!

Here are gum comparisons.

Gum Comparison of a Fake Stamp with Original
This gum appears to still be PVA but without the greenish tint. It has been noted that other British issues like some of the Machin issues have this type of gum. The problem is it was not used until the late 90's. The gum is very shiny though which conflicts with the description of the gum known as PVAI (Layflat) used on the Machins. Yet the stamps lay perfectly flat on a surface whereas originals have a light bending from aging.
This is evidence showing even a later creation and since these did not appear on the market until 2014 and no such stamps like these have ever been on the market nor recorded, it proves these to be modern forgeries of the stamps.
Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds Forgery with Original Closeup Gum Comparison

Gum Comparison of the Original and Forgery of the full Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds Stamp pairs
Again there is an obvious difference in color and texture.
Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds Forgery and Original Gum Comparison of Full Stamp Pairs

Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake Stamp with Original Stamp
I will use the 60c value for comparisons using original Specimen overprinted which is proof of the original printing.

Note the differences in color on the fake stamp. The inferior screen pattern that has lost a major portion of the details.
Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison

Now the fonts.
The original has bolder fonts than the fakes.
Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds Fake with Original Font Comparison

Now the Border.
Note the black frameline is much thicker on the forgery. The pronounced difference in screens used. The color difference.
Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds Fake with Original Border Comparison

Now I will show reduced images of the original stamps with the forgeries. At the bottom table are links to each stamp at full size. To big to fit the page of course as I scanned them all at 1200dpi.

Comparison of the Saint Vincent Audubon Birds Fake 15c Stamp Pair with the Original Stamp Pair
A stunning difference yes?
Please note the difference in color of the background and the plaque on the fake stamp. It is difficult to discern if not next to originals.
The fake stamps are kind of like a photocopy of the originals but use a lower quality screen and have a shiny surface over the face.
They can easily fool you!
Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original 15c Stamp Comparison

Comparison of the Saint Vincent Audubon Birds Fake 40c Stamp Pair with the Original Stamp Pair
Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original 40c Stamp Comparison

Comparison of the Saint Vincent Audubon Birds Fake 60c Stamp Pair with the Original Stamp Pair
Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original 60c Stamp Comparison

Comparison of the Saint Vincent Audubon Birds Fake $2.25 Stamp Pair with the Original Stamp Pair
Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original $2.25 Stamp Comparison

You can see that there is a lot of differences between the two printings. Still without 1200dpi scanning and checking the gum these will fool many.

One buyer of these fakes purchased a large lot from one of the biggest and most reputable stamp sellers on ebay. He bought what he thought was the complete print run of one "newly discovered" error in full panes in packets of 200 panes which were unopened.
I am sorry to say that there are several ways proving these were never produced by the Format Printers.
Firstly the packaging is wrong. Here is the image he sent me.
Packets of Fake Stamp Panes

The plastic wrapping is a flexible plastic used today. Format packaged all stamp panes in very brittle hard plastic that tears easily when opened. The separation paper is brown. Format always used pink/red paper to separate and protect the panes and souvenir sheets.

The perforations on the panes are wrong

Here is an image of the Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds $2 stamp pair from the lower left corner of a pane from the original printing.
I note this is the only image of an original I could find proving difference. This seller sold this set long ago on Delcampe. It shows that original full panes are scarce!
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Original print Lower Left Corner Stamp Pair

Now here is an image of a lower left corner pair from a forged stamp pane.
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Fake Lower Left Stamp Corner Block

Now look at the image of the original corner pair and look at the left selvage. Then look at the left selvage of the fake stamp block. Can you see the difference?
The perforations run through the selvage on the original panes on all sides. There are no perforations on the left selvage of the fake panes!
The same will hold true for perforated Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds forgery panes also.

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 Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds stamps 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!

Here are links to images of each stamp with an original next to a forgery. All are scanned at 1200dpi so the files are large. All were scanned at the same time with the same settings and nothing is enhanced. Using Scott Catalog numbers. Please be patient with downloading them because each file is around 7 to 8 megs.

FAKE SAINT VINCENT 1985 AUDUBON BIRDS STAMPS WITH ORIGINALS
Saint Vincent Audubon Birds Scott 807a Brown Pelican Stamp Saint Vincent Audubon Birds Scott 807b Green Heron Stamp
Saint Vincent Audubon Birds Scott 808a Pileated Woodpecker Stamp Saint Vincent Audubon Birds Scott 808b Common Flicker Stamp
Saint Vincent Audubon Birds Scott 809a Painted Bunting Stamp Saint Vincent Audubon Birds Scott 809b White-winged Crossbill Stamp
Saint Vincent Audubon Birds Scott 810a Red-shouldered Hawk Stamp Saint Vincent Audubon Birds Scott 810b Crested Caracara Stamp

Your friend and fellow collector and researcher,
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