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THE MODERN FAKE SAINT VINCENT 1985 ELVIS PRESLEY STAMPS AND SOUVENIR SHEETS

A Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Imperforate Souvenir Sheet Forgery
Scott Catalog# 874-881 Stanley Gibbons# 919-26 MS927
Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Imperforate Stamp Souvenir Sheet Forgery

I have 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 have and are being flooded on the market as I write this page in January of 2016.

I have documented evidence that an attempt to move 10,000 fake sets of the 1985 Elvis Presley stamp issue onto the market along with 10,000 fake sets of the 1985 Michael Jackson issue in October of 2015 was made. The source for the souvenir sheets has not been discovered yet.

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. Most of the new forgeries have gum that is 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 forgeries of the souvenir sheet as imperforates. An attempt was made to move the fake stamps on the market so it is certain they will appear soon in mass. The souvenir sheets are being offered online right now as I write this on January 31, 2016.

These souvenir sheets are very popular for Elvis Presley collectors and many other types of collectors.
Thanks to the greed of certain individuals and the ignoring by your stamp community leaders the problem grows daily until all Format produced stamps from the 1980's will be faked. If you can't figure out who is behind it by now then perhaps you should read up on the history of the Format Printers.

I can also tell you that I have discovered that many more "modern" issues for many 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 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 Audubon Birds issues including inverted frames, Dogs inverts, Flowers inverts, Michael Jackson inverts, 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 many 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.

Months ago I noticed sales of the Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley souvenir sheets being sold as imperforates on ebay from a dealer located in Latvia in lots of five sheets starting bidding at 99c! I was aviding them because I thought they were probably just the reprints made in 1990. Because I have discovered so many fakes already I took a closer look when the Elvis souvenir sheets came up again. To my surprise the positioning of the images on the stamps differed from the reprints. I suspected them to be fakes because up till now, no imperforates of this issue were ever offered before except from the earlier reprints!
Recently I purchased three bulk lots of 5 of the imperforate souvenir sheets from this dealer, I lost on one lot so did not get the whole set.
I won the lots of 5 imperforate souvenir sheets for $3.60 each showing how easily they are spreading. I then went in and pulled out the sets I used for producing the reprints page and got the original souvenir sheets. I immediately compared them with the imperforates I just received and sure enough the imperforates are from a completely different printing than the originals! The colors, screens, fonts and gum completely differ. They also are completely different than the 1990 reprints!

The gum is very important to note here. You can compare the originals with tons of other original Format produced issues and find it is exactly the same no matter what country it was made for. The fakes are not. Here are the differences.

Here are gum comparisons.

Close up Gum Comparison of a Fake Souvenir Sheet Gum with Original Souvenir Sheet Gum
This gum appears to still be PVA but with a flat shiny appearance and very white compared to original Format gum. The forged souvenir sheets are "flat" whereas the originals have a natural "bending" from age and the type of gum Format used.
Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Fake with Original Gum Comparison

Gum Comparison of the Original and Fake 1984 Man of War Ships Souvenir Sheets
For this issue we can see how the gum is extremely different in images. Comparing them with an original is an easy way to tell the gum differences.
I note that the originals are very transparent and you can see the signatures almost bleed through.
Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Souvenir Sheet Fake and Original Gum Comparison

Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake Souvenir Sheet with Original Souvenir Sheet
the following images taken at 1200dpi and not enhanced. I use the $4.50 value for comparisons.

One first and foremost way to tell these fakes is to look at the surface on the face. Shiny like a photo? Fakes. Dull matt finish? Originals.

First let us look at the stamps on the souvenir sheets. This one compare's Elvis's face. Note the difference in color on the fake stamp. There is a difference with these fakes. The screens are as fine as the originals!
The color shading is much darker on the forgeries.
Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison of Stamp

Now here is a section from the side of the souvenir sheets with Elvis's arm.
Wait a minute! What's going on here? The original has a smaller stud pattern on the arm. It in fact appears completely different!
Note the blurry studs on the forgeries. It appears the fine screens were only used on the stamps!
Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison of Elvis Presley's Arm

Quite a difference yes?
Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison of Elvis Presley's Hair

Now here is a comparison of the signature.
Here you can see another blunder by the forger. On the originals there was white spacing provided for the blue signature which is supposed to line up with it. Breaks at the red frame lines and so forth. There are no breaks or white areas around the blue signature at all!
Many more differences can be seen here.
Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Fake with Original Signature Comparison

Comparison of the Fake 30c Souvenir Sheet with the Original 30c Souvenir Sheet
Now that you know what to look for you can see the difference yes? Still you can see this is a dangerous stamp forgery.
Obvious Difference:
Background is very dark brown on the forgeries. The background on the fake stamps is aqua blue versus sky blue on originals.
Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Fake with Original 30c Souvenir Sheet Comparison

Which one would you want in your collection?

Comparison of the Fake 50c Souvenir Sheet with the Original 50c Souvenir Sheet
This is the one I lost on so I just took the image from the sellers lot to compare.
Obvious Difference:
Background is very dark brown on the originals versus greenish on the fakes. Elvis hair is black on originals versus brown on forgeries. Elvis hair almost touches the top of the souvenir sheet on the fakes.
Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Fake with Original 50c Souvenir Sheet Comparison

Comparison of the Fake $1.50 Souvenir Sheet with the Original $1.50 Souvenir Sheet
Obvious Difference:
Background is brown on the originals, green on the forgeries. The top of elvis hair is cut off on the forgeries.
Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Fake with Original $1.50 Souvenir Sheet Comparison

Comparison of the Fake $4.50 Souvenir Sheet with the Original $4.50 Souvenir Sheet
Obvious Difference:
Background is reddish on the originals, dark red-brown on the forgeries. The top of elvis hair almost touches the top of the souvenir sheet on the forgeries.
Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Fake with Original $4.50 Souvenir Sheet Comparison

You can now define the fake Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley souvenir sheets easily and can now possibly avoid being ripped off! Sadly, many have been ripped off already!

Your friend and fellow collector and researcher,
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