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THE MODERN FAKE SAINT VINCENT 1986 WORLD CUP SOCCER STAMP ISSUES

Saint Vincent 1986 World Cup Soccer Forgeries
Scott# 950,954,955,957 Stanley Gibbons# MS995b,c,d,f
Saint Vincent 1986 World Cup Soccer Forgery Souvenir Sheets
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 October of 2015.
The souvenir sheets 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 that four of the six souvenir sheets of the 1986 Saint Vincent World Cup Soccer (Football) Championship issue as imperforates have been forged. All are being offered online right now as I write this on October 25, 2015.

I have found documented proof dated April 2015 that at least 10,000 imperforate forgeries of each of the imaged souvenir sheets have been moved onto the market!

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 four of the Saint Vincent 1986 World Cup Soccer Souvenir Sheets 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 of each souvenir sheet. Also selling lots with all four of them in the one lot. The starting bid is 99c! Buyers constantly bid them up to $3.00 to $6.00 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 a lot of the four souvenir sheets the seller posted. I won and sure enough they are exactly the same as all the other forgeries I have written about. I got them for around $3.00 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. On the British side of the water....they are not. 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 Souvenir Sheet 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 imperforates 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 1986 World Cup Soccer Souvenir Sheet Forgery with Original Gum Comparison

Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake Stamp with Original Stamp
I will use the Spain $1.50 values for comparisons using an original I purchased recently in a full set.

Note the extreme difference in color on the fake stamp. The difference in the paper. The inferior screen pattern that lacks much of the details. As you can see the forgeries are completely different. The Format printers would never downgrade the quality like this!

Color comparison of the stamp image on the souvenir sheet
Saint Vincent 1986 Soccer $1.50 Spanish Team Stamp Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison

Color comparison of the cartoon image on the souvenir sheet
Saint Vincent 1986 Soccer $1.50 Cartoon Image on Souvenir Sheet Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison

Now let's look at the fonts.
Saint Vincent 1986 World Cup Soccer Fake with Original Comparison of the Fonts

You can see that the fonts on the forgery are almost the same. Very hard to see a difference. If you look closely at the copyright symbol you can see that the C is centered left on the original whereas it is centered on the forgery. I also note here the difference in papers.

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

Comparison of the Fake $1.50 Spanish Team Souvenir Sheet with the Original Souvenir Sheet
Saint Vincent 1986 World Cup Soccer $1.50 Fake with Original $1.50 Souvenir Sheet Comparison

Now that you know what to look for it helps yes?
Still you can see that most people will not even notice it which is what the forger wants!

Comparison of the Fake $2.25 Scotland Team Souvenir Sheet with the Original Souvenir Sheet
Saint Vincent 1986 World Cup Soccer $2.25 Fake with Original $2.25 Souvenir Sheet Comparison

This souvenir sheet is very dangerous as you can see. Not so obvious in differences.
Comparison of the Fake $2.50 Mexico Team Souvenir Sheet with the Original Souvenir Sheet
Saint Vincent 1986 World Cup Soccer $2.50 Fake with Original $2.50 Souvenir Sheet Comparison

This one does have obvious differences. The darker area at the bottom is brownish compared to the blacker color on the originals. The grass playing field hss very dull green colors in comparison to the vivid greens on the original.

Comparison of the Fake $5.50 England Team Souvenir Sheet with the Original Souvenir Sheet
Saint Vincent 1986 World Cup Soccer $5.50 Fake with Original $5.50 Souvenir Sheet Comparison

This one is obvious. The forger really messed up on it or is having fun fooling collectors and dealers! The background color completely different as you can see. What is so blatently obvious is the stamp. The background is not white!! Impossible to achieve unless purposely made. There is no color of white ever used on any color guides made by Format and therefore this is a complete fabrication made by the forger.

You can now see that there are differences between the two printings that you or anyone can detect.
You can also see how easily these can and will fool many collectors and dealers.

I do not know at this time if the rest of this set including the single issues have been forged yet. It is odd that only these four souvenir sheets were forged but it could just be the case that the rest of the set is...in the works.
You can now define the fake Saint Vincent 1986 World Cup Soccer Championship stamps easily and can now possibly avoid being ripped off! Sorry to say a lot of you already have been duped!

Here are links to images of each souvenir sheet both originals and forgeries. 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 16 to 17 megs.

THE ORIGINAL SAINT VINCENT 1986 WORLD CUP SOCCER SOUVENIR SHEETSTHE FAKE SAINT VINCENT 1986 WORLD CUP SOCCER SOUVENIR SHEETS
Original Saint Vincent Soccer Scott 952 Spain Souvenir Sheet Fake Saint Vincent Soccer Scott 952 Spain Souvenir Sheet
Original Saint Vincent Soccer Scott 954 Scotland Souvenir Sheet Fake Saint Vincent Soccer Scott 954 Scotland Souvenir Sheet
Original Saint Vincent Soccer Scott 955 Mexico Souvenir Sheet Fake Saint Vincent Soccer Scott 955 Mexico Souvenir Sheet
Original Saint Vincent Soccer Scott 957 England Souvenir Sheet Fake Saint Vincent Soccer Scott 957 England Souvenir Sheet

Your friend and fellow collector and researcher,
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