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THE MODERN FAKE SAINT VINCENT UNION ISLAND 1985 AUDUBON BIRDS STAMP ISSUES

Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Leaders of the World Audubon Birds Forgery Set
Scott# 186-189
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Forgery Set
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Leaders of the World Audubon Birds Inverted Frame Error Forgery Set
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Inverted Frame Error Forgery Set
I have found documented proof in Harmer's Sale 3006 (lot# 4003) that 1,000 normal perforated forgery sets of this issue have been moved onto the market!

I have discovered that modern fake stamps of this issue are being flooded onto the market a long time ago now. Just did not get around to posting this page because of the tons of other forgeries I have been documenting.
I can tell you that real dangerous fakes or some call forgeries are being flooded on the market as I write this page in November of 2016.
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 perforated sets and inverted frame error 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 November 24, 2016.

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 Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds issues as inverts being sold on ebay from a dealer named stampbank_of_london. This dealer is a large volume dealer and was and is offering these forgeries along with every other forgery I have created these pages for. This "company" is one of the worst companies I have ever seen hit the internet offering massive forgeries claiming them to be "later printings" of legitimate issues. 30 year "later printings" are nothing but forgeries....period. This "dealer" also offers massive numbers of illegal stamps and is obviously connected to the source of the forgeries. This "dealer" has infiltrated every auction venue and online retail sales outlet you can imagine. Ebay, Delcampe, Amazon, Alibaba, personal websites.
When this dealer first appeared in 2014, (sic) same time the forgeries hit the market, he claimed these forgeries were "genuine" from the "original print run" and "not a reprint". Some of the forgeries he actually "claimed" came from the archive!
After my pages came onto the internet showing they were forgeries and showing the article from the British Exporter he changed his tune. Started claiming they are "later printings" and such trying to cover up his lies. Now this "dealer" uses my statements on issues that were sold after the liquidation of the printing company stating:

"Quantities of most of these issues perforated, imperforate proofs, errors and intentional errors came onto the market after the liquidation of the Format International Security Printers Ltd. in 1988. There are some varieties that are legitimately rare."

I can tell you this.....these are NOT ONE OF THEM and are definitely not rare!!

Every "invert" this clown is offering is fake. Most (if not all) "Leaders of the World" stamp issues this clown offers are fakes. If you buy just about anything from this "dealer" you are asking to be ripped off!!

Want to sue me?? BRING IT ON!

Let's bring your fake crap and I will bring the originals and let's see what a judge and anyone else that wants to join in determines. Guarantee it.....YOU will lose.....clown!

I know that they are forgeries because other forgeries I have purchased from this same dealer on ebay and posted the feedback proving I got them there. Guaranteed that this dealer among others is a huge problem in the stamp market and contributes to the demise of the philatelic world.

I have alerted the APS, American Philatelic Magazine editors, Scott catalog editors about these forgeries. Other than one editor of the Philatelic Exporter who only wrote the article because of influence by several British based stamp dealers the rest are tending to ignore it. Now they are everywhere and thanks to your leaders and "experts" you cannot trust what you buy as far as stamps originally printed by the Format International security Printers is concerned. Are you going to ignore it also?

For the Union Island set I am presenting in a different form. I am presenting this without even purchasing a set of the forgeries. This is because long ago this set was reproduced as "unauthorized reprints" by Clive Feigenbaum in the early 1990's. The perforated version is easy to tell in that all you have to do is count the perforation holes to see if they are genuine or the "reprints". Here is the link to my detailed page on these "reprints".

The Unauthorized Reprints

All images were taken from eBay lot offers and all are recorded including snapshots of the lot page and archived. So if anyone wants to argue or deny the fact that they are selling the stamps in the images....well you have no defense to deny the fact that you have.

On this page I will describe how to tell the difference between the forgeries and genuine stamps which is quite easy from just images given by sellers. Today (Nov. 24, 2016) I just took the images from all available sellers on eBay for your comparisons. It is to show you just how bad the problem has become as far as you getting a genuine set. You now have only a 50% chance of not getting ripped off!

I state on the reprint page that almost 50% of the sets offered are now the unauthorized reprints. Now you can add the forgeries which in a bit more time will make the factor change to 75% offered on the market being either fakes or unauthorized reprints.

I now have everything together to present to you how to detect the forgeries 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.
I use the Saint Vincent forgery gum to show you. It is the same for the Union Island forgeries.
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 a Fake Stamp with Original Stamp
I use a St. Vincent value for comparisons.

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

Now the fonts.
I use images from eBay for comparisons.

It is quite easy I found to define the forgeries from the originals. The "I" in "UNION" almost touches the "N" on forgeries (and the reprints I might add). On the originals there is a good spacing between the two letters.
Note the difference in background color. In all my studies of these forgeries one thing is clear. The forgers cannot match the original colors exactly.
Saint Vincent 1985 Audubon Birds Fake with Original Font Comparison

Now I will show reduced images of the original stamps with the forgeries.

Comparison of the Saint Vincent Union Island Audubon Birds Fake 15c Stamp Pairs with the Original Stamp Pair
A stunning difference yes?
Please note the difference in colors. It is difficult to discern if not next to originals. Both forgery set images were taken from the above mentioned "dealers" images. You can see complete differences in the scans made by this dealer. Either the normal perforated forgeries were printed at a different time and the forger tried to improve the color matching when the inverted frame sets were made or it is just another tactic to throw off victims with more deceit. Either way both sets are obviously forgeries.
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 if not right next to the originals!
Just remember....the fonts. The "I" in "UNION" the clue. Even at this reduced size you can see the difference.
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original 15c Stamp Comparison

Comparison of the Saint Vincent Union Island Audubon Birds Fake 50c Stamp Pairs with the Original Stamp Pair
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original 50c Stamp Comparison

Comparison of the Saint Vincent Union Island Audubon Birds Fake $1 Stamp Pairs with the Original Stamp Pair
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original $1 Stamp Comparison

Comparison of the Saint Vincent Union Island Audubon Birds Fake $1.50 Stamp Pairs with the Original Stamp Pair
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original $1.50 Stamp Comparison

You can see that there is a lot of differences between the two printings. Still without onhand examination 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 Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds forgery panes also.

The Problem

Here I image, describe and name all sellers on eBay selling sets of the Union Island 1985 Audubons Birds issue on November 24, 2016. Some I cannot show because this is only through the U.S. site looking at worldwide sellers who will ship to the U.S.. There are more that I cannot see.

Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Unauthorized Reprints offered by alexunitrad on eBay
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Unauthorized Reprints offered by alexunitrad on eBay
Just count the perfs....

Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Unauthorized Reprints offered by avrod2011 on eBay
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Unauthorized Reprints offered by avrod2011 on eBay
Just count the perfs....

Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Unauthorized Reprints and an original offered by avrod2011 on eBay
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Unauthorized Reprints and an original offered by avrod2011 on eBay
Again, just count the perfs. Can you see the genuine stamp pair? Apparently this seller can't!

Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by azuckuss on eBay
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by azuckuss on eBay
Just count the perfs and look at the placement of the "I".

Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Unauthorized Reprints offered by beezercat56 on eBay
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Unauthorized Reprints offered by beezercat56 on eBay
Just count the perfs....

Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by borisdlevitin on eBay
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by borisdlevitin on eBay
Just count the perfs and look at the placement of the "I".

Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by bort777alex on eBay
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by bort777alex on eBay
Just count the perfs and look at the placement of the "I". Colors are dulled either by bad scanner or they were exposed to light for extended time.

Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by c.andy11 on eBay
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by c.andy11 on eBay
Just count the perfs and look at the placement of the "I".

Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by nummusphilafrance on eBay
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by nummusphilafrance on eBay
Just count the perfs and look at the placement of the "I".

Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by sabystuff on eBay
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by sabystuff on eBay
Just count the perfs and look at the placement of the "I".

Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Forgery Set offered by stampbank_of_london on eBay
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Forgery Set offered by stampbank_of_london on eBay
Just look at the placement of the "I".

Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Fake Inverted Frame Error Set offered by stampbank_of_london on eBay
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Fake Inverted Frame Error Set offered by stampbank_of_london on eBay
Just look at the placement of the "I". No "inverts" of this issue were ever produced by the Format Printers.

Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by stampsfromicha on eBay
Saint Vincent Union Island 1985 Audubon Birds Genuine Set offered by stampsfromicha on eBay
Just count the perfs and look at the placement of the "I".

So you can see that almost 50% of the sets offered on eBay are not genuine! That is just on eBay alone!

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 Union Island 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!

Your friend and fellow collector and researcher,
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