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MALI ILLEGAL STAMPS
2005

Information and Reference of illegal stamps for Mali according to U.P.U. Circular 72

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The Universal Postal Union published Circular No. 72 on May 5, 2014 denouncing illegal stamps at the request of the Postal Administration for Mali. This Circular was validated by Ms. Juliana Nel, Director of Markets Development of the UPU Secretariat, who was the senior officer at that time overseeing philatelic issues. Here is a .pdf file of the circular.

UPU Circular Number 72

The circular describes all the sets that were officially issued and denounces all others. The issues described are all dated between 2002 and 2014. I note that several of the issues announced as official issues in the circular are not listed in the WNS system nor on the Colnect Catalog. Why?

The following images are of illegal stamps produced for Mali. Please remember that the producers of these illegals are not only greedy, they are crude and sometimes disgusting which is the nature of these people.

To find out what stamps are real and legitimate for Mali visit the UPU WNS website and look at the Mali section.

The Universal Postal Union WNS website

I have found the Colnect online catalog to be helpful as well although there are "conflicts" between what is listed there and what is on the WNS system.

The Colnect Online Catalog for Mali

Or use a respectable catalog like Scott or Stanley Gibbons. Do not listen to these dealers trying to convince you they are something other than illegal stamps.

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Many of the following illegal stamps can be found as imperforates and as color proof sets as well. Some exist on fake First Day Covers too.
Most times now (2019) the souvenir sheet sets and sheetlet sets are sold individually. Many times the stamps have been removed from the sheetlets and souvenir sheets. All of these "tactics" are used to avoid detection by UPU circular descriptions.

Sellers that call these "private", "locals", "Cinderella's", "unauthorized" are deceiving you. They are illegal stamps produced by a stamp dealer that is bent on ripping you off! Some sellers state "we offer them because they are on the market". Well how about you use a different dealer because that seller is "on the market"? If the stamp societies, auction sites and all other venues kicked these sellers off of their sites then they would have to comply or lose their ability to sell anything.

The following images are free for the use of all to use to alert the public to them. If anyone wants to make a public list of users on eBay, Delcampe and elsewhere who are selling these issues....fine by me since the UPU, PWMO and others appear to have given up or have not been updated in years.

If you have purchased any of these stamps from a dealer or if that dealer offers them, you should avoid that dealer! You will only be supporting illegal stamp makers who are only ripping you off.

2005

In 2005 the onslaught of illegal stamps began again. It appears two or three different producers began production in this year.

In 2005 Mali officially issued 9 stamps made according to the WNS system and the Colnect Online Catalog.

Mali 2005 Having tea in the Desert
Issued August 18, 2005 Printer is Post Printer of Tunisia
Mali 2005 Having tea in the Desert

Mali 2005 Djenne Fair
Issued August 18, 2005 Printer is Post Printer of Tunisia
Mali 2005 Djenne Fair

Mali 2005 A drop of water for Africa
Issued August 18, 2005 Printer is Post Printer of Tunisia
Mali 2005 A drop of water for Africa

Mali 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Stamp Set
Issued August 18, 2005 Printer is Post Printer of Tunisia
Mali 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Stamp Set

Mali 2005 23rd Summit of the Heads of State from Africa and France Stamp Set
Issued August 18, 2005 Printer is Post Printer of Tunisia
Mali 2005 23rd Summit of the Heads of State from Africa and France Stamp Set

Following are images of the illegal stamps I have found offered for Mali dating 2005. There may and probably are more. All of these I found in searches on eBay and Delcampe and all are illegal stamps made by producers bent on ripping you off!

I present them in alphabetical order of titles as there is no logical order for illegal stamps.

2005 Animals of Africa Souvenir Sheet of 4

Mali 2005 Animals of Africa Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 4

2005 Butterflies Souvenir Sheet of 4

Mali 2005 Butterflies Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 4

2005 Dinosaurs Souvenir Sheets of 1

Mali 2005 Dinosaurs Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 1 (Part 1)
Mali 2005 Dinosaurs Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 1 (Part 2)

2005 Dinosaurs Souvenir Sheets of 1 on Fake First Day Covers

Mali 2005 Dinosaurs Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 1 on Fake First Day Covers

2005 Dinosaurs and Minerals Souvenir Sheet of 4

Mali 2005 Dinosaurs and Minerals Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 4

2005 Dinosaurs, Minerals and Jules Verne Souvenir Sheets of 2

Mali 2005 Dinosaurs, Minerals and Jules Verne Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 2

2005 Disney Hans Christian Andersen Souvenir Sheets of 2

Mali 2005 Disney Hans Christian Andersen Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 2

2005 Albert Einstein Souvenir Sheet of 1

Mali 2005 Albert Einstein Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 1

2005 Albert Einstein Space Souvenir Sheets of 1

Mali 2005 Albert Einstein Space Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 1

2005 Elvis Presley, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Elvis Presley, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2005 Vincent van Gogh Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Vincent van Gogh Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2005 Japanese Paintings Souvenir Sheet of 4

Mali 2005 Japanese Paintings Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 4

2005 Mammals, Minerals and Baden Powell Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Mammals, Minerals and Baden Powell Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2005 Owls, Minerals and Baden Powell Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Owls, Minerals and Baden Powell Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2005 Paintings Paul Cezanne Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Paintings Paul Cezanne Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2005 Paintings Edgar Degas Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Paintings Edgar Degas Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2005 Paintings Albrecht Durer Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Paintings Albrecht Durer Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2005 Paintings Nicolas Poussin Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Paintings Nicolas Poussin Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2005 Paintings Rembrandt Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Paintings Rembrandt Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2005 Paintings Pierre Renoir Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Paintings Pierre Renoir Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2005 Paintings Peter Paul Rubens Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Paintings Peter Paul Rubens Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2005 Paintings Leonardo da Vinci Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Paintings Leonardo da Vinci Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2005 Pope John Paul II Souvenir Sheets of 2

Mali 2005 Pope John Paul II Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 2

2005 Reptiles, Minerals and Baden Powell Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Reptiles, Minerals and Baden Powell Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2005 Space Paintings Souvenir Sheets of 2

Mali 2005 Space Paintings Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 2

2005 Walt Disney Disneyland Souvenir Sheet of 2

Mali 2005 Walt Disney Disneyland Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

In 2006 the production of counterfeit illegal stamps in the name of Mali continues.

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References taken from:
U.P.U. Circular No. 72
Major Stamp Catalogs
Internet Research

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