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Bequia 1986 Leaders of the World Automobiles 5th Series Forgery Set
Scott# 97,102,105,107,115,126 Stanley Gibbons# addendum
Bequia 1986 Leaders of the World Automobiles 5th Series Forgery Set
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 July of 2016.
All the stamps imaged above are fakes!

My research into the printer has enabled me to discover modern fake stamps have been created in 2015!! 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 sets of perforated and imperforate forgeries of the Bequia Leaders of the World 1986 Automobiles 5th Series issues. All are being offered online right now as I write this on July 24, 2016.

I have discovered that many more "modern" issues for Bequia 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.


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 more sales of some of the Saint Vincent Bequia Leaders of the World Cars and Trains issues being sold on eBay from a dealer based in Latvia this year. This dealer is a large volume dealer and was and is offering them in bulk lots of 5, 10 pairs all still attached. The starting bid is 99c! Buyers constantly bid them up to $3.00 to $10.00 ranges. They all are selling thus they are now everywhere in the world! Thousands have been moved!

I suspected that they are forgeries because of the many other forgeries I have purchased from this same dealer. I recently purchased two lots containing this set. One was perforated and the other imperforate. They are indeed the same as all the other forgeries I have written about. I got the perforated sets for $4.69 winning bid against three other bidders. Oddly, I got the imperforate sets for $3.00 winning bid against two other bidders. This shows us how easily these are being spread across the world. Here is are images of what I got.

Bequia 1986 5th Series Automobiles Forgery Lot
Bequia Leaders of the World Automobiles 5th Series Perforated Forgery Lot Sold on Ebay
Bequia 1986 5th Series Automobiles Imperforate Forgery Lot
Bequia Leaders of the World Automobiles 5th Series Imperforate Forgery Lot Sold on Ebay
These would have been a good deal if they were not all fakes.
These sets plus many others including sets from Saint Lucia are being offered on eBay and elsewhere and were not being offered until now (2016). This shows that because nobody appears to want to go after the producer (which should be obvious by now), he will continue to reproduce issues originally created and printed by the Format International Security Printers in the 70's and 80's forever!!
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.
I am not losing my account for the rats...

Obviously this "dealer" is connected with the forger.
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 Fake Stamps with Original
The white 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 2016 and no such stamps like these have ever been on the market nor recorded, it proves these to be modern forgeries of the stamps.

Bequia 1986 Automobiles Forgery and Original Gum Comparison of Full Stamps

Screen, Font and Color Comparison of a Fake Stamp with an Original Stamp
Let us use the 25c Stanley Model 60 stamp for high resolution comparisons. I use 1200dpi scans for viewing.
This first comparison shows you how inferior the screens are. I compare the cab area of the car.
Bequia 1986 Automobiles 25c Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison of the Stanley Model 60 Car Cab

You can see that the screens used are much coarser. Most of the details are lost on the forgery. The forgeries still are very dangerous because when imaged for sale by sellers they look almost exactly the same as the originals. Buyers will think it is just the sellers scanner making them look "different". To compensate the forger uses a shinier surface on the face of the stamps.

Now let's look at the fonts.
Bequia 1986 Automobiles 25c Fake with Original Comparison of the Fonts

Very similar yes? Except the left side of the "U" in USA is thick on originals and thin on the fakes.

Now let's look at the front view of the car on the detail drawing.
Bequia 1986 Automobiles 25c Fake with Original Comparison of the Front View of Car on the Detail Drawing

Again you can see that much of the detail is gone or indistinct on the forgery. What a cheap copy! I ask you....which one would you rather have?

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 25c 1910 Stanley Model 60 Stamp with the Original Stamp
Bequia 1986 Automobiles 1910 Stanley Model 60 Fake with Original 25c Stamp Comparison

Now that you know what to look for it helps yes? Top of cab is dark gray on originals and brown-gray on forgeries.
Car is deep-green on originals and olive-green on fakes. Notice the difference in overall color now?
Note the "25c" is thicker on the forgery.
Still you can see that most people will not even notice it which is what the forger wants!

Comparison of the Fake 50c 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 Stamp with the Original Stamp
Bequia 1986 Automobiles 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 Fake with Original 50c Stamp Comparison

The obvious difference with the 50c value. On originals the background sky color is light blue and on fakes it is light green-blue.
The grass shades are greens on originals and olive-greens on the forgeries.
The "50c" is much thicker on the forgeries. the center of the "0" is narrower on the forgeries.

Comparison of the Fake 65c 1929 Isotta Fraschini 8A Stamp with the Original Stamp
Bequia 1986 Automobiles 1929 Isotta Fraschini 8A Fake with Original 65c Stamp Comparison

The obvious difference here is the very white snow colors on originals versus the dull off white colors on the forgeries.
Noting the much thicker "65c" on the forgeries.

Comparison of the Fake 75c 1964 Bluebird II Stamp with the Original Stamp
Bequia 1986 Automobiles 1964 Bluebird II Fake with Original 75c Stamp Comparison

The blue colors on the car on the original differs from the green-blue and gray-blue colors on the forgery extremely.
Again, the "75c" fonts on the forgery are much thicker.

Comparison of the Fake $1 1922 Duesenberg Model A Stamp with the Original Stamp
Bequia 1986 Automobiles 1922 Duesenberg Model A Fake with Original $1 Stamp Comparison

The obvious difference with the $1 value is the background color on originals is pale orange where on fakes it is brown-tan.
The bars are purple on originals and lavender on the forgeries.

Comparison of the Fake $3 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Stamp with the Original Stamp
Bequia 1986 Automobiles 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Fake with Original $3 Stamp Comparison

The main difference on the $3 stamp is the background color again. It is yellow on originals and greenish-yellow on the forgeries.

You can see that there is a lot of differences between the two printings. The lack of details on the fakes is so obvious!!

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 Bequia 1986 5th series Automobiles 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 13 to 14 megs.

Bequia Automobiles Scott 97
1910 Stanley Model 60 Stamp
Bequia Automobiles Scott 102
1957 Austin-Healy 100-6 Stamp
Bequia Automobiles Scott 105
1929 Isotta Fraschini 8A Stamp
Bequia Automobiles Scott 107
1964 Bluebird II Stamp
Bequia Automobiles Scott 115
1922 Duesenberg Model A Stamp
Bequia Automobiles Scott 126
1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Stamp

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