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Valuable Stamp on Postal Ballot
imageOn Tuesday 7th November, a postal ballot for the US Mid-term elections was received in Fort Lauderdale. What set this particular ballot apart from all the others was the 1918 Inverted Jenny stamp affixed to the envelope, along with two stamps dating back to the 1930s, and one dating to WWII.

The Inverted Jenny stamps are a run of stamps on which the biplane is printed upside down, and they are extremely rare. Only 700 were produced and, of them, only 100 have ever been owned by members of the public.

Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom believed the stamp could fetch around $500,000. As the sender was anonymous (also meaning that the ballot was disqualified), and the stamp was used to send a letter, it is now officially government property.

However, at the beginning of December, expert philatelists examined the stamp, comparing it to a genuine Inverted Jenny and a fake. In unfortunate news for John Rodstrom, it’s not an original. The philatelists noted a number of telltale flaws in the stamp, including an incorrect number of border perforations, the stamp's thickness and its colour.

There is a thread about this topic in the forum.
Posted by Boo on Wed Dec 06, 2006


"The philatelists noted a number of telltale flaws in the stamp, including an incorrect number of border perforations, the stamp's thickness and its colour."

Geez, and I thought *I* was a geek... good work guys.
Posted by Richard@Home  in  Sheffield, UK  on  Wed Dec 06, 2006  at  04:05 PM
Stamp collectors generally take geekiness to a whole new level, Richard.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Wed Dec 06, 2006  at  04:16 PM
Hey, if you've got a stamp worth potentially a half a million dollar you'd be counting the perforations too.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Dec 06, 2006  at  04:55 PM
This gives me an idea for a funny eBay hoax. Auction off an "upside down" stamp, complete with picture of it.

Obviously, it would be a perfectly normal stamp, simply pictured upside down. If you worded the auction accurately, you wouldn't be guilty of defrauding anyone, but it would almost certainly get a lot of attention from sites like Fark.com, etc.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Dec 07, 2006  at  03:34 AM
Now THIS is an example of a well-researched and presented hoax entry.

Nice work Flora!
Posted by coit  on  Thu Dec 07, 2006  at  08:37 AM
What a sad world we live in where people will pay half a million dollars for a stamp.
Posted by Grain  in  Bay Area, CA  on  Thu Dec 07, 2006  at  11:32 AM
Sad world??? I rather think it must be a wonderful world where people can spend time and money on such things, rather than scrounging for the next meal and living on the edge of subsistence. Of course, one can argue about resource allocation but no one ever got rich beggaring his neighbor.
Posted by Sam  in  Delaware  on  Thu Dec 07, 2006  at  11:46 AM
??? I'm sorry, but you must live in your own fantasy world. There are millions of people everyday who ARE scrounging for their next meal from no fault of their own in the is world. At the same time, people are sitting in an acution house paying $500,000 for a stamp. At least that is my view sir.
Posted by Grain  in  Bay Area, CA  on  Thu Dec 07, 2006  at  11:59 AM
And here you are goofing off on the internet instead of helping them. How can you sleep at night, sir?
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Thu Dec 07, 2006  at  12:14 PM
Your comment Charybdis is so idiotic (like most of your comments) i'm not going to dignify it with a response.
Posted by Grain  in  Bay Area, CA  on  Thu Dec 07, 2006  at  12:17 PM
Thank you for your very dignified response, Grain. raspberry
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Thu Dec 07, 2006  at  12:37 PM
I am the only person that seems to think there is something wrong with the statement "I am not going to dignify that with a response"?

Isn't that a response in and of itself?

I am not trying to take sides (even though I found Chary's comment humourous) it's just a thought that occurred to me as I read through the posts smile


oh, I guess I better say something relevant...ummm, yeah, stamp collectors are pretty geeky.
Posted by Chuck  in  Rhode Island  on  Thu Dec 07, 2006  at  04:12 PM
Chuck sez:
"I am the only person that seems to think there is something wrong with the statement "I am not going to dignify that with a response"? ...

It's a lot like that classic expression, "no offense, but ...", as in "No offense, buddy, but you've got to be the sorriest blighter I've ever had the misfortune to lay eyes on."

Or, as we say here in Texas, "Bless his/her heart":
"Bless her heart, the poor dear doesn't have much in the looks department, but nobody can say she's overly intellectual."
Posted by Big Gary  in  Fred, Texas  on  Thu Dec 07, 2006  at  04:36 PM
LOL that's another good one....how in the hell can one not be offended?
Posted by Chuck  in  Rhode Island  on  Thu Dec 07, 2006  at  04:51 PM
Sheesh, Charybdis, didn't you realize that when Grain said that *someone* should help the starving, he meant someone ELSE?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Dec 08, 2006  at  04:11 AM
"Incorrect number of border perforation,stamp thickness and colour"
Wow why did they need to check the first two?

Anyway,time for a haiku

World WarII stamp
Incorrect perforations
Rodstorm is annoyed

Also Charybdis your comment is actually a rather funny one and it makes a point.Don't listen to Grain.And this is a very dignified responce.I won't dignify that with a responce is a responce,just not a good or well thought out one.
Posted by J  on  Fri Dec 08, 2006  at  02:11 PM
Grain, my income is less than $15,000 per year and I donate my time and money to help people. I wouldn't make such a comment as yours about it being a sad world. I understand that absolute equality in income/resources is impossible and I do not lambast anyone who spends their money as they want. Would you rather have some bureaucrat telling you how to spend your money? I don't feel sorry for the individual who spent the time and effort to fake the stamp, although I am sorry that their vote didn't count.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Sat Dec 09, 2006  at  09:16 PM
Is it possible this was inspired by Homer Simpson's dismissal of a sheet of Inverted Jenny stamps at a flea market because the plane was upside down and thus worthless?
Posted by DFStuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Tue Dec 12, 2006  at  11:22 PM
Hmmm?
Posted by Sub  on  Thu Oct 02, 2008  at  02:19 PM
What a sad world we live in when a discussion can be hijacked by some micropenised currymuncher trying to get us to pron sites so he can make huge wads of money while just sitting at his computer looking up incest porn himself, dreaming of screwing his mother.
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Sun Sep 05, 2010  at  08:56 PM
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