The Samovar


Jeff - 7/5/2004 at 12:45

If a stamp is issued without gumming, and is subsequently gummed, is it considered to be altered?

Would it be in the same category as a stamp that is re-gummed?

I'm curous how this would affect a stamp's "value."

A sticky situation

Rusalka - 7/6/2004 at 23:20

Yes I agree with Dangstampr, even if the original gum appears yellow-brown and streaky in appearance as some older Soviet original printings can be, then it should remain that way. Not only does it have an nice inherent character but it is certainly more valuable.

If reprints have the single characteristic variation of being identified by only their gum colour, then it may be more difficult to determine if the stamp has been tampered with for the ordinary collector.

Either way it should lessen the value of the stamp considerably.

I wonder how the process of re-gumming affects the value of the expensive Zeppelin issues from the 1930's? Is it better to leave these issues as mint w/o gum?

msmike - 8/4/2004 at 14:18

And yet, there is one more possibility. The stamp was gummed to be affixed on a cover or postcard. Somehow it fell off or just didn't make it that far. No intention was made to "regum" the stamp or alter the stamp. Someone just prepared the stamp to postally use it but something failed in the process.

I would carefully look at the stamp and the gum to determine if this was the case. Making a judgement that this was a purposeful attempt to alter the stamp is premature without first investigation of the gum itself. If it were "set up" for postal use, the gum may add historical value to the stamp rather than diminish the value.

Gary - 8/4/2004 at 17:03

OK MSMIKE. If I lick a stamp and them decide not to use it, the gum is disturbed. How do you tell what my intentions were? DNA? "-))

Like wise, how do you tell if the sender added glue and set it aside?

GregMirsky - 8/4/2004 at 19:16

I guess the real issue is quite simple.

Couple scenarios:

1.If somebody removes original gum from the stamp, puts new gum instead AND trying to sell it as MNH OG stamp - in this case - it is a philatelic forgery made to take advantage of naive "gum collectors" (sorry - could not resist).

2. If somebody takes a stamp, which was originally issued, without gum, adds gum (because of lack of knowledge) and trying to sell it as MNH OG - stamp - it is a philatelic forgery too.

Everything else - things like condition of the stamp, condition of the perforation, and condition of the gum definitely effects stamp value (more or less - depends on buyer priorities).