THE INVASION OF ABUSIVE STAMP ISSUES - DJIBOUTI 2017

Victor MANTA, PWO *

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Introduction

We published in 2015 the results of our research of Internet sources that contained information about the abusive stamp issued by The Solomon Islands Post between the years 2013 - 2015. The results were incredible, so that the “invasion” term used in the title was fully justified.

This year (2018) we will focus on the abusives issued by another small country, Djibouti, having a tiny territory, and under one million inhabitants. Our research has shown that in the first 9 months of the last year roughly each second inhabitant of Djibouti could get one of the stamps issued in the name of his country. Actually, they will get none, because these many stamps weren't printed for any of them.


The Invasion of the Abusive Stamps continues relentlessly

Our main source

Our source is the same reputed one, the US Scott Catalogue, and its Scott New Listing Updates, published periodically by Linns.com online magazine. For copyright reasons we publish below just a very small and not readable excerpt of the page 81. This page and the one that precedes it are filled with sets (in blocks of four) and Souvenir Sheets (S/S) made for the small African country named Djibouti, that were issued between January and September 2017.

Fig. 1 Scott New Listing Updates. February 19, 2018. Page 81.

We compiled in the table shown below the philatelic material pertaining to the Djibouti stamps only, a listing that appears in very small fonts that nevertheless almost fill two pages.

DJIBOUTI. SCOTT NEW LISTINGS UPDATE
Issue Dates
Scott No.
No. of Stamps
Value ($)
2017, Jan. 20
1112 - 1126
100
310
2017, Mar. 15
1152
16
11
2017, Mar. 15
1154 - 1177
96
260
2017, July 05
1204 - 1213
40
110
2017, July 28
1224 - 1243
80
215
2017, Sep. 29
1246 - 1283
80
215
Total Stamps & Total Value
412
1121
Issue Dates
Scott No.
No. of S/S
Value
2017, Jan. 20
1127 - 1151
25
265
2017, Mar. 15
1153
1
10.5
2017, Mar. 15
1178 - 1291
24
255
2017, July 05
1214 - 1223
10
105
2017, July 28
1244 - 1263
20
215
2017, Sep. 29
1284 - 1303
20
215
Total S/S & Total Value
100
1065.5
Total No. Stamps & S/S. Total Value
512
2186.5
Linns.com February 19, 2018. Pages 80 - 81

Fig. 2. Source: Scott New Listings Update of Feb. 19, 2018.

The results are mind-boggling. This small territory issued in only 9 months 412 different stamps (in 103 blocks of four) and 100 S/S. The Scott catalogue value of this material is US$ 2,186.5! For comparison purposes, the USA registered with WNS in 2013 a number of 140 stamps, and in 2014 a number of 81 stamps.

The sellers of Djibouti stamps

We couldn't find out who is the official agent for these stamps but we found at least an important seller of them, the Lithuanian company Stamperija. Please compare the block of four presented on the Scott listings page with the one that appears on the Stamperija site. That Stamperija attached an own number to these stamps could be an indication of a strong business relationship between Djibouti Post and Stamperija.

Fig. 3. The same material listed by Scott and sold by Stamperija.

The Scott listing being brand new, Stamperja couldn't update the stamps yet with their Scott numbers but this will follow soon, and will legitimize these stamps, thrown relentlessly and in huge quantities on the market.

Please note the subject of the stamps shown above on the Fig. 3 (Pope John-Paul II), that look unusual for a predominantly (94%) Muslim country. The same applies to the Marilyn Monroe stamps displayed on the Fig. 1. Other stamps show the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, John. F. Kennedy, The Beatles, Franklin D. Roosevelt & wife, Princess Diana, etc.

Fig. 4. Djibouti's national sport?

During the coolest month of January in Djibouti it if fairly hot, with a mean temperature of 25° Celsius (77° Fahrenheit), not really ideal for practicing the ice hockey. It is obvious who are targeted by some outrageous marketers. The price on eBay for the 4 different S/S of the set, at the time of writing, is US$ 51.80, the seller being marlen-stamps (2 available / 1 sold).

Djibouti stamps on the WNS

The WNS is the abbreviation for the WADP Numbering System, developed by the World Association for the Development of Philately (WADP) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU), and introduced in 2002. Link. Its initial goal was to stop the proliferation of illegal stamp issues. This goal wasn't achieved so far.

Back to the 512 abusive issues of Djibouti, marketed by Stamperija, none of them was registered with the WNS. The last two Djibouti stamps were registered back to 2008.

Stamps Worldwide Print Run & Costs 2016 (excerpt)

Country
Count
Face Value
Catalog Value
Djibouti
248
252, 210 fr
$2,867
Solomon Islands
246
$10,741
$2,754
Sierra Leone
504
11,771, 600 le
$4,949

You can find the Scott listings for 2016 here. Djibouti was among the "champions" also in 2016 but Sierra Leone was then the "world champion" of abusive issues. Both Solomon Islands and Sierra Leone are represented by Stamperija. We show below a Stamperija "masterpiece" issued in 2017 for Sierra Leone.

Our recommendation

BEWARE ! DON'T BUY THESE LEGALIZED LABELS THAT FLOOD THE MARKET

(*) About the author

Victor Manta is the founder and the current president of the PWO. He is mostly interested in thematic (topical) stamps and in the philately on the Internet. His philatelic sites were multiple awarded in websites philatelic competitions. He is also a well known philatelic journalist, who published numerous philatelic articles on the Web and in printed magazines.


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Published: February 4, 2018. Last update: February 11, 2018
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