In 1979 Nicaragua issued souvenir sheet of 2 stamps of Mahatma Gandhi and Elbert Einstein with background of Taj Mahal and other stamp of Einstein.
This Souvenir sheet was withdrawn within couple of days because designer/proof reader/printer and other official made error by mistake or by purpose.!! If you see on stamp sheet year is mentioned as 1980 so this was one of the reason they withdrew from market.
Not sure why 30+ years ago a small country wants to print this kind of souvenir sheet.!!
Because of this withdraw, this sheet was one time very very RARE. Only 5 known issue were exist in the world from 1979- 2008. But since I started collection almost 3 years ago I have seen more than 40-50 for sale on ebay and price is going down of this sheet like a hell. Initially dealer who bought this at very high price started to average it out but they also got tired.!!
I bought this some where around 35-40$ and now it is going for $13.!!
As you can see from above screen shot that on same date (June 05, 2011) 2 sheets were sold. One from Latvia and other from Germany. One was sold for $13 and other was for $31. What a difference.!!! Don't know why but this need to be researched.
Also not sure how many were printed but looks like 10000+ as we can see the # on the sheet. If you have higher # of this souvenir sheet than let us know so we can find out.!!
Reason for this drop is that this sheet is coming out from closet to market after original visionary collector of this sheet collector died and his relatives are selling it slowly. My guess is also this visionary collector had overprint stamp from Nicaragua with other Einstein stamp series.(8-10 stamps) as this 2 seller sell this stamps as well as this souvenir sheet. Click following link to readmy other blog post about Gandhi Overprint stamps.
Currently this 8-10 stamps and this souvenir sheet is holding value because of Mahatma Gandhi as it looks like no new collector is interested in Einstein. This is my observation as Einstein stamp value is very low on ebay and delcampe. Also this overprint stamp looks like made intensely to make money so I think before buying.
So if you are new in Mahatma Gandhi collection just don't buy blindly. Think about this and jump. This stamp souvenir sheet is not any more RARE so think twice before you add in your collection.
Update : 12/27/11
Recently this miniature sheet sold under $11.!! I think within 6-8 months this will be selling under $1 if there is no shill bidding.!!
This stamps are mainly selling from former USSR countries.
Do you think stamps are still for investment.?
Want to know more about other FAKE Gandhi Stamps Philatelic Materials then please check out our other blog post (There are more blog posts but 8 are more interesting to read, so please read.!)
Maldives : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2011/12/maldives-gandhi-stamps-is-it-fake.html
Germany : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2011/08/its-back-again-fake-germany-2009-gandhi.html
Mauritius : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2011/06/possible-fake-postmark-cancellation.html
Madagascar : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2011/12/madagascar-gandhi-stamps-fake-fdc-of.html
Nicaragua : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2011/07/fake-fdc-made-from-nicaragua-1979-1980.html
Mauritius : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2011/11/early-usage-of-indian-pin-code-classic.html
1969 issues : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2009/04/gandhi-1969-cancels-possible-forgeries.html
Nicaragua : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2011/12/fake-nicaragua-100-years-of-cinema-fdc.html
After reading above blog post don't you think similar pattern for making FDC or Max Card in Gandhi Philately.!! (It's a whole new topical Philately !! FAKE Gandhi thematic collection.!!)
Don't you think that is there any Genuine GANDHI philatelic material ever issued.!!! Most of the Gandhi stamps were issued in 1969 and during that time there were very less collectors so it is not enough for current needs of collectors.
Also I think because of recent popularity of Gandhi stamps there is a huge demand of it so dealers and resellers (even printers) are trying to take benefit by issuing FAKE and Forgery material of some never issued stamps, FDC or Used Covers including Register Covers so Beware before you enter in to Gandhi Philately collection.!!
Again thanks for reading this blog post and Please share your thoughts in the comments section.
Shill Bidding on Gandhi Stamps