Monday, December 12, 2011

South Africa Gandhi Stamps : 1993 Special Cancellation of Mahatma Gandhi - How some stamp dealers increase price and make difficult for new collectors - Part 1 ?

By Ketankumar Patel.

Hello Gandhi Collectors,

In 1993 South Africa issued special cancellation of Mahatma Gandhi to celebrate 100th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi arrival in South Africa. 

He came in  April 1893 as a lawyer to represent an Indian firm’s case, faced racial discrimination in South Africa.  In June 1893 he was thrown out of train on Pietermaritzburg station even though he had first class compartment ticket and that is on the special cancellation.

He experienced colour bar in various forms; decides to remain and fight race prejudice until 1915 thus spending 22+ years of his life in South Africa where he learned and experienced lot of things which he implemented in India to achieve freedom.

South Africa issued Mahatma Gandhi stamp very late compare to other countries because of  Nelson Mandela was using Gandhian principles to fight against  racial segregation enforced by the National Party governments of South Africa between 1948 and 1994, under which the rights of the majority 'non-white' inhabitants of South Africa.

So in 1993 it was a good start by government by issuing Mahatma Gandhi stamp who spend 22+ years in South Africa to fight against racism and Nelson Mandela used his principles to fight against apartheid.

Following is the cancellation issued by South Africa Postal service.

Now let see how some stamp dealer bother upcoming new collector. This is true story as it happens to me.

Following 2 screen shot will explain you  

As I was new in Gandhi Philately collection I was not aware of pricing about any philatelic material so in order to collect I was trying to win auction.

In March 2009 it was bought by me "vxvm" and other bidder was "kad_ss"

In April 2008 it was sold for $7.86 and bought by "kad_ss".

Disclaimer : Before this purchase I had done business(purchase only) with "kad_ss" other id "dkkphila" and also emailed with  him multiple time. No communications since 2+ years.!!!!

Again thanks for reading and  Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

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