Recently, I was lucky enough to correctly guess where 52 sets of David Bowie stamps sent up into the stratosphere landed when they came back down to
Earth, and won one of the sets. These sets are Royal Mail first day covers (FDC) that carry a special limited-edition red handstamp postmark depicting
the famous lightning bolt from Bowies Aladdin Sane.
Anywho, it's come to my attention that the certificate of authenticity should be numbered, which mine is not. Are there any amongst you fine folk who
might know if this missing number is likely to detract from collectors value, or even add to it? Here's a photo of the certificate of authenticity,
the empty hexagon inside the red circle on the bottom right is where the issue number should be;
...here's the other side of the certificate for those interested;
...and here's the stamps themselves with the limited-edition red handstamped postmark, for anyone who fancies a ganders;
This is a short (3:00 mins) video showing some behind the scenes action with some incredible inflight footage from the flight;
I've tried searching about online but keep drawing blanks, so many thanks in advance for any information or advice!
Either way, I'll be chalking this one up as a definite win, cheers!
The 'stamp' in the pictures with the Earth behind it isn't actually a stamp; sorry, I should have been more clear on that. It's a slightly blown-up
image of one of the stamps simply used as a focal point for the onboard images and footage. The actual stamps affixed to the first day covers (with
the red handstamps) were stowed away inside an onboard capsule, I'm guessing behind the camera along with the GPS tracking gear and what-not.
My concern is that the certificate I was provided with isn't numbered, and I'm interested to know from others with knowledge of philately how, or even
if, this would/could affect their desirability among collectors.
Anyway, if your certificate isn't numbered, then guess what, there is no verification possible.
...apart from the unique red handstamp on the first day cover, the handstamped letter from the PR Manager for Royal Mail's Special Stamps Programme
Natasha Ayivor, and the simple fact that all I need to do is send a SAE to the Royal Mail and they'll send out a list of competition winners, with my
name on it.
What a great prize to win. Some very serious Bowie fans will be very jealous and it's easy to imagine a very high value in years to come. It's not a
bad idea to hedge your bets and do whatever else it takes to get the provenance really locked down in case fakes come out.
For sure intrptr, I get that. For some collectors though, these stamps will be viewed as gold dust, but as I won them in a competition they didn't
cost me a penny. You're incredibly bang-on the money with your suggestion, the plan all along was to sell to the highest bidder and drop it on some
rounds or sov's.
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