Last Update: 14.08.2019
It has just been confirmed that chess stamps of the Ivory Coast listed in the stamps catalogue are illegal prints produced by Impressor SA. The Government of the Ivory Coast has indicated that since 2002 it has reported ALL official stamp issues in the WNS system of the UPU. There, these chess stamps are not listed and therefore considered illegal. They will no longer be listed in the next edition of the stamp catalogue.
Currently, you will find three PDF-listings showing illegal chess „stamps“. Since these worthless products are constantly being offered on auction platforms on the Internet, it has not been difficult to compile these lists. But time-consuming, because there are so many illegal stamps. Because many new illegal stamps are constantly being thrown on the market, these lists can not be complete either. Look into these listings from time to time to get the latest information.
You may be wondering what these reports should be about? They should given you the opportunity to protect yourself! Collectors are seduced to buy these illegal stamps. Often collectors can not decide if a product is legal or illegal. Collectors should therefore only the money to be pulled out of the pocket, which is later no longer available for sale at legal stamps.
Please also consider that a collection of illegal items is subject to a very strict quality devaluation – at exhibitions and also in case of total sales or parts of it. Anyone who has this scrap in their collection is quickly considered to be gullible and unprofessional. So it makes sense to keep the illegals out of the collection.
With the help of the lists published here you will be able to check if they have any illegal stamps in your collection. Likewise, if you are offered previously unknown stamps, you can make a quick check on legality in these lists.
While these lists clearly focus on illegality, then the topic „Agenten/Agents“ is dedicated to another variety of our hobbies: Here it goes semi-legal chess stamps that are mass-produced and distributed outside the specified countries. They never see the post office counters in their home country, but they are sold to collectors all over the world without any postal benefits. Inform yourself!
Currently, the three listings include 805 positions in total!! Compared to mid October 2018, this is an increase of 162 records = +25%!!
For better clarity the lists are now sorted alphabetically by country:
3.1. Worthless Chess „Stamps“ by country from A to G 286 Positions
3.2. Worthless Chess „Stamps“ by country from H to M 265 Positions
3.3. Worthless Chess „Stamps“ by country from N to Z 254 Positions
The following two links are very informative on this subject: