Thursday, June 9, 2011

Marx and Lennon

As detailed in the April 28, 1995 New York Times article Philatelists Just Wanna Have Fun, the Republic of Abkhazia,a rebellious region in the northwest of Georgia, or a printing company claiming to be the Republic of Abkhazia, issued a stamp set commemorating not Karl and Vladimir, but Groucho and John. When my wife bought me a few sheets from the International Collectors Society some fifteen or so years ago, the retail price was $12.72 per sheet. Now they can be found on eBay for as little as $7.00. No doubt many "Limited Editions" from companies which flood the market with "collectibles" have suffered similar fates.

I still like the stamps, though.


  1. Update: A sheet of these stamps recently sold on eBay for $2.99 including shipping, yielding a return on investment of -76%.

  2. I just bought a sheet for 49 cents. The shipping cost is 3 bucks. At whopping 74% discount !

  3. The Marx/Lennon concept may have first come from the amazing comedy team, The Firesign Theatre in 1969.'re_Not_Anywhere_at_All#/media/File:Hcybitpaowynaaa.jpg