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I know that they are rarer than the vast majority of sports. Indeed when I opened a thread about the Gum Fronted variants on the  Cunning Artificers board several people hadn't realised that the 5p and 10P sports also existed in the Gum Fronted format. I can't understand why they don't seem to be as sought after as "regular" sports.   I'm proud of the ones I have in my collection as I consider them to be significant rarities.
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As the proud owner of a set of sheets stamped and signed by Colin I am more than happy to argue that they must be as rare as hen's teeth.  I also have a Lawyer's Guild sport on a cover which was also unreasonably cheap for something which must be very rare too. 

I rationalise this by assuming that few Discworld cinderella collectors are stamp collectors.  If stamp collectors are like me then they are drawn to mistakes rather than something that is a deliberate design variation but these mistakes would mean nothing to a non-collector who would just look for the advertised issues.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 October 2010 at 04:49
Those sheets on sale have taken off price wise with 2 hours still to go. I suspect that someone has put a not-going-to-be-beaten bid in on them.
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Yes... I'm glad to see that someone out there appreciates their true value. All the items that I wanted to bid on tonight have gone over my limits... I have a set of the gum fronted sheets but I was very interested in the St Hilary sheets and the $5 Merchants Guild sport proof. 
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TBH I was only looking at the sheets to obtain the Sports, but they went way over what I'd want to pay.

I used to get excited about the arrival of new LBE's but I've had such rotten luck at finding the sports and prizes I'm a little underwhelmed  nowadays. Especially when you see the same people getting the prize tickets and sports from each issue time an time again Confused


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That's always puzzled me a bit... I guess they buy so many LBE's that they are bound to find a few sports and prizes.
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Originally posted by Murgatroyd Murgatroyd wrote:

Yes... I'm glad to see that someone out there appreciates their true value. All the items that I wanted to bid on tonight have gone over my limits... I have a set of the gum fronted sheets but I was very interested in the St Hilary sheets and the $5 Merchants Guild sport proof. 


Not even St Hilary has a sheet of St Hilary.  Perhaps I should be demanding a royalty!
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Demanding? That's not very saintly.
 
Could you demand a royalty from an eBay seller?  You could always try bidding, or just be patient until the prices get lower...  or design a Pharos St. Hilary   Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 October 2010 at 07:50
Originally posted by Colin Colin wrote:

But they are rarer than most of the sports! Why do all the sports get the limelight?
 

When we first started the stamps the sports were just an occasional occurrence, thrown in for fun, and not a given feature of every sheet.

 

Now that every sheet, or every issue, has a compulsory sport, doesn't that detract from the original concept?

 

I thought sports evolved because in Going Postal, Terry's original stamps transformed and morphed through thaumic resonance (I can't remember the exact expression, but that sounds about right!) - and that inspired the addition of the occasional morphed extra on a sheet, which became the sport.

 

Now every stamp released, whether it is LBE only, a shop cinderella or a DW issue, seems to have a sport. 

 

 


I am of divided opinion on this issue of sports Colin. On the one hand I agree that having a sport on each sheet goes against the original intentions. That they were to look like a plate setters error, although we all knew they were an intentional 'error' introduced for a bit of fun and to spice up the hobby.
But as an LBE buyer I would hope to get a sport or two out of the small batch I buy.
Finding a balance between these two viewpoints may be a case of 'ypu can't please anyone any of the time'. However by increasing the number of sports and limited editions in the envelopes has possibly led to over-expectation by the buyers. A tactic that leads buyers to trade more in order to get the stamps missing from their collections would find favour with me.
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