By Virendra Dhundhara
Normally I keep my Sundays for my Hobby i.e. Philately. I not only arrange my collection but also spend some time on ebay India or ebay uk to update my knowledge n know the trends in philately. Last Sunday as usual I was peeping through the contente os ebay UK n I was amused to see two booklets one on UMRAO KANWAR MA SA ARCHANAn another on Ranak Pur n Dilwara Temple.My enquiry with the seller to ascertain whether these are official or private is still unresponded. But my phila friends have definitely informed me that these are private booklets n do not carry any logo of India Post.On ebay, these booklets are priced 5pounds.These booklets are reportedly released on 30th April 2011. These booklets contain block of 4 of each stamp n contain little information about the theme. These booklets carry the price tag of Rs.40/=each probably.
The concept of booklet was introduced to popularize the usage of postage stamps during journey etc n to protect them the normal n natural wear n tear n give an insight about the stamps. Normally the value of the booklet used to be the face value of the stamps in the booklet. Over a period of time some dealers picked up the loose ends n made it a source of bread earning. A paltry amount is spent in printing thee jacket n hefty amount is charged from the collectors. The sentiments of the philatelists are exploited.
It is to put the record straight that such like private items do not carry any philatelic value. They cannot be displayed in any official exhibition. If displayed, they will attract negative marking. Therefore all genuine collectors are advised not to spent their hard earned money in buying such non philatelic items since they do not carry any philatelic value n are over priced also.Let us not allow to be a source of bread earning tactic of greedy dealers.