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Spink Shreves Galleries Sale - 97
The Edward J.J. Grabowski Collection of Guadeloupe Postal History - December 12, 2007
There is no question the Edward Grabowski's collection of Guadeloupe postal
history is the finest collection ever formed of this interesting Caribbean
nation. For well over twenty years he has scoured the philatelic world for
covers which ultimately evolved into an exhibition that paints an
extraordinary picture of Guadeloupe's fascinating and elusive postal
history. And for his efforts his collection was awarded philately's highest
exhibiting accolade - the Grand Prix d'Honneur - at the Washington
2006 International Stamp Show.
Mr. Grabowski's collection begins with a marvelous selection of covers
using France's first adhesive stamps - including the earliest documented
cover used from any of the four countries in which these stamps were
introduced. The collection continues with a stunning array of different
19th century overseas and domestic usages. In featuring the stamps of the
General French Colonies and the early provisional overprints of Guadeloupe,
he has amassed many beautiful and rare covers. Mr. Grabowski is
particularly proud of his treatment of the postal history of the numerous
small post offices on the islands and their dependencies. Finally, be sure
not to miss his world-famous postage due covers. We are sure as you view
the auction, you will be as impressed as were the international judges that
As with all Spink Shreves Galleries auctions, bidders at their home or
office can join the auction live on the Internet. Please visit our website
(www.shreves.com) for more information about this exciting bidding option.
Spink Shreves has honored Mr. Grabowski's collecting achievement by
producing a handbook style all-color auction catalogue - which will become
an indispensible collector's item itself. Catalogs may be purchased for $20
U.S. ($30 for all non-US addresses). For further information please contact
Spink Shreves Galleries, 14131 Midway Road, Suite 1250, Addison, TX 75001.
Telephone: 800-556-7826 or 972-788-2100. Fax: 972-788-2788. Email: