A bogus stamp is a complete impostor, a fraudulent production made only to deceive collectors, which has never existed in genuine form. For example, stamp-like labels have been printed for non-existent countries, or countries which had no genuine stamps or postal service. In other cases bogus values have been added to genuine sets before sale to collectors. Bogus stamps (also known as phantoms or fantasies) should not be confused with fakes (which are genuine stamps 'doctored' in some way to make them appear what they are not) nor with forgeries (which are fraudulent imitations of genuine stamps). Bogus postmarks, overprints, and even perforations are also known.
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's EncyclopaediaPublished 1966Posted January 17, 2000
Editor's Note: The creation of fantasy stamps, also sometimes called 'cinderellas', and the collecting of such items has been a part of the hobby for many years. The S. Allan Taylor Society is an association of such collectors.
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