Regumming is the act of applying new gum to a stamp in order to simulate its original condition, or to cover damage, such as a thin, usually so that it may be sold on the philatelic market for a price higher than its actual condition warrants. A regummed stamp is a faked stamp and should, when its true condition is known command no more than the price of the same stamp without gum.
Unfortunately, regumming has reached a level of perfection that makes it virtually impossible for the average collector to distinguish genuine gum from the fake variety.
The high premium currently being paid for "original" gum without hinge mark has caused regumming to flourish. It is estimated, for example, by knowledgeable authorities that the majority of "mint, never-hinged" US 1893 Columbian high values bear fake gum. Thus it would seem sensible here to restrict the premium you will pay for the condition known as "mint, never-hinged" to the cost of regumming the stamp usually stated to be about $5.
If you are in doubt, the services of an expertizing committee should be sought.Posted June 6, 2000
- Kenneth A. Wood
This is Philately - Volume Three Q-Z
Van Dahl Publications 1982
Index of 508 Notes from the Past
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