Back of the Book Issues

Army of the Northwest


Note - in many cases, clicking on the image may open a larger copy of the image for better inspection.


The "Army of the Northwest" was one of the breakaway groups that fought against the Bolsheviks.  General Nicolai N Yudenich (sometimes spelled Judenich) was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the forces in the Baltic area on 15 June, 1919, and the army was active until its collapse in November 1919.  In October, with some British support, he led his army in an attack on Petrograd, but was driven back into Estonia.  General Yudenich subsequently died in exile in Paris.

They issued a series of overprinted stamps on 1 August 1919, with the overprinting done in the city of Pskov.

Both Scott and Michel number the issues in a separate section, while Stanley Gibbons includes them in a section on North West Russia.

These stamps can readily be identified because they all have the same distinctive overprint (sometimes printed inverted).  Counterfeits are thought to be fairly common.


Here's a composite image of many of these stamps - the individual stamps are too small to cut and paste.  Click to see a larger image.  This complete lot was on eBay, opening bid $24, and five people bid it up to $52.50.  (May 00)
Another mixed lot, MNH, described as "mint set is complete except for rare 20/14", opened for $19 and eight people bid up to $64 (Aug 00).
Another mixed lot, M, opened for $5 and nine people bid it up to $71.  Note that the stamp on the bottom right is a Wrangel refugee issue.

Curiously a second lot with the same description and identical image also was offered for sale and closed at the same time.  On this lot, it opened for $5 and seven people bid up to $59 (Aug 00).

Another mixed lot, MNH, with the comment "Note that perfo set is complete, with the exception of rare 20/14".  Opened for $27.50 and five bidders took up to $117.80 (Sep 00).
Another mixed lot, MH.  Opened for $5.00 and three bidders took up to $11.83 (Aug 01).
A very interesting lot, this comprises, going from top left then across and down, a mix of S4 and 5 and then four unnumbered stamps in Scott but referred to in notes at the end of the section.  SG also refers to these stamps and numbers the bottom left as SG11.

Both Scott and SG say that these stamps (other than the first two) were issued but never used.  Looking at such detail as is available in the supplied scan, one has to wonder about the validity of the overprint - is it real or not?

This skepticism seems to have been shared by the bidders.  Opened for $10 and three bidders took up to $11.  Scott values at $202.50 and SG for more than 266 (ie in excess of $400) and also notes that forgeries exist.  Scott says 'counterfeits abound'! (Aug 01).

 

Catalog Info

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Notes

S1 M1 SG6    
S2 M3 SG7    
S3 M4 SG8 MH, opened for $1.25 and sold at that price.  Scott values at $2.75 (Nov 00).
S4 M6 SG9 MNH, opened for $1.25 and closed with no bids.  Scott values at $2.75 (Nov 00).
S5 M7 SG10 MH, opened for $2 and sold at that price.  Scott values at $5 (Nov 00).

A block of four, MNH, OG, opened for $10 and sold at that price (Jul 01) - and another block at the same price in Aug.

S6 M8 SG12 MH, opened for $4 and sold at that price.  Scott values at $8.50 (Nov 00).
S7 M9 SG13 MH, opened for $2 and sold at that price.  Scott values at $5 (Nov 00).
S8 M10 SG14 eBay Sale, mlh, opened at $4, 3 people placed six bids, closed at $10.75 (May 00 - Scott value $10.50 for both 2000 and 2001).

eBay MNH, some damaged perfs on the right hand side.  Opened for $2.50 and two people bid it up to $2.75 (June 00).

MH, opened for $6.75 and sold at that price (Nov 00).

S9 M14 SG15    
S10 M2 SG16 MNH, opened for $0.75 and two bidders took up to $2.00.  Scott values at $1.40 (Nov 00).
S11 M11 SG17

Described as a complete sheet of 46 stamps, MNH OG, slight crease at top left.  Opened for $300 (ie $6.52/stamp) and closed with no bids.  Scott values each stamp at $17.50 in both 2000 and 2001 (Aug 00).

A single stamp (!), MNH, opened for $10 and sold at that price (Nov 00).

S12 M12 SG18    
S13 M13 SG19    
S14 M5 SG20 MNH, opened for $0.75 and sold at that price.  Scott values at $1.75 (Nov 00).
MI SG11    
     

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