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Scott lists some of these stamps in its section on Offices in Turkey.


Here is a scan of some of these issues.  They listed on eBay for $5 and four people bid them up to $26.63 (June 00).

 

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  eBay described as "1917, Odessa (the city where located the administration of ROPIT). The Main bookkeeper of ROPIT Mr. Vuscovich organized and provided a new LOCAL issue of stamps for usage in Russian post offices in Turkish Empire (because in the WWI period they did not be regularly supplied with stamps from S.Peterburg). Unfortunately at this time came the October Revolution and stamps with "double-headed eagle" in this company stopped to be used. Mr. Vuskovich came back to his home (Leningrad, Proletarsky per., 4)and brought with him the whole stock of ROPIT stamps, including all new issues and a special declaration to captains of ROPIT about preparing to use in ROPIT new local issues of postage stamps). Mr. Vuskovich sold this stamps everywhere in Russia. He died in blockaded Leningrad in 1943. The stock was bought from the family by the great Leningrader stamp dealer Mr.Y.A.Izrailev, who lived in the same building. I was a good friend of Mr. Izrailev and he showed me the "DECLARATION" printed on official paper with ROPIT seal and signatures of the director of ROPIT and of main bookkeeper Mr. Vuskovich. Therefore the term "wild Levant" created by some private collectors is INCORRECT. These stamps were issued but have not been postally used. Scarce big set 27 copies mint lightly hinged (6 of them with overprint "OBRAZETS" which means SPECIMEN)."

This is an interesting collection of stamps which have generally been held to be non postally used and therefore not appealing to purists.  The commentary above is from a source that some people have expressed reservations about, and so should be accepted cautiously rather than being embraced wholeheartedly.  In particular, it is surprising that this supposed "Declaration" was sighted but not copied.

Opened on eBay for $95 and sold for that price.  Wow!  (July 00).

 

  eBay described as "Year 1919. Very old and very unusual offices in the Turkish Empire stamps - essays of the last not issued set in the same color. Last 4 stamps of the set - high value. Known between advanced collectors as "Wild Levant". Mint lightly hinged. Imperf. No defects. See picture for yourself. Scott not listed. Michel not listed. Gibbons not listed. Russian specialized # XVI-XIX - priced at 75.00 us. ed. each."  (Compare to description for the lot above.)  Opened for $1 and five people bid up to $9.38 - about half the price, per stamp, of the lot above (Aug 00).

A second auction, at the same time by the same person, for just the 70 piastre stamp by itself, opened for $1 and five people bid up to $6.50. (Aug 00).

Scott 2-3
Michel
SG 4-5
Used, signed by Diena, opened for $675 and closed with no bids.  Scott values at $1475 and SG at 850 - about $1225 (Nov 00).
Scott 4
Michel 3
SG 6
ebay MLH described as "signed" opened for $1 and eight people bid up to $19.50.  Scott values at $35 (Aug 00).

Used, opened for $3 and five bidders took up to $76.  Scott values at $52.50 and two bidders offered more than that (Jul 01).

Scott 5
Michel 4
SG 7
Described as postally used and "signed twice" (but by who!).  Opened for $1 and six people bid up to $30.  Scott values at $57.50 in 2000 and 2001 (Aug 00).

Used, opened for $3 and four bidders took up to $31 (Jul 01).

  eBay MLH, opened for $1 and received three bids from two people taking it up to $3.75 (Aug 00).
  eBay MLH.  Five stamps, described as "from the last ROPiT overprinted set".  Opened for $1 and four people took it up to $4.25 (Aug 00).
  eBay MLH. Opened at $1 and three people took it up to $4.25 (Aug 00).
  eBay MLH.  Described as "all possible ROPiT overprints".  Opened at $1 and three people took it up to $4.25 (Aug 00).
  eBay MLH.  Described as "all possible ROPiT overprints".  Opened at $1 and four people took it up to $4.50 (Aug 00).
  MLH opened for $1 and four people took it up to $4.25 (Aug 00).
  MLH opened for $1 and three people took it up to $2.75 (Aug 00).
  MLH opened for $1 and five people took it up to $4.25 (Aug 00).
  MLH opened for $1 and three people bid it up to $2 (Aug 00).
  MLH opened for $1 and five people bid up to $5.50 (Aug 00).

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