Discovering stamp collecting rarities - a stamp vending machine error

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We all dream of finding a valuable stamp or two amongst a packet of stamps, in an old album, or on a sheet purchased from the Post Office, writes Ed Fletcher, in the latest instalment in his online series on stamp discoveries that made stamp collecting history… ...
We all dream of finding a valuable stamp or two amongst a packet of stamps, in an old album, or on a sheet purchased from the Post Office, writes Ed Fletcher, in the latest instalment in his online series on stamp discoveries that made stamp collecting history…

The machine pays out a jackpot!

When Mart Cominsky of Buffalo, New York went to his local shopping mall to buy stamps in March, 1967 he dropped a quarter (25c) into a stamp vending machine expecting to receive five 5-cent stamps in return.

Mart got what he expected, together with a further 2,759 stamps in a continuous coil that almost tripped him as he struggled to carry them to his car.

He was later reported to be ‘in negotiations’ with the New York postal authorities over what they would pay him when he handed back the excess.

The stamp vending machine was reported to be closed for repairs.


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