A unique piece from the Bundesrepublik
The stamp that shouldn't have been used.
The boycot of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow resulted in an interesting piece of German postal history.
The planned boycot made the stamp, which was meant as a celebration of the games, to be obsolete. However, some designs had been made. And printed too. Some copies landed at the office of minister Gscheidle who, at that time, was responsable for the post services.
Mrs. Gscheidle wanted to participate in the contest of the Reemtsma tobacco concern. As she had no more stamps with her, she suddenly remembered one such 60 pfennig copy on the desk of her husband.
The stamp was found three years later by a certain Franz Pokelsek among a 10 ton postcard load.
Another, postfresh copy of the stamp was also found back. The original piece has a catalogue value ofsome 50000 euro, a stamped copy of about 30000.
Sometimes, it pays off if you dig a little deeper into the normal stamps on normal mail…