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    Rare stamp may be on envelope inside sealed Fla. ballot box
    posted by Dan Boniface Web Producer

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - An absentee ballot was mailed with what may have been a rare stamp worth as much as $200,000 - the famous Inverted Jenny - but the envelope is in a box that by law can't be opened.

    Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom discovered the stamp while reviewing absentee ballots. There was no name on the envelope, so the vote didn't count.

    What looked like a small stamp collection on one envelope caught Rodstrom's eye about 8 p.m. Tuesday. At least one was from 1936, Rodstrom said. Then he noticed one had an upside-down World War I-era airplane - the hallmark of an Inverted Jenny.

    "I was a stamp collector when I was little," Rodstrom told The Miami Herald. "I recognized it."

    Rodstrom discussed the stamp with other members of the canvassing board, and a stamp-collecting Broward County sheriff's deputy overheard them talking about the possible Jenny.

    He said the stamp would be very valuable if it was real. However, it was too late.

    "By that time we had already sealed the box. And once you seal the box, under the election law you can't unseal it," Broward County Court Judge Eric Beller said.

    Elections officials will retain the ballot for 22 months, Jenny Nash, a spokeswoman for the Florida secretary of state's office, told The Associated Press. After that, any action is up to the county elections supervisor.

    A telephone message left with Fred Bellis, the executive assistant to Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, was not immediately returned Saturday.

    Snipes' spokeswoman, Mary Cooney, said the supervisor is too busy with balloting to focus on the stamp. Cooney said ballots and materials are usually destroyed after the 22-month holding period.

    "She's (Snipes) not going to be able to take any time to even look at it until after the (ballot) certification on Monday," Cooney told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

    Maynard Guss, president of the Sunrise Stamp Club, said an Inverted Jenny, if authentic, could be worth $200,000. However, when the ballot was mailed the stamp was canceled, reducing its value. Guss estimated a canceled Jenny would likely sell for $20,000 to $100,000.

    The 24-cent Jenny stamps were printed in 1918. Sheets were run through presses twice to process all the colors and on one pass, four went through backward. Inspectors caught the errors on three sheets and destroyed them, but somehow, a sheet of 100 stamps got through.

    Stamp collectors have spent 88 years trying to find them all.

    Thanks to Bronco4Life and Medford Bronco for signature

    Rest in Peace - Darrent (27) and Damien (29

  • #2
    I've made some dumb mistakes in my life but, that takes the cheesecake.

    There are two kinds of teams in the AFCW; The losers and the Broncos!!!

    I Support our Troops!
    How do you expect me to have a RED WHITE and BLUE sig when the background is obnoxious white?


    • #3
      a truly sad day in the world of stamps



      • #4
        Originally posted by Mile High Guru
        a truly sad day in the world of stamps
        That made me laugh

        But I bet someone really is kicking themselves...


        • #5
          D'OH!!! :brick:

          "When Kepler found his long-cherished belief did not agree with the most precise observation, he accepted the uncomfortable fact. He preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions; that is the heart of science."
          - Carl Sagan


          • #6
            You know if the stamp is like more then 10 years old I'd be check what its woth before I mailed it.

            I bet the the owners of the other 99 stamps are happy. I bet the value of theirs will probably go up.
            You've got to know when to sack em...


            • #7
              Yeah I heard about that. Dissapointing for the guy.
              Long live the Broncos
              Member of lagpa.

              Thanks Reid!
              My adopt-a-bronco!!! I used to be very proud now that has all changed. Now I am perfect!
              John 3:16 for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever beleiveth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.