This started after the Vectis auction for the 12C VCJ MOC with Harbert sticker that was won by Paul Chu.
He took it to Celebration 2017 for Tom Derby to examine and he thought it was fake with 2 cardbacks glued together. My understanding was it was then sent back to Vectis and I heard it was returned to Paul saying it's good but I also heard somewhere Vectis said the MOC was not in the same condition as when it left Vectis, not sure what that means.
Paul and Nick Dykes reach out to me because I have an open bubble of the above which I added to my collection about 4 years previously. Since I moved to Sydney from the UK most of collection is in storage so I made a 3 hour round trip to retrieve it from storage.
Took detailed and close up pictures and sent it to Paul, Tom and Nick.
Tom says its not good enough he needs it in his hands to examine it properly, I said if you come to Sydney I will buy you a beer. Paul then asked me to send it to Tom, my 1st instinct was sod that, but he keep asking and I thought this is a small community and if I can help why not (big mistake).
I asked Paul what to insure it for, he said $50. He wanted me to use his FedEx account but there was a similar service by AusPost, 2 day courier to US so off the parcel went.
It was posted on Thursday 02/11/17, since there was no tracking info on the AusPost website I contacted them for an update on Tuesday 07/11/17 and was told it was delivered on Monday 06/11/17. So I contacted Tom and he said nothing arrived and when I contacted AusPost again with my tracking number it tracked a parcel from Sydney to UK instead of US. I have been on the phone to then at least an hour at a time each week, the plan was to retrieve the parcel that was delivered in the UK but that never happened and on Tuesday 05/12/17 they declared the parcel lost and close case.
So there is nothing further I can do but to try and find this parcel myself, hence the big bounty if found. I will pay out AUD$3000 for the safe return of the cardback and bubble then I will deal with the muppets that caused this later!
I have set up a page on FB, Twitter and Instagram @findsimonsbox #findsimonsbox, please share, retweet, link, forward, re-post anywhere you think that will help be find this parcel. Many thanks!!
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on Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:44 am, edited 2 times in total.