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Broken little finger
Impossible way to spread fingers, even for a well trained sportsman
(MONACO - 1952)




Bicycle withour brakes !
The bicycle on the stamp has no brakes and no gears. It is not exactly what you need to win a cyclocross competition.
(LUXEMBOURG - 1962)




A chessboard with only seven rows !
A chessboard with only seven rows instead of eight !
(ARMENIA - 1996)




Beginner
No trained tabletennis player will hold his finger on the surface of his racket.
(HUNGARY - 1958)




Missing string
Arch without bowstring, it is not surprising that the bow remains unbent.
(CZECHOSLOVAKIA - 1957)




Strange proportions
The horse is much too big compared to the size of its horseman (or the man is much too small compared to the horse).
(ROMANIA - 1964)




Wrong shoes
A bowling player always wears flat shoes without heels
(AUSTRALIA - )




No obstacles at Epson
The derby of EPSON is a race without obstacles
(MALI - 1971)




Wrong date
There is no relation between chess and the Olympic Games. Furthermore, the chess championship of Havana took place between 25/10 and 20/11/1966, not in September
(ROMANIA - 1966)




Wrong name
The correct name of the famous winner of the Isle of Le Man Grand Prix for motor cycles was Leonard Randles, not Leslie.
(ISLE OF MAN - 1973)




Too much fingers
The fame of this billiard player was partly due to the fact that he had lost one finger at his right hand.
(AUSTRALIA - 1981)




Missing protecting vest.
These boxers would have been disqualified at the Olympic Games, because protecting vests are obligatory for amateur boxing events.
(TOGO - )




Wrong person
Instead of the Italian fencer PAVESI, it was the American fencer PEN that was pictured on this stamp.
(DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 1960)




Strange wind.
According to the flag, it is windy at the top. Nevertheless the flame of the torch is not disturbed.
(TANGANYKA - )




Two errors
Stamp showing a real game between Capablanca and Lasker, played in New York in 1924. However the black bishop should be on KN1, not on KB1. Furthermore, the landmasses on the globe in the background have no relation to actual contours.
(YUGOSLAVIA - 1950)




Wrong chessboard
A chessboard has 8 by 8 squares, not 8 by 11 or even more
(YUGOSLAVIA - )




Unprotected
These boxers would have been disqualified at the Olympic Games, because protecting vests are obligatory for amateur boxing events.
(AJMAN - 1964)




Without protection
Those boxers would have been disqualified at the Olympic games, as protection vests are obligatory for amateur boxing events.
(CAMEROON - 1941)




Without protection
Those boxers would have been disqualified at the Olympic games, as protection vests are obligatory for amateur boxing events.
(COOK ISLANDS - 1972)




Wrong chessboard
On a chessboard, the left corner is always black. See other stamp.
(HUNGARY - 1974)




Too many squares.
A chessboard has only 8 by 8 squares.
(MALI - 1977)




Wrong chessboard
On a chessboard, at each side there is always a black and a white corner, not two blacks.
(POLAND - 1974)




Mispelt name
The name of the tennis champion Wendy TURNBULL has been wrongly spelt TURNBALL
(SAINT VINCENT - 1987)




Missing ball
A superb error : Chris EVERT playing tennis, without ... and with ball.
(SAINT VINCENT - )




Dangerous !
Skating at the top of an hill, without protection at the edges ? More than dangerous !
(SAN MARINO - )




Not yet at the Olympic Games
At the Games in Tokyo in 1964, tennis was not an Olympic competition.
(TOGO - 1964)




Against the rules
These boxers would have been disqualified at the Olympic Games, as protection vests are obligatory for amateur boxing events
(SPAIN - 1976)




Personal style
Table tennis player with a very personal style.
(FRANCE - 1977)




Wrong direction
The position of the fishing lines shows that the boat is moving backwards.
(ANTIGUA - 1976)




Wrong coulours
Each category has a specific colour for number plates, and different engine categories do not compete in the same race.
(YUGOSLAVIA - 1989)




Dangerous
A sprint on bicycles without brakes.
(ITALY - 1962)




Wrong color
In official competitions, tennis balls are always yellow.
(SAN MARINO - 2012)




Unrealistic bicycles
A pump on a bicycle in a competition in 1972 is not realistic. And a piece of the frame is missing between the saddle and the pedals on both bicycles.
(ALGERIA - 1972)




Strange playground.
Tennis and soccer on the same field, on the top an an hill, without guard. How much time will they spend searching the balls ?
(SAN MARINO - )




Wrong bicycle
This is a competition bicycle. But at the 2nd national Worker's game in 1985, it was decided to use ordinary bicycles.
(CHINA - 1985)




Wrong direction
Playing tennis facing the public and with the back to the net ?
(NICARAGUA - 1987)




Unusual
TENIS with only one N, on a volleyball field, serving with the back to the net ?
(CUBA - 1993)




Not the best illustration
This electrocardiogram graph is from a person with an heart disease, perhaps not the best way to promote sport. And the position of arms and legs of the middle runner is incoherent.
(UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - 1983)




Not quite correct
For political reasons, the Western countries did not participate to those games. The denomination 'European Games' is thus not correct, or at least exagerated.
(GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC - 1968)




Two errors
The Hamburg Derby was for jockey's, not for riders in uniform, and is a flat race with no hedges or jumping.
(GERMANY - 1940)




Too early
There was no tennis at the Olympic Games in Mexico.
(LAO - 1968)




Not present
Tennis was not a competition at the Olympic games of London in 1948.
(MONACO - 1948)




Two years ealier
Stamp issued to commemorate the 26th Monte Carlo Rally of 1956. But the route map shows the departure from Glasgow, which in fact is the 1954 rally.
(MONACO - 1956)




Not present
Tabletennis for women was not a competition at the Summer Olympic Games in 1956.
(YUGOSLAVIA - 1956)




Forearm
Missing forearm
(MONGOLIA - 1980)




Missing shoes
Barefoot exercice against the rules.
(BURUNDI - )




Wrong position
The leg and left hand position of this fencer is not correct.
(NETHERLANDS - 1928)




Wrong represention
Wrong represenatation of this Feinwerkbau 65 pistol.
(YUGOSLAVIA - 1988)




New event
Bowling at the Olympic games ? Why not ?
(LESOTHO - 1988)




Strange sports
Strange sports to illustrate stamps announcing the Olympic Games.
(AFGHANISTAN - 1980)




Two errors
Chessboard with seven roads on the sheet, and missing black square on the stamp.
(CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - 1983)




Wrong direction
As the player is expecting the ball from the right, the position of his arm is completely incoherent.
(PARAGUAY - 1961)




Not at the Olympics
Baseball is not an olympic competition. And the olympic rings are not represeented correctly.
(CUBA - 1990)




Strange position
Strange position of the right player, in this position he cannot play or have played the ball.
(ROMANIA - 1959)




Missing protection
Boxing without head protection is not allowed at the Olympic Games.
(LESOTHO - 1987)




Additional ball
Two tennis balls on the field, have the rules been changed ?
(NICARAGUA - 1984)




Wrong bicycle design
The designer of this stamp obviously does not know how the bicycle is designed.
(FRANCE - 2002)




Wrong shape and position
Wrong shape of the lifting weights, and wrong position of the arms of lifter.
(MOROCCO - 1960)




Missing cable
In official competition, the fencers are connected by cable to register their hits.
(MOROCCO - 1960)




Wrong side
Two tennisplayers are fighting for the ball at the same side of the net.
(ALAND - 1998)




Not present
Darts at the Olympic Games ?
(YEMEN - 1988)




Unprotected
These boxers would have been disqualified at the Olympic Games, because protecting vests and head protectors are obligatory for amateur boxing events.
(NIGERIA - 2000)




Secret weapon
Not a classic position of the grip, but very efficient !
(SENEGAL - 1972)




Inversion
It is no clear what this stamp is featuring, till you look at a mirror view of te stamp.
(YUGOSLAVIA - 1986)




Too long
The foils are much too long.
(PANAMA - 1960)