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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : To Split Or Not?

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Cattywumpuss
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11 Jul 2015
02:17:23am
Hello. I had a quick question and have not found the answer on my own yet so figured I would check with folks here. When you have several stamps that are still joined together at their perforations, should you split them up in to individual stamps or not? See below for some examples of still 'joined' stamps that I have:

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and these ones too:

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I was just not sure whether tearing the stamps apart gently is a good idea or not? Or should I leave the together? Please let me know your thoughts, as I am eager to hear your advice. Thanks, and hope you have a great weekend,

Paul.

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khj
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11 Jul 2015
02:29:54am
re: To Split Or Not?

It's up to you, however you like to collect them. In some cases, you don't want to split them up, but not always because of financial reasons.

For example, the German 30pf safety stamp was issued in both sheet and coil format. Unlike the US coils, the German coils for that set were perforated on all 4 sides. Flip the strip of 3 over and see if there is a control number on the back. If so, then keep the strip intact -- it is a verifiable coil strip, rather than a vertical strip of 3 from the sheet. While I don't collect postmarks, I do like the clear date cancel on the bottom 2 stamps of the strip.

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11 Jul 2015
02:42:26am
re: To Split Or Not?

On the German coil stamps, soaking them off the paper often dissolves some or all of the control number on the back. The numbers tend to appear on every tenth stamp, but that can vary. Look carefully for a partial number. The top stamp looks as if it was torn from a coil dispenser. The elongated perfs are the clue. I would think that the three stamps are from a coil even if there is no control number.

On the pair from Argentina, I don't see any reason to keep them together, unless you want to. Collectors are more inclined to keep multiples together when there is a cancel that is completely (or almost completely) visible on all the stamps. Sometimes the cancel extends onto the selvage, so that would be kept attached to the stamp(s) as well.

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Tom in Exton, PA
11 Jul 2015
10:17:55am
re: To Split Or Not?

Unless you need one stamp to fit into an album slot, I'd keep them together. Since they stand out from a single stamp they may be more attractive as trading material.


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14 Jul 2015
06:22:53pm
re: To Split Or Not?

If you split the strip of three, you might want to keep the pair with the cancel intact and just split off the top. This provided you check for evidence of coil etc.

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Tom in Exton, PA
14 Jul 2015
07:32:15pm
re: To Split Or Not?

This just reminded me of a story... when I was 11 or so my uncle the stamp collector gave me some stamps for my collection. My younger sister whined and cried that I got something and she didn't. My mother told me since I had 4 of each stamp, I had to give her one of each... later on I understood these were called "plate blocks". Winking

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