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flipacoin

15 Jul 2015
01:40:12pm
Image Not FoundImage Not FoundImage Not FoundHello Everyone,


I want to find out if this stamp could possibly be a Scott #544. I posted a few pics to help with identification. Many thanks for your input!

Best Regards,


Image Not FoundJonathan

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15 Jul 2015
02:45:54pm

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Anglophile,
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michael78651

16 Jul 2015
01:27:45am
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Don't automatically presume that you have the most valuable stamp. Rule out the lowest value first. The odds are that the lowest valued stamp is the one that you'll have 99.9% of the time.

Newer collectors tend to gravitate towards the most valuable when trying to ID a stamp. That's the wrong way to go.

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16 Jul 2015
02:01:14am
re: Please Help Identify

Hi flipacoin;

The stamp you think that one might be, is worth a king's ransom. Therefore it is not 544,
because #544 is very valuable. There is a good reason why a real one is worth a lot.
There are VERY FEW of them.

You are much more likely to land on Pluto, than discover a rare stamp like that. Just enjoy
the hobby first, for what it is, a relaxing pastime, and forget the elusive pot-of-gold.

Just Chillin'....
TuskenRaider

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16 Jul 2015
02:10:21am
re: Please Help Identify

Hi Everyone;

@ Anglophile;

"Flat plate mint stamps often will have setoff (residual ink) on the gum on the back."



Gumming is done after stamps are printed, not before, and so ink picked up on the back of a flat
plate stamp has nothing to do with whether or not it is mint or used.

Just thinkin'....
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flipacoin

17 Jul 2015
01:20:47am
re: Please Help Identify

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Thank you all for weighing in. Some of you mentioned that I should enjoy stamps for what they are and not be focused on their value. I may be new to stamporama, but I'm not all that new to stamp collecting. I very much enjoy collecting for the beauty of the stamps and for their value. If you only collect for the eye appeal, that's great too. I am still learning and appreciate those of you who share your wealth of knowledge to those like me. I am hoping to walk away having learned. That's what is most important to me.

It was requested that I upload better images. I hope the ones I have suffice for identification. Thanks, Jonathan

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flipacoin

17 Jul 2015
05:05:39am
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Image Not FoundImage Not FoundImage Not FoundMeasured them with another gauge, here are the results.Image Not Found

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flipacoin

18 Jul 2015
11:51:05pm
re: Please Help Identify

I bought the millimeter gauge from the Hobby Lobby store for $10. It's the only one that was available for sale. What would you suggest to be a better measurement tool? Maybe a digital gauge? Thank you for your advise.

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19 Jul 2015
12:57:27am
re: Please Help Identify

The subject of perforation gauges and other measurement tools was addressed in some detail HERE


For United States stamps, the Sonic Imagery Labs Precision U. S. Specialty Multi-Gauge has proved itself helpful for me.

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19 Jul 2015
07:46:31am
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Bobby:

I have had one of those for over three years... and absolute must for the United States collector!

David

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Tom in Exton, PA

19 Jul 2015
11:57:30am
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"I bought the millimeter gauge from the Hobby Lobby store for $10. It's the only one that was available for sale"



Hobby Lobby has a perpetual "40% off One Item" coupon on their website. You can either print it out, or just show them the coupon on your phone. I have it bookmarked and never buy anything without it! That $10 gauge would be $6.

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19 Jul 2015
11:02:37pm
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As was stated a couple times by Anglophile, don't measure, but compare to a known flat plate, e.g. a 498.

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flipacoin

15 Jul 2015
01:40:12pm

Image Not FoundImage Not FoundImage Not FoundHello Everyone,


I want to find out if this stamp could possibly be a Scott #544. I posted a few pics to help with identification. Many thanks for your input!

Best Regards,


Image Not FoundJonathan

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15 Jul 2015
02:45:54pm

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Anglophile,
What is the foil test?
Terry

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michael78651

16 Jul 2015
01:27:45am

re: Please Help Identify

Don't automatically presume that you have the most valuable stamp. Rule out the lowest value first. The odds are that the lowest valued stamp is the one that you'll have 99.9% of the time.

Newer collectors tend to gravitate towards the most valuable when trying to ID a stamp. That's the wrong way to go.

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TuskenRaider

16 Jul 2015
02:01:14am

re: Please Help Identify

Hi flipacoin;

The stamp you think that one might be, is worth a king's ransom. Therefore it is not 544,
because #544 is very valuable. There is a good reason why a real one is worth a lot.
There are VERY FEW of them.

You are much more likely to land on Pluto, than discover a rare stamp like that. Just enjoy
the hobby first, for what it is, a relaxing pastime, and forget the elusive pot-of-gold.

Just Chillin'....
TuskenRaider

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TuskenRaider

16 Jul 2015
02:10:21am

re: Please Help Identify

Hi Everyone;

@ Anglophile;

"Flat plate mint stamps often will have setoff (residual ink) on the gum on the back."



Gumming is done after stamps are printed, not before, and so ink picked up on the back of a flat
plate stamp has nothing to do with whether or not it is mint or used.

Just thinkin'....
TuskenRaider

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flipacoin

17 Jul 2015
01:20:47am

re: Please Help Identify

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Thank you all for weighing in. Some of you mentioned that I should enjoy stamps for what they are and not be focused on their value. I may be new to stamporama, but I'm not all that new to stamp collecting. I very much enjoy collecting for the beauty of the stamps and for their value. If you only collect for the eye appeal, that's great too. I am still learning and appreciate those of you who share your wealth of knowledge to those like me. I am hoping to walk away having learned. That's what is most important to me.

It was requested that I upload better images. I hope the ones I have suffice for identification. Thanks, Jonathan

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flipacoin

17 Jul 2015
05:05:39am

re: Please Help Identify

Image Not FoundImage Not FoundImage Not FoundMeasured them with another gauge, here are the results.Image Not Found

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flipacoin

18 Jul 2015
11:51:05pm

re: Please Help Identify

I bought the millimeter gauge from the Hobby Lobby store for $10. It's the only one that was available for sale. What would you suggest to be a better measurement tool? Maybe a digital gauge? Thank you for your advise.

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They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. -Benjamin Franklin
19 Jul 2015
12:57:27am

re: Please Help Identify

The subject of perforation gauges and other measurement tools was addressed in some detail HERE


For United States stamps, the Sonic Imagery Labs Precision U. S. Specialty Multi-Gauge has proved itself helpful for me.

Image Not Found

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19 Jul 2015
07:46:31am

re: Please Help Identify

Bobby:

I have had one of those for over three years... and absolute must for the United States collector!

David

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Tom in Exton, PA
19 Jul 2015
11:57:30am

re: Please Help Identify

"I bought the millimeter gauge from the Hobby Lobby store for $10. It's the only one that was available for sale"



Hobby Lobby has a perpetual "40% off One Item" coupon on their website. You can either print it out, or just show them the coupon on your phone. I have it bookmarked and never buy anything without it! That $10 gauge would be $6.

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HungaryForStamps

19 Jul 2015
11:02:37pm

re: Please Help Identify

As was stated a couple times by Anglophile, don't measure, but compare to a known flat plate, e.g. a 498.

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