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United States/Stamps : US Anomaly

 

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Dambrovski
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In Arduis Fidelis

29 Aug 2020
02:03:08pm
Hi all,

what I know about US stamps could be written on the back of one. So when this came into my possession I was and still am at a loss about what to do about it. It's a used 1988 issue Scott # 2280 coil strip of four with a colour fault on the two centre stamps.
Is this this a regular fault? Is it worth anything? I see the catalogue value in my Scott 2008 Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue is 20c each. Or is it just a curiosity?
Opinions are welcome.

Many thanks Kim

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29 Aug 2020
04:43:50pm
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Anytime I am dealing with used stamps and odd things I assume that it has been exposed to some kind of environmental conditions.
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29 Aug 2020
04:58:54pm
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Don, always a good starting point.

in this case, I'm guessing some red contaminated the green plate and caused what appears to be brown.

As to value, it's not an error, it's a freak, and it's worth what a buyer wants to pay.


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29 Aug 2020
09:16:26pm
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It is nicely cancelled, so that would add a bit to the price.

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30 Aug 2020
08:34:00pm
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I think I recall that this stamp has a "forest fire" or "burning trees" variety with reddish-brown trees, but it's not listed in my 2017 Scott Specialized.

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01 Sep 2020
02:46:39pm
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Thank you gentlemen. You have been most helpful.

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01 Sep 2020
07:01:48pm
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That's a nice freak in a strip with the transition from normal to freak to normal.

A similar mint strip of 3 is offered on eBay and HipStamp for $85. That doesn't mean it will SELL for that, but who knows. A mint strip of 5 that could be more accurately described as "burning trees" is offered for $75. Your nicely cancelled strip may fetch more than a mint strip since used strips of that freak are likely more rare than mint strips. I have little doubt you could get $25 for it quite easily. I wouldn't be completely surprised if you found a buyer at $100, but that would mean finding just the right person, I would suspect.

It's a contemporaneous cancel, but the stamp was issued May 20, 1988 and this cancel is almost one full year later. That's not a problem, but you won't get an extra bump in value for a cancel within days of the official release. And, of course, if there was a plate number, that would have added to the value as well.

As David says: "It's worth what a buyer is willing to pay"

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Dambrovski

In Arduis Fidelis
29 Aug 2020
02:03:08pm

Hi all,

what I know about US stamps could be written on the back of one. So when this came into my possession I was and still am at a loss about what to do about it. It's a used 1988 issue Scott # 2280 coil strip of four with a colour fault on the two centre stamps.
Is this this a regular fault? Is it worth anything? I see the catalogue value in my Scott 2008 Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue is 20c each. Or is it just a curiosity?
Opinions are welcome.

Many thanks Kim

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29 Aug 2020
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re: US Anomaly

Anytime I am dealing with used stamps and odd things I assume that it has been exposed to some kind of environmental conditions.
Don

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29 Aug 2020
04:58:54pm

re: US Anomaly

Don, always a good starting point.

in this case, I'm guessing some red contaminated the green plate and caused what appears to be brown.

As to value, it's not an error, it's a freak, and it's worth what a buyer wants to pay.


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29 Aug 2020
09:16:26pm

re: US Anomaly

It is nicely cancelled, so that would add a bit to the price.

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BigP

30 Aug 2020
08:34:00pm

re: US Anomaly

I think I recall that this stamp has a "forest fire" or "burning trees" variety with reddish-brown trees, but it's not listed in my 2017 Scott Specialized.

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01 Sep 2020
02:46:39pm

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Thank you gentlemen. You have been most helpful.

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APS #220693 ATA#57179
01 Sep 2020
07:01:48pm

re: US Anomaly

That's a nice freak in a strip with the transition from normal to freak to normal.

A similar mint strip of 3 is offered on eBay and HipStamp for $85. That doesn't mean it will SELL for that, but who knows. A mint strip of 5 that could be more accurately described as "burning trees" is offered for $75. Your nicely cancelled strip may fetch more than a mint strip since used strips of that freak are likely more rare than mint strips. I have little doubt you could get $25 for it quite easily. I wouldn't be completely surprised if you found a buyer at $100, but that would mean finding just the right person, I would suspect.

It's a contemporaneous cancel, but the stamp was issued May 20, 1988 and this cancel is almost one full year later. That's not a problem, but you won't get an extra bump in value for a cancel within days of the official release. And, of course, if there was a plate number, that would have added to the value as well.

As David says: "It's worth what a buyer is willing to pay"

Lars

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