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avro748
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08 Jun 2021
01:05:20pm
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hello all. this is one that puzzles me, I know its QE11 5d deep green but how could this happen, all help welcome, thanks in advance ken
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08 Jun 2021
01:34:05pm
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From Stanley Gibbons Commonwealth catalogue (2014)

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354b is "imperf between (horiz. pair) (31.7.64) £1.50 unused £2.50 used"

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08 Jun 2021
02:39:12pm
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Boy, am I ever glad there are people out there with shed loads of knowledge! I collect Australia (not usually varieties though!) and if I saw this for sale I would probably pay big money for it and regret it later. Usually two stamps imperforate between constitute a major error!

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Bobstamp
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09 Jun 2021
12:09:40pm
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I too am surprised by the stamps' low catalogue value. I'm sure it wasn't purposely "misperfed," so it must an error that was ignored, resulting in a small flood of the booklets going into the philatelic marketplace. If I collected modern Australia definitives, I'd certainly buy a pair or even a "strip". To my mind, few things make an album page or exhibit sheet more interesting than normal stamps and obvious varieties displayed side by side. Even better to add used copies and copies on cover.

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09 Jun 2021
10:04:24pm
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Hi

The reason that I would say that they are not extremely valuable is that there are probably hundreds of thousands of them in existence.

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Horamakhet

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avro748
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10 Jun 2021
06:10:34am
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hello all. thanks for the response, being in the UK sometimes it nice to get stamps like these, I have been collecting now for a few years and never sold a stamp so value is not a issue, its nice to have information on them which is what i get from this forum, thanks to all, regards ken.

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10 Jun 2021
08:54:53am
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Quote:

"so it must an error that was ignored, resulting in a small flood of the booklets going into the philatelic marketplace."



I can't document this, but I suspect, given how common these are, that it wasn't an error, but rather an offering of the complete uncut sheet of booklets directly to collectors. Similar to the modern uncut press sheets or the "Farley's Follies" of the US 1930s. My Australian specialized catalogue lists quantities produced as:

Sheets: 678,945,600
Booklets: 166,583,520

Odd that the sheets significantly outnumber the booklets.

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10 Jun 2021
12:35:47pm
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My old 1996 ACSC catalogue states that 1,500 uncut sheets of these booklet stamps were sold at philatelic sales points.

Each of these uncut sheets contained 288 stamps.

Issued booklet panes consisted of a block of six stamps (three rows of two stamps) with the pane imperf at the left, right and bottom.

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