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Top row: Normal and reverse offset of the 1971 Guernsey Thomas de la Rue issue.

Bottom row: Misperfed Great Britain 1998 Lighthouses stamp showing interpane gutter.

The story featuring these stamps appeared in the October-December 2013 issue of The EFO Collector.

June 9th, 2022

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These stamps depict Spain's Scott C56 and varieties thereof. It's complicated...

A note in the Scott Catalogue says: This set was privately produced. Their promoters presented a certain quantity of these labels to the Spanish Postal Authorities who placed them on sale, and allowed them to be used on mail for three days, retaining the money obtained from the sale.

They qualify as postage stamps, because they were accepted by Spanish postal authorities as valid postage when used on mail.

It is not the only Spamish stamp set produced using this approach.

Varro Tyler, in an article in the May-June 1993 issue of Topical Time wrote: As was the case with a number of other flamboyant issues of the period, this one was privately printed in Madrid and financed privately by another printer and a stamp dealer in that city. The stamps were supplied free of charge to the government, which placed them on sale for three days only and retained the proceeds. The producers retained the balance of the original printing order of 250,000 copies of each value and were permitted to sell them to collectors, as well as to reprint them indefinitely.

Because the plates were privately owned, the producers could (and did) print any kind of errors they wished. While one is always loathe to say that a philatelic item does not exist, all of the printings I have seen from the dual plates are not genuine stamps but reprints...

There you go: Errors made to order. Nevertheless, they are not necessarily easy to come by and they certainly have their aficionados.

The story featuring these stamps appeared in the January-March 2013 issue of The EFO Collector.

December 6th, 2021



These stamps from Great Britain were part of their 1969 Cathedrals issue.

Top row:
Left stamp is a normal example.
Right stamp has its denomination (black ink) hiding behind the Cathedral.

Middle row:
Left stamp is a normal example.
Center stamp has the black ink (denomination as well as arrow in margin marking the centerline of the pane) shifted down.
Right stamp has a greater black ink shift.

Bottom row:
Figure depicts the reverse of a stamp with brown offset.

The story featuring these stamps appeared in the October-December 2013 issue of The EFO Collector.

August 27th, 2021

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