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ATA Chapter #94
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48. Double paper/roll-to-roll splices: Much more common is the splice that occurs while stamps are being printed. To make certain that production can continue uninterrupted, one web is spliced to another during production. Automated equipment should detect the splices after printing and mark them for destruction just like mill splices. In the era of the Presidential series, however, many of these got out of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. A block of four normally sells for $20-$25. Flawed stamps, printed on double paper, come apart easily. They will be found at the trailing end of one web. Blank stamps will appear where paper above received the impression.


Type 48: A roll-to-roll production splice, seen here on a block of Scott 810 and common in the Presidential era, is characterized by overlapped paper held in place by two lines of cellophane tape, which, over time, shrank, pulling the design put of alignment. Note also the red grease pencil marking across the fourth row. This is a rejection marking put there to indicate this part of the web should be excised and destroyed.

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