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Posted 05/28/2011   08:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add builderr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
where are proofs obtained?
I assume that they are not used as stamps or am I wrong?
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Posted 05/28/2011   09:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
When engravers are first creating a stamp, they engrave a plate. When they believe it is ready to be used they create the plate to print the stamps, they use the original to create a few samples. They may use different ink colors to find out what works best and they use card stock paper. Depending on the type of proof / Paper they can be very expensive or very reasonable as I purchased these for a few bucks each. Personally I love the detail in the proofs.

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Southpaw posted some beautiful match & medicine proofs and essays in another thread. It inspired me to look for someplace to upload an image of my favorite proof, and I found this old thread. I love the R99 proof because it looks great and because the catalogue value of the stamp itself is $2,500, which has been beyond my budget. I was able to get the proof for $80, and it makes a nice place holder in my revenue collection.

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Posted 09/24/2014   3:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add southpaw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Absolutely lovely!
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Posted 09/24/2014   8:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rustyc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's another one, which I like because it's a trial color proof. I'm showing it next to an uncancelled R69d for color comparison.

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Posted 09/25/2014   05:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add I_Love_Stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful stuff! Everything up there! -Jeff
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Posted 09/25/2014   05:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add I_Love_Stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
OK technically these are Back-Of-Book material but obviously not revenue stamps but I feel I must contribute anyway as it's been awhile since I've posted anything.

proofs I sold - Scott #63P4, #68P4, #71P4, #73P4 & #149P3 (I still Have Edward Stanton though!)



Scott #164P4 "Ole' Bluff & Bluster" Winfield Scott himself (still have this fine specimine) :)



And can't leave out old Benjamin Franklin on this 71P4
(I still have Benjamin too)

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Posted 09/25/2014   05:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rustyc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice, Jeff!
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Nice, ILS
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