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1899 Cuba Overprint Dilemma

 
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Posted 04/11/2015   3:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add 1847bill to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have this nice looking Cuba overprint I'm trying to decide what to with it. The stamp has almost perfect borders and is extremely well centered. PSE doesn't have a SMQ for this one. There are three options. Leave it as is and find a place to keep it, Sell it as is and look for another extra fine copy, or remove the stamp and submit it for grading. The stamp is a low cost item but so is it's counterpart the 281. The 281 in Scott used is $2.25. However the SMQ graded 95 is $155.00 and 98 is $725.00. The problem I see with the piece is the stamp isn't tied to it. If I remove it I lose the cancel. Let me know what you think.
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Posted 04/11/2015   3:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add billsey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I would think it could be graded on piece. I certainly wouldn't remove it, let an expert do that if needed.
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Posted 04/11/2015   4:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Since it is a cheap stamp I would leave it on the piece. The cancel is probably unusual!

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Posted 04/11/2015   5:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
An interesting study on the Cuba postmarks may be found here. Specifically pages 46-57 refer to US Military Postal Station No. 10, Havana, Cuba. Page 49 suggests that the Duplex Canceller with horizontal lines (as in the example in the initial scan) was put into use in February 1899 and was used until mid-1899:

http://www.philat.com/FIL/Collectio...02-Part1.pdf
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Posted 04/11/2015   5:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jarnick to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I, too, would not remove it form the piece. In my opinion, it is tied at the bottom by the killer in the postmark.
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Posted 04/11/2015   5:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I would not remove it either.
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Posted 04/11/2015   6:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1847bill to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wt1, you always have some great info! Thanks for all your comments. I must say the collector inside of each one of you has spoken. I have been trying to curtail the areas I collect. Yet when I see a nice piece and the price is right , well I just have to get it. The stamp has it's reprieve for now.
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Posted 04/11/2015   6:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampcrow to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
1847bill,What is your sense of a grade on this stamp?
I would leave it on the piece.
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Posted 04/11/2015   6:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1847bill to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I thought it would grade a 95. What I don't know is how much demand there is for graded US Possessions stamps.
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Posted 04/11/2015   6:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It's off a bit to the right and to the top, plus it has a guideline. It's an 85.
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Posted 04/11/2015   7:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1847bill to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Perhaps your right. The guide lines bothered me the most. Also I don't have the SMQ for it. It is always important to check that and the pop report.
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Posted 04/11/2015   7:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Actually I hate grading, but I have become much better at it over the last few years.
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Posted 04/12/2015   10:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampmaster to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
1847bill, what is the pop report you are referring to?

Perhaps my eyes are playing tricks on me, please confirm one way or the other that below "PESO", between the "ES" in PESO, is there a pulled perf? It might just be my old eyes playing tricks on me?

I find if I want to get an idea about grading a stamp, turn it upside down and then view it, works great for me.

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Posted 04/12/2015   10:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Turning it upside down is always a good idea.
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Posted 04/13/2015   07:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kevin504 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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It's off a bit to the right and to the top, plus it has a guideline. It's an 85.


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Posted 04/14/2015   10:14 pm  Show Profile Check eyeonwall's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add eyeonwall to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
pop refers to population report

definitely not a 95, and I would keep it on its piece with that cancel

the perf in question isn't completely mising, so short rather than pulled
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