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Scott 988 Plate Block Dull Gum?

 
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Posted 05/17/2016   7:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Magguss to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I came across this plate block and it seems like it has more of a dull gum compared to others of the same series I have.






Any ideas or can this series come with both the shiny gum and dull gum?
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Posted 05/17/2016   10:27 pm  Show Profile Check eyeonwall's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add eyeonwall to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The dull gum one probably experienced an episode of high humidity.
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Posted 05/18/2016   12:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Waazwi to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
From your first photo showing the face side, the right plate #66 appears to be a bit more faded than the other. Does that appear to you that way as well - having the stamps in hand.

If so, is the faded block the less-glossy gum?vary. [/size=1]
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Posted 05/19/2016   09:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Magguss to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes the faded one is the less glossy gum stamp. The color on the #66 is more faded but the paper actually seems darker.
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Posted 05/19/2016   12:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Waazwi to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
So I am not an expert in any regard about adhesives...

Might it be that both blocks were exposed to higher humidity? It appears that 69's gum became tacky to a degree having pulled off a bit of the next sheet face color, or the face ink was absorbed a bit by the gum? I can't tell by the photo if the gum in simply discolored or there's surface material there.

As for 66's darker paper color that doesn't show on the photo - that might have occurred when some of the gum dissolved into the paper. So I theorize.

At times like these I sure wish we had expert printers available to talk about such matters. In another thread we were discussing stamp and catalog reference colors. Don't those folks that print stamps collect them and join such boards such as this?


Waazwi - IMHO
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Edited by Waazwi - 05/19/2016 12:18 pm
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Posted 05/19/2016   1:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add khj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Indeed, both plate blocks have suffered from improper storage or environment issues over the decades.
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Edited by khj - 05/19/2016 1:06 pm
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Posted 05/19/2016   7:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Waazwi to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Magguss - unfortunately there isn't much to be done with these. They're not an expensive PB and are two of several ways collectors years ago thought they were protecting their purchases when, indeed, over time, the philatelic value decreased.

I've seen many binders full of full sheets and PB's where the gum has become a "liquid gloss" or a dull finish similar to yours, or tacky to the touch, partially eaten by bugs, mildewed, absorbing the color of the craft type paper they were mounted on and so on.

All they're good for then is postage.

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Posted 05/19/2016   10:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Magguss to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah I figured. I know that in later series there are stamps with different types of gum, just didn't know why these 3 blocks seemed different.
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