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What Is An "Internal Tear"??

 
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Posted 04/26/2017   7:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add HarryG to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Occasionally I will see a stamp described as having an internal tear. What exactly is an internal tear and what should I be looking for to determine if a stamp has one?

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39, 90¢ Deep Blue, VF-XF Unused, (2) repaired internal tears & th, decent appearance Cat($1200)

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Posted 04/26/2017   8:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Classic Coins to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
HarryG, It is a tear in a stamp that doesn't reach the edge. One way this could happen is by holding the stamp with tongs, with the point of the tongs near the middle of the stamp, then pressing the tip of the tongs against your leg, or the palm of your hand, or scraping the tip against the edge of something like a table, resulting in an internal tear.
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Posted 04/26/2017   8:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Interesting.
Could it also be a puncture cased by a desk spike (Revenues) ?

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Posted 04/26/2017   8:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That is not a tear, that would be a hole. Remember, stamps were used mostly by consumers, not collectors. They didn't take particularly good care of them a lot of the time. So an internal tear might have occurred at any time just from uncaring abuse.
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Posted 04/26/2017   9:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add HarryG to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well that makes perfect sense!
In true fashion I over thought this one.
Thanks much!

Harry
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Posted 04/26/2017   9:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Douglas Andrew Willinger to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have infrequently seen internal tears from grill impression.
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