This is the first of 8 pages of a 3 cent cancel study I am going to be asking folks to help me out with a little bit. I am trying to organize and get a handle on the philatelic history and details of these stamps; ultimately I am going to try to place a value on this particular part of the collection.
Sorry to tease with just one of the eight, I'll post more when the boss releases me from my chores. Thanks! HABIB
Very nice collection.....and you have 7 more pages like this ?? Please show them all.
SCV for a #65 is $3.00, a true value is about half edging towards $2.00.....(as an average)...but I think at least a few of these cancels are worth a bit more, difficult to see condition but they appear to be all sound.......Do any of them have grills ?
I would value them on how complete the cancel is, how unusual it is, the boldness of the strike, and the sharpness of the strike - the condition of the stamp, while important, is secondary (gravy).
The ones where you have the whole cancel squarely on the stamp, with no weak parts are worth the most. For these it really doesn't matter if the stamp has some small faults such as a missing perf - the value is in the cancel, the stamp is a means for displaying the cancel.
The partial town cancels have perhaps a small premium if they have a clear year date. The pen cancels are not worth a premium.
Thanks! I am going to the library today to see if I can order in a copy of the out-of-print book that will help me ID the town locations of the cancels. If anyone knows any less cumbersome or more accessible way to find these things out, let me know please.
Also, I have been getting fascinated by a stamp on page 1, 6th row from top, 5th from left. It is quite an unusual color, and my reading of the town and date is Nashville Dec 16 '64. This would mean that the letter on which this stamp was placed was posted on the second day of the battle of Nashville which effectively eroded the fighting capability of the Confederate Army in the Western theatre of the Civil War. At first I thought the color was due to envelope bleed but there is no evidence of this anywhere else on the stamp, so I believe this is a genuine color variety--the question is which color of the many. I have not seen a 'pigeon blood pink' in person, but the stamp color appears more lake than pink, and I don't know all of the color varieties, so any help with knowledge or links thereto would be appreciated.
Dianne--yes pen cancels are frequently found before the Post Office standardized cancellation and even for a time thereafter. Usually they carry no premium, but I personally like them. You can always trade them away to someone who likes them .