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Posted 04/10/2008   10:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add t360 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Brain Freeze #4

You have just finished perfecting your way-back machine and you are ready for some time travel. You decide to go back in time to buy some classic US stamps. You set the dial to 1893 and jump in to get some post office fresh Columbians. Once you arrive at the main post office in Boston, you realize that all your money is from 100 years in the future. Luckily you are able to sell your baseball cap and jacket for 17 cents. Unfortunately the postmaster doesn't have any more of the 15c stamps, He has only the 1c-10c values.

How many ways can you purchase 3 Columbian stamps with 17 cents?
What are they?

The first community member to answer correctly wins a set of the Spanish Columbian souvenir sheets.

Bonus points:
Which Columbian stamps should you buy to give you the best return on your investment?
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Posted 04/10/2008   11:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modern_who to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
5 ways.

10+6+1
10+5+2
8+5+4
8+6+3
6+6+5


two 6 cent and one 5 cent.
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Edited by modern_who - 04/11/2008 12:59 am
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Posted 04/11/2008   08:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add justabeginner to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Its actually SEVEN WAYS:

10 + 6 + 1
10 + 5 + 2
10 + 4 + 3
8 + 6 + 3
8 + 5 + 4
8 + 8 + 1
6 + 6 + 5

for investment purposes, I would buy two 6 cent stamps and the 5 cent, just like modern_who, since the catalog values put these 6 cents highest.. I think..
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Posted 04/11/2008   6:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I counted seven ways to buy 3 stamps for 17c.

Hint for the bonus question:
- you can buy more than 3 stamps for 17c.
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Posted 04/11/2008   6:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Jser to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
SEVEN WAYS:

10 + 6 + 1
10 + 5 + 2
10 + 4 + 3
8 + 6 + 3
8 + 5 + 4
8 + 8 + 1
6 + 6 + 5

I don't know anything about those stamps but, I'm gonna say 17 1 cent stamps?

Jser
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Posted 04/11/2008   7:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
would you like some selvedge with that?
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Posted 04/11/2008   10:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Jser to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply



Jser
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Posted 04/12/2008   08:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add justabeginner to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Is the answer to the bonus question 17 one cent stamps blocks with selvedges bounding them all together?
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Posted 04/12/2008   11:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"Plate blocks" are blocks of four or larger with selvedge attached showing the number of the plate used to print the stamps.

For this issue, the standard format for collecting plate number blocks includes the printer's imprint and a repeated letter.
These are blocks of 8 (2 rows by 4 columns).

I would ask the postmaster if I could see some full sheets of the 1c and 2c stamps, and possibly return home with one of these:



which catalogs for $900 MNH or better yet two of these:



which catalog $1025 MNH each! So your best investment would be to come back with all 1c stamps,
including two blocks of eight with the plate number, imprint and letter, post office fresh and never hinged.

A never hinged single 1c stamp cats for $60, so your total haul would catalog at $2110.

Nice deal for your ratty old jacket and baseball cap!

Next trip - before you go, buy some beat up Morgan silver dollars at their melt value (struck before 1893!) and bring those along.

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Posted 04/12/2008   11:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Congratulations JAB, long live the King...

Jser I will send you a second place prize.

I need to think of a contest that you guys won't want to win!
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Posted 04/12/2008   7:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add justabeginner to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Lolol, I couldn't resist the aftereffects of not entering a contest for so long... (lol like two weeks?) So the KING is back... and I love dolls... In fact I have dolls everywhere in my house... Well not really...
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Posted 04/23/2008   11:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Prizes are on the way to the first and second place winners!

JAB - Set of Spanish Columbian Souvenir sheets plus a bonus US 2c Columbian on cover!
Jser - US 2c Columbian on cover plus an extra bonus set of stamps!

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Posted 04/23/2008   11:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add justabeginner to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Awesome...... How does the souvenir sheets look like anyway? And the 2 cent cover would look great next to my one cent cover... [:d]
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Posted 04/26/2008   1:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Jser to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Got my prize today thanks alot!
Also what is the significance of the stamps or did you just throw random stamps in?
Jser
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Posted 04/26/2008   6:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
just some stamps for you to identify & enjoy
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