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What Does "Mint" Really Mean?

 
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Posted 11/22/2015   5:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you Shermae. Well presented. Exactly my point. "Mint" requires a qualifier.

While purchasing for my Big Blue album,mostly eBay, I found "mint" to mean LH or hinged so I always had to ask.
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Posted 11/22/2015   6:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add carlberky to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There are 61 stamps offered at my eBay store ... and every one of them is listed as "unused". I have seen no compelling argument in this thread that would make me call any of them "mint".
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Posted 11/22/2015   7:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Please define "unused." Much of the time I find "unused" means mint no gum.
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Posted 11/22/2015   7:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add carlberky to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As I said earlier in this thread,in my opinion, "mint" means Post Office fresh. Without a cancellation, and if it's without gum (soaked), been hinged, or re-gummed, I call it "unused".
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Posted 11/22/2015   7:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the refresh Carl. I agree with you. I just require a "qualifier" before I purchase "mint." Saves a whole lot of hassle for me. "Mint"requires too much mind reading.

As an aside after a lifetime of mint,unused,used etc. and albums,stock pages etc. I now collect US Beer stamps (NGAI) and faults welcomed but not encouraged in approval cards and sleeves. Satisfying.
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Posted 11/23/2015   6:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add I Brake For Stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No, no, no...

"Mint" is a common flavor found in chewing gum.

(That's all "Mint" means to me anymore)


-IBFS
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Posted 11/23/2015   6:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add carlberky to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Cool, IBFS ... and refreshing.
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Posted 11/30/2015   11:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dcaraz1949 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Parallel thread looking at an all Mint Never Hinged Canada & Provinces collection:

http://goscf.com/t/46818

I found the collection to be a stunningly beautiful group of pages, and I am shocked by the initial feedback...maybe fewer collectors are placing great value on "Mint"??
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Posted 01/11/2019   9:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob041256 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Mint used to mean never used, but in later years the word "mint" referred to stamps that were hinged and "mint unhinged" is obvious.

A stamp without gum is usually a stamp with damaged gum which could have been the result of rust or that the stamp is on a cover and have been cancelled, but it is usually the former, the gum is removed to prevent the rust from causing more damage to the stamp.

A regummed stamp is when gum is added to stamps that does not have gum or have cracked gum, this is done professionally or amateurishly, it does not add value to the stamp, in fact it is officially an alteration and will devalue the stamp.

It is quite easy to detect a regummed stamp.

Rob
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Edited by Rob041256 - 01/11/2019 10:02 pm
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