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Posted 05/13/2018   10:25 am  Show Profile Check 91stang's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 91stang to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don,

Love all your knowledge and input. Here is a prime example-CV$150.00 hard to find stamp. What takes away from the value? The pencil all over the back of this fine 1881 certified stamp. Sure I could ask $100.00++ for it, but once you turn it over,,,the price drops. IMO.
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Posted 05/13/2018   10:36 am  Show Profile Check 91stang's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 91stang to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And here's the front.
Rare! One of a kind! I have two of these by the way. Seldom seen! Just don't look at the pencil marks all over the back-
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Posted 05/13/2018   11:49 am  Show Profile Check ecmorgan's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ecmorgan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Voted no.

However, for common used, I don't mind if it is very lightly written.
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Posted 05/13/2018   1:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampcrow to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
91stang, the giant hinge mark, imho, is more of a concern than the writing.
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Posted 05/13/2018   1:55 pm  Show Profile Check stallzer's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Every rule has an exception. If the writing establishes provenance the of course it could increase value. But 99.9% of the writing on stamps has no business being there, I vote no.
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Posted 05/13/2018   3:41 pm  Show Profile Check 91stang's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 91stang to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Stampcrow, how interesting. Never mind that its 13x12, never mind oringnal gum, never mind the pencil marks... just hinge that is used on millions of stamps in the collecting world...boy did I just learn something...thanks...
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Posted 05/13/2018   4:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
some ancient hinges require prolonged soaking to remove, and there are few which cannot be removed. I would advise to use great care and patience, if required.
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Posted 05/13/2018   4:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampcrow to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
91stang, that was just my opinion. If I was looking at that stamp to buy, I would look closely at the hinged area. Looks like it was removed roughly. I would also be concerned if the script writing at the bottom has bled through to the front.
My least concern is the pencil marks.
Again that's just my opinion
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Posted 05/13/2018   4:54 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think you could be confident that Mr Sadri would ensure that he wouldn't damage the front. But neither hinging nor writing bothers me much.
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Posted 05/13/2018   6:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamps73 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I would have voted NO
but like a fool I checked the results first and now can't vote


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Posted 05/14/2018   1:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dudley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Even though I am adamantly against writing on the front of covers, I'm OK with light pencil writing on the back of used stamps or stamps without gum (for example, a plate position). The thing I really hate is when ink writing on the back ends up showing through the front.
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Posted 05/16/2018   10:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ddreisba to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Another thought on writing on the back of a stamp: I just bought a first series revenue stamp on silk paper. Someone had circled the two areas where the blue threads were visible. I thought is was really quite helpful.

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Posted 05/16/2018   11:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I came across a stamp this weekend where someone had written in dark ink. It was somewhat noticeable from the front.
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Posted 05/16/2018   12:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add alub to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If it is light pencil, and thus can be removed, it should not affect the value.

If it is a permanent mark, either by staining the paper, or making an indentation, is is damaging the stamp.
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Posted 05/16/2018   6:52 pm  Show Profile Check jogil's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jogil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If the stamp is hard to find and scarce then some specialists are not too particular about the condition since just having a copy is desirable. I find that with some stamps that I know are hard to find and scarce that just getting anything is more desirable than getting nothing, especially when most copies do not exist in very fine condition.

I once bought an almost complete never hinged collection of stamps only to find that someone had penciled in the catalogue number on each stamp. It was possible to remove it using an eraser but under a UV light the number was still visible due to the indentation caused by it. The collection was returned due to the amount of work needed to rub out the numbers and due to the visibility of the numbers under UV light.
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