How did you remove the paper on the back without damaging the stamp? How long have you been in Sarasota? I'm in Sun City Center myself. There is a group of three of us, one from North Tampa and another from Riverview who met via this forum and periodically meet for dinner —perhaps you would like to join us sometime?
I have some used examples and wish to add them to the discussion and see what the posters here think of the stamps and should I send them off to be expertized, which service is best? Thanks for any feedback.
I would not send those stamps for certs. They are badly off-center. They are very unlikely to be rare shades. Like a one in a million shot. They are still valuable - many tens of dollars. Take them a stamp club, dealer, or stamp show and ask around.
I think your advice is what I need. Thank you. I bought my Grandfather's collection in 1982, from my Aunts who were the administrators of his estate. Being busy with "life" I am only now getting around to trying to work thru the collection. Things have come a long way and I have much to learn. I am thankful that some here take the time to help a hobbiest such as I.
I contacted them today as it has been in their hands for over 5 weeks. My stamp has been shown to more than 4 experts so far but no final opinion. I was told it is an early printing on thin paper of the Steel Blue 1861 24c Washington stamp. Has anyone heard of the 70b stamp on thin paper.like 70c or 70d? Any references you can provide?
Blackjack, I am one of those in the group that funcitypapa mentioned. Saying hello, but also trying to help you along to get to 50 posts; you are correct in that you can't send or receive emails until you hit 50 posts.
Also following this post as I am one of several that are anxious to see what the PF says.