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Printing Shift On Scott #383

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Posted 12/13/2019   12:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Hounddog Bill to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I was looking to purchase this stamp but the book I use doesn't include this variety and I was wondering if anyone has info on it and what the value would be?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. TIA

Cheers, Bill

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Posted 12/13/2019   1:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wert to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Hounddog Bill

The top stamp has a slight shift to the left..My opinion is that there is not enough shifting to warrant too much additional money value.
Don't get me wrong, your Scott 383 is a keeper..Below is the Archives Canada stamp...


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Posted 12/13/2019   1:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Anthraquinone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Printing shifts like this are not that uncommon on Canadian stamps but can be interesting as they illustrate how difficult it is to print accurately at the high speed required for stamp production.

As to value that usually depends on how great the shift is and also what the visual effect on the final stamp is. In all honesty I do not think these are worth much of a premium but sellers on eBay sometimes have different opinions. I would suggest looking round eBay and the other auction sites which should give you an idea as to what is on the market.

These will never be listed in catalogues as they are not constant varieties. The amount of and direction of the shift varies greatly. For the two examples you show the top one has a small shift to the left and the bottom one a small shift to the right. The "correct" stamp, as wert showed has the dates symmetrical horizontally. There is also a difference in the vertical alignment of the black print.

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Edited by Anthraquinone - 12/13/2019 1:17 pm
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Posted 12/14/2019   12:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BlackJag to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I would gladly put shifted stamps such as this into my collection, and value them at Canadian $3.00 to $5.00
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