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Why Cancel A Full Sheet Of Stamps If Not A First Day Of Issue?

 
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Posted 12/10/2020   11:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add gettinold to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Came across this mini sheet of 20 Scott 2394 with a First Day of Issue of 10/04/1988. This sheet cost the original purchaser 175.00. They were cancelled at a Post Office in Waterford, WI in April 1989. These have never been used as they still have full gum on reverse. I have seen sheets with a First Day of Issue cancel but never a sheet like this. It isn't a First Day of Issue so what could possibly be the reason a stamp collector would have had these cancelled?


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Posted 12/10/2020   11:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Almost 100% certainly done as a postage due receipt for a business account as a favor to a collector with connections. Fairly common occurrence.
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Posted 12/10/2020   11:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Possibly were legitimely used on one parcel going a long way? I Have had a sheet cancelled on item to pay postage rate, and then covered with a plastic film taped over it to prove payment while in transit. When received just cut around plastic and voila, you have a full used sheet of duplicates you can trade or sell and they have done their postal duty.

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Posted 12/11/2020   5:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gettinold to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you both for your reply. Both scenarios seem plausible. I hadn't considered either suggested explanation. Great way to turn a business expense into an addition to a stamp collection.
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Posted 12/15/2020   2:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wkusau to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think the first solution is the more likely. When a business uses "No Postage Necessary" postcards or envelopes, the local PO will total up the postage charges for all of the returned cards/covers regularly (probably monthly) and then the business gets a bill (postage due). The business pays this bill and the PO actually has to cancel stamps to balance their books. These stamps are usually never attached to anything and given to the business. They are canceled like in the original photo.
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Posted 12/15/2020   3:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add MrEd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not questioning that practice however it does sound like it has a element of fraud there.
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