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Is There A Good Way To Identify A 63B?

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Posted 01/12/2021   09:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 3193zd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Philazilla, how about for grins you show one of each certified examples of deep blue and dark blue for all of us to view? Maybe throw in a normal typical 63 as well.
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Posted 01/12/2021   10:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
These color differences have been discussed ad nauseum on the forum in part because they are so subjective and elicit tons of opinions. It has been said that unless there is a truly striking difference the catalog publishers have done a disservice by listing these and creating more issues to try and obtain.

Here are three stamps from the same Kelleher auction presumably scanned on the same equipment:

Scott 63 Blue



Scott 63b Dark Blue



Scott 63-E13f Blue



All three of these stamps have PF certs.
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Posted 01/12/2021   10:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 3193zd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
thanks Rodcam, Wow I see the difference but I expected the dark blue to be even darker.
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Posted 01/15/2021   10:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Philazilla to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here are some from my collection. The 63 shades all have certs specifying the color.

1st Design Essay Indigo:



1st Design Essay Ultramarine



Plate Proof on Card



Pale Blue



Pale Milky Blue



Blue



Deep Blue



Dark Blue



Bright Blue

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Posted 01/16/2021   09:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Al E. Gator to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Is there a census of a date range for the used Dark Blue 63s? I'm wondering if most were used in 1863?
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