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Ripped Up Cover, Would You Keep Or Just Get The Stamps Off.

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Posted 04/18/2021   04:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Parcelpostguy wrote:

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I have a friend who refused to purchase a crash cover from a well known crash because he said there was not enough left of the cover to calculate the exact rate for his rate exhibit of the stamps on the crash cover.

That's a legitimate line of reasoning to me.

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He also said that exhibits were judged on the quality of the condition of postal history and the cover did not look pristine.

That's relative to context and the knowledge of judges, so probably not a key concern in his case unless they would suspect he's trying to sneak in one rarity to pump up his exhibit.

To me, the virtual cut-down version reinforces that the whole does not have much of a story to tell. Now, there is a puzzle there that can be investigated. And some of you are ignoring that there is no proof from a scan that the precancels belong on this fragment or not. Actually, I think there is evidence to indicate they belong. But it's still not a cover. It's two precancels stuck on a large piece.
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Posted 04/18/2021   06:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
From what I can see, I would trim it down.

Are there any postal markings on the reverse to consider?
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Posted 04/18/2021   07:07 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It appears to me that the cover is low quality paper (typical for this kind of low cost advertising of this era) and the stamps are showing signs of toning.

Testing for acidification is cheap and simple, how much acidification has already taken place? If acid is present and if stamps are toned, how much would conservation cost and does this exceed the value of the piece? But more importantly, how can folks recommend keeping the stamps on the piece without knowing (or asking/mentioning) this information?
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Posted 04/18/2021   08:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The question for me is "does this piece constitute a thing of any informational or historical value?" My answer is that it does not. On-paper kilowatt is sold all of the time and nobody spends time (that I am aware of anyway) hand wringing over the envelope bits.
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Posted 04/18/2021   08:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Gibby01 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Are there any postal markings on the reverse to consider?


There are no markings on the back
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Posted 04/18/2021   12:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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That's a legitimate line of reasoning to me.
-hy-brasil


I would be inclined to agree but another person got it, wrote it up well, with some research, and was complimented by the judges for inclusion of the item in their rate study. Not seeing the full picture is at times an issue for a collector.
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