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Posted 06/05/2021   4:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add rustyc to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A couple of days ago, I was browsing revenues at the APS Stamp Store and saw the accompanying listing, which purports to be a pair of R63e. The price was minimal, but it seemed clear to me that this was not an ultramarine revenue. Therefore, I sent a note that I thought the stamps were misidentified.

This was the response I got: "We have a complete collection of early revenue stamps in the Reference Collection. This is a very different shade from all of the other blues, so we're going to let it stand."

Am I crazy to believe that this is not an R63e pair?

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Posted 06/05/2021   5:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Taxpaid Revenuer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You are correct, it is not the ultramarine shade.
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Posted 06/05/2021   5:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SPQR to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It is always dangerous to determine color from a scan, but it doesn't even look close to being ultramarine to me. If I were feeling malicious, I'd buy the stamp for $2.75 and put it on extension. When it comes back as R63c the seller would get hit with the cost of the cert. Of course with my luck the APS would give it a cert as ultra.
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Posted 06/05/2021   5:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not ultramarine. There are several blue shades on first issues; Not being one that matches the reference collection means nothing relative to being an ultramarine.
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Posted 06/05/2021   6:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rustyc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I'd buy the stamp for $2.75 and put it on extension.


I was going to do that but the Stamp Store doesn't give that option for stamps that cost less than $30. And by the way to everyone, I know they're not ultramarine. I thought maybe some APS member would log on to the Store and voice an opinion.

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Posted 06/05/2021   8:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revenuermd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I will be glad to log in and voice that opinion. Given that I am one of the expertiser's for APEX, maybe my opinion will count for something.
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Posted 06/05/2021   8:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What number is it?
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Posted 06/05/2021   10:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rustyc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Ron. I got an email that you had also challenged the stamp and they immediately took it down.

I have reported a number of listing errors over the years, all of which (including this one) were obvious. I didn't have any particular purpose other than to help make sure the APS listings were accurate. Sometimes it has been a misidentification of the stamp, sometimes a grossly inaccurate catalog value, whatever. They've always been easily verifiable errors. This is the first time I ever got any pushback and, frankly, I was stunned, which led me to post here and make a big deal out of a $3 listing.
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Posted 06/06/2021   11:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamps101 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Just in general, it is perhaps a bit poor judgement to form an opinion based on, "well it isn't X, Y, or Z so it must be W".

Good catch!
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