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Collecting Stamps In Blocks Of 4+ Mint And Vfu

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Posted 06/20/2022   03:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Wilding mad to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
We often see single stamps displayed on this forum but some collectors prefer to collect their stamps in blocks as they are sometimes more difficult to obtain in this condition, especially the fine used multiple examples.

I am always on the lookout for various stamps in this category on my wants list.

Here are a couple of starters to set the ball rolling !

The penny red from plate 199, mint block of 4.

A VFU block of 4 of the 1/- 1935 Silver Jubilee from the Falkland Islands.

Again, the 1935 Silver Jubilee 6d value from New Zealand in a very fine used block of 4.

Single stamps are good but not as good as blocks !!! WM
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Posted 06/20/2022   06:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Casey Magoo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I praise blocks as well. Much more interesting than singles and still easy to store. I have quite a few multiples but not many of them are scanned.
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Posted 06/20/2022   08:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not only are they more interesting, but due to their greater size, a first day cancellation can be made on them without having to be on a cover.

Here is the New Zealand 2010 ANZAC set complete with a first day cancellation dated the 7th of April of that year. >



This cannot be done with a single stamp !! AM
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Edited by Wilding mad - 06/20/2022 2:21 pm
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Posted 06/20/2022   10:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Casey Magoo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Posting a few blocks to bump this back up. I know the resolution is junk through the Vario.


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Edited by Casey Magoo - 06/20/2022 10:41 pm
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Posted 06/21/2022   02:24 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here is another interesting block of 9 halfpenny overprints of the 4d Lagos (Nigeria) stamp.


Having a block of this size is advantageous as it shows different positional varieties of the overprint found, another interesting find was the discovery of a foreign object under the gum on the middle stamp of the block.

Could it be a seed or even a bug, any ideas what it might be ?
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Posted 06/21/2022   02:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Impossible to say.

What you do have, is a stamp "chad" that was stuck in the surcharge bar, lowest central stamp.
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Edited by rod222 - 06/21/2022 02:42 am
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Posted 06/21/2022   03:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Johan Buvelot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The circle shape could be and looks a lot like a cliche nail.

The nails used to fasten the overprint cliche to the printing machine(i hope I made sence)
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Posted 06/21/2022   03:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Is this what you mean with a stamp "Chad" rod



Here is a close-up view of the object under the gum.



What could it be ?
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Posted 06/21/2022   08:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Using a block of 4 stamps or more, one can easily identify variables, errors and varieties for comparison, and can also give its position within the sheet.

beware of the BLOB. >


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Edited by Wilding mad - 06/21/2022 11:59 am
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Posted 06/21/2022   12:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Casey Magoo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
These have already been posted with other topics, but at least I don't have to get the scanner fired up...



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Posted 06/21/2022   1:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Casey,
Being a GB collector, I particularly like the unused block of 15 penny red plates exhibited, are they 79 or 179 ? Hard to make out visually.
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Posted 06/21/2022   9:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Casey Magoo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
79. I don't see anything that stands out as a 1 in front. I have some other good stuff to post. It just isn't scanned yet. I do not have an inventory of my stamps. I'm that lazy guy...
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Posted 06/22/2022   02:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not having an inventory means that you must have a good memory as to what you have got and where it is Casey.

Here is another block or two that you may be more familiar with, being Canadian Admiral coil stamps, I also have a complete set of the imperfs of 1924, but they are in pairs rather than blocks.

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Posted 06/22/2022   03:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Roberto59 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hello.
In Spain it is a very common type of collection, some brands even sell pre-printed sheets for blocks of 4.
I have many blocks of 4, but they are all very common stamps.
Regards.
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Posted 06/22/2022   03:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hey Roberto,
Your blocks may seem common to you, but not to others.

Here are some common British stamps but from a 1 booklet in se-tenant format, they are nothing special but can be of interest for others.



Let's have a look at what you've got, giving additional info if available !!!
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Edited by Wilding mad - 06/22/2022 04:11 am
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Posted 06/22/2022   8:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Casey Magoo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm starting to create some fresh scans now. Will add a few tonight.


now here's a much newer one...




a change of colour...





still at it...

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Edited by Casey Magoo - 06/22/2022 8:35 pm
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