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Collecting Stamps In Blocks Of 4+ Mint And Vfu

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Posted 06/22/2022   8:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Casey Magoo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 06/23/2022   05:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Roberto59 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hello.
What I have is everything like these and these same many times. They are exceedingly common and I think that everything has already been said about them, only from Franco 2 pesetas 1,145,000,000 were issued.
I remember that I gave the last one to a deceased colleague (heart attack) who also did marcophilia, he was from Peñarrubia, a town in Malaga that was left under a swamp in the early 70's.
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Posted 06/23/2022   06:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As you have already said Roberto, these are common stamps to be found, do you have any blocks of commemoratives or pictorial ones?

Sometimes people collect blocks because they show the cylinder number that they were printed from as with this next pic. >


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Posted 06/23/2022   1:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Outremer01 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In one of my main areas of interest - Middle East - collecting blocks of 4 is a common format for collectors. Some of the reasons may be to see watermarks and their orientation more clearly (some designs are spread over 4 stamps), to show overprint variations or errors more clearly, without the expense of buying a full sheet, or to acquire a stamp or set of stamps in a format that clearly does not come from a booklet strip.

E.G. Watermark identification:






E.G. Error identification (yes, it is a strip not a block, in this case):



Second stamp down has "crack in wall" error.

It may also be that the stamps are sold as sheetlets of four.

E.G. Saudi Arabia:


Note that the country emblem - crossed swords and palm-tree - is missing from the lower left stamp, and, yes, they are not identical stamps by virtue of the background variations.

Collectors wishing to have selvedge inscription or imprint details may find that collecting blocks of four is an economical way to do this.

E.G. Saudi Arabia, various phrases encouraging the public to use the post-code, clearly address the mail item etc:




To show examples of sheet stamps, rather than booklet stamps which were printed in se-tenant strips.

E.G. U.A.E.:


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Posted 06/23/2022   4:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I like the crack in the wall shown on the strip of 4 Outremer01, I find it easier for checking watermarks using selvedge examples.

In giving an error ID, it is usually common practise to present the stamp in question shown within the block to give a comparison.

Variety "staff of Pennant on bow almost missing"

Here I have indicated the variety by using an orange arrow to point out where it lies within the block.
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Posted 06/24/2022   12:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Linus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A dozen from my worldwide block collection...

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Posted 06/24/2022   01:39 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Linus,
Nice marginal Crown Agents Watermark with Antigua!
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Posted 06/24/2022   02:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Linus,
A nice bunch of blocks, I noticed that one of them involved a traffic light block from Aussie, this is also another good reason for collecting blocks when wanting to exhibit traffic light gutter pairs found within the sheets format.


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Posted 06/24/2022   08:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Roberto59 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hello.
I also have about a hundred B4s from the Vatican. All are intended for separation since they are exchanged / sold in unitary pieces.
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Posted 06/24/2022   11:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
One more reason for collecting stamps in blocks is when you discover a doctor blade flaw on a particular sheet. >




These printing errors look much better when seen in block format rather than singles.
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Posted 06/24/2022   1:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jleb1979 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I do not collect blocks ordinarily, but I will to make some particular point in my album. For instance, to illustrate different papers used in printing.

So, looking at the US Sc. 369 on bluish paper.
I obtained a decent single, but to a non-collector like my wife, it just doesn't stand out when on the same page with the 367 or 368. My enthusiasm for the acquisition was not matched.

Fast forward two years.
I'm in an online auction after some other things, but while I'm waiting, up comes a plate block of the 369 with selvage. So I jumped in and quickly got it. After that I just bought an inexpensive plate block of the 368 imperf in the same orientation and juxtaposed the two in my album to illustrate what bluish paper is all about. Now my wife sees the difference.

I have done something similar in my French collection with a plate no. strip of Fr. 159c on GC paper to illustrate the difference in papers.

But here are the blocks of 368 and 369 on the page:

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Posted 06/25/2022   12:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Quite a nice little story jieb1979,
I'm glad to know that your better half is now in the picture, so to speak.

The things you've got to do! WM
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Posted 06/25/2022   12:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jleb1979 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Wilding.
I wanted to get her on board with my quest after other of the US bluish paper issues (Sc. 357-366). I can assure you I am NOT getting blocks of those!
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Posted 06/25/2022   8:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I recently purchased in a job lot these 2 blocks of 4 from the Tokelau Islands that apparently had been cancelled on the 8th of November 1966, I purchased the lot purely on the basis that the two blocks had first day cancellations. >

These stamps was the last of the £ S D issues as they were replaced on the 4th of September 1967 with decimal issues, during their 11 month existence three different printings were made therefore I am confident that these stamps come from the first printing.

The third printing was released on the 20th of March 1967.

Can any kiwi fans tell me the date of the second printing as it appears to be rather elusive.

Here is what I think are the first and third printings of the 8d value in pairs, the latter being a much darker shade. >



Thanks, WM.

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Edited by Wilding mad - 06/25/2022 9:55 pm
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Posted 06/26/2022   12:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wilding mad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here is some background information on these Tokelau overprints as supplied by the general secretary of the New Zealand society of Great Britain, Michael Wilkinson, with extracts from volume 5 of the postage stamps of New Zealand by the RPSNZ, it makes interesting reading for anybody interested in these stamps. >





Now that's what I call an interesting story. WM
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