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Posted 11/05/2022   8:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add YbT to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Not counting modern duck stamps or the like, are there Mint old time revenue stamps around? I have never seen one for sale, but I am just a revenewbie.
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Posted 11/05/2022   9:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sure. You need to see what you want and then check with a stamp seller. If you are a member of the APS you will find plenty of advertisements in their monthly magazine. Same way with Linns stamp news, just to name a few
By the way, just to give you a hint. Why not google revenue stamps



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Edited by Petert4522 - 11/05/2022 9:22 pm
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Posted 11/05/2022   9:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add YbT to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes good advice. I goggled "mint revenue stamps" and there they were, duh. Guess all my eBay searches were for cheap ones, and none of them seemed to be mint. Wonder if in the old days people bought revenues with the idea of collecting them, or if the mint versions are just ones that never did any work. Thanks YbT.
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Posted 11/05/2022   10:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Collecting stamps began almost as soon as they started being issued. So yes, some people did collect them. Not nearly as many as collected postage, however. And collecting habits were very different in those early days, too.
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Posted 11/06/2022   09:58 am  Show Profile Check 1typesetter's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 1typesetter to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I remember when I first started collecting revenues back in the early 70s, I would walk down the street to my local brick and mortar store and the owner would practically give away the revenue stamps to me.
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Posted 11/06/2022   10:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Some dealers at shows did that too in those days.
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Posted 11/06/2022   3:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revenuermd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I certainly remember purchasing the red documentaries and R733-34 at the post offices in the mid 1960's.
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Posted 11/06/2022   5:19 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
One thing to be aware of is that at least with respect to 1st-3rd issue U.S. revenues (Scott #R1-R151), for a revenue stamp to be "mint" or "unused" and thus deserving of the premiums that are frequently asked, the stamp must have a large part original gum and no evidence of document offset.

The vast majority of what are offered online as "mint no gum" revenues are merely uncanceled stamps that were soaked or sweated off documents. Clerks of the era were hurried, and stamps frequently went through uncanceled. If no cancel is your collecting preference (after all, they ARE beautiful stamps!), just please don't overpay under the assumption that the marketplace treats no gum the same as original gum. They are not the same, even though many sellers treat them as such.
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Posted 11/07/2022   08:40 am  Show Profile Check 1typesetter's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 1typesetter to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Mint No Gum is a contradiction.
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Mint No Gum is a contradiction.


Doubly so for revenues in general, but especially for documentary revenues.
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Posted 11/07/2022   10:12 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Mint No Gum is a contradiction.


Yes it is, but it is ubiquitous in philatelic marketing and sales communication.
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Posted 11/07/2022   12:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Mostly by sellers who don't know better.
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