While perusing my stamps, I ran across the 2001 Hattie Caraway issue (Scott 3431) in the Distinguished Americans series. This stamp is die-cut gauge 11. Caraway was also issued in 2000 die-cut gauge 11.5x11 (Scott 3432). I find it a bit interesting that Scott lists the 2000 Caraway after the 2001. I thought that they usually try to keep their catalogue numbers in some semblance of chronological order. But that is of no matter.
What grabbed my attention were the strange die-cuts on this stamp. It was issued during my hiatus (1992-2007) from collecting. Eventually I returned to the hobby and immediately commenced filling my 15-year hole. But, as a result, I am not too familiar with some of the stamps of that particular era and have few if any duplicates of those stamps. I do know that the die-cuts on my 3432 appear normal. Are these die-cuts as unusual as they seem to me? Or was this a fairly common occurrence at the time?
The long sloping die-cuts at the top of the stamp first caught my eye, but the sharp thorn-like die-cut in the bottom left corner seems even stranger. Will start looking for a "normal" copy and move this one to my "freaks" group.