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Posted 06/08/2023   6:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Torin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
The following example in the link below is for example/educational purposes only and I have no affiliation with it.

What in your opinion caused these press sheets to become undulated? If one were to buy press sheets directly from the USPS and keep them in the mailing tube, would they ever end up looking like this?

If buying secondhand like in this listing for postage, would shipping rolled up in a tube or folded over and layed flat cause additional issues like the stamps separating?
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Posted 06/08/2023   8:22 pm  Show Profile Check Uknjay's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Uknjay to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I do not believe the USPS would ever send a press sheet in such a manner to cause that to happen. Yes rolling the sheet up in a roll to mail when they are die cut is not advisable. I do not know of a way to flatten the sheet back out. Maybe someone on here will.
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Posted 06/09/2023   12:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Torin, please post a copy of the image or screen shot of the listing as eBay listings disappear 60-90 after the listing ends. For this thread, I brought the image:

The sheets seem to have been too tightly rolled and left that way until someone unrolled it to flatten it much too quickly causing the bends at the perfs.

Who rolled the sheet and how it was stored is a mystery as well as who did not take the time to allow for undamaging unrolling.

Press sheets for long term storage and preservation need to be kept flat. If received even in a large mailing tube, they need to be removed and allowed to return to flat. Self stick gum sheets when rolled and kept that way for a period of time will be harder to flatten as compared to water activated gum sheets. Press sheets without gum are the most easy to flatten given enough time to relax from being rolled.

The few press sheet I have are stored in a large box used for mailing the circus press sheets, flat, by the USPS. Quite good sized and about 1-11/4 inch deep.

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Posted 06/22/2023   8:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Torin to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
PPG: A belated thank you for the helpful explanation.
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