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Michel 302 with three sides only perforated?  
 

 
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Posted 07/10/2018   7:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add hawkstamp to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I took a picture of my 302 because I can't find any mention of it in the Scott catalog. Any help to identify and lead me to the rifgt spot in my Scott will be appreciated. Or is it a FAKE?
Thank you,
Pete



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Posted 07/10/2018   7:44 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

It is real and comes from the upper row of a pane, the ouside columns and rows were not perforated. These stamp are called 'straight edges' by collectors and typically are considered less desaireable thena fully perforated stamp.



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Posted 07/10/2018   8:39 pm  Show Profile Check Petert4522's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Pete, this would be in the Scott catalog if you go to the introduction in the front of the Specialized US catalog. Just trying to help out another Pete!

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Posted 07/11/2018   11:07 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hawkstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Many thanks to both of you. I needed both answers to fully understand the matter.
Thanks again, Pete
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Posted 07/12/2018   09:57 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add thepackrat to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
OK I have a question.
First, I understand why they would be less desirable with a straight edge.
But wouldn't they technically be worth more as there are a lot fewer with one straight edge and even less with two straight edges?
By my count, according to the sheet provided there are about 324 fully perforated, 76 with a straight edge and 4 with 2 straight edges.
So why would these be worth less?
Thanks,
Robert
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It is very true that mathematically straight edges were less common when the stamp is released. (How many were saved and collected is another story.)

But the 'supply'; side any valuation is only half the story; the other side is demand. And demand for straight edges is significantly lower. Why? Symmetry. Many collector prefer a nicely balanced looking stamp.

Previously there have been folks who collect straight edges as 'sets' and as shown below (apologies to original image source, I forgot to record it.)

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Posted 07/12/2018   10:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add thepackrat to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow thanks for the info. Interesting way to collect. And interesting as I always thought straight edges were from booklet panes and never thought they would be from a sheet.
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Other examples exist. "Minature sheets" of KG5 stamps from G. B. can be found made up of the corner and gutter blocks.

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Ok, we need to correct some things.

The press sheet of 400 which Studebaker shows is fully perforated except for the red lines down/across the center - THESE are the straight edge stamps - along the central cut lines, not those around the edges of the sheet. The cutting of the sheet of 400 into 4 panes of 100 leaves 19 stamp on each pane with 1 or 2 straight edges.

The original poster's stamp comes from the 11th row of the 400-stamp press sheet, just below the red horizontal cutting line.

Some collectors in the early 20th century reassembled 9 stamps into mini-panes with the guide line around the perimeter. These are attractive (like the black Hardings above), but are incorrectly assembled to the way in which they were originally printed. Accurate reconstruction mounting would be like this, with the lines crossing in the center (colored dot):



(The guide line price guide scan is one I had posted originally.)
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