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Discussion in 'United States Stamps' started by Gunny, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. Gunny

    Gunny Retired Jarhead Moderator

    Recently acquired this US Scott #14 from the APS Stamp Store. It came with an APEX certificate that it was a genuine used stamp with a removed cancel, which I knew when buying it. Thought it would be a good learning experience for people that have never seen a stamp with a removed cancel (sort of). It appears to me that the cancel removal occurred from the upper right lip in a line to the right of Washington's left eye (viewers right) and then a little to the left. This area looks whiter than the rest of the stamp so some ink was removed in the process. Interestingly, I can easily some black ink from a cancel on the left side of the stamp. 0014 Washington APEX Certificate 10C.jpg img206.jpg
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2020
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  2. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    It´s a pity that a nicely cut stamp was treated like that.
    However if the price was right,like around 10% Scott for used,
    it is O.K. At least that would be the price here,where quality
    standards are rather high.
    Few decades ago I bought an unused Sc.121 (1869 pictorials 30 C.).
    I did not look suspicious to me,but I sent it for expertising.
    Result: removed pen-cancellation.
    I got my payment back and never looked for unused early US again.
  3. Gunny

    Gunny Retired Jarhead Moderator

    Yeah, I have a personal policy that if I am spending more than $50 on a single stamp, then I'm buying a stamp that comes with a certificate from either PSE, APS or Weiss.
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  4. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    I think that is smart. Early U.S. is such a minefield that - except for Newspapers & Periodicals - I have somewhat navigated away from them.
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  5. RICHARD Babcock

    RICHARD Babcock Active Member

    I would say having it sent in for cert was a waste of time and money. You can clearly see the spot were the cancel was and still is. I have soaked a stamp before and some of the cancel came out. I was trying to remove the dirt and hing remnants, Live and learn the hard way.
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