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Discussion in 'United States Stamps' started by Endeavor, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. Endeavor

    Endeavor New Member

  2. anglobob

    anglobob New Member

    I hope you dont think I am being too negative or critical but I would not rate this stamp as being XF-SUP.To me ,there appears to be a perforation missing on both left side corners.The top corner is more noticeable.
     
  3. Endeavor

    Endeavor New Member

    None of the perforations are missing. The corner just happens to come up on a swell. Therefore there isn't supposed to be a perf there. It would look weird if there was one where there isn't supposed to be.
     
  4. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Line-perfortions often produce such poor-looking corners.That is
    quite normal and O.K.
    I have two questions:
    What does mean "Mint OGnh" ? Is it mint,original gum,n.h. ?
    If I look at the stamp,I it looks to me that the margin on the left
    is clearly visible smaller than the margin on the right.
    Here a scan from a leafelet of the PSE,I received a few years ago:
    000.jpg

    In the text for XF-Sup 95 it says: "XF-Superb/ Very well centered.A close look is needed to see that the margins are not exactly equal.
    / 95"

    Either they have changed their criterias in the meantime,or the
    grading of the stamps as XF-Sup 95 is questionable,I would say.
    Correct me,if I am wrong,when I would give it XF 90.
     
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  5. Endeavor

    Endeavor New Member

    Nice illustration.

    It could well be a 90. 90 and 95 are close so I suppose some discretion is involved between such similarity. With regards to the stamp I posted everything else is high marks...

    Unused
    Mint
    Original gum (OG)
    Never hinged (nh)
    Color is fantastic too
     
  6. anglobob

    anglobob New Member

    Just out of curiosity.......how much did this cost ?
     
  7. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Again according to the "ancient" PSE leafelet:
    the markup for a stamp XF-Sup 95 from one 90 is given at a
    staggering 50 % . So it matters a lot.
    However stamp examples shown in the leaflet are always better
    older ones and no moderns.I think at the time the PSE - people
    did not foresee or expect,that modern stamps (of moderate or
    little value) would ever be graded in theirs way.Simply because
    the grading-fees prohibit such an undertaking.
    It makes little sence,when a $ 1.- or even cheaper stamp will
    need several Dollars in fees and postage expenses to be graded.
    But someone had the clever idea to extract money from not so
    experienced collectors with this wonderful products.
    So I guess,the grading was done of full sheets,what were later
    seperated into single stamps.
     
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  8. Endeavor

    Endeavor New Member

    As a seller probably not the most appropriate thing to post publicly but I just private messaged you the answer.
     
  9. Endeavor

    Endeavor New Member

    Most great things are met with speculation and doubt in the beginning.
     
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