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Billy Broadland06/02/2018 14:46:48
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These stamps are from the G.B. 1980 Christmas set.

The stamp on the left is the usual stamp.

The stamp on the right has some of the pink missing.

Do you think this has faded or is it a part missing colour?

The scan does not show the difference as well as seeing the stamps.

colour change.jpeg

Alex06/02/2018 20:23:53
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Your stamp has neither a missing color (if that were the case there wouldn't be any pink or orange color at all) nor has the stamp faded. During the print run the pink / orange color run was interrupted, most likely due to the color reservoir running dry, so that the color was only partially applied. Probably affected several of the stamps on that sheet. Or perhaps there was some foreign material that covered up the sheets while they were being colored. Most of these end up as printers' waste, your stamp missed the quality control, but they not rare and usually don't add much of a premium.


Edited By Alex on 06/02/2018 20:30:43

Billy Broadland07/02/2018 18:43:07
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Thanks Alex.

As you say there would be no pink anywhere if it were a missing colour.

Printers waste must be a bit of a security problem. Wonder if any of the printers are stamp collectors?

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