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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.

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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?

Alistair Garner04/03/2018 13:53:58
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Just my two pence worth. I came across the left hand stamp of the two below in a charity kiloware package, so I've no reason to believe anyone has tampered with it. I describe it as missing Salmon Pink and oddly enough, a similar one appeared on eBay recently for £50 (Item No 202233038054)

missing salmon pink.jpg

Not sure if the scan fairly represents the true image which is quite distinct in real life!

Billy Broadland04/03/2018 19:40:54
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Just looked in a couple of G.B. catalogues and couldn't see any "missing colour" errors for the above stamp.

It looks like a missing colour but scans can be very deceptive. It could of course be "faded".

Alistair Garner04/03/2018 20:19:44
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Hi BB, I couldn't find it in any catalogue either and I was surprised to see the identical one on eBay (which didn't sell by the way).

The more I look at it, the more convinced I become that it's not faded as all the other colours seem true, plus, as I said initially, coming from a charity box, it's unlikely that it has been deliberately "faded".

I'm wondering if it is worth having it professionally appraised and valued. Has anyone else gone down this route and what did it cost?

Ian Billings13/03/2018 16:03:36
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The Valentine's stamp is a classic case of fading in daylight. Red always goes first, followed by yellow. This happens most often on postcards stuck in offices

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