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Fred Sellars23/03/2020 11:23:08
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Since posting my thread of the French perforation shift with added inscription, I decided to post many other findings on the same thread that involves stamps of Australia, Italy, Switzerland, India, Germany, the USSR and Latvia.

Should I find further items that I think are appropriate, in future they will be posted on this thread.

Feel free to add any oddities that you may have also come across, the world is your oyster 🌍 and maybe you have found a pearl !

TTFN, Fred.

Fred Sellars24/03/2020 09:10:08
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Having previously discussed these stamps in the not too distant past on this forum, I believe that these short perf stamps fall into the category of "oddballs", as they only come from the "A" rows of the sheet after being printed.

These short perf stamps with only 17 vertical perforations were not caused by error, but deliberately perforated that way in order to accommodate the sheet format and the perforation machines at that time after previous experimental ones had been produced.

These earlier experimental perforated stamps are commonly known as "Archer" perforations and can only be identified by the use of alphabet l and specific plating techniques, they are very much sought after by the line engraved collectors and can fetch several £100 in nice condition.

Unlike The Archer perforations these short perforated stamps are not listed in the specialised catalogue or given any special notes of their existence.

But worth looking out for as they are much scarcer than the normal 19 perforated stamps.


Fred Sellars26/03/2020 19:46:04
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Other interesting items found in kiloware are these IFCC prepaid postage labels from Spain issued in 1999.

It would appear that they were only used for holiday postcards on a remail system operated by TNT transport and IFCC being sold at some of the souvenir shops and hotels in tourist areas, after being applied to the postcard these labels were later transported to Holland/Belgium by TNT and IFCC,they then had a postage paid cancel applied and then entered into the normal postage system for delivery.

I believe that the price for this service for tourists was 100 PTA's, there are several variations of these particular prepaid labels, below are two of them.

Unusual items !


Edited By Fred Sellars on 26/03/2020 19:53:54

Fred Sellars03/04/2020 11:55:45
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Other " oddball " types are the perforation shift errors (unlike the penny red short perforated ones) caused by an incorrect feed when being processed on the perforating machine. Perforation errors can also occur due to a missing pin or faulty one giving what is known as a " blind perf ", paper folds are another example caused by the perforator whilst the paper was folded, how these particular stamps got onto the market amazes me, as they should have been spotted by either the quality control checkers or the post office staff that sold the stamps over the counter and disposed of.

A picture of a perforation error can be observed with this Machin 22p flame red depicted below, every country that produces stamps with perforations will no doubt have examples such as the "Sower" shown in another of my previous threads.img_20200403_112458.jpg

Fred Sellars09/04/2020 19:38:54
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img_20200409_184718.jpgAfter searching through some more kiloware I came across these particular stamps, and under normal circumstances would have missed what I now believe to be the same issue but printed by the use of two different kind of inks.

To confirm my findings I decided to put them under the ultraviolet lamp, and as suspected there was a definite difference between the two.The top scan shows them in ordinary light, but the lower one under ultraviolet.

Not having a specialised catalogue or reference for this country I have decided to include them as "oddballs". If anyone can give further information on this variation then please do so.

Thank you, Fred.


Fred Sellars16/04/2020 09:49:22
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With quite a few Belgian stamps of around this time period early1900's, usually with the name Brussels and date you will find these official pre-cancelled versions/varieties.

As to why they were issued in this condition does not appear to make sense as a used stamp could easily be reused again after being soaked off if no other cancel was used. There must have been a reason for the overprint but I do not have a justifiable answer !

Due to this fact I have decided to classify them as "oddballs".img_20200416_090823.jpg

Fred Sellars23/04/2020 12:45:59
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Whilst studying various stamp papers under long wave ultraviolet light, I came across these particular ones concerning the 1000 L value of the castle stamps of Italy in the 1980 series. I couldn't help but notice the different coloured papers used, as in normal light they all look the same.

Not having a specialised catalogue I can only classify them at the moment as "oddballs" and have nicknamed them "Tuttii Frutti's" in accordance with the different coloured reaction that they emit.

Do you have any reference to these oddities ? If so your comments would be welcome.



Fred Sellars15/06/2020 09:04:34
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Many colour shifts relating to the printing of stamps hardly ever get mentioned in catalogues as usually it is the complete sheet that is affected and not an isolated position on the sheet.

Here is one in question being the 4d value of the 1961 C E P T set often overlooked when checking for a flaw or imperfection. There appears to be a couple of faults on this particular stamp, the most obvious being the upper shift of the outlying dark blue giving a ghost like appearance indicated by the arrows, but if you look closely, North East of the 'T' in the insignia, a section of the pink has also shifted.

Therefore, I have included it as an oddball, worth looking out for !


Fred Sellars05/07/2020 10:30:14
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Here is another unusual anomaly found whilst using the shortwave ultraviolet lamp

The picture is of the 1984 Fr 2•10 Liberté stamps of France showing two major differences in both paper and phosphor band variations.

No.1 stamp appears to have white phosphor tagging on a paper that is quite white.

No. 2 stamp has yellow tagging that appears to be hollow down the centre and printed on a much darker paper.

The fact that they are so different, and yet of the same issue, colour and face value I can only describe them as oddballs.

What's your opinion ?img_20200704_213830.jpg

Fred Sellars13/08/2020 09:35:43
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After sorting through some used multiple crown Wildlings (plain), I came across these 9d values, each of which appears to be of a different shade, on looking through the SG specialised, I discovered that only one shade was listed that being the Bronze-green.

On looking through the catalogue of similar coloured stamps I noticed that the 1/3d Welsh stamp on whiter paper had 3 different shades allotted to it, could it be that the same applies to these 9d values ?


The darker shade (A) has been printed on a whiter more translucent paper, whilst the lighter shade (B) is on a more opaque type paper as can be seen in the scan below :-


Perhaps this difference needs to be listed the same as the 1/3d regional ones.

In the meantime I can only classify them as being "oddballs", Fred.

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