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I have some very rare100 year old USA printed stamp stationery  in a stamp book .They have been cut around the shape of  the printing imaige leaving no margin  I note that stamp labels are described as cut square  does that mean my stamps are worthless..?

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Keith,

Your items are CTS, cut to shape.  This was popular for a short time.  Common material CTS has no value but then common material in a nice large full corner has little value.  Extremely valuable material CTS is popular as space fillers and may reach as much as 5% of the retail value of a proper cut square and lesser value scarce and rare material typically sells at 1-2%.  The value of stamps varies with the centering and the value of a cut square varies with the size with extra value if the both the back and side flap are retained.

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Almost any question relating to US postal stationery

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Member UPSS 19th century catalog ediorial committee; member UPSS 20-21 century catalog editorial committee; member of APEX examiner committee; published author including regular column on US postal stationery in US Stamp News

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