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I have a Scott #563 Hayes 11 cent 11 perf.  

It is not perforated only on the left side. Also, there is parallel green line where the perf should be located .

Would you know about this "error"

Thanks,

Joe

Answer
Hi Joe,
Thanks for the question.
Joe, Unfortunately what you are describing is not an error, but just a normal #563. These were printed in large sheets of 400, then cut in quarters into the smaller sheets of 100, they were then sold to the public. The straight edge is just a natural occurrence during the cutting process (each sheet of 100 would have 19 stamps with straight edges. The line was used as a guide while cutting the sheets apart.
Stamps with straight edges are less desirable to collectors, and sell at a discount from the ones with perfs all around.
Thanks again for the question,
Mike

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My specialty is United States Errors, but I can answer most questions on United States stamps (except covers). I have been collecting U.S. stamps for about 35 years, and U.S. Errors for approximately 25 years. I have been selling both online for about 4 years. I am also a member of the APS (American Philatelic Society)

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As I said above, I have been collecting U.S. stamps for about 35 years, and U.S. Errors for approximately 25 years. I have been selling both online for about 4 years, mostly on Ebay and Bidstart.com.

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I am a 25+ year member of the APS

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I went to 2 years of college at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, and received a degree in Applied Science

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