Stamps (Philately)/Us 211B


Hi Mark,I understand the US 211B was issued  as a special printing. "special" for what? Were not some used as valid postage? Also, Why were some issued with gum and some not? Thank you, Russ


The Special Printings were printed and sold as collectibles, and were not valid for postage.  There is an argument to be made that special printings do not belong in stamp albums or stamp catalogs because they were not issued for postal use.  But they are so popular that everyone overlooks this.

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Mark Leon


I am a collector of United States postage stamps, and also a stamp dealer. I`m a member of the American Philatelic Society (APS). My principle area of interest and expertise is in United States Stamps.


I've been selling stamps on the internet since early 1996. I maintain a stamp web page that concentrates on mint US stamps issued generally between 1890 and 2009. I'm an active seller on since 1996, under the user id "mleon". You can find my web page at

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, 1984.

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