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Question
I have 20 cent state flowers & birds mint sheets and singles all have no gum. Is this normal?

Answer
Unless your sheet has full gum but just not noticeable as some modern gums can be(test a tiny corner with a damp finger, if sticky then probably has gum), then

Technically, your sheet cannot be mint if the gum is missing.

Your sheet may have been used on a package, not canceled, and carefully removed, losing the gum in the process.
Your sheet may have been subject to moisture that caused a loss of gum.
Your sheet may have been a banquet for some insects that really like stamp gum.

There are no recognized gum missing errors of which I am aware and if there were, it would be difficult to prove as anyone with access to water can make the gum go away.

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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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