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QUESTION: I have a 20 forever stamp that was not die cut properly. Number under bar code is 0 15645 68900 8

The horizontal cut was badly shifted such that the cut is along the tip of the American flag so that USA is twice on the upper row of stamps with the fireworks along the line. The othe side of this is cut horizontally about the word forever so the bottom row stamps list the word for ever twice. Are these valuable?

ANSWER: Hi Jerry,
Thanks for the question,
Jerry, what you have is a booklet pane with what is known as a Die-cut shift, although they are not rare, they are not that common either. This would be of interest to EFO (Errors, freaks and oddities) collectors or possibly booklet pane collectors.
Before we get to a value lets see if I can help you identify it, there are actually 3 different versions of this booklet pane. All 3 use the same barcode number so that alone will not identify it. To be honest the value would be the same no matter which one it is. The easiest way to identify it is by what is known as a plate number. On this pane it is on the same side as the label with the bar code, on the thin strip between the stamps. It would be a letter followed by 4 or 5 numbers, it is the letter that will identify it. If it begins with a "P" it is Cat# 4855a, a "C" it is Cat# 4869a, and if it starts with an "S" it is 4870a. Just to let you know the "a" in the catalog# designates a complete booklet pane of 20, single stamps are listed with just the number.
Now lets get to the value, I have seen quite a few Die-cut shift booklet panes and they usually retail somewhere in the $30-$60 range. Yours is definitely a little different as most are usually miscut on just one side, yours sounds like it is miscut on both sides, which certainly adds a little more value. I believe yours would do a little better, somewhere in the $50-$100 range.
I wish I could tell you, that you could retire. But I believe that is what the current market would bring, still a great find.


If you would like to find out more about EFO's (Error's, Freaks and Oddities) then please visit the site of the EFOCC (Error's, Freaks and Oddities Collectors club)

http://www.efocc.org/

Or if you would like to see examples of a lot of different EFO's then you may want to check out my Ebay or Bidstart Stores at the link below.
Ebay
http://www.mikesstamps.com
Bidstart
http://www.bidstart.com/Mikes-Stamps_QQstorenameQQ100122QQuseridQQshop

Thanks again for the question,
Mike


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QUESTION: The plate number based on the location you described is: S11111
The 1 after the S is blue, the next 1 is red, next 1 is yellow, last two 1's are white.

I am not a stamp collector, but understand one is is may be interested in this group. I am willing to sell it at a fare value.

Any additional help you can provide is appreciated. What is the best way to sell this to someone who would appreciate its significance?

Thank you, Jerry

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Hi Jerry,
Thanks for the follow-up.
Based on the Plate# you provided this Booklet would be Scott Cat# 4870a. The Scott Catalog is the main Catalog used by collectors in the United States. They do not list values for what I like to call minor errors similar to this, as there are far to many types to list all of them.
As for selling it, because it is a single item, I believe the best way would be to sell it on an auction site, such as Ebay. There is a category for Errors, freaks and oddities on Ebay, you would also need some good pictures/scans of both sides showing the die-cut shift.
If you did not want to sell it online, then the only other feasible option, would be to sell it to a stamp dealer that deals in Errors.There is another option, but because it is only one item with a modest estimate, most major stamp auction companies would not list it, as they usually have a minimum consignment. Besides after waiting for the auction, and deducting the commission, I don't believe you would do much better.
I hope this helps, but if you have any more questions you can do another follow-up or contact me.

Thanks again for the question,
Mike
mike@mikesstamps.com

If you would like to find out more about EFO's (Error's, Freaks and Oddities) then please visit the site of the EFOCC (Error's, Freaks and Oddities Collectors club)

http://www.efocc.org/

Or if you would like to see examples of a lot of different EFO's then you may want to check out my Ebay or Bidstart Stores at the link below.
Ebay
http://www.mikesstamps.com
Bidstart
http://www.bidstart.com/Mikes-Stamps_QQstorenameQQ100122QQuseridQQshop  

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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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