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Hi, Scott, I got a pair of Franklin perf 10, 10 cents stamp with inverted watermark. Need some advise from you whether it is worth to send for authentication



Hi Nelson,
  Well, what you have is a pair of Scott #433's.  This is a very garden variety stamp, as a used single, it has a CV of $1.  As a pair, they are worth $2.
  If you have a Scott Specialized 2016 catalog, look at page 48 (or an older one around the same page), where they describe the double line watermarks.  The 10c in perf 10 only occurred in single line watermark.  However, if you note on page 48, the double watermarks are demonstrated in all 4 orientations on a page.  Scott catalog editors are kind of lazy, and the often don't repeat this information at a change, but for single line, the same can occur.  It is only an issue of square paper fed into the machine from any one side.  They are not considered freaks or errors, at best maybe an oddity, but it's nothing unusual particularly, and in this case there is no added collector value.  I can tell you with great certainty, there is no value in having them authenticated (expertized).  It won't make them more valuable.
  There are very few watermark errors that add much value.  The most notable is the 271 and 272 (a varieties of each) where they were printed on the wrong paper, which had a USIR (revenue) watermark.  Few of the 6c and 8c receptively stamps were printed, and since US appears already in the USPS, the only ones that count are those that have a verifiable I or R (at least visible part which allows identification).  I have had a pair of 272a's for years for sale (they CV at $1,000 and I've had them up for around $300) on ebay, and I've had 0 takers (it's even certed...)  These watermark errors are for but the die-hardest of collectors even on the best of days.
Wish I had better news for you, but this is not really so unusual.
Hope that helps,

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My expertise is in US, but I have a lot of exposure to worldwide, and with wide reference material, I will do what I can to answer questions about global stamps. In US I have extensive experience in all aspects (does include Administrative overprints for Cuba, China, Puerto Rico etc.). Also, Hawaii general issue and Revenue (pre-statehood). Of course still building knowledge but have been collecting since 1980. Air Mail is a favorite area, but not a limitation. Two specialty areas are Large Banknote issues, and Washington/Franklin identification. Strong experience in Carrier & Locals, Private Die (Also known as M&M for "Match & Medicine" but also includes some playing card and perfume stamp issues.) Recently have been building more back-of-book experience, especially around Official, Newspaper, Revenue and tax editions. Some covers, and cancellations, but not my strong suit. Another area I'm recently diving into. What I can't do: Anything non-US, as it's just not an area I focus on.


30+ years of learning the hard way. A lot of passion for collecting and dealing (as I do both). I don't consider it a hobby... I consider it a serious pursuit that I'm able to do in the hours I'm not occupied by annoying things like sleep. I work closely with some of the global leaders in the expertizing and identification field. Have co-authored several papers (with Mr. William Weiss Jr.) related to identification, as well as tool set to help with quickly identifying the more challenging areas of Washington Franklin. Strong experience in paper types and coil validation.

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1870 - 1879 Large Banknote Issues - Easy Identification (co-authored with William Weiss Jr). Washington-Franklin - Easy Identification (co-authored with William Weiss Jr.) Detecting Fakes, Alterations and Counterfeits (APS Summer Session Expertizing Session materials with William Weiss Jr.)

Thousands and thousands of hours of pouring over hundreds of collections. 30+ years as a collector-to-dealer, avid student of philatelic study. Pre-1900 variation is fascinating, and it seems even after all these years, that I make some discovery every time I look at a new example. APS Summer Session - Fundamentals of Expertizing 2014

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