As we all know there are no stupid questions.....but as I don't collect US I am sure this probably fits into the stupid question category. Also if this is in the wrong thread could a moderator please move it?
I recently came by a small box of mint US booklets, mostly from the early to mid nineties. There were a few non denominated booklets and some research indicated that the value is set at when these were initially bought. For the issue I am inquiring about 32c (Old Glory USA G).
Now my question is why the different colour 'G'. I have blue, red and black and the booklets are all dated 1992? Also is the rate correct?
While on the subject of dumb questions, here's another one.
Are there any modern US stamps having identical(or nearly identical) appearance produced by more than one printer??
Of course, on Stamp Bears there is no such thing as a dumb question.
The short answer is yes. However, I cannot think of a specific example at the moment. When it comes to me, I'll post it.
Stamps that are visually indistinguishable to the unaided eye have been printed by different press types, and also by different printers. However, in some cases the press/print can be determined by the type of paper used -- this requires the use of additional equipment such as UV lamp.
john6625, since you mentioned that you had other booklets...
FYI, from the 2015 Scott US Specialized catalog, the 3 booklets you have appear to correspond to (check face value of booklet in case I saw your pic incorrectly):
black G: $3.20 booklet, BK220 = $6.50 red G: $6.40 booklet, BK223 = $19 blue G: $6.40 booklet, BK222 = $13
The blue G booklet also exists as a $3.20 booklet. The black G booklets BK220 and BK221, and the blue G booklet BK222 have more than one set of plate numbers.
The black G $3.20 booklet also exists as BK219 (perf 11.2x11.1), so you may want to check to see if you have that one. Except for the perforation, it looks almost identical to the BK220 (perf 10x9.9) you showed.
Thanks Tony. It is interesting that they were issued in 1994, but the booklets show a 1992 date, presumably when they were actually printed.
That is correct. They were produced well in advance, so that adequate supplies would be available for the rate change. Although we don't use much postage now, back then for the country the size of the US, they would have to have hundreds of millions of stamps available for distribution within 2-3 months.
In case anybody was wondering why the letter "G" instead of the amount "32¢", USPS needed to get approval for any rate hikes. There was no guarantee that they would get the rate hike requested, and back then the "forever" stamp concept had not caught on. So USPS would print a "letter" stamp in preparation for the next unknown rate hike, with the amount announced with the rate hike (i.e., after the printing). So: A=15¢, B=18¢, C=20¢, D=22¢, E=25¢, F=29¢, G=32¢, H=33¢. After that, USPS prepared non-denominated stamps that were simply inscribed "FIRST CLASS". Later on, the "FOREVER STAMPS" came out.
Also the perf 11.2x11.1 booklet has a shiny cover to the booklet compared to the other two.
That is correct. The various booklet covers came in slightly different color shades, and also in as shiny/dull. However for each particular printer/value, there are no multiple variations that I know of (i.e., only one of type of cover for each printer/value combination). So I didn't list out the cover types.
The only collectible varieties for the booklet specialist would be the plate positions based on the markings on the tab. There are a few for this issue that have a slight premium, but nothing to write home about and difficult to find a buyer willing to pay that premium.
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