Notes from the Past

"Unlisted Types" Oftimes Unholy

Strange items such as uncataloged type varieties in U. S. stamps, where studies have been so intensive, should, as a general rule, be regarded with extreme suspicion before acceptance as genuine.  Such pieces usually advance to the plate with two strikes on them at the start and should be considered as guilty until proved innocent.  These remarks are prompted by an incident that recently took place.  A collector called to show me a stamp that seemingly was not in the catalog, a block of four of the 3¢ violet, unwatermarked, perforated 10, Scott's #464, but in Type II, whereas the catalog listed the stamp only in Type I.  The collector was right, it  was Type II, it was unwatermarked and it was perforated 10.  Unfortunately the perforations were fakes.  The item had been made from an imperforate block, Type II, Scott's #483a, not a bad stamp in a block, but pricing only $5.00 against $35.00 for a block of the genuine #464.  More anon about other fakes lately seen.
- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
May 27, 1939
Posted July 9, 2000

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