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1866 5kop shifted background...not listed?

davpot - 3/29/2017 at 17:35

:DGreetings All!
Recently came across what I believe is a shifted background 1866 5kop Russia stamp. I see it listed in the Zagorsky catalog in imperf, but not perfed! Am I blind? Any comments would be helpful! PS: Stamp background is shifted to the right.

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Shifted background- how do we define?

cec71 - 3/30/2017 at 13:05

Have never figured out when a slight or insignificant mis-registration becomes a catalogable "shifted background". Is it 10%, 25% or 50%?

What do others use as a guideline?

David Jay - 3/30/2017 at 18:42

Its like obscenity -- I know it when I see it! Seriously though, one measure will likely not due for all issues,
because of the wide variety in printing quality control. In this case, I would say its is significant, because the
arms issues up to the onset of WWI were done very carefully. Also, I have a collection of the 1-70k Scott 31-38,
HLP without thunderbolts from one of Faberge's Corinphila Auctions, and it includes such items as errors.


cec71 - 3/31/2017 at 09:10

Or beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. That's great for dating but not for assessing value or desirability of a stamp. That is the allure of our hobby-everyone can collect what they desire.

davpot - 4/2/2017 at 13:55

thanks JAY AND Cec. Up close its more impressive (to me) like Obscenity!