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The 6c Black Transportation Stamp of the 1967-73 Centennial Issue Part Three

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This week's post comes a few days late, as I was away on a much needed mini-getaway to Vancouver for the Victoria Day weekend. This week, I will discuss the booklet stamps that were issued for the 6c black transportation design between January 1970 and the end of 1972.

These stamps were issued in 25c booklets and in $1.50 booklets. All of the booklets so produced, were printed by the BABN. There were seven basic booklets issued during this period:


A $1.50 booklet containing 25 of the 6c die 1 stamps, perf. 12.5 x 12, which was issued in December 1970.A $1.50 booklet containing 25 of the 6c die 1 stamps, perf. 10 (actually 9.9), which was issued in January 1970. A 25c booklet containing 4 of the 6c die 2 stamps, perf. 12.5 x 12, which was issued on November 1970.A 25c booklet containing 4 of the 6c die 2 stamps, perf. 10 (actually 9.9), which was issued in May 1970. A 25c booklet containing 2 of the 8c parliamentary library, 3 of the 1c Northern Lights and dogsled and one 6c die 2 …

Stamp Dealers: The Travel Agents of Philately

Earlier this week I had a conversation with a philatelist who responded to my blog posts this past week. He said that he thought that the widespread availability of basic stamp information had made the professional stamp dealer somewhat obsolete, and that this was why dealers like myself were having difficulty building loyal customer bases.

I thought about it for a while and then I realized why I felt he wasn't 100% correct in his analysis:

Knowledge does not equal experience!

Then I had a thought flash in my mind - about travel agents. When it became possible to book airline trips and vacations online a number of years ago, the conventional wisdom was that travel agents were now obsolete and would soon be out of business. But, almost 20 years after online booking of trips became a thing, they are still going strong. Sure, the worst ones went out of business - those that provided little value. But the better agencies are still thriving. Why is this, and what does this have to do w…

The 6c Black Transportation Stamp of the 1967-73 Centennial Issue Part Two

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Today, I will cover the printings of the 6c black that were printed by the CBN. The CBN printed the coil stamps, which were issued in August 1970, and the sheet stamps that were first issued in 1972 and replaced the BABN printings. These stamps are all very easily identifiable by the stiffer paper used to print them, the tagging that was used on the tagged stamps and the differences in the die that was used to print the stamps. The CBN die is known also as die 1a and looks very similar to die 2, in the sense that the shading of the sky and background is even. However, the CBN die resulted in stamps that look less intense than the die 2 stamps. A closer look at the stamps reveals that the right frameline is not thick, like die 2, but thin, and the shading lines themselves are not as thick as the die 2 stamps.

The scan below shows the difference between die 1a and die 2:


Die 1a is shown by the block on the left, while die 2 is shown by the block on the right. If you look at the left an…