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The dreaded dash as catalog value

I’m sure most of you know the feeling of discovering a variety that is valued with a dash only. A big happy smile trying to come up, maybe attached with some disbelief forcing you to recheck that what you got is real. But above all there’s the desire to know why catalog editors have failed to provide any measurable valuation, and what the dash equals in real world. In a way it doesn’t make sense at all since most of us collectors are never going to sell our precious. I guess it falls down to owning a prized possession. The bigger the catalog value, the better the catch. And if there are no metrics, then there’s really nothing to brag about it. The above 1990 Peruvian ‘Visit of Pope John Paul 2nd’ stamp with missing imprint ‘1989’ on the footer is prime example of such strange things happening. Michel assigns the […]

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