Monday, December 7, 2009

Arbor day surprise

Last week, one of the dealers in Israel that I buy from regularly sent me a scan of an interesting item. It is the 0.01 value from the Arbor day set of 3, Scott number 552. Apparently, it was reprinted. The initial printing was on 9/9/74, and the second printing was on 12/16/74. I had not previously known about this reprint. It is not mentioned in Bale, as far as I can tell, and I don't recall seeing it mentioned in the Journal of the Israel Plate Block Collectors. I am not sure how much the dealer was asking for the set of sheets, but a quick check of my collection showed I only had the first printing. E-bay had no listings for either of the plate blocks, but I did find a full sheet of the second printing on Stamp Wants. It was listed for $1.50 with $1.00 shipping. It arrived in today's mail. I am not sure if it would have been cheaper to buy it from the dealer in Israel, but I am sure that he knows what he has, while the seller on Stamp Wants was probably just as unaware as I was that there were 2 printings of this stamp, and just listed this for what he thought a sheet of stamps would go for.


Mark Goldsmith said...

The reprint is mentioned in the new Bale catalogue.

Greg said...

I'm a new Israel collector and don't have a Bales catalog yet. Is there a defenitive way to tell the difference between the printings on a sheet and/or individual item?

Adam said...

The printing date is in the upper right hand corner of the sheet. It will say either 161274 or 090974. This is the top number. The bottom number is the cyclometer number (serial number) of the sheet, and does not necessarily tell you which sheet you are looking at.