Monday, February 28, 2011

Stop the presses

Well, at least stop cutting up the press sheets. Israel has joined the US (and maybe others) in offering uncut press sheets to collectors. I received an offer from the philatelic service to purchase an uncut press sheet of the Innovations sheets. The press sheet consists of 3 sheets of each of the 3 innovations sheets that were issued in honor of Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Each sheet is individually signed and numbered by the artist. It was limited to 999 sheets. The offer price was $82. I am not sure if that represents a premium over the price of 3 normal sets of the sheets, but if there is a premium, it appears relatively small. One important difference between the press sheet and the the normal sheets is that the press sheets are completely imperf. So, watch out for imperf stamps and sheets showing up as errors. Anyone that purchased a press sheet can create those easily. According to the announcement about this sheet, they will offer additional press sheets from time to time. They envision this as the first in a new collectors line of prestigious items in Israel. I hope they limit them to once a year at most, since they are not cheap, and I am unsure how to store it, as the format is not convenient to display. Any ideas?

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