|Lightly cancelled Blocks are obviously more interesting to look at than singles. The older issues are not so easy to find which makes the hunt all the more challenging. When you do find them...you usually find a bonus...they are relatively inexpensive, compared to mint singles!|
|Admittedly, plate blocks are a traditional area of the hobby. But consider collecting just a handful of issues and trying to get all four positions of every plate number used to print that particular issue! That will give you a different perspective on a traditional collection.|
|(#1307) This 5¢ Humane Treatment for animals issue of 1966 was printed using nine different plate numbers. All four positions of each number can be found, however, one of the numbers is a little more difficult to find than the other eight. It helps to use a Durland catalog in this area of collecting.|
|This is my favorite area to collect. I love the challenge of finding all the plate numbers used on a particular issue. I've spent quite a few years trying to get all numbers and positions of the C20-22 "China Clipper" issues. That was a lot of fun! (and yes, I got them all)|
|Plate number blocks can get expensive! Plate singles is the alternative. Collect matched sets of plate numbers assigned to each stamp at about 1/4 the cost of blocks. There are quite a few plate number singles collectors out there who collect them in both mint and used condition.|
|Current issues now use plate numbers coded to identify the private printer commissioned to print the stamps.
P = Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd.
|THAT FLAG DOESN'T LOOK QUITE RIGHT|
|The 50 state flags issue of 1976 was quite popular. But the 13¢ Iowa state flag (on the right) is incorrect. The white stripe in the center should be 50% of the width, not 33-1/3%. The Post Office got it right on the 1946 centennial anniversary issue, but blew it 30 years later.|
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