Canada #435 (SG#561) 1964 5c Blue Christmas Issue Rose Craft First Day Cover XF-86

$2.49
SKU 322621757613

An extremely fine example of the 5c blue 1964 Christmas Issue First Day Cover. Black and red Rose Craft cachet depicting a sleigh and choir. The envelope is on hibrite paper stock, while the stamp is printed on paper giving a dull fluorescent greyish reaction under ultraviolet light. The stamp is tied by a crisp strike of an Ottawa wavy line first day cancel. The cover offered here grades XF-86 as follows:

Intactness of the cover: 25/25

Paper freshness from the front: 20/25

Paper freshness from the back: 8/10

Condition of the paper and edges: 10/15

Appearance of the handwriting: 5/5 (unaddressed)

Clarity of the postal markings: 15/15

Condition of the stamps: 3/5

Unitrade lists a Rosecraft or Artcraft cachet for a single stamp, on dull paper, on cover for $2.50. Note: the above scan is a stock photo as are all my scans for material after 1952. The item(s) you will receive has been carefully checked to adhere to the above grading standards, so while it (they) may not be exactly the same, it (they) will be of the same quality.

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