Canada #443-444 (SG#568-569) 3c & 5c 1965 Christmas Issue Rose Craft First Day Cover XF-86

SKU 322634984145

An extremely fine example of the 3c & 5c 1965 Christmas Issue Combination First Day Cover. Black and rose Rose Craft cachet depicting a lamp and holly. The envelope is on highbrite stock, while the stamps are printed on paper giving a dull fluorescent greyish white reaction under ultraviolet light. The stamps are 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: 15/25

Paper freshness from the back: 8/10

Condition of the paper and edges: 15/15

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. Unitrade does not price combination FDC's, but a reasonable value for this cover would be $2.25. Note: the above scan is a stock photo as are all my scans for material after 1952. The cover 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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