Canada #587v (SG#694) 2c Green Laurier 1972-1978 Caricature Issue DF Ribbed Paper Type 1 Full Sheet VF-75 NH
A very fine NH complete field stock sheet of the 2c green Sir Wilfred Laurier stamp from the 1973-1977 Caricature Issue, showing constant tagging flaws at positions 55 and 92. Printed on horizontal wove paper showing clear horizontal ribbing on the face. The paper gives a dull fluorescent greyish reaction under ultraviolet light on the face, and a dull fluorescent bluish white reaction on the back, with no fluorescent fibres visible in the paper. General OP-2 Ottawa tagging, 4 mm wide, of light strength (barely visible to the naked eye), and glowing a bright yellow under ultraviolet light. Comb perforated 12.0 x 12.5. Smooth, creamy PVA gum with a satin sheen. Unitrade lists #587v as DF paper, but I have found at least four varieties of the DF smooth paper and OP-2 tagging, of which this is one variation. The tagging flaws are not listed in Unitrade, but they are constant, as I have three sheets that show the exact same flaw in the same position on each sheet.
The flaw on position 55 resembles an accent below the last "A" of "Canada" while the flaw on position 92 is a dot below the "C" of Canada. The pictures of the sheet under UV light show these two flaws clearly. Unitrade values a VF-75 NH sheet without any tag flaw at $25. Given that the "hook tag flaws" on the 1979-82 floral issue generally list for around $35 each, this should at least be a $50 sheet. The sheet offered here grades 75 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5
Note: the above scan is a stock photo as are all my scans for material after 1952. The item(s) you will receive has (have) 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. Also, I do not provide back scans of NH stamps or blocks after 1952 unless they are required to illustrate some attribute of the paper or gum.