Canada #591i (SG#698) 6c Scarlet Pearson 1972-1978 Caricature Issue NF/MF Paper Type 5 Blank LL VF-75 NH
A very fine NH blank lower left field stock block of the 6c scarlet Lester Pearson stamp from the 1973-1977 Caricature Issue, on a scarce unlisted NF-fl/MF-fl paper. Printed on vertical wove paper showing no ribbing on either the front or back, and with a burnished smooth texture on the printed surface. The paper gives a non fluorescent greyish reaction under ultraviolet light on the face, with a low density concentration of low and medium fluorescent fibres visible. On the back, the paper gives a medium fluorescent bluish white reaction, with a low density concentration of low fluorescent fibres and a sparse concentration of medium fuorescent fibres visible in the paper. General OP-2 Ottawa tagging, 4 mm wide, of moderate strength (clearly visible to the naked eye, but not dark), and glowing a bright yellow under ultraviolet light. Comb perforated 12.0 x 12.5, with the selvage fully perforated through in both directions. Smooth, creamy PVA gum with a satin sheen. Unitrade does not list this paper. I have classified it as a variant of the DF paper, but it really deserves its own listing. It should be worth even more than the MF paper, which Unitrade values at $6 for a blank corner block, as I have only ever seen one sheet on this paper. The block offered here grades 75 as follows: Margins/centering: 45/70 Paper freshness: 5/5 Colour: 5/5 Impression: 5/5 Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5 Perforations: 10/10 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.