Canada #597 (SG#705) 25c Polar Bears 1972-1978 Caricature Issue Type 1 OP-4 LL Plate Block on FDC - SUP-97

$2.79
SKU 222745797714
A superb unaddressed first day cover of the 25c multicoloured Polar Bears stamp from the 1972-78 Caricature Issue, with a lower left plate 1 block of 4 affixed. Comb perf. 12.5 x 12. Horizontal wove paper with vertically ribbed chalk surfacing. 3 mm OP-4 tagging that glows yellowish white under UV light. Under ultraviolet light, the paper gives a dull fluorescent bluish grey glow on the surface. The envelope stock itself is a non fluorescent violet grey colour. Unitrade does not list first day covers for the plate blocks. Generally the FDC's list for a premium over the price of mint stamps. A VF-75 NH plate block of 4 lists at $4.00. A reasonable value for this cover would thus be $5. The cover offered here grades SUP-97 as follows:

Intactness of the cover: 25/25

Paper freshness from the front: 25/25

Paper freshness from the back: 10/10

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: 2/5 Note any vertical or horizontal line shown in the scan is the edge of the acetate strip that the stamp was resting inside on the stockcard.

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.

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