Canada #BK69j (SG#SB78) 25c Centennial Booklet Cover Type 3 NF Paper Cover Design Type 3 Black Sealing Strip F-70 NH

$1.87
SKU 222900421628

A fine NH example of the 25c Centennial Issue integral booklet containing 1 pane of 3 1c stamps, 1 6c stamp and 2 8c stamps, with type 3 "Free Dispenser" cover, depicting a Royal Mail truck, black sealing strip, and no sealant at all on the cover.  The cover is printed on dimpled card stock which gives a dull fluorescent greyish reaction under ultraviolet light, with a very sparse concentration of low fluorescent fibres visible in the stock. The pane is printed on ribbed paper giving a dull fluorescent bluish grey reaction under ultraviolet light, with a low density concentration of dull fluorescent fibres being visible in the paper. The paper overall to me appears dull fluorescent, but Unitrade does not list DF paper for this booklet - only NF. So I have classified this as a variant of the NF paper. The stamp colours are not significantly different under UV as they are in normal light. The 1c stamps are a violet brown shade. The sealing strip shows no evidence whatsoever of any sealing adhesive, and the opposite side of the cover shows no evidence of adhesive residue. It would appear that the sealant was omitted on a small batch of the booklets. Neither McCann, nor Unitrade mention or discuss this variation, but it is very clear.  Unitrade values a F-65 NH booklet with adhesive at $1.25.  This should be worth at least $5, given that it is much scarcer than the booklets with adhesive. . This booklet is listed in McCann as BK69aa. The booklet offered here grades 70 as follows:

Centering of the panes: 40/70

Cover freshness: 10/10

Condition of cover edges: 5/5

Freshness of panes: 5/5

Absence of visible cover flaws/stains: 5/5 

Condition of interleaving and contents: 5/5

Note: the above scans are a stock photos as are all my scans for material after 1952. The booklet 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. 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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