Canada #1349/1374ii, 1388-1396vi 1991-1998 Fruit & Flag Definitive Issue, A Selection of 86 VF Used Stamps, All Different Printings
A group of 86 VF used stamps from the 1991-1998 Fruit and Flag Definitive Issue, being most of the listed printings of all values from 1c to 90c, including the coils and quick stick stamps, plus some additional shade varieties, representing different printings. Included are:
- 17 of the 1c-25c edible berries, being most of the listed printings.
- 18 of the 42c to 45c flag and Queen Elizabeth II stamps, being most of the listed sheet and booklet stamps.
- 7 of the 48c, 49c and 50c, being all of the printings except 1364i, and 1364 cs (49c on Harrison paper) and the 50c booklet single on Coated Papers paper.
- 12 of the 52c to 69c, being all of the printings except 1366b and 1366cs (perf. 14.4 x 13.8 CPP printings of the 52c).
- 13 of the 71c to 88c, being all the printings except 1370a (perf. 14.4 x 13.8 71c) and 1373iiis, 1373ii, 1373b (AP printings of the 88c)
- 9 of the 90c being all listed printings, with additional shade varieties.
- 10 of the quick sticks and coils, including an additional paper variety of the 43c coil.
The printings of the edible berries are distinguished for used singles by looking at the paper and the colours of the berries, grass and sky. Ashton Potter printings and CBN printings have deeper colours, whereas the APC printings show brighter and lighter colours for all three elements of the design. AP printings tend to show very faint ribbing across the design whereas CBN printings do not.
Harrison paper is thinner than CPP paper and tends to curl horizontally, even on used stamps, whereas CPP paper is thicker and always lies flat. Peterborough paper is very white, thin and stiff, with a much smoother surface on the back compared to Harrison and CPP paper.
Unitrade lists these stamps at $49.20 for fine used. The stamps offered here grade between 75 and 84 for most all stamps, with maybe a few being fine.