Post by Andy Pastuszak on Aug 22, 2018 23:17:41 GMT
I have TWO of these sheets.
I used to be part of the Standing Order Subscription Program and at the time I was using White Ace albums. White Ace required that you collect all se-tenants connected and as individual stamps. So, when I signed up for the commemorative service, I asked for 2 copies of everything. So, when Scott 3138 came out, I received 2 copies.
The stamps were all put away through most of the 2000s, as I had 2 kids, bought a house and settled into parent life.
In 2009, I pulled out the old collection and dusted it off, and that's when I found the 2 sheets of 3138 and learned that they were rather scarce and worth (at the time) around $300 each. I mounted 3137 in my album, and was trying to decide what to do about 3138, so I put both sheets away.
It's been 9 years now, and I can't find where I put the darn things. I've been through my stamp stash twice and have gone through every drawer I can think of and these things are nowhere to be found. Which is really frustrating. Here I thought I really lucked out by having not one but TWO copies of this sheet.
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Don’t give up hope, Andy. Take a break and perhaps try to remember anything about when you last saw them. I understand that it was years ago, but you know that you didn’t get rid of them, so they must be there somewhere.
In my experience, these things almost always turn up eventually. I hope you find them!
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I've told a similar story before but I might as well tell it again, it's probably been a few years now. Back in the days when I was buying far more stuff than I could ever process & sort, I bought a collection of Canadian Centennial definitives which was, at the time, complete for almost all the minor varieties listed in the Unitrade catalogue (although this collection was numbered according to the Darnell catalogue). The only things missing were real rare listed varieties, imperforate pairs and such, and a couple of the very newest listings which had just been added to the catalogue. As I remember there were 194 pieces in all, all of the perf varieties and paper & ink fluorescence varieties and gum varieties and booklet singles and so on. All stored on a stack of nice new white stock cards. I put them away in one of my many boxes reserved for Canadian mint stamps, happy with my purchase because a lot of these minor numbers were things I hadn't had any luck in finding elsewhere.
A few years later I wanted to figure out which of the newest varieties were missing from that collection so I got out my Darnell catalogue and my Unitrade catalogue and planned to work on cross-referencing all of these minor number listings, and then I started looking for the stamps on their nice new white stock cards. And I looked and I looked and I looked and nowhere could I find that stack of nice new white stock cards. REALLY annoying, I had paid a healthy pile of money for the lot of stamps and didn't have the least bit of a clue where they had gone. Did they end up in a worldwide box instead of a Canada box? Did they end up in a box that accidentally made its way into the garbage or the recycling bin or something awful like that? I dug around everywhere for months and could never find them anywhere. Then a couple of years of gloom, despair, agony, deep dark depression and excessive misery followed.
And then I was digging through one of my boxes trying to find something else, and there was the whole collection of Canadian Centennial definitives, all stored in their nice new BLACK stock cards ....
In other words, they're going to turn up some day, exactly in the wrong place compared to what you remembered about them. You'll be looking for post cards or place mats or that extra roll of Scotch tape or something like that and they'll pop up and bite you on the nose!
Yeah, they will show up. Before I stopped collecting new US issues, I was ordering them over the phone rather than using the standing order program. I remembered reading in Linn's about the special issue with imperforate, that had to be ordered (so why does Scott list it, contrary to their normal editorial policy?). I had been kicking myself for not getting those while I still could. Years later, I finally got around to putting some of the stamps I ordered into an album, and lo and behold, it turns out I did order 2 after all!