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537 Fluorescent Paper Variety, Facit 332Av1 [(1958) 5 kronor Palace coil] NH VF SINGLE, with small light bends, of this rare variety. This is one of the rarest, if not the rarest, of a small group of Swedish definitive stamps that had new printings on paper that contained "gold flecks" of fluorescent matter, printed sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s. These paper varieties were not known to exist until staff members of major Swedish stamp dealer Rolf Gummesson discovered them in the 1980s. By that time, the stamps were no longer in use and these mid-period-of-use printings had long ago been consumed in normal postal use and had subsequently been reprinted again on normal paper. The only mint examples available to philatelists today are those that were by chance purchased by collectors who happened to get them when ordering stamps from the Swedish post office stock list while those printings were current (which I know from my own experience to mean sometime before 1973). The fluorescence consists not of a coating, but of many tiny golden specks embedded in the paper; view under long-wave UV light in a completely dark room. The appearance is both of tiny gold highlights and a general faint yellowish glow. While viewing, compare to other stamps of the time period. (Viewing of used off-paper stamps may not be reliable due to their soaking in water.) This printing of this design is also distinguished by a delicate light greenish blue color and glass-smooth extremely-shiny gum. I am only able to offer examples of this stamp every few years. No stamp dealer seems to have a stock of them; Gummesson located a few examples of this stamp in mint condition, but sold out very quickly. Facit listed this stamp, and most of the few others in this category, for a number of years, but for unexplained reasons dropped the listings some years ago. (However, Facit also does not list many important "whitened paper" varieties of later stamp issues for no good reason.) A rare stamp listed by some of the European catalogs and always strongly sought after. The bends on this example are probably from collector handling and can only be seen from the back of the stamp; most collectors would not have even noticed them; they may flatten out with time. Normally $290 for NH VF.
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537 Fluorescent Paper Variety, Facit 332Av1 [(1958) 5 kronor Palace coil] NH SUPERB PAIR of this rare variety. This is one of the rarest, if not the rarest, of a small group of Swedish definitive stamps that had new printings on paper that contained "gold flecks" of fluorescent matter, printed sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s. These paper varieties were not known to exist until staff members of major Swedish stamp dealer Rolf Gummesson discovered them in the 1980s. By that time, the stamps were no longer in use and these mid-period-of-use printings had long ago been consumed in normal postal use and had subsequently been reprinted again on normal paper. The only mint examples available to philatelists today are those that were by chance purchased by collectors who happened to get them when ordering stamps from the Swedish post office stock list while those printings were current (which I know from my own experience to mean sometime before 1973). The fluorescence consists not of a coating, but of many tiny golden specks embedded in the paper; view under long-wave UV light in a completely dark room. The appearance is both of tiny gold highlights and a general faint yellowish glow. While viewing, compare to other stamps of the time period. (Viewing of used off-paper stamps may not be reliable due to their soaking in water.) This printing of this design is also distinguished by a delicate light greenish blue color and glass-smooth extremely-shiny gum. I am only able to offer examples of this stamp every few years. No stamp dealer seems to have a stock of them; Gummesson located a few examples of this stamp in mint condition, but sold out very quickly. Facit listed this stamp, and most of the few others in this category, for a number of years, but for unexplained reasons dropped the listings some years ago. (However, Facit also does not list many important "whitened paper" varieties of later stamp issues for no good reason.) A rare stamp listed by some of the European catalogs and always strongly sought after. Even singles this nice are rare, however, I cannot remember ever before seeing a pair offered. Priced only at the value of two singles.
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1395a (1392-5 booklet pane) [1982 John Bauer saga paintings] Used VF+ with single Superb 4 January 1983 "GÖTEBORG 53 / *R*" cancellation, canceled still well within the normal period of use and postal rate for these stamps. This is from controlled mail and bulk payment of postal fees. Pane still in booklet cover. Even for modern stamps, this quality is scarce! Facit value SEK 50 for normal quality.
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6.50

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1501a (1496-1501 booklet pane) [1984 Swedish Inventions / Patents] Used VF+ with Superb 3 January 1985 "GÖTEBORG 53 / *R*" cancellations, superbly struck on each pair, canceled still well within the normal period of use and postal rate for these stamps. This is from controlled mail and bulk payment of postal fees. Pane still in booklet cover. Even for modern stamps, this quality is scarce! Facit value SEK 100 for normal quality.
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13.50

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1505a (1502-5 booklet pane) [1984 Stockholmia 86 / Famous Letters] Used VF+ with Superb 3 January 1985 "GÖTEBORG 53 / *R*" cancellations, superbly struck on each stamp, canceled still well within the normal period of use for these stamps. This is from controlled mail and bulk payment of postal fees. Pane still in booklet cover. Even for modern stamps, this quality is scarce! Facit value SEK 65 for normal quality. If the four stamps were offered individually, they would fetch $5-7 each!
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12.50

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1566a (1562-6 booklet pane) [1985 Nobel Prize in Literature] Used VF+ with Superb 16 December 1985 "GÖTEBORG 53 / *S*" cancellations, canceled still well within the normal period of use and postal rate for these stamps. This is from controlled mail and bulk payment of postal fees. Pane still in booklet cover. Even for modern stamps, this quality is scarce! Facit value SEK 80 for normal quality, but in my experience this issue is much scarcer than that when canceled in the proper period.
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12.50

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