I would like to know if a "pane" of stamps is worth more than the total value of the individual stamps.
On most modern non-setenant stamps, the answer is no. Most dealers will be more than happy to sell you the full pane at a significant discount because of "cash-flow" issues.
There are, of course, exceptions: some panes of all-different stamps, the US 18c alcoholism stamp, 1988 UN survival of the forests issue, 1992 UN mission to planet Earth issue...
The same is true for booklet panes. There are a few modern non-setenant booklet panes that are considerably more valuable intact than separated: US booklet pane (mint or used) of the 25c pheasant with red removed from the sky (not an error, but a deliberate variety).
I guess a good future thread is "modern varieties with premiums" -- specifically, those that can still be found un-noticed in collections or dealer lots.
How did you get the full panes to fit on your scanner bed? Mine is almost half a stamp short! Neat stuff though! Even the most common stamps look beautiful in large multiples don't they? I'll try to add more to this thread later. -Jeff
I collect United States Classics, classic covers, Tobacco related covers & bill-heads and World fair ephemera (prior to 1930's)
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