In his Ukraine catalogue, which we all use, John Bulat has a long list of stamps overprinted with single handstamps of Kyiv 2 type. The list starts at # 257 and ends at # 581. That's a lot of stamps. Pity that no one collects them.
In notes in the text, Bulat says that on kopeck values sub-types bb, ee, f, g, gg are stand-alone single handstamps in the sense that we only need a single stamp to classify it as having come from a single handstamp. In other words, bb,ee,f,g, gg are never to be found in the standard a- b - c - d - e five-cliche handstamp.
But sub-types a, b, c, d can only be identified as from single handstamps if they occur in pairs or in right or left marginal positions (b,c,d) or in pairs or right marginal position (a).
Got it? Fine? Now I am going to spoil your day ...
Consider the two strips of five below. Click on the Image to magnify if you think it will help:
At the top, we have single handstamp a on 4 kopeck perforate, Bulat # 262, catalogued $8
Underneath, we have single handstamp gg on 15kopeck imperforate, Bulat 536, catalogued $12.
What are his catalogue values values of?
In the case of the 4 kopeck strip, you could extract three collectible units: two pairs and the fifth (right marginal) stamp.
In the case of the 15 kopeck strip, you could extract five collectible units since these stamps are identifiable as coming from a single handstamp whatever - gg does not occur in any 5 - cliche handstamp
So what are Bulat's catalogue values values of? Here are some possibilities:
1. Bulat values are values for a strip of 5, whatever
2. Bulat values are values for whatever is the minimum unit from which you can identify a single handstamp having been used, so either a pair or - in some cases - a single stamp
3. Bulat values are values for individual stamps but some stamps are only identifiable if they come in pairs
For the 4 kopeck strip that creates a range of possible Bulat values for collectible units in my strip ranging from $8 to $40 unless you think the two possible pairs are only worth the same as the one marginal stamp, in which case the top value drops to $24
For the 15 kopeck that creates a range for collectible units (all five stamps are identifiable singly) going from $12 to $60
Remember that in these same listings Bulat also gives values for rouble values which are always overprinted with single handstamps and always collectable as singles. So he must be valuing single stamps when he is valuing rouble stamps ...
I told you I was going to spoil your day .... Coming tomorrow: How many angels can dance on a pin head.
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