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Nick Kirke Collection

1914-15 Washington Franklin Issues (Used)

Grade Points: 95.70
Completion: 100.00%
Set Rating: 95.70
% Jumbo: 18.75%

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Owner's Comments:
Of all the Washington-Franklins, the two perforation 10 issues are the toughest ones to complete at the highest grade in used condition. The perf 10 setting means that perfs are often short or nibbled. Not only that but Jumbo copies are far more scarce. The average of 'J' suffixes attached to my Perf 11 and 12 stamps is 58%. To the perf 10 stamps it is a mere 18%. I believe it is far more challenging to find Washington Franklin stamps in superb used condition than it is to find them superb unused mint og. Unused, they seem to proliferate in far higher grades than their used counterparts - probably because they were collected at issue far more vigorously than they were collected used. My view is that a Superb 98 used is generally rather more scarce to obtain than an unused NH Superb 98 of the same denomination. I got hooked on Washington/Franklin stamps as a child. They were cheap and dealers in shops often had hundreds through which one could sort. Perhaps it was then that I learnt that even a cheap stamp could be beautiful and worthy of attention when in perfect condition and appearance. I regret that dealers nowadays rarely carry such material because it brings so little profit - so there is not much available for fledgling collectors to obtain cheap fun. Does Ebay offer a substitute? Not in my view. It is the dealer with the knowledge directly advising the beginner which has the greatest influence and encouragement.

Nick Kirke Collection
Item Scott No. Issue Date Denom Color PSE Grade Pop* Pop
J Pop
Condition Owner's Comments
1c     1c              
2c     2c  P10, TyI SLW            
3c     3c  P10 SLW Ty I            
4c     4c  P10 SLW            
5c     5c  P10 SLW            
6c     6c  P10 SLW            
7c     7c  P10 SLW            
8c     8c  P10 SLW            
9c     9c  P10 SLW            
10c     10c  P10 SLW            
11c     11c  P10 SLW            
12c     12c  10 SLW            
15c     15c  P10 SLW            
20c     20c  P10 SLW            
30c     30c  P10 SLW            
50c     50c  P10 SLW            

* Pop (population) values are the number of stamps graded by Scott number and condition for each item listed.
Pop Higher values represent the number of stamps which are worth more points in the Registry, taking into account bonus points for Jumbos whereas 80J = 83, 85J = 88, 90J = 93, 95J = 97, 98J = 99, 100J = 102. J Pop Higher values are the number of Jumbos graded higher for each item listed.