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Nick Kirke Collection - 2nd Finest Set of All Time

1914-15 Washington Franklin Issues (Used)

Weighted GPA : 95.70
% Complete:  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 424  1914  1c  Green  100  Used   
2c 425  1914  2c  Rose red  98  12  Used   
3c 426  1914  3c  Deep violet  95  Used   
4c 427  1914  4c  Brown  95J  Used   
5c 428  1914  5c  Blue  98  Used   
6c 429  1914  6c  Red orange  98J  Used   
7c 430  1914  7c  Black  90  Used   
8c 431  1914  8c  Pale olive green  85  13  Used   
9c 432  1914  9c  Salmon red  90J  Used   
10c 433  1914  10c  Orange yellow  95  Used   
11c 434  1915  11c  Dark green  98  Used   
12c 435  1914  12c  Claret brown  98  Used   
15c 437  1914  15c  Gray  95  Used   
20c 438  1914  20c  Ultramarine  98  Used   
30c 439  1914  30c  Orange red  98  Used   
50c 440  1915  50c  Violet  98  Used   

* 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.