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Launch of the new Scott US Errors catalog

From Scott’s Writing by Jay Bigalke

Continuing the tradition of offering a catalog devoted to the errors of the United States, we present the 18th edition of the Scott Catalog of errors on US postage stamps. Stephen R. Datz, a highly respected collector and specialist in errors for half a century, is the author of the 16th edition of the Scott US Errors catalog. Datz, who resided in Colorado, died in 2015 at the age of 71. This is the second edition that we publish after his death.

The new 18th edition includes a host of improvements. One of the most important is the number of new illustrations presented for the first time. Our editorial team spent a lot of effort finding error images that hadn’t been seen in years.

Many new and updated images were added to printer junk lists from the mid to late 1900s.

Also, many values ​​have been updated. Overall, hundreds of errors have changed in value since the previous Scott US Errors catalog was published in 2019.

A significant amount of market activity, findings and updated information comes from errors in the William S. Langs stock that was sold by Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions. Langs, a prolific dealer of error stamps, died in July 2020. The sale of his stock has continued since this edition was published, and future Scott US Errors catalogs will likely see more updates as a result.

The specific values ​​for unpunched plate number reel strips have had some updates in this edition. These tapes are rated only in the Scott US Errors catalog.

Overall, most errors held their catalog value fairly well, and some exceeded auction estimates.

The values ​​of some classic and rare errors remain stable, while some show substantial increases. For example, the horizontally unperforated used vertical pair of the 1857 3¢ George Washington stamp (Scott 25b) went from $10,000 to $25,000.

Among the omitted color errors is a new find for this edition, which is also illustrated on the cover. This is the possibly unique flap of the 2001 Pan American reverse stamps (Scott 3505) with all colors except black (vignettes) missing on the reverse stamps (3505a-c) at the bottom of the flap, causing color errors missing. This stunning Error Panel (3505e) has a catalog value of $15,000 based on the June 2019 sale of the item by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries.

The values ​​of a number of unique multiples and plate blocks sold since the last edition have been updated, and many dashes have been updated with actual values. Such multiples are evaluated only in the Scott US Errors catalog and are not always noted in the Scott Specialized catalog of United States stamps and envelopes.

Footnotes and other useful information have been reviewed and updated accordingly.

If you have an image of a stamp error that is not shown in this catalog, we would appreciate receiving an image for our files and for possible inclusion in a future edition. Updates or suggestions are also welcome. Email [email protected] or write to Box 4129, Sidney, OH 45365.

To purchase the Scott US Errors catalog, contact your preferred dealer or call Amos Media at 800-572-6885. Also visit the Amos Advantage website.

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