Stamp on Stamp

I have been fascinated by the Stamp on Stamp theme. Not as much about collecting those stamps that have stamps represented on them, but collecting the pairs with original stamps and the stamps commemorating them. Kinda sounds confusing, all these stamps on stamps words. Here’s what I am talking about.

Technically the stamp on the left isn’t 1852 Britannia stamp that’s being commemorated in the stamp on the right. Its actually either 1860 or 1871 rough perforation one. But hey, for the purpose of collecting stamp-on-stamp theme, I think I’ll sneak this through 😉

In this one too, the classic India Four Anna is not the same as that shown in the Philately Day stamp on the right. What the right stamp (minisheet) has is an error variety of the classic Four Anna stamp. I guess this will do for my collection, given the rarity of the error variety.

Errors in Modern Indian Stamps

When I was young and collecting stamps, I was fascinated by stamp errors. The only ‘error’ stamps I owned were color variations and those too in used stamps. In my second innings as a collector I have managed to lay my hands on these ‘error’ stamps. And just when I was feeling kicked about it, fellow collectors tell me these are quite common in modern Indian stamps. Anyway, I am still happy to have these in my collection. Sharing some from my collection here.

Perforation shift Commemorative:

Perforation shift Service stamp:

Imperf definitive pair:

Year printed twice on Commemorative stamp:

Color Variations

I had diligently collected what seemed like color variations in stamps. The 1983 stamp on 86th Session of IOC held in India seemed to have many color variations on used stamps. I thought I had hit a jackpot with these ‘error stamps’. However a noted philatelist informed me that colour variation in used stamp is not acceptable. Better luck next time, I told myself.