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UNION ISLAND LEADERS OF THE WORLD 2ND SERIES 1984 LOCOMOTIVES 6-STAGE PROGRESSIVE COLOR PROOF STAMPS

For the majority of earlier Union Island LOW Trains and Cars stamp series the original color proofs that were saved came from press sheets. Very few of them were retained and thus the sets that were created from them are quite rare. For the 5-stage sets that exist they are easily proven to come from the press sheets because the older method of the combined yellow and black proofs is all the evidence you need.
The 6-stage sets are a bit more difficult because of their similarity to 7-stage sets in that they are only missing the all colors stage. The only way to define them then is if they have the very large selvage or, where the 7-stage sets exist, a comparison of the two versions can be made for the differences in color.

You can view on this page the four low values that exist for the Union Island 2nd trains series in the 6-stage variety.

Firstly, I give you an image of both versions of the 5c value from the 1st series to show you the differences in selvage size and colors. All reprints for LOW trains and cars were cut into panes and at this time there is no evidence that any of the press sheets were saved for the reprints. this is more than likely because press sheets are very difficult to move and store without damaging them. From past experiences by the printer, the decision to just cut them all into panes for ease of handling was most likely made.
When the panes are cut from the press sheets, all the excess selvage is removed. For all the LOW cars and trains series, even though the top and bottom selvage of the press sheets are not that large, part of it is still cut off in the creation of the panes. Therefore, they can easily be defined as the following comparison image shows.

Press Sheet and Pane Selvage Comparison

As you can see there is quite a difference yes? Notice, even though it is slight on this value, the color differences.

As shown on the Union Island specialized color proof main page at present I could only find these four values in 6-stage form cut from press sheets. On the LOW main introduction page you can see that these four values were reprinted in 1988 as shown on the request for reprints list. Where they are now is unknown. They were not sold with the four high values on ebay from the Saint Vincent/Nevis holding. No 7-stage sets of these four low values are offered on the market from other sources. The possibility that the packs of panes were lost or destroyed is very real! Then again, they may still be in storage somewhere and could possibly appear someday. If that does happen the basic retail value is $5.00 a set for each value in 7-stage form. Please use caution should a seller try to ask for a much larger sum for them as the standard printing was 3,000 sets.

1911 Class 9N 4-6-2T, U.K.
Scott Catalog Number 14

1911 CLASS 9N 4-6-2T TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 5c 1911 Class 9N 4-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 5c BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 5c 1911 Class 9N 4-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 5c BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 5c 1911 Class 9N 4-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 5c RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 5c 1911 Class 9N 4-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 5c YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 2nd Series 5c 1911 Class 9N 4-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 2nd Series 5c 1911 Class 9N 4-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE 5c BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 5c 1911 Class 9N 4-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

1912 K.P.E.V. Class G8 0-8-0, Germany
Scott Catalog Number 16

1912 K.P.E.V. CLASS G8 0-8-0 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 10c 1912 K.P.E.V. Class G8 0-8-0 Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 10c BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 10c 1912 K.P.E.V. Class G8 0-8-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 10c BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 10c 1912 K.P.E.V. Class G8 0-8-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 10c RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 10c 1912 K.P.E.V. Class G8 0-8-0 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 10c YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 2nd Series 10c 1912 K.P.E.V. Class G8 0-8-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 2nd Series 10c 1912 K.P.E.V. Class G8 0-8-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE 10c BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 10c 1912 K.P.E.V. Class G8 0-8-0 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

1942 Class 42 Kriegslokomotive 2-10-0, Germany
Scott Catalog Number 21

Noting the misspelling of the German word LOKOMOTIVE spelled LOKOMOTIV. 1942 CLASS 42 KRIEGSLOKOMOTIVE 2-10-0 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 20c 1942 Class 42 Kriegslokomotive 2-10-0 locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 20c BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 20c 1942 Class 42 Kriegslokomotive 2-10-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 20c BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 20c 1942 Class 42 Kriegslokomotive 2-10-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 20c RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 20c 1942 Class 42 Kriegslokomotive 2-10-0 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 20c YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 2nd Series 20c 1942 Class 42 Kriegslokomotive 2-10-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 2nd Series 20c 1942 Class 42 Kriegslokomotive 2-10-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE 20c BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 20c 1942 Class 42 Kriegslokomotive 2-10-0 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

1929 P.O. Rebuilt Class 3500 4-6-2, France
Scott Catalog Number 23

1929 P.O. REBUILT CLASS 3500 4-6-2 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 25c 1929 P.O. Rebuilt Class 3500 4-6-2 Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 25c BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 25c 1929 P.O. Rebuilt Class 3500 4-6-2 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 25c BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 25c 1929 P.O. Rebuilt Class 3500 4-6-2 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 25c RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 25c 1929 P.O. Rebuilt Class 3500 4-6-2 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 25c YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 2nd Series 25c 1929 P.O. Rebuilt Class 3500 4-6-2 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 2nd Series 25c 1929 P.O. Rebuilt Class 3500 4-6-2 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE 25c BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 2nd Series 25c 1929 P.O. Rebuilt Class 3500 4-6-2 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

The quantities that exist for the 6-stage Union Island 1984 Leaders of the World 2nd series locomotives is unknown. Due to the low availability on the market and the fact that they were cut from press sheets of which very few were saved, the 6-stage sets can be classified as extremely rare.

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