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UNION ISLAND LEADERS OF THE WORLD 3RD SERIES 1985 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 values that exist for the Union Island 3rd 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 by the existence of them on presentation cards. Where they are now is unknown. They were not sold on ebay from the Saint Vincent/Nevis holding. No 7-stage sets of these four 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.

1882 Class Skye Bogie 4-4-0, U.K.
Scott Catalog Number 15

1882 CLASS SKYE BOGIE 4-4-0 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 5c 1882 Class Skye Bogie 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 5c BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 5c 1882 Class Skye Bogie 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 5c BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 5c 1882 Class Skye Bogie 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 5c RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 5c 1882 Class Skye Bogie 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 5c YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 3rd Series 5c 1882 Class Skye Bogie 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 3rd Series 5c 1882 Class Skye Bogie 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE 5c BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 5c 1882 Class Skye Bogie 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

1906 45xx Class 2-6-2T, U.K.
Scott Catalog Number 31

1906 45XX CLASS 2-6-2T TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 50c 1906 45xx Class 2-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 50c BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 50c 1906 45xx Class 2-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 50c BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 50c 1906 45xx Class 2-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 50c RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 50c 1906 45xx Class 2-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 50c YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 3rd Series 50c 1906 45xx Class 2-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 3rd Series 50c 1906 45xx Class 2-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE 50c BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 50c 1906 45xx Class 2-6-2T Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

1920 Butler Henderson 4-4-0, U.K.
Scott Catalog Number 35

1920 BUTLER HENDERSON 4-4-0 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 60c 1920 Butler Henderson 4-4-0 locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 60c BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 60c 1920 Butler Henderson 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 60c BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 60c 1920 Butler Henderson 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 60c RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 60c 1920 Butler Henderson 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 60c YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 3rd Series 60c 1920 Butler Henderson 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 3rd Series 60c 1920 Butler Henderson 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE 60c BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series 60c 1920 Butler Henderson 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

1920 Gordon Highlander 4-4-0, U.K.
Scott Catalog Number 53

1920 GORDON HIGHLANDER 4-4-0 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series $2.00 1920 Gordon Highlander 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $2.00 BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series $2.00 1920 Gordon Highlander 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $2.00 BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series $2.00 1920 Gordon Highlander 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $2.00 RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series $2.00 1920 Gordon Highlander 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $2.00 YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 3rd Series $2.00 1920 Gordon Highlander 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 3rd Series $2.00 1920 Gordon Highlander 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE $2.00 BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 3rd Series $2.00 1920 Gordon Highlander 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

The quantities that exist for the 6-stage Union Island 1985 Leaders of the World 3rd 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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