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UNION ISLAND LEADERS OF THE WORLD 5TH SERIES 1986 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 larger 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 Union Island 5th trains series in the 6-stage variety.

Firstly, I give you an image of both versions of the 15c value from the 5th 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. The locomotive on the stamp from the press sheet has deeper toning of the colors.

As shown on the Union Island specialized color proof main page and the LOW main introduction page I found all the values in 6-stage form cut from press sheets. Also showing that all values were reprinted in 1988 as shown by their existence in 7-stage form. The basic retail value is $5.00 a set for each value in 7-stage form. Please use caution when a seller is trying to ask for a much larger sum for them as the standard reprinting was 3,000 sets.

1900 Castle Class 4-6-0, U.K.
Scott Catalog Number 18

1900 CASTLE CLASS 4-6-0 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 15c 1900 Castle Class 4-6-0 Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 15c BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 15c 1900 Castle Class 4-6-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 15c BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 15c 1900 Castle Class 4-6-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 15c RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 15c 1900 Castle Class 4-6-0 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 15c YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 5th Series 15c 1900 Castle Class 4-6-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 5th Series 15c 1900 Castle Class 4-6-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE 15c BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 15c 1900 Castle Class 4-6-0 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

1929 Class Z 0-8-0T, U.K.
Scott Catalog Number 29

1929 CLASS Z 0-8-0T TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 45c 1929 Class Z 0-8-0T Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 45c BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 45c 1929 Class Z 0-8-0T Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 45c BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 45c 1929 Class Z 0-8-0T Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 45c RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 45c 1929 Class Z 0-8-0T Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 45c YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 5th Series 45c 1929 Class Z 0-8-0T Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 5th Series 45c 1929 Class Z 0-8-0T Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE 45c BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 45c 1929 Class Z 0-8-0T Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

1934 7200 Class 2-8-2T, U.K.
Scott Catalog Number 37

1934 7200 CLASS 2-8-2T TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 60c 1934 7200 Class 2-8-2T locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 60c BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 60c 1934 7200 Class 2-8-2T Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 60c BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 60c 1934 7200 Class 2-8-2T Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 60c RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 60c 1934 7200 Class 2-8-2T Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 60c YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 5th Series 60c 1934 7200 Class 2-8-2T Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 5th Series 60c 1934 7200 Class 2-8-2T Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE 60c BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 60c 1934 7200 Class 2-8-2T Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

1850 Aberdeen Railway No. 26 4-2-0, U.K.
Scott Catalog Number 41

1850 ABERDEEN RAILWAY NO. 26 4-2-0 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 75c 1850 Aberdeen Railway No. 26 4-2-0 Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 75c BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 75c 1850 Aberdeen Railway No. 26 4-2-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 75c BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 75c 1850 Aberdeen Railway No. 26 4-2-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 75c RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 75c 1850 Aberdeen Railway No. 26 4-2-0 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE 75c YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 5th Series 75c 1850 Aberdeen Railway No. 26 4-2-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 5th Series 75c 1850 Aberdeen Railway No. 26 4-2-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE 75c BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series 75c 1850 Aberdeen Railway No. 26 4-2-0 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

1903 AT&SF Class 900 No. 900 2-10-2, U.S.A.
Scott Catalog Number 46

1903 AT&SF CLASS 900 NO. 900 2-10-2 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $1.00 1903 AT&SF Class 900 No. 900 2-10-2 Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $1.00 BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $1.00 1903 AT&SF Class 900 No. 900 2-10-2 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $1.00 BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $1.00 1903 AT&SF Class 900 No. 900 2-10-2 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $1.00 RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $1.00 1903 AT&SF Class 900 No. 900 2-10-2 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $1.00 YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 5th Series $1.00 1903 AT&SF Class 900 No. 900 2-10-2 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 5th Series $1.00 1903 AT&SF Class 900 No. 900 2-10-2 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE $1.00 BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $1.00 1903 AT&SF Class 900 No. 900 2-10-2 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

1837 PG&N Campbell's 8-wheeler 4-4-0, U.S.A.
Scott Catalog Number 50

1837 PG&N CAMPBELL'S 8-WHEELER 4-4-0 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $1.50 1837 PG&N Campbell's 8-wheeler 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $1.50 BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $1.50 1837 PG&N Campbell's 8-wheeler 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $1.50 BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $1.50 1837 PG&N Campbell's 8-wheeler 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $1.50 RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $1.50 1837 PG&N Campbell's 8-wheeler 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $1.50 YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 5th Series $1.50 1837 PG&N Campbell's 8-wheeler 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 5th Series $1.50 1837 PG&N Campbell's 8-wheeler 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE $1.50 BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $1.50 1837 PG&N Campbell's 8-wheeler 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

1969 Penn Central Metroliner Railcar Bo-Bo, U.S.A.
Scott Catalog Number 54

1969 PENN CENTRAL METROLINER RAILCAR BO-BO TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $2.00 1969 Penn Central Metroliner Railcar Bo-Bo locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $2.00 BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $2.00 1969 Penn Central Metroliner Railcar Bo-Bo Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $2.00 BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $2.00 1969 Penn Central Metroliner Railcar Bo-Bo Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $2.00 RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $2.00 1969 Penn Central Metroliner Railcar Bo-Bo Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $2.00 YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 5th Series $2.00 1969 Penn Central Metroliner Railcar Bo-Bo Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 5th Series $2.00 1969 Penn Central Metroliner Railcar Bo-Bo Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE $2.00 BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $2.00 1969 Penn Central Metroliner Railcar Bo-Bo Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

1972 SNCF Gas Turbine Prototype TGV001 5-Car Set, France
Scott Catalog Number 60

1972 SNCF GAS TURBINE PROTOTYPE TGV001 5-CAR SET TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $3.00 1972 SNCF Gas Turbine Prototype TGV001 5-Car Set Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $3.00 BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $3.00 1972 SNCF Gas Turbine Prototype TGV001 5-Car Set Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $3.00 BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $3.00 1972 SNCF Gas Turbine Prototype TGV001 5-Car Set Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $3.00 RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $3.00 1972 SNCF Gas Turbine Prototype TGV001 5-Car Set Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

THE $3.00 YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF EMBOSSED VIEW
Union Island 5th Series $3.00 1972 SNCF Gas Turbine Prototype TGV001 5-Car Set Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set Union Island 5th Series $3.00 1972 SNCF Gas Turbine Prototype TGV001 5-Car Set Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof Embossed View

THE $3.00 BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 5th Series $3.00 1972 SNCF Gas Turbine Prototype TGV001 5-Car Set Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From 6-Stage Set

The quantities that exist for the 6-stage Union Island 1986 Leaders of the World 5th 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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