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UNION ISLAND LEADERS OF THE WORLD 7TH SERIES 1987 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. For the 6th and 7th series you can only define them by the selvage because they were never reprinted.

You can view on this page the four values I acquired for the Union Island 7th trains series in the 6-stage variety. Do the other values exist this way? At present I have not found them in this form.

Firstly, I give you an image of both versions of the 45c value from the 7th series to show you the differences in selvage size. 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 the difference is obvious.

One may use the above image to argue that the background shading is different showing evidence of reprinting, but as the image of the pane below shows, this is not the case because the various stamps have different background shading throughout the pane. The locomotive and various other details are the same color tones.
The Union Island 7th Series 45c Error Final Proof Pane

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 not reprinted in 1988 since they are not on the reprint list. These sets cut from a press sheet were not sold on ebay from the Saint Vincent/Nevis holding.

1897 Great Northern Railway Class G5 4-8-0, U.S.A.
Scott Catalog Number 26

1897 GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY CLASS G5 4-8-0 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series 30c 1897 Great Northern Railway Class G5 4-8-0 Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE 30c BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series 30c 1897 Great Northern Railway Class G5 4-8-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE 30c BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series 30c 1897 Great Northern Railway Class G5 4-8-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE 30c RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series 30c 1897 Great Northern Railway Class G5 4-8-0 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE 30c YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series 30c 1897 Great Northern Railway Class G5 4-8-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE 30c BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series 30c 1897 Great Northern Railway Class G5 4-8-0 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

1896 Atlantic City Railroad No. 1027 4-4-2, U.S.A.
Scott Catalog Number 30

1896 ATLANTIC CITY RAILROAD NO. 1027 4-4-2 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series 45c 1896 Atlantic City Railroad No. 1027 4-4-2 Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE 45c BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series 45c 1896 Atlantic City Railroad No. 1027 4-4-2 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE 45c BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series 45c 1896 Atlantic City Railroad No. 1027 4-4-2 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE 45c RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series 45c 1896 Atlantic City Railroad No. 1027 4-4-2 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE 45c YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF Union Island 7th Series 45c 1896 Atlantic City Railroad No. 1027 4-4-2 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE 45c BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series 45c 1896 Atlantic City Railroad No. 1027 4-4-2 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

1905 Midland & South Western Junction Railway Class L 4-4-0, U.K.
Scott Catalog Number 48

1905 MIDLAND & SOUTH WESTERN JUNCTION RAILWAY CLASS L 4-4-0 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series $1.00 1905 Midland & South Western Junction Railway Class L 4-4-0 locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE $1.00 BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series $1.00 1905 Midland & South Western Junction Railway Class L 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE $1.00 BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series $1.00 1905 Midland & South Western Junction Railway Class L 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE $1.00 RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series $1.00 1905 Midland & South Western Junction Railway Class L 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE $1.00 YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF Union Island 7th Series $1.00 1905 Midland & South Western Junction Railway Class L 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE $1.00 BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series $1.00 1905 Midland & South Western Junction Railway Class L 4-4-0 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

1934 Pennsylvania Railroad Class GG1 No. 4800 'Old Rivets' 2-Co+Co-2, U.S.A.
Scott Catalog Number 51

1934 PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD CLASS GG1 NO. 4800 'OLD RIVETS' 2-CO+CO-2 TRAIN STAMP
FINAL STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series $1.50 1934 Pennsylvania Railroad Class GG1 No. 4800 'Old Rivets' 2-Co+Co-2 Locomotive Stamp Final Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE $1.50 BLUE-RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series $1.50 1934 Pennsylvania Railroad Class GG1 No. 4800 'Old Rivets' 2-Co+Co-2 Locomotive Stamp Blue-Red Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE $1.50 BLUE STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series $1.50 1934 Pennsylvania Railroad Class GG1 No. 4800 'Old Rivets' 2-Co+Co-2 Locomotive Stamp Blue Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE $1.50 RED STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series $1.50 1934 Pennsylvania Railroad Class GG1 No. 4800 'Old Rivets' 2-Co+Co-2 Locomotive Stamp Red Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE $1.50 YELLOW STAGE COLOR PROOF Union Island 7th Series $1.50 1934 Pennsylvania Railroad Class GG1 No. 4800 'Old Rivets' 2-Co+Co-2 Locomotive Stamp Yellow Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

THE $1.50 BLACK STAGE COLOR PROOF
Union Island 7th Series $1.50 1934 Pennsylvania Railroad Class GG1 No. 4800 'Old Rivets' 2-Co+Co-2 Locomotive Stamp Black Stage Color Proof From Press Sheet

The quantities that exist for the 6-stage Union Island 1987 Leaders of the World 7th series locomotives taken from press sheets 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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