It’s interesting how a somehow clear variety remains hidden for more than 70 years. Believe it or not it’s common in Costa Rica stamps. This time we’re talking about the soccer championship ink stain variety (yes, we named it, we know we’re not that creative when it comes to name varieties) that appears in several values of the 1941 soccer championship stamps. But an ink stain isn’t anything special…isn’t it?
Probably it isn’t anything special, but we love varieties and errors, so here we go!
As we’ve commented before, this issued was printed using two methods: engraving and lithography. How come? The frame was engraved and the flags were lithographed.
In the position number 90 there’s a blue ink stain of considerable size next to the flags at the right side of the stamp.
Now to make it even more interesting in other panes there were two ink stains: positions 90 with the biggest stain and position 80 with a smaller stain.
This variety is not constant since there are some values that doesn’t have it. The important thing here is that the Soccer championship ink stain variety can be found in several panes from several values.
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