The value of imperfection
May 18, 2022
What a curious thing among collectors, the tendency to value imperfection, error, and mistake over perfection. This is especially true of those who collect postage stamps, currency, and coinage. A much higher value is found in those few items among the millions of others that are the exception to the rule, the abnormal, the unique. With postage stamps, errors are of three general categories: misprints, misperfs and non-perfs. Misprints are just that, printing efforts that fall short, are misaligned, or even left out altogether, including colors, lettering and denomination. Some of the...