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THE REPRINTED SAINT VINCENT 1985 LEADERS OF THE WORLD ELVIS PRESLEY STAMP ISSUES

The following revised article was written and sent to various stamp dealers in 2009. Since then it has come to light that what I call a secondary reprinting of the Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley set of stamps and souvenir sheets was done under legal grounds. For some time now, some have called them fakes or forgeries. In essence, they are simply more reprints, just a different printing. According to the reprint agreement started in 1987 the artwork and all other materials including the Format Printers Company Logo were still held under the legal ownership of the companies involved with the reprinting. The reprint agreement gave sole right to the owners of said materials to reprint at their descretion even under a different companies name. Even though the reprinting was done long after the Format Printers closed their doors the Company Logo found on the panes of the reprints was legally applied.

The reasons why the secondary reprinting was done is a mystery. Rumor has it that it was out of revenge for the originals being suspiciously sold outside the liquidating procedures at the time of the liquidation of the Format Security Printers. There was certain animosities between the owner, Mr. Clive Feigenbaum, and certain stamp dealers I will not name. It is only rumor and I will leave it at that. It is interesting though, since the stamps at the time really did not have a huge selling record and plenty were already available. Thus....why reprint them again? Of course Elvis on stamps is a hugely popular thematic and possibly they were reprinted for the purpose of future sales of thematics.

So, to finish the story apparently the original plates were lost, stolen or destroyed and thus new plates were made with the images of Elvis Presley being slightly larger than the originals. The perforations differ and many other factors are different as you will see.

TO THE SELLERS

I present this page so all stamp collectors and sellers will know what to look for accordingly and will price the stamps accordingly. I do not have information on the quantities produced but do know that it is a larger quantity than the originals. Most of the errors, many progressives color proofs and proofs themselves are from the secondary reprinting. Without full comparison to the following defined descriptions, you as sellers must take the responsibility of describing these reprints with accurate descriptions and stop selling them with vague and/or no description. You need to describe the issues as either the originals or the secondary reprints. If you do not, and you are selling them, it is unethical and unfair to collectors and dealers of stamps as a whole.
Members of the APS, PTS etc. could find their reputations tarnished should it be found that you are selling under suspicious behavior and breaking Codes of Ethics in the trade by not describing these secondary reprints properly.

TO ALL AUCTION SITES

Please, if possible, police these issues and the sellers who are not describing these correctly need to be warned. If they do not comply, they need to have their lots removed from sale until corrections are made. They are easy to define as you will see below just by the images. If the seller uses blurry or very small images they should not be trusted and should be warned. It will take time for the problem to be corrected but it can be done as long as the collecting community works together as a whole.

TO THE BUYERS

Please be aware before purchasing these. If you purchase them be sure to compare them as soon as you receive them to be sure the seller did not dupe you with an image of the originals and then sends you the secondary reprints. This happens a lot! Especially with the Elvis and Michael Jackson stamps. Request a refund and return them. If the seller continually does this then they need to be reported. It is up to you as a buyer to make sure you don't get ripped off!

TO THE STAMP CATALOG MAKERS

You need to redefine these in your notations about their existence. Your descriptions at this time are inaccurate and helps nobody in the collecting community to figure out what they are nor how to define the differences.

I must state at this point, that on the quantities of the original printing the standard would be the same as on the Leaders of the World Automobiles and Locomotives series. Basing on the printers practices at the time for the original printings.
1.) The original and reprinting done by the Format Printers themselves (which would still have the 24 holes) would be 75,000 sets perforated.
2.) 5,000 sets of imperforate proofs.
3.) 2,000 sets perforated with specimen overprint.
4.) 1,000 sets imperforate with specimen overprint
5.) 3,000 sets of Progressive Color Proofs.
6.) A possibility of made for collector errors as in missing colors or misperfs, of which standard practices would produce 3,000 of a given value or values.

It is possible that the same standard of quantity production has been followed with the secondary reprinting after the Format Printers closed their doors forever.
I personally believe it was probably double that though due to the massive availability of the secondary reprints on the market.

LET'S GET STARTED!

ALL THE FOLLOWING IMAGES WERE SCANNED AT 600dpi AND RESIZED IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY WITH NO COLOR ALTERATIONS.
The Reprinted Elvis Presley Set of Singles
Marquee for Golowe's Reference Site on the Format International Security Printers

How to Identify the Secondary Reprinted Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Stamps and Minisheets

This guide was written with the purpose of:
(i) Helping buyers to identify the secondary reprinted stamps which have been on the market for over 20 years now;
(ii) Protecting the interests of genuine dealers everywhere who don't sell fakes or forgeries or reprints without defining them as such;
(iii) Protecting the integrity and interests of the Saint Vincent Philatelic Bureau.

The secondary reprinted stamps first appeared in early 1990's but as British dealers were wary of these stamps, they were largely sold to American Stamp dealers, who bought up the stock in bulk (together with secondary reprinted Saint Vincent Michael Jackson stamps and Minisheets). The distributor, had access to the original artwork transparencies and printing plates separations, so the reprints are generally of a good quality. The secondary reprinted stamps are more than capable of not being detected by most dealers, stamp collectors, and Elvis Presley memorabilia and topical collectors. There are however, a number of distinguishing features on the secondary reprints (that are illustrated below), which make them easy to identify from the original stamps.

By the way, the stamps illustrated above are all secondary reprints!

These are also found as imperforate proofs, progressive color proofs and in many cases as "errors" with misperfs etc;. The inverted frame errors are all secondary reprints.

These secondary reprints should be valued at less than originals. At this point it is unknown exactly how many were made but the quantity is high.
Probably 3 to 4 times as many according to what is on the market. The errors and proofs also have a higher number. These are in the 5-10,000 set range. The errors and proofs from the original reprinting which was done by the Format Printers themselves will have the same quantities pretty much as with the LOW Cars and Trains as described previously. I would value the secondary reprints at half the standard Scott Catalog price of $4.50 a set of the single pairs simply because the standard for all the Elvis Stamps has already been established. Pricing for the originals will rise as this knowledge becomes standard. At the time of this webpage creation approximately 75% of sales on the market contain the secondary reprints. Others may try to disagree, but as time will tell it will be according to what the market decides....not the sellers nor "experts" as obviously there are none or this would have been known and established long ago.
I guess you could say....I am the expert on these now.

(1) SG919-20 or 919a / Scott 874 10c Se-Tenant Pair

The Reprint Elvis Presley Scott 874 Pair with Original Pair for Comparison
When compared side-by-side with the original stamps (for confirmation that the pair on the left are genuine, see Scott Catalogue), the secondary reprinted stamps look very good and use a richer set of colors allowing for more contrast in the photographs. However, don't let the colors fool you!

The Reprinted Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley Perforation Comparison
Rule Number One (and probably the only rule needed) when identifying the secondary reprints is to COUNT THE PERFORATIONS! As most of these stamps are sold in se-tenant (joined) pairs, count the number of holes along the vertical join. For the original stamps, there are 24 Holes (i.e. 25 Perforations), whereas the secondary reprints have 27 Holes (i.e. 28 perforations). The holes in the secondary reprints are thus noticeably smaller, and there is a tendency for not all holes to be completely punched out.

The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 874 Font Comparison
In addition to the perforations being different, the secondary reprint stamps have narrower reddish-brown bars (compared to the original thicker brown bars) (see above); while all the original images in the secondary reprinted stamps have been enlarged, resulting in a cropping of the image to fit the same-sized frame. This is illustrated in the example images below for the 10c stamps.

The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 874 Cropping Differences
Other ways to easily recognize the secondary reprint 10c values are:
The triangle of the background is much smaller on the lower left corner under Elvis's arm holding the microphone.
Elvis's left shoulder is much closer to the right frame.

(2) SG921-2 or 921a / Scott 875 60c Se-Tenant Pair

The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 875 Pair with Original Pair for Comparison
The 60c pair of stamps in mine and others opinions is regarded as the best of the secondary reprints, but again use RULE #1 (Count the Perforations) as above. Again, the secondary reprints have 27 holes compared to the original pair's 24 holes.

The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 875 Font Comparison
Again in addition to the perforations being different, the secondary reprint stamps have narrower light Aqua Blue Bars (compared to the original thicker dark Aqua blue bars) (see above); while all the original images in the secondary reprinted stamps have been enlarged again, resulting in a cropping of the image to fit the same-sized frame. This is illustrated in the example images below for the 60c stamps.

The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 875 Cropping Differences
Some other subtle differences to look out for are:
1.) Slightly bolder / darker font for "St. Vincent" and "60c" in the secondary reprints;
2.) Elvis's head is closer to the top of the frames in the secondary reprints;
3.) The "Elvis" signature is clearer and greener on the original stamps, while the bottom loop of the "E" in the signature is lower toward the "IN" in "VINCENT" and the signature is thicker in the secondary reprints.

Here is an oddity! The missing green error.
It is from the secondary reprints
The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 875 Missing Green Error
Here is another oddity! The shifted perfs error.
It is from the secondary reprints
The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 875 Shifted Perforations Error

(3) SG923-4 or 923a / Scott 876 $1 Se-Tenant Pair

The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 876 Pair with Original Pair for Comparison
Again, the secondary reprinted stamps are instantly recognizable by the number of perforations (27 Holes instead of 24) and demonstrate a number of similar errors as before, including the smaller triangle of the background on the lower left corner under Elvis's arm holding the microphone; cropping of Elvis Presley's hair in the left hand stamp / top of Elvis's head closer to the top frame in the right hand stamp; and a bigger contrast of colors in the secondary reprints, including a lighter blue background in the right hand stamp.
On the $1 values the secondary reprinted stamps have narrower gray-green bars versus the originals thicker green bars.

The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 876 Font Comparison
The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 876 Cropping Differences

(4) SG925-6 or 925a / Scott 877 $5 Se-Tenant Pair

The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 877 Pair with Original Pair for Comparison
Here again on the $5 values we have similar differences. See below for the cropping and font differences. The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 877 Font Comparison
The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 877 Cropping Differences
Here is another oddity! The shifted perfs error of the $5 value.
It is from the secondary reprints
The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 877 Shifted Perforations Error

ERRORS

Aside from the above imaged perforation errors no other errors appear to be on the market at present time except for the inverted frame error of all values.
They are definitely from the secondary reprints!
The Reprinted Elvis Presley Inverted Frame Error

PROGRESSIVE COLOR PROOFS

At present time I can not find any of the progressives that are from the reprints. It does not mean that they don't exist. The Michael Jackson set does exist with secondary reprint progressives. Please be aware of this before purchasing them.

This sums up the demonstration on how to identify the secondary reprinted 1985 Elvis Presley stamps. As you can see, you do not have to be an expert philatelist to be able to do this. You do not even have to be a collector at all! The differences between the original stamps and the secondary reprinted ones are quite obvious.

Now on to the Souvenir Sheets!

CAN YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE!?! The Elvis Presley Story of Secondary Reprinted Saint Vincent Minisheets

(1) SG MS918 / Scott 878 30c Block of 4 as two Se-Tenant Pairs on Souvenir Sheet

Top Sheet (Original): 145mm x 107mm (as per Stanley Gibbons)
Bottom Sheet (Secondary reprint): 142mm x 107mm The Original Elvis Presley Scott 878 Souvenir Sheet
The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 878 Souvenir Sheet
A Comparison of the Reprinted and Original Elvis Presley Scott 878 Souvenir Sheet Stamp Blocks
The Elvis Presley souvenir sheets are a bit more difficult to discern than the Michael Jackson souvenir sheets in that there is not a lot of different things to compare as the backgrounds are more plain; No lines of LEADERS OF THE WORLD to compare etc;
Noting that the color schemes are reversed in comparison with the single pairs (the colors are much deeper on the secondary reprints).
Still there are discernible differences.

One huge difference is the originals have a flat matt finish whereas the secondary reprints have a glossy finish.

Differences:
1.) Secondary reprint has cropped top (The top of Elvis's head is much closer to the top).
2.) Secondary reprint has cropped right hand side (more of the reddish background is cut).
3.) Secondary reprint has slightly cropped bottom and the Leaders of the World Logo is a lighter gray.
4.) Secondary reprint uses a heavier font on the St. Vincent text and denomination. Parallel bars are thinner.
5.) Secondary reprint left stamps have severe cropping of Elvis's top of his head.
6.) Secondary reprint left stamps have the smaller triangle of background under Elvis's arm holding microphone.
7.) Secondary reprint right stamps have Elvis's left shoulder very close to frame.
8.) Secondary reprint the bottom loop of the "E" in signature penetrates deeply below the upper parallel bar (on originals it only touches it).

(2) SG MS918 / Scott 879 50c Block of 4 as two Se-Tenant Pairs on Souvenir Sheet

Top Sheet (Original): 145mm x 107mm (as per Stanley Gibbons)
Bottom Sheet (Secondary reprint): 142mm x 107mm The Original Elvis Presley Scott 879 Souvenir Sheet
The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 879 Souvenir Sheet
A Comparison of the Reprinted and Original Elvis Presley Scott 879 Souvenir Sheet Stamp Blocks
Differences:
1.) Secondary reprint has cropped right hand side (less of Elvis's shoulder is showing).
2.) Secondary reprint uses a lighter shade for the "LEADERS OF THE WORLD" logo.
3.) Secondary reprint left stamps have cropping of Elvis's hair at the top.
4.) Secondary reprint right stamps top of Elvis's head very close to top frame.
5.) Secondary reprint the bottom loop of the "E" in signature penetrates below the upper parallel bar (on originals it only touches it).
6.) Secondary reprint left stamps the stud on Elvis's left elbow is slightly cropped (on originals it is well above the bottom frame.
7.) Secondary reprint has a bolder typeface for "ST. VINCENT" and denomination.

(3) SG MS918 / Scott 880 $1.50 Block of 4 as two Se-Tenant Pairs on Souvenir Sheet

Top Sheet (Original): 145mm x 107mm (as per Stanley Gibbons)
Bottom Sheet (Secondary reprint): 142mm x 107mm The Original Elvis Presley Scott 880 Souvenir Sheet
The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 880 Souvenir Sheet
A Comparison of the Reprinted and Original Elvis Presley Scott 880 Souvenir Sheet Stamp Blocks
Differences:
1.) Secondary reprint has cropped top (top of Elvis's hair is cropped).
2.) Secondary reprint uses a lighter shade for the "LEADERS OF THE WORLD" logo.
3.) Secondary reprint left stamps have cropping of Elvis's hair at the top.
4.) Secondary reprint left stamps have the smaller triangle of background under Elvis's arm holding microphone.
5.) Secondary reprint right stamps top of Elvis's head very close to top frame.
6.) Secondary reprint has a bolder typeface for "ST. VINCENT" and denomination.
7.) Secondary reprint uses a lighter green font on the frame and parallel bars.
8.) Secondary reprint the bottom loop of the "E" in signature penetrates below the upper parallel bar (on originals it only touches it).
9.) Secondary reprint "ST. VINCENT" and denomination value ($1.50)float low between the parallel bars.

(4) SG MS918 / Scott 881 $4.50 Block of 4 as two Se-Tenant Pairs on Souvenir Sheet

Top Sheet (Original): 145mm x 107mm (as per Stanley Gibbons)
Bottom Sheet (Secondary reprint): 142mm x 107mm The Original Elvis Presley Scott 881 Souvenir Sheet
The Reprinted Elvis Presley Scott 881 Souvenir Sheet
A Comparison of the Reprinted and Original Elvis Presley Scott 881 Souvenir Sheet Stamp Blocks
Differences:
1.) Secondary reprint has cropped top (top of Elvis's head much closer to the top).
2.) Secondary reprint has cropped left hand side (more of the reddish background is cut off).
3.) Secondary reprint uses a lighter shade for the "LEADERS OF THE WORLD" logo.
4.) Secondary reprint left stamps have cropping at top of which Elvis's hair almost touches at the top.
5.) Secondary reprint left stamps have cropping on the left causing white halo on Elvis's Jacket on lower left corner to be much smaller.
6.) Secondary reprint right stamps top of Elvis's head closer to top frame.
7.) Secondary reprint has a bolder typeface for "ST. VINCENT" and denomination.
8.) Secondary reprint the bottom loop of the "E" in signature penetrates below the upper parallel bar (on originals it only touches it).

ERRORS

It appears at present that no errors of the souvenir sheets exist. None can be found on the market at present time.

PROGRESSIVE COLOR PROOFS

At present time I can not find any of the progressives that are from the secondary reprints. It does not mean that they don't exist. The Michael Jackson set of souvenir sheets does exist with secondary reprint progressives. Please be aware of this before purchasing them.

This sums up the demonstration on how to identify the secondary reprinted 1985 Elvis Presley souvenir sheets. Again, I must stress the point that you do not have to be an expert philatelist to be able to do this. You do not even have to be a collector at all! The differences between the original souvenir sheets and the secondary reprints are quite obvious again.

I hope that this reference page on the Saint Vincent 1985 Elvis Presley secondary reprint stamps will assist all collectors, dealers and memorabilia collectors in defining and chosing which sets they have or are buying.

Please refer this page to all of your stamp collecting friends and acquaintances to help get the word out.

Here are links to all the other LOW issues that were discovered to have been reprinted in the early 1990's after the Format International Security Printers went Bankrupt.

LEADERS OF THE WORLD REPRINTS PRODUCED AFTER FORMAT BANKRUPTSY
THE MONTSERRAT 1985 AUDUBON BIRDS REPRINT STAMPS
THE NEVIS 1985 AUDUBON BIRDS REPRINT STAMPS
THE SAINT VINCENT 1985 MICHAEL JACKSON REPRINT STAMPS
THE SAINT VINCENT BEQUIA 1985 DOGS REPRINT STAMPS
THE SAINT VINCENT UNION ISLAND 1985 AUDUBON BIRDS REPRINT STAMPS
THE SAINT VINCENT UNION ISLAND 1985 BUTTERFLIES REPRINT STAMPS
THE TUVALU 1985 AUDUBON BIRDS REPRINT STAMPS
THE TUVALU NANUMEA 1985 CATS REPRINT STAMPS
THE TUVALU NIUTAO 1985 AUDUBON BIRDS REPRINT STAMPS
THE TUVALU NUKULAELAE 1985 DOGS REPRINT STAMPS

Your friend and fellow collector and researcher,
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