Allanswood wrote: ↑
08 Sep 2021 22:26
There's a GB album with a space for a prussian blue?
Yep, SG Windsor has a dreaded space for a 456a ....
In fact, its not even the most noticeable gap ....
SG 043 plate 77
Windsor Album space for SG 456a
... and the answer on whether you run gaps, or fillers, depends......
If its just for you...
Do what you want, there are no rules, no one is kidded, no harm is done.
If its to show friends, clubs, (or, perish the thought, dealers) etc, then...
There is a generally accepted principal that "no one likes to be made a fool of", and translated to the stamp world, that means:
"If you are running facsimilies, forgeries, brochure cut-outs, or whatever, be UPFRONT about it".
I say that because "its important to match your audiences expectations, when showing your album pages".
Show your finished page to a dealer without the forgeries clearly marked, and you've just halved the value of the rest (If they offer, at all).
Show your finished page to a club, and it can seriously dint your reputation if you are found to be running unmarked forgeries.
Show your collection to friends..... oops, who am I kidding, you are a stamp collector, so they are the most likely made up part of the story.
I've seen it tackled in a few ways, over the years ...
1) Do nothing.
Leave it blank. There's no shame in not having a $20,000 stamp on a page in a book you own.
(Nobody cares, not even close relatives).
2) Find an illustrated dealer pricelist in colour of your target stamp, and cut round it, leaving a large black border.
(The SG catalogue idea won't work for GB stamps, as they are all reproduced at about 70% actual size, sometimes only feature one from the set, and have very poor colour matching).
Dealers are not fooled by this (although surprisingly, a few auction houses, and punters, are!!).
3) An advanced option of 2, scan and process the image to your desired specifications, and insert text of COPY on the face of the stamp, before printing.
Scan of a real stamp, modified and printed at home.
Again, no deception. Dealers spot that in an instant, and price the rest.
4) If you have artistic flair, or access to a budding artist, get them to draw you "their version of it".
(Any size, you can always scale it at printing time).
Hand drawn rare stamp
The hand drawn ones never fail to raise a smile looking at the pages "where gaps might be".
(And in your case, the corner letters could be LC, or did that dream fall by the wayside??)