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1980 Australia Aircraft 22c Wackett, unique collection of proofs; comprising (1) the original DIE PROOF printed on plastic coated card (with positioning lines at sides) mounted on approval card with overlay, (2) IMPERF MASTER PROOF sheetlet of 50 printed on plastic coated card, with a few corrections marked in ink, and with full page listing of corrections of spots & marks to be done, (3) IMPERF PROOF SHEET of 200 comprising 2 sale sheets of 2 panes each, with vertical gutter & special color bars in the gutter, and along the sides (which were always cut away from issued sheets), with "Approved for color 12/6/80" h/s & signature in margin (4) TRIAL COVER with 1 stamp cut out of the sheet above, also with the approval h/s & signature, (5) final PERF PRINTING SHEET of 200 also with the special color bars in the gutter & along the sides, and with 'OK - for perforation guide" & signature in margin. Interestingly only this stamp of the set was printed by The Victorian Government Printer, with the other 3 done by Ascher & Co, and no proofs are known for any of the other 3 stamps. The die proof & the proof sheetlet are both VF UN as made, and are UNIQUE. The imperf full sheet is MUH with sl wrinkling, has sl folds through 30 stamps, and heavy fold through 10 stamps, and it is the UNIQUE surviving sheet (as 2nd imperf sheet has been cut up into pairs & blks). While the perf sheet had been split before & is neatly reinforced on back with archival tape - it is also unique as full sheet. SG 761(var). Proofs unlisted in the 2002 ACSC as new discovery, while using the ACSC numbering system for proofs & estimating prices from other proofs/imperfs of the period, one can arrive at the following suggested nos & est cat values: 883DP(1) unique die proof est cat $5000, 883PP(1) imperfs on plastic coated card est cat $600 per pair (x25 pairs), 883PP(2) imperfs on normal paper est cat $200 per normal pair (x80 pairs) & $400 per intersheet pair (x20 pairs), 883a intersheet perf pairs in rejoined sheet at $50 (x20 pairs). So total est cat $45,000+. Totally unique offerring for the specialist, and important as intact group as showing proofs for all the stages of preparation of printing plates & printing.SOLD at A$8000