Unified Vietnam, ASEAD 9th Asia Games New Delhi, November 19th, 1982, Michel Nr. 1268-1271; Four stamps in nominals of 30xu (2 stamps), 1 Dong and 2 Dong were issued in perforation 11.0. This issue was beset by production problems that are reflected in the large number of plate and production errors. There is also a wide range of color spectrums these stamps come in.

Here is the mint set.

Here is a mint block of six of the blue 30xu stamps printed in light blue color that also shows a range of re-occuring plate errors. The top left stamp shows the error “white beard on girl”, the top middle stamp “spot on calf of girl” and the top right stamp “dot under E of VIETNAM”.

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Mint block of four printed in the standard lively cyans-blue. The top right stamp shows the plate error “insect on shoulder of girl”.

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Mint block of four in dark-turquoise color. The top right stamp shows the printing flaw “foam in the water”.

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Mint block of four in dark  green-blue color. The top left stamp shows a printing flaw of the blue color.

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Here is a mint strip of ten stamps (Fields 1-5 and 11-15) in lively cyans-blue color that shows a number of plate errors. The top left stamp shows “dot on lower back of girl”, the top second stamp from the left “large dot on woman’s chest”, the top middle stamp “white beard on girl” and “dot on swimsuit halter”. The top second stamp from the right shows “blue dot on girls calf” and the top right stamp “large dot under E of VIETNAM”. The third and fourth stamp in the bottom row also shows a weak printing of the country name “VIETNAM”.

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Here is another mint block of ten (Fields 6-10 and 16-19) that also shows a range of plate errors. The top middle stamp shows “dot in V of VIETNAM”, the top right stamp “blue dot on shoulder of girl” and the bottom left stamp “blue dot left of pagoda”.

 

Mint block of four on which three stamps show plate errors. The top right stamp shows “small circle in neck”, the bottom left stamp “dark smudge left of the dancers head” and the bottom right stamp “blue dot on chest of girl”.

Mint block of six in lively cyans-blue color. The top left stamp shows a production flaw of “blue foam in water” and the bottom right stamp  the plate error “blue dot right of pagoda”.

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Mint blocks of four in light blue and dark  green-blue color that are both from the bottom right corner of the sheet (Fields 89-90 and 99-100). The bottom right stamp shows the plate error “mouth guard on girls mouth”. 

Mint block of four in lively cyans-blue color that shows a double print of the lilac brown color.

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Wet color offsets are also known on this issue. They occurred when printing workers stacked still wet sheets on top of each other allowing to transfer some color to transfer to the back of the sheet above. Here is a an off-set of the lilac-brown color on a mint block of four.

Mint blocks of four in light middle blue cyans-blue and middle blue cyans color that are from the same part of the sheet (Fields 4-5 and 14-15) and that both shows the same plate errors. The top right stamps show “large dots under E of VIETNAM” and “girl with eye patch” and the bottom right stamps “retouched E in VIETNAM”.

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Mint block of four that shows two plate errors. The top right stamp shows a a “white area to the right of the dancers head” and the bottom left stamp “ball atop the tennis racket”.

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Mint vertical pair of two 1D stamps in the orange-red base color (Fields 84 and 94). The top stamp shows the plate error “white dot in emblem” and “white dot inside pagoda”.

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Mint block of four in the orange-red base color that is printed on pinkish colored paper. This may be a result of a dirty printing plate.

Mint vertical pairs in a light-brown and dark blue and dark-brown and dark blue base color from the same fields . The top stamps show the plate error “dark spot under E of VIETNAM”.

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Mint block of nine stamps in light red-orange base color. The top right stamp shows the plate error “orange dots in BUU CHIN” and the middle left stamp a partial failure of the orange base color.

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Mint block of nine stamps that features a double printing of the blue color caused by a lose rubber mat that allowed it to vibrate.

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Mint block of four in dark-orange base color that also shows a double printing of the blue color that is also shifted to the left.

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Mint block of four in brown-orange base color. The bottom right stamp shows the plate error of “a white dot atop the pagoda”.

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Mint block of four in a very light-orange base color on which the top left stamp shows the plate error of “dark dot under E of VIETNAM” and the two right stamps show a partial printing failure of the orange base color.

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Mint block of four in light-ochre and dark blue  color. The bottom right stamp shows the plate error “orange dots in BUU CHINH”.

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Mint block of four in orange-red base color. The top two stamps shows the plate error “dancer without hat” and the bottom right stamp “dark spot next to arm of wrestler”.

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Mint block of four that shows a double printing of the blue color that is all shifted to the right.

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Mint block of four in brown-orange base color. The top right stamp shows the plate error “damaged BUU CHINH”. 

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Mint block of four in orange-red base color. The bottom left stamp shows the plate error “dot in head of wrestler”. 

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Mint block log ten stamp from the top right sheet margin that nicely shows the printers guiding marks that were used moline up the printing colors.

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Mint block of four in the orange-red base color on which the top right stamp shows a partial failure of the blue printing process. 

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Mint block of eight in orange base color on which the bottom left stamp shows the plate error “white dot under DELHI 82”.

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Mint block of twenty 2 Dong stamps (only 18 shown) on which the top right stamp shows the plate error “sun spot” and “black dot to the right of the elephant”. The fourth stamp from the top right shows the plate error “black dot on dancers leg” and the sixt stamps from the top right the plate error “dark dot in CHINH”.

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Mint block ten stamps that features a double printing and an excess of the green color.

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Mint block of four on which the bottom left stamp shows a partial failure of the green color printing process.

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Mint block of four on which the top left stamp shows a partial failure of the brown printing process.

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Mint block of four on which the top left stamp shows the plate error “sun spot” and the bottom right stamp shows the plate error “dark smudge over elephant” and “thick dark line on rifle trigger”.

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Mint block of four on which the bottom right stamp shows a partial failure of the green printing process.

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Mint block of four on which the top right stamp shows the plate error of “a smudge on the word BUU”.

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Registered air mail letter sent in March of 1983 from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz. It features a block of eight of the 30xu stamps which show some of the plate errors featured above (“white beard on girl”, “large dot on woman’s chest”, “spot on calf of girl”). Plate error on postal used coverage very rare. There are also some of the Bulgaria and Mammal stamps on the reverse. The overall postage amounted to 14.80D. Partial green Fulda custom cachet on front and back.

Mixed franking that features pairs or larger units of all stamps in the set and a Soccer stamp. The ASEAD stamps show a number of the plate error featured above “(large dot under E of VIETNAM”, “damaged V in VIETNAM”, “Girl with eye-patch”, “two dots under E of VIETNAM”, “dancer with black smudge on neck”). Plate errors on postally used cover are very rare. The overall postage amounted to 20.60D. Partial green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Mixed franking of two blocks of four of the 30xu and 2D of the ASEAD set that show some of the plate errors featured  above (small ring in the back of the neck of the girl”, “smudge to the left of the dancers head”, “partial failure of the brown printing color on the dancers head”). The overall postage (including the red free frank on the reverse) amounted to 14.72D. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter with mixed franking sent from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz featuring pairs of the 30xu and 1D ASEAD stamps that show the printing flaw of “partial failure of the orange base color on the 1D and plate error of “black smudge to the right of the dancers head”. Error stamps postall used cover are very rare. There are also a number of the Animal and Total Liberation stamps. The overall postage amounted to 17.50D. Gren Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter setoff rom Nguyen Trai in December of 1983 to Klewitz. The letter features two blocks of four of the 1D stamp in “light orange-red” base color that also show some of the plate errors featured above (“blue spot on elbow of wrestler”, “partial failure of the orange printing color” and “black dot in head of wrestler”). Plate errors on postally used cover are very rare. There are also stamps from the Harmful Insect set. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 16.80 (including the red free frank for 4D). Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter mailed in March of 1984 from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz that features three color variations of the 1D stamp. Some stamps also show the plate/production errors featured above (“large dot under E of VIETNAM”, “double printing of the blue base color” and “partial failure of the red orange base color”). The overall postage of the letter amounted to 14.36D. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent in December of 1982 from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz. The letter features five of the 2D ASEAD stamps that show some of the plate errors detailed above (“sun spot” and “black smudge to the left of the elephant and thick line on trigger of rifle”. Plate errors on postally used cover are very rare. There are also a number of the stamps rom the Animal set. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 14.40D.Green Fulda custom cachet in front.

Registered air mail letter sent in December of 1982 from Quan 5 to Klewitz. The letter features four of the ASEAD stamps plus a block of four of the 2D Bulgaria stamp that features the plate error of “881 instead 661”. Plate errors on postally used letter are very rare. There are also a number of Soccer stamps on the reverse. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 15.80D. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz in March of 1983. The letter features the entire ASEAD set . The 30xu stamp is present in the two color variations and the right stamp also shows the plate error of “ball above tennis racket”. The left 2D stamp shows the plate error of “black smudge on head of elephant”. There are also a number of the Flower stamps on the reverse. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 13.94D. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz in February of 1983. The letter features a number of the ASEAD stamps that also show some of the plate/printing errors detailed above (“partial failure of the violet printing color”, “BUU damaged”). The right 50xu World Congress stamp shows the error of “covered nominal value”. Error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. There are also some stamps from the Mammal set. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 22.60D. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent from Ho Chi Minh City in September of 1984 to Klewitz that features the rare color shade of dark orange-brown in a pair, a stamp that has significant printing flaws of both colors, a stamp with a double print of the red and black color along with one normal 50xu Karl Marx stamp. Error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. There are also some ASEAN stamps on the reverse along with other contemporary NVN stamps for an overall postage of 29.42 (including the red free frank for 2.40D). Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered air mail letter sent from Quan 5 to Klewitz in July of 1984. The letter carries four of the 10D Karl Marx stamps in bot  color variations. One stamp shows the lilac color production error detailed above. Error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. Stamps from the Raffael and ASEAD stamp set on the reverse. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 50.90D.

Registration Nr. 103295

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