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Set CU3 - Wild Flowers of North America - card reprint details


The first printing of this set was in the same blue as printed on other US issues which differentiates them, along with the address, from Canadian issues. As with other US card sets there is a wide variety of strengths to the blue print which leads to the effect of dark blue and light blue colours being spotted across a variety of cards, see examples 1 and 2. Please note that cards from this printing are listed as 'Dark Blue' in Murray's Cigarette Card Values.

example 1 - original printing
example 2 - tonal variation of above

The turquoise card backs - example 3, represent a separate reprint altogether. Most obviously the colour is completely different to even the palest of blues in the first printing.Please note that cards from this printing are listed as 'Light Blue' in Murray's Cigarette Card Values.

example 3 - turquoise back reprint

Less obviously is the fact that the black text at the bottom of the cards, containing the name Rolland has been reset. When overlaid with that of the first printing this is more noticeable, particularly on the middle line - please see the example below.

original printing text
reprint text

The final identifier for the reprint is also in this text, and is the 25¢ price. On the 'blue' cards the stroke though the c is clearly at an angle, whilst on the turquoise cards this strikes thourgh at 90 degrees.

original printing text
reprint text

Information courtesy of Terry Calleyne
Blue card images courtesy of Terry Calleyne
Turquoise card image courtesy of Alan Wrathall