World Stamps

By Matthew Healey, New York Correspondent

World Cup error sold by Grosvenor

June 12, 2014 06:50 AM

  • An error block of six of Great Britain’s 1966 6-penny World Cup issue with missing black ink sold for $23,800 at the April Grosvenor auction in London. Only about 24 examples of this error are known.

In London, Grosvenor Auctions held a sale of specialized Great Britain stamps April 9. Modern British errors have been a popular field lately, with production flukes such as missing colors or perforations making for eye-catching items.

A corner block of six of the 1966 6-penny World Cup issue with phosphor bands (Scott 459) but omitting the black-ink portion of the design, sold for the equivalent of $23,800, including the 22.8 percent combination of value-added tax and buyer’s premium levied by Grosvenor.

With the black ink missing, the goalie’s jersey disappears, and with it, the ball. Only about 24 examples of the error are known.