Three years ago, the U-S Postal Service celebrated the most famous of all stamp errors — the Inverted Jenny airplane stamp — by issuing a two-dollar version, in sheets of six. But as a promotional gimmick, one hundred of those sheets were printed with the airplane RIGHTSIDE-UP! Those sheets were supposedly distributed randomly, in sealed envelopes. You wouldn't know you'd gotten one of these intentional rarities until you paid and opened the envelope.
If you did find one, your twelve-dollar purchase could be worth as much as 59-thousand dollars!
The Postal Service tells Linn's Stamp News that about three-fourths of the total production of two-point-two million panes have been sold… but the central stamp distribution facility doesn't have any. And so far, only 30 of the 100 intentional rarities has been reported as found.
That means there are dozens still out there somewhere… for sale in local post offices… maybe including yours.
I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.