1990's Backstamps H or V?20-Nov-2016
In the early 1990's, the golly badge designs changed from the numerous colourful sporting and musical designs of the 1980's to a rather mundane selection of 21 designs. Whilst there are still some interesting items from this era - such as the astronaut whose eyes are facing the wrong way, or the policeman with blue shirt/white tie as oposed to white shirt/blue tie - in general it is not considered to be golly's finest era! But one aspect that I've been curious about for a while, involves the backstamps. In particular the direction of the backstamps on the badges. All the 1990's badges I have ever seen have the backstamps horizontally, however in one lot (purchased in 2008) I noticed that two of the badges had a vertical backstamp. Namely the Footballer and Jockey:
Presumably the large metal sheets from which the badges were punched out were simply placed the wrong way during production, this would imply that a batch of Footballers and Jockey's were produced like this. I am not yet sure if this anomaly occurred across all designs or just these two - but it's another aspect of golly badge collecting that makes the search a bit more interesting! It might also be the case that the backstamp is horizontal but upside down on some badges, but I haven't found a single one like this yet. For those intersted in how this might affect the value of a badge with this feature, it is unlikely that it will involve a premium over the 'normal' horizontal backstamp and is simply an area of interest to the specialist collector. For comparison, the 'normal Footballer and Jockey are shown below:
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