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Variations in Canadian Animals of North America Series


There are three different variations or subsets in the Canadian series number 2, Animals of North America. People talk about this series and the say things like "double L" or "47 millimeter (MM)" or "49 MM" or "wide" or "narrow". What the heck is that all about? 

Lets look at one card in the series in detail and see if we can figure things out. I chose the #21 card, Fisher. Let's start with the front. It's the same on all of them. 


The front of number 21, Fisher...

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OK, the first of the three variations has a reference on the text side to a man who co-authored the words, Rolland Dumais. In this version, his name is spelled properly with 2 "L"s. How do I know that is the way Rolland spells his name? I looked in the album for series 2 and saw his signature. A very clear double L. 


Ro"ll"and Variation...

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the man himself

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his signature

So the next variation has the miss-spelling of poor Rolland's name. This time it is "Roland", with only one "L". But wait, there are two different types of miss-spellings. There is a narrow one and a wide one. They are also called the 47 MM and 49 MM variations. What about the Ro"ll"and variation. Is it wide or narrow? It's narrow. Is it 47 MM or 49 MM? It's 47 MM, always (unless you find another variation!) Lets look at the 47 MM narrow Roland first.  


Ro"l"and 47 MM Variation...

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The Ro"l"and thing definitely stands out. So show us the 49 MM wide one, Bill. Let's see. 


Ro"l"and 49 MM Variation...

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Hmmmm. There doesn't seem to be to much difference between the 47 MM and the 49 MM. What are you talking about, Bill? Help me out here. I just don't get it. 


Wide vs. Narrow, 49 MM vs. 47 MM...

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Ohhhhh! I get it now, it's the inside measure from bar to bar. The cards are exactly the same size, just the distance from bar to bar is different. Some people might say that collectors have too much time on their hands. 

This page is about the Canadian cards but we might as well throw in a quick one on the US versions. There are just two kinds of US series 2 cards. One is black and the other is blue. The blacks all say Ro"l"and and are 49 MM. The blues all say Ro"l"and and are 47 MM. 

So there are 5 different complete sets in series 2. Wow! That's a lot of collecting! 

Lastly, there are "error" cards in this series, but they are solid across a variation. Let me explain. The error card #36 Wapiti vs. Wapiti (Elk) gets broken down this way:

  •  Canadian Ro"ll"and - Wapiti (Elk)
  •  Canadian Ro"l"and 47 MM - Wapiti (Elk)
  •  Canadian Ro"l"and 49 MM - Wapiti 
  •  US Black backed - Wapiti (Elk)
  •  US Blue backed - Wapiti (Elk)

So you can see that it is really not an error card but an error variation. The only Wapiti you will see without the (Elk) is the 49 MM Canadian card. You cannot find a 49 MM Canadian card that says Wapiti (Elk). Confused yet? Let's keep going.

The number 46 card, Fur Seal, has two variations, one text refers to four countries whilst the other refers to three countries. What's the spread on that one Bill?

  •  Canadian Ro"ll"and - Four Countries 
  •  Canadian Ro"l"and 47 MM - Three Countries
  •  Canadian Ro"l"and 49 MM - Three Countries 
  •  US Black backed - Three Countries
  •  US Blue backed - Three Countries

So you see that the lines between variations and errors can blur sometimes. It is not always as easy as saying that an error effects one card while a variation effects an entire series. There is frequently more to the story!

 

 

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