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The MLG Collection


1925 Norse-American Issue
 
 
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Lot 108
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1925, 2¢ Norse-American, small die essay on wove (Scott 620-E), vignette complete, frame with a blank "ribbon" without dates and "CENTENNIAL"; hinged onto a piece of matboard 3½" square, Very Fine.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500

A UNIQUE ESSAY — NOT LISTED BY SCOTT.
Realized $2,100.
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Lot 109
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1925, 5¢ Norse-American, large die proof of frame only (Scott 621-E), die-sunk on full 8" x 6" card, blue control number 624651A on reverse; a cryptic pencil notation, also on the reverse, reads, "Mrs L.C. Staples - Daughter of Weeks" (an Edward M. Weeks engraved the lettering on the 5¢ value), Very Fine.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Realized $2,600.
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Lot 110
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1925, 5¢ Norse-American, large die proof of frame only (Scott 621-E), die-sunk on card, 3¾" x 7¾", blue control number 1316246 on reverse, Very Fine.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Realized $2,600.
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Lot 111
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1925, Norse-American complete, hybrid large die proofs on wove (Scott 620P1a-621P1a vars.), 33 x 30mm wove paper mounted in the die-sunk area of 145 x 20mm cards, hand lettered "Approved" and typed "February 17 (2¢) or 10 (5¢), 1925. Postmaster General.", signed by Postmaster Harry S. New and initialed by one other; no control numbers on back, Very Fine, these are much rarer than the catalog indicates.
Scott $4,000 for normal large dies.
Estimate $3,500 - 5,000.
Realized $3,250.
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Lot 112
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1925, Norse-American complete, hybrid large die proofs on wove (Scott 620P1a-621P1a vars.), 33 x 30mm wove paper mounted in the die-sunk area of 151 x 201mm cards, typed "Approved: February 17 (2¢) or 10 (5¢), 1925. Postmaster General.", signed by Postmaster Harry S. New and initialed by two others; no control numbers on back, Very Fine, these are much rarer than the catalog indicates.
Scott $4,000 for normal large dies.
Estimate $3,500 - 5,000.
Realized $3,750.
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Lot 113
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1925, Norse-American complete, small die proofs on wove (Scott 620P2-621P2), an exceptionally bright, fresh set, Extremely Fine.
Scott $4,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
Realized $4,750.
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Lot 114
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1925, Norse-American complete, Portuguese Colony Specimens (Scott 620S-621S), affixed to a piece of an archive book and each handstamped "COLONIAS" in blue.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

From 1900 to 1910, Portugal overprinted "Ultramar", meaning "Overseas", on a portion of the stamps they received from the U.P.U. The overprinted stamps were then distributed to their colonial postal authorities. In 1911 the overprint was replaced with "Colonias".

Realized $1,100.
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Lot 115
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1925, Norse-American complete, plate positions (Scott 620-621), each in a matched set of position blocks of 4: four corners, four arrows, and a centerline; also includes a normal set of singles, o.g., 32-2¢ and 19-5¢ never hinged, one stamp in 2¢ centerline block damaged, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott $775.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $375.
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Lot 116

1925, Norse-American complete (Scott 620-621), each in a top plate number block of 20, each signed by Postmaster General, Harry S. New ("H.S.N., P.M.G.") and Third Assistant Postmaster General, "W. Irving Glover, 3rd Asst. P.M.G.", and dated by Glover, "5/18/25", the date of issue; the 5¢ block has been separated along the centerline and hinged back together, otherwise all stamps are never hinged, Very Fine.
Scott $910 as stamps/plates.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $1,200.
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Lot 117
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1925, Norse-American complete (Scott 620-621), five sets of plate blocks of 8 on two exhibit pages showing various arrows and selvage widths; the 5¢ plate blocks includes the rare vignette plate #16957, from which only 2662 impressions were taken, o.g., four 2¢ blocks and three 5¢ never hinged, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott $4,260.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Realized $1,300.
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Lot 118
 
1925, Norse-American complete (Scott 620-621), full panes of 100, an absolutely pristine pair of panes, the 2¢ with top plates 16687 F and F 16694, the 5¢ top F 16928 and 16926 with blue "5¢"; if there's a single perforation separation present, we're hard pressed to find it, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine overall, with some individual stamps better, exceptionally rare complete panes.
Brookman 620-621; $5,000.
Scott $3,275 as plate and 92 singles.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Realized $1,700.
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Lot 119
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1925, Norse-American complete (Scott 620-621), five blocks of 4, all with different siderographer's and/or plate finisher's initials: matching lower left 2¢ & 5¢ blocks with Clyde V. DeBinder as both siderographer and plate finisher; another matching set with DeBinder as siderographer and Andrew Black as plate finisher; and, finally, a lower right 2¢ block with Ralph F. Wurtz as plate finisher, o.g., one 2¢ block hinged at the top, otherwise all never hinged, Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $475.
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Lot 120

1925, Norse-American complete (Scott 620-621), four signed blocks of 4, two of each value: A.) lower left corner blocks with siderographer's initials "C V De B", signed by Clyde V. DeBinder (DeBinder was the siderographer on both of these frame plates and on this 2¢ vignette plate, Andrew Black ("A.B.") finished the 5¢ vignette plate; and B.) top sheet margin blocks, the 2¢ signed by y designer, Clair Aubrey Huston, lettering engraver William B. Wells, and picture engraver, E.J. Hein; the 5¢ by lettering engraver E.M. Weeks and picture engraver, J.C. Benzing; o.g., the first 2¢ block with some separation, otherwise Very Fine. A unique set of blocks.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $550.
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Lot 121

1925, 2¢ Norse-American (Scott 620), plate block of 8 with black vignette plate number omitted, frame plate #F16694, o.g., never hinged; natural edge fold at top center has been unfolded, Fine to Very Fine, with 1960 P.F. certificate.
Scott $3,250.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Realized $5,500.
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Lot 122

1925, 2¢ Norse-American (Scott 620), The unique "one plate number only" error sheet, the full pane, with red "2¢" and plate number, but lacking the plate number in black for the vignette; exceptionally well-centered across the entire plate, with perfect registration between black and red design elements; a few margin perforation separations noted between positions 93 and 94, but otherwise intact; Scott lists the plate number error, but this is the sole known example on an intact pane, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, simply breathtaking.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
Realized $9,000.
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Lot 123
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1925, Norse-American complete (Scott 620-621), A full pane of each, affixed to slightly oversized heavy paper backing, bearing multiple strikes of Jan 16, 1926, Washington, DC duplexes (though not fully cancelled), with each backing page boldly signed by President Calvin Coolidge (he may have been silent, but he obviously carried a big pen).

Coolidge, a collector since childhood, had a policy of sending autographed sheets of stamps as gifts to friends, whether they were philatelically inclined or not. The sheets offered here, per the included JW Robinson write-up, were given to Stuart Crawford, Coolidge's speech writer (appointed November 1925). Crawford gave the sheets to a nephew of Coolidge's, Henry Woodland.

Some inconsequential margin perforation separations or stains, but remarkably fresh sheets considering they were affixed in full., Very Fine, a great lot for the Norse-American enthusiast and the presidential autograph collector.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
Realized $4,750.
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Lot 124
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1925, Norse-American complete, printing shifts (Scott 620-621), two plate blocks of each value with vignettes shifted slightly to the left and to the right; also nine singles of each with minor vignette shifts "around the compass", o.g., one of each plate block and many of the singles are never hinged.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $750.
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Lot 125
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1925, Norse-American complete, precancels (Scott 620-621), 2¢: (37) different singles, three blocks of 4 and a plate block of 12; 5¢: 13 different singles, two blocks of 4 and a cover, most without gum, one 2¢ block is never hinged and the 2¢ plate block is only hinged on two end stamps, leaving the real plate block never hinged, Fine to Very Fine. A very scarce group.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $1,500.
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Lot 126
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1925, Norse-American complete, used multiples (Scott 620-621), 2¢: a plate block of 8 and two blocks of 4 (one canceled First Day), and 5¢: two plate blocks, a centerline block and two plain blocks, one canceled First Day, Fine to Very Fine. A very scarce group.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $450.
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Lot 127
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1925, Norse-American complete, First Day cancels (Scott 620-621), set of five position blocks of each value with May 18, 1925 Washington D.C. Station "5" duplex cancels; comprises a plate block of 8, left, bottom & right arrow blocks and a centerline block, the 5¢ blocks on five First Day covers sent via Special Delivery to Philadelphia, Fine to Very Fine. A very scarce group.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $800.
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Lot 128
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1925, Norse-American complete, unusual usages (Scott 620-621), six covers and a large piece: 1.) 2¢ & 5¢ tied on piece by "Deutsch-Amerikanische-Seepost" ovals, Jun 12, 1925; 2.-4.) three Paquetbot covers: "Taiyo-Maru I.J. Sea Post" to San Francisco (5¢ block of 4) Mar 31, 1926 (piece of lower left corner of cover missing); "Oslo (Norway), B.R.I." to Elmhurst, N.Y., Jul 1, 1927; and "United States Sea Post" to New York, N.Y., May 30, 1925; 5.) an Isle de France Catapult cover from New York to Paris, Aug 6, 1928; and 6.-7.) two cover with philatelic bisects from 1925, one of them registered.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $800.
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