London 2020 Private Treaty Sale

Lot 45


Czechoslovakia, 1984, Unissued 1K Pole Vaulter inscribed "Los Angeles 1984" (Scott 2527 var. Yvert 2600 var), without gum (as often), pristine and perfectly centered, Extremely Fine; signed Karásek with his 1992 certificate. Yvert €7,500 ($8,810).

When the Soviet Union (and by extension, the Eastern Bloc countries) decided to boycott the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, all stamp stocks that had already been printed were recalled and destroyed. In Czechoslovakia, only a very few examples—17 or 18, according to one source—of the 1K value survived.

The Czech set of four (Scott #2527-2530) was subsequently reprinted without the three-line upper left inscription referring to the Olympics and Los Angeles.

A key item for the Czechoslovakia or Olympics collector.

Price: $1,750.

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