Sale 745



 
Lot 49



1851, 1¢ blue, type Ib (Scott 5A), position 6R1E, a magnificent example of the stamp in supreme color, with top margin adjoining the ornaments at top left to clearing, the others clear to large (see portions of stamps below and at right), tied by black grid cancel to folded letter sheet—an 1851-dated printed notice—to Detroit, with bold red Chicago postmark at left; light file folds affect neither stamp nor markings, Very Fine+++, an exhibit-worthy first-year usage of this tremendously rare stamp, a top notch example of a rare stamp usage, ex Hind, Hall, Rhoades, with 2001 P.F. certificate.
Scott $15,500.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.

Opening Bid $3,750



 
Lot 182

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1861, 5¢ orange brown, type II (Scott 30), top right corner margin block of 32, fresh with bright color, with partial imprint capture at lower right; partially separated and rejoined at center, a light crease mostly along the center row's perforations but touching designs in a few places; bottom left stamp with a tiny thin, three stamps never hinged, Fine to Very Fine, Largest recorded block of the 1861 5¢ orange-brown, and the largest multiple of any of the 5¢ 1857-1861 issue colors, ex Caspary, Klein.
Scott $56,000 as blocks of four.
Estimate $30,000 - 40,000

Despite the relatively large number of 5¢ orange browns that reached collectors after the issue was demonetized, multiples are scarce, most having been broken up over the years to feed the market's demand for singles. This is the largest recorded block of
any of the 1857-61 5¢ varieties. The second-largest known multiple—the Whitman-Caspary mint block of nine—realized $60,000 at auction in 2009.

A true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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Opening Bid $15,000



 
Lot 281

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1861, 30¢ orange (Scott 71), block of 4, unused without gum, fresh, bright color, crisp detail, and like-new paper; backstamps removed, Very Fine, with 2020 Crowe certificate.
Scott $17,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.

Opening Bid $1,500



 
Lot 414

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1861-66 (1875 Re-issue), 5¢ brown (Scott 105), "4" in barrel of duplex cancel, rare used example, exceptionally well centered, lovely color, sharp detailed impression, outstanding used stamp, Extremely Fine, condition rarity, among the finest available, only 672 sold, with 2009 and 2004 P.S.E. certificates graded XF 90 and 1998 P.F. certificate.
SMQ XF 90; $12,500.
Estimate $8,000 - 12,000.

Opening Bid $4,000



 
Lot 475

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1869, 15¢ brown & blue, type II, center inverted (Scott 119b), black cork cancel, very rare and desirable invert, moderate cancel and vivid color and impression allow for good design visibility, reasonably well-centered for this; reperforated at bottom, almost Very Fine appearance, iconic 1869 error, with 2014 P.F. certificate.
Scott $22,500.
Estimate $6,000 - 8,000.

Opening Bid $6,000



 
Lot 496

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1869, 30¢ ultramarine & carmine, flags inverted (Scott 121b), neat quartered cork cancel, exceptionally strong colors for this issue, with intense carmine and ultramarine on contrasting bright white paper; short corner perforation at upper left, completely sound in every other respect, Very Fine to Extremely Fine and rare, with only about 40 known examples, three of which are sound, this places nicely as one of the top examples from this historic rarity—by far the rarest of the 1869 inverts, ex- Lafayette, with "fault-free" 1991 P.F. certificate.
Scott $90,000.
Estimate $40,000 - 50,000

This was last offered as lot #1340 by Matthew Bennett on May 2, 2003, where it realized $37,500 vs. a catalog value of $70,000. It previously realized $22,000 vs. a $23,500 catalog value in the 1976 Siegel Rarities of the World Sale and is listed in the Siegel census as #121b-CAN-36
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Opening Bid $20,000



 
Lot 503

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1869, 90¢ carmine & black, without grill (Scott 122a), unused without gum, a simply stunning stamp, Post Office fresh in all regards, with proof-like detail in the most glorious color imaginable, Very Fine, an extremely rare stamp in any grade, less than 25 examples have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation, with 1998 and 2007 P.F. certificates.
Scott $22,500 with og.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.

Opening Bid $3,750



 
Lot 518

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1869 (1875 Re-issue), 30¢ ultramarine & carmine (Scott 131), a simply breathtaking stamp, with the most glorious colors possible, perfectly registered and mathematically centered, the multiple cancels still failing to mask the design, Extremely Fine to Superb, a dazzling stamp that would be the highlight of any collection, only 1,535 sold, with 1986 P.F. and 2020 Crowe certificates, the latter graded 95.
SMQ XF-SUP 95; $12,500.
Scott $2,750.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.

Opening Bid $3,750



 
Lot 588

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1875 Special Printing, 30¢ greenish black (Scott 176), without gum as issued, with proof-like color and detail; two short perforations at top, perforations trimmed right and bottom as usual, Very Fine appearance, just a gorgeous stamp, only 50 known, with 1990 P.F. certificate.
Scott $12,000.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.

Opening Bid $3,750



 
Lot 934



1909, 10¢ yellow, horizontal coil (Scott 356), line pair, o.g., previously hinged, with sharp color on fresh paper; completely re-attached and strengthened perfs, not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Fine to Very Fine appearance, your chance for a great rarity, with 1990 P.F. certificate.
Scott $16,000.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.

Opening Bid $2,000



 
Lot 1353



Airmail, 1930, Graf Zeppelin complete (Scott C13-C15), matched bottom margin plate blocks of 6, #C13 plate 20079, #C14 20088, #C15 20090, o.g., never hinged, normal skips and bends, fresh with strong colors; #C15 with tiny inclusion, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, a lovely set of plates.
Scott $16,950.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.

Opening Bid $6,000



 
Lot 1531



State Dept., 1873, $20 green & black (Scott O71), left margin block of 4 with imprint, o.g., tiny traces of album offset, a gorgeous edge-of-pane positional, with crisp printing and vibrant colors, full imprint in black at top, partial imprint in green at bottom; parallel red magenta horizontal lines across each stamp (a form of Specimen overprint) have been mostly removed, Very Fine, an amazing survivor, only a few blocks exist.
Scott $27,000.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.

Opening Bid $5,000










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