Sale 753



 
Lot 4460

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1869, 1¢-12¢ & 24¢-90¢ Pictorials, large die proofs (Scott 112P1//122P1), wonderfully fresh set lacking just the 15¢; 24¢ and 90¢ hybrids as always, the rest die sunk on cards from 118 x 152 mm and up, most showing imprints at bottom of India; all with brilliant colors; the 6¢ with two light water stains outside the die sink; perfect to augment an exhibit or dealer's stock, Very Fine+, a desirable group, rarely offered.
Scott $7,450.
Estimate $4,000 - 5,000.

Opening Bid $2,000



 
Lot 4509

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1875, 3¢ blue green, C.B.N.C. "Hard Paper" Special Printing (Scott 169), without gum as issued, Post Office fresh with clean color and sharp impression; three solid margins, perforations just clear to just touching at right; perforations scissors-cut and clipped, Fine, as bright as they come, with 1993 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates.
Scott $21,500.
Estimate $12,000 - 15,000.

Opening Bid $6,000



 
Lot 4535



1890, 2¢ carmine, cap on left "2" variety (Scott 220a), bottom margin plate number 235 block of 12 with imprint and "TT", o.g., never hinged, an attention-grabber with pulsating color and proof-like detail; paper fresh with perforations sound; "selvage" at top the bottom margin of the stamps above (perforations punched but not cleared), Fine, a Bank Noter's delight, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott $25,000 as a plate block of 10.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.

Opening Bid $5,000



 
Lot 4560



1893, $1 Columbian (Scott 241), o.g., barest trace of hinge (appears never hinged), a pinnacle of perfection, fresh as the day it was printed, with vibrant color, full detail, and centering that can't be topped, Superb, a Top of the Pop, with just three stamps at this exalted grade in PSE's Population Report, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate graded Superb 98.
SMQ SUP 98; $8,100.
Scott $1,000.
Estimate $6,000 - 8,000.

Opening Bid $3,000



 
Lot 4590



1894, $2 bright blue, unwatermarked (Scott 262), o.g., previously hinged, a doll of a Madison, Post Office fresh, with near-perfect margins on vibrantly white paper, the design in deep color with sharp lines, Extremely Fine to Superb, only three stamps thus graded, with two higher, in PSE's Population Report, with 2000 P.F. and 2020 P.S.A.G. certificates, the latter graded 95.
SMQ XF-SUP 95; $10,000.
Scott $1,200.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.

Opening Bid $3,750



 
Lot 4669



1908, 5¢ blue, experimental coil, perf 12 horizontally (Scott 317), o.g., hinged, in deep color with razor-sharp detail; paper fresh with wonderful, clear margins, Very Fine+, a choice example of this early coil, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate for vertical pair, this the top stamp.
Scott $6,000.
Estimate $6,000 - 8,000.

Opening Bid $3,000



 
Lot 4700



1909, 4¢ orange brown, bluish paper (Scott 360), o.g., previously hinged, fresh with rich color on nicely blued paper; impressively well-centered, far better than most examples of this exceedingly difficult and scarce stamp, Very Fine, a truly remarkable example, worthy of the finest collection, with 1954 and 2019 P.F. certificates, the former signed by Louise Boyd Dale.
Scott $27,500.
Estimate $20,000 - 25,000

According to Johl, "ALL [of the 4¢ bluish paper] came from the Government Collection at Washington in exchange for other needed varieties. Less than one hundred copies were so available."
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Opening Bid $10,000



 
Lot 4872



1923, 20¢ Golden Gate, imperf vertically (Scott 567a), horizontal pair, o.g., previously hinged, the finest known pair, with faultless color, impression, paper and centering; full guide line at right with hint of adjacent stamp's frame showing as well, Extremely Fine to Superb, unpriced in SMQ as a "standard" imperforate pair—and this a position piece, only one half pane of 100 issued, this certainly one of the finest examples extant, with 2000 and 2019 P.F. certificates, the latter graded XF-S 95.
Scott $2,500.
Estimate $4,500 - 5,500.

Opening Bid $2,300



 
Lot 4889



1923, 1¢ Franklin, rotary press coil waste (Scott 594), part o.g., a striking example of this major rarity, with bold color on immaculate paper; one of just seven stamps known with original gum; tiny thin spot in the area of the first "S" in "STATES", Very Fine for this mint rarity, Scott value is for stamps with perforations just touching frameline on one side, one of the rarest 20th Century stamps, missing from the most complete collections, with 1971 and 2008 P.F. certificates.
Scott $65,000.
Estimate $25,000 - 30,000

Printed rotary, this stamp was perforated gauge 11 on a machine designed for flat plate printings. This production anomaly led to poor centering on the issue due to the difference between the flat and rotary plate sizes. Distributed normally to Post Offices, this variety was not reported for some time—making this one of the rarest US stamps.


Opening Bid $12,500



 
Lot 4890

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1923, 1¢ Franklin, rotary press coil waste (Scott 594), a spectacular example of this great rarity, as perfectly centered as they can come, fresh with nice wavy-line c.d.s. cancel, Extremely Fine, Scott values are for examples with perforations just touching one frameline—this is a far superior, a Solo Top of the Pop; SMQ values a grade of 90, but none are listed in PSE's Population Report (their highest grade are two 85s) and the finest centerred example we have had the pleasure to offer, this example would grace and highlight the finest of collections, with 2020 P.F. certificate graded XF 90 XQ.
SMQ XF 90; $90,000.
Scott $10,500.
Estimate $75,000 - 100,000

Printed rotary, this stamp was perforated gauge 11 on a machine designed for flat plate printings. This production anomaly led to poor centering on the issue due to the difference between the flat and rotary plate sizes. Distributed normally to Post Offices, this variety was not reported for some time—making this one of the rarest US stamps.


Opening Bid $37,500



 
Lot 4916



1938, $5 Coolidge, red brown & black color (Scott 834a), o.g., never hinged, a Coolidge variety to have you shouting; crisply printed in perfect registry; fresh with superior centering, Extremely Fine, way underpriced in Stamp Market Quarterly, only three stamps grade higher according to the PSE's Population Report, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate graded XF 90.
SMQ XF 90; $2,400.
Scott $3,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.

Opening Bid $1,500



 
Lot 5065

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Airmail, 1930, Graf Zeppelin complete (Scott C13-C15), matched set of bottom margin plate blocks of 6, an outstanding set, all with original gum; 65¢ with tiny hinge slivers in selvage only (stamps never hinged); $1.30 and $2.60 never hinged (the latter with a very light disturbance on one stamp, thus counted as hinged); a few normal natural gum bends and tiny skips, all mentioned for full accuracy; magnificently fresh and well-centered, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, a fitting cap to any US Airmail plate block collection.
Scott $12,450.
Estimate $8,000 - 10,000.

Opening Bid $6,000



 
Lot 5223



Newspaper, 1875, $36 brown rose, C.B.N.C. printing (Scott PR30), o.g., never hinged, a simply outstanding stamp, with soft color and sinuous lines, paper fresh with margins clear all around, Very Fine, a unique condition rarity—unpriced by SMQ as never hinged, with 2018 P.F. certificate graded VF 80.
SMQ VF 80; $4,950 as o.g.
Scott $5,000 as o.g.
Estimate $20,000 - 30,000.

Opening Bid $10,000










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