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Census of 1c Blue, Type I (Scott 5)

5-MUL-060

5-MUL-060

Notes:
  • 7R1E has a small facial scrape at upper right, northeast of the E of POSTAGE. Previous auctions descriptions refer to “negligible trace of thinning” or “tiny shallow thin”.
  • Three strikes of light blue grid.
Provenance:
  • PFC 92312 (1980) “tiny surface scuff UR” but no mention of thin.
  • PFC 308158 (1996) issued to Richard Champagne, states “Genuine” (no mention of fault).
  • Ex Caspary, H.R. Harmer sale 1/16/1956, lot 182, described “negligible trace of thinning, probably a natural paper flaw”, realized $1,150 vs. $1,350+ Scott value.
  • Ex Ishikawa 1c 1851-57 collection, Sotheby Parke Bernet sale 9/23/1980, lot 19, realized $16,000 vs. $16,900 Scott value, described “pos. 7 tiny shallow thin and tiny surface scuff”.
  • Siegel 1983 Rarities #618 4/23/1983, lot 27, realized $19,000 vs. $21,850 Scott value, described “Ty. I has a minute scuff speck (almost unnoticeable), Ty. Ib internal wrinkle”.
  • Ex Walter C. Klein, Christie’s sale 9/27/1988, lot 24, realized $17,500 vs. $27,250 Scott value, described “both stamps are sound except for a tiny surface scuff at the top right of the Type I and a slight internal wrinkle in the Type Ib (the wrinkle is not mentioned in certificate).
  • Bennett sale 6/2/1996, lot 403, realized $32,000 vs. $45,000 Scott value.
  • Drews sale 8/23/1996, lot 195, realized $32,500 vs. $45,000 Scott value.
  • Ex William S. Floyd, Shreve sale 10/23/2001, lot 17, realized $90,000 vs. $62,500 Scott value, Shreve description mentions previous descriptions of flaws but states none are evident.
Certificates:
  • PFC 92312 (1980) “tiny surface scuff UR” but no mention of thin.
  • PFC 308158 (1996) issued to Richard Champagne, states “Genuine” (no mention of fault).
  • PFC 436135 "it is genuine"
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