FRESH AND FINE-VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE PLATE BLOCK AND RARELY FOUND IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.
We have offered only four other plate blocks of Scott 310 since 2000. None was offered in our sales of the "MLG" or "Saddleback" collections.
50¢ Orange (310), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 1602 block of six, lightly hinged, choice centering throughout, radiant color on bright paper#
W. Parsons Todd, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/10/1978, Sale 521, lot 692
James H. Gray, Jr., Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 9/30/2005, lot 23, to William H. Gross
The Philatelic Foundation (1978)
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
The Wide Selvage Makes the Difference
The 50¢ is the first denomination of the 1902 Issue printed from a single plate--number 1602. Top plate positions, which are the most desirable, tend to have narrow selvage. The example offered here is the exception. Power Search found only two from the top position, both with narrow selvage. Todd had two others with wide selvage, but one has disturbed gum and another has a piece out of the selvage. The example offered here may well be the finest full top plate block of this issue in existence.
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT 1902 ISSUE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE FROM THE TOP POSITION.
As an indication of rarity, none was offered in our sales of the MLG or Saddleback collections. We have offered two others since 2000, including one from the top position. Prior to that, one has to go back to 1992 to find another in our auctions from the top position (which was the same one we offered in 2015).
With 2008 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT 1902 ISSUE. ESPECIALLY RARE FROM THE TOP PLATE POSITION.
As an indication of rarity, none was offered in our sales of the MLG or Saddleback collections. We have offered only one other since 2000, from the bottom position. One has to go back to 1992, the the plate block offered here, to find another in our auctions from the top position.
FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT 1902 ISSUE.
As an indication of rarity, none was offered in our sales of the MLG or Saddleback collections. This is the only example we have offered since 2000.