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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 2116, Air Post5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1), 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1)5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1). Schoendorf Type III with plate flaws including large white blob in "E" of "Five", unused (no gum), large margins except clipped bottom right corner, thin spots and creases, Extremely Vile, apparently dropped from the balloon and used by squirrels as nesting material, with 2018 P.F. certificate

7,500
1,600
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2017-06-27
2017 Rarities of the World
266°
PF 95
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 266, Air Post5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1), 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1)5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1). Schoendorf Type II, original gum, barely hinged, huge even margins, fresh color and paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE RARE BUFFALO BALLOON AIR POST ISSUE. THIS SUPERB STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John F. B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tenn., The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin Tenn. which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, only 23 were used.

Based on previous examples we have handled, at least some of the Buffalo Balloon stamps were exposed to moisture around the time they were printed and were probably stuck together. This accounts for the no gum, disturbed gum or thinned examples sometimes encountered. This lightly hinged stamp with huge margins is a true condition rarity.

With 2017 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

7,500
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2017-03-01
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1125, Air Post5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1), 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1)5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1). Schoendorf Type II, unused (traces of original gum), ample margins, small thin spots

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE BUFFALO BALLOON AIR POST ISSUE.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John F. B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tenn., The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin Tenn., which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, only 23 were used.

With 1973 P.F. certificate

7,500
2,600
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2016-11-09
U.S. Treasures of Philately from The Weinberg Inventory
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Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 105, Air Post1877, 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon Air Post Semi-Official, Tete-Beche Pair (CL1a), 1877, 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon Air Post Semi-Official, Tete-Beche Pair (CL1a)1877, 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon Air Post Semi-Official, Tete-Beche Pair (CL1a). Both Schoendorf Type II, large margins all around, full original gum, one stamp lightly hinged (small ink spot on face), other has h.r. and thin spot

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND FRESH TETE-BECHE PAIR OF THE BUFFALO BALLOON POST ISSUE.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tennessee. Only 300 were printed in tête-bêche arrangement from a single die. The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin, Tennessee, which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, Lillard wrote that only 23 were used.

Based on previous examples we have handled, at least some of the Buffalo Balloon stamps were exposed to moisture around the time they were printed. This accounts for the fact that only two of the tête-bêche pairs certified by the Philatelic Foundation are potentially sound. The others are mostly thinned or scuffed in one corner where they were stuck together.

Ex Rudy. Sanabria backstamps

22,500
7,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2015-04-28
The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 827, Air Post, cont., Buffalo Balloon (Scott C4-C15, CL1)5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1), 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1)5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1). Unused (no gum), large margins to just clear at bottom right, rich color, few thin spots

FINE APPEARING AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE BUFFALO BALLOON AIR POST ISSUE.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John F. B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tenn., The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin Tenn., which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, only 23 were used.

With Sanabria certificate and backstamp

7,500
5,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2014-10-21
The William Fekete Collection
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Sale Number 1082, Lot Number 477, Air Post thru Special Delivery5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1), 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1)5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1). Original gum, h.r., large margins, rich color, few thin spots, light corner crease at top right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE BUFFALO BALLOON AIR POST ISSUE.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John F. B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tenn., The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin Tenn., which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, only 23 were used.

7,500
2,600
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2014-09-16
United States Stamps
649°
PF 95
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Sale Number 1078, Lot Number 649, Air Post5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1), 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1)5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1). Original gum, lightly hinged, large margins all around, rich color on crisp paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE BUFFALO BALLOON AIR POST ISSUE. THIS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE FINEST SINGLE IN EXISTENCE.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John F. B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tennessee. Only 300 were printed in tête-bêche arrangement from a single die. The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin, Tennessee, which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, only 23 were used. Based on previous examples we have handled, at least some of the Buffalo Balloon stamps were exposed to moisture around the time they were printed. The example offered here should be considered a condition rarity.

Ex Silver. With 1983 and 2014 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

7,500
12,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2013-06-25
2013 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 380, Air Post thru Offices in China5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon, Tête-Bêche (CL1), 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon, Tête-Bêche (CL1)5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon, Tête-Bêche (CL1). Vertical pair with 6mm spacing, original gum, one stamp with horizontal stitch watermark, large margins, rich color, one stamp with margin scuffs along left side as almost always

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE LARGE-MARGINED TÊTE-BÊCHE PAIR OF THE BUFFALO BALLOON AIR POST ISSUE.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tennessee. Only 300 were printed in tête-bêche arrangement from a single die. The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin, Tennessee, which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, Lillard wrote that only 23 were used.

Based on previous examples we have handled, at least some of the Buffalo Balloon stamps were exposed to moisture around the time they were printed. This accounts for the fact that only two of the tête-bêche pairs certified by the Philatelic Foundation are potentially sound. The others are mostly thinned or scuffed in one corner where they were stuck together. This pair, with minor scuffs on one stamp is among the better condition examples extant.

With 2013 P.F. certificate.

22,500
6,250
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2012-06-26
2012 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 246, Air Post thru Parcel Post5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1), 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1)5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon (CL1). Tête-bêche pair, 6mm spacing, original gum, large margins all around, one stamp with small margin faults including stain, thin and crease

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING TÊTE-BÊCHE PAIR OF THE RARE BUFFALO BALLOON AIR POST ISSUE.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tennessee. Only 300 were printed in tête-bêche arrangement from a single die. The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin, Tennessee, which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, Lillard wrote that only 23 were used (see lot 247 for letter).

Based on previous examples we have handled, at least some of the Buffalo Balloon stamps were exposed to moisture around the time they were printed. This accounts for the fact that only two of the eleven tete-beche pairs certified by the Philatelic Foundation are potentially sound. The others are mostly thinned in one corner where they were stuck together.

With 1986 P.F. certificate

22,500
7,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Air Post
2012-06-26
2012 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 247, Air Post thru Parcel Post5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon, with John B. Lillard Letter (CL1), 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon, with John B. Lillard Letter (CL1)5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon, with John B. Lillard Letter (CL1). Original gum, h.r., manuscript "X" mark, large margins to huge at bottom, deep shade and clear impression, couple small thins, accompanied by original Feb. 9, 1894 letter from stamp designer John B. Lillard regarding the stamps, letter with one split fold

VERY FINE APPEARING STAMP AND AN IMPORTANT HISTORICAL ARTIFACT OF THE BUFFALO BALLOON MAIL.

The booklet Buffalo Balloon Mail 1873-1877 by Schoendorf discusses and quotes this letter. It was sent from New York by stamp designer John B. Lillard to Jno. Skinner in Albany and reads "Dear Sir, I enclose you the sheet of Balloon stamps they were issued by myself in June 1877 and used in the trip I made in the Balloon Buffalo with Prof. King only 300 were issued and 23 used. Very best, J.H.B. Lillard." It is from this letter that the information on how many stamps were used originates. The Schoendorf booklet states that the letter was sent with only one stamp but it does not cite its source for that information. We sold an example in the Jeanette Rudy collection in 2004 with a manuscript "X" marking nearly identical to this one and with similar margins.

Scott Retail for unused No. CL1 $7,500.00

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