Sale 1032 — The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 October, 2012

Category — 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3066
 
Sale 1032, Lot 3066, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25). Exceptional centering with perfs almost completely clear of framelines on all sides, deep rich color on fresh paper, beautifully complemented by light strike of blue town datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED 3-CENT TYPE I WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2010 P.F. and 2002 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $4,750.00 for Rose shade). As an indication of the difficulty of finding this issue with centering and margins that qualify as truly Superb, it has been a full ten years since this stamp was graded by P.S.E. and not a single additional example has achieved a 98, which remains the highest grade awarded

175
3,250