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

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

Category — 1908-12 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-365)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3478
 
Sale 1032, Lot 3478, 1908-12 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Gorgeous rich color and proof-like impression on deeply blued paper, wide margins and outstanding centering, almost unheard of for this difficult issue, lightly cancelled (likely Saginaw Mich.)

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1909 13-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The 13c, both unused and used, is recorded as having been found only at the post office at Saginaw, Michigan.

Small backstamp. With 1974, 2003 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,350.00). The P.S.E. Population Report lists five unused examples graded 95 and only this single used example graded 95. None has graded higher in any condition. Considering that the SMQ price for a used 95 is only $800.00 higher than for an unused 95, we feel that the SMQ price is conservative for the superb stamp offered here

2,250
4,500