EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FOUR 10-CENT TYPE II GOLIAD COVERS AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS. THE STAMP IS PRINTED ON BUFF PAPER, NOT THE LISTED GRAY PAPER.
Of the eight normal Goliad 10c Type II (29X7) stamps in our records, five are used on covers, including an uncancelled stamp on a cover in the Tapling collection at the British Library, which leaves four covers available to collectors. Only three of the four covers have stamps tied by the town datestamp or “Paid” straightline. In addition to the normal 10c Type II, there are two other covers with the Type II “GOILAD” spelling error.
The stamp on this cover is certified as the normal 29X7 on Gray paper, and it has always been described in accordance with the Scott listing. However, as the comparison photograph shows (below), this stamp and the Gray 29X7 stamp (lot 28) are on two different colored papers. This stamp is more accurately described as Buff. It is known that the Goliad Messenger newspaper office used whatever paper they could find, including salvaged paper from other print runs. Therefore, it is quite conceivable that papers of different colors were used for the Goliad printings.
This cover was acquired in 1988 by Charles W. Deaton from descendants of the Moody family. It is the last Goliad provisional to come to light..
Illustrated in Deaton’s The Great Texas Stamp Collection (plate 15). Ex “Camina” (Castillejo). With 1994 P.F. certificate as 10c Black on Gray 29X7.