Sale 1148 — The Barry K. Schwartz Collection of The U.S. 1909 Bluish Paper Issue
Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 February, 2017
Category — Thirteen-Cent Bluish Green (Scott 365)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1909 13-CENT BLUISH PAPER ISSUE. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY BOTH THE P.F. AND P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
An estimated ten 13c Bluish Paper panes were packaged with normal stamps and distributed to the post office at Saginaw, Michigan. According to the Assistant Postmaster, John J. Spencer, "We found what was left of what no doubt had been originally ten sheets safely resting at the bottom under a lot of new stock, the coming of which had doubtless saved these from annihilation [or use]. They were readily distinguished, having a marginal pen and ink marking. We found a partial mint sheet and margins from several other sheets had been used. One or two sheets had also been precancelled. We were satisfied that ten sheets (of 100) had reached this post office."
Ex Kirke. Small backstamp. With 1974, 2003 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,750.00). The P.S.E. Population Report lists this single as the only used example graded 95.