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Sale 1200 — The William H. Gross Collection: U.S. Stamp Multiples

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 May, 2019

Category — 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
185°
ogbl
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 185, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320), The finest known wide top plate block of the 15¢ 1902 Issue

DESCRIPTION

15¢ Olive Green (309), wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 1607 block of six, bottom center stamp and selvage hinge remnants, rich color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

James H. Gray, Jr., Shreves sale, 9/30/2005, lot 22, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; few minor perf separations at top of selvage sensibly reinforced

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$3,250.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Plate blocks of the 15¢ 1902 are notoriously difficult to obtain from the top position, especially with such wide selvage. Power Search found only three from the top position--two have selvage significantly smaller than the block offered here, and the one with comparable selvage has thin spots in two stamps. Todd had two, but one has a piece out of the top right corner stamp. This brings our total count to four wide tops. The Fogelson collection, which specialized in top positions, did not contain any. Those waiting for this plate block in Mint N.H. condition will have a long wait; we have offered only one, from the right position, in our 2003 "Silver Lake" sale. The Philatelic Foundation has certified one wide Mint N.H. top plate block of ten, but its whereabouts is unknown.

E. 3,000-4,000
5,750
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