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Sale 908 — Western Expresses, Carriers, Locals & Independent Mails

Sale Date — Friday, 17 March, 2006

Category — Western Expresses (LaPorte thru Wood)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4400
c
Western Expresses. 45 covers, most on pages with Calvet Hahn's detailed notes, an impressive array of express companies including many smaller operations and rare markings, emphasis on handstamps and labels (very few printed franks), a few highlights are Alta Express blue oval, Bamber & Co. labels, Brown's Express blue oval, Berford & Co. oval and "Free", Copley & Co. Miners' Express (sharp strike on cover with large repair), Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Co., Hunter & Co. blue oval, Everts & Co. straightlines and circles, Freeman & Co. ovals, LaPorte Express Co. and Wheeler's Express Co. on similar deeds, J. W. Hoag & Co., variety of Todd & Co. and Reynolds Todd & Co. (incl. one on a large newspaper), Swart & Co. (a wreck but rare), Wellington Express paste-up, Whiting & Co. double-line circle, Wine & Co.'s straightline, condition is obviously a problem in the rare items mentioned (or they would be individual lots worth $500 and up), some covers have clean strikes and are in reasonably good condition, this is a must-have lot for the collector who wishes to start or augment a Western Express collection, for the retail dealer or eBayer it represents profit potential if one can play up rarity and historical significance (and play down faults)

E. 7,500-10,000
15,500
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