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Sale 767 — 1995 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Monday, 5 June, 1995

Category — Trans-Mississippi Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
256°
S
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 256, Trans-Mississippi Issue1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Specimen Overprints (285S-293S), 1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Specimen Overprints (285S-293S)1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Specimen Overprints (285S-293S). A remarkable collection comprising 47 stamps in total, including Type E handstamped overprint on 1c (eight), 2c (six), 4c (eight), 5c (five), 8c (two), 10c (seven), 50c (three), $1.00 (three) and $2.00 (four), an additional 50c with unlisted SPECIMEN handstamped in small caps similar to Type D; 32 stamps have part or full o.g. incl. all $1.00 & $2.00, a few with natural s.e., centering varies but most are at least Fine and a good number are Very Fine; we have long felt that Specimen and Sample overprinted stamps are the Cinderellas of U.S. philately and hold great potential for a collector looking for a new area to explore - replete with rarities, varieties, multiples and research opportunity - this extraordinary holding of Trans-Mississippi Specimens is the motherlode of the issue and required years of dedicated searching to assemble

14,000
0
257°
og
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 257, Trans-Mississippi Issue8c Trans-Mississippi, Imperforate Horizontally (289a), 8c Trans-Mississippi, Imperforate Horizontally (289a)8c Trans-Mississippi, Imperforate Horizontally (289a). Full original gum, well-centered, fresh, creasing typical of the known examples of this error, otherwise Extremely Fine and rare

13,500
0
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258
nh
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 258, Trans-Mississippi Issue50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Top imprint and plate no. 603 pair, Mint, fresh and Extremely Fine, the 50c is far scarcer than the dollar values in the superb quality, Scott Retail for two Never Hinged singles

1,300
2,700
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259°
bl
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 259, Trans-Mississippi Issue50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Bottom imprint, plate no. 603 and half arrow block of eight, full fresh original gum, minor h.r., natural wrinkling in two stamps, remarkably fresh and unusually well-centered for this Bureau commemorative

A VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, WHICH IS VIRTUALLY UNOBTAINABLE IN PLATE MULTIPLES OF THIS SIZE

The Trans-Mississippi 50c, $1.00 and $2.00 values are rarely found in plate number blocks larger than four stamps. Our search of auction records dating back to the 1930s produced one other 50c plate number block larger than four stamps, in addition to the unique complete pane of 50. The Scott Catalogue reduced the value of a 50c plate number block of six from $20,000 to $13,000 in its sweeping 1990 repricing effort, but there was no market basis for this devaluation. In fact, the market values for 19th century commemorative plate blocks have increased during the past decade.

An outstanding exhibition piece and one of the rarest of commemorative plate number blocks

E. 15,000-20,000
25,000
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260
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 260, Trans-Mississippi Issue50c Trans-Mississippi (291), 50c Trans-Mississippi (291)50c Trans-Mississippi (291). Perfectly centered, tied by neat oval cancel on European style cover address by C. Witt to F. Maus in Germany, purple New York Jan. 6, 1899 boxed registry ds, label affixed at lower left, fresh and Extremely Fine, a handsome example of this scarce usage

1,350
3,250
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261°
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 261, Trans-Mississippi Issue$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Perfectly centered, full original gum, intense shade and impression, Extremely Fine, considered by many to be the most beautiful stamps ever issued in the United States, with 1994 P.F. certificate

1,050
1,900
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262
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 262, Trans-Mississippi Issue$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi (292). Well-centered, used with 5c Trans-Mississippi (288), s.e., and strip of three 1c Green (279), all tied by 9-bar grids, purple "Mil. Sta. No. 1, Philippine Isles, San Francisco, Cal. Registered. Apr. 7, 1899" double-circle ds, matching "R. No. 433 Manila" framed registry hs on large linen-lined cover with printed address to Germany, $1.00 lifted to show pencil "1.00" beneath stamp (confirming usage) and hinged in place, vertical fold at center, some wrinkles around edges barely affecting stamps, still Very Fine and an exhibition piece of the greatest rarity, our Levi records of Trans-Mississippi covers show no other example of a dollar-value stamp used from the Philippines

4,000
6,250
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263
og
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 263, Trans-Mississippi Issue$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Original gum, lightly hinged, extraordinary wide margins all around, fresh and Extremely Fine Gem, with 1991 P.F. certificate for block

1,700
3,000
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264°
og
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 264, Trans-Mississippi Issue$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Full original gum, lightly hinged, perfectly centered, deep rich color, Extremely Fine, with 1994 P.F. certificate

1,700
3,250
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265°
nhbl
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 265, Trans-Mississippi Issue$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), $2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293)$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293). Mint left sheet margin block, well-centered, rich color, remarkably fresh and Very Fine, blocks of this choice never-hinged quality are rare, ex Hetherington, with 1970 P.F. certificate

9,200
6,750
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