Sale 804 — The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States

Sale Date — Thursday-Saturday, 8-10 October, 1998

Category — E Grills

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
236
ogbl
Sale 804, Lot 236, E Grills1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Block of four, original gum, slight disturbance from hinge removal, well-centered, beautiful bright shade and proof-like impression from new plate on thin paper, right pair faintly creased and lower right stamp has small thin

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE BLOCK OF THE 1868 1-CENT E GRILL.

Ex Klein

4,000
6,000
237
 
Sale 804, Lot 237, E Grills1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Magnificent centering and margins, dark shade, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, an exceedingly scarce stamp, rare in this choice condition, with 1974 P.F. certificate

400
950
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238
bl
Sale 804, Lot 238, E Grills1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Vertical block of 18, far better centering than would be expected in a large multiple of this issue, deep shade, quartered cork cancels, bottom right stamp has a negligible wrinkle, a few minor separations at top

FINE AND SOUND. THE LARGEST RECORDED USED MULTIPLE OF ANY OF THE 1868 1-CENT GRILLED ISSUES. A SPECTACULAR EXHIBITION PIECE.

Ex Bechtel. Scott Retail for three blocks and three pairs

10,050
8,000
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239
 
Sale 804, Lot 239, E Grills2c Black, E. Grill (87). Extra wide margins, perfectly struck circle of V's cancel, Extremely Fine and choice, with 1987 P.F. certificate

100
425
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240
c
Sale 804, Lot 240, E Grills2c Black, E. Grill (87). L-shaped block of five used with another single, 3c Red, F. Grill (94) and 12c Green (117), tied by cork cancels, "New Orleans La. Aug. 28" (1869) circular datestamp on 3c Pink entire to Auzon, France, red "New York Paid 6" credit datestamp, red "PD" in frame and blue Calais transit, stamps have minor perfs flaws and gum soaks in grills, small part of upper right corner of cover has been expertly repaired, block lifted to lighten gum soaks and replaced

FINE AND ATTRACTIVE COVER. USED BLOCKS OF THE 2-CENT E. GRILL ARE EXTREMELY RARE. THIS BLOCK OF FIVE, USED IN A FOUR-COLOR MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING, IS ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING ITEMS OF THE GRILLED ISSUE.

Illustrated in Allen Black Jack book (p. 147)

E. 7,500-10,000
6,000
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241
 
Sale 804, Lot 241, E Grills3c Rose, E. Grill (88). Block of four, full original gum, lightly hinged, superb centering and margins, distinctive Rose shade on thick paper from early E Grill run (see timeline on p. 144), a few gum soaks in grill points of lower left stamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM BLOCK. CONSIDERING THE RARITY OF SINGLE 3-CENT E GRILL STAMPS OF THIS QUALITY, THIS COULD WELL BE THE LAST REMAINING CENTERED BLOCK WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

Whether or not this block remains intact much beyond the Zoellner sale, we shall see. Ex Klein

3,750
7,500
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242
 
Sale 804, Lot 242, E Grills3c Rose, E. Grill (88). Perfectly centered with enormous margins, blue town cancel, extraordinary proof-like impression and very deep shade, Extremely Fine Gem

17
250
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243
 
Sale 804, Lot 243, E Grills10c Green, E. Grill (89). Extra wide margins, intense shade and proof-like impression, lightly cancelled by target, Extremely Fine, with 1986 P.F. certificate

275
750
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244
ogbl
Sale 804, Lot 244, E Grills12c Black, E. Grill (90). Block of four, original gum, well-centered, fine impression with clear grills

FINE-VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE RAREST BLOCKS OF THE 1868 GRILLED ISSUE.

A block of four is the largest-size multiple of the 12c E Grill that exists unused. Blocks of the 12c E Grill are much rarer than multiples of the 10c or 15c E Grill, or the F Grills up through the 15c. Not one block of the 12c E Grill was included in the massive classic collections formed by Caspary, Crocker, Eno, Lilly, Moody, West and Ishikawa. The Green collection had two off-center blocks, and the Klein collection had one off-center block (all with original gum). Brookman makes the same observation in Vol. II of his book (p. 141), and he cites one block with original gum from our firm's 1965 Rarities of the World sale--it is, in fact, the Zoellner block.

Ex Hind. With 1994 P.F. certificate

18,500
23,000
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245
 
Sale 804, Lot 245, E Grills12c Black, E. Grill (90). Phenomenally wide margins and perfect centering, deep shade and intense impression, very lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem, quite possibly the finest used single of this stamp in existence, with 1989 P.F. certificate

300
1,800
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246
ogbl
Sale 804, Lot 246, E Grills15c Black, E. Grill (91). Block of four, full original gum, lightly hinged, extraordinarily well-centered, handsome gray shade on fresh paper with clear grill impressions

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE BLOCK WITH ORIGINAL GUM IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE QUALITY.

Ex Caspary and Klein. Scott Retail for four singles is $24,000.00--there is only a small premium for a block

27,500
29,000
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247
 
Sale 804, Lot 247, E Grills15c Black, E. Grill (91). Virtually perfect centering, wide margins, sharp impression, vivid red cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, extremely rare in this choice condition, with 1985 P.F. certificate

650
1,900
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