Sale 804 — The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States

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

Category — One Cent to Ninety Cent

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
172
 
Sale 804, Lot 172, One Cent to Ninety Cent1c Blue (63). Unusually wide margins and choice centering, bright shade, fine impression, pretty red New York City circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1992 P.F. certificate

30
280
173
 
Sale 804, Lot 173, One Cent to Ninety Cent3c Pink (64). Near perfect centering, very wide margins, beautiful bright color in the true Pink shade, clearly struck blue Sprinfield O. double-circle datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING EXAMPLE OF THE EARLY PINK SHADE. A MATCHLESS COMBINATION OF QUALITY AND COLOR.

Ex Klein. With 1959 P.F. certificate

610
2,700
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174
ngbl
Sale 804, Lot 174, One Cent to Ninety Cent3c Pink (64). Block of four, unused (no gum), beautiful bright shade, unusually well-centered, faint pressed-out vertical creases as almost always found in unused examples of the early Pink

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A VERY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE BLOCK IN A SHADE DESCRIBED BY ASHBROOK AS "AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF THE COLOR."

Ashbrook's signed note identifying the color and commenting on its "excellent" quality is made in pencil on the back. Ex Bechtel

27,500
5,250
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175
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Sale 804, Lot 175, One Cent to Ninety Cent3c Pink (64). Bottom imprint and plate no. 12 block of twelve, unused (no gum), beautiful bright Pink color, extraordinarily well-centered, very faint vertical crease thru third row as almost always found in the unused Pink, lower left vertical pair rejoined and some perf separations reinforced with hinge slivers

THE UNIQUE AND FAMOUS 1861 3-CENT PINK PLATE NUMBER BLOCK FROM THE LUFF, WORTHINGTON, HIND AND WATERHOUSE COLLECTIONS. THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE PINK AND THE ONLY KNOWN PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF ANY SIZE.

The early Pink shade is exceedingly rare in unused condition and even more so in block form. Virtually all of the few known blocks are faulty to a serious degree. This unique plate number block was featured prominently in the Worthington, Hind and Waterhouse collections, during which time it was affixed to a piece of mounting paper, which has since been removed. The color, centering and condition of this block are remarkably fine, and its importance as a key position block of the 1861 Issue is widely acknowledged (see Ashbrook article in Stamps, March 1946; also Chapin's A Census of United States Classic Plate Blocks 1851-1882, p. 15).

With 1965 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for two blocks and four singles (without gum) is $69,000.00--the plate block is unlisted, but other 1861 plate blocks of eight are priced from three to four times the value of two ordinary blocks

E. 30,000-40,000
27,000
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176
 
Sale 804, Lot 176, One Cent to Ninety Cent3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a). Vertical pair with full corner sheet margin, each stamp cancelled by the distinctive dotted grid used at Philadelphia in the Autumn of 1861, remarkably well-centered, the color is rich with a noticeable bluish hue that is characteristic of the Pigeon Blood Pink shade, top stamp has a slightly rounded corner

EXTREMELY FINE PAIR OF THE ELUSIVE PIGEON BLOOD PINK, AND EARLY AND VERY RARE EARLY SHADE.

Ex Koppersmith. With 1989 P.F. certificate. The pair is unlisted in Scott--value for two singles

6,200
8,000
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177
 
Sale 804, Lot 177, One Cent to Ninety Cent3c Rose (65). Perfectly centered, rich color, olive green town circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem

77
200
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178
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Sale 804, Lot 178, One Cent to Ninety Cent3c Lake (66). Full original gum, extraordinary margins and choice centering, deep rich color and proof-like impression on crisp white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE LAKE SHADE, A TRIAL PRINTING RARELY FOUND WITH SUCH SUPERB CENTERING.

Ex Hetherington and Klein. With 1961 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as No. 66 (in Trial Color section)

2,000
3,500
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179
 
Sale 804, Lot 179, One Cent to Ninety Cent5c Brown Yellow (67a). Absolutely perfect centering, deep rich color in dark brownish shade, fine impression, lovely contrasting blue Baltimore circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE RAREST REGULARLY-ISSUED STAMPS IN THIS SUPERB CONDITION.

Ex Grunin and Klein. With 1988 P.F. certificate as a Buff

660
1,650
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180
 
Sale 804, Lot 180, One Cent to Ninety Cent5c Buff (67). Phenomenal centering with wide margins all around, beautiful shade with bright yellow pigment, neat Boston "Paid" grid

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTRAORDINARILY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE BRIGHT BUFF--A GREAT RARITY IN THIS QUALITY.

Ex Klein. With 1980 P.F. certificate

650
2,200
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181
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Sale 804, Lot 181, One Cent to Ninety Cent5c Buff (67). Block of four, the four stamps almost completely separated, expertly rejoined except for a slight tell-tale misalignment of upper left stamp, cancelled by unusual small blue grid cancel, beautiful deep rich color, well-centered for this issue

FINE-VERY FINE. ONLY THREE OR FOUR BLOCKS OF THE 5-CENT BUFF ARE KNOWN, USED OR UNUSED, AND NONE IS SOUND. THIS IS ARGUABLY THE MOST ATTRACTIVE OF THE KNOWN BLOCKS.

Ex Chanin and Bechtel. Scott Retail $9,500.00 based on pen-cancelled block from the 1988 Klein sale

E. 7,500-10,000
4,750
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182
 
Sale 804, Lot 182, One Cent to Ninety Cent10c Dark Green (68a var). "TAG" double transfer, extra wide margins all around, intense shade and early proof-like impression, red cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem

55
625
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183
 
Sale 804, Lot 183, One Cent to Ninety Cent12c Black (69). Perfectly centered, wide even margins, neat circle of wedges cancel, Extremely Fine and choice, ex Sheriff

85
375
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184
 
Sale 804, Lot 184, One Cent to Ninety Cent24c Red Lilac (70). Gigantic margins all around, intense color in a deep red shade, neat grid and trace of red cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a spectacular stamp, ex Klein, with 1984 P.F. certificate

125
1,000
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185
 
Sale 804, Lot 185, One Cent to Ninety Cent24c Dark Red Lilac, "Boston Purple" (70 var). Intense shade and impression, beautifully centered, Boston "Paid" in oval cancel (associated with early 1861 shades), Extremely Fine Gem, the rare and distinctive Boston Purple and Rich Red Lilac shades are described in an article by William K. Herzog (Chronicle 124), this stamp is ex Caspary, Moody (where described as "Red Violet") and Klein, with 1988 P.F. certificate as Red Lilac

125
1,000
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186
 
Sale 804, Lot 186, One Cent to Ninety Cent24c Brown Lilac (70a). Perfectly centered with incredibly wide margins all around, lovely pastel shade and fine impression, sharp strike of handsome blue target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a truly beautiful 24c 1861 stamp, ex Grunin and Klein, with 1988 P.F. certificate

115
800
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187
 
Sale 804, Lot 187, One Cent to Ninety Cent24c Steel Blue (70b). The true early Steel Blue color in an unusually intense and proof-like shade, virtually perfect centering, neatly cancelled by Boston "Paid" grid at the bottom of the stamp well clear of Washington's face, Extremely Fine Gem, the 24c Steel Blue is rarely found with the intensity of this impression, a true condition rarity, ex Klein and Renne, with 1989 P.F. certificate

425
2,400
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188
 
Sale 804, Lot 188, One Cent to Ninety Cent24c Violet, Thin Paper, "Cincinnati Blue Violet" (70c var). A distinctive and rare Violet color originating at Cincinnati in 1863-64 and described by William K. Herzog in Chronicle No. 117--well-centered, bold Cincinnati grid and part of datestamp, Very Fine and choice, Herzog speculates that the Blue Violet comes from an early printing in 1861 that remained unsold in the Cincinnati post office (possibly placed at the bottom of a subsequent shipment and not used until 1863), with 1991 P.F. certificate as Violet

850
2,400
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189
 
Sale 804, Lot 189, One Cent to Ninety Cent24c Pale Gray Violet, Thin Paper (70d). Remarkably well-centered, intense shade and proof-like impression on thin crisp paper, circle of wedges cancel, Extremely Fine, an exceedingly scarce early shade, with 1994 P.F. certificate

500
3,250
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190
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Sale 804, Lot 190, One Cent to Ninety Cent30c Orange (71). Block of four, full original gum, bottom pair very lightly hinged, near perfect centering, brilliant fresh color on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM BLOCK. PROBABLY THE ONLY SURVIVING BLOCK IN THIS EXTRAORDINARILY CHOICE CONDITION.

Ex Lilly and Klein. With 1968 P.F. certificate. The Scott Catalogue assigns a very small block premium

4,250
9,000
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191
 
Sale 804, Lot 191, One Cent to Ninety Cent30c Orange (71). Perfectly centered with wide margins all around, bright early shade, vivid color and impression, lovely contrasting blue Baltimore circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, Scott Catalogue notes "Values for No. 71 are for copies with small margins, especially at sides. Large-margined examples sell for much more", ex Grunin and Klein, with 1988 P.F. certificate

127
625
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192
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Sale 804, Lot 192, One Cent to Ninety Cent90c Blue (72). Block of four, full original gum, lightly hinged, exceptionally well-centered, beautiful pastel shade on bright fresh paper, well-formed perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS 90-CENT 1861 BLOCK--SUPERBLY CENTERED AND AS FRESH AS THE DAY IT WAS ISSUED--IS THE FINEST KNOWN BLOCK WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

There are several blocks of the 90c 1861 with original gum that are centered strongly to left, have a consistently dark shade and malformed perforation holes (see Caspary sale for examples). This block is unlike that group. Its distinctive pastel shade, precise centering and well-formed perforations are desirable characteristics not found in the other known blocks. We have never encountered another 90c 1861 block of this quality.

Acquired by Mr. Zoellner by private treaty and offered at auction for the first time in more than half a century

14,500
23,000
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193
 
Sale 804, Lot 193, One Cent to Ninety Cent90c Blue (72). Nearly perfect centering, wide margins, bright shade, red cross cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, this stamp remained on Mr. Zoellner's want list for twelve years--it is remarkably difficult to obtain in centered, sound condition with an attractive cancellation--with 1985 and 1994 P.F. certificates

375
2,400
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