Sale 804 — The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States
Sale Date — Thursday-Saturday, 8-10 October, 1998
Category — One Cent to Ninety Cent
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
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
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
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
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)
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
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTRAORDINARILY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE BRIGHT BUFF--A GREAT RARITY IN THIS QUALITY.
Ex Klein. With 1980 P.F. certificate
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
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
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