Sale 804 — The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States

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

Category — One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
276
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Sale 804, Lot 276, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials1c Buff (112). Top right corner sheet margin block of 21 with full NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, full original gum, some perf reinforcements, a few scattered toned spots, crease thru top left stamp, minor tear in right sheet margin

VERY FINE TO EXTREMELY FINE. PROBABLY THE FINEST OF THE FEW KNOWN 1-CENT 1869 BLOCKS WITH IMPRINT. A SPECTACULAR EXHIBITION ITEM.

Scott Retail $15,275.00 as blocks, pairs and single

15,275
13,000
277
 
Sale 804, Lot 277, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials1c Buff (112). Perfectly centered, wide margins, rich color, cork cancel, Extremely Fine

100
400
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278
ogbl
Sale 804, Lot 278, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials2c Brown (113). Horizontal block of six, full original gum, tiny hinge reinforcements, well-centered, beautiful rich color, tiny corner perf crease at bottom right (truly negligible)

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT OF THE 1869 PICTORIALS TO OBTAIN AS A CENTERED BLOCK.

Ex Wunderlich and Ishikawa

2,750
5,000
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279
 
Sale 804, Lot 279, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials2c Brown (113). Perfectly centered with extra wide margins, intense shade and proof-like impression, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine Gem

45
375
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280
ogbl
Sale 804, Lot 280, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials3c Ultramarine (114). Horizontal block of 18, most are Mint N.H. (two lightly hinged), bright and fresh color, overall well-centered, slight corner crease in top left stamp

VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE BLOCK.

Scott Retail for blocks and pairs

5,400
2,600
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281
 
Sale 804, Lot 281, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials3c Ultramarine (114). Gigantic margins all around, virtually perfect centering, target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, an outstanding example of the 3c 1869

15
375
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282
ogbl
Sale 804, Lot 282, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials6c Ultramarine (115). Square-shaped block of sixteen, full original gum, some slight disturbance from hinge removal and offset from another 6c sheet on gum of right vertical column, extraordinarily well-centered, sensibly reinforced perf separations, four stamps slightly creased, a corner crease and tiny pinhole affecting two stamps noted on certificate but truly negligible in a multiple of this importance

VERY FINE TO EXTREMELY FINE. BY FAR THE FINER OF THE TWO RECORDED BLOCKS OF SIXTEEN OF THE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL -- THE LARGEST-SIZE UNUSED MULTIPLE. A MAGNIFICENT EXHIBITION PIECE.

Described in Brookman Vol. II: "The finest block of which we have any record was a very fine O.G. block of 16 offered by Elliott Perry in 1936 that reappeared in the Caspary Sale of 1956." Illustrated and described in Chronicle (Vol 26, No. 3) and Rose book (p. 63). Ex Caspary, Grunin, Wunderlich and Ishikawa (where it realized $39,100). With 1993 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for one block of four is $7,500.00--footnote states "No. 115 is the most difficult value in this issue to find well-centered unused. Such examples sell for much more."

E. 40,000-50,000
50,000
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283
 
Sale 804, Lot 283, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials6c Ultramarine (115). Perfectly centered, unusually clear and complete strike of HIOGO/JAPAN" double-circle U.S. Postal Agency handstamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1991 P.F. certificate

660
3,000
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284
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Sale 804, Lot 284, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials10c Yellow (116). Block of four, full original gum, vivid color, bright and fresh, bottom perfs touch

A FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL.

Ex Hind, Rust, Burrus (as a block of six) and Bechtel (in its present form)

8,500
2,900
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285
 
Sale 804, Lot 285, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials10c Yellow (116). Well-centered, bright shade, neat target cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1991 P.F. certificate

120
450
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286
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Sale 804, Lot 286, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials12c Green (117). Block of four, original gum, some slight disturbance from hinge removal, rich color and very fresh

FINE-VERY FINE. ONE OF THE BEST-ENTERED 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL BLOCKS KNOWN.

The Rose book notes eight unused blocks, including off-center blocks of twelve and nine, three blocks of six and two blocks of four. All of the blocks of six or larger are off center. This block and one block in the Caspary sale are the best-centered of the group, but we cannot be certain that the Caspary block is still intact.

Ex Burrus and Bechtel.

7,500
3,500
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287
 
Sale 804, Lot 287, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials12c Green (117). Extra wide margins all around, beautiful deep rich color and proof-like impression, neat target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1985 P.F. certificate

130
290
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288
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Sale 804, Lot 288, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Horizontal block of six, full original gum, each stamp superbly centered, bright colors and fresh paper, top left stamp has a few tiny thin specks in grill (one has pinpoint break)

EXTREMELY FINE. THE FAMOUS ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK FROM THE HIND AND CASPARY COLLECTIONS--THE FINEST KNOWN MULTIPLE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL STAMP.

One larger block (of nine) exists, but it is far off center. There are three recorded unused blocks of four, including one in the Brown University collection, but these, too, are off center. The block of six offered in this sale is unquestionably the finest multiple, unused or used, of the scarce 15c Type I 1869 Pictorial.

Illustrated in Brookman Vol. II (p. 174) and Rose book (p. 108). Ex Hind, Caspary (where featured as "A magnificent block and a great showpiece. One of the most outstanding 1869 items known") and Bechtel. Scott Retail for a block of four is $35,000.00.

E. 60,000-80,000
75,000
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289
 
Sale 804, Lot 289, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Phenomenally wide margins all around, deep rich colors, fancy rosette cancel and part of red New York credit datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTRAORDINARY STAMP WITH DIMENSIONS AND CENTERING RARELY ENCOUNTERED IN THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL.

With 1984 P.F. certificate

600
2,600
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290
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Sale 804, Lot 290, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Horizontal block of six, full original gum, intense colors and impressions, tiny sealed tear in bottom left stamp

FINE AND WONDERFULLY FRESH BLOCK OF SIX WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

Ex Caspary and Bechtel. Scott Retail for block and pair

12,650
7,500
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291
 
Sale 804, Lot 291, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Well-centered, incredibly rich colors, red cork and blue French transit cancels, accompanying certificate notes a "tiny corner crease" at top right, which is invisible out of fluid and shows only as a very faint line in fluid--an absolutely insignificant flaw in this Extremely Fine stamp--one of the most colorful and beautiful 15c 1869's extant, ex Caspary, with 1987 P.F. certificate

375
2,100
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292
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Sale 804, Lot 292, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials24c Green & Violet (120). Block of four, original gum with slight disturbance from hinge removal, extraordinarily well-centered, top pair faintly creased, a few small toned spots along center vertical perfs caused by perf reinforcement

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO WELL-CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCKS OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL. ONLY FIVE EXTANT UNUSED BLOCKS IN TOTAL.

Our records of 24c 1869 unused multiples include three off-center blocks (of nine, six and four) and two well-centered blocks of four (this example and the ex-Moody, Rust and Burrus block). It is doubtful that any other blocks exist.

Illustrated in the Rose book (p. 137). Ex Grunin, Wunderlich and Ishikawa. With 1993 P.F. certificate

28,500
16,500
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293
 
Sale 804, Lot 293, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials24c Green & Violet (120). Gigantic margins on all four sides, perfectly centered, rich colors, the vignette is an especially dark and fine impression, neatly cancelled by leaf-shaped cork cancel, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL--DUE TO THE NARROW SPACING BETWEEN STAMPS AND DIFFICULTY REGISTERING TWO COLORS, THIS STAMP RARELY COMES CENTERED WITHIN WIDE MARGINS. THIS SPECTACULAR STAMP IS A TRUE CONDITION RARITY.

With 1985 P.F. certificate

650
4,500
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294
 
Sale 804, Lot 294, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Well-centered, rich colors, neat segmented cork cancel, Extremely Fine, dealer's small backstamp

450
1,300
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295
 
Sale 804, Lot 295, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials90c Carmine & Black (122). Well-centered, wide margins, wide-bar cork grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1984 P.F. certificate

1,750
2,300
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296
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Sale 804, Lot 296, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Without Grill (121a). Bottom sheet margin block of six with "(NATIO)NAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 21" vignette plate number in red, also showing part of bicolor registration marks at lower right corner, full original gum, deep rich colors characteristic of this printing without grill, neat hinge reinforcements, natural pre-printing paper creases visible when held to light, centered to right

ONE OF TWO RECORDED BLOCKS OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL CONTAINING THE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER. BOTH EXTANT PLATE NUMBER BLOCKS COME FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE SAME SHEET, WITHOUT GRILL (SCOTT 121a), PRINTED FROM A FLAG PLATE (BLUE COLOR) THAT WAS MISSING THE PLATE NUMBER "21" AT TOP.

The 30c 1869 was printed from two plates; the red vignette plate with imprint at bottom, and the blue flag plate with imprint at top. This block was originally joined with the block of fifteen from the adjacent right pane, which was sold in the Ryohei Ishikawa auction (Christie's, Sept. 29, 1993, realized $96,000). These two multiples are the only extant 30c 1869 Pictorial blocks, other than proof impressions, that show the imprint and plate number 21. They are both the Without Grill variety (Scott 121a), not the regularly-issued grilled 30c 1869. Two top sheet-margin multiples from the same Without Grill sheet (left and right panes) are recorded. The top-margin pieces show that the flag plate, printed in blue, was missing the plate number that later appears on proof impressions. There is no record of a second flag plate being made, so the use of an unnumbered plate almost certainly indicates a printing that pre-dates the regular issue.

Ex Worthington and Caspary

E. 40,000-50,000
42,500
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297
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Sale 804, Lot 297, One-Cent to Ninety-Cents 1869 Pictorials90c Carmine & Black (122). Vertical block of six, unused with traces of original gum, well-centered, intense vignette impression, frame varies from bright Carmine at left to a pinkish slightly dry print at right, which suggests this is a right margin block, faint thinning in three stamps confined mainly to grills, perfs strengthened and rejoined in places

VERY FINE TO EXTREMELY APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO KNOWN UNUSED BLOCKS OF SIX, THE LARGEST-SIZE INTACT UNUSED MULTIPLE RECORDED FOR THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL. AN OUTSTANDING CLASSIC UNITED STATES BLOCK.

The other known unused block of six was in the Caspary sale. The similarity in centering between these two blocks suggests that they might originate from the same piece.

Illustrated in Rose book (p. 164). Ex Hind and Bechtel. This block is believed to be the one described in Brookman Vol. II (p. 188) as ex Ackerman, Sinkler and Ward. Scott Retail as a block and pair

105,500
65,000
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