Sale 804 — The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States

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

Category — 1861 First Designs and Colors

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
162
og
Sale 804, Lot 162, 1861 First Designs and Colors1c Indigo, First Design (55). Full original gum, small h.r., well-centered with wide margins at sides and bottom, top perfs slightly into oval, intense shade and impression

VERY FINE AND FRESH. ONE OF EIGHT AVAILABLE SOUND EXAMPLES WITH ORIGINAL GUM. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE 1861 FIRST DESIGN.

Our census of 1861 First Designs and Colors (see Appendix, p. 365) contains a total of 24 copies of the 1c First Design, including two cancelled stamps and one sound example with original gum in the New York Public Library collection. Of the 21 remaining unused copies, only ten are completely sound and of these only eight have original gum. There is just one centered stamp among these eight (Census No. 55-OG-03)--five others are Very Fine and two are just Fine.

Census No. 55-OG-13. With 1950 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for 63-E11e

20,000
25,000
163
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Sale 804, Lot 163, 1861 First Designs and Colors3c Brown Rose, First Design (56). Full original gum, wide margins, beautifuly bright shade, Extremely Fine and choice, with 1984 P.F. certificate

475
950
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164
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Sale 804, Lot 164, 1861 First Designs and Colors5c Brown, First Design (57). Unused (no gum), well-centered with wide margins at sides and bottom, top perfs just touch, beautiful rich color and fine impression, very fresh

VERY FINE. ONE OF THIRTEEN AVAILABLE SOUND UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN, THIS BEING AMONG THE NINE BEST-CENTERED COPIES.

Our census of 1861 First Designs and Colors (see Appendix, p. 366) contains 35 copies of the 5c First Design, including just 14 sound unused examples, one of which is part of the New York Public Library collection.

Census No. 57-UNC-29. With 1961 and 1976 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail for 67-E9e

14,000
10,000
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165
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Sale 804, Lot 165, 1861 First Designs and Colors10c Dark Green, First Design (58). Full original gum, lightly hinged, extraordinarily well-centered with perfs clear all around, marvelous rich color and impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. RARELY FOUND WITH MARGINS ON FOUR SIDES, DUE TO THE NARROW SPACING BETWEEN SUBJECTS ON PLATE 4, WHICH PRODUCED THE 10-CENT FIRST DESIGN (TYPE I). A MAGNIFICENT STAMP.

Ex Engel. With 1957 and 1989 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as No. 62B

5,500
13,500
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166
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Sale 804, Lot 166, 1861 First Designs and Colors12c Intense Black, First Design (59). Full original gum, superb centering with wide margins all around, deep dark shade and intense impression on bright fresh paper, long full perfs

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST OF FIVE AVAILABLE EXAMPLES OF THE 12-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN WITH ORIGINAL GUM. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY.

The 12c is the rarest of the 1861 First Designs and Colors, with a total of 16 examples recorded, including one in the New York Public Library collection. Our census of this stamp (see Appendix, p. 368) contains seven sound copies, including the NYPL's stamp. Of the six sound copies available to collectors, only five have original gum, one of which is off center. Therefore, this Extremely Fine 12c First Design with original gum is one of four available copies that qualify for such a high grade.

Census No. 59-OG-15. With 1993 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for 69-E6e

40,000
65,000
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167
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Sale 804, Lot 167, 1861 First Designs and Colors24c Dark Violet, First Color (60). Full original gum, lightly hinged, perfectly centered, distinctive dark First Color shade, proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT DARK VIOLET TRIAL PRINTING. ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE 24-CENT 1861-63 ISSUE SHADES.

With 1975 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for 70TCe

6,500
9,000
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168
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Sale 804, Lot 168, 1861 First Designs and Colors30c Red Orange, First Color (61). Part original gum, near perfect centering with unusually wide margins, vibrant color on bright white paper, faintest trace of a diagonal crease at lower right, not noted on certificate and mentioned only because this is characteristic of the 30c 1861 First Color

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS STAMP IS ONE OF THE FIVE BEST-CENTERED 30-CENT 1861 FIRST COLOR STAMPS WITH ORIGINAL GUM. A BRILLIANT AND VERY RARE TRIAL PRINTING.

Our census of the 30c 1861 First Color (see Appendix, p. 368) contains a total of 30 examples, including one in the New York Public Library collection. A characteristic common to most examples of the 30c 1861 First Color is faint creasing, which in some cases is very severe and in others barely visible. The stamp offered from the Zoellner collection has never been described or certified with a crease, but under close scrutiny it can be detected. The diagonal crease, or bend, is so gentle it is almost invisible to the unaided eye. Of the five examples with original gum and centering qualifying as Extremely Fine, one is repaired, three have faint creasing, and the fifth has never had any flaws attributed to it in decades-old auction descriptions or P.F. records. It is possible, however, that a 30c 1861 First Color stamp does not exist in condition superior to this example. For this reason, even the most discriminating collector would be well-advised to acquire this choice stamp.

Census 61-OG-08. With 1958 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for 71TCb

17,500
13,500
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169
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Sale 804, Lot 169, 1861 First Designs and Colors90c Blue, First Design (62). Unused (no gum), perfectly centered with wide even margins, deep shade and proof-like impression on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE SECOND RAREST STAMP OF THE 1861 FIRST DESIGNS AND COLORS. ONLY EIGHT SOUND WELL-CENTERED EXAMPLES OF THE 90-CENT FIRST DESIGN ARE RECORDED. A BEAUTIFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE CLASSIC STAMP.

Our census of the 1861 First Designs and Colors contains 22 examples of the 90c First Design (see Appendix p. 370), including one copy in the New York Public Library collection and another copy certified as a privately-perforated No. 62a, which comes from a set in the Col. Green sale that was signed by John Luff (we believe this stamp to be genuine). Excluding the NYPL copy and the ex-Green stamp just noted, only eight examples of the 90c First Design are sound (generally Extremely Fine centering) and five of the eight are unused without gum, as is this example.

Census No. 62-UNC-04. Ex Isleham. With 1987 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for 72-E7h

22,500
30,000
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170
 
Sale 804, Lot 170, 1861 First Designs and Colors10c Dark Green, First Design (62B). Choice centering, wide margins, intense rich color, red New York circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp and rare example of the 10c First Design (Ty. I) with perfs well clear of the design on all four sides, with 1992 P.F. certificate

650
1,300
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171
bl
Sale 804, Lot 171, 1861 First Designs and Colors10c Dark Green, First Design (62B). Block of four, red grid cancels, dark shade and better-than-usual centering, short perf at top right, thin spot in bottom left stamp, top pair creased

FINE-VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE APPEARANCE. USED BLOCKS OF THE 10-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN (TYPE I) ARE EXCEEDINGLY RARE--FAR RARER, IN FACT, THAN UNUSED BLOCKS.

While blocks of Scott 62B have a Scott value of $24,000 unused and $6,500 used, there is no questions that used blocks are much rarer. Although we have not compiled a census, our estimate is that no more than five used blocks of this stamp exist on or off cover. Ex Bechtel

6,500
8,500
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