Sale 804 — The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States
Sale Date — Thursday-Saturday, 8-10 October, 1998
Category — 1861 First Designs and Colors
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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