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Sale 811 — 1999 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 May, 1999

Category — Air Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
245°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 245, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a). Position 57, rich colors on bright paper, fresh original gum, small light trace of hinging

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE BEST-CENTERED AND FRESHEST STAMPS FROM THE ORIGINAL SHEET OF 100. FOR THE COLLECTOR SEEKING THE FINEST QUALITY ATTAINABLE, THIS STAMP IS THE IDEAL INVERTED JENNY.

This stamp, with Positions 47-48 and 58, at one time comprised a block of four owned by Eugene Klein. After Klein's death in 1944, his daughter, Dolores Klein Hertz, was instructed to claim a sealed container held by a Philadelphia bank in accordance with his Will. Resting on top of the various stamp collections in this container was the block of inverts.

The Klein-Hertz block was sold by Mrs. Hertz to Robert A. Siegel, who in turn placed it with Raymond H. Weill Co. The block was later sold by the Weills to a collector, Mr. Phillips, whose philatelic estate they acquired in 1968 for just over $4 million. The Weills received Philatelic Foundation certificate number 10,000 prior to splitting the block into singles at their client's request.

This example comes from the position next the Zoellner copy (Position 58), which realized $192,500 in our sale last October. With 1988 P.F. certificate

150,000
160,000
246°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 246, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a). Left sheet margin block of four, discreetly rejoined along horizontal perfs, Positions 41-42/51-52, rich colors and well-centered, excellent impression, slightly mount-disturbed original gum, pinpoint thin spot in top left stamp

VERY FINE TO EXTREMELY FINE. AN IMPORTANT AND UNIQUE POSITION PIECE OF THIS FAMOUS ERROR. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF AMERICAN PHILATELY.

This block was one of the few position pieces retained by Colonel Edward H.R. Green from his purchase of the discovery sheet. It was likely broken into two part arrow pairs by Col. Green. The block was offered in the Green sale of March 25, 1946, where it was purchased by New York dealer Y. Souren. Souren rejoined the block and sold it to a New York collector, L.D. White, in 1947. White sold it to New Orleans dealers Raymond and Roger Weill in 1950. The Weill Brothers placed the block with a collector, Mr. Phillips, in November 1950. In 1968, the Weills purchased the block from the estate of Mr. Phillips. The block was sold again by the Weill Brothers in 1970, to a Western collector, Mr. P. The block was repurchased in 1984 from the heirs of Mr. P.

Ex Green, White, Phillips, "Mr. P.". With 1989 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as a block of four

675,000
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247°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 247, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). The complete matched set of plate blocks for each denomination, 16 sets, a total of 48 plate blocks, 65c plates 20077, 20078, 20079 and 20080; $1.30 plates 20085, 20086, 20087 and 20088; $2.60 plates 20090, 20091, 20092 and 20095, each plate number represented by top, bottom, right and left positions, all except three plate blocks are Mint N.H., all have deep rich color, remarkably fresh and well-centered throughout with lighter-than-usual natural gum skips and bends, few stamps with natural internal paper wrinkles, four plate blocks have one small sealed selvage tears (very minor imperfections in a group such as this)

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. THE UNIQUE ASSEMBLY OF MATCHED PLATE BLOCKS OF THE 1930 GRAF ZEPPELIN ISSUE. VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DUPLICATE, ESPECIALLY IN SUCH OUTSTANDING CONDITION.

Accompanied by our detailed analysis of each plate block

365,650
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248
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 248, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Mint N.H. set of plate no. blocks of six, each has deep rich color, 65c few small natural gum skips, $1.30 right stamps natural paper wrinkle as are found on many plate blocks, $2.60 very light natural gum skip

FRESH AND VERY FINE SET OF GRAF ZEPPELIN PLATE BLOCKS.

The gum is remarkably fresh and free of characteristic flaws

23,250
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249
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 249, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Blocks of four showing plate nos., 65c left margin, $1.30 and $2.60 top margin, two stamps on 65c and $1.30 blocks disturbed original gum, others Mint N.H., Very Fine-Extremely Fine set

9,075
4,350
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250
nhbl
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 250, Air Post$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15), $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15)$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Mint N.H. block of four, deep shade and unusually fresh, Extremely Fine

4,800
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251
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 251, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Complete set tied by two strikes of "Washington D.C. Apr 19 5 P.M." duplex datestamps on First Day of Issue cover, two different purple cachets also tie $1.30 and $2.60, additional red cachet, various round-trip markings, an Extremely Fine and scarce flown first day cover, with 1978 P.F. certificate

15,000
16,000
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252
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 252, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Each tied on backflap of separate Pennsylvania Railroad illustrated cover by "Washington D.C. Apr. 19, 1930" First Day of Issue duplexes with second clear strike below, each addressed to Mr. Randolph Cook in Norfolk Va., each also bears 2c stamp with "TPRR" perfin (Pennsylvania Railroad), fresh and Very Fine set of first day covers, signed and with 1979 Friedl certificate

4,850
5,000
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