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Sale 824 — 2000 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 May, 2000

Category — Air Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
347
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 347, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a). Position 75, original gum, deep rich colors, small tear at left, some thinning, a few perfs at top right blunted

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LOWER LEFT STAMP FROM THE FAMOUS McCOY BLOCK. A WONDERFUL STAMP WITH A FASCINATING STORY.

The Inverted Jenny offered here was originally the lower left stamp in the famous McCoy block. The block was once owned by Arthur Hind, and sold at the 1933 auction of his stamps to Scott Stamp & Coin Co. It was then sold in 1936 by Spencer Anderson to Ethel B. Stewart (later Ethel McCoy). Early in the morning on September 23, 1955, at the APS annual convention in Norfolk Va., a thief broke into a protective case housing the block of four of the Inverted Jenny that belonged to Ethel B. McCoy. A scrap of mounting paper and the blank album page were all that remained in the exhibit frame when the theft was noticed. The block would never be found intact.

Three years later, the position offered here, the lower left stamp of the block, was offered by a Chicago dealer to the Weills of New Orleans. Recognizing the stamp as part of the stolen McCoy block, the Weills notified the FBI, but the single stamp's value fell below the minimum necessary for the law-enforcement agency's involvement. With no other option, the Weills returned the stamp to the dealer, who claimed that he bought it prior to the 1955 theft.

The stamp resurfaced briefly in 1970 and then again in 1977, when the Philatelic Foundation positively identified it as Position 75 from the McCoy block. By then, it was of sufficient value to warrant an FBI investigation. After its recovery and a protracted custody battle, the stamp was donated by Mrs. McCoy to the American Philatelic Research Library and was sold on their behalf in 1981, realizing $115,000. Only one other stamp (Position 65) has been recovered since the 1955 theft.

Ex Hind and McCoy (as part of a block of four). Illustrated on front cover of 1981 American Philatelist. With 1982 P.F. certificate and accompanied by letter from curator of the Philatelic Foundation

150,000
0
348
nhbl
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 348, Air Post65c Graf Zeppelin (C13), 65c Graf Zeppelin (C13)65c Graf Zeppelin (C13). Mint N.H. bottom left complete pane of 50, rich color and sharp impression, remarkably fresh and intact

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE SHEET OF THE 65-CENT GRAF ZEPPELIN.

An outstanding sheet containing many Extremely Fine Gems

19,880
14,000
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349
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 349, Air Post$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15), $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15)$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Mint N.H. upper left complete pane of 50, lovely shade, post office fresh and intact, two stamps clear of plate blocks with natural inclusions

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER HINGED AND SCARCE COMPLETE PANE OF THE $2.60 GRAF ZEPPELIN SHEET.

This sheet has exceptional centering throughout

66,200
47,500
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350
ogbl
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 350, 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, the 65c and $1.30 top pairs barest trace of hinging, bottom pairs and the $2.60 Mint N.H., bright and fresh, remarkably well-centered, Extremely Fine and choice set

8,270
5,000
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351
nhbl
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 351, 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. blocks of four, both are well-centered with deep rich color, 65c two stamps with natural gum skips, Extremely Fine and choice blocks

6,040
5,000
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352
ogbl
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 352, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Plate no. blocks of six, lightly hinged, rich colors, usual natural gum creases and skips

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE SET OF GRAF ZEPPELIN PLATE BLOCKS.

Rare this well-centered

16,300
9,500
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353
nhbl
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 353, Air Post$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15), $2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15)$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Mint N.H. top plate no. block of six, pretty shade, fresh and intact, well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE $2.60 GRAF ZEPPELIN.

An outstanding plate block

11,250
7,500
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354
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 354, Air Post15c Black & Orange, Tagged, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (C63b), 15c Black & Orange, Tagged, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (C63b)15c Black & Orange, Tagged, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Vertically (C63b). Mint N.H. bottom right corner margin horizontal strip of three, right stamp with vertical perforations at right, left stamps with two rows of perforations at top, foldover at right stamp leaves that stamp with only one row of horizontal perforations at top

EXTREMELY FINE. A DRAMATIC AND UNIQUE POSITION PIECE OF THE 15-CENT STATUE OF LIBERTY AIR POST STAMP IMPERFORATE VERTICALLY.

With 1996 P.F. certificate. Unlisted in Datz

22,500
6,500
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