Sale 869 — Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities: United States, Confederate States, Historic Flights and Hawaii

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003

Category — Air Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3254
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Sale 869, Lot 3254, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Bottom plate no. blocks of six, two 65c stamps with slightly disturbed gum, otherwise Mint N.H., $1.30 with two small h.r., $2.60 with disturbed gum from hinge removal leaving tiny thin speck, bright and fresh colors, 65c Fine-Very Fine, other two Very Fine-Extremely Fine

15,800
9,000
3255°
c
Sale 869, Lot 3255, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Blocks of four with plate nos., each with "New York N.Y. Varick Street Sta. May 2, 1930 12:30PM" duplex (ties $2.60) on legal-size cover to Irvington N.J., red and violet handstamp cachets, typed routing instructions, Irvington pharmacist's return label at left, cover slightly reduced at left

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR FLOWN COVER FEATURING BLOCKS OF FOUR WITH PLATE NUMBERS OF THE GRAF ZEPPELIN ISSUE.

A set of used blocks has a Scott Retail value of $4,700.00. The plate numbers and flight-usage add significantly to the value of this cover.

E. 7,500-10,000
7,000
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3256°
c
Sale 869, Lot 3256, Air Post$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C15). Tied by "Washington D.C. Apr. 19, 1930" machine cancel on uncacheted First Day cover to Northampton Mass., large violet "Return to Writer" box and Official Seal affixed over top of cover, "Northampton Mass. May 10, 1930" duplex backstamp and pencil "Opened by mistake by Esther M. Carver" on reverse, part of top backflap removed, fresh and Very Fine, rare with an official seal proving it was sent thru the mails

1,250
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3257°
ng
Sale 869, Lot 3257, Air Post1877, 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon Air Post Semi-Official (CL1). Large even margins all around, unused (no gum), slight creasing between stamps, couple tiny scuffs

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE TETE-BECHE PAIR OF THE BUFFALO BALLOON STAMP.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John F. B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tennessee. Only 300 were printed in tete-beche arrangement from a single die. The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin, Tennessee, which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, only 23 were used.

21,500
17,000
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