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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — Guam

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
652
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 652, Guam1930, 2c Green, Guard Mail (M1), 1930, 2c Green, Guard Mail (M1)1930, 2c Green, Guard Mail (M1). Block of fifteen with selvage at top, tropicalized original gum, natural s.e. at right, selvage folded over and adhering to gum, center stamp at top small toned spot

FINE APPEARANCE. THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE GUAM 2-CENT GUARD MAIL ISSUE. A NEW DISCOVERY AND OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME.

The previous largest recorded multiple was a block of nine, offered in our Sale 705. Scott Retail as singles.

6,000
0
653
ogbl
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 653, Guam1930, 4c Carmine, Guard Mail (M2), 1930, 4c Carmine, Guard Mail (M2)1930, 4c Carmine, Guard Mail (M2). Top right corner margin block of fifteen with plate no. 44876 at top left, slightly tropicalized original gum, deep rich color, few small thin spots from adhering to folder

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE OF THE 4-CENT CARMINE FIRST ISSUE GUAM GUARD MAIL. FROM A NEW DISCOVERY.

According to Napp, this is the only recorded multiple with the plate no. at top. Scott Retail as singles

3,375
0
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654
ogbl
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 654, Guam1930, 4c Carmine, Guard Mail (M2), 1930, 4c Carmine, Guard Mail (M2)1930, 4c Carmine, Guard Mail (M2). Irregular top right margin block of fourteen with plate no. 44873 at top left and bottom right, slightly tropicalized original gum, rich color, two stamps light natural paper wrinkle, slight thinning in selvage at top (not affecting plate no. position)

FINE. A RARE MULTIPLE OF THE 4-CENT FIRST ISSUE GUAM GUARD MAIL WITH PLATE NUMBERS AT BOTH TOP AND RIGHT. A MAGNIFICENT SHOWPIECE.

According to Napp this is the only surviving multiple with plate No. 44873. Scott Retail as singles

3,150
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655
ogbl
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 655, Guam1930, 1c Red & Black, Guard Mail (M3), 1930, 1c Red & Black, Guard Mail (M3)1930, 1c Red & Black, Guard Mail (M3). Complete sheet of 25, without gum as issued, natural s.e. at left and bottom, second horizontal row with (Cle)"veland Bond" of papermaker's wmk. reversed, few light toned spots

VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETE SHEET OF 25 OF THE ONE-CENT RED & BLACK GUAM GUARD MAIL ISSUE.

According to Napp this pane is either unique, or else one other is recorded. Only 1,000 were printed, and the issue sold out on the first day.

E. 4,000-5,000
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656
ogbl
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 656, Guam1930, 2c Black & Red, Guard Mail (M4), 1930, 2c Black & Red, Guard Mail (M4)1930, 2c Black & Red, Guard Mail (M4). Complete sheet of 25, without gum as issued, natural s.e. at left and bottom, rich color, center stamp small toned spot

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE COMPLETE SHEET OF 25 OF THE 2-CENT BLACK & RED GUAM GUARD MAIL ISSUE. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN.

Probably less than five complete panes are known. Contrary to the generally accepted number of 4,000 stamps issued, only 2,000 were actually printed and issued.

E. 3,000-4,000
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657
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 657, Guam1930, 2c Black & Red, Guard Mail, Extra Impression of Vignette (M4 var), 1930, 2c Black & Red, Guard Mail, Extra Impression of Vignette (M4 var)1930, 2c Black & Red, Guard Mail, Extra Impression of Vignette (M4 var). Complete sheet of 25, extra impression of vignette at bottom affects four positions, without gum as issued, rich color, trivial toning is barely noticeable

VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE EXTRA VIGNETTE IMPRESSION IN A COMPLETE SHEET OF 25 OF THE 2-CENT BLACK & RED GUARD MAIL ISSUE. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING ITEMS OF GUAM PHILATELY.

The vignette was printed one stamp at a time, which made it possible for an extra single impression to appear on a sheet. This is a new discovery and becomes the unique basis of a future Scott listing.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,500
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