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

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003

Category — Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3054
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3054, Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Horizontal pair and single, intense shade, tied by targets and "Registered" straightline handstamp on orange cover with illustrated Pacific Stage Express Co. Paid printed frank to James Brennan at Nassau Street in New York, neat "San Francisco Cal. 13 Mar. 1865" double-circle datestamp, ms. registry numbers and bold "Z Z" handstamps likely applied in New York, back of cover with ms. inventory of stamps which were enclosed incl. "5 Bambers Exp., 20-2c Blk. Sandwich Islands", etc., stamps centered to bottom

A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE REGISTERED USAGE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEW YORK, USED TO CARRY STAMPS FROM AN EARLY DEALER.

The Pacific Stage Express Co. closed in 1864, but its franked envelope was used in this instance by a San Francisco stamp dealer. The registry fee was paid in cash.

Illustrated in Nathan book, p. 157. With 1968 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
3055
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3055, Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a), 2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a)2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a). Horizontal pair with right stamp bisected, each cancelled by matching fancy target in homemade blackish brown ink, tied across the cut on cover to Green Castle Pa., matching "Leitersburg, Md. Nov. 9" circular datestamp, ms."Paid", with 1866 enclosure

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB BISECTED USAGE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK. SCARCE IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.

Accompanied by a second cover from same correspondence showing normal payment with a 3c 1861. With copy of 1968 P.F. certificate.

1,750
2,200
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3056
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3056, Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Used with 1c Blue (63) and 12c Black (69), tied by segmented cork cancels, red "N. York Hamb. Pkt. Nov. 28" circular datestamp on red and blue Union and Constitution Patriotic cover to Vienna, Austria, Angell correspondence, neat "Franco" handstamp, Hamburg and Vienna backstamps, some light waterstaining at sides, 12c small tear at top right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USAGE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK ISSUE ON AN ANGELL PATRIOTIC COVER TO AUSTRIA.

Ex Matthies and Allen. Illustrated in Lane. Only four covers with Black Jacks were offered in our 1969 Matthies sale.

E. 3,000-4,000
5,500
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3057
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3057, Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Two, used with horizontal pair of 12c Black (69), tied by targets, "Middletown Pa. May 13, 1864" backstamp on red and blue "Fort Henry owns the Union Sway" Patriotic cover to Bavaria, Germany, red New York 7c credit datestamp, red Aachen transit, few expert repairs, otherwise Fine, a rare design and usage

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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3058
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3058, Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Choice centering, bright shade, tied by "Washington D.C. Dec. 22, 1865" double-circle datestamp and target on orange prisoner-of-war cover to Washington D.C., neat strike of large framed "Approved by Order of, Henry B. Todd, Capt. & Prov. Marshal [initialed "C.W.T."] Lieut. & Adjutant", stamp with small tear at bottom left, otherwise Fine, rare Black Jack cover from Old Capitol Prison, with 1980 P.F. certificate not mentioning tear

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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3059
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3059, Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). S.e. at left, tied by target, "Sandusky O. Apr. 3, 1865" double-circle datestamp on orange prisoner-of-war cover to local address, oval "Prisoner's Letter, Examined, J. Jordan, Johnson's Island, O." handstamp, Very Fine, scarce drop-rate usage from Johnson's Island, ex Allen, with 1980 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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3060
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3060, Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Tied by bold strike of deep green quartered cork cancel on Aug. 18, 1866 Richmond Va. folded prices current to Sangersville Va., Very Fine, extremely rare post-war usage, Richmond was slow to restore postal service after the war, this August 1866 circular is a very unusual use of the green cancel on printed matter, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
2,500
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3061
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3061, Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection2c Black, E. Grill (87), 2c Black, E. Grill (87)2c Black, E. Grill (87). Cancelled by crossroads on Carriage and Trolley Car Manufacturer's illustrated advertising cover to local New York City address, remarkable combination of black cameo design and gray lithograph, tiny cover tear at bottom, Extremely Fine, a very rare advertising design and especially desirable with the Black Jack stamp

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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3062
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3062, Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection2c Black, F. Grill (93), 2c Black, F. Grill (93)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Tied by extraordinarily bold strike of blue "Montclair N.J. Oct. 3" circular datestamp on Grant & Colfax Club illustrated cover to Newark N.J., unflattering contemporary pen embellishments on portraits, top right corner of stamp slightly torn, otherwise Very Fine, scarce campaign usage with Black Jack

E. 750-1,000
750
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3063
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3063, Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection2c Black, E. Grill (87), 2c Black, E. Grill (87)2c Black, E. Grill (87). Dark shade and clearly defined grill, cancelled by Leaf cancel, used with Vancouver Island 1865 5c Rose (5), ms. "#" cancel and tied by neat strike of "35" oval grid, blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Victoria Jun. 25" oval datestamp on 10c Green entire (U40) with leaf cancel to London, England, with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, red New York and London transits, 1868 usage, small repaired tear at top right corner

VERY FINE. A RARE USAGE OF THE 1868 2-CENT GRILLED BLACK JACK ON A WELLS FARGO ENTIRE FROM VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA TO LONDON, ENGLAND.

Ex Haas.

E. 7,500-10,000
6,750
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3064
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3064, Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection2c Black, F. Grill (93), 2c Black, F. Grill (93)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Cancelled by small square cork, tied by blue "Post Office Victoria V.I." oval with crest on 10c Yellow Green entire to Midleton, Ireland, with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank, blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Victoria V.I." oval handstamp, red "New York Paid All Apr. 24" transit, May 6, 1869 receiving backstamp, missing part of top flap and part of right flap from opening, some soiling and light file folds, otherwise Fine, scarce usage from Vancouver Island to Ireland

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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3065
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3065, Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Almost perfectly centered with Jumbo margins all around, bold segmented cork cancel and trace of red circular datestamp at bottom left, dark color and detailed impression, fresh paper with long full perfs, Extremely Fine Gem, a extraordinarily huge stamp, with 2003 P.F. certificate

135
3,500
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3066
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3066, Specialized Black Jack Issues from the John E. McCracken Collection15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Used with 3c Red, F. Grill (94) and 12c Black, E. Grill (90), tied by grid cancels, purple "Philadelphia Paid 12 Jul. 21" credit datestamp on 1868 tissue-paper cover to Paris, France, blue Calais transit, red framed "PD" handstamp, Paris receiving backstamp, Very Fine, unusual combination franking for 30c double rate (three different designs, ungrilled and two types of grills)

E. 750-1,000
625
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