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Sale 878 — 2004 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 12 June, 2004

Category — Air Post thru Parcel Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
534
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 534, Air Post thru Parcel Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post , Grounded Plane (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post , Grounded Plane (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post , Grounded Plane (C3). Lightly hinged, fresh colors, wheels of the plane significantly into "Cents"

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE TRUE "GROUNDED PLANE" VARIETY OF THE 24-CENT 1918 AIR POST ISSUE.

With 2004 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
535
c
1971, Apollo 15 Moon Exploration Cover. Pair of No. 1278 and 1371 tied by Kennedy Space Center Jul. 26, 1971 machine cancel, No. 1435a tied by "U.S.S. Okinawa (LPH-3) Aug 7, 1971 AM" datestamp on cacheted flown cover, numbered "114 of 300" and signed by the three astronauts -- David Scott, Al Worden and James Irwin -- two copies of printed enclosure, accompanied by a typed certification signed by Worden, Scott and Irwin, NASA serial no. 284 on back

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. A COVER OF GREAT HISTORICAL VALUE.

The card enclosure explains: "This cover is #[114] of 300 postmarked just prior to the launch of Apollo 15 on July 26, 1971 at Kennedy Space Center; stowed aboard the spacecraft in a sealed fireproof jacket; carried to the lunar surface in LM 'FALCON'; returned to earth in CM 'ENDEAVOUR'; an postmarked immediately after splashdown on August 7, 1971 by the U.S. Navy Postal Station aboard the recovery ship USS OKINAWA." A large number of the flown covers were held by the United States government and only released to Alfred Worden after litigation. This is one of those covers.

E. 5,000-7,500
5,750
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536
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 536, Air Post thru Parcel Post1971, Apollo 15 Moon Exploration Cover, 1971, Apollo 15 Moon Exploration Cover1971, Apollo 15 Moon Exploration Cover. Pair of No. 1278 and 1371 tied by Kennedy Space Center Jul. 26, 1971 machine cancel, No. 1435a tied by "U.S.S. Okinawa (LPH-3) Aug 7, 1971 AM" datestamp on cacheted flown cover, numbered "118 of 300" and signed by the three astronauts -- David Scott, Al Worden and James Irwin -- two copies of printed enclosure, accompanied by a typed notorized certification signed by Worden, Scott and Irwin, NASA serial no. 280 on back

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING APOLLO 15 FLOWN COVER TO THE MOON AND BACK.

The card enclosure explains: "This cover is #[118] of 300 postmarked just prior to the launch of Apollo 15 on July 26, 1971 at Kennedy Space Center; stowed aboard the spacecraft in a sealed fireproof jacket; carried to the lunar surface in LM 'FALCON'; returned to earth in CM 'ENDEAVOUR'; an postmarked immediately after splashdown on August 7, 1971 by the U.S. Navy Postal Station aboard the recovery ship USS OKINAWA."

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
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537
nh
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 537, Air Post thru Parcel Post10c Blue, Special Delivery (E2), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E2)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E2). Mint N.H., bright and fresh, precise centering

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE SECOND SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.

This issue was released in 1888 with the last of the American Large Bank Note issues. Collectors of that series know the challenge of locating Mint Never-Hinged examples in superior grades.

With copy of 2002 P.F.. certificate for block of four, this being the top left stamp

800
3,750
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538
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 538, Air Post thru Parcel Post1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8), 1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8)1c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J8). Original gum, lightly hinged, beautiful intense shade and sharp proof-like impression on fresh paper

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

The 1c, 2c and 3c are undoubtedly the rarest values of the American Bank Note Co. Postage Due Special Printings, although the sold quantities in the official records are relatively high. William E. Mooz, in an article on the 1c appearing in Chronicle No. 170, May 1996, offers evidence to support his theory that the actual number of true Special Printings sold was significantly lower than the reported figures. For the 1c, Mooz estimates 500 sold, but it is possible that as many as 400 purchased by G. B. Calman were destroyed. It is widely accepted that nearly 9,000 1c stamps sold as Special Printings were actually regular issues.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

19,000
5,250
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539
ng
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 539, Air Post thru Parcel Post30c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J13), 30c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J13)30c Deep Brown, Special Printing (J13). Unused (no gum), fresh and vibrant color, proof-like impression, almost perfectly centered with nicely balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT 30-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.

It has been estimated that no more than 179 examples of the 30c Postage Due Special Printing reached the public.

With 1971 and 1999 P.F. certificates

4,500
3,750
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540
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 540, Air Post thru Parcel Post3c Red Brown (J17), 3c Red Brown (J17)3c Red Brown (J17). Original gum, lightly hinged, barely hinged, bright shade, choice centering with exceptionally wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1884 RED BROWN POSTAGE DUE. AN ENORMOUS STAMP.

With 2004 P.F. certificate.

1,100
1,600
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541
nh
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 541, Air Post thru Parcel Post10c Deep Red Brown (J19). Mint N.H, 10c Deep Red Brown (J19). Mint N.H10c Deep Red Brown (J19). Mint N.H., dark color representing the true deep shade, sharp proof-like impression, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1884 POSTAGE DUE IN THE DEEP RED BROWN SHADE.

Despite having the same retail value as its Red Brown counterpart, the deep shade is far rarer. With 2002 P.S.E. certificate, Scott Retail as hinged

575
2,200
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542
nh
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 542, Air Post thru Parcel Post3c Carmine Lake (J54), 3c Carmine Lake (J54)3c Carmine Lake (J54). Mint N.H., deep rich color and detailed impression, Very Fine and choice, scarce in Mint N.H. condition, with 1989 and 2002 P.F. certificates

2,250
2,000
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543
nh
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 543, Air Post thru Parcel Post1c Rose (J59), 1c Rose (J59)1c Rose (J59). Mint N.H., sheet margin with "BUREAU, ENGRA" of imprint at top, enormous margins at sides, post office fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN INCALCULABLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1916 ONE-CENT PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED POSTAGE DUE ISSUE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE.

The Perf 10 stamps were printed on unwatermarked paper for a brief time. Well-centered original-gum examples are exceedingly rare. As evidence, we offer the fact that we have not sold a Mint Never Hinged single approaching this quality. The Zoellner copy was Very Fine, and we had one other example approaching this quality that had an inclusion. This Mint Never-Hinged copy with the finest centering available for this stamp is a true condition rarity.

With color copy of 1988 P.F. certificate for plate block

8,000
18,000
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544
nh
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 544, Air Post thru Parcel Post2c Rose (J60), 2c Rose (J60)2c Rose (J60). Mint N.H., brilliant color on fresh paper with long full perfs all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED 2-CENT PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED POSTAGE DUE ISSUE.

With 2004 P.F. certificate

500
2,200
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545
nh
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 545, Air Post thru Parcel Post$1.00 on 50c Offices in China (K15), $1.00 on 50c Offices in China (K15)$1.00 on 50c Offices in China (K15). Mint N.H., bright color and crisp impression on post-office fresh paper, choice centering with unusually wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 OFFICES IN CHINA ISSUE.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

1,200
4,000
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546
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 546, Air Post thru Parcel Post90c Justice (O34), 90c Justice (O34)90c Justice (O34). Original gum, lightly hinged, remarkably well-centered with wide balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A REMARKABLE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT JUSTICE. ELUSIVE WITH SUCH WIDE EVEN MARGINS AND FRESH CONDITION.

With 2004 P.F. certificate

1,350
3,750
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547
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 547, Air Post thru Parcel Post24c Interior, Soft Paper (O103), 24c Interior, Soft Paper (O103)24c Interior, Soft Paper (O103). Original gum, lightly hinged, vibrant color and crisp impression, well-centered and wide-margined for this difficult issue

VERY FINE. A CHOICE ORIGINAL GUM COPY OF THE SCARCE 24-CENT INTERIOR AMERICAN BANK NOTE PRINTING. RARELY ENCOUNTERED IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.

With 1994 P.F. certificate

4,000
3,500
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548
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 548, Air Post thru Parcel Post24c Pale Rose, 1875 Special Printing (PR41), 24c Pale Rose, 1875 Special Printing (PR41)24c Pale Rose, 1875 Special Printing (PR41). Without gum as issued, vivid color, almost perfectly centered

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT NEWSPAPER CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.

Only 411 were sold. With 2004 P.F. certificate

1,800
1,200
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549
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 549, Air Post thru Parcel Post36c Pale Rose, 1875 Special Printing (PR42), 36c Pale Rose, 1875 Special Printing (PR42)36c Pale Rose, 1875 Special Printing (PR42). Without gum as issued, brilliant color and detailed impression on radiant paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A FRESH EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 36-CENT 1875 SPECIAL PRINTING. A SUPERB STAMP IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE CONDITION.

This stamp must surely rank among the best of the mere 330 that were sold. With 2001 P.F. certificate

2,400
4,250
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550
nhbl
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 550, Air Post thru Parcel Post50c Parcel Post (Q10), 50c Parcel Post (Q10)50c Parcel Post (Q10). Top Mint N.H. plate no. and imprint block of four, rich color

EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 50-CENT PARCEL POST.

This block can be considered extremely scarce in choice Mint N.H. condition. This is the third Mint Never Hinged plate block of four of the 50c Parcel Post issue we have offered in the last ten years, and the only one with top selvage. We have not offered a plate block of six at all in the same time period.

3,000
2,300
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551
nh
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 551, Air Post thru Parcel Post$1.00 Parcel Post (Q12), $1.00 Parcel Post (Q12)$1.00 Parcel Post (Q12). Mint N.H., deep rich color, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED $1.00 PARCEL POST ISSUE WITH HUGE MARGINS. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.

With 2000 P.F. certificate for block of four, this being the bottom right stamp

750
0
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552
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 552, Air Post thru Parcel Post1c, 2c, 4c, 5c, 10c, 15c, 20c, 25c, 75c Parcel Post (Q1, Q2, Q4, Q5, Q6, Q7, Q8, Q9, Q11), 1c, 2c, 4c, 5c, 10c, 15c, 20c, 25c, 75c Parcel Post (Q1, Q2, Q4, Q5, Q6, Q7, Q8, Q9, Q11)1c, 2c, 4c, 5c, 10c, 15c, 20c, 25c, 75c Parcel Post (Q1, Q2, Q4, Q5, Q6, Q7, Q8, Q9, Q11). The nine Parcel Post stamps available on January 1, 1913, all tied by "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 1 4PM 13" first day of issue duplex circular datestamp and cancels on legal-size 5c Columbian entire, unaddressed and handed back to patron at post office counter, in pristine condition

EXTREMELY FINE. AN IMPORTANT JANUARY 1, 1913, FIRST DAY COVER OF THE PARCEL POST ISSUE.

This is the cover described by Henry Gobie in his book on the Parcel Post stamps and their usage (p. 36, item X). The 3c, 50c and $1.00 stamps were issued after January 1st; therefore, this represents all values available on the first day of issue.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 30,000-40,000
30,000
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