Sale 895 — 2005 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Friday, 3 June, 2005
Category — Later Issues (Scott 711 thru 1789B)
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS PANE OF THE 30-CENT PRESIDENTIAL IN THE DEEP BLUE COLOR IS REPORTEDLY UNIQUE. A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION ITEM PARTICULARLY WITH THE FULL GUTTER SNIPE.
According to The Prexies by Roland Rustad, in a report in the American Philatelist President Franklin Roosevelt was presented with two 30c sheets, one in this Deep Blue shade and the other in Ultramarine. He chose the Ultramarine for the issued stamp, and the Blue sheet was taken back to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for destruction. A block of four was saved for President Roosevelt, a known stamp collector. Since then, other examples in the Deep Blue shade have surfaced. The sheet was printed from a subject of 400 divided into four panes of 100, and it is likely that this remarkable pane comes from the original sheet.
With 1970 P.F. certificate specifically stating that this is the Deep Blue color. Scott Retail is $125.00 per stamp. The plate block, which is exceedingly rare, and the gutter snipes, which are possibly unique to this sheet, are unpriced in Scott.
VERY FINE. THIS LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF OF THE 3-CENT POETS IS BELIEVED TO BE UNIQUE. IT IS ONE OF ONLY TWO TRIAL COLOR PROOFS FOR THE FAMOUS AMERICAN SERIES. A GREAT RARITY.
Undercatalogued in Scott at $900.00
VERY FINE. A RARE GENUINE FIRST DAY COVER WITH ORIGINAL DAG HAMMARSKJOLD ERROR.
The stamp on this First Day Cover is the original Hammarskjold Invert error, which, as collectors know, was reprinted by the U.S. Post Office as Scott No. 1204 (the aptly named "Special Printing") on November 16, in a successful effort to destroy the market value of the inverts discovered by Leonard Sherman. What is less known is that a number of October 23 First Days included examples of the original invert -- the dated cancels effectively documenting their status as originals, rather than the reprinted error (No. 1204).
Accompanied by block of four of the reprint on Nov. 16 First Day cover for comparison. With 1976 A.F.D.C.S. and 1978 Friedl certificates
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERF 12 JOHN PAUL JONES ISSUE.
Very few used copies are recorded.