Sale 895 — 2005 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Friday, 3 June, 2005

Category — United States Possessions (Philippines)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
417
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Sale 895, Lot 417, United States Possessions (Philippines)PHILIPPINES, 1901, $1.00 Black, Ty. II (223A). Original gum, single hinge mark, intense shade and impression, perfectly centered with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1901 $1.00 TYPE II WITH PHILIPPINES OVERPRINT.

The fifteen left vertical rows of Plate 76 are Type I; the remaining five rows are Type II. Only 3,000 $1.00 1895 stamps were overprinted for use in the Philippines. Therefore, only 750 Type II stamps were produced.

2,400
2,800
418
ogbl
Sale 895, Lot 418, United States Possessions (Philippines)PHILIPPINES, 1907, 1c-$5.00 Philippines Overprints, Bureau of Insular Affairs Special Printing (226SP, 228SP-240SP, J1SP-J7SP). Blocks of four, lightly hinged, deep rich colors on bright paper, few minor imperfections to be expected incl. few minor perf separations or toned spots, $5.00 separated along horizontal perfs and rejoined

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE SET OF BLOCKS OF THE 1907 BUREAU OF INSULAR AFFAIRS SPECIAL PRINTING. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF PHILIPPINES PHILATELY.

Little is known about these special printings. An article in a 1938 edition of The Philatelic Gazette reproduces a letter from the War Department's Bureau of Insular Affairs regarding an inquiry into these special printings. The letter notes that "In May 1907, the bureau had printed one hundred sets of each denomination of stamps formerly used in the Philippines -- that is United States stamps surcharged across their face with the word 'Philippines'. These stamps were printed at the suggestion of the United States Post Office Department for the purpose of supplying requests, which were then frequent, for specimen Philippine stamps. Of the one hundred sets printed, seventy-five were delivered to the Post Office Department for distribution, and I am unable to say whether that department now has any of them". According to the article, the 75 sets received by the Post Office department were turned over, intact, to the National Postal Museum.

Scott Retail as singles.

85,400
32,500
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419
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Sale 895, Lot 419, United States Possessions (Philippines)PHILIPPINES, 1944, 6c Orange, "Victory" Ovpt. (470). Slightly tropicalized original gum, brilliant color and clear overprint, wide margins, fresh and Very Fine, only 141 printed, with 1977 P.F. certificate

1,750
3,500
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420
c
Sale 895, Lot 420, United States Possessions (Philippines)PHILIPPINES, 1944, 16c Dark Blue, "Victory" Ovpt. (480). Block of four, tied (between perfs) by "Tacloban, Leyte P.I. Jan. 13 10AM" duplex and used with 20c Dull Violet, Special Delivery (E8) and 6c-20c Postage Dues (J17-J22), similarly tied, on locally addressed legal-size cover, minor cover wrinkling at top left not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT COVER BEARING A BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 16C DARK BLUE "VICTORY" OVERPRINT USED IN COMBINATION WITH SPECIAL DELIVERY AND POSTAGE DUE "VICTORY" OVERPRINTS. A TRULY SCARCE USAGE.

The Postage Due set lacks only the 4c to be complete. There are only two recorded covers with complete sets of the Postage Dues.

With 1965 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,800
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421
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Sale 895, Lot 421, United States Possessions (Philippines)PHILIPPINES, 1926, 4c Carmine, Air Post, Inverted Ovpt. (C2a). Single hinge mark at top, brilliant color, Jumbo margins all around

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES 4-CENTAVOS 1926 AIR POST WITH INVERTED OVERPRINT. ONLY 100 WERE OVERPRINTED.

Signed Koslow and with 2005 P.F. certificate.

3,000
4,250
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422
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Sale 895, Lot 422, United States Possessions (Philippines)PHILIPPINES, 1926, 16c Light Olive Green, Air Post (C7). Slightly tropicalized original gum, fresh and bright color, wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1926 16-CENTAVOS AIR POST OVERPRINT. ONLY 300 WERE OVERPRINTED.

This is only the second example we have offered since keeping computerized records.

Signed Sloane and Friedl and with 1978 Friedl certificate

3,250
4,750
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423
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Sale 895, Lot 423, United States Possessions (Philippines)PHILIPPINES, 1926, 16c Olive Bister, Air Post (C8). Tropicalized original gum as are most all, pretty pastel shade, typical centering for this difficult issue

FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 16-CENTAVO OLIVE BISTER MADRID-MANILA AIR POST ISSUE. ONLY 100 WERE OVERPRINTED.

Signed Bloch and with 1978 Friedl certificate. Also with 2005 P.F. certificate

5,000
5,750
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424
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Sale 895, Lot 424, United States Possessions (Philippines)PHILIPPINES, 1926, 26c Blue Green, Wmk. PIPS, Perf 12 (C16). Lightly hinged and completely free from the effects of wax paper adherences which affected this issue, deep rich color on bright paper

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 26-CENTAVO PERF 12 SINGLE-LINE WATERMARK AIR POST ISSUE. ONLY 100 WERE OVERPRINTED.

Signed Koslow. With 2005 P.F. certificate.

6,250
5,500
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425
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Sale 895, Lot 425, United States Possessions (Philippines)PHILIPPINES, 1944, 4c Rose Carmine, Air Post, "Victory" Ovpt. (C63). Unused (no gum), rich color

FRESH AND FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENTAVOS "VICTORY" OVERPRINTED AIR POST ISSUE. ONLY 122 ISSUED.

This is only the third unused example we have sold since keeping computerized records. One had tropicalized original gum, and the other had part tropicalized original gum.

Signed Bloch and with 2005 P.F. certificate.

2,750
1,900
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426
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Sale 895, Lot 426, United States Possessions (Philippines)PHILIPPINES, 1944, 6c Dark Brown, Official, "Victory" Ovpt. (O40). Sheet margin at left, tropicalized original gum, rich color, some slight staining

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENTAVO DARK BROWN OFFICIAL WITH "VICTORY" OVERPRINT. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL OF THE PHILIPPINES VICTORY OVERPRINT ISSUES.

We have only sold one other since keeping computerized records, in our Sale 872.

With copy of 1974 P.F. certificate for block of four and with 2005 P.F. certificate

6,000
5,500
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427
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Sale 895, Lot 427, United States Possessions (Philippines)PHILIPPINES, 1944, 20c Light Olive Green, Official, "Victory" Ovpt. (O43). Adhering to interleaving as are many which still retain their original gum, intense color, few light gum soaks, Very Fine and choice, only 71 copies were produced of Nos. O42 and O43, signed Bloch and with 1977 Friedl certificate

1,750
1,050
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428
c
Sale 895, Lot 428, United States Possessions (Philippines)PHILIPPINES, 1943, 2c Blue, Free Philippines Guerilla Postal Service (Unlisted). Tied by cancel and used with 2c No. 411 on 2c entire, cancelled by "Esperanza, Agusan Philippines Dec. 25 7 AM 1943" duplex and addressed to Insular Treasurer of the Philippines in Washington D.C., purple oval "Posted in the Free Philippines Mindanao Guerilla Area 25 DEC 1943", matching censored handstamp and boxed "We Depend Upon Gen. MacArthurs Pledge to Return" handstamp, with original contents of money order and greeting card

VERY FINE. A RARE USAGE OF THE 2-CENTAVO GUERILLA POSTAL SERVICE ISSUE. THIS MAY BE THE FINEST KNOWN COVER.

During World War II, this stamp was issued for use on the island of Mindanao. Only 500 stamps were printed. 36 covers are known, but many are unaddressed. This cover, actually used postally, is a great rarity.

Accompanied by an American Philatelist article discussing this issue.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,750
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