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Sale 941 — The John F. Odeneal Collection of Superb Mint U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2007

Category — 1868 Grilled Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1043
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Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1043, 1868 Grilled Issue1c Blue, E. Grill (86), 1c Blue, E. Grill (86)1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Original gum, lightly hinged at top, deep rich color and proof-like impression on fresh paper, clearly-defined grill points, unusually choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL IS FAR SCARCER THAN ITS F-GRILL COUNTERPART, PARTICULARLY IN SUCH CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

Some time ago we observed that the 1c E Grill appeared at auction very infrequently, in any form. After analyzing the early 1868 regular-production grills (Z, D, E and F), we concluded that grilling of the 1c 1861 issue with the E (and Z) Grill must have been short-lived, occurring sometime around February 28, 1868. Later grilling of 1c stamps was probably done with the F Grill. Relatively little of the 1c E Grill supply appears to have reached the philatelic market, as evidenced by the stamp's scarcity.

With 1994 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $8,400.00). This is the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. and the only 90 in the Population Report

3,500
14,000
1044
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Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1044, 1868 Grilled Issue3c Rose, E. Grill (88), 3c Rose, E. Grill (88)3c Rose, E. Grill (88). Original gum, barely hinged, clearly-defined grill, brilliant color, detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT E GRILL.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

1,200
2,700
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1045
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Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1045, 1868 Grilled Issue10c Green, E. Grill (89), 10c Green, E. Grill (89)10c Green, E. Grill (89). Original gum, very lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression, clearly-defined grill

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT E GRILL WITH REMARKABLE CENTERING -- RARE IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.

While blocks of the 10c F Grill have been broken in recent years, yielding some choice single stamps, the 10c E Grill blocks are extremely rare and always have been. Caspary's block of 18 was broken years ago, but many of the stamps had faults or disturbed gum. Few other blocks have become available to furnish singles. This stamp, framed by unusually wide margins all around, is certainly among the finest extant (to prove the point, the P.S.E. Population Report's highest grade for Scott 89 OG is 50!).

With 1998 and 2007 P.F. certificates

5,500
17,000
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1046
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Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1046, 1868 Grilled Issue12c Black, E. Grill (90), 12c Black, E. Grill (90)12c Black, E. Grill (90). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, choice centering with wide margins, clearly-defined grill

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL. SCARCE IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.

As collectors who have been searching for a superb original-gum copy of the 12c E Grill can attest, it is rarely seen in choice condition. One reason is that there have been far fewer multiples of the 12c E Grill than other grilled issues, and, therefore, fewer singles from broken blocks. No blocks were offered in sales of great classic collections, such as Crocker, Caspary, Eno, Lilly, Moody, West or Ishikawa. The Zoellner block was broken into Fine-Very Fine singles. The singles in most of the important U.S. collections offered during the past 20 years have been unsatisfactory in one way or another.

With 1983, 1999 and 2007 P.F. certificates.

5,000
8,500
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1047
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Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1047, 1868 Grilled Issue15c Black, E. Grill (91), 15c Black, E. Grill (91)15c Black, E. Grill (91). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright shade, crisp impression, clearly-defined grill, wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE AND ONE OF THE WIDEST-MARGINED EXAMPLES OF THE 1868 15-CENT E GRILL WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

As an indication of the rarity of 15c E Grill stamps with original gum, the Scott Catalogue values Scott 91 at $4,500.00 without gum, and $11,000.00 with original gum. This stamp, with its unusually wide margins, full original gum, and overall freshness, is truly a remarkable rarity.

Ex Lessin. With 1997 and 2007 P.F. certificates

11,000
15,000
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1048
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Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1048, 1868 Grilled Issue1c Blue, F. Grill (92), 1c Blue, F. Grill (92)1c Blue, F. Grill (92). Original gum, lightly hinged, fresh and bright color, choice centering with wide margins, sharp grill impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1868 ONE-CENT F GRILL IS AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SOUND, SUPERBLY-CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

3,250
11,000
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1049
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Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1049, 1868 Grilled Issue2c Black, F. Grill (93). Mint N.H, 2c Black, F. Grill (93). Mint N.H2c Black, F. Grill (93). Mint N.H., bright shade and crisp impression, wide margins, trivial natural gum bend at top

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT F GRILL.

We have only sold one other Mint N.H. 2c F Grill since keeping computerized records, which was centered strongly to the left. With 1982 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged

500
1,800
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1050
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Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1050, 1868 Grilled Issue3c Red, F. Grill (94). Mint N.H, 3c Red, F. Grill (94). Mint N.H3c Red, F. Grill (94). Mint N.H., intense shade on bright paper, sharp grill points, fresh and Fine, we have only sold four others in Mint N.H. condition since keeping computerized records and all had similar centering to the example offered here, with 1992 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged

425
950
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1051
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Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1051, 1868 Grilled Issue5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Original gum, pristine back with only the barest trace of previous hinge, beautiful rich color in a bright reddish shade, unusually sharp impression, remarkably fresh

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 5-CENT BROWN F GRILL WITH ORIGINAL GUM. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE STAMP IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.

The 5c 1861-68 Issues are extremely difficult to find in sound, well-centered, original-gum condition. The narrow spacing between stamps on the plate and large 12-gauge perforations resulted in stamps that are frequently off center. This applies to Scott 67, 75, 76 and 95 alike. None of these is easy to locate in centered original-gum condition (to understate the matter), but the limited production of 5c F Grills leaves collectors with an even smaller supply. By virtue of its color, centering and freshness, we believe the stamp offered here is superior to any we have seen offered in years.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

3,750
12,500
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1052
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Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1052, 1868 Grilled Issue10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Mint N.H, 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Mint N.H10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, clearly-defined grill, wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL. THIS IS THE FIRST MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. WE DOUBT WHETHER MORE THAN ONE OR TWO OTHERS EXIST.

Virtually all multiples containing stamps with Very Fine or better centering have been broken to feed collector demand for singles. After thoroughly searching past auction catalogues, we were unable to locate any Mint N.H. stamps contained in the few remaining multiples, and we were unable to locate any other singles in Mint N.H. condition. The P.S.E. Population Report does not list any Mint N.H. copies and reports one meager OG 70.

With 1997 and 2007 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as hinged

3,500
19,500
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1053
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Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1053, 1868 Grilled Issue12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Original gum, lightly hinged, almost perfectly centered with remarkably wide margins all around capturing the characteristic plate burrs of the 12c 1868 Grilled Issue, intense shade and impression, clearly-defined grill

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT F GRILL. AN EXTRAORDINARY STAMP AND CERTAINLY AMONG THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS BY FAR THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE, ACHIEVED ONLY BY THE STAMP OFFERED HERE.

We acknowledge the past existence of original-gum 12c F Grill multiples, which in recent years have been broken to furnish choice singles. However, the quality of this particular stamp -- its centering and margins, shade and overall freshness -- qualify it as one of the three or four finest in existence.

With 2001 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $16,000.00). This is the only copy to achieve XF-Superb 95 from P.S.E. (followed by two 90’s)

3,500
21,000
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1054
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Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1054, 1868 Grilled Issue15c Black, F. Grill (98). Mint N.H, 15c Black, F. Grill (98). Mint N.H15c Black, F. Grill (98). Mint N.H., bright shade and crisp impression, clearly-defined grill, unusually choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. AN UNBELIEVABLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL. THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED, EITHER AS A SINGLE OR AS PART OF A MULTIPLE. A FANTASTIC RARITY.

Most blocks of the grilled issues with sound and centered stamps have been broken to feed collector demand for singles. A rare example is the well-centered block we offered in our Sale 843, but every stamp was lightly hinged. The P.S.E. Population Report does not list any Mint N.H. examples (the two best are OG 85 and 90).

With 1986, 1995 and 2007 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as hinged

4,500
27,000
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1055
og
Sale Number 941, Lot Number 1055, 1868 Grilled Issue24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression on brilliant white paper, sharp and clearly-defined grill, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE BY ANY STANDARDS AND A SUPERB GEM FOR THIS RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.

The higher-denomination F Grills were produced in limited quantities and seem to have caused National Bank Note Co. difficulty in applying perforations. They are typically off center with very choppy perfs This stamp has uncharacteristically precise centering and well-formed perforations.

With 2001 and 2007 P.F. certificates

8,000
11,500
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