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Sale 935 — The Saddleback Collection of U.S. Errors and Plate Blocks

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 May, 2007

Category — 1908-09 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
41
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 41, 1908-09 Issue3c Deep Violet (333), 3c Deep Violet (333)3c Deep Violet (333). Mint N.H. bottom imprint and plate no. 4926 block of six, intense color, choice centering, subtle natural gum wrinkle affects three stamps, Extremely Fine

575
300
42
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 42, 1908-09 Issue3c Deep Violet (333), 3c Deep Violet (333)3c Deep Violet (333). Mint N.H. bottom imprint, plate no. 5121 and star block of six, pretty shade, Very Fine

625
350
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43
ogbl
Sale Number 935, Lot Number 43, 1908-09 Issue5c Blue (335), 5c Blue (335)5c Blue (335). Top imprint and plate no. 4931 block of six, barest trace of hinging, bright color, bottom right stamp natural gum bend, Very Fine and choice, scarce top plate block

525
1,200
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44
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 44, 1908-09 Issue6c Red Orange (336), 6c Red Orange (336)6c Red Orange (336). Top imprint and plate no. 4938 block of six, barely hinged at bottom left and in selvage, radiant color with trace of oxidation at top, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

750
600
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45
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 45, 1908-09 Issue8c Olive Green (337), 8c Olive Green (337)8c Olive Green (337). Top imprint and plate no. 4922 block of six, barest trace of hinging at bottom center, others Mint N.H., bright color, Very Fine and choice, an attractive plate block

525
800
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46
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 46, 1908-09 Issue10c Yellow (338), 10c Yellow (338)10c Yellow (338). Top imprint and plate no. 4943 block of six with wide selvage, lightly hinged at top center, others Mint N.H., vibrant color, fresh and Fine-Very Fine

800
750
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47
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 47, 1908-09 Issue13c Blue Green (339), 13c Blue Green (339)13c Blue Green (339). Mint N.H. top imprint and plate no. 4945 block of six with wide selvage, deep rich color, fresh and Fine-Very Fine

850
425
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48
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 48, 1908-09 Issue15c Pale Ultramarine (340), 15c Pale Ultramarine (340)15c Pale Ultramarine (340). Top imprint and plate no. 4954 block of six, lightly hinged, vibrant color, Very Fine, top center stamp is particularly nice

650
550
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49
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 49, 1908-09 Issue50c Violet (341), 50c Violet (341)50c Violet (341). Mint N.H. top imprint and plate no. block of six, deep rich color, remarkably choice centering throughout, fresh an intact perfs

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS PROBABLY THE FINEST MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT 1909 DOUBLE-LINE WATERMARKED WASHINGTON ISSUE IN EXISTENCE. A REMARKABLE SHOWPIECE.

Scott 341 was produced from only one plate, No. 4956. It produced plate blocks at top and bottom. A search of past auction catalogues has failed to find an equal to the plate block offered here.

Ex Silver Lake. Undercatalogued in Scott -- they assign a 228% premium for Mint N.H. singles versus hinged, but only assign a 178% premium for a Mint N.H. plate block versus the hinged despite its far greater rarity. Applying the same premium would result in a catalogue value of $16,000.00 and still would not fully account for the rarity of this plate block in relation to catalogue value for singles

7,000
0
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50
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 50, 1908-09 Issue$1.00 Violet Brown (342), $1.00 Violet Brown (342)$1.00 Violet Brown (342). Top imprint and plate no. 4957 block of six, lightly hinged in selvage only, stamps Mint N.H., rich color, perfectly centered, one toned perf tip, sealed selvage tear just above imprint

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE $1.00 WASHINGTON.

Excluding the Bluish Paper issue, this is one of the rarest of the Washington-Franklin plate blocks. The Bureau experienced difficulty with paper shrinkage while printing the 1908 Issue, and the Bluish Paper experiment of 1909 was part of an effort to correct the problem. The 1908 high-denomination stamps are difficult to find well-centered, and plate blocks are extremely rare in higher grades.

Ex Wampler.

17,500
18,000
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51
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 51, 1908-09 Issue1c-5c 1908-09 Issue, Imperforate (343-347), 1c-5c 1908-09 Issue, Imperforate (343-347)1c-5c 1908-09 Issue, Imperforate (343-347). Top imprint and plate no. blocks of six, first four Mint N.H. and with wide selvage, 5c lightly hinged, 3c and 4c minor flaws in selvage only, Very Fine

985
475
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52
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 52, 1908-09 Issue5c Blue, Imperforate (347), 5c Blue, Imperforate (347)5c Blue, Imperforate (347). Left, right and bottom imprint and plate no. 4931 blocks of six, lightly hinged, rich color, large margins, one stamp in right plate small scuff, otherwise Very Fine

825
400
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