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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 May, 2007

Category — Air Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
173
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 173, Air Post6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1), 6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1)6c Orange, 1918 Air Post (C1). Top plate no. 9155 and arrow block of six, stamps Mint N.H., lightly hinged in selvage, vibrant color, fresh and Very Fine

725
325
174
ogbl
Sale Number 935, Lot Number 174, Air Post16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2), 16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2)16c Green, 1918 Air Post (C2). Top plate no. 8900 and arrow block of six, stamps Mint N.H., lightly hinged in selvage, top stamps natural gum skips, usual natural gum bends, Very Fine

1,000
600
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175
ogbl
Sale Number 935, Lot Number 175, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post (C3). Top arrow, double plate no. and double "Top" block of twelve, most stamps Mint N.H., small h.r. in selvage, trivial natural inclusion at bottom, top left stamp tiny thin speck, appears Very Fine

1,225
750
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176
ogbl
Sale Number 935, Lot Number 176, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Grounded Plane Variety (C3 var), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Grounded Plane Variety (C3 var)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, 1918 Air Post, Grounded Plane Variety (C3 var). Bottom selvage block of four, vignette shifted down exceeding the standard amount for classification as the Grounded Plane variety, pristine gum described by the P.F. as "previously hinged", an opinion with which both the P.S.E. and we (vehemently) disagree, bright fresh colors on brilliant paper, bottom left stamp with small light internal wrinkle harshly described by the P.F. as a crease

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE RARE GROUNDED PLANE VARIETY -- EXTRAORDINARY BOTH FOR ITS CONDITION AND THE EXTREME DOWNWARD SHIFT OF THE PLANE VIGNETTE.

The true Grounded Plane stamps, in which the wheels of the plane break thru the top of "Cents", come from portions of three sheets. The discovery sheet was owned and broken up by J. Klemann of Nassau Stamp Company. A second sheet was discovered in 1946 and sold in the Thomas A. Matthews sale (H.R. Harmer, Nov. 4, 1964), where it was purchased by Georges A. Medawar, publisher of Sanabria Airmail Catalogue. In Linn's Stamp News of April 21, 1986, specialist Joseph R. Kirker Jr. published his research revealing a third source of this variety.

With 2003 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates

E. 15,000-20,000
28,000
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177
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 177, Air Post24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a), 24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a)24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a). Position 38, bright and fresh, well-centered, barest trace of hinging

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A REMARKABLY FRESH AND BEAUTIFULLY CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS 1918 24-CENT INVERTED "JENNY". THIS STAMP IS ONE OF THE BETTER-CENTERED POSITIONS FROM THE DISCOVERY SHEET.

According to Jenny by George Amick (Amos Press, 1986), the original sheet of 100 Inverted "Jenny" stamps was purchased for $24 by William T. Robey at the New York Avenue Branch Post Office window in Washington D.C., on May 14, 1918, one day after the stamp was first placed on sale at the main post office. On May 20, Robey sold his sheet for $15,000 to Eugene Klein, a Philadelphia stamp dealer. Klein had already arranged to sell the sheet to Col. Edward H. R. Green for $20,000. Colonel Green instructed Klein to divide the Inverted "Jenny" sheet into singles and blocks, and to sell all but a few key position blocks.

It is well-known among stamp specialists and professionals that examples of the Inverted "Jenny" come in different grades of freshness and condition. Many of the original 100 stamps were mistreated by collectors during the years, despite the stamps' rarity and value. Colonel Green himself allowed moisture to affect some of the stamps he retained. Other examples have become slightly toned from improper storage and climatic conditions. Hinge removal has caused thins and creases in numerous stamps, and a few have been "lost" to philately -- or nearly so, as in the case of the copy swept up in a vacuum cleaner. This example is remarkable for its pristine state of preservation and for its centering, equalled by only a few stamps in the original sheet (almost all of the others have disturbed gum or faults).

Ex Stephen Brown and Oscar Lichtenstein. With 1978 P.F. certificate.

275,000
350,000
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178
ogbl
Sale Number 935, Lot Number 178, Air Post8c Dark Green, 1923 Air Post (C4), 8c Dark Green, 1923 Air Post (C4)8c Dark Green, 1923 Air Post (C4). Bottom plate no. 14826 block of six, bottom center stamp lightly hinged, others Mint N.H., bright shade, Fine-Very Fine

250
250
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179
nhbl
Sale Number 935, Lot Number 179, Air Post16c Dark Blue, 1923 Air Post (C5), 16c Dark Blue, 1923 Air Post (C5)16c Dark Blue, 1923 Air Post (C5). Mint N.H. top plate no. 14828 block of six, deep rich color and proof-like impression, Very Fine and choice, with 1982 P.F. certificate

2,350
850
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180
ogbl
Sale Number 935, Lot Number 180, Air Post24c Carmine, 1923 Air Post (C6), 24c Carmine, 1923 Air Post (C6)24c Carmine, 1923 Air Post (C6). Bottom plate no. 14840 block of six, bottom center stamp lightly hinged, others Mint N.H., small hr. and tear in selvage and few perf separations sensibly reinforced, bright color, Very Fine appearance

2,050
700
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181
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 181, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Set of Mint N.H. top plate no. blocks of six, deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, choice centering throughout, very minor natural gum skips and bends

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SET OF MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER BLOCKS OF SIX OF THE 1930 GRAF ZEPPELIN ISSUE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE AND SCARCE AS A COMPLETE SET OF TOP PLATE BLOCKS.

A search of our computerized database indicates that we have only offered five sets of top plate blocks over the past 13 years. Tops are widely considered to be the most desirable plate blocks.

23,250
17,000
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182
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 182, Air Post50c Chicago Zeppelin (C18), 50c Chicago Zeppelin (C18)50c Chicago Zeppelin (C18). Mint N.H. top plate no. 21177 block of six, bright color, natural gum bends, fresh and Very Fine

750
650
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183
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 183, Air Post45c 20th UPU Congress, Air Post, Light Blue (engr.) Omitted (C122-C125b), 45c 20th UPU Congress, Air Post, Light Blue (engr.) Omitted (C122-C125b)45c 20th UPU Congress, Air Post, Light Blue (engr.) Omitted (C122-C125b). Mint N.H., rich colors, Very Fine and choice

750
300
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