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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 May, 2007

Category — Columbian Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
P
Sale Number 935, Lot Number 1, Columbian Issue1c-$5.00 Columbian, Plate Proofs on Card (230P4-245P4), 1c-$5.00 Columbian, Plate Proofs on Card (230P4-245P4)1c-$5.00 Columbian, Plate Proofs on Card (230P4-245P4). Large margins to clear, intense colors and impressions, Fine-Very Fine set

1,435
800
2
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 2, Columbian Issue1c Columbian (230), 1c Columbian (230)1c Columbian (230). Top imprint, plate no. 194 and letter "V V" block of eight, top stamps Mint N.H., bottom stamps with small hinge slivers where few minor perf separations sensibly reinforced, few small faults in selvage, natural gum wrinkle affects three stamps, appears Very Fine

700
400
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3
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 3, Columbian Issue2c Columbian (231), 2c Columbian (231)2c Columbian (231). Mint N.H. top imprint, plate no. 157 and letter "N N" block of eight, brilliant color, faint residue from hinge in ungummed part of selvage, fresh and Fine-Very Fine

900
1,000
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4
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 4, Columbian Issue3c Columbian (232), 3c Columbian (232)3c Columbian (232). Top imprint, plate no. 57 and letter "L" block of eight, original gum, h.r. in selvage and two stamps at bottom, trimmed selvage, few tiny toned specks, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

1,200
450
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5
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 5, Columbian Issue4c Columbian (233), 4c Columbian (233)4c Columbian (233). Mint N.H. bottom imprint, plate no. 16 and letter "D" block of eight, brilliant color on crisp paper, well-centered throughout

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 4-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

3,750
6,250
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6
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 6, Columbian Issue4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a), 4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a)4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Disturbed original gum, deep rich color in the more intense of the two shades, wide margins for this difficult issue, light diagonal crease at bottom

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT COLUMBIAN ERROR OF COLOR.

The 4c Columbian color error was caused by the use of a wrong batch of ink, and spectrographic analysis has shown that the blue inks of the 4c error and 1c Columbian have the same components.

Stamps from at least two panes reached collectors, and the few cancelled examples indicate that stamps used by the public came from other panes. It is likely that a number of full sheets were printed using the wrong ink, and most of the stamps have simply been lost to philately.

With 1987 P.F. certificate

19,000
7,500
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7
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 7, Columbian Issue5c Columbian (234), 5c Columbian (234)5c Columbian (234). Mint N.H. top imprint, plate no. 6 and letter "B" block of eight, bright color and detailed impression, usual light natural gum bends

FINE-VERY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 5-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

Scarce in such fresh condition.

4,700
2,000
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8
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 8, Columbian Issue6c Columbian (235), 6c Columbian (235)6c Columbian (235). Top imprint, plate no. 104 and letter "Z" block of eight, original gum, lightly hinged, bit heavy natural gum wrinkles, few perf separations at top sensibly reinforced, appears Very Fine

2,150
900
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9
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 9, Columbian Issue8c Columbian (236), 8c Columbian (236)8c Columbian (236). Top imprint, plate no. 129 and letter "I I" block of eight, original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and proof-like impression, fresh and Extremely Fine, a pretty plate block

1,450
1,800
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10
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 10, Columbian Issue10c Columbian (237), 10c Columbian (237)10c Columbian (237). Mint N.H. top imprint, plate no. 101 and letter "Y" block of eight, radiant color on bright paper, usual light natural gum bends

FINE. A SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 10-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE

A review of our computerized records indicates that we have only offered one other Mint N.H. plate block of eight (as well as one plate block of six and one plate block of ten) since keeping computerized records.

9,500
5,750
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11
nhbl
Sale Number 935, Lot Number 11, Columbian Issue15c Columbian (238), 15c Columbian (238)15c Columbian (238). Mint N.H. bottom imprint, plate no. 58 and letter "M" block of eight, brilliant color and detailed impression, beautiful centering throughout

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 15-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT PLATE BLOCK TO OBTAIN IN SUCH WONDERFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

This plate block is surprisingly scarce. Since we started keeping computerized records almost 13 years ago, we have only offered one Mint N.H. multiple larger than a plate block of six (except for in a pane of 100), which was a bottom plate block of eight. It realized $28,000 hammer in our Sale 920. We have also only offered one hinged plate block of six and two hinged plate blocks of eight in that time.

12,000
0
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12
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 12, Columbian Issue30c Columbian (239), 30c Columbian (239)30c Columbian (239). Bottom imprint, plate no. 59 and letter "N" block of eight, original gum, top stamps small h.r., bottom stamps Mint N.H., deep rich color, usual natural gum bends, small tear in selvage at bottom right

FINE-VERY FINE. A SCARCE PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 30-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

A review of our records indicates that the full plate block of eight is extremely scarce. We have only offered one other (also hinged) since the start of our computerized records almost 13 years ago.

12,000
5,250
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13
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 13, Columbian Issue50c Columbian (240), 50c Columbian (240)50c Columbian (240). Bottom imprint, plate no. 77 and letter "S" block of eight, original gum, bottom stamps Mint N.H., top stamps lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering

VERY FINE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 50-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE. A HIGHLY DESIRABLE CLASSIC COMMEMORATIVE PLATE BLOCK.

A review of our computerized records shows that we have offered the following three plate blocks over the past 13 years, which varied widely in condition: 1) Mint N.H. corner block of ten, realized $42,500 hammer in our Sale 836; 2) Bottom block of eight, disturbed original gum and Fine-Very Fine centering, realized $5,250 hammer in our Sale 891; and 3) Bottom block of six, realized $16,500 hammer in our Sale 837.

Collectors of commemorative plate blocks should not miss this opportunity to acquire a great rarity in choice condition.

22,500
18,000
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14
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 14, Columbian Issue$1.00 Columbian (241), $1.00 Columbian (241)$1.00 Columbian (241). Block of four, original gum, small h.r., radiant color few perf tips at top gum soaked from hinge removal (not mentioned on accompanying certificate)

FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

With 1989 P.S.E. certificate

5,000
2,100
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15
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 15, Columbian Issue$2.00 Columbian (242), $2.00 Columbian (242)$2.00 Columbian (242). Pair with plate no. 105 and part imprint at bottom, original gum, lightly hinged, bright shade and detailed impression, faint crease in selvage only, single short perf at top right, otherwise Fine, scarce plate no. multiple, Scott Retail as two singles with no premium for the position

2,500
1,600
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16
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 16, Columbian Issue$2.00 Columbian (242), $2.00 Columbian (242)$2.00 Columbian (242). Right imprint block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, detailed impression, bright color

FINE-VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE WITH IMPRINT AT RIGHT.

The right pair is particularly choice. Scott Retail as block of four with no premium for the imprint

5,250
3,750
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17
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 17, Columbian Issue$3.00 Columbian (243), $3.00 Columbian (243)$3.00 Columbian (243). Block of four, slightly disturbed original gum, h.r. at top, deep rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering throughout

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND SCARCE BLOCK OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

The $3.00 is difficult to find with such choice centering.

9,000
4,750
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18
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 18, Columbian Issue$4.00 Columbian (244), $4.00 Columbian (244)$4.00 Columbian (244). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, bright color on crisp paper

FINE-VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.

Sound blocks are surprisingly scarce

11,500
6,250
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19
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Sale Number 935, Lot Number 19, Columbian Issue$5.00 Columbian (245), $5.00 Columbian (245)$5.00 Columbian (245). Block of four with selvage at right, slightly disturbed original gum, intense shade and impression, choice centering throughout

VERY FINE. A SCARCE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE

The $5.00 is perhaps the most difficult of all Columbian Issues to obtain in block form.

13,500
6,500
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