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Sale 956 — The Jay Hoffman Collection of United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 8-9 May, 2008

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
77
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 77, 1867-68 Grilled Issues3c Rose, A. Grill (79), 3c Rose, A. Grill (79)3c Rose, A. Grill (79). Original gum, clearly-defined grill, radiant color, virtually intact perfs which is rare for this issue

VERY FINE. THE 1867 3-CENT A GRILL IS SELDOM ENCOUNTERED IN SOUND, ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION, ESPECIALLY WITH INTACT PERFORATIONS.

The experimental A Grill covered the entire stamp. On most examples, this caused the perforations to virtually disintegrate when the stamps were separated. When the unsatisfactory effects of the grilling process were observed during this experimental stage, the grill was reduced to a smaller area within the borders of each stamp. Examples of the 3c A Grill such as the stamp offered here, with virtually full perforations all around, are true condition rarities.

With 1983 and 1995 P.F. certificates

8,500
9,500
78
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 78, 1867-68 Grilled Issues3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grill, brilliant color on bright paper, beautiful centering with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT C GRILL. AN EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE STAMP IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION AND WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.

With 1989, 1994 and 2004 P.F. certificates.

6,500
8,000
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79
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 79, 1867-68 Grilled Issues2c Black, D. Grill (84), 2c Black, D. Grill (84)2c Black, D. Grill (84). Bottom sheet margin, original gum, clear and sharp grill points with second impression of grill in selvage, centered to right

VERY GOOD. A RARE AND PRESENTABLE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL.

As a thorough search of past auction catalogues shows, the 2c D Grill in original-gum condition is conspicuously absent from most important collections. The finest examples are contained in the intact block of four, ex Caspary, Lilly and Klein. We have offered perhaps four or five sound copies with centering we would consider Very Fine. The example offered here, with selvage containing an additional imprint of the grill, should be considered highly desirable.

With 1993 and 2000 P.F. certificates

16,000
2,500
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80
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 80, 1867-68 Grilled Issues2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Original gum, extraordinarily wide margins all around and perfectly centered, well-defined grill, sharp design impression, faint diagonal crease across top -- practically invisible on the face of the stamp

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. IN TERMS OF CENTERING AND MARGINS, THIS STAMP RANKS AMONG THE TOP FIVE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL.

To form our assessment of this 2c Z Grill, we conducted a survey of approximately 100 auction catalogues for major United States collections sold over the past 60 years. The majority of these collections contained only used or very poor unused examples of 85B. Many accomplished collectors were never able to locate a sound, well-centered original-gum 2c Z Grill. Although the stamp offered here is indeed creased, its appearance far surpasses most of the known copies. In our Sale 814, a sound, Extremely Fine 2c Z Grill realized $24,000 hammer.

With 1987 and 2005 P.F. certificates.

15,000
7,500
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81
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 81, 1867-68 Grilled Issues3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C), 3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C). Original gum, clear grill points, deep rich color, horizontal crease at bottom

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL.

Excluding the supremely rare grills -- 5c and 30c A Grill, 3c B Grill, 1c, 10c and 15c Z Grills -- the 3c Z Grill is the second rarest of the regularly-produced grilled issues. Examples of the 3c Z Grill are usually far off-center and faulty.

With 2000 P.S.E. certificate

25,000
3,500
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82
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 82, 1867-68 Grilled Issues12c Black, Z. Grill (85E), 12c Black, Z. Grill (85E)12c Black, Z. Grill (85E). Unused (traces of original gum), intense color, clearly-defined grill

A FINE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT Z GRILL.

With 2001 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as no gum.

5,750
1,500
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83
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 83, 1867-68 Grilled Issues1c Blue, E. Grill (86), 1c Blue, E. Grill (86)1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright blue color and proof-like impression on fresh paper, clear grill points

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL IS FAR SCARCER THAN ITS F-GRILL COUNTERPART, PARTICULARLY IN 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.

Ex Silver Lake. With 2000 P.F. certificate

4,000
3,500
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84
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 84, 1867-68 Grilled Issues2c Black, E. Grill (87), 2c Black, E. Grill (87)2c Black, E. Grill (87). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright shade, exceptionally clear grill points, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT E GRILL.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $2,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to any of the four original-gum copies graded by P.S.E. to date.

1,900
1,900
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85
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 85, 1867-68 Grilled Issues3c Rose, E. Grill (88), 3c Rose, E. Grill (88)3c Rose, E. Grill (88). Original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grill, brilliant color, fresh and Very Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate

1,200
600
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86
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 86, 1867-68 Grilled Issues10c Green, E. Grill (89), 10c Green, E. Grill (89)10c Green, E. Grill (89). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression, clearly-defined grill

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT E GRILL -- 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 should be considered a condition rarity.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

5,500
6,500
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87
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 87, 1867-68 Grilled Issues12c Black, E. Grill (90), 12c Black, E. Grill (90)12c Black, E. Grill (90). Original gum, strong grill, deep shade and sharp impression, very fresh

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL.

With 1990 P.F. and 1991 P.S.E. certificates

5,250
3,000
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88
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 88, 1867-68 Grilled Issues15c Black, E. Grill (91), 15c Black, E. Grill (91)15c Black, E. Grill (91). Original gum, clearly-defined grill, pretty shade

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT E GRILL.

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 $12,000.00 with original gum. This stamp, with its unusually balanced margins, full original gum, clear grill and overall freshness, is truly a remarkable rarity.

Ex Weisman. With 1989 P.S.E. and 1984 and 2004 P.F. certificates.

12,000
5,000
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89
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 89, 1867-68 Grilled Issues1c Blue, F. Grill (92), 1c Blue, F. Grill (92)1c Blue, F. Grill (92). Original gum, lightly hinged, clear grill points, radiant color, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT F GRILL. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION AND WITH NICE MARGINS.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $3,800.00)

3,500
3,750
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90
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 90, 1867-68 Grilled Issues2c Black, F. Grill (93), 2c Black, F. Grill (93)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grill, choice centering with wide margins, marvelous dark shade and detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT F GRILL. SCARCE IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

With 1990 and 2005 P.F. certificate

550
1,600
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91
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 91, 1867-68 Grilled Issues3c Red, F. Grill (94), 3c Red, F. Grill (94)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, fresh and Very Fine, with 1991 P.F. certificate

425
225
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92
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 92, 1867-68 Grilled Issues5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Original gum, lightly hinged, unusually clear grill, deep rich color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 5-CENT F GRILL.

The spacing on the 5c plate was quite narrow. The outer portions of the design are often touched in one or more places. Thus, centered copies are scarce, and in original-gum condition they are rare.

Ex Vineyard. With 1992 and 2003 P.F. certificates

3,750
1,400
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93
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 93, 1867-68 Grilled Issues10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96), 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grill, bright shade on crisp paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL. A STAMP OF REMARKABLE FRESHNESS.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

3,500
2,700
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94
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 94, 1867-68 Grilled Issues12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Original gum, clear and complete grill impression, intense shade and detailed impression, long and full perforations

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT F GRILL.

With 2000 P.S.E. and 1989 and 2003 P.F. certificates

3,500
2,500
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95
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 95, 1867-68 Grilled Issues15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grill, intense shade and impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.

A review of our computerized auction records from the past 12 years indicates that we have sold perhaps three or four examples which would compare favorably with the example offered here, including one in Mint N.H. condition, which realized $27,000 hammer in our recent Odeneal sale.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

4,500
8,000
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96
og
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 96, 1867-68 Grilled Issues24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Original gum, clearly-defined grill, rich color and detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.

The higher-denomination F Grills were produced in limited quantities and so this is one of the most difficult of the grilled issues to find in sound condition with Very Fine or Extremely Fine centering.

Ex Vineyard. With 1998 P.S.E. and 1999 P.F. certificates

8,500
11,500
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97
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 97, 1867-68 Grilled Issues30c Orange, F. Grill (100), 30c Orange, F. Grill (100)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Small part original gum (traces of gum), intense shade, clearly-defined grill, tiny corner perf crease at top left not mentioned on accompanying certificate

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 30-CENT F GRILL.

With 2002 P.S.E. certificate. The Scott footnote to No. 100 states: "Values for No. 100 are for copies with small margins, especially at sides." Scott Retail with gum $8,500.00. Scott Retail as no gum

3,500
1,200
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98
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 98, 1867-68 Grilled Issues90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Original gum, deep rich color, choice centering for this difficult issue with well-proportioned margins, expertly reperfed at right which is not noted on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1867 F GRILL. ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT OF THE REGULARLY-ISSUED GRILLS TO OBTAIN IN ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

We have offered only ten original-gum examples of this issue since keeping computerized records (this is the tenth).

With 2001 P.S.E. certificate

14,500
4,750
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