Sale 962 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 24-26 September, 2008

Category — Offices in China

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3007
og
Sale 962, Lot 3007, Offices in China2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K18). H.r., rich colors, few minor imperfections, Fine-Very Fine

2,250
650
3008
og
2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1, K4, K7, K12-K13, K15-K16, K18). Five Mint N.H., better centering than usually found, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, six with certificates

2,077
2,100
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3009
og
Sale 962, Lot 3009, Offices in China2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K16). Virtually all h.r., Fine-Very Fine set

2,040
600
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3010
ng
2c-$2.00 Offices in China (K1-K16). Nos.1-K11 unused (no gum), no. K15 small corner thin, Very Good-Fine appearance, Scott Retail as original gum

2,040
325
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3011
 
Sale 962, Lot 3011, Offices in China2c on 1c Offices in China (K1). Deep rich color on bright paper, neat strike of easily readable Shanghai cancel, unusually choice centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $440.00), this is the highest graded awarded to date to a used stamp and only one other shares this grade

50
400
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3012
c
Sale 962, Lot 3012, Offices in China2c on 1c Offices in China (K1). Wide right plate no. 13222 block of six, tied by "U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, China, Dec. 29, 1922" duplex cancels on cover to Cleveland O., Fine-Very Fine, cancelled three days prior to closing of the post office, Scott Retail as two used singles and a used block of four

400
425
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3013
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Sale 962, Lot 3013, Offices in China4c on 2c Offices in China (K2). Mint N.H., fabulous flawless centering with wonderful deep rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,450.00), this and one other are the only two No. K2 98's in the P.S.E. Population Report, none higher

70
1,500
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3014
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Sale 962, Lot 3014, Offices in China8c on 4c Offices in China (K4). Mint N.H., beautifully centered, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,150.00), this and one other No. K4 share this grade, only three higher

140
800
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3015
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Sale 962, Lot 3015, Offices in China10c on 5c Offices in China (K5). Mint N.H., prefect centering, intense color on pristine paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN IDEAL EXAMPLE OF A MINT NEVER-HINGED 10-CENT ON 5-CENT OFFICES IN CHINA ISSUE.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,700), only two others recorded in this grade with one higher

170
2,100
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3016
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Sale 962, Lot 3016, Offices in China12c on 6c Offices in China (K6). Mint N.H., attractive margins and vivid color, Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate

220
225
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3017
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Sale 962, Lot 3017, Offices in China14c on 7c Offices in China (K7). Mint N.H., choice margins and centering, intense color on crisp white paper, Extremely Fine Gem, difficult to find in this high quality, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,500.00)

225
1,100
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3018
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Sale 962, Lot 3018, Offices in China16c on 8c Offices in China (K8). Mint N.H., pretty shade as fresh as the day it was printed, crisp paper, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 16-CENT ON 8-CENT OFFICES IN CHINA HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER TO DATE.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,850.00). Only one has graded higher to date (at 98J) and only two others share this grade. A review of the P.S.E. Population Report for the underlying stamp, Scott 508, will also give an indication of its rarity in higher grades. The significantly more available Scott 508 only has nine stamps graded 98 or above.

180
2,700
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3019
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Sale 962, Lot 3019, Offices in China16c on 8c Offices in China (K8). Mint N.H., choice balanced margins, essentially perfectly centered, lovely pastel color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,250.00)

180
1,200
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3020
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Sale 962, Lot 3020, Offices in China20c on 10c Offices in China (K10). Mint N.H., almost perfectly centered, strong color, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $410.00)

160
325
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3021
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Sale 962, Lot 3021, Offices in China20c on 10c Offices in China (K10). Mint N.H., fresh glowing color, Very Fine, ex Vineyard, with 2002 P.F. certificate

160
120
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3022
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Sale 962, Lot 3022, Offices in China24c on 12c Offices in China (K11). Uncommonly wide margins and precisely centered, wonderful deep rich color on fresh white paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $425.00), only two others (one Mint N.H.) are recorded in this very high grade

80
325
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3023
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Sale 962, Lot 3023, Offices in China60c on 30c Offices in China (K14). Mint N.H., handsome wide margins and vivid color, very attractive centering, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $650.00)

280
525
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3024
nh
Sale 962, Lot 3024, Offices in China60c on 30c Offices in China (K14). Mint N.H., deep rich color, Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

280
275
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3025
og
Sale 962, Lot 3025, Offices in China$2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China, Double Surcharge (K16a). Lightly hinged, deep rich color on bright fresh paper, wide margins, clear doubling of the surcharge

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE $2.00 DOUBLE SURCHARGE ERROR.

The Office in China double surcharge error occurred during the overprinting of stamps for use at the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai. It has been reported that the errors were among the last stamps to be put on sale before the agency closed on December 31, 1922. The Deputy Postal Agent, Mr. E. H. Murray, knew of the error but allowed it to be put on sale, as he was retiring and the Agency was closing.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate

8,000
10,500
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